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Sharing Files via Share Sheets

Mountain Lion introduces a new way of sharing files from almost anywhere via Share Sheets. A Share Sheet menu (indicated by an icon of an arrow pointing out of a rectangle) can be used to quickly send a file through a variety of different means, including AirDrop (discussed earlier in this chapter), Mail, and other online services.

Sharing Files via Mail

A simple example of Share Sheets is using the sheet to share a file via email. To do this, either open the file or select it in the Finder, and then follow these instructions:

  1. Click the Share Sheet button.
  2. Choose Email from the drop-down menu.
  3. Mail starts, and the file is added as an attachment to a new message.

Sharing Media to iTunes

Mountain Lion makes it simple to transfer your media to iTunes for syncing with your iOS devices or playback on your Apple TV. While we might not consider making a file available to another application as “sharing”, Mountain Lion places this option in a Share Sheet. Begin by finding the movie you want to open.

Find the movie file you want to transfer to iTunes and follow these steps:

  1. Double-click to open the movie in QuickTime Player.
  2. Click the Share Sheet button and choose iTunes from the pop-up menu that appears.
  3. Pick which device you plan to view the movie on and click the Share button. The quality and file size increase on the devices at the right side of the list. Be aware that not all choices are always available.
  4. The Movie Export window appears and displays the status of the encoding process.
  5. When finished, close QuickTime Player. Your movie is available in iTunes.

Uploading Files to an Online Service

Using Mountain Lion, you can now share your files with the world via a number of online services—such as YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, and Flickr—without even needing to touch a web browser. YouTube is the most popular destination for videos on the Internet, so we’ll use that as our example. To upload a video to the online service of your choice, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the movie file you want to upload, and double-click to open it in QuickTime Player.
  2. Click the Share Sheet to display sharing options and choose the online destination (in this case, YouTube) from the pop-up menu.
  3. Enter your username and password when prompted.
  4. Choose Remember This Password in My Keychain to streamline the process in the future.
  5. Click Sign In to log into the YouTube service.
  6. Set a category for the uploaded video file.
  7. Enter a title, description, and a set of keywords (called Tags) to describe the video.
  8. Use the Access setting to set the video as Personal, if desired. This limits viewing of the video to individuals who you share it with via the YouTube website. Please note that these settings may vary between the various online services supported in Mountain Lion.
  9. Click Next.
  10. Review the YouTube Terms of Service, and then click Share.
  11. The Movie Export window appears and displays the status of the encoding process.
  12. When finished, a link to the video is displayed.
  13. Close QuickTime Player. Your movie is available online.
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