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Recommended settings for Wi-Fi routers and access points

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Security

The security setting controls the type of authentication and encryption used by your Wi-Fi router. This setting allows you to control access to your wireless network, as well as to specify the level of privacy you'd like to have for data you send over the air.

Set to: WPA2 Personal (AES)

Details: WPA2 Personal (AES) is currently the strongest form of security offered by Wi-Fi products, and is recommended for all uses. When enabling WPA2, be sure to select a strong password, one that cannot be guessed by third parties.

If you have older Wi-Fi devices on your network that don't support WPA2 Personal (AES), a good second choice is WPA/WPA2 Mode (often referred to as WPA Mixed Mode). This mode will allow newer devices to use the stronger WPA2 AES encryption, while still allowing older devices to connect with older WPA TKIP-level encryption. If your Wi-Fi router doesn't support WPA/WPA2 Mode, WPA Personal (TKIP) mode is the next best choice.

Using WEP isn't recommended for compatibility, reliability, performance, and security reasons. WEP is insecure and functionally obsolete. Use TKIP if you must choose between it and WEP.

For reference, "None" or unsecured mode, provides no authentication or encryption. If you use this security mode, anyone will be able to join your Wi-Fi network, use your Internet connection, or access any shared resource on your network. Also, anyone will be able to read any traffic you send over the network. For these reasons, this security mode isn't recommended.

Due to serious security weaknesses, the WEP and WPA TKIP encryption methods are deprecated and strongly discouraged. These modes should  be used only if it is necessary to support legacy Wi-Fi devices that don't support WPA2 AES and cannot be upgraded to support WPA2 AES. Devices using these deprecated encryption methods won't be able to take full advantage of 802.11n performance and other features. Due to these issues the Wi-Fi Alliance has directed the Wi-Fi industry to phase out WEP and WPA TKIP.

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Use accessibility features on your Apple Watch

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VoiceOver

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader that lets you know what’s happening on your Apple Watch — and helps you navigate it — even if you can’t see it. VoiceOver uses simple gestures much like those found in iOS. All native apps are built to be VoiceOver compatible, including Mail, Calendar, Phone, Maps, and Messages. VoiceOver is available in all 14 supported languages including English (U.S.), English (UK), English (Australia), Spanish (Mexico), Spanish (Spain), French (France), French (Canada), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Traditional, Hong Kong).

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If your MacBook stops responding during setup

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Allow Setup Assistant to complete

If your MacBook stops responding and shows a spinning wheel after you create a user account in Setup Assistant, simply allow setup to continue. The setup process will resume after about 30 minutes.  

You can avoid this delay if you complete Setup Assistant without connecting to the Internet. When Setup Assistant prompts you to select your Wi-Fi network, click Continue without selecting a network. If you have an Ethernet adapter, disconnect it before you start the setup process. After you complete Setup Assistant, restart your Mac. Now you can join your Wi-Fi network or connect your Ethernet adaptor, as well as set up iCloud.

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Final Cut Pro: Update Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 and Motion 3.0.2 together

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Symptoms

Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 and Motion 3.0.2, along with the Pro Applications Update 2007-02, are intended to be updated together.

Notice: Don't apply these updates separately. Instead, apply them all, and use the updated versions.

Even if you don't use one of the applications, it's important to apply the updates so that all of the fixes and enhancements will perform as expected. In addition to other enhancements, the behavior of Motion Templates and Master Templates are improved by these updates.

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Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express: Troubleshooting FireWire using direct connections

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Resolution

Connect the FireWire device and the computer with a single FireWire cable that you know works properly.

FireWire hubs can be used as standalone devices or can be incorporated into displays, external hard drive enclosures, and other devices.  Although the FireWire specification allows for dozens of devices to be connected at the same time, each additional device may add the possibility of unexpected behaviors. For this reason, a direct connection without a hub is suggested if your configuration requires troubleshooting.

 

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Final Cut Server: Some Final Cut Pro projects may not always check out correctly

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Symptoms

In some cases, a Final Cut Pro project that is checked out from Final Cut Server may not exactly resemble the project that is checked in.

When checking Final Cut Pro projects in and out, Final Cut Server converts the standard Final Cut Pro binary project file into a Final Cut Pro XML file. It is during this conversion that changes to the file may occur.

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Final Cut Pro 6: 1080p24 workflow for Canon HV20 camcorder

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Summary

This advanced article discusses workflow ideas for incorporating 1080p24 HDV material from a Canon HV20 camcorder into Final Cut Pro 6.

Final Cut Pro 6 and Canon HV20 camcorders are both capable of working with 1080p24 material, but due to differing characteristics in the ways that the media is handled, special care is required so that interlacing artifacts and pulldown cadence issues are not introduced in your work.

The steps below are meant to impart general workflow overviews. For details on performing any of the steps provided, refer to the User Manuals (available from the Help menu in each respective Final Cut Studio application).

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Encoding H.264 assets for HD DVD projects

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If you want to make a custom H.264 preset in Compressor, select the Multi-pass setting and set the bit rate to 18 Mbps or less to ensure DVD compatibility.

Note: Currently, only progressive H.264 video formats are supported, including 480p (NTSC only), 576p (PAL only), and 720p (NTSC and PAL). You can add 1080i HD video to an HD DVD project by using the HD MPEG-2 encoder (either in Compressor or in DVD Studio Pro).

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