Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How can I transfer old VHS tapes to digital?

Elgato EyeTV

Episode 1730

George from Houston, TX

George is having issues converting his old VHS videotapes to digital. The old app that he's using, called the Elgato EyeTV isn't capturing the video. Leo says that the new eyetv company is now called Corsair and he says it's a good company. But there's likely no new driver for and old version of the software to support the latest macOS. Mac recently went to 64-bit only, dropping support for older 32-bit versions of the software. So you may need to buy the latest 64-bit version. But there should be a try before you buy option. So download it first and see. 

How can I eliminate duplications in my address books as I sync them?

Cardhop

Episode 1724

David from Ithaca, NY

David is having issues with contact duplications across multiple contact lists due to sync. What can he do to clean them up? Leo says to pick one contact list to clean up. You can use apps to find duplicates and merge them into a single contact.  It'll take some time. Though Leo doesn't advise deleting old ones, in case you need to contact them someday. Once you've eliminated the dupes. SAVE IT. Back it up. It's your "canonical address book." 

Why can't I print screen grabs?

IrfanView

Episode 1722

Mike from Rancho Mirage, CA

Mike has been watching videos on youtube and wants to screen grab various shots. But when he does, it's terribly pixelated, like a multi-generational copy. And Windows just gives him an error. Leo says to open the file with a photo editor and see if it's better. Leo recommends Irfanview. Leo also recommends trying to make a PDF of the image and then printing that. It could be a print driver issue.

How can I back up an old iPod Nano?

iMazing

Episode 1718

Van (Edmunton Oiler Guy) from Edmunton, Alberta CAN

Van has an old iPod Nano and wants to back up the media from it. iTunes doesn't work because while it sees the Nano, it's grayed out. So you can't really do anything with it. Leo recommends iMazing. It will work with any "i device." They have a free trial before you buy it. Another option is the Wondershare Doctor Phone. It specifically says it supports the iPod Nano.

How can I make a virtual choir using zoom or youtube?

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Episode 1712

Paul from Rancho Cuca Monga, CA

Paul was in the recent Erick Whitaker's Virtual Choir on YouTube, and he'd like to do that on YouTube. How does he do that without latency? Leo says that You can do it by having people record their track, clapping at the very beginning, so there's a reference to sync them up. Whitaker sells a hard drive that shows how he does the virtual choir and while it sounds beautiful, it's expensive. 

Tik Tok May Get Banned in the US

Tik Tok

Episode 1712

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the US Government may be banning Tik Tok within weeks due to national security issues. The app is already banned in India, and Wells Fargo has banned it as well. The US government has banned it government-wide as well. 

Tik Tok is subject to the authority of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party. The app has deleted posts that are critical of that government. But it also has a feature that looks in your clipboard, which could be a security issue due to data snarfing.

Will I Have to Pay for Youtube Music?

 YouTube Music.

Episode 1711

Ron from Downey, CA

Ron got a message that Google is eliminating Google Play Music and moving it all to YouTube Music. Can he upload his new music too? Leo says that if he pays for Google Play Music, the account will simply be moved over. So press transfer when getting the email and it'll be moved over. Whatever he had with the free tier of GPM, he'll have for the free tier of YTM. 

Another option is to use Google TakeOut and redownload music to another service. In fact, do that first.

Does Skipping Ads On Youtube Hurt Creators?

YouTube

Episode 1707

GScott from Finland, Minnesota

GScott wants to know if he skips an ad on YouTube, will Leo lose money? Leo says there is money to be made on youtube, but TWiT doesn't make a lot. It's a few thousand a month and it really doesn't matter if he skips the ad, they've been charged for it. And skipping an ad gives youtube and advertisers valuable feedback on what ads work and what doesn't. Leo puts the show on youtube for convenience. Besides, TWiT sells its own ads in the podcast anyway, the So feel free to skip YouTube's ads!

What's a Good iPod Replacement?

iPod

Episode 1705

Thomas from Pico Rivera, California

Thomas has an old iPod and the battery is starting to die out. Can he get the battery replaced? Leo says that if Apple is no longer replacing the battery, check out iFixit or a local place that could do it. But the reality is, a replacement may not be all that helpful because people are now using their mobile phones for playing music, and any modern phone or an older phone people no longer use will act as an iPod as well. Leo recommends copying all music onto a PC first. iTunes would work, but it usually doesn't get everything.