Tom Nook will hate you because of this one weird trick!

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Harvesting fruit is a great way to make some quick money in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Just visit another island, fill your pockets with fruit that is non-native to your island, and plant as many trees as possible when you get back home. Once you grow enough trees to form an orchard, you can easily make half a million bells or more every three days.

However, picking hundreds of trees can get pretty boring and you might find yourself thinking “there’s gotta be a better way…” Well I’m here to tell you, there is, with ACNH Automator!

ACNH Automator utilizes the joycontrol library to automate repetitive tasks in Animal Crossing New Horizons. Joycontrol (created by mart1nro) is a python based toolset that emulates a Nintendo Switch controller over Bluetooth, so once you’ve followed the instructions to get it installed and running on a Linux OS, you can start raking in the bells! …


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FFmpeg is an open-source, cross-platform tool used to record, convert and stream audio and video files. It can do almost anything that the expensive professional encoding software packages can do, and is an invaluable tool for anyone in post-production.

It comes with a bit of a learning curve especially if you’ve never used command line tools before, however it has great documentation and a very active user base so it’s very likely that you can find examples and answers to your FFmpeg questions on places like Stack Overflow.

Admittedly though, the syntax can be a bit tricky and hard to remember sometimes, so I’ve compiled a list of commands I often use as a reference for myself, with the hope that others can find it useful as well. …


Apple Compressor is a great tool for transcoding video and audio files, and includes options for automatically posting to sites like YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. However, if you want to upload to a video hosting platform that doesn’t have a Compressor “Action” you’ll need to create your own Automator workflow and upload via an API.

In this example I’ll be posting to Wistia.com, a video hosting platform that I highly recommend. I’ve been using it for a few years, the free plan allows for creating an API token for uploading, and it has very helpful documentation.

Here’s an overview of what the final Automator workflow will look like. If you are well versed in Automator and just wanted to copy and paste the code, I’ve included that first. Below that, you can find a basic explanation of the entire workflow, and learn how to use it with Compressor. …


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If you’re a macOS power user, or have done any kind of software development on a Mac, chances are you’ve heard of Homebrew. It’s “the missing package manager for macOS” that lets you run a simple command like

brew install youtube-dl

and within seconds you have access to a new application that you can use in your Terminal.

To new users this might seem like some form of computer-magic, but it’s pretty simple to understand once the steps are broken down.

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Arthur Wilton

Video/Post Production Professional currently studying Software Engineering at The Flatiron School.

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