How to Copy an SD card to a Hard Drive using only an iPhone iPad iOS 13 NO LAPTOP

Aaron shows you how to use an iPhone through a powered USB hub to copy an SD card to a HDD/SSD without a laptop.
It is now possible to use only an iPhone to copy or backup an SD card to a HDD (hard disk drive) through a USB hub without using a laptop….

Aaron shows you how to use an iPhone through a powered USB hub to copy an SD card to a HDD/SSD without a laptop.

It is now possible to use only an iPhone to copy or backup an SD card to a HDD (hard disk drive) through a USB hub without using a laptop. This is huge for travelers, backpackers, adventurers, and film makers. Having all of your footage on a single SD card is scary. Losing or having the card fail can be catastrophic. Often it’s not possible to have a laptop while backpacking or traveling. Aaron shows how to use a powered USB hub to run access a portable hard drive using an iPhone Xs.

Aaron shows the process of using IOS 13’s File app for connecting, copying, pasting, creating folders, navigation, and ejecting devices. This is great for photographers, videographers, drone operators, filmmakers, adventurers, travelers, and the like. This technique works for SD, CF, Compact Flash, QXD, and any other card you can think of. You can even copy your USB mass storage camera/camcorder to a HDD/SDD using your iPhone or iPad.

Video table of contents

0:13 SD to HDD and thumb drives overview
2:04 Files on iOS 12 and iOS 13
2:24 Hardware overview
2:39 Powered USB hub options
3:17 Required iPhone adapter
3:29 Wall power for phone
3:41 SD card to phone
3:58 How the iPhone handles non-standard file formats like Canon camcorders or Sony RX100
4:29 How to connect everything
5:41 Inserting & Detecting SD card
6:40 Connecting HDD to iPhone
7:11 How to copy a folder of the SD card
7:33 Creating and naming a folder on the HDD using iPhone
7:59 How to paste file from SD to HDD – special trick
8:13 Beginning paste from SD to HDD
10:28 Finished copy from SD to HDD
11:05 Why use a powered hub with HDD
11:15 Viewing files on HDD
11:42 Overview of ejecting all devices, risks, indicators
12:30 Eject SD card
12:54 Eject HDD (portable laptop hard drive)
13:22 Why SD backups matter (saved $10,000 shoot)
15:08 Other iOS 13 features
15:08 Plug in 64GB Sandisk SD chip
15:14 How to copy any camcorder or other folder
16:19 Future How To SD to SD video plan
16:56 Device eject issues and indication
17:08 HDD drive light indicator
17:14 SD card reader access light indicator

How to use external storage on iPad and iPhone with iOS 13
Everything you need to know about external hard drives and iPadOS
Everything you need to know about external hard drives and iOS 13

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LaCie 2TB Hard disk (HDD):
Sandisk 2TB Solid state drive (SDD):
Sandisk 64GB SD card:
Sandisk 32GB SD card:
Sandisk USB 64GB thumb drive:
USB and SD card reader hub:
Lightning to USB & power adapter:
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Getting away from iPhoto

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 5.00.49 PMIf you own a Mac and have ever downloaded pictures to your computer, you’ve been prompted to add images to iPhoto. This is a very handy program for you to organize, edit, and share your photographs.

The program is built in, it’s free, and it’s quite powerful for the cost. Many people use the software and been quite happy with it.

However, if you photograph a great deal, are serious about your shooting, and really need to upgrade your images, the only major software on the market now is Lightroom. It has far more capability than iPhoto, being able to manage images with  keywords, collections, heavy editing, and seamless integration with Photoshop.

iPhoto to Lightroom

What happens when you have overwhelmed the abilities of iPhoto and you want to expand your repertoire, go pro, or whatever else you might like to do with your images? How do you get these images out of iPhoto and into Lightroom easily? Unfortunately there’s no easy answer. There are software packages out there to do the conversion but there’s nothing that’s truly dominating the market.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 5.10.40 PMYou are most likely going to need to convert manually. Before you break out in a cold sweat, don’t worry, it’s not a terribly complex deal, just a bit laborious. However, once you make the switch to using Finder to organize your photos on the Mac then use Lightroom to edit the ones you want to work on, you’ll be set.

Mac, iPhoto and Lightroom tutoring

I spent the afternoon with a private lesson student working on exactly this process. There were over a hundred events in iPhoto to convert. At first it seemed overwhelming, but once I shared the tricks and procedure of how to make the conversion and organize the files, the student saw it really wasn’t a complex process. Just a bit laborious. Once the folders are set up in Finder and the files are exported as originals out of iPhoto, it will be much easier to manage, view, and share these images.

If you’d like help with this process, contact me and I can arrange a lesson show you how to make the daunting task manageable.

List of file names on a Mac

Finder file section
Finder file sectionList 

List of file names on Mac

Sometimes when I’m working with images, I need to create a file name listing for a copyright registration, contract, or the like. There are many ways to do this using Terminal or an app. Getting a listing of file names can seem like a daunting task, as you think you might even have to type each one up.

But it’s possible to forego all of that and use a simple copy and paste. It’s a Mac after all.

In Finder, go to the folder you want the names of the file, select all the files you need the names for, and hit COMMAND+C or go to Edit-Copy.

File names in Textedit
File names in Textedit

Then open a new file in Textedit (A capable text editor built into the Mac) and then select Edit->Paste and Match Style.

Voila. You will have the names of the files you selected in Finder, ready in a handy text file. Nothing complex, no terminal interaction, just file in names in a few simple steps.

Create PDF from images

This morning I ran into a problem where I needed to convert a series of photos into a


single PDF document.  I am going down to Mexico for two weeks to climb two of their highest peaks and needed to get the old release of liability form out of the way.  And then email it to the guide service.  It’s a brainless process to take the iPhone, make photos of each page, then email the pictures.

But the company I am going with needs/wants the form back in a single PDF, so there’s not so much to manage.  At first I looked around for an application to do that, then I realized I’m on a Mac and I bet there’s the ability to create an Automator workflow to take care of that.

Sure enough, after a little looking around, I found a way to create an application.  It took two minutes to make it.  I can’t believe how easy it is to do this, whereas on my old PC I would have had to download an application, get a virus or two in the process, suffer through whatever bad programming was built in, then finally get my PDF.  I wouldn’t even bother to have tried to write software to do it myself, on either the Mac or PC.

Now, on my Mac, it’s taken longer to write this blog entry than it did to create the single

Automator images to PDF
Automator images to PDF

PDF from four different images.  In fact, I was looking through the actions in Automator and found there’s an action to create an ePub file from text.  This text can then be read on a Kindle or in the Mac/iPhone’s Kindle app.  How cool is that.  I digress.

In any case, here is a link to the Automator action to create a PDF from one or multiple images.  To create a PDF from multiple images, hold the Command button when clicking those image files.  The Choose a Finder Item: dialog might open behind some other open windows, so make sure it’s not hiding.

If you don’t want to download the above Automator action, you can just take the image to the right, duplicate it in Automator by dragging the two actions in and save it as an application.  Then you will have created an Automator application.  Something that would have taken me hours or days now takes literally minutes with Automator.


Faster Macbook Pro wakeup

I’ve been enjoying working with my Macbook Pro Retina since the beginning of 2013

Macbook Pro terminal
Macbook Pro terminal

when I returned from Antarctica.  Editing HD video from the expedition was not possible on my 2005 vintage Macbook Pro.  It just was not happening.

One thing I noticed is that my machine waked up instantly from sleep and is ready to go for logging in.  However,  if I let it sleep for a couple of hours, it seems like the machine takes forever to come up.  And with a built-in solid state drive (SSD), forever equates to about 12-15 seconds.  On my old machines, especially the PC, waking up from a deep sleep equated to a minute or more – a serious time waster for a power user.

After some surfing around, I found that the machine goes into what’s essentially a hibernation mode that can maintain the machine for up to 30 days on a fully charged battery.  That’s pretty cool but I use my machine daily.  So I want the fastest performance possible.

Here are the instructions on how to make your Macbook Pro Retina wake up from sleep rather than standby:

Here’s how to do it on your MacBook.

First bring up Terminal by going to Spotlight and typing Terminal.

Then, run the following pmset command with the -g flag (in Terminal) to see what your current sleep time is (in seconds):

pmset -g |grep standbydelay

Terminal will then display the time in seconds before the Macbook Pro enters standby.  Note the value if you want to reset it to factory default.  In my case, my machine was at 4200 seconds or 70 minutes.

standbydelay 4200

To change the standby delay from 1 hour to 24 hours, type this command in the terminal window:

sudo pmset -a standbydelay 86400

This will get you to a 24 hour sleep (86400 seconds) before standby.  Note that you will need to enter your administrator password when doing this.  Also, be careful to type the instructions above exactly.  When you do a “sudo” operation, you are running as a system administrator and, though the machine warns you of this:

WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your typing when using sudo. Type “man sudo” for more information.

To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

you are now in ultimate command of your machine.  It’s not a big deal, just don’t make a typo.

Now my machine always wakes up and is ready to go in 2 seconds.

Adding .mobi file to Kindle for Mac

As I’m writing my book, all sorts of technical issues come up, like what word processor to use, how to manage content, and then this:

My own Kindle .mobi book in Kindle for Mac
My own Kindle .mobi book in Kindle for Mac

Can you read your home-brewed mobi files on Kindle Reader for Mac? If so, how?


To make a downloaded or created Kindle file (extension .mobi) available in the Kindle for Mac program, the file has to be dragged over the application icon in the open application bar in Mountain Lion.  Kindle for Mac doesn’t have an option to import the file.  Copying the file into:

Kindle in application bar
Kindle in application bar

Users – User name – Library – Application Support – Kindle – My Kindle Content

does not make the .mobi file show up, either.  Kindle has to import and convert the .mobi file into two separate .mpb and .azw files before showing up in the library.  The only way to do the import is to drag the file over that icon.  It is a little obtuse, as I never would have guessed to do it.  But that’s Mac.  Thank goodness for Google answering my questions.  Now I have this blog for future notes if nothing else.

Also, getting the user library to show up is a trick.  It’s a hidden folder to prevent unwary users from trashing their machine.  To show the folder, click into the Users home folder, then click Go->Go to folder… and type in library.  From here you can navigate around.  Be careful – you can really wreck things if you fool around with the contents of this folder.  You have been warned.

Kindle contents path
Kindle contents path

Quicktime screen capture show green

When I was making a screen capture with Quicktime this morning, all of the videos kept

Quicktime screen capture
Quicktime screen capture

coming up with a green screen.  No information.  The data rate was really low.  For a minute of video, there was only 1 MB of information instead of 100MB.  Not a good sign.  When I played back the video, there was nothing but a solid green screen.

To fix this problem, I had to use the Macintosh Repair Disk Permissions utility.  This is the one failing I’ve found with Macs – the disk permissions problem.  Why this happens, I’m not sure.  But it does.

Repair disk permissions
Repair disk permissions

To fix it, power down the Mac, then restart it while holding Command-R.   Once the computer completely boots up to the install screen, click the continue in English button, then select the Disk Utility tool.  Near the bottom of the window, there will be a button to Repair Disk Permissions.  Click that button and wait.  There will be a stream of stuff flying by and then in the end, the computer will report disk permissions repaired.  Quit the disk utility, then select restart machine.

The Quicktime screen record utility will start and the video screen capture should start

Quicktime screen capture
Quicktime screen capture

working again.

The video screen capture utility through Quicktime in Mountain Lion is invaluable for making videos demonstrating things or capturing something else going on, say a Google Earth animation, to replay in a bigger video.  This is what I have been doing for my film.

There is no particular reason to purchase another screen capture program, as Quicktime already has one built in.  There are so many nice, built in tools in Mountain Lion, I’m still blown away compared to my PC.

More Mac stuff – Finder folder ordering

In an attempt to become more efficient at using my Mac, I’ve had to search for a way

Control-J Window
Control-J Window

to view my files in a more organized way in the Finder.  The default is alphabetical with every file type and folder mixed in.  That’s not how I think.  Normally, I’m traversing file structures and drilling down.  That’s what eats up the most time.

On the PC, I always had everything sorted by folders first, then each type of file is together and then those files are sorted alphabetically.  It worked really well and I was able to move quickly.

On my Mac, I found how to arrange by kind in Finder.  Hit Command-J and it’ll bring up the sorting window.   Continue reading “More Mac stuff – Finder folder ordering”