Apple has killed Quicktime for Windows, and this could be a big problem for ProRes!

So this is a scary thing, Apple has killed Quicktime for Windows, and it currently has major security flaws in it, so if your computer is attached to the internet you should uninstall it.

The problem is that there are many video formats that require Quicktime to run. This includes all forms of ProRes, which has even become a major camera format, as well as Animation (a major format for After Effects) and DNxHD/HR.

Now Adobe says they are working on it, but will likely have to license components to get these to work, so if it ever does it will take a while.

Overall while this seems like a very Apple thing to do, it makes me once again worry about Apple and it's future in Video. The thing is even if you are not going to release your software for Windows, you want the video to be able to run for cross compatibility, like AVID always released versions of it's drivers for people who didn't own AVID. And ProRES is such a great format that it has become a defacto standard across a lot of the Post Production industry, but with this action ProRES will slowly be relegated to a sidestory, In the future cameras are going to be less likely to support it, and eventually it will be a FCP only format (that is if Apple even keeps developing FCP X in the future). Other than the short term why would Adobe support it, if it is literally only able to work on a Mac, that is less than half it's market, so why bother.

This just shows me how out of touch Apple really is.

Yet again it looks like no SpeedGrade Upgrade in the next version of Creative Cloud

RedShark has a post on the Roadmap for the next version of Creative Cloud for Video to be shown at NAB this year. And the rumors look like once again, no more upgrades for SpeedGrade.

At a press briefing a few weeks ago where we first learned of these upgrades, but of course were not allowed to speak until the official announcement, a journalist questioned Adobe about Speedgrade future development and received a response to the effect of "we're concentrating on Premiere Pro in this iteration."

Actually what Adobe is doing with SpeedGrade seems to mirror what Apple did with Shake. Buy it, make it cheaper without changing it much, and integrate some part of it's tech into it's other apps, then stop updating it, until they just eventually kill it.

And the unfortunate thing is that SpeedGrade is a really great program, and the fact that a full grade comes back into Premiere Pro as a plug in is so much greater than having to render out each shot in DaVinci. And really the only thing it needs to get better is to let you move windows to a seperate monitor so you can have scopes be as big as you want.

And while it is great to have more SpeedGrade tech in Premiere (and even better to have it carry into After Effects), the simplified Lumetri color panel is so much less powetful than a full grade from SpeedGrade that it is almost useless. And really should have a more advanced version that allows for more powerful grades instead of lightroom like simplified controlls!

Lytro gets out of consumer cameras and creates it's Cinema Camera

So Lytro is breaking the internet today with it's announcement of it dropping it's unsuccessful consumer division and instead making an incredible Cinema Camera.

Lytro Cinema from Lytro on Vimeo.

This camera sounds amazing. Sure it is only the start for this, as with a foot and a half wide sensor and a 755 megapixel sensor recording at up to 300 frames per second, the recording and post on this camera is going to be literally insane! And it is all connected to a giant rack of computers and storage. The thing is the ability to refocus and change the depth of field, create a stereo 3D image, and record a 3d Image of the scene to add in CG, or to create a perfect matte with any background, and add 3D without needing to motion track is amazing, it is a game changer for high end productions. Especially once this technology matures, and shrinks a bit in size and in price, this will change everything.

PCWorld on the aging MacPro, which is too positive

PCWorld has an article on the aging 2013 MacPro update, which hasn't seen a single update since it's release. Honestly though the article is too psitive on what Apple can do if they a new update with new technology.

The Problem is they made an unupgradeable pro Macintosh, and to make a better machine, you have to but a new one. Many people including me, have an old style MacPro that we have continued to upgrade to make it relevant. And the New MacPro can't do that. You have on hard drive and two custom video cards and that is it. No upgrade other than RAM and external devices. And they have huge issues with external thunderbolt, like drives being disconected for no reason (See this article on MacPerformanceGuide).

Sure a non upgradeable machine means more money for Apple, but not upgrading the machine in 3 years, and making it much less than most desktop pc's, means PC's are much more powerful for less money with much better technology! It means pro users are going to consider leaving Mac altogether!

Seriously, does Apple want to lose Pro users? I have been an Apple user since the Apple IIC, but the non-upgradeable MacPro makes me consider moving to PC! At least if they consistently upgrading the unupgradable MacPro with the latest tech, it would make me consider the MacPro, but a 3 year or longer upgrade cycle is not acceptable! I mean Thunderbolt 3 is out on PC, and the latest NVIDIA graphics cards blow anything out of the water made in 2013, not even considering only having AMD video cards as an option, why are these not available on a Mac! Shit I would be OK with a non Xeon i7 Mac Pro with upgradeability, as it would blow my my MacPro 4,1 out of the water!

Apple is obviously not caring about Pro users, and not minding if they leave, which is scary since they are the people that kept Apple alive when it was the worst in the market. Honestly just admit it and give up on Pro users or actually make upgraded pro machines!

VideoCopilot has released a new free plug in, SABER!

VideoCopilot has released a new free plug in and tutorial, Saber! Yes this plug in is to easily create Light Saber effects, but in fact has many more uses, especially for free.

And here is there tutorial.

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Adobe Media Encoder won't put chapter markers in H264 Video

So this is something that has annoyed me for some time, and has really been annoying me of late, so I have been trying workaround.

So basically the issue is that you can create Chapter Markers in Adobe Premiere Pro in your sequence, which are ostensibly for use in Adobe Encore, but that program stopped with CS6, and after my last hard drive bailed after the El Capitan Update I don't even have it installed on my current hard drive.

Anyway, back in the day with Final Cut Pro 7 I could export a video with chapter markers and compress an H264 video with chapter markers using compressor. It would make Apple Compatible m4v files instead of a normal mp4 files, but chapter markers would work in most programs and show up on the web in most cases.

Unfortunately Adobe Media Encorder won't do this, as it only makes straight mp4 files, and since Encore is a dead program, the Chapter Markers in Premiere Pro are pretty much useless.

After much searching, and seeing all the ways people were making chapter markers (most of which are really a pain the ass, and don't use standard formatting for either the text file, or the timcode), I went back to basically my old way of doing this.

This is to export my video as a ProRES video which includes chapter markers, and then use HandBrake to encode it with Chapter Markers. Now not only this take longer, but also take up more hard drive space, but at least the chapter markers work!

And while m4v is a subset of mp4, it does play in most players including directly in Firefox, though doesn't show the chapters markers, but at least it plays fine. And I am OK with my chapters only working on Macs, because at least they will show for most people looking at my reel.

A couple DJI Osmo Reviews one very good and one good and bad

So I have been really looking into the $650 DJI OSMO and really want one, and would love to try it on my 2 axis Glidecam Smooth Shooter for really stable shots.

The first review I watched was from Everyday Reviews on YouTube. It is a very positive review overall.

The next review I checked out is a bit less positive from Chelsea & Tony. They had more issues, especially with it working right away, but overall they will still use it and it still makes me want one.

I still so want one. I wish I had one to review, as the short I have been working on for ages could really use it, and it has a lot of low light so I would like to test it's low light capabilities.

DJI is giving away free Microphones to fix OSMO's audio issues!

I saw this at DIY Photography, after getting really interested in an OSMO just 2 days ago. And have been watching a lot of reviews and everyone complained about the audio, so this sounds to be very good news.

It will be free with all OSMOS as of now, but you can also get one for your already purchased one starting in March. Very cool.

Looking forward to how well it does with getting rid of the servo noise!

I so want one of these!

Why are there not Ergonomic Editors keyboards?

So I have been an editor for a long time now, and I spend so much time on a computer that at times I get massive Carpal Tunnel attacks. I have figured out solutions, and my main one is to use an ergonomic keyboard. I currently use a Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000.

In fact I own 2. And I carry one to work with me ,as well as Kensington Expert Trackball as I never really got why you would need a wireless mouse or especially trackball.

 Of course at home I still use my last (my 3rd) Microsoft Trackball Explorer, which they stopped making years ago, and now sells for around $200 on ebay for a used one, and will never be replaced as the best Trackball ever made. No idea what I will do when my current one dies, but that is a bit off topic of this post.

So back on topic, I always use an ergo keyboard, and have an Aeron on home to help with my wrists (as well as some exercises with rubber bands I do when things get bad), but I would love to have an Editing keyboard. Yes I know most of the keyboard shortcuts I use on a regular basis, but there are still some in Premiere I don't know or think about and would love an a Premiere Pro editing keyboard, but they tend to be the standard Apple keyboards, which are flat and have no key travel (I like my keys to click and loved the old apple clicky keyboard) and they hurt my wrists! WHY OH WHY HAS NO ONE MADE AN ERGONOMIC EDITORS KEYBOARD?

I mean most editors spend way too much time on a computer, so you would think someone would do this! So if anyone is listening an Ergonomic Editors keyboard would be AMAZING! AS would someone copying the Microsoft Trackball Explorer, though unless I someday become a billionaire I doubt either will ever happen! Oh well.


DJI Osmo, a stabilized action cam for $649!

The newly announced DJI Osmo stabilized action cam for $649 really blows my mind! It is basically a 4K GoPro with full image stabilization and some cool still features as well. And it can also be used with the $2100 X5 which can use 3 interchangeable lenses, but really I think this is more to get individual shots that raise the production value enough that you don't mind that it is basically a GoPro because the shots are so cool.

I would love to get my hands on one of these! It would be amazing!

Editing Hail Caesar by the Cohen brothers in Premiere Pro

Adobe is highlighting how the Cohen Brothers editing their new film, Hail Ceaser on Premiere Pro! Great to see a big film done on Premiere since I like it so much better than AVID of late. It's integration with the rest of the creative cloud just makes it so powerful if you do some good organization techniques.

Adobe Upgrades SpeedGrade update, but still not multi-monitor support, SpeedGrade needs an interface upgrade now!

Eric Philpott at Adobe blogs has the info on the latest update. While I am excited for some of the updates, especially LumetrinColor changes in Premiere carrying over to SpeedGrade, overall I am completely dissapointed.

I have really come to love SpeedGrade, and it's ability to put the grade as filters on clips, but the program needs an interface overhaul! The fact that it is still a single monitor program is unforgivable! You need to be able to move the viewer and scopes to a seperate monitor as you see fit! I want my controls and timeline on one screen and 3 scopes and a viewer on a second monitor (the viewer for doing masks, which you really can't do on an external video display). 

Sure DaVinci is a more powerful program, but the integration with Premiere and not having to render out your grade is amazing, but Adobe needs to stop porting it's features into Premiere, and fix it's interface!

Adobe has release After Effects CC 2015 (13.7) with CINEWARE 3.0

Check out Tim Kurkoski's blog post on the new features, which mostly are Bug Fixes and CINEWARE 3.0 for Cinema 4D with most features for the latest version (not the Lite Version included with After Effects).

Problems with MXF files that have been imported into Final Cut Pro X

So I was given some footage with absolutely no knowledge of how it was shot, or what format it was, but was not worried as I have am running Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Unfortunately I was wrong.

They all appear to be quicktime movies, but will not open in anything, or if they do only audio appears. And when I opened them in VLC it says it is a missing XALG encoder.

The only thing I could find on this issue is this unanswered post at Adobe Forums, and it seems to be my exact problem.

It turns out these are MXF files shot from a Sony Camera, and they were brought in through Final Cut Pro X (which I do not have on this machine), and it wrapped it in an MOV with the XALG encoder. The strange part is I do have the latest version of Motion so that I can get the Apple Pro Codec Updates, so you would think it would have the codec to play the video, but even motion won't open this quicktime movies.

Luckily I was able to get the person with the footage to send the original cards that the footage was shot on, and was able to copy them over and import the MXF files directly into Premiere Pro with no problem, but I can't seem to get the MOV's that Final Cut Pro X to open in anything. I figured Motion would do it, and was thinking maybe Compressor, but if Motion can't do it I am not spending the $50 on compressor, and certainly not paying Apple for Final Cut Pro again because it made some video footage useless.

This is a huge issue. Final Cut Pro X should not do anything to the files it imports, it should just play them all natively. That it wraps them in another file that makes them unusable by other programs makes me dislike this program even more.

No Film School on why Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be shot on the RED WEAPON 8K.

No Film School has a good article on why Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be shot on the Red Weapon in 8 K.

It includes James Gunn's post on Facebook, which is really interesting, and I love what he is saying about Film and Digital. How he is not trying to replicate film and just finds it easier to do digital work when it is all digital (which is always what I felt, and what made doing a film like Star Wars The Force Awakens on film seem a little ridiculous). It also for Long Takes and for the small size of the body.

Kodak is releasing a new Super 8 Camera!

One of the surprise announcements of CES this year was Kodak's very cool new Super 8 Camera! It will be $400 and $50 for a cartridge of film that you send and will be processed and that includes a digital scan as well! And it records sound to SD card.

Not only is this cool because most thought this format was mostly dead, except for Pro 8 Film (which crazily will do up to 5K scans).

I hope this gets some use at Film Schools, though I bet most have moved to digital.

Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheets

Jamie at Make a Web Site has posted an Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects Keyboard shortcut Cheat Sheets. Very cool. Check them out.

The Verge on Apple not using Final Cut Pro X

The Verge noticed a job listing for an editor at it's Beats Music division, but it is asking for someone with experience with AVID MEDIA COMPOSER and ADOBE PREMIERE PRO! Ha! It seems even Apple does not use Final Cut Pro X.

iTunes update

So I have been spending all the time I can re-rating my iTunes Library, and so far I am only in D! This is going to literally take forever! Such a pain. And it seems to have been slowing down the more things I rate or make playlists, but that seems to have changed.

iTunes updated to version recently, which allows for 100,000 songs in iTunes Match, and iTunes seems to have sped up again, no more beachballs all the time. Nice! Lets hope it stays this way! This is such an improvement. My almost 50,000 library seems zippy again!

Message now works on my Mac and all it took was resetting my PRAM! Some NVIDIA weirdness though.

I can't believe I had not tried that, but Apple support got me and now Messages works in El Capitan

There was some strangeness though, and it is to do with my NVIDIA Geforce GTX 670 I mentioned in my previous post. After resetting the PRAM the computer came back up, but all the blue was orange again, and this time I took screenshots, but they looks correct once the problem is fixed! And to fix the issue I had to re-install the latest NVIDIA web drivers, though they were showing as already installed. Next time I will take a physical picture.


10.11.2 El Capitan update did not require NVIDIA web driver to boot (though it looks crazy)

I run a NVIDIA GTX 670 with 4 GB of RAM in my MacPro, and it is not flashed. So when I update the system I have to use VNC to sign into my Mac and update the NVIDIA Web drivers and restart before my Mac shows anything on the monitors (or I have to swap my old GTX 270 and do the Update).

This seems to have changed with 10.11.2. In fact it showed the updating screen before the Desktop, and then came to the desktop. Of course it was not normal, in fact all Blue Colors were Orange! I wish I had though to take screen shots, as after the update I upgraded the NVIDIA web driver and restarted and everything was back to normal.

This is awesome news if this continues in the future, as it makes it much easier to upgrade to the latest NVIDIA web driver. I hope it just wasn't a fluke.

Still unable to log into Messages with iCloud in El Capitan 10.11.2

So 10.11.2 came out, and I am still unable to log into Messages with iCloud on my Mac, though it works fine on my iPhone and iPad.

So I am on the phone with Apple Tech support. They for sure can see that my MacPro is not authorized. We went through signing out my iPad and iPhone of Messages, Facetime and iCloud and then signing back in, but that didn't help.

I was then moved to a level 2 tech, who sent me and apple application called Capture Data, and had me try to log into Messages with it collecting packets, and I sent the info to Apple and they will be contacting engineers.

They were very nice and I am supposed to hear back Monday. Fingers crossed that they can figure this out. Seems like it has to be on their end, as it worked fine before El Capitan and the weirdest part to them as well is that it still happens on my clean install of the OS.

Update on iTunes and El Captian

So I have still not got iMessages to work in El Capitan and I have to Log into iCloud every time I restart or it doesn't work, but this is about iTunes.

After getting my iTunes back working, but losing all of my playlists and Metadata, I have been working on re-rating my tracks, and remaking my playlists.

What is interesting, and scary to me is as I rate more tracks, iTunes slows down more and more, and I am getting more and more beachballs. Basically I listen to a track and give it rating then skip to the next track, and often it starts playing the new track, but doesn't show it in the interface for a while and I get the beachball for a bit before I can rate the next track. And as I rate more tracks and remake more playlists it gets worse.

I just hope once I am done (as I am only in B so far) that it doesn't slow down to the speed of my old messed up Library. I thought the new clean library would just stay faster, but it seems to be getting slower the more work I do on it!

This is really scary as it shows that the slowdowns are indemic in iTunes code with large libraries and a large metadata collection.

It means Apple really needs to start over on iTunes and rewrite the code from the base up, but that is a scary prospect as it will likely break much of the functionality that exists (and they have already been losing more and more functionality over time), and create new issues for a while.

Honestly I just hate to have to put all the time into fixing my iTunes only to see it be slow and hard to use again.

Managed to fix my ailing TIVO with my Mac

My TIVO Premiere XL had started having issues, it was pixelating and randomly pausing, which are signs that the hard drive is failing. My TIVO is way out of warranty, and last time I called TIVO for this issue with my previous Series 3 TIVO, they told me to buy a new one. Well right now we can't afford a new TIVO, and especially not a TIVO and moving over my lifetime service (which they don't offer on their site, but I was certainly going to call them and get it), plus since I have the XL if I got a new TIVO I would really like a PRO model, and there is no Pro Model of the TIVO Bolt, only of the previous generation ROMIO.

So I decided to try and repair my TIVO by replacing the drive, and doing it with a bigger capacity. I did this with the help of two sites, Ross Walker's excellent guide to Upgrading or Rescuing a TIVO, and the Tivo Community forum thread on the awesome JMFS Live CD that Walker tells you to use.

Now it was not without issues, firstly because I have a Mac, and it would not boot off the JMFS Live CD, and to get around this I used Parallels to run the JMFS Live CD in emultation, though this meant I had to connect the drives externally so I could get them to mount in Parallels (i have a Sonnet SATA card, but the drives show up as internals so I couldn't get them to mount). At first I tried to use 2 external drive housings, that the drives just plug into, but one was USB 3 (and my USB 3 card no longer works with OS X EL Captian) so it was really slow and kept failing after 24 hours.

After this I tried using the Ubuntu method to just do the copy, but couldn't get that to work as the drives would not show up in it in parallels, so I gave up and went back to the JMFS live CD in Parallels.

So I put one drive in an OWC housing and tried that, but still I got failures. So I put both drives in OWC housings, with a lot of space around them and pointed a Vornado at them to cool them down. On my fifth try it succeeded.

This is after it succeeded and trying to fix failed blocks, which it changed from 469K to only 29K, nice job JMFS!

This it almost completed showing the higher errors.

And with JMFS, after the copy I was able to expand, and supersize the drive. The commands to activate the Accoustic and Sound management (got errors) but it is a brand new drive, and a 3TB WD Green Drive, so I am not worried.

I put the new drive in and started my TIVO and it did 2 restarts with noise, and then did it's full startup and all my shows and record settings made it over, and it works great!

Amazing how painful it was having no TV for a week, but at least it is up and working now, and now I have higher capacity! WOOHOO!

Thanks for the help people on the boards.


Problems with Mail in El Capitan eating all application memory

I have been getting problems in El Capitan running out of application memory (and I have 24 GB of RAM and am not running many programs). I checked Activity Monitor and it seems that Apple Mail is the culprit and is eating all of my memory and run time.

I did a google search and came up with this Apple Discussion on the issue. It seems that Mail is loading all of it's log files into RAM and compressing them into ZIP files. You can at least temporarily fix the problem by deleting your log files at ~/Library/Containers/ with Mail closed.

And the problems continue with El Capitan!

ITunes and El Capitan Nightmare as well as my previos Synology NAS nightmare!

If you read my blog you know I have been having a nightmare of a time with El Capitan, and the latest is iTunes.

I have a huge library with over 40,000 tracks and many videos.

Now honestly I have been some issues with iTunes for the last 6 months, but that was a very different situation. Years back I decided my iTunes Library was too big to keep within my MacPro, so I had gotten a Synology DS212j NAS to hold my Library. It had 2 3 Terrabyte Hard Drives in a mirrored Raid 1 configuration, with my Library kept locally. There had been some issues moving media because of the different drive file formats (Character Case), but mostly it went well and worked fairly well for a while.

The first problem was all the sudden I lost a bunch of files, and they had been put in a strange folder and renamed. I got in touch with Synology and someone admitted that it was the synology, but never helped. Eventually I tuned off the Synology Cloud Sync app, and it fixed the issue, though I had to re-import all the messed up songs. The synology then worked fine for years, until...

One day I noticed my tracks on playlists on my iPod had gotten weird, so I went into iTunes and realized something had happened to my whole library. While my raitings were still there, 75% of my playlists were completely messed up, with randomized songs, and even worse much of the library was messed up. Not only were many tracks showing up as another song, and when you played them they came back to life as their old song. There were strange doubled tracks, and on the Synology even weirder stuff was going on.

Many tracks had become folders, with the track missing, and completely other songs within the folder from elsewhere in my library.

This is an example. And this was all over my library.

Not only that but tracks were gone and were listed, but were other things like PNGs.

Or even JS files.

And many video files were renamed to different files, or sometimes even different file types. So a video would show up as audio, or audio as video. And some files are just completely missing.

And my Time Machine Library backup had the same issues, so it must have happened a week or two earlier and I didn't notice until I synced my iPod!

Literally my whole Library was a mess!

I moved the whole thing back to an internal drive, and let iTunes Organize it, but it still left many files on the NAS, though they should have all been copied locally. And I had to manually add back all the files that were put into strange folders within my library. I literally spent the last 6 months fixing it. Deleting all of my playlists and fixing them, and using TuneSpan to figure out which tracks weren't local and moving them local manually. Finally I had all my files locally in the same folder, and iTunes was working correctly, though I did still have some misnamed video files to figure out.

That is when I upgraded El Capitan. As I have documented before when I upgraded iTunes slowed to a crawl, and was beachballing all the time! Between this and having lost the ability to sign into Messages, I decided to do a fresh install and see if that would fix things.

It didn't, still no Messages Activation, and iTunes was still slow as hell. I did manage to get iTunes to Organize my files and finally it seemed to work and either just got rid of references to the files on the NAS or copied them over, but as soon as this finished iTunes just completely locked up. As soon as it opened it beachballed literally all the time. I would leave it all day and night and still it would be beachballing.

So I thought I would try starting over by importing my iTunes Library XML into a fresh iTunes that had it's media set to it's current location. This was a nightmare in itself as for every iOS app I had it said there was either a newer, older or same version, and would not accept when I said do the same for all, and they would take a while to come up. And once everything was imported, iTunes just started beachballing again and never stopped. The console was lit up with errors, such as the following:

10/30/15 5:49:42.131 PM[1]: ( Path not allowed in target domain: type = pid, path = /Library/Frameworks/iTunesLibrary.framework/Versions/A/XPCServices/ unesLibraryService.xpc error = 147: The specified service did not ship in the requestor's bundle, origin = /System/Library/Frameworks/QuickLook.framework/Versions/A/Resources/quicklookd. app

10/30/15 6:06:20.814 PM iTunes[724]: ApplePushService: APSConnection being used without a delegate queue

10/30/15 6:07:47.000 PM kernel[0]: process iTunes[724] thread 39388 caught burning CPU! It used more than 50% CPU (Actual recent usage: 89%) over 180 seconds. thread lifetime cpu usage 90.071686 seconds, (89.625322 user, 0.446364 system) ledger info: balance: 90006478766 credit: 90011558608 debit: 5079842 limit: 90000000000 (50%) period: 180000000000 time since last refill (ns): 100547978800

10/30/15 6:07:48.253 PM spindump[589]: Saved cpu_resource.diag report for iTunes version 12.3.1 ( to /Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/iTunes_2015-10-30-180748_JonahLees-Serenity.cpu _resource.diag

10/30/15 6:08:40.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: AssetCacheLocato(747) deny(1) file-read-data /Applications/

10/30/15 6:21:16.645 PM mDNSResponder[88]: 63: Could not write data to client PID[724](iTunes) after 10 seconds, 13 replies waiting

10/30/15 6:37:03.000 PM kernel[0]: PM notification timeout (pid 724, iTunes)

And I also posted the SpinDump of my CPU hogging at my blog, in case anyone could help, but got no responses at any online forums.

So I once again removed my iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Library.xml and reset the media location to it's current organized location. This left me with only my Cloud purchases in my library, though not downloaded. So used Fat Cat Software's PowerTunes  (yes I have bought about anything that could help fix my library in the last 6 months, PowerTunes, TuneSpan, Supersync and TuneUp) to import the media not currently in my Library.

Now most of my media is back, but all my playlists are gone, and even worse all my ratings are gone, and that is literally year and years of rating my music to make smart playlists based on my ratings!

This has literally been one nightmare followed by another! And now I have to go through and re-organize my whole library, remake all of my playlists, and re-rate my over 46,000 tracks in my music library alone! And I am missing still missing tracks from the whole Synology fiasco, as some of the tracks it made folders of just dissapeared when it did it.

Now most of my playlists are easy as they are just albums, as I find it easier to add to my iPod that way, but I also had playlists of best of by year. So all tracks with a certain rating or higher by year randomized, and that is mostly what I listen to. So I have to get through my entire library and rate every track to make those again. And I don't want to sync my iPod again until I do that!


ITunes Spindump

I am posting my iTunes Spindump from iTunes burning my CPU to try to get it fixed, so I am posting it here.

Date/Time:       2015-10-30 18:06:05 -0700
OS Version:      Mac OS X 10.11.1 (Build 15B42)
Architecture:    x86_64
Report Version:  19

Command:         iTunes
Path:            /Applications/
Version:         12.3.1 (
Build Version:   2
Project Name:    iTunes
Source Version:  1200012003001023
Parent:          launchd [1]
PID:             724

Event:           cpu usage (microstackshots only)
Thread:          0x99dc (89% cpu over 102 seconds)
Duration:        102.00s
Steps:           100

Hardware model:  MacPro4,1
Active cpus:     16

Fan speed:       1327 rpm

Powerstats for:  iTunes [724] thread 0x99dc
UUID:            89930B69-4818-3148-B8D9-56EB65C5C28D
Start time:      2015-10-30 18:06:08 -0700
End time:        2015-10-30 18:07:46 -0700
Parent:          launchd
Microstackshots: 43 samples (43%)
Primary state:   43 samples Frontmost App, User mode, Thread QoS User Interactive
User Activity:   0 samples Idle, 43 samples Active
Power Source:    0 samples on Battery, 43 samples on AC
  43 start + 1 (libdyld.dylib) [0x7fff8fb075ad]
    43 ??? (iTunes + 8910016) [0x10a3ed4c0]
      43 -[NSApplication run] + 231 (AppKit) [0x7fff9991eb65]
        43 -[NSApplication finishLaunching] + 354 (AppKit) [0x7fff9991f022]
          43 -[NSNotificationCenter postNotificationName:object:userInfo:] + 66 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d3600fa]
            43 _CFXNotificationPost + 693 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93525925]
              43 -[_CFXNotificationRegistrar find:object:observer:enumerator:] + 1922 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935266d2]
                43 ___CFXNotificationPost_block_invoke + 50 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93569912]
                  43 _CFXRegistrationPost + 407 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93569ba7]
                    43 ___CFXRegistrationPost_block_invoke + 63 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93569c2f]
                      43 __CFNOTIFICATIONCENTER_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_AN_OBSERVER__ + 12 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93569c9c]
                        41 ??? (iTunes + 6391274) [0x10a1865ea]
                          41 ??? (iTunes + 6365930) [0x10a1802ea]
                            41 ??? (iTunes + 8751069) [0x10a3c67dd]
                              41 ??? (iTunes + 9629611) [0x10a49cfab]
                                41 ??? (iTunes + 2493126) [0x109dceac6]
                                  41 ??? (iTunes + 9343854) [0x10a45736e]
                                    41 ??? (iTunes + 9344851) [0x10a457753]
                                      41 ??? (iTunes + 9267015) [0x10a444747]
                                        41 ??? (iTunes + 9366605) [0x10a45cc4d]
                                          41 ??? (iTunes + 2207291) [0x109d88e3b]
                                            41 ??? (iTunes + 2134647) [0x109d77277]
                                              41 ??? (iTunes + 2457875) [0x109dc6113]
                                                41 ??? (iTunes + 9343854) [0x10a45736e]
                                                  41 ??? (iTunes + 9344851) [0x10a457753]
                                                    41 ??? (iTunes + 9267015) [0x10a444747]
                                                      41 ??? (iTunes + 9366605) [0x10a45cc4d]
                                                        41 ??? (iTunes + 2383951) [0x109db404f]
                                                          41 ??? (iTunes + 2384211) [0x109db4153]
                                                            41 ??? (iTunes + 9506337) [0x10a47ee21]
                                                              41 ??? (iTunes + 2369361) [0x109db0751]
                                                                41 ??? (iTunes + 2377627) [0x109db279b]
                                                                  41 ??? (iTunes + 9506486) [0x10a47eeb6]
                                                                    41 ??? (iTunes + 10003040) [0x10a4f8260]
                                                                      41 ??? (iTunes + 9984753) [0x10a4f3af1]
                                                                        41 ??? (iTunes + 9993163) [0x10a4f5bcb]
                                                                          41 ??? (iTunes + 3543453) [0x109ecf19d]
                                                                            41 ??? (iTunes + 13745676) [0x10a889e0c]
                                                                              41 ??? (iTunes + 13751739) [0x10a88b5bb]
                                                                                41 ??? (iTunes + 13752703) [0x10a88b97f]
                                                                                  41 ??? (iTunes + 13709309) [0x10a880ffd]
                                                                                    23 ??? (iTunes + 13705429) [0x10a8800d5]
                                                                                      18 ??? (iTunes + 11954139) [0x10a6d47db]
                                                                                      4  ??? (iTunes + 11954152) [0x10a6d47e8]
                                                                                        3  ??? (iTunes + 15014107) [0x10a9bf8db]
                                                                                      1  ??? (iTunes + 11954136) [0x10a6d47d8]
                                                                                    15 ??? (iTunes + 13705394) [0x10a8800b2]
                                                                                      6  ??? (iTunes + 11954139) [0x10a6d47db]
                                                                                      5  ??? (iTunes + 11954152) [0x10a6d47e8]
                                                                                        2  ??? (iTunes + 15014107) [0x10a9bf8db]
                                                                                        1  ??? (iTunes + 15014122) [0x10a9bf8ea]
                                                                                        1  ??? (iTunes + 15014109) [0x10a9bf8dd]
                                                                                        1  ??? (iTunes + 15014094) [0x10a9bf8ce]
                                                                                      2  ??? (iTunes + 11954136) [0x10a6d47d8]
                                                                                      1  ??? (iTunes + 11954144) [0x10a6d47e0]
                                                                                      1  ??? (iTunes + 15014088) [0x10a9bf8c8]
                                                                                    3  ??? (iTunes + 13705889) [0x10a8802a1]
                                                                                      3  ??? (iTunes + 8381776) [0x10a36c550]
                                                                                        2  CFStringCompareWithOptionsAndLocale + 9083 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934eb39b]
                                                                                          2  _CFCompareStringsWithLocale + 6189 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935a7fbd]
                                                                                            1  __CompareTextDefault + 102 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935a81d6]
                                                                                              1  icu::RuleBasedCollator::setAttribute(UColAttribute, UColAttributeValue, UErrorCode&) + 387 (libicucore.A.dylib) [0x7fff9d517c63]
                                                                                                1  icu::CollationFastLatin::getOptions(icu::CollationData const*, icu::CollationSettings const&, unsigned short*, int) + 471 (libicucore.A.dylib) [0x7fff9d517375]
                                                                                            1  __CompareTextDefault + 1385 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935a86d9]
                                                                                              1  icu::RuleBasedCollator::setAttribute(UColAttribute, UColAttributeValue, UErrorCode&) + 387 (libicucore.A.dylib) [0x7fff9d517c63]
                                                                                                1  icu::CollationFastLatin::getOptions(icu::CollationData const*, icu::CollationSettings const&, unsigned short*, int) + 471 (libicucore.A.dylib) [0x7fff9d517375]
                                                                                        1  +[NSLocale currentLocale] + 48 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9350e680]
                        2  ??? (iTunes + 6391260) [0x10a1865dc]
                          2  ??? (iTunes + 6360002) [0x10a17ebc2]
                            1  ??? (iTunes + 3269685) [0x109e8c435]
                              1  ??? (iTunes + 3285870) [0x109e9036e]
                                1  ??? (iTunes + 15111011) [0x10a9d7363]
                                  1  ??? (iTunes + 15133178) [0x10a9dc9fa]
                                    1  ??? (iTunes + 15155354) [0x10a9e209a]
                                      1  _platform_memmove$VARIANT$Nehalem + 250 (libsystem_platform.dylib) [0x7fff9974865a]
                            1  ??? (iTunes + 3271051) [0x109e8c98b]
                              1  ??? (iTunes + 15093088) [0x10a9d2d60]
                                1  ??? (iTunes + 15133946) [0x10a9dccfa]
                                  1  ??? (iTunes + 4378042) [0x109f9adba]
                                    1  ??? (iTunes + 12015165) [0x10a6e363d]
                                      1  _platform_memmove$VARIANT$Nehalem + 224 (libsystem_platform.dylib) [0x7fff99748640]

  Binary Images:
         0x109b6e000 -        0x10b4d6fef 12.3.1 ( <89930B69-4818-3148-B8D9-56EB65C5C28D> /Applications/
      0x7fff8d359000 -     0x7fff8d6adfff 6.9 (1255.1) <3AD7B198-3943-3919-B6F2-B0C28DC817B1> /System/Library/Frameworks/Foundation.framework/Versions/C/Foundation
      0x7fff8fb04000 -     0x7fff8fb07ffb  libdyld.dylib (360.17) <99396189-E53A-3A78-BC49-449236DA7CFF> /usr/lib/system/libdyld.dylib
      0x7fff934c9000 -     0x7fff9393eff7 6.9 (1255.1) <86B26482-C917-34F2-80D8-02911B6001E0> /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/Versions/A/CoreFoundation
      0x7fff99747000 -     0x7fff9974ffef  libsystem_platform.dylib (73.1.1) <3F4D2390-E3DE-3C24-A515-95DFAC8671C4> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_platform.dylib
      0x7fff998e1000 -     0x7fff9a503fff 6.9 (1404.13) <9B600863-6A16-31CB-8138-97AC8F43FBC6> /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/AppKit
      0x7fff9d4e6000 -     0x7fff9d6f3fff  libicucore.A.dylib (551.30) <CC6AA367-C6D3-3592-A697-76C0CFFE19DD> /usr/lib/libicucore.A.dylib

Powerstats for:  loginwindow
UUID:            7D731864-F023-31C4-9552-6CF5D934422B
Start time:      2015-10-30 18:06:06 -0700
End time:        2015-10-30 18:07:41 -0700
Microstackshots: 26 samples (26%)
Primary state:   19 samples Non-Frontmost App, User mode, Thread QoS Legacy
User Activity:   0 samples Idle, 26 samples Active
Power Source:    0 samples on Battery, 26 samples on AC
  26 start + 1 (libdyld.dylib) [0x7fff8fb075ad]
    26 ??? (loginwindow + 23452) [0x106794b9c]
      26 -[NSApplication run] + 682 (AppKit) [0x7fff9991ed28]
        26 -[NSApplication _nextEventMatchingEventMask:untilDate:inMode:dequeue:] + 454 (AppKit) [0x7fff9992a1c5]
          26 _DPSNextEvent + 1067 (AppKit) [0x7fff9992ad96]
            26 _BlockUntilNextEventMatchingListInModeWithFilter + 71 (HIToolbox) [0x7fff9c4419cf]
              26 ReceiveNextEventCommon + 432 (HIToolbox) [0x7fff9c441b8f]
                26 RunCurrentEventLoopInMode + 235 (HIToolbox) [0x7fff9c441d55]
                  26 CFRunLoopRunSpecific + 296 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93551fc8]
                    21 __CFRunLoopRun + 1841 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93552961]
                      19 __CFRunLoopDoTimers + 298 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355b46a]
                        6  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 322 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355b622]
                          5  mk_timer_arm + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4dda]
                            5  <Kernel mode>
                          1  mk_timer_destroy + 12 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4dd0]
                        5  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 1075 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355b913]
                          5  __CFRUNLOOP_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_A_TIMER_CALLBACK_FUNCTION__ + 20 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355bc84]
                            1  __NSFireTimer + 95 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d403220]
                              1  -[NSView setNeedsDisplay:] + 27 (AppKit) [0x7fff9990622b]
                            1  __NSFireTimer + 42 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d4031eb]
                              1  objc_autoreleasePoolPush + 1 (libobjc.A.dylib) [0x7fff90822c85]
                            1  _CFAutoreleasePoolPop + 1 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93511cd1]
                            1  __NSFireTimer + 32 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d4031e1]
                              1  DYLD-STUB$$memcpy + 6 (libobjc.A.dylib) [0x7fff9083ad1a]
                            1  objc_msgSend + 46 (libobjc.A.dylib) [0x7fff9081fe6e]
                        4  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 1510 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355bac6]
                          3  __CFRunLoopFindMode + 197 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93521145]
                            3  CFSetGetValue + 125 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9352162d]
                              2  CFBasicHashFindBucket + 2644 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934d5cb4]
                              1  CFBasicHashFindBucket + 650 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934d54ea]
                                1  __CFStringHash + 206 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934d22ee]
                          1  __CFRunLoopFindMode + 175 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9352112f]
                            1  object_setClass + 269 (libobjc.A.dylib) [0x7fff90823869]
                        2  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 1736 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355bba8]
                          2  __CFRepositionTimerInMode + 127 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935273bf]
                            1  mk_timer_arm + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4dda]
                              1  <Kernel mode>
                            1  __CFArmNextTimerInMode + 581 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93527825]
                        1  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 63 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355b51f]
                          1  _pthread_mutex_lock_slow + 241 (libsystem_pthread.dylib) [0x7fff993735eb]
                        1  __CFRunLoopDoTimer + 1675 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355bb6b]
                          1  __CFTimeIntervalUntilTSR + 89 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355c709]
                      2  __CFRunLoopDoTimers + 191 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355b3ff]
                        1  OSAtomicCompareAndSwapPtrBarrier$VARIANT$up + 16 (libsystem_platform.dylib) [0x7fff997489dc]
                        1  -[__NSArrayM insertObject:atIndex:] + 279 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934f4327]
                          1  malloc + 42 (libsystem_malloc.dylib) [0x7fff88cb00dc]
                            1  malloc_zone_malloc + 71 (libsystem_malloc.dylib) [0x7fff88cb15b1]
                              1  _platform_strcmp + 238 (libsystem_platform.dylib) [0x7fff997488ee]
                    1  os_release + 7 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f2d26c]
                    1  __CFRunLoopRun + 872 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93552598]
                      1  __CFRunLoopDoObservers + 391 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93573007]
                        1  __CFRUNLOOP_IS_CALLING_OUT_TO_AN_OBSERVER_CALLBACK_FUNCTION__ + 23 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff93573097]
                          1  __NSConnectionDoQueuedWork + 67 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d3fe8df]
                            1  _NSThreadGet0 + 12 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d35b80a]
                    1  __CFRunLoopRun + 1206 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935526e6]
                      1  _kernelrpc_mach_port_insert_member_trap + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4c36]
                        1  <Kernel mode>
                    1  __CFRunLoopRun + 1693 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff935528cd]
                      1  CFArrayGetValueAtIndex + 1 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff934f5101]
                    1  __CFRunLoopRun + 1356 (CoreFoundation) [0x7fff9355277c]
                      1  voucher_mach_msg_revert + 7 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994d4415]

  Binary Images:
         0x10678f000 -        0x106856ff7 9.0 (1639.1) <7D731864-F023-31C4-9552-6CF5D934422B> /System/Library/CoreServices/
      0x7fff88caf000 -     0x7fff88ccbff7  libsystem_malloc.dylib (67) <1B57A614-3D60-3F87-876F-7DB4AF38120F> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_malloc.dylib
      0x7fff8d359000 -     0x7fff8d6adfff 6.9 (1255.1) <3AD7B198-3943-3919-B6F2-B0C28DC817B1> /System/Library/Frameworks/Foundation.framework/Versions/C/Foundation
      0x7fff8fb04000 -     0x7fff8fb07ffb  libdyld.dylib (360.17) <99396189-E53A-3A78-BC49-449236DA7CFF> /usr/lib/system/libdyld.dylib
      0x7fff90818000 -     0x7fff90b82ddf  libobjc.A.dylib (680) <CE3C3C78-A7BB-3147-8375-55424032FF5E> /usr/lib/libobjc.A.dylib
      0x7fff934c9000 -     0x7fff9393eff7 6.9 (1255.1) <86B26482-C917-34F2-80D8-02911B6001E0> /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreFoundation.framework/Versions/A/CoreFoundation
      0x7fff98f2b000 -     0x7fff98f58fff  libdispatch.dylib (500.10.1) <438F4595-0731-34A2-ACAD-60121A76D1FF> /usr/lib/system/libdispatch.dylib
      0x7fff99372000 -     0x7fff9937bff7  libsystem_pthread.dylib (137.1.1) <1373D0F1-C6CA-364E-A6BA-8BDBD0D34670> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_pthread.dylib
      0x7fff994d3000 -     0x7fff994f1fff  libsystem_kernel.dylib (3247.10.11) <FA4DCF42-27B0-3878-9158-E148D208B21E> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_kernel.dylib
      0x7fff99747000 -     0x7fff9974ffef  libsystem_platform.dylib (73.1.1) <3F4D2390-E3DE-3C24-A515-95DFAC8671C4> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_platform.dylib
      0x7fff998e1000 -     0x7fff9a503fff 6.9 (1404.13) <9B600863-6A16-31CB-8138-97AC8F43FBC6> /System/Library/Frameworks/AppKit.framework/Versions/C/AppKit
      0x7fff9c411000 -     0x7fff9c706ff3 2.1.1 <359FC9DB-B64C-3BC7-B9DA-401D8A5337DC> /System/Library/Frameworks/Carbon.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/HIToolbox.framework/Versions/A/HIToolbox

Powerstats for:  FMCore
UUID:            0A21CCE1-22E4-312E-AF34-B37D217CDF6C
Start time:      2015-10-30 18:06:11 -0700
End time:        2015-10-30 18:07:47 -0700
Microstackshots: 11 samples (11%)
Primary state:   5 samples Non-Frontmost App, User mode, Thread QoS Legacy
User Activity:   0 samples Idle, 11 samples Active
Power Source:    0 samples on Battery, 11 samples on AC
  6  _dispatch_mgr_thread + 52 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f32d85]
    2  _dispatch_mgr_invoke + 70 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f3308b]
      2  _dispatch_timers_run + 437 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f410d2]
        2  _dispatch_queue_wakeup_with_qos_slow + 126 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f2eabe]
          1  _dispatch_queue_wakeup_global_slow + 60 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f306f7]
            1  __workq_kernreturn + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994ea78a]
              1  <Kernel mode, Thread QoS User Initiated>
          1  _pthread_qos_class_decode + 315 (libsystem_pthread.dylib) [0x7fff99375044]
            1  <Thread QoS User Initiated>
    2  _dispatch_mgr_invoke + 116 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f330b9]
      2  _dispatch_timers_program + 924 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f37ae4]
        2  kevent_qos + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994eb0a2]
          2  <Kernel mode, Thread QoS User Initiated>
    1  _dispatch_mgr_invoke + 97 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f330a6]
      1  _dispatch_timers_configure + 53 (libdispatch.dylib) [0x7fff98f376f4]
        1  <Thread QoS User Initiated>
    1  kevent_qos + 10 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994eb0a2]
      1  <Kernel mode, Thread QoS User Initiated>
  3  thread_start + 13 (libsystem_pthread.dylib) [0x7fff99373385]
    3  _pthread_start + 168 (libsystem_pthread.dylib) [0x7fff9937592e]
      3  _pthread_body + 131 (libsystem_pthread.dylib) [0x7fff993759b1]
        3  GThread::PthreadInternal(void*) + 223 (cpp-core) [0x100b39867]
          1  ??? (FMCore + 690978) [0x1000a8b22]
            1  ??? (FMCore + 690582) [0x1000a8996]
              1  ??? (FMCore + 85953) [0x100014fc1]
                1  GSystem::OSGetSecondsSince1970() + 18 (cpp-core) [0x100b332da]
                  1  GScopedManagedMemory::GScopedManagedMemory() + 16 (FMCore) [0x100023790]
                    1  GScopedManagedMemory::OSSetupManagedMemory() + 51 (cpp-core) [0x100aec3c5]
                      1  -[NSAutoreleasePool init] + 16 (Foundation) [0x7fff8d35db22]
                        1  _getObjc2NonlazyCategoryList(mach_header_64 const*, unsigned long*) + 21 (libobjc.A.dylib) [0x7fff9081fc51]
          1  ??? (FMCore + 491360) [0x100077f60]
            1  ??? (FMCore + 490776) [0x100077d18]
              1  GThread::ShouldContinueRunning() + 62 (cpp-core) [0x100b38ec2]
                1  GScopedLock::GScopedLock(GLockable&, bool, GLockStrategy*) + 67 (cpp-core) [0x100aebf89]
                  1  GScopedLock::Lock() + 42 (cpp-core) [0x100aec192]
                    1  GBlockingLockStrategy::Lock(GLockable&) + 7 (cpp-core) [0x100a77277]
          1  ??? (FMCore + 29273) [0x100007259]
            1  ??? (FMCore + 38185) [0x100009529]
              1  GIPCReceiver::OSWaitForData() + 5468 (cpp-core) [0x100abc34c]
  2  ??? [0]
    1  __commpage_gettimeofday + 31 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4e3f]
    1  __commpage_gettimeofday + 41 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4e49]
      1  mach_absolute_time + 28 (libsystem_kernel.dylib) [0x7fff994e4072]

  Binary Images:
         0x100000000 -        0x10081eff7  FMCore <0A21CCE1-22E4-312E-AF34-B37D217CDF6C> /Applications/Suitcase Fusion
         0x100a58000 -        0x100cc2ff7  com.extensis.cpp-core-framework 17.3.0 (636887) <A55D00CF-3813-3964-BA0B-9B934A99E2D4> /Applications/Suitcase Fusion
      0x7fff8d359000 -     0x7fff8d6adfff 6.9 (1255.1) <3AD7B198-3943-3919-B6F2-B0C28DC817B1> /System/Library/Frameworks/Foundation.framework/Versions/C/Foundation
      0x7fff90818000 -     0x7fff90b82ddf  libobjc.A.dylib (680) <CE3C3C78-A7BB-3147-8375-55424032FF5E> /usr/lib/libobjc.A.dylib
      0x7fff98f2b000 -     0x7fff98f58fff  libdispatch.dylib (500.10.1) <438F4595-0731-34A2-ACAD-60121A76D1FF> /usr/lib/system/libdispatch.dylib
      0x7fff99372000 -     0x7fff9937bff7  libsystem_pthread.dylib (137.1.1) <1373D0F1-C6CA-364E-A6BA-8BDBD0D34670> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_pthread.dylib
      0x7fff994d3000 -     0x7fff994f1fff  libsystem_kernel.dylib (3247.10.11) <FA4DCF42-27B0-3878-9158-E148D208B21E> /usr/lib/system/libsystem_kernel.dylib


El Capitan and iTunes major problems

So if you read my blog you know I have been having major issues with El Capitan, so much so that I did a fresh install on another hard drive, but it did not fix either my Messages issues or my issues with iTunes.

iTunes has just been incredibly slow. Like so slow it is unusable with constant beachballs. It just barely functions, and even then not much. It is just a mess. I tried what I could, running Diskwarrior and TechTool Pro as well as fixing permissions to see if it would fix anything, but it didn't so I decided to re-import my Library.

This should not be a hard process as it just involves removing the iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Library.xml file from the iTunes folder (SAVE THEM THOUGH), then restarting iTunes. One step they don't tell is that if you Medua is on an external drive, then open itunes and set the Media to that location and the go to Library and import the XML you moved .

Now this took quite a long time for me as it basically brought up a dialogue for every iOS app saying it was already there, either older, newer or the same, and the do the same for all check box did nothing. So about 12 hours later I had my library imported again, and low and behold, while everything i back with proper metadata, iTunes is once again unusable.

Just frozen with a beachball.

It is all also pegging my processor (or at least some of them as shown from Activity Monitor.

 And is sending up a slew of messages in the console, including that it is pegging the processor.

And is is basically beachballing and unusable!

I don't want to lose my whole iTunes Library, which I have literally worked years on! WHAT THE HELL! This is ridiculous, between the iCloud issues and iTunes being completely fucked, El Capitan is the worst update to OS X I have ever used, and I have used them all!

El Capitan Clean Install still can't authorize Messages!

So I decided it had been too long since I have done a clean system install, and since I am having so many OS X problems, I decided to do a clean install. I found an old small hard drive, and wiped it and installed El Capitan on it.

After re-install I tried Messages, and low and behold, I still am getting the can't authorize iMessage message! WTF! And I have a serial number in my about this mac, and have no replaced the motherboard or processors or even ram! THIS IS SO FRUSTRATING! It worked fine until El Capitan!

Honestly I can only think of one thing it could be, and I hope it isn't. I have this Wifi and Bluetooth Card from MacVidCards to enable Handoff, Continuity and Airdrop. It worked fine in Yosemite, but maybe Apple did something to stop it in El Capitan, and that is stopping me from being able to use Messages in El Capitan. Maybe.

Going to also go through all my internet accounts and see if paring them down helps. I don't know, this is so damn frustrating!

Mac Peformance Guide on a new Mac Pro

Mac Performance guide fields a question on why their isn't a new MacPro tower.

And hopefully they have it right, that Apple is not dropping it, but waiting for Thunderbolt 3, which can go over a USB 3.1 cable, and leave it all one port.

Still doesn't answer the need for real PCI slots and the ability to use normal video cards (especially NVIDIA cards), but it would make for a much simpler machine. If a port can be USB, Video or Thunderbolt with the same connector.
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