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February 23, 2024

Add Comments to Images/Movies

Make it Easy to Find Your files

Welcome back to our weekly dive into the world of Macintosh! With a decade of exploring, tinkering, and optimizing the Mac under my belt, I've discovered countless tricks to enhance your Mac experience. This week, we're focusing on a feature that many overlook but is incredibly powerful for organizing and retrieving your media files: adding comments to files for Spotlight searches.

Why Add Comments to Files?

Spotlight is a robust search feature on macOS that allows you to quickly find documents, folders, apps, and more. By adding comments to your files, you're essentially tagging them with searchable keywords or descriptions. This practice transforms Spotlight into an even more powerful tool, especially for media files like audio clips, images, and videos.

Adding Comments to Your Media Files

Audio Clips: Capture the Essence

Imagine you have an audio clip of a significant event or a recording that holds sentimental value. By adding comments, you can include details about why it's important, the people involved, or any fun facts related to the recording. This way, searching for "family reunion" or "first guitar solo" in Spotlight can bring up those precious moments instantly.

Images: Tagging Memories

For images, comments can act as tags. If you've scanned an image taken at a specific location or event, adding that information as a comment turns your Mac into a personalized photo album. Type "Paris 2018" or "birthday bash" into Spotlight, and voila, the memories are at your fingertips.

Videos: Tell the Story

Instead of struggling to remember that "MOV_25020.mp4" is your child's first steps video, why not add a comment to tell its story? Describing the video file with "first steps in the living room, sunny afternoon" makes it easily retrievable. Spotlight becomes not just a search tool but a storyteller.

Comments Info

How to Add Comments to Files on macOS

  1. Select the File: Navigate to the file you want to add a comment to in Finder.

  2. Get Info: Right-click on the file and select "Get Info" or press Command + I.

  3. Add Your Comment: In the Info window, look for the "Comments" section. Here, you can type in your tags, descriptions, or any information you find pertinent.

  4. Close the Info Window: Your comments are saved automatically. Close the window, and your file is now tagged for easy Spotlight searching.

Tips for Effective Commenting

  • Be Descriptive: The more detailed your comments, the easier it will be to find the file.
  • Use Consistent Tags: Develop a system of tags that you use consistently across files for more efficient searches.
  • Combine with Other Features: Use comments in conjunction with other file organization features like folders and color tags for a truly optimized system.

Five Things I Learned

Website that are saved from Safari or Chrome automatically has the Meta-Data Description saved in the comments. Also any Meta-Data keywords are saved in a Keywords category in the Info box.

Third Party apps like Path Finder and Commander One do not have any functionality to add text to the comment field.

When you use the Finder Find command there is an option to search only the comments field. You can access this by:

  • Use the Find Command in the Finder.
  • Under the "Kind" select and then select Other
  • In the popup dialog box, called "Select a search attribute" search for Comments
  • Use the "Comment" attribute not the "Spotlight comment"
  • Now you can search the comments of any object!

You can use Automator to add the same comment to multiple files. This is handy if you want to add a location to a much of images that you may have scanned in. [ More Details ]

You can use Apple's Preview app to leave keywords to images.

Conclusion

Adding comments to your files is a simple yet incredibly effective way to enhance your file management and retrieval system on macOS. It leverages the power of Spotlight, transforming it from a basic search tool into a personalized, highly efficient organizer. So, take a moment to annotate those important files, and make your digital life a bit easier and much more organized.

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February 16, 2024

Mission Control Tips and Tricks

Fun Things I Learned This Week

As a seasoned Macintosh enthusiast with a decade of experience, I've come to appreciate the layers of functionality and elegance macOS offers. Among its plethora of features, Mission Control stands out as a pivotal tool for boosting productivity. This week, let's dive into how Mission Control can transform your workflow, making multitasking not just manageable but genuinely enjoyable.

What is Mission Control?

Introduced back in OS X Lion, Mission Control is essentially the command center for macOS. It provides a bird's-eye view of all your open windows, desktop spaces, and full-screen apps, allowing for swift navigation and organization. Think of it as your digital desk, where you can spread out your work and easily grab what you need without the clutter.

This week, I have been using Mission Control to manage my work on my computer. It seemed to make it much easier to separate personal from work tasks. Along the way I learned a few things. Here are two things I learned using Mission Control this week that are worth sharing

Gaming Mouse Configuration

Navigating between multiple desktops on your computer doesn't have to be a chore--especially not for gamers who are accustomed to quick reflexes and even quicker decision-making. This week I dove into a game-changing setup for my Z-7900 Gaming Mouse that turns desktop management into a breeze, allowing you to switch between Desktop 1 and Desktop 2 with the mere click of a button. This method not only streamlines your workflow but also integrates seamlessly into your gaming setup, making multitasking smoother than ever.

Setting the Stage: The Z-7900 Gaming Mouse

The Z-7900 is renowned for its customization capabilities, boasting programmable buttons that can be tailored to suit your every need--be it gaming, productivity, or anything in between. By dedicating two of these buttons to desktop navigation, you'll unlock a new level of efficiency in your digital life.

Gaming Mouse Screen
My mouse setting with #5 and #6 buttons set to go to Desktop 1 and Desktop 2

Unfortunately there's no Mac Drivers for the Z-900 mouse, I had to setup the configurations on a Windows computer and then just plugged the mouse in the iMac and it accepted the configurations.

Using Desktop Wallpaper to identify Desktop

Apple's macOS has always been at the forefront of combining sleek design with intuitive functionality, creating an operating system that's both powerful and a pleasure to use. With the release of macOS Sonoma (version 14), users have enjoyed a host of new features and improvements that continue to enhance the Mac experience. However, one feature request that has been consistently voiced by the community remains unaddressed: the ability to name virtual desktops.

Despite the lack of this feature, there's a clever workaround that not only serves the purpose but also adds a layer of visual flair to your workspace organization--using unique desktop wallpapers to distinguish between your virtual desktops.

Mission Control Desktop

Why Name Your Desktops?

The ability to name desktops can significantly improve productivity and organization for power users, professionals, and anyone who relies on multiple virtual desktops to compartmentalize their digital workspace. Names like "Work," "Personal," "Projects," or specific project titles can make navigation faster and more intuitive.

The Visual Solution: Unique Wallpapers

Since macOS Sonoma still doesn't allow users to rename their desktops directly, the next best solution is to use distinct wallpapers for each desktop. This method not only circumvents the naming limitation but also adds a personalized touch to each workspace.

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February 9, 2024

Tot

Great Tiny Text Companion

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In the digital age where information overload is more common than ever, finding a simple, efficient way to manage snippets of information is crucial. Enter Tot, an ingeniously simple application for Mac users that acts as a compact, digital reference book for all those little bits of information you gather throughout your digital life.

Why Tot Shines in a Sea of Note-Taking Apps

At first glance, one might wonder why choose Tot over the plethora of note-taking apps like Apple's Notes or Google Keep. The answer lies in its simplicity and specificity. Tot is designed for the Mac enthusiast who cherishes organization and efficiency. It's not just another note app; it's a dedicated space for your computer-related tidbits, separated from the clutter of everyday notes and reminders.

Imagine having a specialized library at your fingertips, where every book is a collection of tips, tricks, and snippets related to your digital activities. That's Tot. It's where you store those invaluable command line shortcuts, coding snippets, or application tricks?information that's crucial for your productivity but doesn't quite fit in your personal note-taking app.

Tot Window

Key Features That Make Tot Stand Out

  • Markdown Support: For those who love formatting their notes, Tot's Markdown conversion capability is a standout feature. This allows for a more organized and visually appealing way to keep your information, making it easier to read and understand at a glance.

  • Simplicity and Accessibility: Tot's interface is minimalist and intuitive, making it easy to use right from the start. The focus is on your content, not on navigating through a complex app structure.

  • Easy Copy/Paste: Whether it's a URL, a snippet of code, or a useful tip from a webpage, transferring information into Tot is seamless. This makes it an invaluable tool for those moments when you discover something useful online and want to save it quickly without disrupting your workflow.

  • Separation of Digital Life: By using Tot for your computer-related notes, you create a dedicated space that's separate from your personal or work-related note-taking apps. This separation can significantly enhance your productivity and organization, making it easier to find what you need when you need it.

Why Tot Over Others?

The beauty of Tot lies in its focus and simplicity. In a world where apps are becoming increasingly complex and packed with features, Tot takes a step back. It offers just what you need to manage your digital information efficiently, without the bells and whistles that often complicate other apps.

Moreover, Tot's support for Markdown, combined with its ease of copying and pasting text from webpages, makes it an indispensable tool for those who value efficiency, organization, and the separation of different aspects of their digital lives.

In Conclusion

For the Mac enthusiast looking for a streamlined, efficient way to manage computer-related snippets of information, Tot is a game-changer. It's more than just a note-taking app; it's a dedicated digital library for your most valued digital tidbits. Its simplicity, combined with powerful features like Markdown support, ensures that your information is always at your fingertips, organized just the way you like it.

As we navigate through the vast sea of digital information daily, Tot offers a beacon of organization and efficiency. It's a reminder that sometimes, the simplest solutions are the most effective. Try Tot and transform the way you manage your digital life.

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February 2, 2024

Safari vs Chrome

Should you even use Safari anymore?

Welcome to this week's edition of our Macintosh-centric blog! As a decade-long user and enthusiast of all things Mac, I'm thrilled to dive into a topic that showcases the unique capabilities of our beloved platform. Today, we're exploring the Safari browser - a gem in the Macintosh ecosystem that often gets overshadowed by the likes of Chrome and Edge. However, Safari holds a trove of exclusive features that not only enhance our browsing experience but also demonstrate the seamless integration and innovation Apple is known for. Let's embark on this safari into Safari!

1. Seamless Integration with Apple Ecosystem

iCloud Keychain: Safari's integration with iCloud Keychain is a standout. Unlike Chrome or Edge, it offers an encrypted and seamless way to store and sync your passwords and credit card information across all your Apple devices.

Handoff: Picture this: You're reading an article on your iPhone and you switch to your Mac. With Handoff, Safari allows you to continue reading right where you left off. This level of synchronization is unmatched in other browsers.

2. Energy and Performance Efficiency

Optimized Battery Life: Safari is engineered to be energy efficient. Mac users can vouch for the noticeable difference in battery life when using Safari compared to Chrome or Edge, especially during prolonged browsing sessions.

Performance Enhancements: Safari's JavaScript engine is optimized for Apple's hardware, making it significantly faster and more responsive than its counterparts on Macs.

3. Privacy and Security Features

Intelligent Tracking Prevention: Safari leads the pack with its approach to privacy. It uses machine learning to identify trackers and prevent cross-site tracking while not compromising the browsing experience.

App Privacy Report: This unique feature provides an overview of how websites and apps are using your data and which ones are attempting to track you.

4. Specialized Browsing Experience

Reader Mode: Safari's Reader mode offers a clutter-free reading experience by stripping away ads, buttons, and background images. It transforms articles into a clean, customizable format.

Picture-in-Picture Mode: Watch videos in a floating window while working on other tasks. This feature is more intuitive and user-friendly in Safari compared to the limited versions in Chrome or Edge.

5. Exclusive Extensions and Integration

Safari Extensions: The Safari Extension Gallery offers unique extensions not available for other browsers. These extensions are more privacy-focused and integrate tightly with the macOS.

Apple Pay Integration: Safari is the only browser on Mac that supports Apple Pay, making online shopping seamless and secure.

6. Visual and User Experience Enhancements

Tab Groups: Safari's Tab Groups is more than just a tab organizer. It syncs across your devices, allowing you to access your group of tabs on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

Customizable Start Page: Personalize your browsing experience with a customizable start page, featuring your favorite sites, iCloud Tabs, Siri Suggestions, and even a background image of your choice.

Conclusion

Safari is more than just a browser; it's an experience tailored for the Mac user, offering features that are not just about browsing the web but enhancing the overall macOS experience. Its deep integration with the Apple ecosystem, commitment to privacy and security, and unique user-centric features make it a browser that stands out from its counterparts. For those entrenched in the Apple world, Safari is not just a choice; it's a natural extension of the Macintosh experience.

Until next week, keep exploring and enjoying your Macintosh to its fullest!

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January 26, 2024

Apple Magic Mouse Problems

Have You Tried Cleaning the Top?

Apple Magic Mouse

Welcome back, Mac aficionados! Today, we're tackling an issue that might have troubled some of you - the Magic Mouse and its occasional rebellious streak.

When Your Magic Mouse Goes Awry

Ah, the Magic Mouse - sleek, responsive, and when it works, a real extension of your fingertips. But what happens when your cursor starts dancing around your screen like it's auditioning for "Swan Lake"? You move it straight, but it jitters, it jags, it takes on a life of its own. Frustrating, I know, let me share a simple fix that might just do the trick.

The Top-Down Approach

In my decade of Mac-mastery, I've seen many a Magic Mouse lose its way. More often than not, the culprit is the top of the mouse. Yes, that smooth, multi-touch surface is not just for show - it's a critical component of your mouse's tracking ability. And just like any other part of your Mac setup, it's prone to gathering dust and grime.

Now, before you reach for the nearest rag, let me stop you right there. The key to cleaning your Magic Mouse is not just to wipe it down, but to do so with care. That's where an alcohol prep pad comes into play.

A Clean Sweep

Alcohol prep pads are perfect for this delicate operation. They're gentle, they're effective, and they'll evaporate without leaving a residue. Take one of these pads and gently clean the top surface of your Magic Mouse. Be thorough, but don't press too hard ? treat it like you would your own smartphone screen.

You'll want to focus on the area where you typically rest your fingers, as this is where most of the dirt accumulates. This slight amount of dirt, almost invisible to the naked eye, can seriously impact the performance of the mouse's sensor.

Magic Mouse Alcohol

The Result

Once you've given it a good clean, give it a test drive. You'll likely notice an immediate improvement. The cursor should now glide across your screen in alignment with your hand movements, straight as an arrow, just as it should.

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, folks - a simple, yet effective way to troubleshoot a wandering Magic Mouse. It's these little details that can make a big difference in our daily digital interactions. And isn't that what our Macs are all about? Seamless integration into our lives, with just a touch of magic.

Remember, a clean mouse is a happy mouse, and a happy mouse means a more productive you. Stay tuned for more tips, tricks, and insights from your go-to Macintosh pro. Until next time, keep clicking and stay magical!

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January 19, 2024

Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad on Windows 11

Works But Not Worth it

Welcome to another week on our Macintosh blog! Today, we're venturing slightly off the beaten path to explore how Mac enthusiasts can effectively use the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad on a Windows 11 system. Yes, you read that right - let's bridge the gap between macOS and Windows in a unique way!

Apple Keyboard Dell

Embracing the Unfamiliar: The Windows Key Dilemma

One of the initial challenges Mac users face when shifting to Windows 11 with an Apple keyboard is the absence of a dedicated Windows key. But here's the trick: The Command Key doubles as the Windows key! This might feel a bit odd at first, but it's a seamless transition once you get the hang of it. This key allows you to access the Start menu and perform other Windows-specific functions.

Navigating the World Without a Print Screen Button

As a professional who relies heavily on screenshots, the lack of a Print Screen key might seem like a deal-breaker. However, there's a simple workaround:

  • Using Keyboard Shortcuts: Windows 11 offers a variety of shortcuts for taking screenshots. For instance, pressing Fn + Shift + F11 on your Apple keyboard captures the entire screen, mimicking the traditional Print Screen function.

  • Snipping Tool: Windows 11's Snipping Tool is a powerful alternative for more tailored screenshots. You can easily launch it with a keyboard shortcut or from the Start menu.

Differentiating Between Two Apple Keyboards

Using two identical Apple keyboards for two different systems can indeed be confusing. Here's how to differentiate them:

  • Custom Labels or Stickers: A simple and effective way to tell your keyboards apart is by using custom labels or stickers. This can be as straightforward as a small sticker on the back or a unique keycap for a specific key.

  • Physical Placement: Consistently placing the keyboard for your Windows machine in a specific spot can help create a mental note of which keyboard belongs to which system.

Why Stick with the Apple Magic Keyboard for Windows?

You might wonder why you should bother using an Apple keyboard with Windows 11. Here are a few reasons:

  • Familiarity: If you're primarily a Mac user, the feel and layout of the Apple keyboard might be more comfortable for you.
  • Aesthetics: Apple's sleek design is hard to beat, and it can bring a touch of elegance to your Windows setup.
  • Minimalism: The Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad offers a clean, minimalistic design that many users appreciate, especially in clutter-free workspaces.

Conclusion

Transitioning from a Mac to a Windows environment doesn't mean you have to give up on your beloved Apple peripherals. With a few adjustments and a bit of patience, the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad can become an integral part of your Windows 11 experience.

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January 12, 2024

Connecting Apple Thunderbolt Display to a Dell Laptop

A Mac Professional's Experience

Apple Dell Display

As a Macintosh professional, I've often marveled at the seamless integration and high-quality design of Apple products. However, my recent experience at a new job, where I was provided with a Dell Latitude 7420 laptop, presented an interesting challenge: connecting an Apple Thunderbolt display to a Dell computer. In this week's blog post, I'll share my journey and insights gained from this endeavor.

The Challenge

Excited to enhance my new Dell Latitude 7420 laptop, I attempted to connect my Apple Thunderbolt display. Known for its impressive 2560x1440 resolution, the Thunderbolt display had been a faithful companion in my previous setups. However, I quickly realized a fundamental compatibility issue - the lack of an on/off switch on the Thunderbolt monitor, making it incompatible with non-Apple hardware.

The Solution

After some research and contemplation, I decided to purchase a new monitor: the "Dell 27 Video Conferencing Monitor - S2722DZ." To my surprise, this monitor also boasted a 2560x1440 resolution, matching the Thunderbolt's capabilities. Priced at around $300, it was more economical than the $400 Thunderbolt display.

The Comparison

Dell S2722DZ:

  • Cost-Effective: At $300, it provides excellent value for money.
  • Cross-Platform Compatibility: Works seamlessly with both Windows and Macintosh systems.
  • Designed for Video Conferencing: Enhanced features suitable for modern workplace requirements.

Apple Thunderbolt Display:

  • Higher Price Tag: Today sells for about $400 but it was listed around .
  • Exclusive Apple Compatibility: Limits its use to Apple products only.
  • Unique Feature: Offers a Firewire port, a rarity in current times.

Conclusion

This experience was enlightening in understanding the compatibility challenges between Apple and non-Apple products. While the Apple Thunderbolt display offers specific advantages, particularly for Mac users, the Dell S2722DZ stands out for its versatility and cost-effectiveness, making it a suitable choice for a mixed-device environment like mine.

In a world where cross-platform functionality is increasingly important, choosing the right equipment can significantly impact productivity and ease of use. As technology continues to evolve, staying informed and adaptable is key to navigating these changes successfully.


Stay tuned for more insights and experiences from the world of Macintosh and beyond!

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January 5, 2024

The Magic Mouse No-Mousepad Experience

You Don't Need a Mouse Pad!

Welcome back, Mac enthusiasts! As someone who has spent over a decade exploring every nook and cranny of the Macintosh universe, I'm always excited to share new insights and tips. This week, I've been diving into a topic that might seem small but is quite significant for everyday use ? the practicality of using a Magic Mouse without a mousepad.

Magic Mouse Mouse Pad

The Magic of the Magic Mouse

First off, let's talk about what makes the Magic Mouse a standout accessory. Apple has always been at the forefront of combining functionality with elegant design, and the Magic Mouse is no exception. Its sleek, minimalist appearance is more than just aesthetically pleasing; it's designed to be highly functional.

Design and Functionality

The Magic Mouse boasts a smooth, touch-sensitive surface, allowing for intuitive gestures and a more organic interaction with your Mac. Its laser tracking engine is incredibly precise, meaning it can handle more surfaces than traditional optical mice.

Mousepad or No Mousepad?

Now, onto the main question: do you really need a mousepad for your Magic Mouse? From my experience over the past few weeks, the answer is a resounding no, provided you have the right surface.

The Ideal Desk Surface

A smooth, non-glossy desk surface is key. I've been using my Magic Mouse on a wooden desk with a matte finish, and it's been nothing short of seamless. The mouse glides effortlessly, maintaining its precision and responsiveness.

Benefits of Ditching the Mousepad

  1. Aesthetics: Without a mousepad, your workspace looks cleaner and more streamlined.
  2. Space Efficiency: Freeing up that extra bit of desk space can make a big difference, especially in smaller work areas.
  3. Cost Savings: While a mousepad isn't a major expense, every little saving counts.

Considerations and Tips

  • Desk Surface: Ensure your desk's surface is smooth and free of debris. Rough or uneven surfaces can hinder the mouse's performance and potentially scratch its underside.
  • Cleaning: Keep your desk and the mouse's surface clean. Dust and particles can affect the mouse's movement.
  • Sensitivity Adjustment: Play around with the tracking speed in your Mac's settings to find the sweet spot for your usage.

Conclusion

The Magic Mouse is designed to excel without the need for additional accessories like a mousepad. It's all about simplicity and efficiency ? core principles of the Macintosh philosophy. So, if you've got the right desk surface, give it a try and enjoy an uncluttered, streamlined workspace.

Stay tuned for more Macintosh tips and tricks. As always, keep exploring the endless possibilities of your Mac!

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December 29, 2023

Top 5 Macintosh Friday Blog Posts of 2023

My Favorite Posts of the Year

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2023 has been a stellar year for Macintosh enthusiasts, with a plethora of insightful and innovative blog posts illuminating various aspects of the Mac experience. Macintosh Friday, a dedicated slot for celebrating and discussing all things Mac, has seen an array of intriguing posts. Here, I'm excited to share my top five favorites, each offering unique insights and tips for Mac users.

1. Sennheiser SC60 Headset Review (May 19, 2023)

This post dives into the Sennheiser SC60 Headset, a popular choice among Mac users for its compatibility and audio quality. The review comprehensively covers the headset's features, such as its noise-canceling microphone and USB connectivity, making it a must-read for anyone considering an audio upgrade for their Mac setup.

2. CofeShow Video Slideshow ? A Creative Tool (June 9, 2023)

CofeShow Video Slideshow is highlighted in this intriguing post. It walks readers through the process of creating visually stunning slideshows on their Macs, showcasing the software's ease of use and the impressive results it can produce. This post is particularly useful for those looking to enhance their presentations or personal projects.

3. Exploring the World of Tilt-shift Photography (June 16, 2023)

The art of tilt-shift photography is beautifully explored in this post. It provides valuable tips on how to achieve the unique miniature effect using a Mac, along with software recommendations and editing techniques. This post is a treasure trove for photography enthusiasts looking to experiment with new styles.

4. Colorful Icons on my External Drive (August 4, 2023)

This post is a delightful read about personalizing the Mac experience. It details how to customize the icons on external drives, adding a splash of color and personality to your workspace. The step-by-step guide makes the process accessible, even for those not deeply versed in Mac customization.

5. iMac FaceTime Camera Quality (November 3, 2023)

The final pick is a comprehensive review of the iMac's FaceTime camera quality. This post is particularly relevant in an era of remote work and virtual communication, providing insights into the camera's performance, tips for getting the best video quality, and comparisons with other Mac models.

Each of these posts stands out for its depth of information, practical advice, and contribution to enhancing the Mac user experience. Whether you're a seasoned Mac user or new to the ecosystem, these blog posts offer valuable insights and tips to make the most out of your device.

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December 22, 2023

Navigating the Legacy of Sorenson Video Codec

Covert Videos using macOS 14.1

Welcome to this week's blog post, tailored for Macintosh professionals and enthusiasts! Today, we're delving into the realm of media handling in macOS, focusing on a legacy codec that has been a cornerstone in video encoding for years: Sorenson Video. Let's explore what it means in the modern macOS environment and the best ways to deal with legacy content encoded in this format.

Understanding Sorenson Video: A Legacy Codec

The Rise of Sorenson Video

Sorenson Video codec, once a prominent player in the digital video encoding arena, played a crucial role in the early stages of online video streaming. It gained popularity for its efficiency in compressing video while maintaining quality, making it a go-to choice for many macOS users in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Why It's Considered Legacy Today

With the evolution of technology and the introduction of more advanced and efficient codecs, Sorenson Video has become a legacy codec. Modern macOS versions no longer natively support it, as the focus has shifted to more contemporary codecs like H.264 and H.265, which offer superior compression and quality.

Challenges for MacOS Users

Many macOS users who have been long-time users in the video field may find themselves with a library of content encoded in Sorenson Video. The main challenge is accessing and utilizing these videos on the latest macOS platforms, which no longer support this codec natively.

Side note: I blogged about a way to enable Sorenson cCodec back in 2016: Encoding old Video Files. Tools and techniques mention in that blog post s no longer available in macOS 14.1 (Sonoma).

Navigating the Sorenson Video Legacy: Solutions for MacOS Users

Using Legacy Media Players

One of the simplest ways to watch videos encoded in Sorenson Video is by using legacy media players that still support this codec. VLC Media Player, a versatile and free tool, is one such option. It can play a wide range of video formats, including those encoded with the Sorenson codec.

Test and confirmed that VLC 3.0.20 is able to open up amazon.mov.

V L C- Easter Egg
Good job by VLC to add a Christmas Easter Egg. The dock icon adds a Santa hat once the application is launched.

Converting Videos to Modern Formats

For long-term accessibility and compatibility, consider converting your Sorenson-encoded videos to a more modern format like MP4 (H.264). Tools like HandBrake or FFmpeg offer robust conversion capabilities, ensuring your old videos remain playable on current and future macOS versions.

Tested and confirmed that ffmpeg version 6.0 was able to convert the amazon.mov video. This is the code that I used:

ffmpeg -i amazon.mov -c:v libx264 -crf 23 -preset veryfast output.mp4

'Encode Selected Video Files' Service

Apple's 'built-in' "Encode Selected Video Files" service no longer works for Sorenson video files.

Encode Service Fails

Embracing Change While Preserving the Past

As technology advances, it's essential to adapt to new standards while also preserving access to legacy content. For macOS professionals and users, understanding how to handle Sorenson Video encoded files is a step in balancing the old with the new, ensuring that valuable content from the past remains accessible and usable.

I would recommend converting video now because who knows how long VLC or FFmpeg will support converting these file types.

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As someone who has worked on Macs since 1989, I will use my experience to share tips and tricks with you on Fridays. As a Mac user since 1989, I have seen the evolution of Mac software and hardware, and I know how Mac computers work. I also know how to troubleshoot and fix Mac problems that can arise.

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