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The portfolio of Adam Schoales, Toronto based video editor, geek, and tea drinker.


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Ripping Blurays on the Mac

Adam Schoales

There's a myriad of reasons for wanting to backup your bluray discs to your computer. For me it's so I can watch the films, in HD, with audio commentaries during my commute to work (iTunes Extras stream commentary tracks so if you're offline there's no way to listen, which to me is very stupid and Apple should just include the commentary as a secondary audio track). For others, it's to get rid of that stack of physical media their partner keeps complaining about (though, then it's not really a backup). While the legality of this process is perhaps dubious depending on where you live, the general consensus (here in Canada, anyway) is if you're backing up for personal use it's fine, just keep those rips off Pirate Bay.

This article is mostly for my own purposes, because every time I have to set up a new computer with the ability to rip bluray discs I have to search the web and go through about four different articles to piece all the information together, so I wanted to put it down all in one place to save myself some clicks. Most of the information is adapted from this excellent article by Jason Snell at his site Six Colors, but I've condensed it down to the steps I use, as well as filled in any gaps I noticed in the steps.

1. Download and install Handbrake

2. Download and install MakeMKV. Once installed, enter license key (it's free while in Beta). 

3. Install Homebrew if you haven't yet (you probably haven't). It's as simple as typing this into Terminal and letting it run its course (you may need to type your admin password a couple times):

/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"

4. With Homebrew installed, install DeCSS. Simply type the following command into Terminal (again, you may need to type your admin password a couple times):

brew install libdvdcss

5. Finally, with all the tools installed, run the following Terminal commands so that Handbrake and MakeMKV can talk to each other (did I mention admin passwords?):

mkdir -p ~/lib

ln -s /Applications/ ~/lib/libaacs.dylib

ln -s /Applications/ ~/lib/libbdplus.dylib

If you've done all the steps correctly you should be able to launch Handbrake, point it to the Bluray disc (point to the disc itself, don't open and point to the contents or it won't be able to read the disc) and backup your discs to your hearts content.

Editing and Removing Text Styles in Final Cut Pro and Motion

Adam Schoales

Over the last year I've been teaching myself to use Apple's incredibly powerful (and even more underrated) motion graphics tool Motion, and as a result found myself using it more and more. It's tight integration with Final Cut is just one of the many things I love about it, but perhaps the thing I'm using it most for is designing and animating text, or more specifically 3D text. 

However after about a year of playing with Motion and designing titles for various clients I’ve noticed that my “Style” dropdown had become cluttered. Really cluttered. I felt it was time to clean it up a bit, but for some reason there didn’t seem to be a way to delete these from within the apps themselves.

Motion Style Dropdown.jpg

Like any good editor I did a quick search through the manual, but found nothing. Then I tried Google, but nothing came up. So I headed over to one of the most valuable resources I know, the Final Cut Pro X Editors group on Facebook. Within a few minutes I had my answer. In fact, it pointed me to an incredibly helpful article that Larry Jordan (the man, the legend) had written back in 2015 (thanks for nothing, Google).

I had figured it involved digging into my library files, but finding the right location was tricky. Thankfully the article walked me though the exact path to follow. To save you some time, from the Finder hit CMD+SHIFT+G which will bring up the “Go To Folder” dialogue. From there simply type (or copy and paste)

~/Library/Application Support/Motion/Library/Text Styles

In this folder you’ll find all the text styles you’ve saved over the years: a “.molo” file and 2 .png previews. 

However if you’re like me and want to keep things a little more organized you can actually create subfolders in here. This is how the folks over at Movie Pop were able to put all their text styles in their own call-out. This is a great way to store styles specific to certain clients, or certain styles of projects (like epic trailer titles).

It should be noted, this will not contain any of the default styles that ship with Motion. It is possible to remove those by digging into the actual package contents of Final Cut Pro and Motion, if you want to, but do so at your own risk! It’s never wise to mess with default settings in applications.

It’d be great if in future versions of Motion (or Final Cut) the ability to re-order/edit/delete these title styles was built into the application itself, but it’s nice to know that it’s pretty easy to do manually yourself.

Autumn iPhone Wallpaper Collection

Adam Schoales

Having spent this past weekend at the cottage for Thanksgiving (yes, in Canada we celebrate it in October) I decided to capture the beauty of my favourite season, and create some more iPhone wallpapers out of them. 

These images have been optimized for iPhone 6 screens. I find the easiest way to get downloaded wallpaper on my phone is to add to iPhoto/ on the mac, and create an iCloud Photo Stream. Then from my device I can easily navigate through all the wallpapers I have, download the one I want to use, and set it.

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I've also these images to my previous Flickr collection should you want to grab them individually, along with my previous iPhone wallpapers. 

These images are released free of charge under the Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commerical, Share Alike license (in other words, they're free, and you can do what you want with them so long as you give me credit and don't use them to make money).

iPhone 6 Wallpaper Collection

Adam Schoales

I adore my iPhone. It's one of the few devices I couldn't live without. One of its best features is the camera, which when combined with the perfect app (I like VSCO Cam) can yield some pretty stunning results.

Recently I've been taking a lot more photos, and to help showcase them I've also been using them as my iPhone wallpaper. I thought it might be nice to share a collection of them with you.

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