If you’re skittish about visiting a public library during a pandemic, ask about electronic borrowing you can do from home. Many US libraries provide digital versions of books, comics, and magazines, plus music downloads and streaming video options. Julio Ojeda-Zapata examines all the likely choices.
Brings improvements and bug fixes to the open-source video conversion program. (Free, 20.2 MB)
We will be spending a lot more time communicating with co-workers, friends, family, therapists, educators, and other people using video than ever before in the digital era. Which solutions best fit your needs?
Enhances the queue user interface and adds support for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs without copy protection. (Free, 19.4 MB)
In the next major release of macOS, Apple will be eliminating native support for many old video codecs. With the open-source IINA, you’ll have a Mac-native video player that can handle whatever you throw at it.
Major new release for the video encoding and metadata management app with new features and a two-tiered subscription model. ($34.99 new, free update, 19.8 MB)
The CES section for startups shows its usual creativity: portable insulin fridges, STEM education for girls, a wearable subwoofer. and a giant relaxing egg. Which you sit in, not on.
Improves support for opening previously unreadable sources and adds new official presets for Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast devices. (Free, 19.6 MB)
Have you ever thought you were recording video on your iPhone, only to realize after the fact that you failed to tap the record button properly? Here are a few things to look for to make sure you never miss a video again.
Features a redesigned interface, new presets, and other improvements. (Free, 16.1 MB)
Adds new music video features to the Apple Music subscription service. (Free, 272 MB)
Major update for the open-source media player adds support for HDR and 360-degree video. (Free, 44.6 MB)
If you do photography or video work, the Polaroid Flexi LED Light Panel provides 4500 lumens of light from a flexible grid of LEDs. It’s inexpensive and effective, and well worth adding to your toolkit to improve on-camera lighting.
Overhauls the official presets and improves the audio/video sync engine. (Free, 12.6 MB)