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Home video date issue: yesterday when I came to unload the many videos waiting on my camera - the first time since it was repaired - I found every clip (and there were hundreds of them) had the wrong year on it - the repairer had set the clock one year out and I hadn't noticed.

I contemplated writing some JAVA to fix this, then after a brief search I found a great free utility BulkFileChanger which can be found at the link below.

This has a whole range of manipulations that it can do and it's very easy to select files through drag-and-drop and also filtering.

In one go I was able to drag my clips and ask it to add 1 year to every date.

Although it's free, I made a donation because my time is money and this saved me loads of time and is well thought out.

I'd recommend it if you need this kind of file manipulation.

I needed it because I get my video software to stitch the clips together based on their timestamps and that way I get all the clips across 4 different cameras merged together in the correct sequence for the minimum of effort.
See Also. NK2Edit - Edit, merge and repair the AutoComplete files (.NK2) of Microsoft Outlook. FolderTimeUpdate - Update the 'Modified Time' of every folder according the latest modified time of the files stored in it. Description. BulkFileChanger is a small utility that allows you to create ...
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Good clear explanation as to how to do this. Many PS videos take things too fast for a novice to keep pace with it. I will definitely be looking to follow some more of these. 
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Why is Google's Gmail service putting its own emails into Spam?

When I send one from Gmail to my wife, or she sends one to me (again from Gmail), despite being in each other's address book, Gmail puts it in Spam on the grounds that it gets a lot of spam from srs.kundenserver.de and yet that's what it's using itself. Sheer stupidity.

Further, the standard means of ensuring that something does not go into Spam is to add the person into your address book and that primary rule is being ignored. Google need their backsides kicking! In the past I've always felt that they did a good job of picking out the real spam - now I'm missing vital emails.

Has anyone else noticed that too?
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There are hundreds of complaints about Gmail blacklisting kundenserver.de if you search https://productforums.google.com/ Google apparently don't read their own forums.
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Excellent review of HDR on the A-6000 . I Use the feature to shoot DRO and have the camera automatically switch to HDR if the dynamic range exceeds the capability of the DRO feature.
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I think the review misses the fact that the Sony a6000 shoots really good pictures where there's not much light. If you can see it then the Sony a6000 can grab a really good shot. I find that mostly I don't use flash. And that where I'me forced to use flash then I use a great portable external flash but that's hardly ever needed.
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I think this is an excellent tutorial on the Sony a6000 and would definitely recommend it, indeed I'm going to send links to several people who I know would also appreciate it.

The video is quite long so I'm not surprised that it was necessary to compromise on some of the descriptions. In particular I would like to add the following:-

NFC: This can be quite powerful if you need to take a selfie and have a small tripod with you because it brings the camera's viewfinder, zoom and shutter control onto your smart phone so you can point the camera at your party (say in a restaurant), see everything on your phone, set up the shot on your phone, and shoot it from your phone.

FACE RECOGNITION: there are two aspects to this and the video touches on the more complex of the two. The simpler one is called face RECOGNITION and although the video called what it showed you "face recognition" it was in fact face REGISTRATION. Face RECOGNITION simply gets the camera to detect the presence of faces as a significant part of the frame and then it will lock onto them and treat them as primary subjects for focussing. Face REGISTRATION teaches the camera which faces are important so, for example at a nursery with lots of kids running around, the camera will automatically recognise and favour your kid when focussing.

Thanks for the video Tony. And also thanks for your book which I'm about 65% through now and very much enjoying along with you and Chelsea's stunning videos.
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I'm using AquaMail, a new mail app for Android.

Over the years I've tried several Android email apps and I'd rate this one the best and for very many reasons - too many to list here. However, to list a few...

Smart Inbox, not only able to merge several accounts into a single inbox but also giving sophisticated control over what will actually appear in the Smart Inbox, yet individual account inboxes are still supported too.

Ability to create emails in rich text with proper formatting and layout (most good email clients will display in rich text but not create in rich text).

Full support for Exchange email so my company email is well handled including things like responding to meeting invitations.

Tasker support so I can decide what and when (for example) I should send to my Gear watch.

Excellent zooming and text reflow.

And more.

Second best? I switched from MailDroid - I'd happily give them second place.

https://market.android.com/details?id=org.kman.AquaMail

AquaMail is an email app for Internet and Exchange mail, for Android 2.1 an...
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This is a very thought-provoking video, especially if you have kids. 
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Some really good questions in this session and I felt the answers were full of artistic insight. I also was interested to hear Aaron's answer on work balance between Lightroom and Photoshop. 
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So much common sense I really liked this video. I've been very pleased with the results from the kit lens. Sure, I'm no pro photographer but I am quite discerning and this lens does produce good pictures on the A6000 which corrects in camera for the shortcomings of the lens exactly as mentioned in this video.
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I think the videos by Chelsea and Tony are truly stunning, but throughout this one, when Lightroom clearly showed it to be overexposed I wondered why nothing was done to rectify that? If, for example, it was acceptable to be overexposed, then that should have been discussed surely?
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I thought this quite a useful video showing how to set up the Sony A6000 for sports photography.

I have a couple of comments to add though...

Firstly it would have been useful to show, having set so many settings especially to support sports photography, how to store the setup in one of the camera's 3 custom setup memories.

Secondly he talks about attaching a full frame zoom being 200mm at F4 and, because of the camera's 1.5 crop body achieving effectively 300mm at F4 yet that is not accurate...

Tony Northrup has an excellent video on using full frame lenses on crop bodies where he reminds us that the f-stop number is a function of the focal length and the maximum aperture. Although the crop body increases the focal length by a factor of 1.5 the maximum aperture remains the same because that is a physical property of the lens meaning the light intensity falling on the sensor is reduced by 1.5 squared i.e. 2.25 making the effective max aperture F5.6 and not F4 which for sports means you'll need to shoot higher ISO or slower shutter speed.


Custom Function Settings for the Sony A6000 for S…: http://youtu.be/5iMgpSrHGy0
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