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Free Wes Anderson short film on iTunes Store September 28, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Free Stuff, iTunes Store, Movies, Quicktime, Video.
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A 13-minute short film by director Wes Anderson called The Hotel Chevalier is now up for free on the iTunes Store, starring Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. It’s supposed to be a prologue/companion piece to Anderson’s forthcoming film The Darjeeling Limited.

Nice the things you find on iTunes, although Portman fans are specially excited about this one because it marks the first time on film Natalie shows up in her birthday suit, wearing nothing but bruises.

Download it here.

(Hmm. So let’s see you not click on the link now.)

Doh! Bitter online irony September 8, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Downloads, Funnies, Pics, Piracy, Quicktime.
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Blizzard Heart Mac. Mac Heart Blizzard. July 16, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Games, Quicktime, Support, Updates & Patches, Video.
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Blizzard has always been a game software company near and dear to the hearts of Mac users everywhere. This is because of Blizzard’s insistence on simultaneous release of their games on both Windows and Macs. Well, we got more reason to heart Blizzard now.

In the beta of the forthcoming release of Ver. 2.2 of World of Warcraft, Mac users can now record in-game videos using Quicktime using the H.264 codec, with selectable resolution and frame rates. Vid-cap your red-eye quests and post them on YouTube! Aside from numerous fixes, the beta version also optimizes graphics performance on Macs with Altivec (PPC) or SSE (Intel) systems.

Not all Macs can smoothly record caps, however, as the requirements are a bit hefty. You’ll also need Quicktime 7.1.6 running on OS X 10.4.9.

The beta still isn’t available to the general public yet, and is only for beta testers running in the Public Test Realms of WoW. Not to worry, it’s expected to be released soon.

Heads-up: iTunes, Quicktime updates available July 12, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Apple Inc., iTunes, Quicktime, Updates & Patches.
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Fire up Software Update!

Apple‘s released iTunes 7.3.1, which, in Apple’s usual detailed and thorough notes, “addresses a minor problem with iTunes 7.3 accessing the iTunes Library”, while also issuing Quicktime 7.2, which “addresses critical security issues” and has “numerous bug fixes”. The Quicktime update also does something for the H.264 codec and adds support for full-screen viewing in the Quicktime Player.

While relatively minor fixes, the things are hefty: on my Windows machine the Quicktime update weighs in at 24.36MB and the iTunes update at 56.80MB; on my Macs QT was 53MB and iTunes at 34MB.

More helpful details (no, really) on the Quicktime update here.