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How to watch different movie formats on your Mac (eg AVI or WMV) using VLC player.

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There are so many movies coming round in junk emails these days that you may be happy you can’t play WMV or AVI files on your mac. But just in case you do need to actually look at one, here’s how.

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3 things I don’t have an answer to!

I try to answer most Mac problems, but here are three things that have me stumped!

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internet movies

How to download a dropbox movie file from Safari.

I recently was sent a link to a movie file in someone’s dropbox via email. No matter what I did I couldn’t get it to download. Safari wanted to play it. To download the movie I needed to click in the safari address bar, paste the link, and then press option-return which downloaded the movie instead of playing it.

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How to play any kind of movie on a mac including AVI files

 

I was recently given a keynote presentation which contained a movie. When I played the presentation the sound worked but the movie was blank. It turned out the movie was not in a format that Quicktime could play. There are many such formats. When I tried to play the movie in Quicktime I got an error saying ‘The document could not be opened. The movie is not in a format that QuickTime Player understands.You may need to install additional software to open this type of file.’ 

Here’s what to do.

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Does my Mac need a bigger Hard Disk?

Did you know that more free space your Hard Drive has the faster it will operate?

Did you know that it should never be over 90% full?

How can you tell if getting a bigger hard drive will help your computer run faster?

Here’s how to see how full your macintosh computer hard disk is and what to do about it.

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movies

How to make a movie trailer

You’ve just gotta love the new iMovie 11 – It comes with built in movie trailers as themes!

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Switching to OS X

Switching to OS X from a PC is a big change. Here are a some of my random thoughts on the transition.

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DVD movies software

How to save a movie for playing on a PC

The safest way to save a movie from a Macintosh computer that you want to transfer to a PC is to save it as an AVI file. The problem is (as pointed out in the comments below!) is that the latest version of Quicktime cannot save AVI’s. To save an AVI file you’ll need to use Quicktime 7, AND you’ll need to upgrade it to quicktime pro which unfortunately is no longer available.