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Using Automator

The following video was created showing one of the many possibilities for using Automator. I know Automator has been around for awhile, but if you are switching over to a Mac, it maybe something that is unfamiliar to you. If you want to learn more about Automator I would recommend going to Automator World, which is an excellent reference guide.   There are Automator scripts already set up for you to download and use or they can be used as templates.  There is also a forum where you can ask questions.

Automator, does take some time to learn, but it is well worth the effort.  I am still learning things about it all the time. My recommendation is to keep trying different things to see what works. The one thing that I find helps, is if I write down the steps one at a time and then find a action that matches those steps in Automator.   If you learn Apple Script, then you can use it along with Automator to create even more powerful processes to run.

I set up this process because I have two Macs. One is a Mac Mini which is downstairs with Miro installed on it and a Macbook upstairs. My video’s are on an external drive attached to my Apple Express base station.   There are times when I am  upstairs and I want to play the videos that had been downloaded using Miro.   Using Automator, I have set up a process that allows me to do this. The following video is how I did it.

Using Automator to Auto Play Videos Continuosly from kim landwehr on Vimeo.

If you run the process you will get the following result.

Once you are finished, playing the videos I would delete the ones you no longer want and move the ones you want to save to a different folder.