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Wedding Video Via iPad


I used my iPad to shoot video of my brother’s wedding. I want to get the file into my computer, but it’s too large to email or place in my Dropbox account. Any ideas on solving my problem?


You can transfer the file to a computer using the iPad’s charging/syncing cable. Just plug it into the computer and if it’s a Mac, launch iPhoto and you can use its import function to transfer the video. If it’s a modern Windows PC, a window should appear and you can use its import function to transfer the video. On a PC running the old Windows XP, you would use the Scanner and Camera Wizard. Apple has an article explaining all this.


What is the best way to transfer files from my old computer with Windows XP to my new computer with Windows 7?


I’d suggest trying the built-in file transfer utility in Windows 7, called Windows Easy Transfer. It’s automated and can operate over a network, or by using USB flash drives, external hard disks or a special cable called an Easy Transfer Cable, which costs under $20.


How do you remove pictures from an iPhone? I have tried to delete them, but I have been unsuccessful.


In the Photos app, in the Camera Roll, which is the main repository for pictures you take on an iPhone, there’s a trash-can icon at the lower right of the screen when you are viewing a photo. Tap it and select “Delete Photo.” The same thing works with Photo Stream, the optional feature that wirelessly syncs pictures among all your Apple devices.

To delete photos synced from a computer via a cable, you have to connect the device to the computer, de-select the albums you chose in the iTunes program and then re-sync.

Write to Walt at mossberg@wsj.com.

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