Friday, January 30, 2015

Import Nikon D750 MPEG-4/H.264 videos to FCP 6/7 effortlessly

Final Cut Pro 6/7 won't import MP4 from Nikon D750 smoothly. The easy workaround is to transcode D750 MPEG-4/H.264 video to FCP "edit" friendly codec ProRes at first.

Nikon D750 is a full frame DSLR in 2014 which is possible to shoot at up to 6.5 frames per second (fps) and record Full HD video at up to 60p. It can bring outstanding videos to photographers, however it is a headache for filmmakers to edit D750 MPEG-4/H.264 video in Final Cut Pro 6/7 if they consider to splice all the material from the mov recordings to make a nice demo reel for sharing with others.

Import Nikon D750 MPEG-4/H.264 videos to FCP 6/7

Why it is a headache thing? Since H.264 codec is not a FCP native codec, you will find that you are in the rendering process forever when loading Nikon D750 mov files in FCP 6/7? Well, is there an easy way to help your out? In fact, it will not be a tricky process if you convert D750 H.264 video to FCP 6/7 editable Apple Prores Codec beforehand.

Then an easy-to-use yet efficient tool- Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac will be a great help. With it, you can easily encode Nikon D750 MPEG-4/H.264 footage to ProRes 422, ProRes 422 HQ or 4444 for using in Final Cut Pro 7/6 and FCP X as fast and seamless as possible. Plus, the Mac video converter can also convert Nikon D750 mov to a more editing-friendly format so that iMovie, FCE, Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, etc can accept and afford well. What's more, it also provides simple video editing functions for you. Just download it and follow the tutorial below to convert Nikon D750 video files to Apple ProRes for FCP 6/7.

Convert and import Nikon D750 MPEG-4/H.264 video to Final Cut Pro 6/7 

Step 1: Launch the Nikon Video Converter; click "Add Video" button from main menu to browse your computer hard drive and select the Nikon D750 mov shottings you want to convert. Or you can easily drag-and-drop files into this application for converting.

Tip: If necessary, join videos clips via checking the "Merge into one" box.

Nikon Video Converter

Step 2: Click the Format bar, and move mouse cursor to "Final Cut Pro > Apple ProRes 422 (*.mov)" as output format or choose other Apple Prores options.

video codec for editing in FCP

Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start encoding Nikon D750 MPEG-4/H.264 files to ProRes MOV for Final Cut Pro X or FCP 6/7 under Mac OS X(Yosemite included).

Some more helpful features of the Nikon D750 MOV to FCP Converter:

1. Settings- click to set video resolution(1920×1080/1440×1080/1280×720/720×480), bitrate(from 1Mbps to 20Mbps), frame rate (24p/30p)

2. Editor (next to “Add Video” icon)- click to set deinterlace, trim, crop, watermark, subtitles, etc.

3. More Inputs/Outputs- this Mac video converter can also let you to convert Blu-ray, DVD and other video clips like 4K videos to FCP for editing.

Once the D750 MPEG-4/H.264 to ProRes 422 conversion is done, you can transfer your Nikon D750 footage into Final Cut Pro6/7  for editing smoothly on Mac with ease.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Backup Blu-ray Collection into Synology DiskStation DS215j readable video

Read this article and you will quickly learn how to backup and convert Blu-ray movies to Synology DiskStation DS215j friendly video for streaming.

As a devoted owner of a collection of Blu-ray discs, you would love to share some awesome movies with your friends or family, or watch movies in your smart phone while traveling. And of course you don’t want to break them if you use them many times. So that may be a dream to put all your Blu-ray in a NAS like Synology DiskStation DS215j with 6TB. (Have a 3TB external network drive? The Blu-ray backing up is just a piece of cake!)

Backup Blu-ray Collection to Synology DiskStation DS215j

With a Synology Ds215j, your Blu-ray movies can be accessible from any device from anywhere or displayed on TV at home via network. Then how to realize your dream?

In fact, to backup a Blu-ray disc to Synology DiskStation, a powerful third-party software for backing up Blu-ray is surely needed at first. Here Pavtube BDMagic is the best Blu-ray to NAS Ripper (Read the top Blu-ray Rippers review) that can output Synology DiskStation and multimedia players readable formats such as .mp4, .mov, .m4v, .mkv for storage from Blu-ray with ease. Meanwhile, you can freely select the desired subtitle and audio. And the most important thing is that by using NVIDIA CUDA technology or AMD APP tech, the conversion speed can be even faster than before. Mac version is here. Here are simple 3 steps  for you to do the backup.

3 Steps to Rip and Copy Blu-ray to Synology DiskStation DS215j

Step 1. Import Blu-ray files

Download Pavtube BDMagic and run it. Import a Blu-ray folder or Blu-ray ISO file you have. (Learn how to keep DVD chapter markers when copying)

Blu-ray To Synology DiskStation Converter

Step 2. Choose an output format

Move your mouse cursors down and see “Format” box. Yeah, don’t hesitate, just click it and you  can choose Synology DiskStation DS215j best supported mp4 format which is also playable on your media devices, or you can select the corresponding format for iPad, iPhone, PS3, Apple TV, etc. for easily streaming.

Synology DiskStation Supported Formats

Tip: If you want to output smaller size and save space in your DS215j, you can adjust “Bitrate”in “Settings”by choosing a smaller bitrate.

Step 3. Start to copy Blu-ray to Synology DiskStation

Press “Convert” and now it will start your Blu-ray copying with lossless quality. After you finish ripping your Blu-ray to Synology DiskStation DS215j, click “Open” button down to find your output file.

Now what you need to do is to connect the Synology DiskStation to PC and stream videos from Synology DS215j to iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, PS3, or other media players for enjoying anywhere! Note that you need to make sure the wireless network is accessible between your Synology DiskStation and the media player. So easy! Isn't it?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Stream and Play MKV video on Apple TV 1/2/3 in three ways

Is there a way of playing .mkv files on Apple TV? Actually, there are more ways than you imagined of  bringing .mkv on your Apple TV. Here introduces three effective ways.

MKV is a common file format for videos which means Matroska which is a container format (like .mp4, .m4v, .avi or .mov) that can hold video, audio and subtitle streams, then you may ask does Apple TV support MKV videos?

Stream and Play MKV video on Apple TV 1/2/3

It's a pity that  Apple TV has no sight for providing support for this container format, so if you have some MKV files (for instance on your NAS, USB stick or external Hard drive), you need to find a “workaround” to watch them on your TV. Here offers three ways for you.

Solution 1: Free Convert MKV to MP4 Video for Apple TV

If you get a couple of MKV files and want to watch them on Apple TV, you have to convert them to Apple TV friendly formats first. An open source software for re-encoding is Handbrake. Open the file, select an Apple TV preset and let Handbrake create an new video file.

Note: HandBrake works well at converting MKV to Apple TV, but it is not guaranteed. Worse still, it is slow in conversion, and often has some HandBrake MKV problems, like crashing before MKV to Apple TV conversion finishes.

Solution 2: Stream (AirPlay) MKV to Apple TV
A nice and easy way, if you have a modern Mac, is AirPlay Mirroring. Basically, this means that you play the video with your Mac (for instance with VLC) and just mirror your display to the Apple TV.

The big advantage is that you can instantly start watching your video. But you need to either Jailbreak or video conversion.

Solution 3 - The Best Way: Convert MKV to Apple TV 1/2/3 with Presets

As shown above, Handbrake has its drawbacks, so you need an effective HandBrake Alternative for video conversion, here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate - a simple and user-friendly tool Video Converter is highly recommended. It features ultra fast speed and 1:1 quality ratio output when handing MKV to Apple TV conversion. Furthermore, it provides an optimized preset to fit Apple TV. Mac version is here. Follow the guide below and complete the MKV to Apple TV conversion in Windows quickly and easily.

Guide: Convert MKV video to Apple TV supported format

Step 1: Import mkv video files to the Video Converter for Apple TV.

Launch the best Video Converter for Apple TV. Click the button “File” to add MKV video files to it. If it is necessary, you can double click the each file to have a preview. Even Blu-ray and DVD are supported.

Tip: If you have several video files and wanna combine/merge several video files for the Apple TV, you just need to tick off the “Merge into one” box.

Step 2: Select an output format for the Apple TV and set the output folder.

Click on the dropdown menu of “Format” and then choose the format from the “Apple TV” sublist, which are all compatible for the Apple TV 1/2/3. Then you can set the output folder by clicking “Browse” icon as you need.

Step 3: Click “Settings” icon to adjust audio and video parameters.

Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel in the interface to optimize the output file quality. Read the solution when you find no 5.1 Surround Sound from Apple TV.

Step 4: Start converting your MKV ideo files to MP4 for Apple TV.

Click the “Convert” button; it will convert video to MP4 for Apple TV immediately with NVIDIA CUDA technology support. You can find the process in the “Conversion” interface.

After the short conversion, you will be able to get the output files for the Apple TV via clicking on “Open” button effortlessly. Now you can sync/copy MKV videos to Apple TV 1/2/3 for playback via iTunes easily. Find more solutions at Apple TV column.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Cinemartin Cinec Alternative: Encode H.265/HEVC on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP

Cinec can't help you encode H.265/HEVC on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP smoothly? This article gives you the best alternative to Cinemartin Cinec. Check it.

Cinemartin Cinec is a multi video encoder transcoder, a video converter for windows. Have you ever touched the newest codec H.265/HEVC which is now becoming more and more popular? Encoding videos to HEVC h.265 with Cinec is just as easy as load a file, choose a preset for the output, and click encode. And encoding is fast and exports high quality. (Read Cinemartin Hoid review)

Encoding videos to HEVC h.265 with Cinec

However, you may still have troubles below:

  • Poorest Pre sale Support
  • Cant try H265 in trial version
  • No refund in even in case of non performance as per the developer's claim. Pay and forget.Its your luck if it version 3.0 work or not
  • Contrary to what the description says here, this free version does not recognize MXF files.
  • Attempting to open one results in the app crashing with an unhandled error.

If you've tried different ways but still not work, you'd better find a powerful alternative tool to Cinemartin Cinec. Here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate just suitable to your needs, it is upgraded now to be an all-in-one H.265 Video encoder, decoder, player and editor

1. Acting as the H.265 Encoder, it enables to encode all variety of video files including MP4, MOV, AVI, WMV, etc. to H.265(HEVC) format.

2. Acting as the H.265 Decoder, it supports decoding H.265 to other video format like H.264 MP4, H.265 MP4, AVI, WMV, or directly convert H.265 video to audio format like MP3, WAV, AAC, etc.

3. Acting as the H.265 Player, it can directly play H.265 video files without format conversion in the preview window after loaded in.

4. Acting as the H.265 Editor, it allows you to trim clips, crop videos, add effects, insert subtitles, etc and adjust the H.265 parameter like bitrates, frame rate, aspect ratio, audio volume and etc.

Use Cinemartin Cinec Alternative to encode H.265/HEVC on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP

STEP 1. Import videos to the Cinemartin Cinec equivalent

Launch Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate. Directly drag & drop your video files to this program. Also, click Add button on the main interface to let you import your wanted media files.

H.265 Encoder

STEP 2. Select H.265 MP4 format

Here, you can choose "Common Video -> H.265 Video(*.mp4)" as the target format.

STEP 3. Start Video to H.265 conversion on

Finally hit the “Convert” button. Now, you’ve launched this smart Cinemartin Cinec replacement to convert video files.

After conversion, you just play the converted files with your H.265 player.

In conclusion,you’ll be surprised to find this Cinemartin Cinec Alternative can perfectly convert any SD/HD video to H.265 MP4 on Windows 8.1/8/7/XP. You can also read this top 6 H.265-HEVC Video Converters Review to get more alternative tools to Cinemartin Cinec.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

How to Convert and Add Blu-ray/DVD ISO files to iTunes library

iTunes does not support ISO files from as source media. If you want to sync ISO to iTunes for playback on iPhone/iPad/iPod, try to convert ISO to an iTunes video first.

If you’ve already backed up lots of ISO from Blu-ray or DVD discs, you may wanna watch your favorite ISO movies on iDevices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. in iTunes on Mac. While, it’s a pity for iTunes users-  iTunes won't recognize those ISO files and doesn't allow you to load them.
sync ISO to iTunes

Why that happens? Well, that's because iTunes doesn't support the Blu-ray/DVD ISO files (it only supports MP4, MOV and M4V). In order to add ISO files to iTunes, you need to first convert  ISO to iTunes supported formats. And your primary concern may be how to keep the best compromise between high visual quality and less take-up of storage during conversion.

Here Pavtube BDMagic for Mac can fulfill your needs and provides perfect solutions for all the Mac users. Overall, it is a professional Blu-ray handling tool which convert ISO image to iTunes playable files with fast speed and high quality. Apart from BD/DVD ISO, you can also use it to convert Blu-ray, DVD to iTunes video and other regular video and audio formats like MP4, M4V, MOV, AVI, WMV, FLV, MKV etc.

What's more, if you want to play ISO video on your iPad, iPhone, iPod, you can directly select the device preset as the output format. Here is windows version. Just download it and follow the guide how to convert ISO to iTunes compatible MP4 video.

How to Rip ISO files for playback on Apple devices via iTunes on Mac

Step 1. Download, install and launch the top ISO to iTunes Converter on your Mac.

Step 2. Cick "Load IFO/ISO" icon to import the Blu-ray/DVD ISO on your computer. When the files are loaded, you can select the subtitle and audio track as you like.

ISO to iTunes Converter

Step 3. Select and custom output format. Click "Common Video" > "Common Video - H.264 Video(*.mp4)" to get the optimized output file for ISO to iTunes conversion.

iTunes video format

Tip: If you like, you can click “Settings" to change the video encoder, resolution, frame rate, etc. Remember bitrate higher results in big file size, and lower visible quality loss. If you want to keep 1080p Full HD resolution, set the video size as 1080*1920.

Step 4. When everything is OK, press the big "Convert" button to start ISO to iTunes MP4 conversion on Mac OS X.

After the conversion, get the output files by clicking the Open button and you are ready to import them into iTunes and if necessary, sync with your Apple device without hassle.

Tip: To import videos to iTunes, open iTunes and go to File > Add to Library or directly drag and drop the converted video to iTunes. And then find the video in the Movies category.

Now you are able to organize VOB in iTunes and even transfer to iOS devices like iPhone, iPad, iPod etc. for killing time on the move. In addition, MKV and FLV can be also converted for adding to iTunes.