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the process of translating the data in a file from one format or encoding to another

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What's the best way to extract audio from a video file?

I am a huge fan of HandBrake. It is the epitome of simple. Select a video file (or DVD), select a preset, select an output path, click Start. A certain amount of time later relative to the size/...
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Keeping date of original recording in converted video file

I have some video files that came from a digital video camera. If I examine the file using exiftool, I see an output that includes: SB-iMac(~/Movies/trial) % exiftool f1.dv ExifTool Version Number ...
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Quick and easy way to batch convert multiple HEIC to png or jpg on macOS?

Is there a quick and easy way to convert many HEIC files to png on macOS? Example Suppose we take some live photos on iPhone, airdrop them to MacBook, and we want to upload them to a site that only ...
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Is there a way to 'see under the hood' of a file without having to open it in program that supports it?

I have some files that are .zfab and .u3ma. They are fabrics for 3D garment rendering called CLO and Browsewear. These two companies also specializes in testing physical fabrics which is the part I'm ...
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How can I convert JPG into PDF easily?

Is there any way to batch convert .jpg files into single .pdf files?
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How to convert large .mp4 file (~1.5GB) to .gif without my iMac crashing?

As it says in title. I couldn't find a way to convert it with a file conversion system already on my computer using a Google search, and nor could I find any online converters without a size limit. ...
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Is there some way to get all the text of a document into the clipboard?

I cannot select all text to copy to the clipboard on the Apple iPad I have so is there some way, like on an online website or an app, to get all the text from a document into the clipboard so that I ...
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How to convert a HEIF/HEIC image to JPEG in macOS?

So, here’s the thing. I have a new iPhone and an old Mac. iOS 11 (still in beta as of today) and El Capitan (no more updates for this Mac). I use iCloud photo library in both devices. When I take a ...
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How do I convert .dmg to .img?

How do I convert DMG files to IMG files? I am trying to use 'Q emulator' to run XPpro and it requires an IMG file of the XP disc.(legal copy) I'm using a late model G5 PPC with Leopard 10.5.8
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How to convert a batch of MP3's in Apple Music to AAC, then automatically delete the old MP3s?

I would like to convert a large number of MP3's in my Apple Music library to AAC (to save disk space). Using the Music app, I have tried it with all songs of an album. Now, I've got each track twice, ...
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How can I convert a RAW (DNG) photo to a JPG on my iPhone?

I have an iPhone 14 Pro. There are some photos that were taken in RAW (DNG) format. I want those photos to be in JPG format. I have the Photos app's "Transfer to Mac or PC" setting on "...
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Command Line Tool to Batch Convert .EML/.EMLX/.MBOX to Searchable PDFs?

I need to convert about 500k emails into searchable PDFs. By 'searchable' I mean that macOS will be able to scan them for specific words rather than simply treating them as an image. My searches, thus ...
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Select font when converting .txt to .pdf from command line

I often need to convert text files to PDF from the command line. I currently use enscript, a2pdf, cupsfilter, etc. The feature I'm missing is the ability to use an OS X font instead of one of the "...
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How to add still image to audio file to convert it into video?

I am using QuickTime Player. From initial research it seems i would need QT Pro to do it. Is there a free opensource tool i can use for a simple task like this? On opening the audio .m4a file in QT ...
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Conversion to APFS vs. reformatting

Wanting to convert an external HFS+ drive to APFS. This is said to be doable without losing the current content. I have no reason to doubt that. But I'm curious: Is there any reason (any ...
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A lightweight free tool to convert SVG to PNG or JPG, that doesn't require Homebrew

I need a free tool to convert SVG images to PNG or JPG. I cannot use Homebrew, because this is a company computer and Homebrew is against the company policy. I'd like a GUI tool, but that isn't ...
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iTunes (Music.app) not converting song entirely / skip to the next one when playing

When using iTunes for AAC conversion, sometime only a part of the song is converted (also, when playing the song, iTunes does not plays it entirely and skip to the next one before the end). But when I ...
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Any way to edit metadata of MKV files (without re-encoding)?

When watching a MKV file from the web in VLC, the title bar (see "#1" in image below) seems to be pulled from metadata, not the filename. If you open the “Get Info” panel in VLC, you can change the ...
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Can I loop an automator task for each file in a folder?

I have been tasked with converting lots of .numbers files to .pdf. Having exported manually did not satisfy me, obviously, so I dug around online and found an automator script (below). It obviously is ...
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Convert m3u8 to mp4 on mac

I'm trying to convert m3u8 to mp4 on a Mac. I have followed the instructions of a person who does it using VLC in Windows, however I can not find the option in the mac version. Media -> Open Network ...
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Convert one .mbox file to PDF or ePub, locally

I downloaded a large batch of emails using Google Takeout. It generated a single .mbox file (about 2 MB). I would like to read these emails in a single file on my Kobo eReader, which accepts file ...
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Conversion script for Unicode combining characters?

I have Greek text that used combining characters for all accented letters. Some process that I was using with it converted these automatically to the single character equivalent.  This causes a ...
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Making my own HEIF/HEIC files

I've been looking around for a while for a way to start packing image bytestreams into HEIF files, since macOS High Sierra and and iOS 11 are now out. Haven't had much luck, just large numbers of ...
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Consistent and robust options to convert ICNS files to PNG in macOS?

I've been having a terrible time getting sips and/or ImageMagick (convert) to consistently convert .icns files to .png. I frequently hit very unclear errors when using sips to make the conversion (eg, ...
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Extracting data from old Mac resource files

What utility or tool that runs which under Mac OS X 10.6 can I use to extract data (icon images and strings, etc.) from old Mac OS 7 (and earlier) resource files/resource forks? (...files created ...
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Command line tool to convert DOC and DOCX files to PDF

Is there any command line tool to convert DOC and DOCX files to PDF? If no, can it be automated by some Automator script (open-print to PDF-close)?
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Share Live Photos with non-apple (android and windows) users

I enjoy taking and reviving Live Photos in my iPhone. But I stumbled upon, when some familiar ones using non-apple devices wanted me to share those with them. How can I (batch) convert Live Photos ...
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Is there macOS software to convert PostScript type 1 font to ttf?

Is there any software out there that can convert PostScript type 1 font to ttf? let's set aside the legality of owning a font face unless a tool has that as a feature to flag and assist in licensing ...
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Convert animated gif to mp4

I'm looking for a tool (GUI would be best) to convert an animated gif to a mp4-video to send it via WhatsApp. Do you have any suggestions that get this job done?
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Converting from .jpg to .pdf yields blank pages

I have some problems converting 180 JPG files into a single PDF. I'm using ImageMagick. First, I resize the JPG files using mogrify -resize 75% *.jpg and the result looks fine. After that, I run ...
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Can you add 6channel audio files to iTunes? If not, has apple devised a way to down mix them?

Today I downloaded a soundtrack composed of 19 tracks. Their format is FLAC (24bit depth and 96kHz sampling). In order to add them to my iTunes library and eventually to my iPod, I converted the ...
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Converting large amounts of JSON to CSV on macOS

I want to convert some 20mb+ JSON files to CSV. Tried using webapps like https://konklone.io/json/ or https://www.convertcsv.com/json-to-csv.htm but they just crash. So how can I use other tools to do ...
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How can I convert PICT format file on Big Sur

I have an old Keynote file that contains a PICT-formatted picture from my 2007 archive, which I want to use now. Keynote refuses to convert it. Is there any way I can convert into any newer format on ...
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Using Imagemagick to convert TIFF to PDF

How can I convert JPG into PDF easily? shows how to use homebrew to install imagemagick and then convert .jpg files into .pdf. I would like to convert many TIFF files to PDF, keeping the same name and ...
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Batch Converting RTF to Markdown?

Anyone have any help, tools, advice, etc. on batch converting RTF to Markdown in MacOS? I've used Automator a little but when I tried the advice in this thread, I couldn't get it to work. I'd love ...
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How do I import my KDE Konsole color scheme to iTerm2?

I've spent many moons adjusting my default Konsole color scheme in KDE, and I would like to use it in iTerm2 on my Macbook Pro. I have the Konsole color scheme file ardnew.colorscheme, and I currently ...
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Any quizPack format spec?

I'm a Windows software developer interested in reading the .quizPack file format. It is designed for Apple iQuiz software, and contains text quizzes for iPod. The text file format, unpacked from ...
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Convert XPS to PDF

I have been given an XPS file which seems to be readily opened only on Windows based machines. I was under the impression that I could use Acrobat Pro to convert the file to PDF, but it doesn't seem ...
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Are there any native tools for SVG conversion on OS X? [closed]

How can I convert SVG image to something raster? Are there any native [command-line] tools on OS X that can do that? I am able to open them in Safari or Firefox, but doing "Save as..." only proposes ...
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How can I batch convert image files and PDFs to TIFF?

I have a lot .jpeg, .png and .pdf Files and I want to convert all of them to .tiff all at once. How can I do this?
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How to convert file format of massive image

How can I convert a very large Portable Pixel Map (ppm) file into a png on MacOS? I have a massive ppm image on my computer. The file is ~70 GB and I need to convert it to a png which would make it ~...
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How can I convert obsolete word processor files and preserve formatting?

I have some files in WriteNow and WordPerfect format. The WriteNow files go back as far as 1987 and the WordPerfect files are from 1998 - 2001. Some I can read, others I can't open at all. Those I can ...
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Can I convert blog entries to wiki articles for Leopard-to-Lion migration?

We are migrating our Leopard server to Lion. We were using Group wikis and blogs in such a way that I didn't make much of a distinction, so it came as a shock to realize that Lion Server doesn't ...
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How to convert .wav to .mp3 and maintain iTunes presence?

I have a bunch of .wav files (from synced CDs) that I would like to convert to .mp3 files in order to save space. I found this link which works to batch convert .wav to .mp3, but unfortunately iTunes ...
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How to batch convert .docx to .doc using Automator?

I'm looking for a good way to batch convert .docx to .doc, which is necessary as there are many issues when importing more recent Word files into InDesign. I've tried the built in command line tool ...
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Changing character encoding from Unicode to Ascii

I need to convert the character encoding in some text files created by a third-party app on my MBP Catalina 10.15.6. I'm in unfamiliar waters here, so please indulge my ignorance. Also, please note ...
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Convert .pages to .pdf with images as a preview (or convert vectorized images to lossy formats within .pdf)

I have a long paper in which all of the pictures I drew and put them in the document as .pdf. Is there a way to protect these images from copying by conversion to image formats such as (.jpeg, .png, ...
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How to Download m3u8 stream to local HD in OS X?

The file in question looks like this: https://example.com/somenumbers/somenumbers/somename.ts.m3u8 The file in question isn't a live stream. It's a recording. I've tried using the ffmpeg library using ...
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Apple QuickTake™ 150 camera pictures in QuickDraw format…

Apple QuickTake 150 camera pictures in "QuickDraw picture" format cannot be opened by any software I have. At some point in the dark reaches of the past, I recall being able to Save As… but at the ...
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Is there any way to have macOS Photos bulk convert all of my past JPEG images to HEIC format?

I’ve seen lots of tutorials online explaining how to convert iOS HEIC files to JPEGs but I can’t seem to find any easy way to bulk convert existing JPEG photos to HEIC? The reason being is I really ...

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