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XviD Files Won’t Play On Mac

November 20th, 2009

I recently found myself in a troubling situation. A client had come in to do an edit with a harddrive full of XviD encoded AVI files. When I tried opening up the first of them on our Intel Power Mac I received a Quicktime error stating that I was missing a required codec (VLC also would not play the files). Quicktime linked me to the XviD download page, which was troubling as I knew XviD had been previously installed on that machine. Read the rest of this entry »

Append Videos With Mencoder

November 10th, 2009

Mencoder, the free audio / video transcoding software packaged with MPlayer, offers a free command line (CLI) method for combining many video clips into one. Read the rest of this entry »

Avidemux Append Limit

November 6th, 2009

I ran into an invisible barrier with my favorite free video editing software, Avidemux: a limit on the number of clips you can draw from for a single project. Read the rest of this entry »

Blu-Ray Disc Won’t Play

November 3rd, 2009

Have you ever tried to watch a brand new Blu-Ray disc only to find that it won’t play in your player? A player you know works with other discs?

Now, assuming that you haven’t recently dropped the player, or rubbed sandpaper across the bottom surface of the disc, this could very well be a firmware issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Avidemux Basic Script Elements

October 20th, 2009

Avidemux is a free, cross-platform video editing program that is both very simple and immensely powerful. Much of its power is thanks to its command line interface (CLI) and potential for scripting.

In this particular post I will be focusing on the latter aspect: scripting. Read the rest of this entry »


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