Every Monday, we'll show you how to do something new and simple with Apple's built-in command line application. You don't need any fancy software, or a knowledge of coding to do any of these. All you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!
Last week, we installed and talked about how to use ffmpeg to convert videos to various formats right from the terminal, without any additional software on your Mac, but this week, we’re going to take that a bit further by showing you 3 cool uses for ffmpeg. From grabbing images from the video, to separating the audio track, we’ll show that the ffmpeg tool is extremely useful.
iMovie costs a few bucks, but fortunately there's a free option. Pinnacle Studio lets you edit movies and incorporate video, audio, and photos you've taken with your iOS device. Arrange your clips in Storyboard mode, make precise edits, and add fancy clip transitions to make your movie more dynamic. You can also add music and incorporate external media via the iPad Camera Connection Kid. When you're finished, Pinnacle exports videos into 1080p format so that you can blow 'em up on the big screen--just like a real movie.
If you haven't already read the harrowing story of what happened to a Wired editor when hackers exploited a few security flaws, then you owe it to yourself. It's rather terrifying, how porous our online digital lives can be, but luckily we also have an article on there to help boost your online security a little and give you a bit more control. It's the least we could do.
Action Movie FX (free, iPhone and iPod touch) lets you film short videos and add Hollywood-style special effects such as explosions, tornadoes, and all manner of crashing vehicles. You can literally create your own—highly impressive—action scene in under a minute. Kids 9 and up will have no trouble recording clips and adding effects, but your results will improve greatly with these tips
Ever wonder what happens to your email after you hit the “Send” button? If so, you’ll be fascinated by Google Green’s latest entry, which promises to “take a journey through Google’s data centers by following an email along its path.”
Maybe it’s the sudden rush of cloud storage competitors, but Dropbox is suddenly in a big hurry to move formerly beta version features into release. The latest allows Mac and Windows users to automatic upload photos to the service anytime a device is connected.
Tired of the tedious conversion process it takes to get your iOS device to play back videos? Want to watch your videos in more than just the handfull of proprietary file formats? Fortunately, there’s an app for that. You can play almost any video format under the sun on your iPad with the PlayerXtreme app. Read on to learn how.
Have you noticed that every other tweet or posting on Facebook seems to be a link to another video that someone would like you to watch? And what about all those YouTube channels you subscribe to? You can hardly keep track of it all. Thankfully, Frequency’s trying to make your life easier by gathering all these clips (and a lot more beyond those) in one location.
Preparing your videos for internet uploads can be a pain for some. Some video sharing websites treat the files differently, leaving many to export multiple copies of their videos for each site they wish to share their video with. However, with the appropriate settings in iMovie or QuickTime, you can easily export one high-quality file that can be used on any video sharing website to give viewers the best possible quality.