The specs only mention producing iTunes files, but does this device and software produce files that can be played back in Quicktime? VLC? Burn to DVD?

  • Asked by Andrew G from Mississauga
  • Dec 9, 2013
Elgato EyeTV HD Video Recorder

Elgato EyeTV HD Video Recorder

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    QuickTime and iTunes are not mutually exclusive. See Apple Article HT3775 for Media formats supported by QuickTime Player. Apple Article HT2729 on iTunes Frequently asked questions about viewing and syncing videos says that it supports "QuickTime and MPEG-4 movie files that end in ".mov", ".m4v", or ".mp4" and are playable in QuickTime Player". The EyeTV 3 software's specific export formats are:
    DV 16:9
    HDV 720p
    HDV 1080i
    QuickTime Movie
    Divx AVI
    There is certainly an intersection of some of those formats with what VLC handles. But VLC is hardly the only available software out there: there is also MPEG Streamclip, among others. Whereas DVDs are much more complex than CDs were, you need DVD production software to create a DVD that can meaningfully be used.

    • Answered by Richard S from Framingham
    • Dec 11, 2013
  • iTunes files have the file name extension mp4 or m4v with x.264 codec video them. (mp4 and m4v are the same thing. Apple just used the m4v extension because..? These files will play with Quicktime or VLC (VLC plays almost any video format).If you want to make DVDs you can play in a dvd player, you can use various free or commercial programs to convert. them to Video_TS folders which you can burn to a DVD. The free program Handbrake will do it. Toast will both convert and burn, and easily allow multiple small videos on one disk with a menu created. You can import mp4/m4v files into iMovie and edit them. The are a very standard format, nothing proprietary to Apple at all.

    • Answered by Terry R from Columbus
    • Feb 18, 2014