Since upgrading to Mavericks I hadn’t tried accessing any of my home movies ( which I have on an external drive ) until today. Imagine my surprise when I highlighted one of my clips, pressed space bar to display a preview and was presented with a dialog saying the file was zero bytes !
My immediate thought was that the file had been corrupted somehow. Quickly trying preview on a few more files showed exactly the same results. At this point I started to sweat a little ( and hoping that my other older copy of these files was still intact ). As a test I hit return on one of the files and immediately a Quicktime dialog popped up showing a file conversion process which completed quickly ( it was a small clip ) and hey presto, up popped my video !
Strange I thought…. Trying a couple of others showed the same result. A quick Google later took me to this Macworld article. It seems this behaviour is by design…
This is classic example of an underlying change, which whilst it may be for very good reasons, is not communicated to the user well and may lead to others having the same moment of panic as I did. Please Apple, inform the user, don’t display a dialog that indicates that their precious video file is now empty !
Check out this Cult of Mac article if you want to know what time iOS7 will begin rolling out where you live….
Amazing to think what web sites were capable of only a few years ago when you look at this….
Pity Apple didnt include ability to do this from the outset….