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Mac Media Software (and Saving Money)

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This caller had several questions. He just converted to Mac from Windows… and is needing some video editing software for the Mac. He’s hoping to find something for a Mac that works even half as good as what Nero can do. The best thing I can think of for a Mac would be Toast, from Roxio. Roxio Toast 8 sets the standard for burning CDs, DVDs, and now Blu-ray discs on the Mac. Create superior sounding audio CDs with crossfades. Enjoy your TV shows anywhere with exclusive EyeTV burning and TiVoToGo transfers to DVD or iPod. Copy your audio CDs, movies and DVDs. It’s your digital life, Toast It!

Roxio also has a program called Crunch. Roxio Crunch is the essential video converter for your Apple TV, iPod, and iPhone. Take your video in to the living room or the palm of your hands fast and simple. Roxio Crunch is a one-stop shop for all of your video conversion needs. Batch export will make your life even simpler: converted video will be automatically added to iTunes for syncing. Don’t just convert it, Crunch it!

Lastly, Roxio is also the creator of Popcorn (coupon code: POP3SAVE10). Popcorn lets you enjoy your video anywhere you want, on the playback device of your choice. Easily make high quality copies of your DVDs and movies. Take television recordings from your Mac to the portable device of your choice for on-the-go viewing or fit 4 hours of video on a single layer-DVD.


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What is COM Surrogate Crash Error?

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http://live.pirillo.com/ – When I used to use Vista, I would have random crashes that were related to a COM Surrogate error. What the heck? I thought I owned my computer? You mean it’s a surrogate?.

A COM Surrogate error is caused by video codec that is not Vista compatible and when Vista tries to bring up the first frame of the video file it causes the Com Surrogate .dll extension to shut down. As we’ve discussed before, a .dll is a software component that an application links to at run time.

There are a couple of solutions that I’ve found for this problem:

  • Check DivX If this program isn’t updated to the newest version, it can cause the COM Surrogate error.
  • Check Nero Again, check out what version you have. Older versions have been known to throw out this error. Always make sure you’re updated.

Now that I’m back on XP, I’ve had the same problem once. I went through and uninstalled all of the Codecs on my system, and I haven’t encountered the problem again. If you recall, a codec is a device or program capable of performing encoding and decoding on a digital data stream or signal. So that’s something else to look into.

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DVD Burning Software

http://live.pirillo.com/ – What program can you use to burn DVDs on Windows XP?

Every geek seems to love Nero Burning ROM for managing video and audio files you want to burn to CD or DVD. Chris uses it, and likes it. If you're looking for powerful control over your files, this is the tool for you.

If you're not a big geek, you may want to use Roxio's DVD burner, since it's much more user friendly than Nero. If you're looking for a point and click solution, this is the tool for you.

On the Mac end of the spectrum, Roxio's Toast for OD X is one of the best tools you can use to burn your CDs and DVDs. If they could port their OS X features to Windows Roxio would probably take over the burning market.

What software do you use to put together your CDs and DVDs?

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