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The way to answer this question in general is to change the setting you're interested in and see what file changed. Then see what changed in the file. Open your Preferences folder (~/Library/Preferences) and put it in List view, sorted with most recently modified files on top. Open your home folder in a different window, open the Show View Options palette, ...


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Get Handbrake and its command line tools Open Terminal, change into the folder containing the mkv's and run for i in *.mkv; do HandBrakeCLI -Z Universal -i "$1" -o "${1/${1##*.}/mp4}" done


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The first thing I would check is that you don't have some odd $PATH - run timings of a file that doesn't exist and one that should be speedy: Mac:~ bmike$ time /bin/ls /private/xyz ls: /private/xyz: No such file or directory real 0m0.004s user 0m0.001s sys 0m0.002s Mac:~ bmike$ time /bin/ls /private/tmp com.apple.launchd.q2QmVhsPCV ...


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Similar to what @bmike said, your $PATH might have something in it which causes the shell to delay before it finds the command you're trying to run. Besides the date command, time also should be explicitly named on the command line. Try /usr/bin/time /bin/date and time date a few times in succession to see if there is any difference in the output. If so, ...


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I actually figured out the issue today. It was caused by a piece of anti-malware software called Sourcefire AMP (Advanced Malware Protection). All of my issues went away after I disabled/uninstalled it. I'm guessing that it was doing something like putting a delay on things in /bin, /usr/bin, etc. for "security reasons"... I'm guessing the GNU tools were ...


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For ffmpeg use the following command. for i in *.mkv; do ffmpeg -i $i -codec copy "${i/${i##*.}/mp4}"; done This should create copies of all your MKV videos, converting the containers to MP4 format but not re-encoding the video and audio data within them and keeping the same filename but changing the extension from mkv to mp4.


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User accounts since 10.6 are being managed by OpenDirectory. The backend files related to users for OpenDirectory are here: /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users Executing ls * in this directory will enumerate all local users registered on the system. Executing plutil -p <file>.plist will allow you to read some properties for specified user account ...


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I use MacTheRipper to copy DVD and Handbrake convert to suitable formats for viewing on iPad etc. I do not know how it would handle copy protection.



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