MacTheater, September’s Disc of the Month

Nicholas Pyers
21 August, 2009
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Blackout Media Player: Media player with unique features including: Free on-demand music; Read lyrics from LyricWiki; See Pictures and Biographies from Wikipedia; Post comments about artists. Create and share playlists with friends; View each band’s popularity with trendy charts. Freeware

CenterStage: Powerful and intuitive media center application for the Mac. Open Source

Handbrake: Multithreaded video transcoder that converts DVD like sources into QuickTime, AVI or OGG files. Open Source

Hulu Desktop – http://www.hulu.com/labs/hulu-desktop
Lean-back viewing experience for your personal computer. It features a sleek new look that’s optimized for use with Apple remote controls, allowing you to navigate Hulu’s entire library with just six buttons. Freeware

iSquint – http://www.isquint.org/
Convert video files into a format that is understood by iPods. Freeware

iTheater – http://sourceforge.net/projects/itheater/
Aims to create a media center application for Mac OS X, to fully take advantage of Apple’s OSX. The project aims to integrate most media-based Mac applications into a single console (or media center). Open Source

iVideo – http://ivideoapp.com/
Makes it easy to find and organise your movies, even when they are in different folders, across multiple hard drives, on endless stacks of CDs, or on the Internet! Demo

iWatchTV – http://www.lyricapps.com/iWatchTV/
Lets you organize episodes of your favorite TV shows with ease. iWatchTV keeps all videos and subtitles clean and ordered in their place (~/Movies/iWatch TV/) so that they won’t be a mess on your hard drive anymore. With iWatchTV you can always know which is the next episode you are waiting to see as plugins can fetch episodes information such as air dates and titles and look for new subtitles and torrents to download.

Kenbushi – http://www.lavasoftware.com/Kenbushi%20-%20Media%20Center,%20Web%20Server%20&%20Data%20Backup%20For%20Windows,%20MacOS%20and%20Linux%202.html
Powerful Digital Media Jukebox which puts your library of movies, TV shows, music and other media at your fingertips for easy browsing, fast searching and instant playback. Kenbushi can be used to manage media on your Mac or PC, but it can also convert any computer into a media center with InternetTV which connects directly to your existing TV or home theatre system. It includes a Secure Data Backup system and easy File-Sharing over LAN or Internet. Demo

Kyaya Media Player – http://kyayagroup.googlepages.com/kyayamediaplayer
Media Player that takes advantage of Apple’s Core animation and Spotlight features. Open Source

MacTheRipper – http://www.mactheripper.org/
Designed for making “fair use” backups of DVDs – ideal to prevent your kids from scratching your precious DVDs. Demo

MacVCD X – http://www.mireth.com/pub/mxme.html
video player software for your Mac that offers all the playback features you need – plays everything, full screen, TV playback, Photo VCD, Karaoke VCD, video saving – and the ease of use you really want from a video player for your OS X Macintosh. Demo

MediaCentral – http://www.equinux.com/us/products/mediacentral/index.html
Turns your Mac into the ultimate home theatre system: MediaCentral handles not only YouTube-Videos, IP TV, numerous audio- and multimedia formats, but also shows videos from your hard drive and integrates Skype. Trial

MediaSnap – http://christian-kienle.de/MediaSnap/
Easily search, download and save videos from YouTube. You can save your downloaded YouTube videos as QuickTime movies or as mp3 (audio only) and put it on your iPod. Freeware

MiniTube – http://freshmeat.net/projects/minitube
Native YouTube client that lets you watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, and it gives you an endless video stream. Flash Player is not required. Open Source

MovieTime – http://www.sansworks.com/
Simple yet powerful fullscreen movie player that will play any movies supported by QuickTime. Freeware

Perian – http://www.perian.org/
The Swiss Army Knife for QuickTime, that adds native support for many popular video formats. Open Source

Plex – http://www.plexapp.com/
Bridges the gap between your Mac and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video. The real power of Plex is found in its library features: Organise your media into versatile libraries, automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet, and display your libraries using one of the visually stunning skins. Open Source

Private Screening – http://www.fojimo.com/Private_Screening.html
Turn your Macintosh, your big screen TV, and your 5.1 audio components into the ultimate home theater system. Just drag and drop your existing library of VIDEO_TS folders into Private Screening’s library, add DVD artwork, organise your movies into groups, and play. Shareware

ProVisionPlayer – http://www.renewedvision.com/pvp.php
Manages an unlimited amount of clips in an unlimited number of playlists and gives a tremendous amount of control to the playback of these video clips including Hue, Brightness, Saturation, Start/Stop times, and speed, either on a global or per-clip basis. Demo

RealPlayer – http://www.real.com.au/mac/
Cross Platform Media Player. Free

RipIt – http://ripitapp.com/
Enables users to create a playable copy of the contents of a Video DVD on their hard disk. Trial

SageTV – http://www.sagetv.com/sagetvMac.html
Lets you enjoy your favorite TV shows and YouTube video when you want, wherever you want! Browse, search and watch all the latest YouTube video from from the comfort of your couch. Trial

Simplify Media – http://www.simplifymedia.com/
Connect your music – listen to your home library over the internet; Browse and play your friends’ songs on your computer or iPhone. Free

TV Row – http://sites.google.com/site/robijnx/products/tvrow201
Have you ever dreamed about having Front Row on your TV or plasma screen, without the hassle of re-arranging the displays in preferences? Well your dream is about to become reality. TV Row let’s you use Front Row on your TV or Plasma screen, with just a simple click of the button. TV Row is very lightweight and only changes the preferences of Front Row!

Ultimate DVD Player – http://www.ronimusic.com/
Playback “DVD-Video” discs and will allow you to change the speed (50% – 150%) and pitch (+/- 2 semitones). And yes, it will slow down the video as well. Great for checking out music DVDs! Also allows you to set loop points, bookmarks and many other useful things. Shareware

VLC (Video Lan Player) – http://www.videolan.org/
Highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, …) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. Open Source

Windows Media Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac – http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx
Play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser. Free

XBMC Media Center – http://xbmc.org/
The ultimate hub for all your media, that is easy to use, looks slick, and has a large, helpful community. Open Source

MacTheater is available on CD for $10 from participating Apple User Groups, including;
http://homepage.mac.com/sydamug/amugmembers/disc/orderform-nonmem.html – AMUG Sydney
www.ausom.net.au/discofthemonth – AUSOM Incorporated
www.beaut.org.au/tips.html – BEAUT
www.bsmug.ozshop.net – Byron Shire Mac User Group
www.cvmu.net – Central Victorian Macintosh Users Inc
groups.yahoo.com/group/coffs_mac_users – Coffs Harbour Mac Users Group
www.gmug.org.au – Geraldton Macintosh User Group
goin.to/gcusers – Gold Coast Apple Users Group
www.mactalkhunter.org.au – MacTalk Hunter
www.saauc.org.au – South Australian Apple Users Club
Many User Groups allow you to purchase the Discs of the Month from their meetings – often at a discount; or to order via the web, postal mail, fax or telephone.

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