Odds and Ends: Apple outlines HDMI uses, VLC updated

With the new aluminum "unibody" Mac Mini being the first Apple computer to come with a built-in HDMI port, Apple has felt it necessary to outline both the uses for the HDMI connector in a recently released FAQ on the Mac Mini.

With the new aluminum "unibody" Mac Mini being the first Apple computer to come with a built-in HDMI port, Apple has felt it necessary to outline both the uses for the HDMI connector in a recently released FAQ on the Mac Mini. In addition, the final version 1.1 release of the VideoLAN Client media player is available.

Apple's Mac Mini HDMI FAQ

Apple's knowledgebase article covers some details on how to adjust the display image on the Mac Mini, what audio formats are supported in HDMI, troubleshooting some audio problems with HDMI, and what to do if certain televisions or displays are not recognized by the system.

Mac Mini 2010: FAQ about HDMI

VideoLAN Client Updated

The popular media player VLC has been updated to its final version 1.1 release. For the past month or two it has been in "release candidate" status, and the latest version removes this label. While most of the updated features are Windows-oriented, there are a few enhancements to the program that OS X users will benefit from, including additional codec support.

VideoLAN Client version 1.1

A while ago there was word that VLC was short on OS X interface developers and that version 1.1 may be the last version released for OS X. So far, while Mac development may be slower than that for Windows, there are a few promising options that will keep VLC going for the Mac. One of the most prominent ones is the "Glasses" interface that we might see in future versions of VLC. Time and development will tell, but meanwhile some developers have their own builds of VLC source that are available, one of which brings 64-bit support to the program.



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