Sundry Mac video utilities

It’s no secret that the TV Weasel is a Mac weasel. Though I dabble in Windows when working with Avid gear, my native tongue remains Mac. Herewith are some tools I’ve discovered and use in varying degrees that Weasel readers might find of interest.

Whacked TV from Apple’s developer site:

A replacement for the venerable Carbon HackTV. It shows how to use the Sequence Grabber API’s to capture movies from external video and audio sources, just as HackTV, but adds many important new features, including simultaneous capture from multiple SGChannel’s, use of the new SGAudioChannel, video preview using ICMDecompressionSession’s and OpenGL.

SimpleVideoOut also from Apple’s developer web site:

Demonstrates how QuickTime Video Output Components can be used to play video out to hardware. A common use would be playing a DV stream (.dv file) using QuickTime’s FireWire Video Output Component and recording it on your handy dandy DV camera. But the fun doesn’t stop there!

Another use would be to add TV tuner and recording capabilities to your Mac.

HyperEngine-AV from Arboretum Systems:

A non-linear video editing software that lets you capture, import, edit, arrange together and process video, photos, audio and text to create DV quality movies and slide shows.
It combines an extensive set of features with a streamlined user-interface. It gives you an unprecedented ease of use while retaining the power of real time compositing and real time video and audio effects.

It runs circles around iMovie though the interface is a bit less intuitive to experienced editors.

Lostify from Lowell Stewart:

Lostify is a metadata tagger for MP4 videos. It runs on Mac OS X, and the tags it produces aim to be compatible with iTunes and the iPod video (5G).

Read through the author’s notes and learn how the utility got its name.

iPod video formats redux from

Far more technical detail than the TV Weasel has presented. Very useful for those kept up at night torn between standard MPEG-4 and H.264.

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