I needed a printer with the capability to print CDs or DVDs in ones and twos. After a little internet research, I settled on the Epson XP-800. I went to the store, picked one up, brought it home, set it up, and tested it. No matter what I tried, I could not get it to display its ability to print CDs/DVDs. The option just would not show up on any of the print menus. I was trying through the bundled Epson Print CD software. I looked for the solution in both the Apple and Epson support pages, forums, and blogs. No luck.
I finally stumbled on the solution. It was so simple that I felt like a total clown. But since I couldn’t find it anywhere else, I will put the solution here.
First of all, the included data disc has an old version of all the drivers and applications. Don’t use it. Instead, go to the Epson XP-800 Drivers & Downloads page. I visited it just now, so here is the link. If you are running something other than OS X 10.8.x, hit the refresh button so the site can determine the OS you are using. Once at this site, download the “Drivers and Utilities Combo Package” which you will find under the Drivers heading. Next, if you plan to use Print CD, download it from under the Utilities heading. Now you have an updated version of the applications and utilities that are on the bundled disc.
Use the newly downloaded Drivers and Utilities and Combo Package to install your printer. Then install Print CD if the combo package doesn’t do it for you.
Now here is the important part. (Click on any image for a larger view in a new tab)
Notice that next to Kind, the display reads “EPSON XP-800 Series-Airprint”. The AirPrint part is the OS X default print utility. And it is the problem preventing you from printing CDs/DVDs. So delete the printer using the ” – ” button below Printers. Here is where it is at:
You will be asked if you are sure you want to delete the printer. Confirm the deletion. Then press the plus button you will find here:
In the resulting box, in the main window select “EPSON XP-800 Series Bonjour Multifunction”. Then in the USE dropdown menu (where AirPrint is selected by default) select “EPSON XP-800 Series”. Once you’ve done that, finish off by clicking the “Add” button.
You will come back to the main Print and Scan page. Set the newly added printer as your default. Then your window should look like this:
Notice that next to Kind, you do not see the word “AirPrint” next to the printer name. You’re all set.
If you choose to use Epson Print CD, you will need to set the printer. So in the application, click File then click Print. Here is the menu you will see:
Notice that, next to Printer, the display reads Not selected. Simple fix. Above that, click the Select Printer button. In the resulting menu, select “EPSON XP-800 Series” and click OK.
Now, next to Printer, you will see EPSON XP-800 Series. Happy printing!
Okay, so this set of blogs is leaving the straight timeline and starting to bounce around as I get to pictures. This entry is about my visit to Bodie, California. Bodie was a gold mining town whose boom took place from 1877 through the late 1880s, but who steadily declined in population in the early 1900s, to officially be be abandoned in 1942.
Bodie is now a California State Park with well-preserved buildings and other period pieces like old cars and buggies. Walking through the town and looking in the windows of the abandoned structures, it would almost seem that the residents just decided to leave everything behind when they left.
But time has naturally taken it’s toll on the town. Though the buildings are generally well preserved, they are obviously weather beaten inside and out. This, of course, makes for fantastic photography.
Following an outstanding day in Monument Valley, we started talking about what we could do to keep up photographic momentum the next day before returning to Phoenix to close the trip. After much discussion, we decided on Sunset Crater National Monument (landscape around a dormant volcano) and Wupatki National Monument (ancient Native American Pueblo remains).
Sunset Crater National Monument opens with open flowered meadows with surrounding mountains. We, of course, stopped for pictures, here.
We then moved onto a brief stop at the visitor center and then onto the lava fields.
We actually didn’t remain long in the lava fields before we were headed to Wupatki to see the pueblos. The first pueblo we encountered, Wukoki, really set the tone for me. It was an impressive multi-room structure with great views of the grassy landscape all around.
We woke early and headed for Antelope Canyon, just outside Page. But the rain of the night before had flooded the canyon. So we climbed in the van and headed east for Monument Valley, Utah. I didn’t really mind, as half of Antelope Canyon was closed because flooding had washed out bridges and stairs. I’ll return some time when I can see the whole thing.
A few short hours after departing Page had us crossing the border into Utah, and a right turn had us headed into Monument Valley. Monument Valley is an impressive sight. The landscape is littered with rock spires and mesas. And because of the wet year, a relatively large amount of grass grew and complemented the red rock walls with green. We spent over five hours in the monument. Then we headed back to Flagstaff.
We rose early on the day following Tucson and headed north. Before reaching our destination, page Arizona, we stopped at an old Standard Oil Products store.
We eventually made it to Page, AZ, checked into the hotel, and headed off for food and beer. Following the food and beer, we went to get pictures at Horseshoe Bend.
After shooting at Horseshoe Bend, we headed over to Glen Canyon Dam. The sun was going down, so we also got some good sun rays while we were there.
Then it was time for a few more beers.
My original intent was for a short road trip to Arizona to hang out with Chris Brandt (M. Chris Brandt Photography) and take a whole bunch of pictures all across Arizona. But suddenly, the road whisked me west to California. As the trip seemed to really be growing in length, I thought I should drop some entries about it here.
As I mentioned earlier, this trip started in Arizona. What a great time! Chris and I started in Tucson at the Saguaro National Park. Though temperatures were climbing over 100 degrees while we were there, we were able to wander, and I was able to get some pictures I was really happy with.
After the visit to Saguaro, we headed up the nearby Mt. Lemmon. The drive was a nice change to the desert of Saguaro, and the air cooled as we climbed. After a great lunch at the top of the mountain, we made our way down and took pictures as we made our way.
Picture taking done, we headed back to Chris’s house for a delicious dinner from his wife, Janice.
Not long ago, I came across the Free Music Archive while I was looking for music to use in a video I was developing. The guy who usually makes music for me was out of town for a protracted period of time, and I didn’t want to throw money at music for a project for which I was not getting paid. Also, I wasn’t feeling like getting into Apple Logic to put something together, myself. A few web searches and a little exploring brought me across FMA, and I fell in love. Not only did I find great music for the video I was doing, but I also found a bunch of music that I wanted to put onto my iPod.
The site is easy to navigate, with upfront links to curated collections and to genres (with sub-genres). And since all the music is free, they do not feel the need to imprint watermarks into the music previews. You can also find music by band and album. Download options include by-the-song or as a full album. And if a user wants to find out about using music for a commercial application, band pages have email links to ask about the possibilities. I actually think I may try this out for a few of the songs I’ve found.
Anyway, there you go. The Free Music Archive. Go have a look.
I now have a Glidetrack HD 0.75m camera slider that replaces my homemade slider. I gotta tell you, this is a big step up in smoothness and overall usability. It pairs up nicely with my Nikon D800 camera with attached 7″ monitor. During the times a tripod has been necessary for it, I’ve used a Bogen 3021 tripod with a Bogen 3126 head that has been generously lent to me by David Absher studios.
Out of the box, I had the slider assembled in less than 10 minutes. Once I had it assembled, I started to wander my house, employing the slider here and there. I did this well into the night, enjoying how effective it is at taking smooth video. I woke early the next day and headed outside with it not long after sunrise.
The size and shape of the slider lend well to moving around a house. I had no problems with banging into walls or doorways, even with the tripod dangling from the bottom of it. Because of the smooth action, employment of the slider is really a no-brainer. Push it or pull it from start to finish. Having the 7″ monitor really helped with lining up and focusing the shots. Working inside the house, I discovered that I had to be careful about sliding the camera into a position where it would pick up its own (or my) reflection or the reflection of worklights on glass surfaces.
With the Bogen 3126 tripod head, I learned that the weight of the camera on the end of the slider will overpower the friction adapter on the tilt portion of the head. This doesn’t happen quickly, so it is easy to overcome with some reverse pressure. I don’t know how this would work with other tripod heads, but I’d say that it is something to keep in mind.
Overall, I’m wildly happy with the slider and am really excited to have it in the lineup. Here is the video taken with the slider in and around my house. The entire video, minus the timelapse, is shot on the slider.
Our new website is now up. It features a more elegant design from previous versions. Built using Adobe Muse, the sight is very visually oriented, combining photograph slideshows with videos. As Muse will not natively build videos into websites, the videos used in our new website are hosted on Vimeo and linked to our site by HTML code.
Our new site works great on both computer screens and on tablets like the iPad (which we used to test it).
This website is the sign of a new Ocediis Media, unconstrained by competing requirements. Now, Ocediis Media will be concentrating on developing our business and gathering happy customers.
The link to our website is http://ocediismedia.com. I hope you like it.
I just finished the last video that I will do to promote Ocediis Media (at least for a while). This one showcases the Ocediis Media Voice Services. It is also the last piece for our new website, which I should have finished and uploaded today.
This video took less than a day for primary shooting and initial draft editing. The next day was used for some cleanup audio, and for encoding the final draft. I’ve put it up on facebook, and I will put it onto our website after I finish this blog post.
Part of the reason that I was able to complete filming so quickly is because of proper lighting. I obviously used the reading light in the sound booth for some of it, but I also made extensive use of a pair of Adorama Flashpoint Dimmable 160 LED Lights mounted on light stands. For other equipment, the video was shot with the Nikon D800 using a Lilliput 7″ monitor (mentioned in a previous post). Camera movement was provided by a 4′ ProAm jib mounted on a Bogen tripod. Sound recording was accomplished through a mixture of a R0de microphone fed through an M-Audio preamp into a MacBook Pro, and an Azden shotgun microphone fed into a Tascam DR-40. Video editing was done with Adobe Premiere Pro CS6, and the Ocediis Media video logo was made with Adobe After Effects CS6.
So without further ado, here is the video: