Adaptive streaming format supports 1080p
Rovi has introduced an update to its video software, DivX Plus. The latest version is claimed to reduce video conversion times, while adding an MP4 output option geared for iPhones and iPads. Users can also stream content to DLNA-compatible devices, such as televisions and set-top boxes.
Converter works with HDV, AVI, MKV, TiVo, more
Foxreal Studio has launched new video conversion software for the Mac, Foxreal Video Converter for Mac. It converts between numerous video formats and has headlining support for Apple ProRes. It also supports other pro-grade codecs like DVCPRO HD and other DVCPRO codecs, HDV, Avid DNxHD and Apple Intermediate. It also converts between common formats like AVI, MKV, MP4, MOV, VOB, MPG, FLV and WMV. It also supports AVCHD MTS/MTS2.
Video conversion software includes editing tools
Elgato has released a new iPhone and iPad compatible software-edition of its video conversion utility, Turbo.264 HD. The app can be used to edit HD camcorder clips on the Mac, and convert the finished product to a high-quality iPhone/iPad supported format. A series of built-in editing tools allow users to crop, scale, rearrange, and combine multiple videos into a single movie, and includes support for both drag-and-drop functionality and multiple video clip conversion.
Magic Bullet Grinder supports H264-encoded video
Red Giant Software has launched a Final Cut Pro plug-in, Magic Bullet Grinder, designed to convert DSLR video into formats compatible with editing software. Users can convert H264-encoded video into ProRes, Standard, ProRes Proxy, and PhotoJPEG formats. The utility supports batch processing and takes advantage of multi-core CPUs for faster conversion speeds or simultaneous processing of multiple videos.
Convert DVD and Blu-ray movies
Pavtube Studio has added to its line of video conversion software with the release of iMedia Converter for Mac. The program works as an audio and video conversion tool capable of ripping DVD and Blu-ray movies. The conversion process is claimed to maintain all aspects of a movie including commentary, menus, titles and ads. When working with high-definition videos, users can compress or recode the data into other formats without losing HD resolution. Support is also included for recorded TiVo shows and animated GIF images.
Converts both video and audio to 50-inch HDTVs
TeleAdapt has launched the Mini DisplayPort and USB Audio to HDMI Adapter, a new cable that enables Mac owners to use an HDTV as an external monitor. Unlike typical adapters that send just the video signal, the TeleAdapt adapter uses USB audio to combine the audio and video signals through the same HDMI cable. It is capable of connecting any Mini DisplayPort-based MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac computer, with supported resolutions up to 1080p.
Convert YouTube videos for playback on iPhone
Moyea has released a new product in its line of file conversion software, the YouTube Converter for Mac. The utility provides tools for downloading and converting any FLV- or F4V-formatted YouTube video into a variety of different file types. Users can also export the files into other applications for further editing, such as iMovie and Final Cut Pro, while batch conversions help save time.
YouTube Converter for Mac update
Pavtube has released a newer version of its YouTube Converter for Mac 1.0, adding Snow Leopard compatibility. The application is designed to convert YouTube videos to a wide arrange of video formats including MP4, M4A, MOV, or WAV, enabling them to be played on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPod, Apple TV or Quick Time Player. The program also doubles as a video downloader, supporting batch downloading, along with converting multiple video files simultaneously.
Video Converter Pro ships
Wondershare has released its newest application, Video Converter Pro for Mac. The software is used to convert a large variety of video types or rip media from non-commercial DVDs. The application supports AVCHD video and can extract audio as an MP3, AAC, WMA or AIFF file. Videos can be converted into formats compatible with devices such as iPods, iPhones, Apple TV, PSPs, and BlackBerrys.
FLV converter ships
Pavtube Studio has launched Pavtube FLV Converter for Mac 1.0, allowing for Flash video conversion to a variety of other video formats. The new converter works with FLV and F4V flash movies, converting them into iPod, iPhone, mobile phone and Apple TV capable formats like MP4, 3GP, MOV, MKV and MP3, among others.
Mac Video Converter Family
iFunia has released the Mac Video Converter Family , a series of video conversion applications for the Mac, iPhone, and other devices that allows users to convert between 40 video formats; the application also includes various video-editing features such as video cropping, trimming, and merging multiple video clips. It supports the latest video formats along with high-definition video and flash video.
ReelBean 4 ($) can be used to convert movies to Apple TV, video iPod MPEG4, H.264, AVI and other formats. The software also has media playing features that allow users to view media files from within the application. The newest version features enhanced support for MPEG1-Muxed format videos, several interface enhancements and various bug fixes. [Download - 6.1MB]
iPrint 2.0 ($15) allows users to select data within an application that they would like to print. The selection of data can be done through the use of a keyboard shortcut or a popup Dock menu and allows users to print only the material they desire to print. A new Preferences window has been added which allows users to set a default option of always displaying both the Page Setup and Print dialog boxes, always bypassing both the Page Setup and Print dialog boxes, or displaying just the Print dialog box. The applications graphics have also been improved along with other small internal improvements. [Download - 1.5MB]
VideoFlash Converter 2.3 ($40) allows the conversion of QuickTime compatible video files to either the Adobe Flash SWF or FLV format. The most popular formats are supported, including AVI, MOV, MPG, DivX and more. Version 2.3 includes improved encoding, jerkless encoding and various bug fixes. [Download - 15.7MB]
Disc Cover 2.3 ($35) helps users create CD and DVD labels, covers, tray inserts, folding booklets, and more. The application includes over 250 professionally made designs that users can customize with their own images or with some of the included images. Along with several performance enhancements and fixes the update includes support for DiscT@2 which allows to etch text and graphics on the data side of DVD discs using a LabelFlash-enabled drive. [Download - 52.3MB]
Typinator 3.4 ($27) is a tool that will type out repeating texts and pictures. Users can set up a list of commonly used words and images, and then set up fragments that can be used trigger each phrase or image. The new version adds a couple of user-requested features and includes a number of small improvements and fixes. Typinator can now be suspended temporarily and preserve the height of the set list when the window size changes. The update also allows the software to expand abbreviations in floating windows such as in Spotlight or the quick entry windows of OmniFocus and TaskPaper. [Download - 2.7MB]
iTunes Consolidator, Today
MacVide 3gp Converter 2.1 ($30) allows the conversion of most popular video files to 3gp mobile video. MacVide 3gp Converter provides options for setting different options for your video files allowing users to change the bit rate, frame rate, resolution or crop the video. Version 2.1 includes enhanced support for AppleScript and Automator actions. [Download - 10.4MB]
KeyBag 1.2 ($50) is designed to record every keystroke entered. The program can keep track of opened applications, conversations, and any keys pressed in the applications. Version 1.2 can export logged results to either the CSV, TXT or HTML file formats and has also been updated with a few bug fixes and overall stability enhancements. [Download - 4.5MB]
iPod Converter 2.1 ($30) is a tool for converting video files to the mp4 format for use on an iPod. The software can covert most common video files including AVI, WMV, MOV, MPG, ASF, and DivX. Within iPod converter users can crop video area, the bit rate, frame rate and video resolution. The 2.1 update has enhanced support for AppleScript and Automator actions. [Download - 10.3MB]
ManHour 1.1 ($10) helps track time while a user is working and can automatically select from multiple hourly rates and calculate fees due. Manhour can be setup with different hourly rates that can be applied to different time intervals. Allowing the application to automatically start charging overtime rates after normal hours have been exceeded. Manhour also allows a user to choose their own billing blocks allowing them to bill per half hour, or even every three seconds. New in version 1.1 is a Log Editor for editing recorded time, flexible log viewing options and new log export functionality. [Download - 1.1MB]
ShutterBug 2.5 ($40) is a website creation tool with the ability to publish web albums, photo journals, and create online stores. The software includes a set of themes and templates that give users the ability to create a custom look with little to no HTML knowledge. The most recent release includes a PayPal Shopping Cart feature that allows one to add a shopping cart to their site without the technical know how behind the coding. The release also includes: Random Order and Loop slideshow options, better handling of text zoom in the browser, Before/After slideshows and image rollovers along with a few other bug fixes. [Download - 3.2MB]
aLunch 3.6 (free) is an application launcher that is accessed from the menubar. The applications contained within it can be organized to make finding items quick and logical. In version 3.6 when a folder is registered into the launcher widow, the function which displays a hierarchical menu by right-clicking is added. The new version also has received slight performance optimizations. [Download - 1.1MB]
Keep Your Word, EasyBatch
OnMyCommand 2.1 (free) is the latest version of Abracode's "contextual menu command line instruction executor" for Mac OS X. Users can add their favorite commands to a master list, and execute them via a universal contextual menu at any time. Version 2.1 features a new progress dialog which allows users to translate command output text into GUI progress and also features support for my controls in custom Cocoa dialogs. Support for PowerPC G3 has been added again after being lost in version 2.0. [Download - 5MB]
Video Converter update
iSkysoft on Friday released the latest version of its video conversion program, Video Converter 188.8.131.52. The update adds support for MKV, WMV, MOD, ASF, MOD and MP2 input formats, as well as MKV and MKA output formats. The program allows users to crop video to remove black sides, trim the length of files, extract audio, or capture pictures while previewing a movie by pressing a snapshot button. Video resolution, frame rate and bit rate can be adjusted, along with audio sample rate, channel, encoder and bit rate.
FotoMagico 2.2 update
Boinx today unveiled FotoMagico 2.2, an update to its photo presentation software that adds a new Sharing Assistant to export projects to a number of different formats for iPhone, Apple TV, or DVD, among others. The update also introduces compatibility with El Gato's Turbo.264 video conversion stick to encode video projects. FotoMagico 2.2 is now available from Boinx' website, priced at $50 for Express and $130 for Pro.
VisualHub 1.31 released
Techspansion has released VisualHub 1.31, an update to its universal video conversion software for Mac OS X that works with Apple TV 'Take 2.' VisualHub eases the conversion process while offering pros an advanced panel for changing all pre-set aspects of encoding. "Converting a bunch of AVI files to a DVD shouldn't require a Computer Science degree," the company writes. "Getting movies from your digital camera to your iPod shouldn't take hours." The software is priced at $24, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
iMac, iPod giveaway
In brief: We've posted a review of the video conversion tool VisualHub, Mediafour is giving away an iMac and iPods, Macfun is offering a 25% sale, iProng Magazine -- dedicated to iPhones and iPods -- has made its debut, and Scotsys is offering some great one-day promotions ... We have posted a review of VisualHub, the logical upgrade to the free iSquint, which has served many of us as the iPod video conversion software of choice for quite some time. VisualHub includes a well-written manual, while iSquint gives you the lyrics of a popular song in the Help menu. VisualHub can also use an Xgrid-enabled network to process any queued files with stitching available to refine a user's workflow. There are a number of cautionary notes in the manual though, not the least of which is the potential to wear down your DVD drive if you convert directly from a disc.