Archive for the ‘Hacks’ Category

Instant Full Screen Zoom on YouTube videos

Monday, May 7th, 2007 |

fullscn.pngDo you find yourself hesitating to click on YouTube’s full screen button because of the extra bit of time you will have to wait to watch the video? Or maybe you just wish the videos would play in full screen by default? Well wait no more. All you need to do is harness the power of the built in zoom function Mac OS X.

How-to with video after the jump.


YouTube videos on your iPod or in iTunes (FREE)

Monday, October 30th, 2006 |

Downloading YouTube videos for offline viewing (on you iPod or in iTunes) is a lot easier than you may initially think. Of course, there are utilities like TubeSock that will copy videos from YouTube for you. This will however set you back $15. Why pay $15 when there’s a free and easy way to download videos from YouTube?


Screen Saver on your iPod

Sunday, October 8th, 2006 |

Creating a folder named Demo Mode on your 5G iPod and renaming a video of your choice Demo in iTunes will activate that video as a screen saver on your iPod when it’s charging!

[Via francisreal’s .mac webpage]

As noted,

This will only work on

  • 5th Gen video iPods
  • with the latest firmware
  • when the iPod is charging
  • but not playing any tracks

Read on for step by step instructions with screen shots.

Fix for dark videos from HandBrake

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006 |

If you haven’t come across HandBrake already, it is a free utility for ripping DVDs. It converts DVDs to either the MPEG4 format or to the iPod friendly H.264 format. HandBrake is also very customisable in terms of the frame rate, language selection, target file size and even subtitles.

However as you may have noticed if you’ve used HandBrake before, the videos encoded tend to be significantly darker than the original. A quick fix for this is to load the video into iTunes and convert it for iPod. In the banner below, you can see the difference between the HandBrake file (on the right) and the iTunes converted file (on the left).

To get iTunes to convert the video for iPod, simply import the file into your iTunes library, right click on it and select “Convert Selection for iPod“. Somehow, re-encoding the video file with iTunes makes your video brighter again!

It is however worth noting that the new file that iTunes will encode will be optimised for the iPod and therefore may not be of high enough quality to watch on a bigger screen.

All Pictures from Nokia N70 to Mac in seconds

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006 |

OS X’s built in bluetooth file exchange utility seems to have been giving Nokia N70 users quite a bit of grief. In fact browsing the Nokia N70 from OS X is next to impossible. The only way to get your pictures across to your Mac so far has been by transferring them one at a time, which can be a painstakingly time consuming task.

There is however a work around that will let you transfer all of your pictures in one go.

Video after the jump.


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