[SOLVED] How to properly convert JVC MOD files to MP4 on Mac

I own a not so new JVC Everio GZ-MG130 camcorder which records on an internal HDD and optionally on an SD card. I haven’t been using it for a long time, but recently we decided to bring it along and use it during our sailing trip in the British Virgin Island.

Once back home, while trying to utilize the JVC MOD files in iMovie and Final Cut Pro, I (re)discovered how much these Apple applications do not like the MOD format!

Both applications are actually able to import the MOD files when connecting the camera directly to the Mac or simulating a Camera Archive after having copied to files to the computer hard drive. However the imported movies are displayed with a wrong aspect ratio (4:3 instead of the correct 16:9) and in many cases the video quality is very degraded. The video size is also reported to be 720×576 (PAL), while it is actually 720×405.

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How to watch Veetle channels on your Apple TV

Here is a simple procedure to watch Veetle channels (at least those that have an Apple compatible streaming format) on your Apple TV.

What you need

1) A browser capable of impersonating an iPhone/iPod/iPad and to inspect HTML elements on the page. For the purpose I’m using Safari for Mac (Developer mode must be active – if not, go to Preferences – Advanced and tick “Show Develop menu in menu bar”).
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can also change User Agent and inspect HTML elements on the page through extensions (such as Firebug).
2) Airflick, to send the URL of the streaming channel to your Apple TV
3) Well… an Apple TV! (I tested this one with an Apple TV Gen 3).

Here is how it works

1) Open Safari and change the User Agent to iPhone/iPod/iPad.

2) Go to Veetle (www.veetle.com) and navigate to the channel you want to display on your Apple TV.

3) Right click on the movie that should have started to stream and select Inspect Element.

4) Copy the URL of the streaming movie into Airflick Movie URL, including http:// and all the way to stream.m3u8.
Tip: you can right click and select Edit Attribute, copy the string directly and then paste it into Airflick.

5) Enjoy Veetle on your Apple TV!

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Belkin wireless router frequently disconnecting – SOLVED!

Recently I had been experiencing some issues with my Belkin N1 wireless router, with frequent but random disconnections, especially while using my MacBook Pro and my iPad at the same time.

I really couldn’t figure out why it was happening and whether there was a logic or not behind the problem. The only thing that seemed to be solving it, at least for some time, was a reboot of the router. I had started to think the router was faulty and needed to be replaced, but wait… no so fast!

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