How to rebuild Xsan in OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 from scratch

With OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xsan 4, Apple decided to remove Xsan Admin and put the Xsan config and client management into OpenDirectory/LDAP. Removing Xsan Admin was a good idea, but I’m not so sure about the whole OpenDirectory/LDAP and profile idea though. I actually think it would just as easy to handle client configuration manually, but enough about that. Continue reading “How to rebuild Xsan in OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 from scratch”

Need to find the optimal H.264 video bitrate?

I think a lot of people wonder how to find the optimal video bitrate for efficient encoding of H.264 video. There is no universal answer to this, because it all depends on the content of the video material. Luckily, the video encoding genius Robert Reinhardt has created a simple little Adobe AIR app called Bitrate Starter.

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Real problem solving

This is one of my absolute favorite quotes about problem solving – so, so true!

Expanded knowledge in fields that closely border your profession enables you to take advantage of a larger base to apply to problems you’ve never encountered before.

—Michael Cioni, Lightiron Digital

I highly recommend watching the presentation Michael Cioni did about “prepping for a 4K world”, where I learned about this quote. Great presentation!

And while we’re at it, remember…

Stay hungry, stay foolish.