May 312013

Apple ProRes is Apple’s professional visually lossless video codec, which compresses video very mildly. It is a kind of intermediate Codec optimised for capturing and editing video especially with Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Pro X.

The Apple ProRes format comes in five versions: Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT), and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy). The Apple ProRes 4444 codec offers the utmost possible quality for 4:4:4 sources and for workflows involving alpha channels. Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) provides higher quality than Apple ProRes 422. Apple ProRes 422 (LT) carries roughl 70 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422, thus offers lower quality than Apple ProRes 422. Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) provides the least quality among the five versions. It offers only around 30 percent of the data rate of Apple ProRes 422.

In order to edit MP4 in Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Pro X, the better solution is convert MP4 to Apple ProRes MOV format. If your source MPEG4 video is high resolution 1080P, 720p or above, you can convert your MP4 to Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) or Apple ProRes 422. If you do not care much the video quality, you can convert MP4 to Apple ProRes 422 (LT) or and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy).

This article introduces step-by-step on how to convert MP4 to Apple ProRes 4444, Apple ProRes 422 (HQ), Apple ProRes 422, Apple ProRes 422 (LT) or and Apple ProRes 422 (Proxy) on Mac or on Windows computer in order to edit MP4 with Final Cut Pro, Avid, etc.

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May 232013

Comparing with the iOS iPhone, the Android Samsung Galaxy makes a big progress by supporting many more audio formats, epecially the support of FLAC playback. Audiophiles loves this feature very much as they now can enjoy lossless FLAC audio on their phones. However, Samsung Galaxy still cannot support all audio formats. Either Samsung Galaxy S4 or Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S2, they can not play the lossless audio APE, CAF, AU, AIFF and Apple Lossless ALAC.

In order to play APE, CAF, AU, AIFF or Apple Lossless ALAC, a recommended solution is to convert them to Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/S2 friendly audio formats. If you care the quality of the output audio, converting APE, CAF, AU, AIFF or ALAC to FLAC or WAV is recommended. If you do not care about the quality of the music, you can convert APE, CAF, AU, AIFF or ALAC to MP3, a versatile audio format across system and devices.

This article will guides you step-by-step on how to convert APE, CAF, AU, AIFF and ALAC to Samsung Galaxy supported audio FLAC, WAV or MP3 to transfer to Galaxy S4, S3 or S2 for easy playback.

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May 152013

Easy Solve Issue of “MP4 Won’t Play on Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/S2/Tab/Note/Ace”


Starting from June 2010, Samsung released a series of mobile phones and tablets named starting from Samsung Galaxy like Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Tabe, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Ace and the newly launched Samsung Galaxy S4. Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets are big success with advanced features. In the video codec support, comparing with Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy devices have made great progress. Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Tab, Note and Ace not only support MP4, H.264 format, but also support AVI, WebM, 3GP, WMV format.

Then, you may ask MP4 is announced to be support playback on Samsung Galaxy series, how come I cannot play my MP4 files? When trying to watch MP4 video files on Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, S2, Tab, Note, Ace, message says “Error viewing the video” or “Sorry, this video cannot be played”.

Why “MP4 cannot Play on Samsung Galaxy S4/S3/S2/Tab/Note/Ace”

The fact is Samsung can play most of MP4 files. Several special MP4 videos will not be played as MP4 is a container video format which may encode with a variety of codecs like H.264, MPEG-4, Xivd, DivX, MPEG-4 ASP etc. or with subtitles or multi-channel audio tracks. As MPEG-4 AVC H.264 codec, support is limited to the required specifications. If your MP4 files are using audio and video codec that Samsung Galaxy cannot support or your MP4 files cannot meet the supported specifications of audio and video codec, your Samsung Galaxy phones or tablets will fail to play MP4 files. Even you download different Android video player, they still fails to play.

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May 142013

Samsung Galaxy S4, the most powerful and desirable device Samsung has created yet, is packed with a glut of high end features. Samsung Galaxy S4 features a stunning 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED™ display that’s powered by a robust 1.9GHz quad-core processor. With Group play, it’s possible to connect up to 8 phones wirelessly to play games and share your favorite tunes, photos, and documents. What’s more, Samsung Galaxy S4 is the first touch free mobil phones which lets you experience a whole new way to interact with your smartphone. You can wave your hand at the screen to accept calls with Air Gesture, read content by tilting your head or phone with Smart Scroll and preview content by barely touching the screen with Air View.

It’s a pity, however, like any other android iOS phones and tablet, there is no Recycle Bin preset in the Samsung Galaxy S4. That means the data recovery problem is yet to be solved. Once you or your baby accidently deleted a precious photo or document file, it’s impossible to retrieve them unless with the help of third party software.

This article introduces the best Samsung Galaxy S4 data recovery software which helps you recover lost SMS, messages, contacts, photos, videos, documents from android 4.2 Samsung Galaxy S4 and a step-by-step guide to restore lost data from Android Samsung Galaxy S4.

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May 092013

Core Audio Format with .caf extension, is a container for storing audio, developed by Apple Inc. to overcome limitations of older digital audio formats, including AIFF and WAV. A CAF file is not limited to 4GB file size like older digital audio formats. Soundtrack Pro and Logic Studio use the .caf format extensively for their loop and sound effects library, particularly for surround-sound audio compressed with the Apple Lossless codec.

AIFF is the standard audio file format used by Apple for storing high-quality (CD-quality ) audio data for personal computers and other electronic audio devices. AIFF files are more commonly seen as .AIF on Windows systems.

Because of the format compatiblity of CAF and AIFF with the Apple devices and the Apps on OS X computer, sometimes we will need to convert CAF to AIFF. This article includes a detailed instruction to convert CAF to AIFF, convert 24bit CAF to 24bit AIFF, convert CAF 5.1 (6 channels) to AIFF 6 channels.

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May 072013

XLD, short form for X Lossless Decoder, is a popular free tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various ‘lossless’ audio files including OGG, FLAC, Monkey’s Audio .APE, Wavpack (.wv), TTA, Apple Lossless ALAC, TAK, Shorten (.shn), AIFF, WAV, etc. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding.

Unlike Handbrake (a famous video converter available for both Mac and Windows user), XLD can only run on Mac OS X. So there isn’t XLD for Windows at all. If you are trying to find X Lossless Decoder for Windows, this article introduces two XLD for Windows alternatives to help you convert, play your Lossless audio format and any common audio format.

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May 032013

.OMA or .OMG file is music file saved in Sony’s ATRAC3 or Atrac3plus or ATRAC Advanced Lossless (AAL) format by OpenMG Audio; Some OMA files may contain DRM copy protection to prevent the file from being played on unauthorized computers or devices.

The OpenMG’s compliant software, Sony SonicStage (similar to iTunes, Windows Media Player and RealPlayer), is commonly used by Walkman users for managing the library of ATRAC OMG/OMA and MP3 recordings on a Windows PC and is capable of transcoding MP3, CD WAV files to OpenMG/ATRAC3.

If you ripped CD to .oma, omg or atrac lossless format (.oma) in the earlier year, you will need to reconvert them to the popular audio format MP3 as OMA is not compatible with many media palyers and portalbe devices such as iTunes, Realplayer, WLMP (Windows Live Media Player) iPod, iPad, iPhone, Samsung. Even the Sony’s PS3 will not support OMA file.

This article introduces a step-by-step guide on how to convert OMA, DRM OMA (Protected OMA), OMG, AAL (atrac lossless) to MP3 to Play OMA on Mac, Windows PC, iPod, Samsung, iPad, iPhone, etc.

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