Questions about with compression of files, often audio or video.

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How to I go from .flac to .mp3 using LAME & FLAC using the Terminal alone?

This is my first question, so please go easy on me. 'Tis a pleasure to be here. Hopefully somebody can help me out. For a long time I've been using a relative clunky technique which involves Audacity ...
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How can I easily add a batch of files to the HandBrake queue?

How do I add multiple files into the queue at once in HandBrake? I heard that multiple files can be added to the queue by selecting the folder. But when I select the folder as source, only the first ...
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Why does stock Mac OS X allow me to rip CDs but not DVDs?

When I insert a music CD into my iMac, iTunes opens and gives me the option to "rip" (i.e. import the content and save as files) the tracks using any of these encoders: AAC, AIFF, Apple Lossless, MP3, ...
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Handbrake Settings for New iPad (3rd Gen)

What tweaks can be made to the existing presets for iPad output in Handbrake to optimize for new high resolution of the iPad 3rd Generation?
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Best way to import analog video (VHS) to Mac

I have some old VHS tapes that I would like to digitize. I have seen some expensive converter boxes, that come with proprietary software, that you can buy that will auto-encode and create a DVD for ...
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Mencoder on Lion

Is there a way to install mencoder on Lion, preferrably using homebrew?
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What is the best way to convert MPEG-2 videos to MP4 H.264?

I've been playing around, trying to find the best settings for converting DVD files (MPEG-2) to H.264 so that I can store everything in iTunes and watch it on the TV. Most of the stuff I have has been ...
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How to change encoding in Mail in OS X Mavericks?

Normally I would open Mail.app, click Message → Encoding → [One of the Cyrillic encodings]. But since the upgrade I don't see text encoding option in Message menu. How to change to use one ...
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How do I simply import mini-DV content onto a Mac?

I have a number of old mini-DV tapes that I would like to import into my Macbook. All I want to do is for an app to read the contents of the tape and produce a single MP4 combining all of the clips ...
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How do I convert an .mkv video to iPad format with subtitles?

I have a .mkv video with SSA/ASS subtitles & I want to convert it to .mp4 so I can watch it on my iPad. The video converts without errors but the subtitles are not there. How do I fix this?
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Multithreaded Video Converter on Mac?

Is there an app for Mac that can distribute a single video encoding job to several thread to utilize the full potential of the system? I used an application called iFlicks to do video encoding, and ...
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Converting WAV to MP3 using LAME and Automator

I'd like to convert many WAV files to MP3 files using LAME and Automator. I need a script that I could right click a folder and convert all the WAV files inside the folder to MP3 files. I've been able ...
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What format and encoding does iPhone save video clips in?

Using the default Photo/Video application. Tried to find any info regarding this on Apple's web site with no success. Does anyone have the specs on this?
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What's the optimal Handbrake setting to convert AVI for editing in iMovie/Final Cut?

A friend has a Canon still camera (the PowerShot G9) that has a movie mode. My research shows that the camera produces 30 fps VGA-sized AVI files (probably uncompressed). She wants to send the footage ...
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How do you convert video within 10.7 without any 3rd party software

Is it possible to convert video resolution within 10.7 without the use of Handbrake.app or other 3rd party software? I'm not allowed to install any apps on this machine so hence not being able to ...
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How can I avoid re-encoding of video in iMovie and use it for cutting only?

I have a video that was created on a surveillance camera with the (for video) unsusual resolution of 1280x1024. It's encoded with H.264 and encapsulated in an MP4 AVC container. The quality is rather ...
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Accented characters and terminal redirection

I'm having problems dealing with accented characters in file names in the Terminal. Consider the following: $ touch leão.png $ ls > test.txt $ open -a TextWrangler test.txt The accented ...
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Is there any way to bring back H.264 support in Chromium

I'm using Chrome on a daily basis or to be exact, latest-builds of Chromium. I recently uninstalled Flash, in order to increase battery life on my MBP and in general rid my laptop of the evil Flash ...
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Can TextEdit save as plain text?

When I try to save a new file in TextEdit, I always get a popup saying I can't save with ".txt" at the end of the file name. I want to save a plaintext file, but TextEdit insists on saving as .rtf ...
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Is there an easy way to reduce quality of .mov files taken from an iPhone?

I've noticed the small movies I take on my iPhone 4 result in large .mov files. For example, a 1 minute movie results in almost a 100MB .mov file. This is running through my cloud storage (Dropbox) ...
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How to keep Mail from encoding messages with the old charset=windows-1252?

A few of my colleagues using Mail, and myself, are unwillingly and without any knowledge of this misbehaviour, sending messages encoded with a charset of windows-1252: Content-Type: text/plain; ...
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iMac won't recognise .MTS videos on my hard drive, how can I play them?

We just purchased an iMac yesterday to view our travel videos. The thing is, all the videos we have stored on our external Hard Drive are in the .MTS file format (AVCHD). The thing is, the Mac or ...
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Video broadcasting application for OS X

I need tips on a good application that you can stream "live" video and publish that on a website. The source is raw video from a video mixer and i will have my os x machine in the middle and then out ...
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Terminal Encoding Not Working For Certain Characters

EDIT This problem was solved in my case by changing terminal emulation from VT100 to xterm. Apparently the two programs I was trying don't behave properly when it comes to VT100 terminal line ...
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How can I import GoPro mp4 video to iMovie 11?

I have video in an MP4 file from a GoPro camera. It imports fine into iMovie on my iPad Mini and I can edit it there, but I'd rather edit in iMovie 11 on my Mac (OSX 10.9). However, iMovie 11 won't ...
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How can I rip a DVD so that it has multiple audio tracks and subtitles available when synced with my iPad?

I'm in the process of ripping my DVD collection to disk for backup, syncing with my iPad, and protecting from my toddlers. I'd like to have the commentary (if available) and subtitles with the video ...
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Video/Image processing on Apple iPhone4

I know iPhone 4 supports H.264 and MPEG-4 as video codecs, and JPEG and M-JPEG as image codecs. I'm looking to get some information on the iPhone 4's video and image codecs and processing chips/SoC ...
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Unable to add self-ripped HD+SD encodes to iTunes 11

For a while now, iTunes has supported the concept of "HD+SD" files. Instead of having two separate files, one for the SD version and another for the HD version of a movie or TV show, iTunes can ...
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How to get Apple Mail to display Unicode characters reliably for different people

I'm sending an email newsletter that contains Unicode characters - curly quotes, em dashes, and so on. When I send the newsletter to myself (from our custom content management system, to my account at ...
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Mail.app showing odd characters instead of actual text

I have this problem happening on a new 2011 Macbook Air with the latest version of Lion. When viewing emails, the text is coming through as odd characters that look like a capital A in a box (see ...
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How to fully automate video conversion to mp4, iTunes friendly format?

I am looking to implement a fully automated solution that will pick video files from an incoming directory, process them and put the result to iTunes special "Automatically Add to iTunes" directory. ...
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Can you change an MOV to an MP4 without transcoding?

How can change video container from .mov to .mp4 without touching the video itself? Preferably a GUI app. I have a bunch of videos in .mov and since .mp4 is more widespread I want to use that, but I ...
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ffmpeg transcoding audio to MPEG-4 HE AAC instead of AAC

I have an Automator script that uses ffmpeg to re-encapsulate a video file into an mp4 container with its audio transcoded to aac while leaving the video as is. for f in "$@" do ...
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Alternative to “luit” which is available via homebrew

I have a few legacy commands which I need to run in the terminal. Unfortunately they only work with ISO-8859-1 encoding being used. For now I manually switch the terminal encoding, but that bugs me. ...
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Concatenate two videos recorded with Snapz Pro

I've recorded two videos with Snapz Pro, and I'd like to concatenate them (i.e., have one immediately follow the other in a single file). What's the easiest way to do that? I have iMovie '08 ...
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Are there known DTS or Dolby Digital encoded videos readily available on Apple TV for testing?

I am trying to troubleshoot playback of discretely encoded 5.1 audio on Apple TV. It is apparent that Apple TV can "pass through" Dolby Digital (aka AC-3). Are there readily available video clips ...
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Best video encoding to preserve Macbook Air battery life?

I am about to take a long flight and would like to take my 13" Macbook Air (late 2010 model) to watch some movies. I don't have a DVD drive, so I will be ripping DVDs (that I own), encoding them, and ...
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How do I encode mp4 files with H.264 (or x264) codec in AVIDemux?

I am trying to get AVIDemux set up with the X264 codec using this tutorial. The following is what goes down when I get to the ./configure --enable-mp4-output command Thomas-Phillipss-MacBook:x264 ...
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How to fix screwed font display in password entry dialog?

I don't have a single clue how my Mac OS comes to be like this.. Whenever I'm prompted to enter my password for admin rights to make changes to the system, my Mac OS seems to have a hard time ...
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How do I fix a bad file name encoding on an Intel Mac?

On occasion I get files that have names mangled (mis-encoded, often from an archive file) by the senders. How do I fix the encoding on an Intel Mac? I am aware of Apple's File Name Encoding Repair ...
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Convert a bunch of MKV files to MP4 to read them in iTunes

I have a bunch of mkv files that are encoded as MPEG-4 video and AC-3 audio. I usually use Subler to convert the mov into mp4 to read them in iTunes, but the AC-3 audio is unreadable by Subler or ...
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The excel doesn't show chinese characters

I download an excel file which contains chinese characters, but the excel on my macbookpro/osx/snow leopard is not able to show these chinese characters. However if I copy a chinese character from ...
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iPod 2G not allowing sync of supported video

I have some videos that I would like to copy onto an old iPod Touch 2Gen for my daughter, so that she doesn't have to see the horror of YouTube. The specs for the device (as taken from here) show ...
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Is it possible to convert Blurays to my iPad?

Following on from my previous question, I was wondering if anyone could help me. I have a new iPad, so technically capable of displaying HD movies. And I own plenty of Bluray discs. So I was ...
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Encoding video for the new (2010) Apple TV

What applications are recommended for encoding existing videos from various sources (ripped DVDs, MKVs, AVIs ...) into a format playable by the new (2010) Apple TV?
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Mixing h.264 and AIC video files breaks iMovie thumbnails

I have a set of six XviD .avi files. One of them is larger than the others. I converted them all to h.264 .m4v files with Handbrake, then tried to import them into iMovie directly. Five of the files ...
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How to play Apple ProRes 422 outside of QuickTime?

I've received a number of videos encoded in Apple ProRes 422, and it plays fine in QuickTime 7 or X. However, I can't open them in any other player (VLC, mplayer, etc. etc.). What can I do to let ...
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Converting Video using Handbrake for iPad Mini first Gen

I have recently received a first gen iPad Mini. My experience with Handbrake is limited. Can anyone recommendation what settings to use on Handbrake to convert HD source ( mostly 1280 x 720 ) to watch ...
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Record long webcam video / avoid re-encoding / save video-capture instantly

I want to record a very long video, approximately three hours, over an external webcam. Short videos work very fine with QuickTime and its built-in "New Movie Recording" function. As long as they are ...
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Why does Google Chrome replace “fl” with blocks on all PDFs it shows, but Adobe Reader works fine?

When I open PDFs in Chrome that contain words like "files", the "fi" is replaced by a square block. Opening the same PDF in Adobe Reader or Preview works fine. Anyway to fix this?