I’m enjoying my iPhone 4S, but I’ve found that when shooting movies, it captures files at 1080p. Much as I appreciate the high resolution of these movies, their file sizes are pretty big. After downloading them to my Mac, I often want to post or email them, but converting them to a smaller size is a pain. Is there an easy way to do so?
Brett Morrison

There is an easier way via Lion’s version of Automator. Launch Automator and from the sheet that appears, select Image Capture Plugin and then click Choose. Select Movies from the Library pane and drag the Encode Media action into the Workflow area. The Setting pop-up menu gives you a few choices. Choose 720p, which is still technically HD, or 480p if you want a very small movie. Uncheck the Same As Source File option in the action and choose Movies from the Destination pop-up menu (see ‘Automatic movie conversion’). Name and save the workflow (call it ‘Smaller Movies,’ for example).

Now plug your iPhone into your Mac and launch Image Capture. Select the iPhone in the Devices pane and then select the movies on the phone that you want to import. From the Import To pop-up menu at the bottom of the Image Capture window, choose the Smaller Movies workflow that you just created and click the Import button.

Two versions of your movies are imported to your Mac. The original full-size versions appear in the Pictures folder, and the smaller, converted versions show up in the Movies folder. Now all you have to do is locate the file, attach it to an email message, and share it.

With this simple Automator Image Capture plug-in, you can convert your iPhone movies as they’re imported