Published on March 29 2013

"I downloaded a video as an .mp4 file. Windows Movie Maker didn't recognize it, so I tried to use the program mp4cam2avi to convert it into an .avi file, however this only made a file of the audio with no video, which is completely useless to me. I just want to be able to get this mp4 into a format that I can edit with Movie Maker. Help, please?"

Windows Movie Maker is a free video editing software that comes along with every Windows PC which allows you to trim, split or speed up or slow down a video etc to help you create and edit videos as well as to publish them on SkyDrive, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

However, as Windows Movie Maker is not able to edit a few video formats like AVI, WMV or MPG, it is maybe impossible for you to import MP4 files to Windows Movie Maker directly. Therefore, to edit MP4 in Windows Movie Maker, you'd better to find a Video Converter to covnert MP4 to Windows Movie Maker compatible video files.

As far as I know, MP4 to Windows Movie Maker Converter is an ideal program for you to fast convert MP4 files downloaded from Internet or from camcorders(Flip video camcorder, GoPro Hero camcorder, Sony camcorder, Samsung camcorder, Sanyo camcorder etc), devices (iPhone, iPad, Mobile phones) or other sources(iMovie, FCP etc) to Windows Movie Maker readable AVI, WMV or MPG files.

Simple guides to convert MP4 for Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Load MP4 files

Click “Add Video” to load your desired MP4 files into MP4 to Windows Movie Maker Converter

Import MP4 to Windows Movie Maker for free editing

Step 2:Select output format and directory

Select “Format” pull down list to select AVI, WMV or MPG as output format. And then, click the small triangle to choose a path to save your converted files.

Step 3: Convert MP4 videos for Windows Movie Maker

Click “Convert” to convert MP4 files to AVI, WMV,MPG for editing in Windows Movie Maker

Aftere converting MP4 videos to AVI, WMV or MPG, you can free transfer MP4 to Windows Movie Maker for free editing.

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Published on March 26 2013

Noted AAPL bull Gene Munster has softened his outlook for the company through the first half of 2013, though he expects that Apple will rebound and return to growth to close out the year.

Apple's earnings predicted to shrink 14% in first half of 2013, but grow 15% to close the year

The Piper Jaffray analyst issued a note to investors on Tuesday in which he reiterated his overweight rating and $767 price target, but said he expects Apple to see earnings dip 14 percent in the first half of 2013.

For the back half of the year, he expects Apple to have several new product launches in the works. He believes those announcements will reaccelerate earnings growth to a positive 15 percent.

Even if Apple does hold an event to announce a new iPad in April, as some rumors have suggested, Munster doesn't believe it would have a material impact on AAPL shares. Munster had previously expected an April event, but now says with the month fast approaching and no recent rumors or indications, he expects Apple to not make any announcements until its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Things are predicted begin to turn around at the end of June, when Munster expects Apple will announce its next-generation iPhone. He also expects a new low-cost iPhone to debut in September.

He also believes that Apple will announce a television set in the December quarter this year, and will also introduce a smart watch at some point in the future. While neither of these products are expected to have a significant effect on Apple's bottom line, he believes they would help to convince investors that Apple is a company that will continue to innovate after the loss of co-founder Steve Jobs.

As for the company's soon-to-conclude March quarter, Munster predicts that Apple will earn $41.4 billion in revenue, below Wall Street expectations of $42.8 billion but within Apple's guidance of $41 billion to $43 billion.

Apple's earnings predicted to shrink 14% in first half of 2013, but grow 15% to close the year

His numbers call for Apple to sell 35.5 million iPhones in the March quarter, lower than Wall Street expectations. His Mac prediction of 3.8 million units is also below the Street's 4.2 million. Munster has also forecast lower margins (38 percent) than the STreet (39 to 40 percent).

The analyst does, however, expect Apple to increase its annual dividend from $10.60 to $14, based on using cash generated only in the U.S. He does not expect Apple to announce an increased share buyback program.

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Published on March 25 2013

Apple has made it really easy to edit home movies on your Mac thanks to the constantly refined iMovie app. But with the release of the iPhone and iPad, Apple went one step further and introduced a portable version of iMovie to enable you to edit on the go.

Of course, it's pretty bare bones compared to what you can do on a Mac, but that's not the point: with iMovie for iOS, you can edit wherever you are, taking advantage of the long battery life of iOS devices.

More often than not, you can have a finished movie by the time you get home. Although bulkier than an iPhone or iPod touch, an iPad gives you more space to edit in, making the process a more comfortable experience.

With the help of the iPad Camera Connection Kit, you can also easily transfer shots from your iPhone or iPod touch to your iPad, so one person can keep shooting while another edits, giving you immense flexibility.

We'll show you the basics of editing on an iPad. Then you can hit the ground running without feeling that video editing is solely the preserve of 'proper' computers.

How to perform basic video edits on the iPad

1. Create a New Project

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

Launch iMovie and you'll be presented with an old-style American front-of-house movie theatre. Previous projects are represented by posters (made up of a still image of your project, along with a design that's based on your chosen theme - more on that later).

Here you can rename your project by tapping on its title; you can also play your film back or export it with the options available at the bottom. To create a new film, tap on the '+' button. Choose the option to create a new Project.

2. Library and themes

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

All the clips stored on your iPad are available on the top-left part of the interface (we're using landscape orientation in this tutorial). Media is divided based on type: videos, photos and audio - which includes music from your library as well as sound effects and themespecific background tracks.

With themes you can add titles and transitions to your project. You can choose the one you want by tapping on the Gear menu, top-right, and swiping the thumbnails until you find the one you like.

3. Preview and clip selection

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

Go back to your library's Video section. You can preview any clip in the top-right section of the interface by dragging your finger over it. To select a clip, tap on it. You can then drag the yellow handles on either side inwards to only select part of your clip; use the main preview section to trim your selection precisely.

Then tap on the clip and it'll jump down into the timeline. Add a few more to build up your edit. Notice in the library that any clip or clip-part that's used in the project now has an orange line under it.

4. The timeline

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

The red line represents the playhead and the image shown top-right of the screen is the frame that the playhead's over. This playhead is stationary. You move your project by dragging it to the left or the right.

You can further fine-tune your edit straight from the timeline: tap any clip to bring up yellow handles. Use them to add or remove parts of that clip from your project (the currently used part is still linked to the main clip you took from the Library). To zoom in or out, move two fingers away or closer together.

5. Reordering and splitting

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

To change the order of clips, tap and hold on one. This removes it from the timeline. With a finger still touching the screen, you can move that clip to another position. If you release it while it's out of the timeline, it's removed from the project.

You can also perform more complex edits like inserting a new clip in the middle of an existing one: move the playhead over the clip then select it. Now, swipe down over the playhead to cut your clip in two. You can now insert a new clip in between those two parts.

6. Working with transitions

Fast and quickly edit videos with iMovie for iPad

A transition is added between each clip, which may not be what you want. You can alter those transitions by double-tapping on them. You can choose between no transition (i.e, a straight cut) to a cross dissolve, to one based on your chosen theme; the transition icon changes to reflect your current choice.

You can also alter the duration. Select Theme, move the playhead back a bit and press the Play button to preview. You can then return to the Gear menu, select a theme and see what that transition looks like.

Tips: You can also import videos to your iPad for editing in iMovie for iPad, however, as iPad only support MP4 files, you may need to convert other non-MP4 files, such as AVI, WMV, MPG, MKV, FLV, 3GP, AVCHD, MTS, MXF, MOD etc to iPad MP4 files for editing in iMovie for iPad with Mac iPad Video Converter

Article Source: iMovie for iPad: how to edit your videos quickly and easily

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Published on March 24 2013

Q: "I'm using the new Vegas movie studio platinum 12 to edit .MOV files. The audio in the file will repeat from the beginning half way through the video despite the fact that the waveform for the audio shows the original audio is there. I am a PC person so I dont know mac stuff at all. and this is a very time sensitive problem. Any suggestions?"

A: "Converting the files was the best option. Even though .mov files are listed as compatible with vegas 11 & 12, they are buggy. I recommend rendering the video out as an avi or wmv and then importing it.

I was using longer files that were an hour and a half long and the audio would mess up the way I described in my OP. I had the current version of Quick Time installed and then I tried an older version that was recommended. Neither worked. If you run into this problem, convert the file to your favorite format that you know works with vegas."

The Q&A is quoted from community.hitfilm.com. And I believe many people may face the same problem when importing MKV files to Sony Vegas Movie Studio 10, 11, 12 or other versions of Sony Vegas.

Then, you may need a Video Converter to help you convert MOV files to Sony Vegas supported file formats. Here, you can turn to MOV to Sony Vegas Converter which is specially designed to help you fast convert MOV to Sony Vegas (any version including 08/09/10/11/12) compatible AVI, WMV or MPG files.

Step by step to convert MOV for Sony Vegas

Step 1: Add MOV files

Click “Add Video” to load your desired MOV files into MOV Sony Vegas Converter

Tips: The MOV files can be from Kodak, Nikon, Canon, Aipteck cameras or from other sources

Import MOV files to Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 12

Step 2:Choose output format and directory

Select “Format” pull down list to select AVI, WMV or MPG as output format. And then, click the small triangle to choose a path to save your converted files

Step 3: Convert MOV videos

Click “Convert” to convert MOV files to AVI, WMV,MPG for editing in Sony Vegas

Aftere converting MOV to AVI, WMV or MPG, you can free transfer MOV to Sony Vegas for free editing.

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Published on March 23 2013

Yesterday, we noted that a new “Yontoo” malware hit the web that could inject advertising into websites (including Apple’s own site).

Word surfaced of new malware targeting major browsers on the Mac platform with adware capable of injecting advertising into users' browsing experiences. The malware, known as "Yontoo", masquerades as a video plug-in or download accelerator in order to trick users into installing the package.

Apple blocks OS X “Yontoo” malware that injected ads into websites

Today, Apple has blocked that malware by updating its anti-malware definition system.The change was first reported by Intego:

As noted by security firm Intego, Apple has already updated its "Xprotect" anti-malware system to recognize Yontoo and warn users who attempt to install it on their machines.

Apple routinely uses its Xprotect anti-malware tools introduced in OS X Snow Leopard to provide rudimentary protection against threats, and has expanded its efforts in OS X Mountain Lion with the introduction of Gatekeeper to allow users to restrict app installation to software from identified developers registered with Apple, or even to only apps installed through the Mac App Store.

Apple has also been using Xprotect to enforce minimum version requirements for plug-ins such as Java and Flash Player, forcing users to upgrade from earlier versions known to have significant security issues.

Reference: Apple blocks OS X “Yontoo” malware that injected ads into websites

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Published on March 20 2013

Sony Xperia Tablet Z was originally announced in Japan at the MWC 2013, and now it is already available in Japan where the pre-order start on March 9th, 2013, and will be available on March 22nd, only two days from now.

And now, Xperia Tablet Z has been made available as a pre-order through Sony’s own online store in the UK with three models with the price of £400 / €465 / $600 respectively.

Sony Xperia Z pre-order is now available in UK

According to Sony, only the Wi-Fi models are currently on sale, with the 16GB Xperia Tablet Z priced at £400 ($605), or if you spend another £50 you’ll get the 32GB model. Unfortunately, the LTE model has yet to be priced.

Both Wi-Fi versions of Xperia Tablet Z have been confirmed to arrive in the UK in mid-April, but the 4G LTE version has yet to receive a release timeline.

For this you get a 10.1-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. When we spent some time with the Xperia Tablet Z at MWC, we were particularly impressed with its design, and loved the lightweight, super-slim (just 6.9mm) chassis, which was a joy to hold.

When you go to buy one of the tablets, you’re given the option of selecting a range of accessories, including a £60 ($90) leather cover, £30 ($45) docking station and a £15 ($22) screen protector. Once the tablet is in your basket, the site provides a delivery date of between April 12 and April 15.

So how does the Xperia Tablet Z’s price compare with other tablets on sale in the UK? Well, the 16GB model matches the basic iPad, but the 32GB Tablet Z is £30 less expensive than the equivalent Apple tablet. A Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with 16GB of storage memory is also £400, while the 16GB Nexus 10 (which has a higher screen resolution than Sony’s tablet) can be purchased through Google Play for £320.

There’s no mention of the Xperia Tablet Z on Sony USA’s online store at the moment, but if the price is in-line with Apple’s GBP to USD conversion, the 16GB model could cost $499 whenever it finally arrives.

Reference: Sony Xperia Tablet Z goes up for pre-order in the UK, attracts £400 price tag

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Published on March 19 2013

According to related rumors, Asus is planning on showing off a couple of new devices in the coming months. After launching the ASUS FonePad in April, ASUS is said to be previewing the next generation of Nexus 7s in May, and launching a brand new Intel-based phone in June.

Asus rumored to launch New Nexus 7 and 5-inch Intel-based smartphone

According to DigiTimes, Asus will launch a new smartphone with an Intel Atom Z2580 “Clover Trail” processor “in June at the earliest.” The device is expected to offer a large 5- to 5.5-inch display, similar to that of the Lenovo K900 — which also uses the Atom Z2580 processor — and the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

DigiTimes also leaked some information about a second-generation Nexus 7. According to the report, the device will appear in May “with enhanced specifications” and a $249 price tag. Like its predecessor, it will compete with other 7- and 8-inch tablets, including the Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad mini.

The current Nexus 7 was first launched in July 2012, so an update around May this year is indeed plausible. What’s more, this is the same month Google will hold its annual I/O developer conference, which would be the perfect time to announce a new slate.

Both of the devices are set to impress. Despite the Intel Atom Z2580 being only dual-core, benchmarks have shown it beating out the Snapdragon S4 Pro time and time again. The CPU supports up to 2GB of RAM, HSPA+, 16MP rear-facing cameras, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is said to also be great at optimizing battery life. The new Nexus 7, judging from its predecessor, shall be an outstanding device as well.

Reference: Asus To Launch New Nexus 7 In May, Intel-Powered Smartphone In June

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Published on March 18 2013

As a free video editing application for Mac users, iMovie indeed simplified our daily life, you can free import your video files to iMovie for editing. However, as iMovie only support a few video formats such as MOV or MP4 etc, it is not possible for you to directly import all kinds of videos to iMovie for free editing.

And unlucky enough, iMovie can't even say Yes to all of MP4 files, as MP4 is a container file format which may contain different types of codecs, if you get some MP4 files that contains codec which are not compatible with iMovie, it is then impossible to import MP4 files to iMovie for editing. Then, you'd better turn to a third party application for help.

The easiest way to import MP4 videos to iMovie is to get a MP4 to iMovie Converter to help you successfully convert MP4 to iMovie with fast conversion speed and best output quality. Besides, it can also import other videos such as AVI to iMovie, MPG to iMovie, AVCHD to iMovie etc.

Simple guides to help you convert MP4 to iMovie

Step 1: Import MP4 files

You can either directly drag and drop MP4 files or click "Load Media Files" in the "File" menu to load MP4 files either from the Internet, from camcorders or cell phones or from other sources to MP4 to iMovie Converter on Mac (Mountain Lion included).

Free and fast import MP4 to iMovie

Step 2: Select iMovie as output format

You can directly choose "iMovie" as your output format, which will automatically set the appropriate file format, bit rate, and resolution. You also can simply edit videos with some useful edit functions provided before conversion.

Free and fast import MP4 to iMovie

Step 3: Convert .MP4 to iMovie

Click "Convert" to begin MP4 to iMovie conversion. After that, you can free transfer MP4 files to iMovie without any difficutly.

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Published on March 16 2013

Announced at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, a 8-inch tablet was realesed specailly to rival the iPad mini, both of them are fighting for almost exactly the same customers.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is almost better in all ways. The only advantage the iPad Mini has over the Galaxy Note 8.0 is its thickness. Samsung expects to sell the Galaxy Note 8.0 from April. The price is a bit higher than the iPad Mini.

Apple was late to launch a smaller version of its iPad and with a price tag much higher than more powerful Android equivalents, it’s lead many to question the value. Of course that all depends on your preference of mobile ecosystem. SamMobile has laid out six reasons why you should buy the Galaxy Note 8.0 instead which includes a full comparison chart.

Multi Window: The Galaxy Note 8.0 has a Multi Window feature which allows you to use multiple apps at once. For example, this can be useful for pulling up a document while talking to someone. Multi Window support is not a deal breaker by any means, but it is pretty nifty.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

Reading Mode optimizes the display to make it easier on your eyes. Easy access to digital books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other destinations, has helped turn tablets into our everyday reading companion.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

S Pen turns the Galaxy Note 8.0 into a digital canvas of sorts, allowing you to draw, paint, or just write things down in a more natural way. Sure, you can use a stylus with the iPad Mini, but chances are it’s not going to be as smooth since S Pen is integrated with the tablet.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

Resolution: While the iPad Mini has the same resolution as the original iPad released back in 2010, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has a 1280×800 display with 26 more pixels per inch.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

Performance: With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM in the Mini, the Note 8.0 significantly outperforms with a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. The iPad Mini has up to 64GB of storage which is very pricey at $529 for the WiFi-only version, but the Note 8.0 has a microSD card slot.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

Complete Comparison: Below is the complete comparison between Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 and iPad Mini from terms of design, launch time, size, OS, processor, camera, battery, memory and so on.

6 reasons to get Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of iPad Mini

There is still unkonw about the pricing and availability of the devices, we are waiting for it to come.

Reference: 6 Reasons To Grab The Galaxy Note 8.0 Over The iPad Mini

6 reasons to buy the Galaxy Note 8.0 instead of the iPad Mini

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Published on March 12 2013

"Is there any way to import MOV (Quicktime Movie File) files into Windows Movie Maker? I have a Kodak EasyShare Dx4330 (very old model of digital camera). Does anyone know of a good Video converter to do it?"

This questions is quoted from Answers Microsoft, maybe many people will face the same problems when there is a need to import MOV files from Kodak camera to Windows Movie Maker. Kodak EasyShare produces videos in QuickTime MOV format, this is a format Windows Movie Maker can't accept.

Therefore, in order to import Kodak EasyShare MOV files to WIndows Movie Maker, it is better to convert MOV files to Windows Movie Maker compatible AVI, WMV or MPG files with a Video Converter.

Luckily enough, there is already a Video Converter available named MOV to Windows Movie Maker Converter which is powerful enough for you to convert MOV files from KodaK camcorder, Canon camcorder or from other soureces to Windows Movie Maker compatible video files. Besides, it is also able to convert other videos such as MP4, MKV, FLV, 3GP, AVCHD, MTS, MOD, MXF etc to Windows Movie Maker supported AVI, WMV or MPG files.

Below are the detailed guides to convert Kodak EasyShare MOV files for Windows Movie Maker

Step 1: Import Kodak EasyShare MOV files

Click “Add Video” to load your desired Kodak EasyShare QuickTime MOV files into MOV to Windows Movie Maker Converter.

Play Kodak Easyshare MOV files in Windows Movie Maker

Step 2:Select output format and directory

Select “Format” pull down list to select AVI, WMV or MPG as output format. And then, click the small triangle of "Output" to choose a path to save your converted files

Step 3: Convert Kodak EasyShare MOV files

Click “Convert” to convert Kodak EasyShare MOV files to AVI, WMV,MPG for editing in Windows Movie Maker

Aftere converting kodak EasyShare QuickTime MOV files to AVI, WMV or MPG, you can free transfer MOV files to Windows Movie Maker for free editing.

Play Kodak Easyshare MOV files in Windows Movie Maker

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