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Werner Ruotsalainen is an iOS and Java programming lecturer who is well-versed in programming, hacking, operating systems, and programming languages. Werner tries to generate unique articles on subjects not widely discussed. Some of his articles are highly technical and are intended for other programmers and coders.

Werner also is interested in photography and videography. He is a frequent contributor to not only mobile and computing publications, but also photo and video forums. He loves swimming, skiing, going to the gym, and using his iPads. English is one of several languages he speaks.

Re-released multimedia player "BUZZ Player" series 4 - a ripoff?


UPDATE (11/Oct/2012): HERE, I've reported on the brand new (4.0.2) version's vastly reduced MKV hardware playback compliance now that AC-3 support had to be removed from the player. Please read it so that you can know when to use the new version for MKV playback and when not. (Generally, not for anything Full HD and containing non-AAC audio tracks.)

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HD Player Pro receives hardware MKV and FLV playback (+ MKVTools / MkvToolnix quick track removal tutorial)


UPDATE (19-Sep-2012): as promised, I've thoroughly tested the brand new TV output support.

1.) with wired connections (that is, via the VGA or the HDMI connector – I didn't test the RGB / composite ones), TV out works with the following types of videos:

a.) ones that aren't supported by the iDevice's hardware decoder (they aren't H.264 videos) and, therefore, can be played only via software decoding,

b.) ones that are supported by the HW decoder AND they're ALSO in one of the iOS-friendly formats (MOV / MP4 / M4V)

Apple TV users and Streaming Video Providers attention: deciding if a video file is optimized (+ a quick ISO Parser fix)


In yesterday's article, along with a lot of benchmark data, I've explained the advantages of optimizing your iOS- and Apple TV-native (that is, MP4, MOV or M4V) video files, should you want to stream it or watch it from a, head seek-wise, inherently slow(ish) medium like an optical disc or a traditional hard disk.

Review: new multimedia player yaPlayer


I've been asked about the brand new (THIS and THIS MR threads announcing the player have been started yesterday by the developer) “yaPlayer” player so I very thoroughly tested it. The AppStore description introduces the player as follows: “yaPlayer has the best performance and gorgeous interfaces than any other available video player!” so I was eager to find out whether it's true.

Tutorial & benchmarks: optimizing your MP4 (MOV / M4V) video files + Apple TV 3 streaming tips


You may already have noticed the word “Optimize” in the most popular video remuxing tools: Subler, iFlicks etc. In this article, I elaborate on when you will want to use it.

Some apps like the above-mentioned iFlicks doesn't let you disable it. Neither does the current beta of another highly recommended remuxer, MP4Tools. The, currently, probably most recommended remuxer, Subler, however, forces you to manually optimize if you want.

Review: New, free multimedia player RockPlayer2 with superfast local file sharing capabilities


HERE, the developers stated RockPlayer2 is “the best media player on iOS” and “plays everything, playback is fluently, image quality is excelent and it brings so many innovative experiences” (direct quote).

The app is HERE and is free. If the in-filelist and during-pausing ads annoy you, you can remove them via a $5 in-app purchase. (No ads displayed during playback.)

Additional Subler tips and tricks: using character recognition and keeping graphical DVD/Blu-ray subtitles


UPDATE (10/03/2012): After having a long discussion on Subler's OCR'ing capabilities HERE, I've played a bit with SubRip to find out how it recognizes Blu-ray subtitles. For the test, I've used several BD discs, including Iron Sky and the international version of Red Cliff I.

Unfortunately, the current (1.50b5) version of SubRip is completely incompatible with HD VobSubs - that is, not only the original S_HDMV/PGS subs, but even the (standard-format) output files of BDSup2Sub.

Using the queue in the excellent, free MKV->MP4 converter Subler


You may have wondered whether you can just drop a bunch of MKV files in Subler, the free but still excellent MKV remuxer (last, dedicated article HERE), to quickly convert them. As this very useful feature, being only recently (as of version 0.16 a month ago) added to the app, is not widely known, I've decided to publish a complete tutorial on it.

First, there're two ways of queuing the source MKV files in Subler. The first is the well-known, traditional way: using Open.

The traditional way: File / Open

Converting Blu-ray discs and/or MKV's for the iPad / iPhone – Part III


This is Part III of my article series of my MKV remuxing series (last part HERE), with two main subects: Perian (and the Perian-dependent Subler) on Mountain Lion and selecting the right version of one of the most recommended MKV remuxers, MP4Tools. Let's start with the former.

1. This is how you can still use Perian on Mountain Lion – and remux all your MKV's with Subler

Tutorial & roundup: Remuxing MKV videos to iOS-friendly formats – Part II


UPDATE (09/12/2012): in Part III of this article series, I've explained how Perian and a ML-compatible AC3 decoder can be installed on Mountain Lion, making it possible to use Subler. Make sure you read the tutorial - after all, Subler is still the best(!!) remuxer available for OS X!

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