Video Editing and Authoring
One of the most popular uses for Mac OS X is the editing and authoring of videos. Whether you’re taking advantage of the iMovie software that ships as part of the iLife suite or you’re using third-party software such as Final Cut, your Mac will be able to deliver quality processing of normal and high-definition video content.
Various video editing software is available for iMacs, MacBooks and Mac Minis, and the best of these will allow you to edit together files, add soundtracks, compress and burn your production to optical disc or share it online!
- [Using iMovie](/tools/Converting and Burning DVDs http:/www.brighthub.com/computing/mac-platform/articles/93270.aspx)
- [Learning iMovie](/tools/Top Alternatives http:/www.brighthub.com/computing/mac-platform/articles/92789.aspx)
- iMac Video Editing Software
- iMovie vs. Final Cut Express
- Using iMovie - Importing WMV Files into iMovie
- Using Handbrake for Mac
- How To Rip DVDs with HandBrake
Media File Compatibility and Codecs
To truly enjoy multimedia on Mac OS X you will need to have full compatibility with different types of media files, such as those used on other platforms (such as Windows). This is often achieved by way of codecs, system files that enable the Mac OS X media players to playback media files that aren’t natively supported.
There is one way of making sure you have all of the codecs you will need for watching all types of popular movie files in QuickTime in Mac OS X, but there is an alternative option. Instead of using QuickTime, VLC Player is available for OS X and this open source media player comes with its own codecs built-in!
- How to Play Windows Media Player Files on Macbook Laptop
- Essential Mac Codecs for QuickTime
- How Do I Watch DivX Clips on Mac OS X?
- Updating Mac OS X Codecs
- Converting .AVI to .MOV - A Beginner’s Guide
- Convert Quicktime .MOV to Windows Media Player .WMV
TV & Video
You can’t describe your Mac as providing a true multimedia experience if you haven’t tried playing DVDs or Blu-ray discs, but did you know that you can also use it to watch TV?
There are different ways of doing this, from Internet TV to connecting a TV receiver to your Mac, and you can even view content played back on your Mac through TV! Don’t forget that your Mac has a hard disk drive, and with the right software this can be used to record TV, allowing you to enjoy your Mac as a digital video recorder or DVR and all of the recording and delayed viewing options that this brings!
- 4 Great Ways To Record Your TV Onto Your Mac
- Top 5 Best TV Receivers for the Mac
- How To Watch TV On Your Mac
- Mac TV Tuners
- Tips on Connecting Your Macbook to a TV
- Connecting a Macbook Pro to a TV
- Playing Blu Ray High Definition Content on your Mac Mini
- Playing DVDs on Your Mac
Media Players for Mac
By default you will probably use iTunes for listening to music and QuickTime for viewing video clips, but did you know that there are many other media players available for Mac OS X? Among the most popular is VLC Player, a useful open source option that can be used to play back virtually any media file that is in use. You should also check JahPlayer, however.
If you’re planning on enjoy audio and video on your Mac and you have it in your main living area or within easy reach, you might consider the Boxee media center software. This is capable of organizing your audio and video clips and playing them back either on your Mac or on a connected TV!
- The Top 5 of Mac OS X Media Players
- VLC Player Review: All-Purpose Media Player
- JahPlayer Review: Full-Featured Media Player
- VideoLan Player for Macs
- Boxee.tv: One Media Center to Rule Them All
Managing music on your Mac is best achieved with iTunes, the popular audio player and syncing software so beloved by MP3 player and iPhone owners. Keeping track of what files are where in iTunes can be difficult with long-term use, particularly if you have been lucky enough not to have had to move or migrate your data following a hard disk failure.
Being aware of the basics of file organization and the tools that you can use to fix any issues with duplicate files is a great advantage to have in the event of a hardware failure.
- How to Use iTunes to Organize the Music on Your Mac
- Deleting Those Pesky Duplicate Files in iTunes
- A Simple Guide to Removing Duplicates in iTunes for Mac
- How to Copy a Music Folder to iTunes Without Duplicates
- Guide to Moving iTunes to SanDisk MP3 Player
- How to Get Back an iTunes Playlist
Actually using iTunes is another matter entirely, particularly if you are taking advantage of online access to receive album art and full data about your audio files. This usually works quite well but from time to time you may experience issues.
You might also come across problems playing back MP3s. This shouldn’t be anything that cannot be fixed, however, as iTunes can playback many audio formats such as AAC (also known as M4A), Apple Lossless, WAV and others.
Problems with iTunes can usually be resolved by reinstalling the software, but if you’re having real problems you might consider removing it…
- Converting Files from iTunes to MP3
- Provider Data Problems in iTunes
- What to Do if a Mac Won’t Read iTunes Files: External Drive Problems
- Help! I Can’t Play My MP3 in iTunes!
- [Listen with Retro Versions of iTunes](https://www.brighthub.com/computing/mac- platform/articles/108979.aspx)
- A Step-By-Step Guide to Reinstalling iTunes
- Remove iTunes with Brute Force!
Audio Editing and Authoring
As well as enjoying music and podcasts with iTunes, you might use your multimedia Mac OS X machine for recording audio and editing the results. Thanks to the iLife digital music studio suite GarageBand you can enjoy the experience of being a desktop music producer, but this is only the tip of the iceberg of options. You might also use Logic or Fission to record and edit your tracks, for instance.
There is more to editing audio than simply mixing tracks, of course. You might wish to save your finished tracks to CD and share them, or export MIDI data to another application or computer.
- How To Play Music Backwards in GarageBand Using Audacity
- GarageBand vs Logic
- A Guide to Exporting MIDI Formats from Garageband
- Audio Editing Made Easy With Fission
- Audio Converter Software for the Mac
- Nicecast: Broadcast any Audio to the Internet
Photos and Image Editing
No multimedia operating system is complete without tools to edit and organize photos, and Mac OS X is no exception. There is a wide selection of apps that you might choose from on your Mac, from iPhoto (available with iLife) to third-party solutions such as Pixelmator or Seashore. These tools offer different types of image editing for your Mac, but are all great for getting the best out of your digital photographs.
- Free Photo Editing Programs for Macs
- What is iPhoto?
- Pixelmator: Image Editing For The Rest Of Us
- Using the iPhoto Tools to Edit A Photo
- Seashore Review: Free Image Editing Software for the Mac
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