July 18, 2011 in iTunes (E)
[prMac.com] Paderborn, Germany - Independent software developer Jendrik Bertram today is pleased to announce iFlicks 1.4, an update to his video utility for Mac OS X. Featuring an intuitive, easy-to-use interface, iFlicks will convert and optimize any video collection to play on iTunes, Front Row, iPod, iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. After being imported into iTunes, videos can be organized by annotating their metadata. User-definable fields include: title, episode, director, cast, genre, and much more.
Version 1.4 can create Video files from H.264 video content (.mkv, .flv) that will be directly playable on Apple devices without re-encoding. Other major improvements in the latest update include improved H.264 and AC-3 encoding, support for multiple surround and stereo audio tracks, soft subtitle support, and improved integration into iTunes using the Services menu.
* Comfortable and simple User Interface
* Convert Videos to be compatible with iTunes and Apple Devices
* Automatically or manually, add metadata and artwork
* Set release dates, not just years
* Add actors, directors, producers, and writers
* Supports the following file formats: .avi, .flv, .m4v, .mkv, .mp4, .mpg and many more
* Specify the content rating
* Mark videos as TV show, movie, or music video added
* Add a complete plot, not just a few letters
* Support for TMDb - The open movie database
* Support for TheTVDB - An open database for television fans
With its tight integration into iTunes, iFlicks was developed from the ground up utilizing the latest Cocoa technologies and offers a range of simple-to-use functions to easily manage metadata of any movie or TV show library. It supports a variety of video formats, including QuickTime (.mov), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), H.264/MPEG-4 (.mp4) and Matroska (.mkv). Most features are directly accessible using the integrated iTunes Services menu. At any time, processed Videos can automatically be added to the iTunes Library or any playlist.
Additionally, iFlicks directly supports TMDb. By leveraging TMDb's API, imported movies can be enriched by the extensive amount of metadata and artwork available. iFlicks also supports the vast repository of TV show related data available from TheTVDB. This data is used to recognize TV shows and add corresponding metadata.
In many cases, both TMDb and TheTVDB even provide a short overview, which is displayed right in Front Row and the Apple TV. Everything from name, artwork, actors, directors, HD tag up to special ids is written directly to the video file. This even allows for HD-SD combos in iTunes (a single entry containing a HD and SD version of the same file).
And by leveraging the power of AppleScript, iFlicks is easily scriptable too. Almost all operations of the program can be controlled directly from the Services Menu in iTunes. A collection of sample scripts is automatically installed with the application. In addition, there are Folder Action Scripts, which can allow iFlicks to trigger actions by dropping files into specific folders.
New Features in Version 1.4:
* Muxing of H.264, AC-3 and AAC tracks to .m4v files
* Improved H.264 encoding
* Encoding of surround audio to AC-3
* Support for multiple surround and stereo audio tracks
* Support for soft subtitles
* Better integration into iTunes using the Services menu
* Improved Queue window with advanced controls
* Improved presets for Apple Devices
* Improved support for .mkv videos
* Removed dependency on QuickTime and Perian
* Translation updates
* Interface improvements
* Performance improvements
* Complete 64-bit support
"I originally started developing iFlicks because I wanted to get all the video files I had laying around on my Mac to show up in iTunes and be able to sync those videos to my iPod/iPhone and Apple TV," said Jendrik Bertram, iFlicks developer. I felt there was a desperate need for metadata support, and alternative applications focused on encoding videos, or required a lot of manual work to add metadata. iFlicks aims to combine the most complete support for metadata and fast encoding to make it as easy as possible to get all video files into iTunes and make them look like they were downloaded right from the iTunes Store."
* US English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, and Russian
* Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (10.6.8 or higher recommended)
* 39 MB Hard Drive space
* Perian 1.2 (for best video support)
* iTunes 10.2 and QuickTime
* Internet connection (optional)
Pricing and Availability:
iFlicks 1.4 is available for $19.99 (USD) through the Mac App Store or directly from the developer's website. A free, full-featured demo is also available.
Located in Paderborn, Germany, independent software developer Jendrik Bertram has a passion to craft elegant, easy-to-use applications for the Mac platform. As an indie developer, Jendrik Bertram would like to thank all of his wonderful beta testers. Copyright (C) 2011 Jendrik Bertram. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod, iPad, QuickTime and iTunes are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.