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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.

Want to browse the Web while watching video on your iPad?


You may remember the simple video player I've written as an answer to a reader's request, allowing people to watch a video while entering / editing text (article, with full sources, HERE).

In the AppStore, a similar app, “Video DS - DualScreen Video Player”, has recently debuted with a built-in Web browser, letting for browsing the Web while watching a video from both the stock Video's database and videos directly transferred to the home folder of the app. (AppStore link; $1.99)

AppStore apps spying on us?!


With the recent Pwn2Own mobile challenge results (more info; I particularly recommend Joost Pol's advice: “The CEO of a company should never be doing e-mail or anything of value on an iPhone or a BlackBerry. It’s simple as that.

REVIEW: Photo Info – at last, EXIF information and map location for images (iPhone only)!


I'm seriously into shooting both stills and videos (no wonder I'm a regular poster on several imaging forums) and have dedicated several articles to, among other things, storing / reviewing EXIF, including geolocation, information in stills shot.

TUTORIAL: This is how you can watch Windows Media / Silverlight Internet TV streams


Windows Media (WM for short) and Silverlight (SL for short) Internet TV streaming is a very popular TV broadcasting method, particularly outside the U.S. For example, on, in my opinion, the best national TV station directory, wwiTV (“World Wide Internet TeleVision”), there are at least ten directly accessible WM / SL streams for Germany (list HERE; look for the green (WM) and light blue (SL) links). And that's only the number of streams directly accessible through wwiTV – I bet many of the external links (the red / black-background “LINK” ones) also lead to WM / SL streams. (Brown links are Flash streams not covered in this article.

REVIEW: new multimedia player "ASF WMV Player"


Today, I've found another WMV video player,  ASF WMV Player, in the AppStore ($1; link). As usual, I've very thoroughly tested it.

The app is advertised as mainly a WMV player (please see THIS for my previous WMV Playback bible), but, as I've found out, it's capable of playing back almost all the other, generally used file formats. However, the playback of most of them is pretty weak at higher (generally, at 720p and over) resolutions, particularly at Full HD (1080p).

TUTORIAL: this is how you can manually create and import your FCPX / iMovie / Aperture-compliant AVCHD camera archives


You may already have run into the problem of having to import  AVCHD videos into  Final Cut Pro X (FCPX), iMovie or Aperture on your Mac. You may know that if you have the original(!) archive the way your camera has saved it into its memory card, you can easily do this. However, should you want to manually create a file archive you want to import to these apps (or add videos to existing archives), you'll soon realize there aren't tutorials explaining this at all.

The Interlacing bible Part I - rendering and advancing individual fields


UPDATE (08/Oct/2012): I've found another, compared to both FCPX and AE, far cheaper – and very capable! - solution. QuickTime 7 Pro (basic, free player link; Pro page link), if you do purchase the Pro license, allows for iterating over the top (but not the bottom!) field instead of the blending of two fields, just like FCPX. (Note that Window > Show Movie Properties is only available after registering the Pro version.

REVIEW: Multimedia player "nPlayer" released with unique(!) multilingual subtitle support


Today, I've browsed the AppStore for new multimedia player releases I hadn't heard of. Around the 80th position (that is, back down on the second page), I've noticed a brand new app, “nPlayer”, promising a lot of niceties. I've immediately purchased and started testing it.

Review: two new multimedia players "iMedia Player" and "Movie Player HD+"


Today, let me review two new multimedia players iMedia Player and Movie Player HD+. The former is free and Universal; the latter is $1 and has only an iPhone version.

As usual, I've updated the main chart (the latest version is HERE; look for the two new columns currently "C" and "D") of my forthcoming Multimedia bible with information on these players.

iMedia Player (AppStore link)

One of the best multimedia players, AVPlayer (HD), removed from AppStore - here's a list of the best alternatives


UPDATE (21/Dec/2012): it's BACK! See THIS.

Original article:

I've recommended AVPlayer (HD) in several of my articles as a player with an excellent video decoder and feature set and one of the most recommended, best titles for iPhones and iPads alike.

Unfortunately, it (both the small-screen and the iPad versions) has been recently removed from the AppStore. I've talked to the developer. Currently, it's unknown when AVPlayer(HD) is put back to AppStore - it won't happen in the near future (1-2 weeks), that's for sure.

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