Jul 082016
 

Overview

Disk Utility is an essential tool in the Utilities folder to reformat or re-partition a hard drive, mount or create a disc image, repair disk permissions or perform other disk “first aid,” in Mac OS X. In El Capitan, Disk Utility was improved with a more colorful edition providing at-a-glance information of how you use your disk. In the new macOS Sierra system, the new design of Disk Utility is still here. And there is more things improved for Disk Utility in macOS Sierra.

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Jul 112014
 

What formats does iMovie support?

iMovie is a Mac OS X or iOS based video editing software application created by Apple Inc. iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using either the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras or the computer’s USB port. It can also import video and photo files from a hard drive. iMovie supports multiple video formats and allows you to create projects that are tailored to your specific video format. You can use the following formats in iMovie: DV, HDV, AVCHD, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Animation Codec, Motion JPEG/A, iFrame, h.264, some, but not all, varieties of MP4, MOV. As .mov or .mov is a container, if it contains video codec in one of the above, it will import to iMovie, or it will fail to import to iMovie.

What if if you have video files which are incompatible with iMovie, such as MKV, WMV, AVI, FLV, WebM, DivX, XviD, DVD, VOB, DAV, AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MOD, TOD, MXF and some MP4, MOV, M4V? Is it possible that to add those unsupported video files to iMovie for editing? In fact, about anything can be converted to a format iMovie can use. But what is the best video format for iMovie to convert video to?

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Jul 242013
 

Overview

When trying to import MP4 or MOV files to Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, you will be noticed “File error” and you just fail to add and import MP4/MOV to Final Cut though the MP4 or MOV files can play in QuickTime.

The fact is that you are trying to import files with codec that FCP does not support. Your MP4 or MOV files may use a codec which is not an editting codec supported by Final Cut. MP4 or MOV is a container which can contain video and audio components encoded with different types (codecs). Earily versions of Final Cut Pro like Final Cut Pro 6, Final Cut Pro 5, Final Cut Pro HD are unable to import MP4 or MOV encoded with any codec. Though the latest Final Cut Pro 7 and Final Cut Pro X can import MP4 or MOV encoded in H.264, they still cannot import MP4 or MOV encoded with other video codec.

In order to add the MP4 or MOV files that won’t import to Final Cut, you can convert MP4 or MOV to the editting format Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes or DV. We also recommend you convert your H.264 MP4 or MOV files to editting format Apple Intermediate codec, Apple ProRes or DV before you import to MP4 to avoid long long time rendering process (Compressed format files will need to be rendered to editting format before you can edit the files in Final Cut and usually it will take quite a long time while converting MP4 or MOV to ProRes or DV or AIC before importing will save lots of time.)

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Jun 252013
 

Overview

Foobar2000 is a freeware audio player for Windows 8/7/Vista/XP. It supports a large number of audio file formats including MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, Opus, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND and more with additional components. With it, you can custimize user-interface, organise metadata, files, and folders. In addition, foobar2000 supports for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the converter component.

If you just switched to Mac from Windows system, you may also want to run Foobar2000 on your Mac to take care of music playing on Mac, but only disappointed to find that there is actually no Foobar2000 for Mac. In fact, you are only one of those who search for Foobar2000 for Mac or at least a Foobar similar for Mac, or Foobar replacement for Mac or Foobar alterntaive for Mac. TechiSky will introduce several Foobar for Mac alternatives and their shortcomings in the following.

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Mar 312013
 

Overview

iSquint is a free Mac application that helped you convert videos and movies for an Apple iPod/iPhone/Apple TV compatible device. VisualHub, on the other hand, is a paid Mac app that allows you to convert to more types of devices and media, like for PSP, DV, DVD, AVI, WMV and Flash.

However, the development and support of iSquint and VisualHub stopped in 2008. Three years later, Techspansion released an last updater for support of OS X Lion. Togher with the release, Techspansion also annouced the end of VisualHub the support of software. Luckily, the code used by Techspansion has been left open so developers can pick it up from there and create an app of their own on their Mac computer. But iSquint is a Mac-only program and there is no iSquint for Windows version

This article introduces best iSquint for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP, best iSquint Alternative/Replacement for Mac (Mountain Lion/Lion/Snow Leopard) as well as VisualHub altnernative for Mac and Windows.

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Mar 112013
 

Is there K-Lite Codec for Mac?

Recently switched to Mac computer but have problem of playing MKV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MTS, MXF, etc with default Quicktime player? You probably have used the popular K-Lite Codec Pack (with full name “K-Lite Mega Codec Pack”) on Windows and thought there might be a K-Lite Mega Codec Pack for Mac OS X.

Actually there is not a K-Lite Codec pack for Mac at the time of this writing. However, after testing, Techisky found there is a K-Lite Codec for Mac alternative/equivalent that works similar to K-Lite Codec on macOS 10.12 Sierra, OS X EL Capitan 10.11, Yosemite 10.10, Mavericks(10.9), Mountain Lion(10.8), Snow Leopard(10.7), Leopard(10.6), etc.

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Sep 302012
 

The Issue

iOS 6 gives you 200+ features to make the things you do every day even better on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. On iOS 6, the biggest change for YouTube fans is that there is no Apple YouTube app any more. Also, on iOS 6, Safari features a full-screen for web browsing. Since there is no more pre-installed YouTube app, can we watch YouTube vide on the full screen Safari on iOS 6?

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