Apr 27 2009
In honor of the new Apple TV I’ve gathered together a list of must-have Mac video utilities (free of course). Get ready to get video in out and all over your Apple TV (or iPod with video, or even your Mac).
Getting it out:
Pull down hours of entertainment from YouTube and other Flash-based web video sites with Video Flash Downloader. This application replaces code-hacking and Firefox extensions, and supersedes their function with batch downloading capabilities.
Nothing new to most iPod video users, this powerful application encodes video for use on the iPod with video – a format the Apple TV just loves. Under advanced options you can massage the settings for your Apple TVs increased resolution. Growl notifications supported.
Have a version 2 TiVo? This application will decode your video files into MPEGs compatible with Apple TV (adjust your settings). This application supports Growl too and preserves video meta data like description. The application accomplishes all this as a GUI to a command line application.
If you’d like nothing more than to watch yourself work (or record anything else you might have going on your desktop) then this motion-screenshot application’s for you.
Getting it in:
The celebrated king-of-all DVD rippers has received a long awaited update. Better than ever, the application will rip your DVDs to MPEG 4 video files, just like your Apple TV likes them.
Have a TiVo or EyeTV full of television? Once you get these episode’s converted, you’ll want to add the requisite meta data (like series title, season) so they show up just like a purchased episode in iTunes – and on Apple TV and iPod. Get this done with this great meta tag editor for iTunes video files.
Now sync, stream and enjoy. With these great utilities you can enjoy heaps of entertaining video from a plethora of free sources.