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Automator workflow of the month: Quick media manipulation

Christopher Breen | May 2, 2013
Much as we depend on text, a lot of us deal with images, audio files, and movies as part of our workaday world. And it's not unusual that when working with such files you need to perform a minor tweak--rotate a picture, convert a music track to something that better harmonizes with iTunes and your iPod, or trim a movie that won't fit through an email gateway. All these tasks are possible, but it's a bother to launch an application, import the media, and do the deed for such seemingly minor tweaks. Thanks to Automator, you needn't. All this and more can be performed in the Finder. Let's see how.

Where Automator can be helpful is in adding your converted movies to iTunes. You do this just as you did in the previous workflow--add the Import Files into iTunes action. In this instance you'll want to configure its pop-up menus to read Existing Playlist Movies.

And there's more

These are very basic workflows for performing common tweaks. If your needs are greater--you want to take these images and upload them to a server, plant them in documents, or share them with others--there's a good chance Automator can provide a way.


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