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Is it possible to watch 3D films on Google Cardboard via iPhone

28 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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How does Google Cardboard work with iPhone?

In a matter of weeks, both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets will be released to the public, finally delivering on the long-envisioned promise of immersive virtual reality experiences. However, both require a seriously beefed-up PC—not a Mac, either—along with a significant investment, with the Rift priced at $600 and the Vive trumping it at $799.

That’s premium VR, obviously. What about the low end? Well, assuming you have an iPhone 5 or newer, you can try out mobile VR using a simple viewer shell, and Google’s Cardboard platform is the easiest way in. Cardboard lets you buy or even build a viewer made of low-cost materials, and then slot your phone in to use as the brains and the screen. And then you’ll hold it up to your face and stare into the future. Or, at least, a pretty cool diversion.

Cardboard isn’t anywhere near as immersive or impressive as the Rift or Vive, or even Samsung’s Gear VR headset—but at minimal cost, it’s a neat way to check out virtual reality using the device you already own. Eager to try it out? Here’s what you need to know.

Rather than use a dedicated screen and processor, Cardboard relies on an affordable shell with specialized lenses, using your iPhone to do the heavy lifting. Depending on your viewer of choice, the iPhone will either slide or strap in, and then once you fire up a compatible app or game, the image will be split into two halves on the screen.

Stare into the lenses and the two images are combined into one immersive, 3D image, and most Cardboard apps use your phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to let you freely look around the virtual world. Cardboard isn’t a hugely interactive platform, so games are pretty simplistic, but it’s a great way to view 360-degree videos and photo spheres, along with other visual experiences.

Cardboard first launched in 2014 exclusively for Android, and as user and developer support grew, so too did Google’s own focus on the platform. In the summer of 2015, the company released the enhanced 2.0 viewer blueprint and added iOS support, launching the official Cardboard app and letting app makers bring their VR experiences to the App Store.

The core Cardboard app isn’t required to use a Cardboard viewer—any VR app designed for Cardboard can launch and work independently without Google’s main app installed. However, it’s a nice introduction to the world of mobile VR and has a handful of neat VR diversions to check out, such as a dazzling kaleidoscope and some 360-degree tours of various locales.

Hardware options

When Google first launched Cardboard, it had a very strong DIY ethos around it—but then a whole community of resellers quickly spawned around the concept, each offering their own commercial take on the viewer. Google itself doesn’t make or sell Cardboard viewers, but it has given an official “Works with Google Cardboard” stamp to many manufacturers that make viewers of all sorts.

The most common Cardboard viewer is, quite literally, made primarily from cardboard. Companies like Unofficial Cardboard ($14.95), I Am Cardboard ($20), and Knoxlabs ($23.95) all sell versions that are mostly similar aside from small differences in build and components. Each comes with the lenses and a conductive touch button, and they’re lightweight and easily customizable. Unofficial Cardboard also has a 2.0 Plus viewer ($19.95) that tweaks the design with adjustable lenses and an optional headstrap.

We’re also seeing more plastic and foam options, some bigger and stronger than the cardboard viewers and others smaller and more portable. Mattel’s View-Master VR ($30) is a neat option: When I wrote about it for our sister site Greenbot, I praised the sturdy build and comfortable fit against your face, although the latch was a little finicky. Holding my heavier iPhone 6s Plus, sadly, the latch is even more prone to popping open. That’s disappointing, but I still think it’s a good overall option, and an improved second-gen model is coming this year.

Otherwise, there’s the Go4D C1-Glass ($15), which snaps onto your phone, or I Am Cardboard’s EVA Foam viewer ($25), which is similar to the cardboard viewers in design. Merge VR’s Goggles ($99) are a much sturdier option with a head strap and an extra input button for compatible apps, meanwhile, and it’s hard to overlook the novelty of the handmade Knox Aluminum VR Viewer ($85), which is only recommended for the iPhone 6 and 6s.

Even with all of those options, you can still make your own: Google provides the plans and points you to places that sell the components—and some sites sell all the non-cardboard pieces in a bundle, like I Am Cardboard’s $10 parts bundle. Just note that it will take a fair amount of precise cutting to get the viewer into working shape. Still, it could be a fun weekend project.

Lastly, if you don’t want to buy a Cardboard viewer but also don’t want to make one yourself, keep an eye out for promotional giveaways—they’re becoming more common. The New York Times gave out more than a million free viewers to subscribers last fall, but Verizon also gave away free Star Wars-themed viewers before The Force Awakens came out, and other companies have done similar mass handouts to promote app and media releases.

Worthwhile apps

Cardboard has been available for iPhone for a much shorter span than Android, so it’s not surprising that there are fewer overall apps available. Still, many of the most interesting options are available on the App Store, and nearly everything is free.

We recently profiled 11 apps worth a look, many of which are focused on immersive news reports and documentaries, as well as photo spheres and other quick diversions. Beyond those, you might also consider Proton Pulse ($3)—a delightful arcade-style brick-breaking game where you use your gaze to control the paddle—as well as Vanguard V (free), a dazzling one-level space shooter demo from the same developer.

The official Star Wars (free) app also has some amusing shorts inspired by The Force Awakens, while Sisters (free) is an unsettling, albeit brief horror experience. Besides all of those, we recommend hitting the App Store and downloading anything that catches your eye: Again, most Cardboard apps are free and offer compact experiences, so you might as well sample the buffet of VR options.

More than five million Cardboard viewers are out in the world now, which means more and more people are checking it out—and more and more interesting apps and games will come, too. Now you can jump in yourself and give it a look, but be sure to check back here in the future, as we’ll be adding more iPhone VR coverage to this hub.

Convert movies to Google Cardboard for watching with iPhone

Fancy getting yourself a virtual reality headset but not sure which one? It’s a bit early to actually buy one right now: most headsets, like the Oculus Rift, are developer’s kits that cost a pretty penny. Others, like the Samsung Gear VR, don’t have enough content and are pricey, too. But there’s one headset out there that is easily the most accessible, and also an arguably fun DIY project: Google Cardboard.

To play 3D movies with Google Cardboard with iPhone like iPhone 6/6s, first you need to convert 3D movie to Google Cardboard supported file type. As we know, Cardboard theater supports SBS, Over/Under and Red-Cyan anaglyph formats as well as plain 3D movies in all formats originally supported by your phone. Here, iFastime Video Converter Ultimate that supports handling 3D Blu-ray/DVD disc is necessary. Read the review.

With this all-in-one 3D Video Converter Ultimate for Google Cardboard, you can easily convert 3D Blu-ray movie no matter from Blu-ray disc, Blu-ray movie folder, DVD disc, MKV, AVI, VOB, WMV, Tivo, MPG, FLV/F4V files and export Anaglyph, Top-Bottom, Side-by-Side 3D video supported by Google Cardboard unit/Oculus Cinema with the best quality easily. If you are a Mac user, then iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is your first choose.

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Step-by-step: How to Watch 3D Contents on Google Cardboard with iPhone

Step 1: Insert your 3D/2D Blu-ray or standard DVD movie to disc drive, and click “Load from disc” button to load Blu-ray or DVD from ROM. For video file, click the “Add video” button, browse to computer hard drive and import video into this app.

Step 2: Tap on “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” is recommended for Google Cardboard.

Step 3: Click the “Settings” icon and you will go into a new interface named “Profile Settings”. You can adjust codec, aspect ratio, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channel or 3D Depth in the interface according to your needs and optimize the output file quality.

Step 4: Start to rip movies to 3D SBS MP4. Hit the “start conversion” button to transfer your 3D Blu-ray to MP4 Side-by-Side 3D video for playback with Google Cardboard.

After conversion, you can hit “Open” to find the generated 3D videos. Then, you can transfer the converted video files to iPhone and other devices for Google Cardboard enjoyment.

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Best 3D Movie Converter for VR One through iPhone 6s/6

26 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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Virtual reality is a computer technology that replicates an environment, real or imagined, and simulates a user’s physical presence and environment in a way that allows the user to interact with it. Virtual realities artificially create sensory experience, which can include sight, touch, hearing, and smell. There are some popular 3D VR Headsets like VR One, Gear VR, Google Cardboard etc. Want to view your favorite 3D Blu-ray movies or 3D movies downloaded from 3D Yify torrent sites on VR One via iPhone 6S/6, what you will is simple to 3D movies converter, the following article will introduce you the best 3D Movie Converter for VR One through iPhone 6S/6 for you as a reference.

If you do have VR videos and 360 degree video players, go straight to play the VR videos. However, many movies are not played directly by VR One. You need a VR video converter to convert your movies like 3D Blu-ray, DVD, ISO, and any 2D/3D/HD/4K movies to VR One more friendly side by side 3D formats for nice watching with 3D effects. Also, you need convert virtual reality video to 2D normal for playback on Mac/PC, iPhone/iPad/Android etc.

iFastime Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) is precisely an excellent VR video converter to convert virtual reality videos. It is capable of converting any 4K/8K UHD videos, torrent movies, and even 3D Blu-ray movies to any formats you want like H.265, MP4, MOV, M4V, FLV, AVI, M3U8 and so forth. Moreover, this VR converter delivers a super fast speed for virtual reality video conversion with almost original quality reserved.

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How to Convert movies to VR One compatible formats for playing via iPhone 6/6s with the best 3D movie converter?

Step 1. Load your movies

Click “Add video” button to add your video files to the program. Or directly drag the video you want to convert to the left item bar.

Step 2. Select output format for VR One

Click “Format” bar and find “3D Video”, there are a lot of format options for you. “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mp4)” or “”MOV Side-by-Side 3D Video (*.mov)”” is recommended for ZEISS VR One.

Step 3. Start converting

After you have done all the settings, return to the main interface to hit “Start conversion” button to start 3D Blu-ray to VR One converting process. When the conversion is finished, click Open button to get the output 3D videos.

Step 4. Add and view SBS 3D movie on VR One via iPhone 6s/6

The ZEISS VR ONE Cinema app enables you to enjoy your movies in an immersive environment with the lights off. Download it on the Apple App Store/Google Play and run it.

Transfer your movies to your iPhone 6s/6

  • Connect your iPhone 6 to iTunes
  • Select your iPhone and go to “Apps” / “File Sharing” / “VR ONE Cinema”
  • Drag and drop any .mp4 / .mov file into the list of documents.
  • Important: DRM-protected movies (e.g. purchased movies from iTunes Store) are not supported.
  • Hint: For 3D side-by-side (SBS) movies, please make sure that the filename contains “SBS”.
  • Movies in 720p resolution are best for watching in the VR ONE Cinema.
  • Download detailed Instructions for iOS

Transfer your movies to your Android phone

  • Connect your Android phone via USB cable and open Android file transfer
  • Create a folder “VRCinema” on your phone at root level
  • Drag and drop any .mp4/.mov file into this folder.
  • Important: DRM-protected movies (e.g. purchased movies from Google Play) are not supported.
  • Hint: For 3D side-by-side (SBS) movies, please make sure that the filename contains “SBS”.
  • Movies in 720p resolution are best for watching in the VR ONE Cinema.

As you see, it is extremely easy to for 3D enjoyment on VR One in VR ONE Cinema without any hassles. If you want to watch 3D on other VR Headsets, this powerful video converter also can helo you get that done.

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Watch Netflix on Chromecast from an iPad

19 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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Now that you have purchased and received a Google Chromecast, it’s time to start using it. It is compatible with Netflix, YouTube and Google Play apps, plus you can mirror content from your Chrome browser tabs to it. So if you are having trouble figuring out how to watch content from the Netflix app on your iPad 2, you can follow the steps outlined below.

Use Your iPad to Watch Netflix on the Chromecast

This tutorial is going to assume that you have already set up the Chromecast, connected it to your TV and configured it for your wireless network. You will also need to make sure that the Netflix app on your iPad has been updated to the most current version. Learn how to update an iPad app here. So once you have everything set up, you can follow the steps below to learn how to use your iPad to watch Netflix on the Chromecast.

Step 1: Change the input or source on your TV so that is is on the channel to which the Chromecast is connected.



Step 2: Launch the Netflix app on your iPad 2.



Step 3: The first time you launch the Netflix app, there should be a pop-up identifying the Chromecast button.



Step 4: Touch the Chromecast button.



Step 5: Select the Chromecast option.

Step 6: Browse for the video that you want to watch, then touch the Play button to begin watching it on your Chromecast.



Note that you can also start playing a video as you would normally, then press the button at the bottom-right corner of the screen to play the video on the Chromecast.


If you need another set-top streaming option for a different room, or if you want to be able to watch Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime and some other streaming services, then check out the Roku line of products.

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iFastime Video Converter Ultimate (Mac

  • Convert Netflix movies to iPad (iPad ProiPad mini 4iPad Air 2) supported formats
  • Convert any videos and movies (AVI, MKV, MP4, H.265, MOV, MXF, FLV) to Chromecast (2) compatible formats for smooth streaming
  • Transcode DVDBlu-ray, SD/HD/4K (AVI, MKVMP4, H.265, MOV, MXF, FLV) to iPad series
  • Batch conversion and super fast conversion speed
  • Basic video editing functions: split, merge, trim, crop, add watermark, adjust video effect, edit audio and insert subtitles.


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Backup DVD to MacBook Pro for watching on planes/trains/hotels

14 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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Have you got your first media tablet? Do you want to add released DVD movies or hot videos on tablet PCs like MacBook Pro for watching on planes/trains/hotels effortlessly? To watch movies on tablet is really a good choice for us to spend the free time. But how do we watch DVD movies on MacBook Pro, we need to find a suitable DVD converter to copy DVD to MacBook Pro.



Why Copy and Convert DVD to MacBook Pro for MacBook Pro?

Although the tablet is more and more powerful, it’s at present just a portable media player, of which functions remain under a computer. We cannot play DVD movies directly on a tablet as it doesn’t have a DVD-ROM drive. So we have to copy DVD to MacBook Pro first.

However, most commercial DVDs are protected by encryption including those you own, even if you only want to rip and backup them for personal use. So in order to easily enjoy and play any DVDs on your tablet PC, the related DVD ripping tool is necessary. Many of you are familiar with HandBrake, MakeMKV, DVD Decrypter, but you must have encountered some common errors like Audio Sync Problem, DVD Reading issue. So to help you perfectly copy DVD to MacBook Pro, I’d like to give you some suggestions.

How to Choose a Good DVD Converter?

The following tips will help you find a good DVD to MacBook Pro converter.

1. Easy to use: You can easily navigate this software.

2. Decryption: The software must have decryption function.

3. Supported output devices: The software should support all pop portable devices.

4. Quality: The software should help you copy DVD to MacBook Pro on Mac without quality loss.

The recommended DVD to Samsung Galaxy converter is iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (Windows). It can professionally rip DVD to MacBook Pro supported video format with fast speed and excellent output quality. In addition, this DVD ripping tool can also convert DVD to various popular video formats like AVI, MP4, H.265, WMV, MPEG, MOV, FLV, MKV, 3GP, etc. as well as rip DVD to optimized video for playback on iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPod,iPhone 7, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Zune, Creative Zen, Archos, iRiver, Blackberry, Xbox 360 and more. (read review)

          

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How to Rip DVD to MacBook Pro for watching on planes/trains/hotels?

1. Insert your DVD into your DVD-Rom. Then click the “Load file(s)” button to import the DVD movies or click the drop-down menu of “File” button to add files to this MacBook Pro DVD ripper. 

    

2. Click “Format” bar, and select .mp4 from “Common video” or “HD video” to fit MacBook Pro.

  

The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the “Settings” button to change the settings by yourself including video resolution, bit rate, audio sample rate, audio channel etc. for full screen playback smoothly. Or keep no changes, which is also a good choice.

3.Click the “Start conversion” button on the main interface and the software will start to convert  to friendly video formats immediately. When the conversion finishes, click “Open” to find the converted video files. Then you can effortless transfer the video files to MacBook Pro for playback on the go.

How to Speed up Macbook Pro: A Quick Checklist in 2016?

Checklist to speed up macbook ProEvery time my Macbook Pro runs slowly, I typically find myself doing the same things over and over again, in order to get the speed to a point that I am satisfied with. Today I decided to write this checklist for speeding up your Macbook Pro.

This list covers dozens of things to consider when it comes to improving your Macbook performance. There’s one thing I want to state before you embark on your journey: there is no single tactic that magically works. For example, upgrading hardware would help if you are using an old 2009 Macbook (though it’d cost a ton); if you are using a new 2015 Macbook, you may find cleaning up hard drive most useful.

If you can do everything on this list, that’s great. If you want to skip some, that’s okay too. After all, the goal is to speed up your Macbook Pro by making the most of time, cost, and effectiveness. But in general, it’s very unlikely that you’ll be able to do all these things.

The Checklist to Speed up Macbook Pro

Check off items as you go along. Not all of these may apply to your Mac.

Basic (requires little time or money)

  • Have you restarted your Macbook lately? Doing so on a regular basis helps clear system caches and shuts down applications, which often results in better performance.
  • Slow startup? It’s time to manage Login Items. Try to remove those apps & services you don’t want to automatically launch on startup. See how to do via this CultofMac post.
  • Have you cleaned up your hard drive? This is the best, yet easiest, way to speed up your Macbook. You can save time by using a tool like CleanMyMac.
  • Have you quit unneeded applications or services? Clicking the red “X” button sometimes does not quit an application–it just closes the window. Right-click and select “Quit”.
  • Does your Macbook lag all of a sudden? Open Activity Monitor to figure out the culprit (resource-hungry application or process) — and kill it. Check out this Apple article for more.
  • Have you closed unneeded tabs and windows on Safari, Chrome or Firefox? This helps lighten your web browsers, thus making Internet surfing much smoother.
  • Have you disabled FileVault? Doing so usually resolves slow boot issues and speed up your Mac. Note: we do not recommend to disable if data encryption is more important than performance.
  • Have you turned off visual effects? You may be impressed by the Magnification and Genie Effect, but the entertainment is a tradeoff for performance. Go to “System Preferences” and “Dock” to change.
  • Do you like saving files and folders directly on Desktop? If so, clear off the desktop clutters as it could result in your Macbook Pro running sluggishly.
  • Have you uninstalled applications you don’t really use? You can quickly identify and remove them by using MacBooster.
  • Have you emptied the trash bin on your Macbook Pro? It could free valuable disk space and give the hard drive performance a boost.
  • Do you regularly clean up web browser cookies, caches, histories, and plugins? Over time these files may take up gigabytes (GBs) and slow down your Mac.
  • Have you checked duplicates? You may have saved multiple copies of media items (photos, movies, songs, etc). Getting rid of duplicated files can release significant amount of free disk space.
  • Have you removed unneeded Widgets from Dashboard? Those widgets can take up quite a bit of system memory (RAM). Learn how to do from this article.
  • Have you disabled notifications you don’t need? Constant notifications tax your system performance — plus, they are big distractions. This Apple support explains how to disable them.
  • Have you removed unused system preference panes? They can take up some valuable system resources, and make it harder for you to find those you often use.
  • Have you changed “New Finder windows” setting from “All My Files” to a specific folder? The new folder can be “Desktop” or “Documents”. This trick can speed up the generation of a new Finder window. Learn how to do here.
  • Do you perform software updates for all the Mac applications installed? An update tends to mitigate risk of the application freezing.
  • Have you tested your wireless network? Sometimes your Wi-Fi is the bottleneck rather than your Macbook. Read this MacWorld article and learn how to speed up Wi-Fi on your Mac.

Advanced (requires some time, money or technical skills)

  • Is your Macbook Pro running the latest OS X? Not only does a new version tends to be faster, it’s usually more secure and reliable. To date, the latest is OS X El Capitan.
  • Have you waited til Spotlight finish indexing? After a system upgrade, Spotlight indexing can take 24-48 hours. If you use your Macbook Pro during the time, it tends to run slowly.
  • Do you regularly verify and repair disk permissions with Disk Utility? This makes sure your Macbook hard disk is error-free and runs dynamically. Note: this option is only available on OS X Yosemite or earlier.
  • Have you fixed corrupted preferences files? A broken preference file can cause an application run abnormally — e.g. unable to open, application crash/freezing.
  • Have you reset SMC and/or NVRAM? This would help speed up your Macbook Pro’s overall performance, especially when hardware (battery, keyboard, etc.) issues keep showing up.
  • Have you tried to add more memory (RAM) to your old Macbook Pro? You’ll likely see your Mac performance be taken to the next level–though you’d have to spend some money. Read this Apple support article first!
  • Have you replaced your HDD with an SSD? A solid state drive (SSD) is much faster and more reliable than a normal hard disk drive (HDD). Of course, it’s more expensive as well. Follow this guide if you’ve decided to do so.

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Play DVD on iPad Pro perfectly

12 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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Apple unveiled a new mid-size iPad at its ‘Let us loop you in’ March press event, as was widely expected, but what we didn’t expect was for this to be an iPad Pro. Rather than calling this the iPad Air 3, which it logically and visually appears to be, Apple is presenting it as a shrunk-down version of the 12.9in iPad Pro – and thereby attempting to position the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro as a work device suitable for replacing a laptop, and targeted particularly at designers and illustrators on the go. Although it looks like a laptop, it’s actually a tablet which cannot play DVD movies directly because of DVD drive absent. If you want to get some movies off of DVD discs and onto the new iPad Pro, you’ll need to rip DVDs to iPad Pro compatible video formats in advance.



Speakin with ripping DVD to iPad Pro, most of you are likely familiar with the excellent yet free application–Handbrake. However, as a free DVD ripper and video converter, Handbrake has some limitations, for instance, it cannot rip encrypted DVD movies with the third party software and the output video formats are refined to MP4 and MKV. So you’ll need to look for a Handbrake alternative to convert DVD to the new iPad Pro regardless of the DVD copy protection. 

Here iFastime Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) is highly recommended to you without preamble. With intuitive and easy-to-navigate interface, this program can easily rip DVD to iPad Pro friendly format with fast speed and high output video quality. The shining point of this DVD to iPad Pro ripper lies in its unique ability to decode any copy-protected DVDs, no matter the new Disney DVD Copy Protection or the general CSS encrypted DVDs, Sony ARccOS protected DVDs and all region 1-6 commercial DVDs. Therefore, you can import any DVD to your iPad Pro for watching at ease. (read review)

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3 Steps to Convert DVD to iPad Pro formats for playing

Step 1. Load DVD files

Insert your DVD disc to the DVD drive and run DVD Ripping software. Click the “Load DVD” button to add the DVD movies you want to rip. After the files are loaded, you can then select the chapters you want by clicking the checkbox.

   

Step 2. Choose iPad Pro supported video format

Click “Format” and Select an Output Profile for iPad Pro. Here you can select “iPad > “iPad 3/4 (New iPad) Full HD Video(*.mp4)” as output format. The output videos will reserve maximum quality.

   

Tips: The default settings may not satisfy you, you can click the Settings button to change the setting by the yourself. Keep, please note the size and quality of the file to convert more than a resolution based on the bit rate (bit rate in the relatively large files the results of high dimension, and reduce the loss of visual quality, and vice versa). 

   

Step 3. Start the DVD to iPad Pro conversion

Start the conversion by clicking on the green arrow start conversion button on the interface of this converter. After it completes, click the “Open” button on program interface to locate the created MP4 file, and transfer the converted files to iPad Pro with iTunes. So powerful DVD ripper, so easy to play DVD movies on iPad Pro, have a try and share. 

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How to insert a QuickTime MOV movie into PowerPoint?

07 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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I want to add a QuickTime movie (.mov) to my presentation

An Apple QuickTime movie (.mov) file cannot be inserted into a Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 presentation. To play a QuickTime movie during your presentation, do one of the following:

Create a hyperlink to the QuickTime movie. During your presentation, click the linked object or text, and QuickTime for Windows will start and play the movie automatically.



Convert the QuickTime MOV file to a Microsoft Windows video (.avi) file, .wmv file or other compatible multimedia file format that Office PowerPoint 2007 can insert. Here you need use one professional MOV to PowerPoint converter to convert your QuickTime MOV movie into PowerPoint supported formats on your computer, and then you can transfer them to your PowerPoint for smooth inserting and playing. iFastime Video Converter Ultimate (Mac) is your smart choice. (read review)

           

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1. Import MOV files

First, launch the MOV to PPT converter. Click “Add video” button on the main interface to import MOV files to the app. The MOV Video converter supports batch conversion, so you can add a pile of videos to enjoy the fast conversion speed.

      
  
2. Choose your desired format

Now you should go to the Output Format drop-down list, choose “MPEG-1 Video(*.mpg)”, AVI, WMV etc as the output format on the Format > Common Video list.

        

3. Select right resolutions for output video

Press “Settings” button, a setting box will pop up, select wanted resolution or write your desired ones like “1920*1080” from the drop down list of “Size(Pix)”. You may also select lower or higher resolution according to your specific needs.

Now you can transfer the converted video files to PowerPoint without any problems, reference the last parts of this article. Wish you a nice day!

Tips for Making Effective PowerPoint Presentations

  • Use the slide master feature to create a consistent and simple design template. It is fine to vary the content presentation (i.e., bulleted list, 2-column text, text & image), but be consistent with other elements such as font, colors, and background.
  • Simplify and limit the number of words on each screen. Use key phrases and include only essential information.
  • Limit punctuation and avoid putting words in all capital letters. Empty space on the slide will enhance readability.
  • Use contrasting colors for text and background. Light text on a dark background is best. Patterned backgrounds can reduce readability of text.
  • Avoid the use of flashy transitions such as text fly-ins. These features may seem impressive at first, but are distracting and get old quickly.
  • Overuse of special effects such as animation and sounds may make your presentation “cutesy” and could negatively impact your credibility.
  • Use good quality images that reinforce and complement your message. Ensure that your image maintains its impact and resolution when projected on a larger screen.
  • If you use builds (lines of text appearing each time you click the mouse), have content appear on the screen in a consistent, simple manner; from the top or left is best. Only “build” screens when necessary to make your point because builds can slow your presentation.
  • Limit the number of slides. Presenters who constantly “flip” to the next slide are likely to lose their audience. A good rule of thumb is one slide per minute.
  • Learn to navigate your presentation in a non-linear fashion. PowerPoint allows the presenter to jump ahead or back without having to page through all the interim slides.
  • Know how to and practice moving forward AND backward within your presentation. Audiences often ask to see the previous screen again.
  • If possible, view your slides on the screen you’ll be using for your presentation. Make sure slides are readable from the back row seats. Text and graphical images should be large enough to read, but not so large as to appear “loud.”
  • Have a Plan B in the event of technical difficulties. Remember that transparencies and handouts will not show animation or other special effects.
  • Practice with someone who has never seen your presentation. Ask them for honest feedback about colors, content, and any effects or graphical images you’ve included.
  • Do not read from your slides. The content of your slides is for the audience, not for the presenter.
  • Do not speak to your slides. Many presenters face the direction of their presentation rather than their audience.
  • Do not apologize for anything in your presentation. If you believe something will be hard to read or understand, don’t use it.
  • When possible, run your presentation from the hard disk rather than a floppy disk. Running from a floppy disk may slow your presentation.

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Watch Blu-ray on iPhone SE

05 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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After Apple finally unveiled iPhone SE. This is a revolutionary design for Apple regarding the earlier generations of iPhone, finally, the screen is larger and visual experience is more pleasant. Blu-ray lovers may wonder that if they can play Blu-ray on iPhone SE or not, here below we just give you a satisfying answer.

Play Blu-ray on iPhone SE? You Can Make it!

You may have a lot of Blu-ray discs as your personal collection, but probably not all of them have been watched due to various reasons such as limit in time and location, as well as requirement on equipment, etc. It is such as a waste and pity not to take good advantage of these expensive Blu-ray discs. Isn’t that amazing if we can watch Blu-ray videos on iPhone SE on the go anywhere possible?

Can we play Blu-ray on iPhone SE directly? The answer is absolutely negative. Because iPhone SE has no Blu-ray drive, nor player to support Blu-ray video, even so, it doesn’t possess enough room to save huge Blu-ray video size. Prospectively, however, we can make it possible to watch Blu-ray video on iPhone SE with the help of some hardware and software.

The way I recommend for playing Blu-ray videos on iPhone SE comprises two major steps: backup Blu-ray to computer and stream the copied Blu-ray video to iPhone SE from the computer. Using the best Blu-ray to iPhone SE converter – iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac (Windows). It can rip Blu-ray, DVD, ISO, and other SD/HD/4K videos to iPhone SE supported formats quickly for nice watching. (read review)

           

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How to Convert Blu-ray to iPhone SE playable formats for playing?

1. Click “File” button to choose your Blu-ray  for converting to iPhone SE.

    

2. Click “Format” bar, and select .mp4 from “iPhone” or “Common video” or “HD video” to suit your iPhone SE.

 

The default settings may not satisfy you, and you can click the “Settings” button to change the settings by yourself including video resolution, bit rate, audio sample rate, audio channel etc. for full screen playback smoothly. Or keep no changes, which is also a good choice.

3. Click the “Start conversion” button on the main interface and the software will start to convert  to friendly video formats immediately. When the conversion finishes, click “Open” to find the converted video files. Then you can effortless transfer the video files to iPhone SE for playback on the go.

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Play SD/HD/4K movies on iPhone SE

02 Apr 16
Katrina Lucy
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The iPhone SE is Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone. It looks similar to an iPhone 5s, but has iPhone 6s internal specs, including an A9 processor, 12-megapixel camera, and support for Apple Pay. Yes, the iPhone SE is a smaller phone, but it’s not a weak phone. It’s actually a much-improved, well-designed, small phone with great battery life. It’s not the answer for people who have adjusted to larger phones. For people who like a small phone — and by the way, there’s nothing wrong with liking small phones — or for people who have been holding onto their 4s or 5s phones, the iPhone SE will feel like a kickass little upgrade (iPhone 5se VS iPhone 5s VS iPhone 5C). Though it is small, it is so portable to watch movies with Phone SE on the car journey or more time. Next we will show you how to get the easy SD/HD/4K movies experience on iPhone SE.



Actually, this new iPhone SE is said to support almost the same video and audio formats as the precious iPhone models. But some movies are not supported well like MP4, AVI, MKV etc due to the complicated codecs, and the 4K movies have high resolution which will lead to movies not smooth importing and playing.

So if you want to play SD/HD/4K movies on iPhone SE, you can first seek for a excellent video converter that is able to convert SD/HD/4K movies to iPhone SE compatible format like MP4, M4V or H.264. Luckily, iFastime Video Converter Ultimate for Mac is the way to go. By making use of this Mac video to iPhone SE converter, you can transfer any SD/HD/4K movies (MP4, H.265, AVI, MOV, MKV, TivoFLV etc ), even DVD, Blu-ray to iPhone SE and (iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 etc without any hassle. Below is the tutorial on how to convert SD/HD/4K movies to iPhone SE on Mac/PC computer. (read review)

        

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How to Convert movies to iPhone SE formats for enjoying?

Step 1. Import source video

Install and run the best Mac Video Converter for iPhone SE. Note: To add Tivo videos, you should press “Option” button. Switch to “TiVo” tab in Option window, and enter TiVo Media Access Key firstly. Then, click the “Add video” button to import . mp4, .mkv, .avi, .tivo and more for converting.

 

Step 2. Select friendly format for iPhone SE

Go to Format > iPhone and choose iPhone 5S/5C H.264 Full HD 1080P(*.mp4) (specially designed for iPhone 5S/5C/SE) as the export format. The output videos could fit iPhone SE perfectly.

 

Step 3. Start iPhone SE video conversion process

Click “Start conversion” to start converting all movies to iPhone SE. After the conversion, just get the output files via clicking the “Open” button, then you are able to get MP4, MKV, AVI, FLV, VOB, Tivo, etc SD/HD/4K movies on iPhone SE for smooth playback.

More information: you can reset video codec, bit rate, aspect ratio, frame rate, video size, audio codec, etc to keep the optimal video quality. Besides, the video editing function lets you crop the unwanted part and even help you watch any movies on iPhone SE with full screen playback. By the way, for those who are running on Windows platform and wishing to transcode movies to iPhone SE on PC, you can switch to iFastime Video Converter Ultimate to do the job.

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