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  • Planitron Calculating status...
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    Dec 22, 2012 1:42 PM (in response to jose1392)

    i think to get android or surface , cause ios is too close .

     

    it's simple to add this support , itunes suppor mp3 and convert this. why not avi ?

     

    And why haven't we a mini hdmi, a micro sd card port and usb ? it's simple to add an finder on iOs

    to read a sd card files.

     

    And more, if you can add a mouse support , it'll be wonderful !

  • App Reviewer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 22, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to aamannkauai)

    The easist way to convert is with iFlicks, there is a good article online about it: http://appducate.com/2012/12/iflicks-best-easiest-way-to-convert-media-to-itunes /

  • Planitron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:18 AM (in response to App Reviewer)

    The best Way to convert is HandBrake for Windows , Mac and Linux

     

    http://handbrake.fr/

     

    But why apple do not accept the avi and mkv files ?

  • Mcmanser Calculating status...
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    Dec 28, 2012 12:38 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    It's probably a video format which iTunes/iPhone doesn't support. Probably like .AVI or something.

     

    m4v, .mp4, and .mov are what the iPhone supports mainly. Just convert whatever you need to these filetypes.           

  • Planitron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 1:34 AM (in response to Mcmanser)

    It's heavy way to convert avi . We must store 2 files, we loose time,

    if apple want to win some customer , they must implement :

     

    1- avi , mkv : support

    2- sd or micro sd card support

    3- hdmi port

    4- micro usb support

    5- mouse enabled.

     

    they ll strong against the world and all apple's user ll be happy with this functionnality.

    Android and Surface has already this , it's not the future but the present.

     

    ps : itunes accept mp3 support , why they don't accept avi

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 8:36 AM (in response to Planitron)

    But why apple do not accept the avi and mkv files ?

    Generally speaking, QT does support/accept the AVI file container. It's the data in the file container that may be problemating. Only recent versions of QT apps (e.g., iMovie, QT X, and iTunes) have been updata to either not accept AVI files at all or those containing unexpected combinations audio and video data. As to MKV, it would be subject to the same codec component restictions. However, I agree it would be nice if the file type was recognized/supported even if specific data compression formats are not natively supported by the basic OS codec component configuration. Unfortunately, what ost people seem to forget is that iTunes has, more or less, become a management and streaming vehicle for mobile devices like the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and TV all of which natively support only a very few specific dodes. If you wish to play your AVI and/or MKV files, then use the QT 7 based apps which, at least for the moment, continue to enjoy relatively open codec support for a dwindling numer of legacy and third-party ccomponents.

     

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  • App Reviewer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 9:39 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Forgot to mention, if you're simply looking for a way to play/view avi and mkv along with many other formats you can always install perian. If your interested here is an article on it: http://appducate.com/2012/12/perian-lets-your-mac-play-most-video-formats/

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Dec 28, 2012 10:15 AM (in response to Planitron)

    It's heavy way to convert avi . We must store 2 files, we loose time,

    I don't find it troublesome or time consuming to convert from one or more movies to an entire season of TV shows overnight while sleeping when my computer would otherwise be be idle. As to the storing of two files, I would never keep a secondary copy of content in an AVI container and only keep MKV version if they are my only source for content and in a higher resolution than the converted files I create for iTunes management of files for mobile device syncing and/or private streaming when home or on the road.

     

     

    if apple want to win some customer , they must implement :

    I personally think Apple is more interested in the iTunes Store customers that any "do it yourself" customer base here.

     

     

    1- avi , mkv : support

    QT based apps programmed to "accept" the AVI files continue to support this file container as long as the compressed data is supported and in a combination that the QT app is programmed to expect/allowed to play. As to MKV, as previous noted, you can request an app enhancement to recognize/accept this file container natively in the app's associated "Product Feedback" form.

     

     

    2- sd or micro sd card support

    Invest the $6 to $40 required for a card reader that supports any or all formats to include CompactFlash Type I, CompactFlash Type II, MicroDrive, RS-MMC, MMC, SD, MiniSD, MicroSD, SDHC, MemoryStick, MemoryStick Pro, SM, xDPC, etc.

     

     

    3- hdmi port

    Some Macs (e.g., MacMinis) have had HDMI v1.0 through v1.4 supported ports since 2010. I've had a MiniDisplay to HDMI adapter for my MacBook Pro even longer.

     

     

    4- micro usb support

    USB support is built into Mac OS X software. Virtually all of the micro-USB and Mini-USB devices I've purchased came with a USB to Mini/Micro-USB cable. If yours did not, then invest the $0.95 to $30 the specific cable you need or ask a friend to loan or give you a spare cable.

     

     

    5- mouse enabled.

    Mouse enabled what?

     

     

    itunes accept mp3 support , why they don't accept avi

    MP3 is both a file container and a compression format while AVI is merely a file container with no dedicated compression format associated with it. Further, MPEG-1 layered audio content has been playback supported for as long as QT has been suporting "muxed" MPEG-1 audio and video while some legacy AVI compression formats have never been trancoded for use on the Mac, never made it past OS 9, were dropped with the demise of the PowerPC CPU, or dropped with the introduction of Lion/Mountain Lion. In short, Apple claims it is modernizing its media players not trying to make them compatible with legacy file types and lagacy codec components which are no longer available for the Mac or no longer supported by their originators. (E.g., Microsoft introduced the AVI container in November of 1992 as part of its "Video for Windows Technology" and dropped active support with the introduction of WMV media more than a decade ago due to numberous file type limitations not anticipated in the original AVI specification.)

     

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  • Planitron Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to Jon Walker)

    Please Jon,

     

    When i say Hdmi port it's for Ipad or iphone, not macbook or mac.

     

    And for the rest, it's too long to explain you, i see you don't understand, and you must to play with android to understand the complete hardware.

     

    A complete and true tablet , it's important for the future to win the market.

     

    see you soon.

  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)
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    Dec 30, 2012 2:00 PM (in response to Planitron)

    When i say Hdmi port it's for Ipad or iphone, not macbook or mac.

    I use AirPlay and Mirroring for simultaneous HDMI playback connectivity via TV devices to my main AV Reciver-HDTV system and direct connection to 3 or 4 other HDTVs plus the same AV Receiver for FuryHD HDMI recording if needed/required. Current IOS on recent iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad models all have this wireless capability.

    And for the rest, it's too long to explain you, i see you don't understand, and you must to play with android to understand the complete hardware.

    You are correct in that I do not understand what specific functionality you desire that is not already available to you via the connectivity mentioned above. And, since it would, in your opinion, take too long to explain, I guess I never will understand. However, as my current work flows provide all the cennectivity I need for direct wired, in-home wireless, and out-of-home internet access to 32 TBs of content stored on my main computer external RAIDs, I do not feel any great need to buy or use an android-based device. If that is what you need, then fine... By all means use such devices yourself. My needs are obviously different than yours just as my idea of proper work flow and what constitutes modern tecnology/techniques differs from yours. As to what's "important for the future to win the market," I am willing to sit back and wait to see which way the winds of change are blowing.

     

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  • Billion236 Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2013 8:57 PM (in response to App Reviewer)

    The same with you, I've been really happy with iFlicks.  Here is my routine:  MakeMKV --> HandBrake (ATV 3) --> iFlicks (iTunes Compability) --> iTunes

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    Jan 7, 2013 6:14 AM (in response to Billion236)

    I have iFlicks but stopped using it because it crashes a lot. I now use VideoDrive which supports multiple converters: by default I convert all my videos files for my AppleTV with the Turbo.264 HD setting, except for MKV files with are handled by third party converter.

  • Flore898 Calculating status...
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    Jan 11, 2013 6:24 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Ya, I've been using MPEG Streamclip to turn my AVIs into MOVs. For the longest time I thought that I wouldn't be able to organize my movies into iTunes unless I converted them via HandBrake. Works great now!

  • Jessyanri Calculating status...
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:29 AM (in response to Charles5829)

    Not saying you're wrong, just want to throw it in there that iFlicks has never crashed for me.

    But VideoDrive sounds interesting http://cdn.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/smile.gif

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    Jan 18, 2013 2:53 AM (in response to aamannkauai)

    Against all the advice of my friends, I went ahead and bought an apple device....HOW IS IT THAT IN 2013 A DEVICE CANNOT PLAY AVI !!!!!!! Is this how apple users have been living all these years?

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