So you've read the Perl programming language articles here on Macinstruct, and you're feeling more comfortable with Perl in general. (If you missed them, see Getting Started with Perl and Using CPAN to Extend Perl.) Now you're wondering how to use this information to do something cool. How about building a solution that automatically downloads TV shows to your Mac?
One could argue that the age of digital media truly began in the mid-1990s, when the MP3 standard of audio compression gained popularity, allowing users to rip vast quantities of music to their computers. Personal MP3 players soon followed, and Apple managed to resurrect itself through the powerful iTunes + iPod combination.
The Roku video player is a tiny box that connects to your television and allows you to stream video content from the Internet. It's one of Apple TV's direct competitors, but with an entry-level model starting at $49.99, it costs only half as much.
Video cameras and camcorders have become standard equipment for every barbecue, wedding, and family reunion. Unfortunately, these devices can sometimes screw up in a big way. One of the more common problems is known as the "broken timecodes" - a problem that results in your MiniDV tapes not reporting the correct timecode. If you record on a new MiniDV tape, rewind, play back what you recorded plus a little bit extra, and then record again, you leave a non-recorded section between your recorded sections. That action breaks that MiniDV tape's timecode.
If you've recently purchased a new MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iMac, your computer has a built-in iSight camera. Veteran Mac users might still have the external iSight web cameras that were sold for years before being discontinued on December 16, 2006.
So you want a ringtone for your cell phone, huh? You could purchase one from your cell phone provider, of course, but it's also pretty easy to make a ringtone with your Mac. All you need is your favorite song, some free software, and a cellphone capable of connecting to your Mac (via Bluetooth, USB, etc.).
Here's how to do it.
- Decide what song you would like to use as a ringtone. For the purposes of this tutorial, we are using Daddy Yankee's "Gasolina."
There are lots of proprietary video delivery systems out there. Apple's QuickTime, Adobe's Flash, and Microsoft's Windows Media Player are among the most popular. And guess what? There's no Windows Media Player for Mac. (We know - you're shocked that Microsoft wouldn't make one of their applications for Windows and Mac.) Believe it or not, this is a pretty big deal.
Digital media has come a long way in recent years. Thanks to iTunes and other content services like it, we can purchase music, television shows, and even movies online. But even though iTunes is a great application that provides a much needed service, we sometimes find ourselves wishing we could record and save other audio and video content. You know, like imbedded news videos, films made with Flash, or even a live radio interview with Steve Wozniak.
Alright, so iMovie is an awesome video editing application that comes free with every Mac - that part we’ve figured out. You’ve probably already edited with it and figured out that it is capable of a lot. But what if you want more than what the program already offers? What if you feel that the five themes provided in iMovie won’t benefit your video project?
So you just bought a bunch of Mac games, huh? We have a bit of bad news for you... Thanks to software piracy protection, you'll need to carry around all of the CDs and DVDs your games came on. You see, because software developers don't want people sharing games for free online, they've built in special protective features -- one of which requires you to have the game's CD or DVD in your Mac to play.
We are so friggin' tired of seeing this...