Applications :: MP4 Versus MOV

Mar 8, 2010

I bought a Flip video camera and used the included FlipShare software for the first week. It did a fine job of editing video clips. Then I got iMovie. The first thing I noticed is that where FlipShare would take about 3 minutes to download 800MB of clips, iMovie took about 25 minutes.

I could see that iMovie was converting the MP4 files from the camera to MOV. The MOV files are more than 3.5 times bigger than the MP4 files.

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Applications :: Office:Mac Versus Office - Windows And Camino Versus Firefox

Feb 14, 2009

I've heard Office:Mac isn't that great, and doesn't make up for what iWork 09 is missing. So I'm wondering what people think about it and why does it get such a bland reputation? Also, do people use a combination of the above? Such as iWork and Office:Windows? Both Offices? I do mainly word processing, some soft Excel work (no hardcore giant spreadsheets...yet), and general PowerPoints for presentations. I have access to cheap iWork/Offices (school discount) and a family pack of the top-level edition of Office:PC (family) so it isn't a big deal to get any of the above.

Lastly, what's the difference between Camino and Firefox? I use Firefox currently and love it, mainly due to the add-ons (weather at the bottom, Gmail alert, skins, page views, other customizations). Tabs seem to be on all browsers these days, so are there any other key differences?

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Hardware :: Dell 2407WFP A04 Versus Dell G2410 Versus Dell 2209WA Versus Samsung F2380

Nov 2, 2009

I'm looking for a new monitor to go with my MBP, and I'm stuck trying to choose between the ones listed above.

The 2407WFP is a couple of years old now I guess, but it's the rev A04 version, which supposedly fixed the (few) problems with what was otherwise meant to be a great screen. It's an sPVA screen.

I've heard good reviews of the G2410, with its LED backlighting. It's still a TN panel and I hear so much bad stuff about them.

The 2209WA is an eIPS panel which I like the sound of, but it's smaller and lower resolution.

The F2380 is a cPVA panel, the image quality looks better but I've heard bad things about blacks on this panel.

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Hardware :: Marware Versus ISkin Versus Moshi Keyboard Covers

Jan 5, 2011

I'm pretty satisfied with the Marware cover, although it can be a little frustrating when typing quickly..I'm wondering if I should go back, return the Marware cover and pick up the iSkin.

So, for those of you that have any of these in comparing..which do you think is the best?

And yes, I did search and am aware threads like this exist..but I couldn't find any comparing all three, only iSkin vs. Moshi.

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Hardware :: Eyetv 250 Versus TVMax Versus Blackmagic Video Recorder?

Apr 30, 2008

I'm trying to decide which product to buy and I was hoping for some advice.

First and foremost I want a device so that I may transfer my VHS tapes to DVD.

Live TV recording is secondary but for the price, I'd like to find the device that suits me best so I can continue to use it after i've transferred all my VHS.

Here are my concerns:

1) I'm going to be moving from the US to Ireland in a couple of months (not sure for how long, could be years+) Obviously there's the whole NTSC vs. PAL, ATSC vs. DVB.

I know with EyeTV 250 it's either or, any ideas if buying some sort of converter is an option (prices, quality)? If I bought just a PAL one, would I still be able to convert VHS or would it be completely unusable in the US?

2) I'd like some sort of HD/Digital abilities. From what I can tell TVMax is analog only and Blackmagic may also be but I can't find more specs on that.

Does this mean they'll be useless once the US undergoes the conversion?

So as of now I'm leaning towards EyeTV 250 but the question are there any forseeable problems with using a PAL to NTSC converter or using a PAL EyeTV in the US just to convert VHS.

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PowerPC :: Older G5 Versus IMac Versus MacBook Pro For Work

Oct 25, 2007

So I have a 1.8ghz dual G5 with 3gb of ram for work. I mainly work in Adobe CS and do a far amount of Photoshop work. At any given time I may have all of Adobe CS plus Office and a few other apps running -- and a gazillion fonts. Went to the store and saw the new 24" iMac. How would a new iMac compare to my late '04 1.8DP G5? On that same note, how would a new MacBook Pro compare to the above?

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Hardware :: Dell G2410 Versus Samsung F2380 Versus Other...

Oct 25, 2009

I am planning on purchasing a new display for use (currently) with my imac. I am completely torn between these two models, and cannot make a decision. Any thoughts? I like the Dell because it is LED backlit, thus good blacks and little to no backlight bleed. But I like the Samsung because of the (supposedly better panel and (supposedly) better color reproduction. I like the simplistic look of both of them (though they could look a little better ) so I'm not sure which one to buy.

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Mac Pro :: 6GB Versus 8GB Triple Versus Dual Channels/PS4 Tests

Jun 30, 2009

I ran some tests on my 2009 Quad Nehalem to try and determine what was up with the triple Vs dual memory "brouhaha".

I posted the results as a new thread because I think it will be useful information for a lot of quad owners, but it was originally going to be a reply to this thread:

Here we go. Tesselator suggested 3 tests that could show the differences in speed between triple and dual channel bandwidth.


As one idea I would maybe try creating a few very large images (16-bit, blank white, blank black, gradient fill) and then duplicating and deleting that layer repeatedly a few hundred times.

So I did them, 10 times each. I could have gone on, but the results were very very stable after the first 2 attempts.

Set-up: a 40Mpx, 16bit image (8000*5000). First test it was simply filled white; second test: black; and third test a black to white gradient. I added a fourth test, using a real (photo) 12Mpx RAW image from my Nikon D300.

I created (took a while!) an action with 350 repetitions of "duplicate layer" and "delete layer", followed by a red fill to let me know the action was done. The same action was used in all four tests.

The computer was restarted before each of the four tests, which may explain the irregularities on the first 1-2 attempts. Nothing else but PS4 was launched.

The results are interesting:

We can clearly see that the simple white and black fills show a speed difference of around 10%.

We can also clearly see that this difference disappears when a more complex image is used. The use of more complex images represents a much more realistical use of PS.

To make things even more realistic, I also tested RetouchActions's speed test on my own 12Mpx image. I use nearly all of the operations of that action on a daily basis, so it's a lot more representative of the work I do on PS.

Here are the results:

The results are clear: 11% increase in performance using 8GB of ram (Vs 6GB) when working on a 12Mpx image.

Added info: number of page-outs after running the 10 test series (after about 45 minutes of intense PS work):
-17K when using 6GB (1.7K page-out avg).
-10K when using 8GB (1K page-out avg).

For me the results are definitive: unless I plan on working only with full black or full white images (not even black and white!), having 8GB is better, even when working on smallish 12Mpx files. I imagine the differences would have been even greater using bigger file sizes of actual complex images.

What would now be interesting: someone with a 2009MP Octo doing the same tests at 12GB and 16GB.

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Aug 17, 2009

Two short questions on which I really need an answer. This academic year, I'll be writing a lot of papers, but most specifically, I am forced to use SPSS (statistical software package for social sciences).

Will I really need the 2.93 over the 2.66 and notice the improvement?

Same goes for the gfx. I like full-hd 1080, I'll be in InDesign, and use Logic Pro. Will I need "slash" notice the 4850 over the gt130?

Also, are the "hang-ups" with the 4850 truly fixed and does it indeed run a lot hotter (inc. really that more noise) than the gt130?

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Oct 3, 2010

just wondering if you are going to use outlook when it comes with office 11 or you will stick with apple's Mail? Personally, I would use mail.

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Dec 26, 2010

So is the new Chrome better than Safari 5?

Whats your take? Which one should I use, and which one do you use? and why?

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Nov 8, 2008

I want to abandone iDisk, for its poor capabilities and features.

I'm looking for the best alternative ...

I'm testing Dropbox and looking at sugarsync.

Dropbox seems more robust on Mac system, while sugarsync is actually in beta testing on this side, but sugarsync has more attractive price options ...

Anyone has for example tried to syncronize a large virtual disk (VMware for example) or large Aperture library ?

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Applications :: Ichat Versus Skype

Jan 9, 2009

My mother then got a web cam for her PC and all of her friends use skype, so she refuses to download AIM and wants me to download skype.

Anyway, just wanteed to make sure there wasn't anything I should be concerned about with skype - a co-worker of mine said he used skype and it was great.

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Applications :: Guitar Pro 5 Versus Garageband 09?

Feb 6, 2009

I have been using Guitar Pro on PC for long time and I was wondering since there isn't any search result of MR on Guitar Pro.

I own an Alum Macbook now and if something is better in OSX I would love to switch.

So it comes down to Guitar Pro 5 vs Garageband 09.

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Applications :: IPhoto Versus Picasa

Sep 25, 2009

I have had all of my personal photos in iphoto, and my proffessional work browsed through using picasa. I am beginning to wonder what if any edge iphoto has on picasa at all...

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Oct 12, 2009

Which one do you use? I prefer iWork by far, but am forced to use Office b/c my college only uses Office. Tell us your opinions..

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Oct 18, 2009

Does anyone know the specifics, or have a specific opinion, regarding the use of Cocktail or Mac Tune Up? I have the trial of Cocktail based on the recommendation from MacLIfe, but I see that my local Best Buy carries the Mac Tune Up application. There is a minimal price difference so I ask, what would you use, if any?

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Jan 2, 2010

Does anyone have any thoughts on Dropbox vs iDisk? Pros and cons of each?

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Applications :: Chrome Versus Safari 4 64 Bit

Jan 19, 2010

Which has faster java / flash performance Safari 4 in 64 bit under Snow Leopard or Google Chrome?

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Mar 8, 2010

I am a college student and am about to get my first Mac. I found out through student discounts I can get Office professional for $59.99 but just noticed that iWork can open and save as .Doc, .PPT, etc. and I can get it for $71.

I am not a heavy user of any Office programs and would really only use this for school, etc.

What would you suggest I go with?

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Jun 5, 2010

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Jun 27, 2010

Im going to be a college freshman and i was wondering which software would be better. I have tried Pages and it seems to work a lot better with my mac. I am torn about which to get since i will need it for school in fall. I would like to see your opinions as to which software to get.

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Oct 27, 2010

I have never used Outlook before and I was just wondering if it is worth switching my mail info over to Outlook instead of using Apple Mail. I have my gmail account working just fine with Apple Mail along with my Android phone.

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Mar 25, 2008

I'm taking a college course that uses Vizio for Windows. The database course I'm taking teaches you how to set up a mysql database using Vizio as it sets up and labels the Primary Key and Foreign Key that mysql uses. Does Omnigraffle do this as well? I see where Omnigraffle has the "crows foot" line that is proper symbology in a mysql database structure, but can't find out how to do the Primary Key in it.

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Applications :: Exchange With Versus IPhone

Sep 23, 2009

Can someone explain why I can setup an exchange account on my iphone and it works flawlessly, (Mail, calendar, appointments, etc...) But the same settings will not work on in SL. I know my company is NOT using Exchange 2007.

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Jul 27, 2004

I listened to a few U2 songs encoded with AAC and Apple Lossless. Listening through the standard ipod ear buds, I honestly could not tell the difference.

Has anyone been able to notice a discernible improvement with Lossless? If so, what type of music/speakers were you using?

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Applications :: EMC Retrospect For Mac Versus Time Machine

Dec 15, 2009

I just bought an Iomega ego 500gb mac edition external hard drive. It comes with a protection suite which includes EMC retrospect express and Iomega quikprotect. They don't sound like they will do anything different than what time machine already does, so I'm wondering if I should install them or not? I don't want a bunch of software competing for the same job and working in the background.

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Applications :: Logic Versus Pro-Tools Also Usb Interface?

Mar 16, 2010

i know threads on this subject have probably been posted before, but i was hoping to get some more personalized help rather than reading and making a choice.

I'm eagerly waiting for the new MBP updates and when it finally arrives, i will be purchasing it for 2 reasons, school work and recording software. i have done i little bit of research on both Logic and Pro Tools and they equally interest me, but i was wondering which one would be more versatile for my needs: ill be recording guitar, bass, and vocals and mixing them, mostly Death Metal genre, but i dont want to drag my amp to school so i was going to use a USB interface, which program has better/more realistic amp tones?

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Apr 11, 2010

I've tried both of these browsers and I like Chrome more in almost every aspect except one. Because of this aspect, I continue to use Safari.

I don't know if this is the official name of the feature but it seems logical to me. Autocomplete or autofill.

Basically, when I am typing a URL in Safari, if the URL is in my bookmarks or history it will complete the rest of the address for me and all I have to do is hit enter.

For example, I have [URL] in my favorites. I type "fa" and safari fills in the rest, I just hit enter and I'm there.

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Applications :: Safari Versus Chrome - Firefox

Jul 3, 2010

I cannot seems to find a good browser, yes I know Safari 5 is decent but as my wife just noted me today.

It seems that it cannot "multi-task' with tabs, what I mean she opened 2 flash games from Facebook in two tabs, so while 1 tab is playing the game the second one stands still on loading screen. I have decided to test if that was the Facebook problem and loaded 2 games in separate tabs from other game website, to my surprise same result.

Im also experiencing some issues with youtube, while Im loading video sometimes it stops loading video half way through or may be 40%.

Chrome, well its ok but sometimes it slows on flash as well.

Now the real issue I'm having is from Firefox; I have the latest version installed I think 3.6. After a few minutes it starts to get slow, later on it stops responding to the point that my dock and apple bar just freezes. The only solution is to activate spaces, move to empty space and force quit it.

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