Archive for the ‘Quicktime’ category

Way To Go DivX. Bags Sony Deal.

January 8, 2008

My buddies at DivX have been absolutely tearing it up lately. Today’s news of a Sony deal is just one more log on an already toasty bonfire. Kudo’s to Steven Chien and crew.

To get a feel for the super nice quality of DivX visit… You’ll be glad you did.

This brings to mind all the QuickTime frustrations I had when I worked at Apple. The QuickTime team just couldn’t quite develop fast enough to satisfy the appetite for better, faster, smoother. Now that the file sizes are beginning to matter less… QuickTime is becoming (maybe already has become) irrelevant. Must admit I really, really like DivX’s solution.


November 24, 2007

Anyone know how to achieve (on a Mac) getting MOV files to the VideoCD (VCD) format? In a pickle and need to skin this particular problem in short order. Thanks!

Screen Recording of Mobile Apps?

May 15, 2007

Anyone know of a good method for recording mobile apps to QuickTime? I use SnapzPro for my Mac screencasts and have to believe there’s some method out there (even if it’s emulation) to do same for mobile apps.

Thanks in advance!

tv QuickTime Export!

March 14, 2007

Quick on the heels of the shipping release of the tv is a nugget from the comments over at Digg…

I’m running 10.4.9 and have QT Pro and can confirm that QuickTime now has an “Export to tv” option. (Screenshot below)

I looked high and low for hints in the plists of the new 10.4.9 and found nothing. This makes perfect sense though!

Apple’s at NAB 2007

March 13, 2007

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A month and one day from now isTomorrow’s the big opening day at NAB 2007 and it’s surprisingly quite surrounding the event. Which doesn’t mean anything other than it’s NOTICEABLY quite before NAB. Google’s Dr. Schmidt will be headlining. Which ought to be interesting in and of itself due to the Viacom lawsuit against YouTube. Doubt he’ll have much to say other than what we’ve already heard come out of their circled wagons.

But, isn’t it interesting Dr. Schmidt will be there (he’s on the Apple Board of Directors in addition to heading up the Googleplex)… I’m betting Apple will be there announcing things. LOTS of things.

So, let’s play a little happy-happy, joy-joy. Shall we? [EDITED 4/11/7]

  • Apple’s big media guns are maybe working on an 8-core bad boy. That’s NAB worthy. ANNOUNCED AND SHIPPING!
  • Apple TV’s supposed to be released mid-March… Technically, March 2 is “mid-march”. But, March 14 is far more “mid-March-ish”. Dontcha think? ANNOUNCED AND SHIPPING!
  • Final Cut Studio Pro is due for a nudge up the version chain… Good NAB material.
  • Finally, 10.4.9 was just released with a QuickTime and iTunes update the week prior. And while I haven’t exactly peeked, poked and prodded for a new Apple TV plist… I’m betting it’s in there somewhere lurking to be found. (I’ll post more should I find anything). ANNOUNCED AND SHIPPING!
  • [EDIT: ??? Wonder if the Apple Corp Beatle’s Collection would be suitable fare for an NAB announce…. waiting and waiting… Now, in light of my obvious overly excited state of wanting something, ANYTHING new to come out of Cupertino… I’m hopeful Apple might actually introduce the Beatle’s collection on APRIL 14th to the tune of “Tax Man”. Back to my gibbering and calendar confusion.]

So, for lack of anything definitively “new” there’s rumors of a QuickTime API coming soon (Leopard or later) and some “core” tie-in’s. QuickTime needs some new juice. DivX is kicking their butts hard.

There’s also the “secret features” of Leopard lurking out there somewhere and I’m jonesing hard for some Bittorrent announcement telling of the much anticipated integration with 10.5. That would just so totally blow the industry away at NAB. Noodle that for a bit… don’tcha think?

More DivX Please?

December 15, 2006

Thomas Hawk has a tight bead on imagery be it photographed or I guess, now video. I had no idea.

Lately I’ve been really jazzed about DivX and it’s quality and penchant for just making a really fine codec. Having recently given a license of DivX away and kept the other for yours truly (congrats again Cal and thanks again DivX!) this is one situation where I didn’t get what I paid for. However, true to the free content meme I immediately went to their site to find some extensions to buy… Alas, no Mac parity to the Windows offering. Yet. Stay tuned though… I’ll be quick to relay the news when they announce the new goodies coming down the assembly line.

DivX Goes Public

October 31, 2006

You know… I knew I was forgetting something this morning when I walked out of the house… DivX was going public today! How the heck could I forget a thing like that!? Davis Freeberg’s Digital Connection » Blog Archive » DivX Unmuzzled – The Quiet Period Ends

I think they’re poised to do some might awesome things with all that extra cash. I’m actually thinking of getting in for a long position. Here’s why… what with the recent valuation of YouTube and how they exited. I’m thinking a public DivX (and their cash positive earnings to date) they’re in a MUCH stronger position than even YouTube was… better technology, Stage6, etc.

Good story there.

Sexy Interface!

October 3, 2006

Heads out of the gutter folks! This is a family style web site… well, most days it is. heheh!

Phil Ryu has posted what I think is one of the slickest application interfaces I’ve seen come out of someplace other than Cupertino… My Dream App » News. FrontRow inspired? Yeah, probably. I think I could use it if for nothing else than at conferences to impress passers by with something they’ve never seen before (like the new iTunes 7 interface).

Video available here too. WOW!

Apple – Seminars Training & Events

September 22, 2006

Free Apple Seminars online? You bet and they’re fantastic! Click for all the details

QT 7.1.3 Flash Playback

September 13, 2006

So, I’m updating to iT7 yesterday and the iTS tells me it needs a QT update to 7.1.3. Okie dokie.

Well, as I’m double checking to see that it didn’t tromp on my QT Pro key I see that Flash playback is now a check box on the prefs pane. HUH!?

Turns out the iPod games are Flash based. Makes sense then that the iPod (a QuickTime device if there ever was one) would inherit the Flash goodness.

VERY slick!