Can't Use Creative products on my Mac...

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  1. crackbookpro macrumors 65816

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    I have had no luck with Creative for the 2nd time?

    I have a Vado HD, and I also purchased recently a Zen X-Fi 32GB...

    Can anyone help me out?

    (I am not interested in hooking it up through Bootcamp or Virtual Machine. I don't have that much partition to spare, and I would never want to do all that transfering of music/video files on a VM.)

    ...is it totally PC, or is there someone out there who knows how to "Mac-it" :p

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  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Zen: "It supports Windows XP and Vista out of the box but doesn’t support Linux or Mac unless you install some hacks. You can simply drag and drop your music and video files into your Creative Zen or use any Media Player like Windows Media player or Winamp. It also comes with the new “Creative Centrale” software to manage your multimedia collection and sync data and update the firmware. It also includes a video converter for the Zen X-Fi."

    The VadoHD will work on the mac. If you need to get the video to be editted in iMovie, drag the .avi files to your desktop and convert them to mpeg with ffmpeg or something of the like perhaps?

    It says it's mac compatible right on the specs page: http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=833&subcategory=834&product=18108&nav=3

    They even tell you to install perian to view the videos. Perian works very nicely to bring multi-codec support to the Mac that VLC doesn't.
     
  3. Burning Radio macrumors regular

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    I'm thinking of getting a Vado HD for vacation this summer as well to use with my new UMB. I want something that is HQ but compact. After comparing Creative/Flip/Kodak (all HD) I'm definitely going for the Vado.

    (is there anything better in this price range for HD?)



    Let me know how it goes with the Vado and iMovie. I've wondered about it's compatability a few times.
     
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    As you can see here (http://us.creative.com/products/product.asp?category=209&subcategory=836&product=17811&nav=3), the player is only supported by Windows.
    If none has written an application or driver for Mac OS X, as a web search seems to imply, then there is no way for using that piece of hardware under Mac OS X without a virtual machine.

    You don't have to copy all the data/music/videos/... to the virtual machine (Windows), to copy it to the Zen, you can enable a Shared Folder in the VM software most of the time, which gives you access to your user files on your Mac from within WIndows in the VM.

    Next time just make sure your hardware is compatible with your hardware/software.
     
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    You'll have to convert the video format from the .avi type of h.264 from the VadoHD to MPEG-4 for iMovie to recognize it I believe. Plenty of free tools to accomplish that "task."

    From Apple's support site: "You can import video from any file in one of the following formats: MPEG-4, DV, or .mov files."
     
  6. Burning Radio macrumors regular

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    ok. If that's all then I'm willing to take the video quality over codec convenience. lol.
     
  7. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ...I have Perian. My VadoHD is on my VM on my MacBook. I am fine with that really. But, I am trying to think of what's best for me transferring files a lot for my Zen X-FI...so I am gonna try your suggestion(s).

    Thanks for the quick response NewMacBookPlz..;)

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  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Try using this to connect to your X-Fi: http://www.wentnet.com/projects/xnjb/

    http://libmtp.sourceforge.net/compatibility.php says it works "perfect" as that's a link provided from the XNJB compatibility chart.
     
  9. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Vado is the best pocket cam by far! I've had it over 3 months now, and it is really really practical. Video quality is pretty good. Only thing I would want more - is to have a better zoom really. It picks up audio pretty well too.

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  10. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ...sounds like I am dead in the water.

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  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Did you miss my post with a quite possible solution for your X-Fi? lol

    Look up 3 posts from this one.
     
  12. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    haha...no, just saw it...that's funny.
     
  13. Burning Radio macrumors regular

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    I've used a friend's but I've never seen the video directly off of the cam. Only HQ Youtube uploads as demos. It was really simple and I loved the wide-angle lens. it was about the size my old 4G iPod. (R.I.P.)
     
  14. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, they are nice for fishing, skiing/snowboarding, and outdoor activities...etc. I bought a waterproof camera pouch for when I go spearfishing too, and it works well. The UI is nice, and ease of use is an A+. As you can see - I enjoy it for what it was meant to be. If I wanted to be spoiled, I could also use an upgrade in the hard drive. It's 8GB in the Vado HD, and I would like a 16GB or 20GB. But, really, I am more than happy with my Vado HD...

    sounds like a lil dent is coming to your wallet Burning Radio :p

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  15. Burning Radio macrumors regular

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    umm.....well seeing that I HAVE to find a way to spend 2500 dollars in scholarship money on "School" each year, I might as well spend it on stuff I'll use. lol.

    I'm thinking about taking a photog class and buy a REALLY nice camera with the $ next year. lol.
     
  16. polaris20 macrumors 68020

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    How is the Vado better than the MinoHD? Doesn't seem to be worth the trouble dealing with Windows for it when the Mino works so well. Just curious, because the specs are so similar.
     
  17. crackbookpro thread starter macrumors 65816

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsydBfIkZy0 ... Carefully listen to the last minute or so(5:15 to the end)...

    The Vado HD has:

    1. Higher Video Quality than the Flip MinoHD...
    2. Longer Video Recording in 720p than the Flip MinoHD...
    3. Better Camera View than the Flip MinoHD...
    4. Higher Quality Lens...better yet, a wide-angled lens...

    Plus, the company, Creative has been making great products for quite some time compared to the Flip-Flop! :D ...Flip just started in 2007. :confused:

    ...sucks, you got the Mino. :p

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  18. Jim Dow macrumors newbie

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    I have successfully downloaded software for my X-fi from Wentnet etc.
    Now how do I create playlists, so I dont need to cue each song/group of songs individually.

    JD.

    OK. Ive had a lookk at the download and it has imported to the X-fi as a single playlist. Over 2000 songs in random order.
    How did I do that, and how do I fix it?
    I gave no instructions to the programme as to what format I wanted.
     

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