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High Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) is the format name Apple selected for the new HEIF standards, but HEIC isn't solely a format ; it is a container for images, audio, and other information which employs advanced compression techniques to generate files with high image quality and smaller size than the JPEG alternative.

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Viewer for HEIF/HEIC images in El Capitan or Sierra

Is there any "native way" to view the new HEIF/HEIC format (or the viewer-application) in El Capitan or Sierra without upgrade of MacOS itself? It is not yet possible to upgrade yet to HighSierra for ...
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Force airdrop images to be JPEG not HEIC

If i airdrop a photo from my iPhone (iOS 12.4.1) to my MacBook (OSX 10.3.6)the photo arrives as a .HEIC which some other programmes dont reconise. Is it possible to get airdrop to send .JPG / .JPEG ...
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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 any way to reliably get rid of the caches in com.apple.MediaLibrary safely?

I found >10 GB of files inside a folder on my internal drive. It comprised of photos and videos which I recognized from my system photo library (which is synced with my iCloud Photo Library): ~/...
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Why is the .HEIC suffix sometimes uppercase and sometimes lowercase

I just took five pictures on an iPhone 11 and then AirDropped them to my Mac Mini. I noticed that every other image has the file extension .HEIC in uppercase. I am pretty sure that I have noticed this ...
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Odd Frame Rate 29.68 fps in Live Photos

Why 29.68 fps? Is it possible to set up a 30 fps or 29.97 fps frame rate for Live Photos? The problem is a video part of Live Photos in iPhone X in iOS 11.3 uses quite strange variable frame rate –...
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How to convert photos from heic into jpg? [duplicate]

On ios devices photos are stored in heic. I turned on the option to "send originals", so when I send a photo from my phone to my mac, it is in heic format. The conversion is only necessary ...
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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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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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How to get the original HEIC file out of iCloud Photos on the web?

I take photos on iPhone with HEIC image support. How can I get the original HEIC file from iCloud Photos on the web, when browsing on Windows? I'm using Firefox on Windows 10. When I download a single ...
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Why can't Preview Export 16-bit HEIC images?

When I open a Nikon RAW .NRW file (16-bit image) with Preview, and select "File > Export...", when the Format setting is set to HEIC, the Depth option for "16 Bits/Channel" is ...
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Why are iPhone X photos higher quality than iPhone 7?

My relative has an iPhone X, while I have both an iPhone 7, and a DSLR camera. At a recent family event I compared his photos with mine and his iPhone X photos look almost as good as DSLR. I did a ...
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How do I delete thousands of .jpg files, each a duplicate of a .heic file?

I was shooting photos/videos with an iPhone 8 and syncing using macOS iTunes & Photos on High Sierra. For a period of two years, I have somehow ended up with a duplicate of every photo—several ...
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How can I stop my iPhone camera roll pictures from converting to .heic format when sent using iMessages?

I’m using iPhone 13 pro max on iOS 15.4.1. I have camera formats setting on “most compatible”. When I take a picture with iPhone, the picture is in .jpeg format. However when I share the same ...
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Slow HEIC Viewing on Mac

When viewing HEIC images with QuickLook from Finder on my MacBook Pro (2019) there is always a slight delay of almost a second. Other formats (jpg/png) work just fine. When viewing the images in ...
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Does taking live photos store a redundant MOV file?

On my iPhone, when I backup my photos with photosync, I notice that I get two files for every live photo. One HEIC and one MOV. Eg: Recents/IMG_0941.HEIC Recents/IMG_0941.MOV Recents/IMG_0942.HEIC ...
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HEIC to JPEG from say quick actions right click

I would want to right click on HEIC file and be presented with options to save as JPEG; maybe a quick action?
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"Import" from shared album converts HEIC to smaller JPG

Well it turns out I am an idiot and the premise of my question was incorrect. I was confused about the size and format by some alternate versions of the same photos that were airdropped, and the "...
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How to convert my iCloud Photo Library into H256/HEIC/HEVC

I have iPhone 11 Pro and MacBook Pro 16", both are powerful enough to handle HEIC/HEVC. I just found that significant part of my iCloud Photo Library has an unoptimized MOV files recorded on previous ...
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Copy/Paste image from Photos to Messages converts HEIC to JPEG and loses resolution on macOS

I want to send images from macOS Photos in an iMessage conversation. When I copy/paste an image from macOS Photos to iMessage, it is converted to a JPEG file and downsampled. This loses the Live Photo ...
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HEIC photos cannot be viewed in root account

When I'm logged in as root, quicklook and Preview just shows a white picture whenever I preview/open a HEIC photo. Preview also fails to output photos in HEIC; I ended up just having a white photo. ...
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How to sync iPhone HEIC / HEIF photos to MacBook Photos v1.5 (El Capitan)

My iPhone (iOS 12.3.1) takes pictures in HEIC / HEIF format. I have an older Macbook (13" mid-2009) with MacOS El Capitan, which includes Photos v1.5. When my iPhone photos get synced via iCloud to ...
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Mac OS Creating PDF's weirdly large in size since I changed my iPhone

I have recently bought an iPhone SE and switched to HEIC format for the pictures. I am sending the files to my Mac (Early 2015 Pro, Mojave) with AirDrop. Even though the sizes of images are just shy ...
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No longer able to import HEIC photos from iPhone using the Photos.app on High Sierra

I run High Sierra on my old Mac. Importing pictures from my iPhone running 15.7.2 was never a problem. Roughly since December 2022, I haven't been able to import photos. The error message is always ...
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How can I email a photo in HEIC format?

Photos on my iPhone are taken and stored as HEICs. If I use the share sheet in the Photos app to email a photo as "Actual size," the message arrives with the photo as a JPG attachment. How ...
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Preventing HEIC conversion to JPG when sharing pictures to Gmail app on iPhone

When in gallery and sharing an image via Gmail, it gets converted to a JPG file instead of staying as an HEIC image. Is there any way to have this behave differently?
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After using AirDrop to get a photo from iPhone to Macbook, the file format is HEIC and can I choose "one of" the sequences of photos?

The HEIC format (and file extension such as IMG_1201.HEIC) is probably what the format is when the iPhone takes the photo that is "live" -- that a user can choose one frame out of the many frames for ...
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HEIC image thumbnails don't appear on older iPad

Wife has an iPad Mini running iOS 9 or so, and an iPhone 7 running iOS 11. Images shot in HEIC get synced to her iPad via Photos app, but no thumbnails appear. If clicked, the images appear normally. ...
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Photos library on Catalina does not allow HEIC/Live Photo imports

Due to storage limitations we outsourced my mothers photo library to an external hard drive. This was still on her MacBook Air Early 2015 running on High Sierra. Later, we updated her machine to ...
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'Send Photo via WhatsApp' action not working in iPhone shortcuts

I am trying to create a shortcut on iPhone which will convert my photos from *.heic to *.jpeg and then send it on WhatsApp as a photo. Below is the screenshot of my shortcut. But the shortcut does ...
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Delete picture from the photo library using the command line?

After installing my wife's new Mac (macOS 10.15.4 Catalina) some pictures ended up in HEIC format. This format is not convenient for her, so I converted the files using ImageMagick. Somehow the files ...
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Photo file naming pattern of Mac Photos App - How to get the photos with portrait effect?

I am struggling with the new file naming structure of mac.. I have lastly updated my mac to Catalina, but i am not sure if this change was made before Catalina. Unfortunately i have been manually ...
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How to upload photos(transferred from iPhone) using web-whatsapp in MAC

I am not sure if this question belongs to this group. When I take photos using my iPhone then the Photos are usually with .HEIC extension. Now from my iPhone I am able to upload the photos to whatsapp....
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