Friday, June 14, 2013

The wait is nearly over Apple unveils new Mac Pro

"Can't innovate any more, my ass."

Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller's in-your-face statement essentially sums up what Apple thinks of the new Mac Pro, unveiled during a "sneak peek" at the Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. Apple's new desktop workstation isn't just a powerful machine for the most demanding users, it shows that the company still takes the Mac and its product design seriously.

Apple's new desktop workstation features a sleek, cylindrical design that's a stark contrast to the mammoth, roomy aluminum tower initially introduced with the Power PC-based Power Mac G5 in 2003, and revised with the release of the Intel-based Mac Pro in 2006. Apple didn't announce a formal ship date, stating that the new Mac Pro will ship later this year, nor did it talk about pricing or specific models. It will be made in the United States.

"You're going to love the Mac Pro. It's killer," said Apple CEO TIm Cook about the new Mac Pro.

What the new Mac Pro has

The new 9.9-inch tall Mac Pro case is about one-eighth the size of the Mac Pro tower. The entire top of the Mac Pro is a handle for carrying, and motion sensor lights show the I/O ports. The new design, according to Schiller, is based around a "unified thermal core" to help keep the machine cool.

Apple didn't just rely on the stunning, jaw-dropping design of the new Mac Pro for its sneak peek. Schiller offered a lot of specifics as to what's under the hood.

At the heart of the Mac Pro is a Xeon E5 processor, which is based on Intel's Ivy Bridge microarchitecture and introduced by the company last April. Configurations with 12-cores will be available, and all Mac Pros will use third-generation PCI Express architecture. Apple is also using 1866MHz ECC DDR3 RAM.

Schiller also went to great lengths to emphasize the new Mac Pro's graphics performance. The machine will have dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, and be able to run three 4K displays at one time. Apple says the new Mac Pro's graphics performance is 2.5 times faster than its predecessor.

The Mac Pro is designed for speed, and Apple is outfitting the machine with PCIe-based flash memory, not traditional SATA hard drives or solid-state drives. Apple touts speeds of 1.25 GBps for reads and 1.0 GBps for writes. The company did not give specifics as to the amount of storage available.

The new Mac Pro's ports: audio out, headphone jack, four USB 3 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, two gigabit ethernet ports, HDMI out, power.

What the Mac Pro is missing

The new MacPro will have Thunderbolt 2, the newest iteration of Intel's Thunderbolt technology that supports data rates of 20 gbps. Thunderbolt 2 will be a critical technology for new Mac Pro users—it will provide connectivity for legacy devices.

The most remarkable change with the Mac Pro is the elimination of expansion slots. The previous Mac Pro had a pair of 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 slots and a pair of 4-lane PCI Express 2.0 slots. For current owners who have filled their Mac Pro's slots and still need to use their cards, you'll have to invest in an external Thunderbolt expansion chassis that will house expansion cards and connect to the new Mac Pro via Thunderbolt.

The new Mac Pro is much smaller than the previous Mac Pro.

During the new Mac Pro presentation, there was no visual evidence of an optical drive. With the elimination of the optical drive from the Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, and Retina MacBook Pro, it's not a surprise to see the optical drive dropped from the new Mac Pro. (The standard MacBook Pro is the only Mac with a built-in optical drive.) As with expansion cards, current Mac Pro owners who have and need optical drives must turn to external USB solutions, either by buying new external optical drives or by removing the optical drives in their current Mac Pro and housing the drives in an external USB case.

Each Thunderbolt 2 port supports up to six daisy-shained devices. With six Thunderbolt 2 ports, the Mac Pro can support up to 36 Thunderbolt peripherals.

Updated 6/10/13 at 12:30 p.m. PT with product photos and to correct the processor type. Updated at 12:45 p.m. PT with more product details. Updated at 4 p.m. PT to correct the Xeon E5's processor family.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Lossless Backup Blu-ray/DVD to MKV file for playback on PC and HD Media Players

"Hey guys im looking at backing up my bluray collection and was wondering what the best way to do this is. I realize there are going to be huge files but I want them as mkv for media browser and so the kids dont destroy my discs lol.
my media center should handle the conversion seeming it's a core i7, 8gb ram, 1.5tb hdd and bluray burner. So any help would be greatly appreciated."
Since I have been dealing with backing up both my Blurays and HD DVDs (yes, I have some of these) to hard disk recently, I stumbled across a pretty darn awesome program called Pavtube ByteCopy.

What makes MakeMKV so special is that is unique. It is essentially a decrypter and remuxer packaged into one. It decrypts Blu-rays, HD DVDs, and DVDs. You can use Pavtube ByteCopy to backing up commercial Blu-ray and DVD movies to MKV container format with multiple audio tracks and subtitles included for playback on PC and HD media players. Besides retaining multiple audio tracks (especially HD audios - Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio) and multiple subtitles in an MKV video without transcoding, Pavtube ByteCopy is also able to encode the original soundtracks into DTS 5.1 channels, AC3 5.1 channels, AAC 6 channels, PCM 6 channels, and MP3 6 channels with your wanted languages.

Movie lovers that would like to make 1:1 backup of Blu-ray Discs may download a trial of Pavtube ByteCopy software and follow the tutorial to create flawless digital copy your BD/DVD.

Software Availability

System Requirements
  • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual core CPU, 1.6 MHz at least
  • Operating System: Windows 2003/XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Memory: 512MB or above
  • Display resolution: 1024 x 768 or above
  • Optical Drive: DVD drive/ BD drive(BD drive is required for ripping Blu-ray disc)
To save your time and efforts, lossless Blu-ray/DVD to MKV backup is shorted into a 3-step process.

Step 1. Click Load Disc button to import movie files from DVD/ Blu-ray Disc.

Step 2. Click the Edit Disc button to select desired subtitles and audio tracks for all chapters. The software keeps all subtitles and audio streams by default. Choose "Lossless" in dropdown list of "Format" box if you'd like to backup Blu-ray video stream without quality losss. 

Step 3. Click the "Convert" button to start lossless backing up Blu-ray and DVD movie to MKV files.

In this way Pavtube ByteCopy extracts the main movie with selected subtitles and audio tracks from disc and seals the contents into MKV container without transcoding, which means you get lossless quality MKV videos. 

Some helpful tips for first-time users:

Learn More Useful Tips:

1. By default the video size is "original". When you make changes to video size, please also check the "Encode" box below "All Subtitle Stream". When a subtitle looks fine on 1920*1080 video, it might go beyond the screen when the video is resized to 1280*720, so make sure the subtitle is converted as well. 

2. Do not set 6 channels for audio when MP3 or MP2 codec is selected. Do not set 1 channel when DTS is set as audio codec. 

3. A lossless Blu-ray movie can take up space ranges from 20GB to 50GB. If you want to cut down file size, try setting smaller value in video "Bitrate" instead of using "original". 
  • 18000kpbs- excellent HD video quality 
  • 8000kbps- DVD video quality 
  • 2000kbps- video for portable media players (e.g. Galaxy Tab, Archos 101) 
  • 512kbps- video for regular mobile phones 

4. When H.264 is set for encoding video streams, you may take advantage of CUDA encoding. Follow "Tools -> Preference -> Others" to set CUDA encoder

5. In order to play a video clip properly on your device, make sure the video is encoded with proper codec (ByteCopy offers H.264, Xvid, MPEG-2 only) and packed in proper container format (MKV only for ByteCopy) with proper bitrate, frame rate, resolution, audio channels.

Added July 9, 2013

Pavtube ByteCopy is upgraded!

It’s now a much more powerful Blu-ray/DVD ripper/converter, and BD/DVD multi track preserver.

New features:
  1. Automatically detect Blu-ray/DVD main movie
  2. Full disc copy Blu-ray/DVD by chapters without quality loss
  3. Rip/convert/backup BD/DVD to any other format for playback on any iOS/Android/Windows tablets and phones
  4. Backup BD/DVD to MKV format with multi audio/subtitle tracks and chapter markers without any quality loss.
  5. Convert BD/DVD to MP4/MOV with multi audio (language) tracks
  6. Add SRT, ASS, and SSA subtitles to BD/DVD movie
  7. Edit BD/DVD movies: trim off commercials, crop off black bars, merge several chapters into one, split one movie into several pieces, and more
  8. Support TrueHD 6.1 and TrueHD 7.1 decoding
  9. Support latest BD and DVD (BD/DVD/Ultimate/iMedia)

It’s upgrade, but still $42 and free to try. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

2013 Father's Day Gift Guide - Get 20% OFF Best Video Converter Ultimate for Android/iOS devices

Not far from Mother's Day, Father's Day is coming soon. People usually celebrate Father's day on the third Sunday of every June for fatherhood, paternal bonds and great influence of fathers in society. What do you prepare for this special occasion, flowers, dinners, or tech gifts? Too ordinary, don't you think? How about something our fathers are looking forward to and would actually use in daily life like software tool?

To celebrate Father's Day with you, Pavtube Studio launch a huge Coupon Code as the 2013 Father's Day Special Gifts. Up to 30% off for your beloved dad! Backup/convert BD/DVD/Videos for home server, iPhone/iPad/Android/Windows 8 Tablets & Phones, various Video Editing Software(FCP, iMovie, FCE, Avid, Premiere, Sony Vegas, Windows Movie Maker, etc.)

  1. 30% OFF Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac)  -  Save $15
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In below contents I recommend several simple and easy softwares as gifts for Father's Day.

1. Best BDMagic software as Father's Day Gift 2013

Pavtube (3D) BDMagic which is considered as professional Blu-ray and DVD movie ripping program is capable of ripping 3D Blu-ray discs, 2D Blu-ray Discs and standard DVDs to required video formats including MPEG-4/H.264 MP4, MPEG, RM, QuickTime MOV, MPG, Xvid, Divx, 3GP, FLV, VOB, ASF, SWF, DV, MP3, AC3, AAC, OGG, FLAC, etc, so that you can play the generated BD\DVD movies on media players like Apple TV 3rd Generation, WD TV Media Player and PS3, and portable devices, such as iPad 3, Galaxy Tab 3, Samsung Galaxy S III, Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7, and video editing programs including Window Movie Maker, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid, Pinnacle Studio.

Pavtube (3D) Blu-ray Ripper is a perfect Blu-ray copy software tool which supports full disc copy (1:1) to the hard drive of your PC with Blu-ray and DVD's original structures without any quality loss. Plus, taking advantage of the NVIDIA CUDA technology and AMD APP technology, the conversion speed can be increased up to 6 times faster than ever before.
2. Best DVDAid software as Father's Day Gift 2013

Playing DVD movies on DVD player at home has never been a problem for you. The question is, what if you'd like to enjoy your favorite DVD movies when on the road? Bringing several discs along tend to be inconvenient, not to mention they jump on the most crucial scenes and are prone to scratches. Now that Android-based devices have rocked into the mainstream, there's an easy way taking DVD movies alongside, i.e., ripping DVD and putting movies onto your Android tablet/phone or iPad, iPhone and Windows 8 devices, etc.

Pavtube DVDAid is the best DVD ripping software that provides movie lovers with the easiest way to rip and convert DVD movies to MP4/AVI/MKV/WMV and many other video and audio formats with high quality. It works as a powerful DVD to tablet/smartphone/HD media player converter which enables you to enjoy DVD movie on your portable devices and HD Media Players

Taking advantage of the NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream acceleration technologies, the conversion speed is increased up to 6 times faster than ever before.

3. Wonderful all-in-one Video Converter Ultimate program as best Father's Day Gift 2013

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate integrates a best Blu-ray Ripper, a DVD Ripper, and a Video Converter together for your father to backup and rip Blu-ray/DVD, ISO/IFO movies and convert various video and audio files to device optimized formats with super fast conversion speed and excellent image and sound quality.

An all-in-one solution to fast convert Blu-ray/DVD and various videos to MKV/AVI/H.264…
Stream media contents from your PC to Android, Windows and iOS devices over wireless network.
Backup Blu-ray 3D movies to 3D/2D video files like MP4, AVI, MKV, MOV, WMV, etc.
Convert Video/DVD/Blu-ray to the new iPad 3, Apple TV 3, Xoom. Galaxy Tab, HTC One X, Asus Transformer Pad TF300, Galaxy Note 10.1... with pleasant quality.
Support NVIDIA CUDA and ATI Stream (AMD APP) acceleration technologies.
Convert Blu-ray and DVD movies with your specified audio/subs tracks.
4. Best iMedia Converter for Mac as Father's Day Gift 2013

Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac is an all-in-one Blu-ray Converter for Mac, Mac DVD Converter, and Video Converter for Mac. It helps you convert videos, non-protected Blu-ray and DVD movies to a wide variety of devices for well playback, including iPad/iPad 2, the new iPad, iPad mini, iPad 4, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Kindle Fire HD 7/8.9, Microsoft Surface RT/Pro, Toshiba Thrive, Dell Streak, Archos 101/70/7/5 , Apple TV/Apple TV 2/Apple TV 3, iTouch 4, Nokia N9, Droid X, Motorola Atrix 4G, PS3, Xbox 360, etc.

The iMedia Converter for Mac can convert 1080p/720p camera/camcorder footage(.MXF, .MTS, .MOV, .AVI...)to editable files for using in non-linear editing apps like iMovie, Final Cut Express, Final Cut Pro (X), Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and more. The HD footage can be compressed to SD video clips for storage when you wanna save storage space. The Mac iMedia Converter is also able to extract audios from Blu-rays, DVDs and various videos for media players with high quality and fast conversion speed.

5. Great Android Video Converter as Father's Day Gift 2013

Pavtube Video Converter supports multiple video files from camera video footage, TiVo recordings, and regular videos like MKV, TS, TOD, MOD, FLV, F4V, AVI, QuickTime MOV, VOB, MP4, MPG, MPEG, ASF, MVI, VP6, EVO, VRO, DV, MP3, AC3, MKA, WMA, WAV, M4A, OGG, APE and more as source files to output another format you expect for media player and portable devices playing and video editing program editing.

Other user-friendly and effective products for Father's Day 2013

Pavtube brings many other programs for our fathers to entertain their spare time, like Pavtube DVD Creator for burning Blu-ray/DVD movies and video clips onto a blank DVD, Pavtube ByteCopy for backing up Blu-ray and DVD movies to MKV with lossless quality and full preservation of all audio tracks, subtitles and chapter markers, etc.,Pavtube ChewTune for converting iTunes videos/Digital Copies/Amazon movies/BBC iPlayer videos to Android/iOS/Windows 8 Tablets or Phones, etc.

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2013 Father's Day Gift - 5 Best Tech Gifts for Your Beloved Dad

Added: July 9, 2013
Up to 50% Off Summer Holiday Sale 2013 Starts: Rip/backup/convert your BD/DVD/Videos for iOS/Android/Windows Tablets/Phones with much lower price now!
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  • 30% OFF Blu-ray Ripper (Windows/Mac)  -  Save $15
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  • 20% Video Converter Ultimate  -  Save $13
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Added: June 6, 2013

Father's Day is just around the corner (mark your calendar: June 16th). With Father's Day approaching, it is a great time to buy something special for dad, like a new bottle of his favorite cologne or one new Nautica grosgrain watch. But if your father has a taste for the latest and greatest technology, what should you surprise him with? Here we have tried to list out some Father's day best tech gifts for dad 2013. Just read on to get started.

Tablets: iPad 3, iPad Mini, Galaxy Tab 3 or Nexus 10

Get one tablet for your father is also a good idea on father's day. So why not get the best tablet? Yes, the iPad, iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7 or Microsoft Surface Pro etc. Sure it's great for all those stereotypical dad things - watching sports through the ESPN app, playing high-resolution, 3D games - but it's also just a great reading companion and perfect for skimming emails before bed.


However, there are other really good options. I have list you the Best Android Tablets in The World and 2013 Top 5 Cheapest Android Tablets in India.

Smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, BlackBerry 10 or HTC One

Okay, now is the best time to get a new smartphone due to Samsung and HTC both released its flagship smartphone several months ago, the Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Both of these two devices are power with strong processor, powerful camera and own a lot of new features. The Samsung galaxy s4 is the most powerful android phone, HTC one is the best HTC android phone, you can also choose iPhone 5, Sony Xperia Z, BlackBerry 10. Google Nexus 4, Galax S3 and so on, so in my eyes it is the perfect time to get one for your father if your dad has been hinting at for weeks.

Want to see the more phone details, just check Best smartphones of 2013.

Camera: Sony PMW-F55

The Sony PMW-F55 a next-generation CineAlta 4K digital cinema camera, featurs high-data-rate on-board recording of XAVC 4K and 180 fps XAVC 2K/HD with a free planned upgrade. With its revolutionary electronic global shutter and outstanding professional features, it has won lots of fans and owners. 

If you want to edit Sony F55 shooting for sharing, playing or managing, etc., just check:

Streaming Media Player: Roku 3


A Roku 3 box is the easiest way to bring broadband television directly into any living room, provided there's an HDTV and a fast Internet connection. Think lightning-quick searches across Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, plus hundreds more. And plugging headphones directly into the remote means he can watch without waking anyone.

Headphones: Bose QuietComfort 15 headphones, Beats by Dre Executive

Yes, they're on the pricey side at $299, but we haven't met a dad who wouldn't mind getting a pair of these headphones as a gift. Thanks to its extracomfortable design, improved sound, highly effective noise-canceling circuitry, device folds for compact storage in included carrying case, the Bose QuietComfort 15s currently offer the best sound and silencing capabilities in a pair of noise-canceling headphones.

And everyone knows Beats Executive™ headphones are designed to take you from boardroom to the tarmac and everywhere in between. These over-ear headphones deliver the legendary Beats sound in a refined premium package that's easier than ever to take on the road.

For cheap headphones, the Panasonic RP-HTX7 Monitor Stereo Headphones is a really good option which only cost you around $50.

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So just show your love to your dad with these Best Father's Day Tech Gifts on this Father's Day 2013.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Can Galaxy S4 play 1080p/720p MKV Video on Mac?

Description: This article offers a brief instruction about how to use Best Android Video Converter to Convert 1080p/720p MKV movie to Galaxy S4 friendly formats on Mac.
"I'm trying to get some downloaded mkv movies onto new ordered Samsung Galaxy S4. The file will play in other media player like VLC. However, when I sync, I get an error message that says the file cannot be played in this Galaxy S4. Any ideas?"
You might get into same dilemma when transferring MKV or AVI/VOB/Tivo videos into your Galaxy S4 or other portable devices. First of all, you should know which video and audio formats your Samsung Galaxy S4 supports.

Samsung Galaxy S4 supported file types
  • Galaxy S4 Video formats: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, XviD, WMV, AVI, 3GP, Flash Video
  • Galaxy S4 Audio formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, FLAC, WMA, WAV, AMR, OGG, MIDI 
Obviously, MKV format is not supported by your Galaxy S4. The easy and fast way is convert MKV format to MP4 and then copy them to your S4.

How to convert 1080p/720p MKV video to Glalaxy S4 on Mac

1. Free download the Pavtube Best MKV to Galaxy S4 Converter for Mac (PC version is available here), install and launch it.

Click "Add video" to load individual video, or "Add from folder" to load a whole folder.

2. Select output format for Samsung Galaxy S4 acceptable video.

Click "Format" preset and find profile for your Galaxy S4. You are recommended to choose "Samsung > Samsung Galaxy S III Video (.mp4)" as output format for transferring MKV to Galaxy S4.

3. Customize profile settings (optional)

Click Settings button next to Profile box to change output profile parameters like video codec, audio codec, video size, bit rate, framerate, etc.

4. Start conversion.

Click the Convert button to begin to convert 1080p/720p MKV video to Galaxy S4 within this Best Galaxy S4 Video Converter for Mac. After successful conversion, click "Open" button, locate the generated videos and transfer MKV video to your Galaxy S4 for viewing. To watch protected iTunes movies on Samsung Galaxy S4, you need DRM removal app. To rip Blu-rays, DVDs and other videos to Samsung Galaxy S4 supported formats, you may use the all-in-one package Video Converter Ultimate.       

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