Basic Functions of VLC Media Player 0.8.6c


The following free video tutorial shows the basic functions of VLC Media Player. More specifically, it shows

  • how to play DVDs
  • how to use the snapshot function
  • how to check the audio and video compressors of a media file
  • how to use the Playlist
  • This video tutorial is virtually no different from the one we released about 14 months ago except that this version contains audio commentary. Continue reading

    MacHouse Forums Up and Running

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    The time has come! On the day when Apple, Inc. officially releases its new OS version, we are pleased to announce that we have started MacHouse Forums where Mac users, graphic/film editors can post their own articles/tutorials and exchange information. We waited for MPEG Streamclip’s developer Squared 5’s to introduce their forums for almost one year. But we don’t see any signs that they are going to start anything. And we had enough waiting as this blog is flooded with questions from MPEG Streamclip users.

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    Click on the button to check out MacHouse forums. VTC

    Using MPEG Streamclip for Mac #03

    MPEG Streamclip tutorial

    Using MPEG Streamclip for Mac #03: Multiplexing

    So how do we use Squared 5’s MPEG Streamclip to multiplex audio and video tracks into an independent MPEG file? In the last tutorial, we demuxed an MPEG-2 file and ended up with M2V and AIFF. That’s where we start off in this tutorial. We converted an MP3 music file of a Mariah Carey’s song into AC3 with Apple’s Soundtrack Pro 2 beforehand. And we are going to replace the original audio track with this AC3 file, using MPEG Streamclip’s muxing function.   Continue reading

    Using MPEG Streamclip for Mac #02

    MPEG Streamclip tutorial

    Using MPEG Streamclip for Mac #02: Compression and Demultiplexing

    In the second video tutorial of the MPEG Streamclip series, we focus our attention to application’s export and demuxing functions. And this is a good opportunity for us to discuss basic characteristics of some of QuickTime components. So we spend several minutes explaining basic characteristics of some of popular QuickTime compressors.

    Furthermore, we also explain briefly how the MPEG-4 compression works. We will answer the following questions:

  • What is Multipass?
  • What is B-Frames?
  • How does the Quality slider work?
  • Meanwhile, if you have MPEG files to edit, it is essential that you know how to demux video files. Why? By demuxing an MPEG file into audio and video streams, you can deal with them separately. And Final Cut Pro 6 recognizes M2V files. So you don’t have to convert MPEG-2 files into DV any more. If the video clip contains AC3 audio, you can just take AC3 and convert it into AIFF or whatever QuickTime or Final Cut Pro can decode. Then you can read them separately or mux the original track and a new audio file into an independent MPEG-2 file if you want. (Watch “Using MPEG Streamclip for Mac #03” for MPEG Streamclip’s muxing function.)

    Keywords: DV, DVCPRO – NTSC, Save As, MOV, AVI, MP4, Export to QuickTime, Sorenson Video 3 Compressor, H.264, Apple Cinepak, HDV, Apple Intermediate Codec, Apple Photo – JPEG, Apple MPEG 4 Compressor, Apple PNG, Multipass, B-Frames, Quality, Quantizer, Uncompressed, MPEG-4 AAC, MPEG Layer 2, Demux to M2V and AIFF, Demux to M2V, Demux to AC3   Continue reading