Archives for the month of: January, 2013

I tried unzipping a 300MB zip file today using the Mac OS X Archive Utility and nothing happened, no error message, nada.  Then I tried using The Unarchiver and I received an error I’ve never seen before, “error on decrunching”.   So how did I get the zipped file unarchived?  I renamed my file with a new extension, from .zip to .tar.  Then when I used The Unarchiver, voila, my file extracted without a problem.

I don’t know how many DVDs I burned and wasted when sending a Premiere Pro project to Adobe Encore to burn as a standard definition DVD.  The preview of the DVD inside Encore looked correct and didn’t show any black bars on the sides (known as pillaring) but these black bars showed up on every DVD I burned.

I googled for the answer and most solutions weren’t helpful until I found this guy’s blog.

I don’t want to plagiarize his text so I’ll summarize what he said in case his blog disappears.

The problem: A typical 16:9 (square pixel) project in Premiere Pro (or render from AE was 1280×720) dropped into a “widescreen DVD” Encore timeline leaves slight black bars on the sides (pillaring). These don’t appear in the preview but do after the DVD is burned.

Solution: Export a QuickTime file from AE/PPro at 720×480 (with a pixel aspect of 1.21), which is NOT exactly 16:9.  To do this, either drop your 720p comp (or my create a new 720×480 (aka: 480p) into a new AE comp that was this size. There’s a preset you can use, it’s the “NTSC DV Widescreen” preset. But you must then scale the source video down to fit the window (and thus cropping your picture and removing the black bars). It won’t fit exactly (obviously. that’s why we’re having to do this.) You will lose a slight bit of your actual video that gets cropped out on the top and bottom, but it’s better looking than Encore adding black space at the sides to preserve the original height.

Now burn your DVD using Encore and you’re good to go.

If you buy books from Amazon’s Kindle store and read them on your iPad, you may be frustrated on how to get your highlights/clippings into a different app so you could email them or study them offline.  If you don’t own an actual Kindle, you can’t transfer the My Clippings.txt file (that contains all your highlights) from an iPad but all is not lost.

Simply go to and login.  At the top of the page, click “Your Highlights” and copy/paste away.