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August 15 2012 4 15 /08 /August /2012 14:30

If you purchased a new Mac recently then you might be pleasantly surprised to hear that you’re entitled to a free upgrade of Apple’s latest version of OS X, 10.8 Mountain Lion. Customers who purchased directly from Apple or from an authorised reseller on or after June 11, 2012 are eligible – and who doesn’t love a free upgrade?

The process isn’t particularly complicated, though as of writing this, Apple have not notified all eligible customers so today we’ll take a look at how you can claim the upgrade for free. The upgrade isn’t Mac-specific so even if you didn’t purchase an updated Air or Retina MacBook Pro you can still claim for your iMac or Mac Mini.

Why Should I Bother?

Mountain Lion is the next iteration of OS X, following on from version 10.7. There are a number of new features (over 200, according to Apple) and while many of them will be hidden from sight, there are a few noticeable reasons to upgrade. If you’re an iPhone or iPad owner then it will be hard not to draw comparisons between iOS and 10.8, and you’ll undoubtedly benefit the most from the update.

Notes, Reminders and a new app called Messages are only a few of the new arrivals, with the latter including multi-protocol instant messaging support (Google Talk, AIM and more join the party) as well as the integration of Apple’s own messaging service, iMessage.

Similarly, a new security feature called Gatekeeper will by default only allow software from the Mac App Store to be installed, though this can be easily modified or completely turned off via the Security & Privacy settings under System Preferences. AirPlay mirroring is another juicy feature that will allow you to send whatever is on your Mac’s screen to an AirPlay receiver like the Apple TV.


Finally the upgrade is free, and while it only costs $20 anyway – the cheapest an Apple OS upgrade has ever been – you’ve probably spent enough on your new PC as it is. Just don’t forget to backup any data you can’t live without before updating. Despite the fact that the upgrade should be quick and painless, it’s still possible something might go wrong somewhere.

The Up To Date Program

First visit the Mountain Lion Up To Date Program and input your purchase date, place of purchase, country and locale information as well as the name of the reseller (if applicable) you purchased from. Seeing as you’re probably a home user you can ignore the Right To Copy field entirely. Click Continue to advance the form to the next stage.


Next you will be asked to fill out your name, address and provide an email ID for verification purposes. This is the email that Apple will use to send you your code, and in order to keep it simple I personally used the same email I use for my Apple ID. This probably doesn’t make a huge difference, though I did receive my code in less than 24 hours. Fill out all the information on this screen and then click Continue again.


In order to claim your upgrade you will need to submit your Mac’s serial number to Apple for verification. This number is unique to your machine and you should keep it private, except under circumstances such as these (or support requests). You can find this information by clicking the Apple logo in the top left corner of the screen, then clicking About This Mac.


Click More Info to display a list of information, including your machine’s serial number which you can select and copy (Cmd+C). You can then paste this into the box on the next screen, with the option of adding more serial numbers for multiple machines if necessary. Again, clickContinue to advance the form.


Finally you may be asked to include your proof of purchase as a scanned document in this final stage. If you don’t have a scanner I’d recommend something like TurboScan for iPhone or an equivalent scanner app for your Android or Windows Phone device. Upload, clickContinue and sit back and wait.


Receiving Your Code

You should receive your code by email, and as I’ve mentioned, mine arrived in less than a day. Apple will actually send two emails – one titled “OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Content Code Email” with an attached password-protected PDF document, and another titled “OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date Password Email” with the password required to open the PDF containing the activation code.


Once you have got your code, open the Mac App Store and on the right-hand side under theQuick Links heading should be an option called Redeem which you must click.


Paste your code into the provided box and click Redeem – your download should now begin and Apple’s OS X update wizard should guide you through the rest of the process. Remember to make sure you have a recent backup before restarting to complete the installation!

Have you tried Mountain Lion? Did you get a free upgrade? Did it all go smoothly? Let us know in the comments, below.

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August 14 2012 3 14 /08 /August /2012 07:42

 

OS X Mountain Lion is finally here, and if you're like us, you're eager to install it and start playing with the more than 200 new features Apple has tucked away in its fur -- so let's have a look at what this process entails.

A new version of OS X is always an exciting time for Mac users, and Wednesday's big release of OS X Mountain Lion is no exception. Whether you're still running Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or the now defunct OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion is easily worth the $19.99 purchase from the Mac App Store.

 

Can I Upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion?

As with any new upgrade, your first stop should be Apple's "how to upgrade" web page, which details all of the Mac models eligible for OS X Mountain Lion. Unlike the upgrade from Snow Leopard to OS X Lion, not all Macs are created equal -- and some that run OS X Lion just fine will not be able to install OS X Mountain Lion at all.

Here's the list of eligible Macs, straight from Apple's website:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)

 

Assuming your Mac is up to the task, the next step is to head to the Mac App Store and make your purchase -- but if you're on Mac OS X Snow Leopard, there's one more thing you'll need to do first.

Installing OS X Mountain Lion requires Snow Leopard 10.6.8, so make sure to run Software Update if you haven't already. That will allow OS X Mountain Lion to install without a hitch.

 

 

Buying OS X Mountain Lion

If you've purchased a new Mac since the WWDC keynote on June 11, you're eligible to get OS X Mountain Lion free through Apple's Up-to-Date Program. There's just one catch: You have to be patient and wait for them to send you a redemption code via email before you'll be able to install.

While that's certainly better than the old days of receiving a DVD in the mail, it's little consolation when everyone around you is installing the OS first. Be sure to hit up our step-by-step guide for the Up-to-Date Program.

For the rest of you, head to the Mac App Store and buy OS X Mountain Lion for $19.99. That's the cheapest Mac OS X update since 10.1 "Puma" in 2001, which was a freebie for those who had suffered through the initial 10.0 release.

Click the Buy button, then sit back as the OS X Mountain Lion installer (all 4.05GB of it) cascades onto your Mac as fast as your broadband connection will allow. Go ahead, we'll wait.

 

 

Installing OS X Mountain Lion

When the Mac App Store download is complete, you'll find an "Install OS X Mountain Lion" icon in your Applications folder, as well as in your Launchpad. Double-clicking it will make the magic start happening for you.

 

Now you'll be greeted by a splash screen with the image of a very serious mountain lion.

 

To proceed, click Continue, then click Agree twice to confirm that you do, in fact, agree to Apple's software license agreement. (But if you don't, clicking Disagree will grind things to a halt while you ruminate on said agreement.)

 

The installer will now find your boot drive, which for most of us is called Macintosh HD. Should you wish to install OS X Mountain Lion elsewhere, you can click "Show All Disks" to find another, otherwise you should be ready to go. Click Install to continue.



Next, the software will perform a brief installation prep -- although our mid-2010 27-inch iMac claimed this would take "about three minutes," it zipped by much quicker than that, followed by an automatic restart of the computer. (You can also click "Restart" to speed things along.)



Now the waiting begins as your Mac restarts and actually performs the installation onto your boot drive. In our case, the iMac reported this would take about 34 minutes, which turned out to be fairly accurate in this case.

When the installation is complete, your Mac will restart a second time and you should be looking at OS X Mountain Lion in all of its glory once the computer starts back up again.

 

 

Post-Installation Notes

OS X Lion users who have installed OS X Mountain Lion over the older version will have the easiest upgrade path. Log into your account and you're ready to rock -- that is, unless you chose not to configure iCloud prior to installing the new version.



In that case, you may see an Apple ID setup screen, which also applies to those making the transition from Snow Leopard. Enter the ID and password (or create one, if necessary), click Continue twice and you're in business. You may also be prompted to allow Location Services, which is required for using Find My Mac.

Of course, if you're installing from scratch onto a newly-formatted drive, you'll have a few more options, including choosing a Wi-Fi or Ethernet network as well as being offered to Transfer Information to This Mac, which allows users to move data from an existing Time Machine backup over to the new installation.



Don't be afraid if you get a screen notifying you of "incompatible software" -- this is standard with all major Mac OS X upgrades, and disables kernel extensions or even applications that Apple has found to be incompatible with the latest operating system release. (In our case, Snapz X Pro was found to be just such an offender.) These files will be moved to a new "Incompatible Software" folder on your startup disk rather than deleting them outright; users can choose to return them to where they were, but it's probably not advisable to do so.



We were also asked to again allow keychain access to our non-iCloud email accounts (including Gmail), and you'll want to choose "Always Allow" to make those prompts go away for good. You may also be prompted to install Java for apps that require it (which includes Presence, as shown above).

If you didn't run Software Update or check the Mac App Store Updates tab prior to installing OS X Mountain Lion, now would be a great time to do that to avoid any compatibility issues. For example, Apple has pushed out a ton of updates on the heels of OS X Mountain Lion's release for its own productivity apps, and there are likely to be others available as well.

Last but not least, it's recommended to move the OS X Mountain Lion installer to a safe location, just in case you want to reinstall it on another system. Although users can choose to download it again from the Mac App Store, it's likely to vanish when the next major version is released, much like OS X Lion did on Wednesday morning. Better safe than sorry!

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The latest desktop operating system from Apple called Mountain Lion just became available. It claims to include over 200 new features and most users agree, it's worth the $20 upgrade fee. Meanwhile a free beta version of Microsoft's Windows 8 has been available for some time and will become official on October 26th. As computing moves more toward mobile devices and both operating systems demonstrating a trend that reflect a "post-pc" era we couldn't help making some comparisons between the two contenders for your desktop (and mobile devices).
Some May Love It, Some May Hate It
Both Windows 8 and Mountain Lion represent a merging of desktop operating systems and mobile operating systems. The tile-based Metro UI in Windows 8 and the iOS-like apps in Mountain Lion point to the general "appification" of both operating systems.

In Mountain Lion, Messages work with their iOS counterpart allowing you to send text, photos and video messages. Even files up to 100 MB can be "dropped" into messages. Reminders with Calendar integration can all be synched in Apple's "iCloud." Notes in Mountain Lion like their iOS counterparts can also be synched in the cloud. A new notification interface also shares a look and feel of iOS notifications.

Windows 8 uses tiles that look the same on a desktop or tablet as they will on a Windows 8 phone. The tiles can display active information like the current weather or stock prices. Some users find that using tiles for notifications is a more appealing technique than the new Apple notification "center."

Some users may find the merging of the desktop and mobile operating systems undesirable and long for the good old days of desktop computing while others will find the commonality of the user experience refreshing.

The Battle for the Living Room
Mountain Lion gets a new version of AirPlay which includes the ability to "mirror" what is displayed on your device's screen, like a movie or an application, onto a big screen TV, using an Apple TV. Apple's Game Center is an attempt to make up for lost ground in the gaming department where Microsoft with Xbox and a popular PC gaming platform has a big lead. Apple's Game Center on Mountain Lion will allow users of Apple devices to play against each other through an Apple TV. Meanwhile Microsoft is hoping that game developers will find it easy and beneficial to port Win 8 games and apps across a similar set of devices that includes laptops, desktops, tablets, and phones.


Apple may launch a major offensive in the battle for the living room with a rumored Apple TV and we mean a "real" big screen HDTV set with the Apple touch. So far some say it makes sense and Apple will announce it while others dismiss it as "never going to happen." What do you think?

Who Will Have the Best Ecosystem?
Both Mountain Lion and Windows 8 use a single sign-in to get you running on iCloud and Windows Live where you can then synch your docs, photos, contacts, calendars, music and more across all your devices. Apple's ecosystem can also save you money on phone bill with use if iMessage and FaceTime. Meanwhile Microsoft owns Skype which we're sure will figure prominently in the Microsoft ecosystem.
The Future User Interface Will Be Gestures
Windows 8 and more and more Mac OS X are really meant for gesture input which in the future, will deliver best experience on a touchscreen or touchpad. Mountain Lion has added more multi-touch gestures while both operating systems move toward multi-touch gesture-based input. Is the one or two button mouse as we know it heading for extinction?

It's also just a matter of time before desktop computer monitors will be touchscreens while "hybrid" computers that combine touchscreens on laptops should continue to grow in popularity as users feel more comfortable swiping, tapping and pinching their way around the operating system.
Malware and Security
As the installed base of Apple products continues to grow, the malware developers may find the Apple platform a more attractive target. Some aspects of the Apple operating systems like the Unix core and Apple's tighter control on apps may help make it more difficult to breach the Apple defense. But not long ago 600,000 OS X users were reportedly affected by the Flashback Trojan that Apple was a bit slow to respond to. In Mountain Lion, Apple added a new security system called Gatekeeper that uses a Developer ID to help make sure software that you install is not malware. Meanwhile Microsoft, to the chagrin of the third party anti-virus companies, has incorporated into Windows 8, Windows Defender which includes the same protection currently in Microsoft Security Essentials. But that doesn't mean you still shouldn't consider the comprehensive protection applications from companies like McAfee and Symantec. Microsoft continues to beef up their defense against evil-doers with new features like Trusted Boot which can prevent a malicious program from starting before Windows does and should help prevent rootkit malware from working.
 

Whoever Has the Most Apps May WinWith over 600,000 iPhone apps 100,000 iPad apps and a growing library of Mac apps not to mention all the built-in creativity apps like iMovie, Apple has a lot to offer in the way of software and, as we always say, software sells hardware. Microsoft used to dominate the application war with a massive library of freeware, shareware and business application not to mention the mother of all apps; Microsoft Office. Time will tell if Microsoft can convince developers to continue to support the Microsoft platform. Steve Balmer knew this was important way back in 2006 and it's now more important than ever.
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If someone gave me the choice of picking just one media player to take to a deserted island, I would most definitely plonk for VideoLan’s VLC Media Player. I really don’t know whether I would get too much of a chance to watch anything while I am marooned there, but when it comes to versatility, no other player comes close. Thank God! VLC Media Player is free. It is Open Source and cross-platform too.

That VLC pretty much plays everything that you throw at it is old news. It is also a media genie when it comes to other things apart from playing movies. 

In the latter post, we talked about what VLC can do…

  • Rip & Transcode Videos
  • Internet Radio & Podcast Management
  • Video Effects
  • Snapshots
  • Play Video as ASCII Output

But there are still some ‘top secret’ features left to talk about. So, let’s spill the beans.

Use VLC as an Online Video Downloader for YouTube

Using a combination of VLC and your browser, you can download videos from YouTube and a few other video sites. Copy the URL of the video you want to download. For instance, in YouTube it could be like this:

1. Click on Media – Open Network stream. Paste the URL and click the Play button in the player.


2. VLC Media Player starts streaming the video.  Now, click Tools – Codec Information and at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box. Copy the long URL in the box and paste it on your browser’s address bar. The browser will now start playing the video file. You can download the video file to your desktop by doing a Save As…. Or you can choose to record the video.


I tried this out with YouTube. Let us know in the comments about other services too.

Don’t ForgetVLC Can Play Audio Too!

We normally associate VLC with video, but VLC is a complete media player and that includes full music-playing features with playlist support. VLC not only displays cover art, but also has a pretty good graphic equalizer tucked away inside it.

You can bring it up with a CTRL+E. Pitch your song just right with the available presets, or finetune it with the 11 frequency bands.


The latest VLC also gives you Dynamic Range Compression that subdues loud sounds or amplifies quiet sounds by compressing an audio signal’s dynamic range. That’s just the thing if you are living in an apartment with thin walls.

Then there’s Audio Normalization


Just in case you don’t jump out of your skin, VLC has the normalization feature tucked deep inside Audio preferences (Tools – Preferences – Audio). It’s a feature to keep in mind when you are playing audio and video files; a sudden increase in the volume could jar your ears. In case of video, you have to restart the video for it to take effect.

Record Directly From Webcam

You can record your video chat session easily using VLC.

1. Go to Media – Open Capture Device.

2. On the Capture Device screen, you can select the video device and also the audio device like the system microphone.


3. You can also configure the options from the Configure settings. Finetune your capture withBrightness, Contrast, Hue, Saturation (and other) controls.

4. Head down and drop down the Play button to open the Convert dialog where you can select the Destination file, click on the Browse button to select video file location, name and format.

Scrobble Tracks to Last.fm

Last.fm added support to VLC and that helps because you can enhance your recommendations by scrobbling from your desktop music collection to Last.fm using the VideoLan media player. Scrobbling tracks to Last.fm with what you listen to on your desktop is a simple three-step process –

1. From Tools – Preferences click the Show Settings radio button to All.

2. Drop down to Interfaces. Expand the branch to Control Interfaces – check Submission of played song to Last.fm.


3. Expand Control Interfaces and click on Audioscrobbler. Enter your login details on this screen, hit save and restart  VLC.

Mouse Gesture Interactions with VLC


Productivity mavens like their mouse gestures, and VLC media player obliges with basic mouse gesture support. To activate this feature, go to View – Add Interface – Mouse Gestures. You may need to restart VLC for the changes to take effect. The list of supported gestures and settings options can be on this page of the VideoLAN wiki.

Automatically Quit VLC When Playback Is Over (And Shut down The Computer)

Queue your songs in a playlist (Kenny G’s saxophone perhaps), switch off the lights, and drift off to sleep. Oh wait! Did you forget to switch off the VLC player and shut down the computer? Stay in bed because a little line of code can do it for you.

You can quit VLC media player after playback is finished, by adding

vlc://quit

to the playlist. Alternatively, from Media select Quit at the end of playlist.

Shutting down the computer is a bit more elaborate with a batch file.

Create a new file with extension .BAT [use notepad] and paste in the contents from below:

START /WAIT C:\"Program Files"\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe %1 vlc://quit
shutdown -s -t 60

Drag your saved playlist icon on top of the .bat file. The batch file will launch VLC and load the playlist. It will wait for the playlist to finish playing and then the batch file shut down the PC in 60 sec.’s.

I end here with seven useful features of the ever-popular VLC media player. There are lots more of course. If you know about these seven features then they aren’t ‘top secret’ at all, but if you didn’t then try them out. Which feature of the VLC media player deserves to get mentioned? Do you know of a VLC feature that you think not many are aware of? Reveal it in the comments. We are all ears for secrets to be spilled.

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The first beta of VLC Player for Android has been released for devices sporting an ARMv7 CPU with NEON Support. The VLC Beta Player is supposed for “power” users letting them fully customize the player.

 

The VLC player has already been a cross-platform application that can play nearly any multimedia format. The program is not only restricted to supporting local audio and video playback but also supports high-quality online sources.

 

VLC Player for Google android supports swipe gestures so that you can manage volume simply by swiping up and down the screen, multi-track audio, subtitles, altering aspect ratio, filtering music as per the users desire, album art, plus a very helpful home screen widget to assist users control playback.

 

Much like its desktop counterpart, VLC Beta Player for Android also characteristics the same old features that experienced users have become to love. The application remains to render Hi-def media up to 1080p and it’s also an opensource project for users who are planning on modifying the application.

 

Because VLC is capable of playing a range of video clips, users don’t have to care about installing extra software, especially the codecs.

 

On the app’s main interface, you will notice that it is separated into two, the video and the audio parts. Once you launch the program, it will scan your device for all of the local media content available and will place those files under the relevant tabs. Users can also manually search media content or locate a specific network stream that can be accessed with the bar on top.

 

Choosing the menu button allows you to toggle between directory and media view. There’s also the settings page on which you could find different options, like hardware acceleration, headset detection, search history, and other important audio and video tweaks.

 

In the Video tab, you are able to long-press a file to show details about media such as video resolution, frame rate, video codecs, and file size. Long-pressing an album enables you to play all the tracks it has.

 

On the disadvantage, VLC Beta Player for Android still needs a lot of catching up to do. Although the app does work well in playing most file types, it does however lack its effectiveness in playing high-quality 1080p videos(you can use AVCHD Converter for Mac to solve this problem). Additionally, some users also have complained about how the app uses so much battery power for just a short while.

 

Considering the app is still in its beta stage, these setbacks are just normal and could be weeded out when the final version hits the market. Overall, VLC Beta for Android could be the media player that we all have been waiting for.

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August 1 2012 4 01 /08 /August /2012 08:53

According to related news from multiple sources, Apple’s “the world’s most advanced desktop operating system” OS X Mountain Lion had been downloaded more than 3 million times in four days following its official launch on July 2hh, 2012 in comparison with 1 million downloads of OS X Lion in the first day of its launch, but didn’t hit 6 million downloads until over two months after release.

 

  “Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Philip Schiller said in a press release Monday.

 

Then, what’s the main features of OS X Mountain Lion, what makes it different from its previous versions?

There are over 200 new features have been added to OS X Mountain Lion, such as iCloud, Notes, Facebook, Dictation, Messages, Notification Center, Safari, AirPlay Mirroring, Reminder, Sharing, Power Nap and Game Center etc, thus delivering a amazing Mac experience.

 

Key Features of OS X Mountain:

Messaages: Send messages from your Mac to friends with an iPhone, iPad or Mac

 

iCloud: Documents in the iCloud lets you create and edit your documents on your Mac, iPhone or iPad

 

Safari: Type both searches and web addresses in the new Smart Search Field

 

Notification Center: New notifications appear in the top right corner of your screen

 

Sharing: Share links, photos, videos and other files straight from the app you’re in

 

Game Center: Play live multiplayer and turn-based games against friends on iPhone, iPod touch or Mac

 

Dictation: Lets you talk anywhere you can type – no setup or training required

 

AirPlay Mirroring: Shows your Mac screen on your HD TV with Apple TV

 

Power Nap: Keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps so it’s instantly ready to go

 

Gatekeeper: Makes it safer to download apps from the Internet by giving you control over which apps can be installed on your Mac.

 

Play video on OS X Mountain Lion

Just as its previous version, OS X Mountain Lion can still deal with some popular formats which are commonly used on the previous versions like MOV, MP4 etc. Therefore, MOV and MP4 playback, management and editing are still available with OS X Mountain Lion.

 

However, you can’t import some camcorder videos like Sony, Canon, Panasonic, JVC camcorder record videos in AVCHD, MTS, M2TS, MXF, MOD, TOD format to OS X Mountain Lion directly. Then, you will need a OS X Mountain Lion Video Converter to convert AVCHD, MTS, MXF, MOD, TOD camcorder video to OS X Mountain Lion.

 

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MXF is the abbreviation for “Material Exchange Format, a container or a wrapper format for digital audio and video media defined by a set of standards defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers ( SMPTE ).

 

To play MXF files, you should know that it is an open file format aimed at the interchange of audio and video material with associated data. It has full timecode support and metadata support and is intended as a platform agnostic sable standard for professional audio and video applications to evolve. And Without advanced tools, it was impossible to distinguish these incompatible formats.

 

 

Then, how to play MXF files? There are few applications can playback MXF directly. After doing a lot research about it, I found a application called Raylight Decoder that can play MXF files in some way.

 

Raylight Decoder is from DVFilm- an official Panasonic P2 Partner, details. It is a DVCPro HD/DVCPro 50 Quicktime component for Windows that allows you to play Apple DVCPro HD/DVCPro 50 Quicktimes on a PC

 

 

Raylight Decoder supports all DVCPro HD formats: 720p60, 720p50, 1080i60, 1080i50, and PAL/NTSC DVCPro 50, and all frame rates.

 

But as what you can see from the above statements, Raylight Decorder, Raylight Decoder can only work on PC and playback Panasonic P2 DVCPro HD, DVCPro 50 MXF files, what if you are a Mac user, and get Panasonic AVC Intra MXF, Canon XF MXF or Sony XDCAM MXF files?

 

Don’t worry, iOrgsoft MXF Converter,  can help you out. It can only not help you playback Panasonic P2, Canon XF, Sony XDCAM MXF files on PC and Mac, but also, it can convert you convert MXF files to any formats such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP etc .

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July 30 2012 2 30 /07 /July /2012 03:47

 

Mountain Lion is out! You can upgrade a Mac right out of the App Store, but some people prefer to make a boot disk. If you’re in that group, rather than making a bootable OS X Mountain Lion installer yourself the old fashioned way, you can do it all in a few clicks with the help of a free app called LionDiskMaker.

 

After you’ve downloaded the OS X Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store, launch LionDiskMaker and it will locate the installer app, extract the disk image, and then make the boot disk. It’s about as simple as it gets.

For burning a boot DVD you will need a 4.7GB or larger blank DVD and a SuperDrive. For USB install drives or SD cards the drive needs at least 8GB of space available. LionDiskMaker formats the drive you point it at, remember that when you are picking a disk to make bootable for the installer.

  • Get the newest version of LinoDiskMaker free from the developer

 

Making a boot installer is really helpful if you need to install Mountain Lion on multiple Macs and don’t want to re-download it on each Mac from the App Store, or if you want to perform a clean install. If you don’t need the bootable aspect, you can also just copy the Installer app file from the /Applications/ directory to other Macs and it will work to perform the OS X upgrade too.
 
LionDiskMaker has been around since Lion but it has recently been updated with Mountain Lion support, heads up to CultOfMac for the reminder

 

Article Source: http://osxdaily.com/2012/07/25/create-os-x-mountain-lion-boot-dvd-usb-drive-liondiskmaker/

 

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MXF is a kind of file format that are mainly recorded by some digital camcorders like Canon XF camcorders: Canon XF100, XF105, XF300, XF305, C300, Panasonic P2 camcorders: Panasonic AG-HVX200, AG-HPX170, AG-HVX250, Sony XDCAM camcorders: Sony PMW-100, PDW-F800, PDW-700 etc. Then, how do you know about MXF?

 

Below, we will discuss top 9 MXF related FAQs:

  Q 1: What is MXF?

A: Material eXchange Format (MXF) is a “container” or “wrapper” format which supports a number of different streams of coded “essence”, encoded with any of a variety of codecs, together with a metadata wrapper which describes the material contained within the MXF file.

 

MXF has been designed to address a number of problems with non-professional formats. MXF has full timecode and metadata support, and is intended as a platform-agnostic stable standard for future professional video and audio applications.

 

 Q2: Why MXF was developed?

There are many file formats in existence today, examples include: AVI and MOV (QuickTime). These formats and many others continue to do an excellent job but they do not address the complex requirements of the professional television industry.

 

For example:

The ability to package multiple clips within the one file,

The ability to determine through metadata how that file should be read (simple sequence or play list)

Modular and open construction to enable continuous development with new content and metadata types

Extensive deployment of metadata to facilitate media management in an enterprise environment

Structural Metadata to improve efficiency accessing and manipulating very large media files

 

Q3: Who produced MXF?

As of Autumn 2005, there were major interoperability problems with MXF in broadcast post-production use. The two data-recording camera systems which produced MXF at that time, Sony’s XDCAM and Panasonic’s DVCPRO P2, produced mutually incompatible files due to opaque subformat options obscured behind the MXF file extension.

In 2010 Canon released its new lineup of professional file-based camcorders. The recording format used in these camcorders incorporates MPEG-2 video with bitrates up to 50 Mbit/s and 16-bit linear PCM audio in what Canon has called XF codec. Canon claims that its flavor of MXF is fully supported by major NLE systems including Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley EDIUS

 

Q4: What can MXF do?

MXF is a versatile file format which can perform a number of tasks. It can:

1. Store simple completed works with metadata (tape replacement);

2. Store files in a streamable format which allows viewing while transferring;

3. Wrap up a playlist of files and store the synchronization information;

4. Wrap any compression format;

5. Store cuts-only EDLs and the material they act on

 

Q5: How is MXF related to AAF

Advanced Authoring Format (AAF) is an industry-driven open standard for multimedia authoring and postproduction.It enables content creators to easily exchange digital media and metadata across platforms and between applications. It simplifies project management, saves time and preserves valuable metadata that was often lost in the past during media transfers.

 

MXF is derived from the AAF data model and is a simple interchange format, primarily to facilitate the transfer of finished content, whole programmes or completed sections, between servers and to tape streamers.MXF also helps with the migration of playout operations and simpler production systems into standard networked environments.

 

Q6: How is MXF related to IMX?

A: IMX2 is a brand name from Sony and is used to denote their products that support “MPEG D10 format and/or D10 Steaming” (SMPTE 365M and 356M) at 50 Mb/s rates (and 30, 40 Mb/s too for some products). For example, the Sony MSW-2000 series is an IMX branded VTR that supports the MPEG D10 tape format. D10 Streaming is a constrained form of I-frame only MPEG2 specifying that each I-Frame has the same exact number of bytes of data. The format is very VTR friendly. This MPEG format is also the compression standard carried in SDTI-CP links (SMPTE 331M). IMX is not a file format or a compression format — it is a brand mark.

 Q7: Will MXF replace existing file formats already in wide use?

A: Probably not for some time. To paraphrase Isaac Newton, “Objects in motion remain in motion and objects at rest remain at rest unless there is an external force to change their state”. Sir Isaac did not have MXF in mind when he penned his famous Law but the spirit of his grand idea also applies to file formats. With literally millions of MPEG Program Stream, AVI, GXF, QT, and DIF (DV) files resting comfortably on hard drives and tape archives, it will take a mighty force to convert all these to MXF any time soon.

 

 MXF will be employed first in new equipment designs, and upgraded versions of A/V servers and NLEs. MXF will be used as an archive format too. But legacy archived formats will need to co-exist until they are completely converted to MXF. So, the diffusion of MXF into a facility will take time.

 

 Q8: Does MXF support both stream and file transfer?

A: Yes, stream and file transfer means are both supported for transmitting “content” from one source location to one or more end locations. Both have their application space and will co-exist. Files and streams have distinct pros and cons in terms of usage;

 Files

1) Delivery over non-isochronous networks (ex: Ethernet or LANs)

2) Delivered 100% reliably using protocols such as FTP

3)  Asynchronous rates of delivery including slower and faster than “real time”

4) Point to point or point to multipoint delivery

 

 Streams

1) Material sent as a stream of data “over the wire” at a specified rate to one or more end stations usually over an unacknowledged, unreliable, protocol (Ex: UDP). Although it’s possible to stream using the reliable TCP method, this is impractical for many streaming applications.

2) Streams are normally sent with a clock reference allowing for immediate decoding at the end stations.

3) Errors in the channel may be corrected using optional ECC or some other form of forward error correcting method.

File transfer has the edge for most applications since it guarantees 100% reliable delivery.

Streaming is normally “best effort” and is used when real time delivery is necessary.

 

Q9: How to edit MXF?

Sony’s XDCAM MXF is supported by Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro via XDCAM Transfer and MXF4Mac, Autodesk Smoke, Avid, Dalet, Front Porch Digital, Harris, mxfSPEEDRAIL, Omneon, Quantel, Rhozet, Sony Vegas Pro, Sorenson Squeeze Telestream FlipFactory, Thomson Grass Valley GrassValley EDIUS and K2.

Panasonic’s P2 MXF is supported by Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro, Dalet, Autodesk Smoke, Avid, MXF4mac for Final Cut Pro, mxfSPEEDRAIL and P2Soft from OpenCube Technologies.

 

Canon claims that its flavor of MXF is fully supported by major NLE systems including Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Grass Valley EDIUS.

 

 Tips: If you need to edit MXF file in a video editing applications which natively didn’t work with MXF files, then, you need a MXF Converter  to convert MXF file to any format you need.

 

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Do you want to share your 2012 London Olympic camcorder recordings with your family and friends? Then, what’s the proper way to do it? Maybe you can upload to website so that anyone with the correct link can view the video, or you can burn it to DVD for free enjoy with your family and friends when you are free. But how to burn camcorder recordings to DVD?

 

Below I will show you five ways to burn your 2012 London Olympic camcorder recordings to DVD:

 

Solution 1: Windows DVD Maker/Windows/Free

Windows DVD Maker is a free DVD burning application that included in premium editions (Home Premium and Ultimate) of Windows Vista, and Windows 7 Home Premium and above editions which can be used to enable the creation of DVD movies that can be played using DVD playback software or on a standalone consumer DVD player.

 

Solution 2: iDVD/Mac/Free

Compared to Windows DVD Maker, iDVD is also a DVD creating program for Apple Mac OS X. It allows the user to add QuickTime Movies, MP3 music, and digital photos to a DVD that can then be played on a commercial DVD player. It is often considered the last step of Apple’s iLife suite, bringing together all the other iLife applications’ results onto a removable medium.

 

 

Solution 3: Roxio MyDVD 9/Windows/$49.99

Roxio MyDVD 9 makes it easy to create CDs and DVDs from TV, video, photos and music. It supports all popular file formats and capture devices that can import and burn your video direct from your camera. Besides it support for TiVO recordings (must have TiVO DVR and TiVO desktop software).

 

 

Solution 4: Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6/Windows/$79.99

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 6 can capture and import video from camcorders, VHS tapes, DVD recorders and TV programs. In just a few steps burn digital video, VHS movies or TV programs straight to disc. No extra hard drive space needed.

 

 

Solution 5: iOrgsoft DVD Maker/Windows/Mac/$39.99

iOrgsoft DVD Maker (W/M) are a pair of DVD burning applications for using on both Windows and Mac. They can burn all kinds of video files AVI, WMV, MPG, MOV, MP4, FLV, 3GP, VOB, MKV etc, camcorder video files AVCHD, MTS, MOD, TOD, MXF to DVD. Besides, they also offer rich DVD burning templates for customizing your DVD videos.

 


Compared with other 4 DVD burning applications which are either cheap but with limited functions or powerful but expensive, iOrgsoft DVD Maker for Windows and DVD Maker for Mac maybe your best choice if you only need to burn your camcorder AVCHD, MTS, MXF video to DVD for longer storage and enjoyment.

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