Pointless venting that only affects me ahead – if you don’t want to read it, please feel free to ignore. It’s also a bit long, as I have been known to have a flair for the dramatic.
Larry already knows the gory details this, so this will be a more detailed, colorful retelling of the same shit.
So, I filmed that video that Larry requested for the LL FB page TWO Sundays ago. I did so on my fancy fucking iPhone 10. Truthfully, I sat on editing that video until this past Saturday. I had some time to kill, and I need to edit another video that was shot with the wife's Android phone, so heck man, let’s bang them both out and move on with other tasks at hand.
My video editing software that I use is on my laptop PC. (All the movie stuff I do outside the band is all PC based.) Having never needed to connect my iPhone to my laptop prior to this occasion, I would soon discover that I was woefully ill prepared for the adventure that lay ahead.
Back when I used to have an Android phone myself, if I ever needed to get anything off my phone and onto my computer, just plug in the cable into my phone and any of the open USB ports on the laptop and off you go. Boom. Couldn’t be simpler. I did so with my iPhone. Plugged it into the laptop. Laptop recognizes the iPhone and get the appropriate pop-up asking, “What do you want to do?” and I select open folders to copy pictures and videos. At this point I think I’m cooking with gas.
So, I’m searching through the folders on my iPhone. I find the video I want and all the pictures I took that will be added to the video. I select them and hit “Copy”. I click over to the desktop, right click, hit “Paste”.
FUCKING NOPE. OH HELL NO. NOTHING.
Turns out, you can’t do that. (Or at least I can’t, which seems to be a recurring theme in my world.)
Nothing I do allows me to pull stuff off my phone directly onto the computer with a cable. Hmmmm. OK…maybe Bluetooth? I turn on Bluetooth on both devices. They recognize each other. OK. Can’t pull anything off though. Same shit as before OH MY FUCKING GOD, YOU’RE KILLING ME SMALLS!
After TWO fruitless hours of trying things to the extent on my knowledge on this subject, I got absolutely nowhere. The stream of profanity that exited my face hole was nothing short of legendary. (Even the wife was getting anxious based on my response to the goings on in the other room.) I abandon the proceedings and grab her cell phone. I’ve got to yank the video off her phone because that other video had a hard deadline. (Which was Saturday before midnight.) I plug in her phone. WORKS PERFECTLY. No issues whatsoever. I had it edited and off to its destination an hour after I grabbed it off her phone. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
So, after I calm down about the whole affair (which technically hasn’t happened yet as one might correctly surmise) I do a bit of research. (Slim – FYI - I’m a relative newbie to the whole iPhone world.) It would appear that if one has files backed up into your iCloud, you can access and then download all those files onto your PC laptop with a handy dandy program called “iCloud for the PC” You can also do the same thing if you have Google Drive back up thingy set up on your iPhone. (Which I never did. Never saw the need to pay for two separate back up accounts.) I haven’t tried the iCloud thing yet, but I will in a day or two, depends.
There also appears to be a way to do it with iTunes, but iTunes on the PC is HORSESHIT. It’s a memory hog, and it CONSTANTLY wants to update. We had uninstalled it years ago and we refuse to put it back on there. I have no idea how I could do it with iTunes, but it doesn’t matter anyway. Not going that route thank you very much.
Life…it’s an adventure my friends. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway. Otherwise I’d go fucking mental.
Hope you enjoyed the 100% true story.
And now – cue Paco telling me all the ways I could have accomplished this task without all the frustration. (We love him because these types of situations/scenarios interest him. I just want my fucking files off my fucking iPhone and onto my fucking PC god damnit.)