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Automatically Convert & Import Videos Into iTunes

Automatically Convert & Import Videos Into iTunes

Multiple times a week my wife and I have to manually convert videos into the proper format (mp4, m4v, mov) in order to watch them on our Apple TV. Sure there are a number of ways to get around this problem but most involve too many complicated steps or are just too cumbersome to deal with. I tried creating shortcuts using a combination of Handbrake, AppleScript and Automation but I could never get it to work seamlessly. Then I stumbled into this program called iVI. It's a video converter that will turn your video files (AVI, MKV, others) into iTunes friendly files and then add them into your iTunes. If its a movie or TV show it'll even add all the meta-data to the file like show title, episode and season etc., making your videos nice and orderly. There are even settings to automate the entire process. Here's an example on how it works:

How to Sync Web Browser Tabs Across Devices

How to Sync Web Browser Tabs Across Devices
This feature may be a no brainer for some, but a lot of people surprisingly don't know how or never bothered to use tab syncing. I'll describe two different ways to sync your web browsing but let me give an example of how it can be used.

When researching topics for this site I constantly have multiple tabs open either on my desktop computer or on my iPhone or my iPad. If i'm reading something on my desktop and have to leave, I can easily pick up reading that article on my phone when I have free time using tab syncing. It's really simple, but such a convenient feature that everyone should know about. Below are two ways to take advantage either on Google's Chrome browser or Apple's Safari.

How To Use The Built-in Wifi Scanner On Your Mac

If you've noticed your home wifi isn't getting the speeds you think you should be getting you should try setting your Wifi router to a different channel. (look up your specific wifi router for directions on changing the channel)

Lucky if you are running the latest Mac operating system, OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion, Apple has built in there very own wifi scanner. Which will scan all of the nearby wifi connections and spit out data about each surrounding hotspot, like name, which wireless protocol they're running (B, G, or N) and of course which channel they are using to transmit. Of course Apple doesn't make this little handy tool easy to find but lucky for you Everyday Digitals has your back:

iOS Tips: How to use an Apple TV (And what for)

iOS Tips: How to use an Apple TV (And what for)

The Apple TV...no not an actual Television but the little hockey puck size device that plugs into your existing TV is the killer accessory for any iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac owner. It allows you to watch all of your TV shows, movies or music that you've purchased from iTunes, rent movies, access Netflix, Hulu+, Youtube, Vimeo, as well as a number of subscription sports packages from the NBA, MLB, and NHL (sorry no NFL). But the real magic is something Apple calls AirplayAirplay allows you to watch almost any video or audio you can pull up on your iPhone or iPad on your TV with a touch of a button.