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10 Top Tools for Novelists
The software featured in this article is designed to meet the specialised needs of a budding novelist. There's the finest open source distraction-free tools, software designed to create visual novels, and tools to help capture and visualise ideas.

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Kega Fusion
Kega Fusion is an impressive multi-console emulator created by Steve Snake. The emulator supports most of the Sega consoles, including the GameGear, Genesis (Mega Drive), Master System, Sega 32X, Sega CD, Sega Pico, SG-1000, SG-3000 and SF-7000. Read more


  • DivX
    DivX is a free codec offering built to play every version of DivX content ever created. An update of our core technology, the DivX codec also plugs into your existing video software so you can easily create high-quality DivX videos at a fraction of the original size. hot
  • 3ivx
    an MPEG-4 toolkit that supports MPEG-4 Video, MPEG-4 Audio and the MP4 file format. 3ivx D4 4.5 allows video and audio to be compressed to a fraction of its original size while maintaining high image quality
  • Accellent
    Accellent embodies a reverse engineering of the IDCT hardware acceleration APIs in Mac OS X.
  • Airy
    (commercial) Airy is a YouTube downloader that can download YouTube videos and save them as various file types in various resolutions. It supports MP4, WebM, FLV, and 3GP file types, and can also extract MP3 audio from videos.
  • Ambulant Player
    Ambulant Player is an open-source media player with support for SMIL 2.1. The current release provides namespace-based support for the SMIL Language, Extended Mobile, Mobile, and Basic profiles. The current release also provides full backward compatibility with SMIL 2.0.
  • aQtPlaylist
    aQtPlaylist is a playlist and fullscreen for QuickTime.
  • AsSceneOnTV
    AsSceneOnTV (totally free) makes it a SNAP to capture scenes from your favorite movies (home, hollywood or Bollywood!).
  • Avid Free DV
    Avid Free DV software was an easy, free way to join the Avid family and test-drive the industry-standard editing interface used by more professionals than any other video editing solution.
  • Avidemux
    Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. Read more
  • BabyaTV
    BabyaTV is an easy to use but powerful audio/video capture application that saves to QuickTime format (.mov)-which is ideal for use in iMovie, iDVD, websites or Final Cut Studio. Use it for capturing podcast audio, movies or even to DVD.
  • Batch Unpacker
    Batch Unpacker checks for, and if necessary, unpacks the bitstreams of AVI video files.
  • BitPlayer
    BitPlayer is a movie player that provides numerous options for viewing, organizing, and exporting QuickTime-compatible movies. With BitPlayer, you can catalog movies in multiple customizable playlists, and view them in a number of ways, including full screen. You can also use BitPlayer to quickly and easily convert your movies into other formats.
  • Clip Show
    Clip Show is a movie player based on Mac OS X's QuickTime Framework. Clip Show's Playlist/History lets you view a series of movie clips without having to open them consecutively.
  • crop
    crop is a tiny, but effective plug-in for iMovie to cut your clip to size.
  • DeKstasy
    DeKstasy is a DJ application. It provides automatic beat-finding and seamless beat-locked playback of up to four tracks simultaneously, contains a built-in mixer, and is so rock-solid you won't believe it's free software.
  • Desktop Movie Player
    Desktop Movie Player plays a QuickTime movie on the desktop behind the Finder icons.
  • Dr. DivX
    Dr. DivX is an application which is capable of transcoding as many video formats as possible to DivX.
  • DVD Player Helper
    DVD Player Helper is a system extension which allows Apple's DVD Player 2.0 to function on systems running MacsBug.
  • DVDRemaster
    (commercial) DVDRemaster is a full featured application for Mac OS X which recompresses large DVDs so that they fit on standard DVD5 or video iPods.
  • Elmedia Player
    (commercial) Elmedia Player is a convenient multifunctional media player for Mac OS X, which can play a great variety of formats.
  • Eltima SWF Movie Player
    Eltima SWF Movie Player is an SWF player for Mac OS, based on Macromedia Flash player, that offers advanced and unique features that allow you to play, rewind, fast-forward, and preview SWF files frame-by-frame, and also create and manage playlists, zoom movies in and out, fit to current window size or restore to the original size, set playback quality, control Flash security, check SWF comprehensive information, and more. It is possible to apply security options and run SWF files in a sandbox. This feature allows you to restrict the SWF file queries to non-local resources (URL/images/third-party SWF files) and to prevent unwanted access to the Web.
  • FFmpeg
    FFmpeg is a complete solution to record, convert and stream audio and video. It includes libavcodec, the leading audio/video codec library. FFmpeg is developed under Linux, but it can compiled under most operating systems. Read more
  • ffmpegX
    a Mac OS X graphical user interface designed to easily operate more than 20 powerful Unix open-source video and audio processing tools. It can read MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DIVX 3, 4, 5, XviD, non-encrypted VOB, Quicktime .mov, DV, WAV, Real Audio, Real Video, H263, H264, PGM, YUV, PPM, AC3, PCM8/16 bits, mulaw/Alaw, WMA-1/2, SUN AU format, MP2, MP3, AAC, 3GP and even more formats, and encode them to DivX, XviD, MOV, DV, 3GP, MP4, MP2, MP3, AAC, AC3, VCD, CVD, SVCD and DVD, with support subtitles in VobSub, SubRip, MicroDVD, SubViewer, Sami, VPlayer, RT, SSA, AQTitle, JACOsub and MPsubt formats, DVD selectable subtitles and subtitle conversion with OCR from VOB image format to SRT or DVD Studio Pro 'Subtitle Editor' format
  • Film-O-Sync
    Film-O-Sync synchronizes digital sound to 16mm projection. It requires modification to the projector, so I made an instructable to describe the process.
  • FixDVD
    FixDVD is an AppleScript droplet that fixes DVDs to skip FBI warning, previews, etc.
  • Get Tube
    Get Tube is a utility to download the videos with the format mp4 or mp3 on YouTube site.
  • Halyard
    Halyard is a scriptable multimedia engine with support for video, audio, graphics, and user interaction. It is based on PLT Scheme, wxWidgets, and the Quake 2 Engine. It includes a rudimentary IDE based on Scintilla.
  • HandBrake
    HandBrake is a GPL'd multiplatform, multithreaded DVD to MPEG-4 ripper/converter. HandBrake was originally available on the BeOS, but now has been ported over to MacOS X and to GNU/Linux. A Windows port is being worked on. Read more
  • iMagneto
    iMagneto is focused on the audio/video streams transmitted over the internet. iMagneto allows you to play and record your favorites streams as Web TV or Radio, ADSL TV and multimedia podcast
  • iMovieVSS
    iMovieVSS allows you to change the default video standard settings (NTSC/PAL) of iMovie 3.0.1 and 3.0.2. In iMovie 3.0.3 the default video standard can be set in the iMovie Preferences.
  • iTheater
    iTheater is a media center to manage, play and share photos, movies and music.
  • iTool iPhone Video Converter For MAC
    iTool iPhone Video Converter is a video conversion program. It is able to batch-convert files of all popular video formats into the iPhone video format and extract audio files of all popular video formats into MP3 or M4A.
  • iVideo
    (commercial) iVideo is the equivalent of iPhoto or iTunes for your video files. Movies are organized using playlists and thumbnails, and can be viewed directly within iVideo or using another application.
  • JES Deinterlacer
    JES Deinterlacer deinterlaces movies (half height/normal height/double frame rate/blend,adaptive/simple).
  • JES Video Cleaner
    JES Video Cleaner removes logos and cross-luma, applies general noise reduction, and fixes shimmering lines.
  • Jing
    Jing is software that captures and shares images and video.
  • Lillipot
    Lillipot is a utility that 'flattens' QuickTime movie files.
  • Lucas_Dambergs
    Lucas_Dambergs enables you to link typed text to a specific time of a QuickTime movie. It can be useful for attaching notes to specific parts of a recorded video.
  • Minitube
    Minitube is a native YouTube client. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, and Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.
  • MKVToolnix
    MKVToolnix is a set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files under Linux, other Unices and Windows. They do for Matroska what the OGMtools do for the OGM format and then some.
  • MoKgVm2DVD
    MoKgVm2DVD provides the tools needed to prepare .ogm and .mkv files for use in DivX enabled DVD players.
  • motionMaker
    This program grabs a picture and takes little slices out of it and saves them into individual files. These files can then be opened with quicktime player and turned into a nice little movie which makes it look like the thing is moving
  • Movie Time
    Movie Time is simple yet powerful fulscreen movie player for Mac OS X. It will play any movies supported by QuickTime. Features include: Fullscreen playback, subtitles, apple remote support, playlists, and more.
  • MovieCat
    This plugin joins many seperate movies in to one single QuickTime Movie (.mov).
  • MPEG Streamclip
    MPEG Streamclip is a video converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime, transport streams, iPod. And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a stream downloader.
  • mpeg2enc
    mpeg2enc is an open-source mpeg-2 encoder and multiplexer.
  • MPlayer OS X
    MPlayer OS X is a project based on MPlayer (The Movie Player for Linux) port to Mac OS X platform. It consist of compiled binaries of mplayer and mencoder , separate GUI for mencoder and standalone Cocoa player application based on mplayer binaries. Read more
  • MTS2MP4
    MTS2MP4 is a tool that converts MTS or AVCHD files from video cameras to MP4. It provides an easy to use wrapper around HandBrakeCLI.
  • MultiScreener
    MultiScreener is a set of freeware applications that synchronize the playback of Quicktime movies on multiple computers, using a local network to tie them all togethe
  • myDVDEdit
    myDVDEdit aims to be a tool which allows you to understand and even to modify the content of a DVD, at the deepest level.
  • NicePlayer
    NicePlayer is designed for playing movies nicely for the person who likes to watch or present movies on their computer (such as the casual viewer or the video artist). Features full screen or border-less floating windows, on the fly playlist creation and more.
  • QLab
    QLab makes it simple to build rich, sophisticated multimedia designs for theatre, dance, or other live performance or installation projects. Use it for sound design, video projection design, or anything where you need to trigger media playback in a precise and flexible manner.
  • QT Full Screen
    QT Full Screen is an AppleScript to watch movies in full screen using Apple's QuickTime Player (without registering the QuickTime Pro version).
  • QT Sync
    QT Sync is a QuickTime movie player.
  • QTAmateur
    QTAmateur is a small, simple QuickTime video player. It can play any format that QuickTime can understand, handle fullscreen video playback, and export files to any format that QuickTime can write. QTAmateur includes a Batch Export function which can convert any number of movies at a time to another format.
  • QTSketch
    QTSketch is a QuickTime based video player application, that among other features, allows you to draw over a QuickTime movie. It can open Quicktime and MPEG movie files, images, and movie sequences. QTSketch also features a media browser for easily finding the file you want to open, whether its on your local hard drive, or a customized file server.
  • QuartzCrystal
    (commercial) QuartzCrystal is an application for rendering Quartz compositions to QuickTime movies and image sequences. It supports third party plugins (using both the official and unofficial API), as well as unsafe patches. It also supports spatial supersampling (antialiasing) and temporal supersampling (motion blur).
  • QuickTime Components
    This project aims to develop QuickTime components for popular open source audio and video codecs.
  • random line transitions
    random line are a set of transitions for iMovie that let you fade one clip into the other -- line by line. the lines are chosen randomly. the provided fade-in and fade-out let you fade a clip to any color using the same random line effect.
  • ReelBean
    (commercial) ReelBean is a movie converter and player offering many features that are normally only available in expensive pro video applications. As a Universal binary ReelBean runs on new Intel-based Mac computers and PowerPC-based machines. Most of ReelBean's features are available for free.
  • Region X
    Region X allows you to see and change the region defined for your region-free (RPC-1) drive. Standard DVD drives are region locked and won't benefit from Region X.
  • Screen Movie Recorder
    Screen Movie Recorder allows you to record in a QuickTime movie what happens on your screen.
  • SingleFramer
    SingleFramer is a frame-capture application developed in MAX/MSP/JITTER for students at the Cooper Union art school in NYC, USA. It allows you to capture individual frames from a DV camera, either manually or automatically (time-lapse). You can use "onion-skinning" to see an overlay of your previous frame as you compose your shot.
  • STAMPot
    STAMPot is a tool for creating QuickTime stamp movies for your web pages. You simply drag and drop the background image of your choice, and add your movie file, which instantly converts it to a stamp movie.
  • SubCleaner
    SubCleaner fixes .srt videos with bad subtitles & converts subtitle format.
  • Subs factory
    Subs factory is a subtitles editor. It is a complete application designed to create, modify or adapt film subtitles. It only recognizes .srt files yet. These files are fully compatible with VLC.
  • SWF & FLV Player
    SWF & FLV Player is a free, small and streamlined Flash movie player. WF Movie Player has advanced and unique features that allow you to play, rewind, fast-forward and preview SWF files frame-by-frame, create and manage playlists, zoom movies in and out, fit to current window size or restore to original one, set playback quality, set Flash security policy.
  • Sync-Hole
    Sync-Hole attempts to sync your quicktime movies by changing the framerate of sections of the video track(s), or changing the offset of the audio track.
  • TitleExchange Lite
    TitleExchange Lite is a basic tool for easy and fast transfer of subtitles from FCP to DVD Studio Pro.
  • TiVoDecode Manager
    TiVoDecode Manager (TDM) is an Applescript Studio front-end (i.e. "wrapper") that automates the process of downloading of TiVo Series 2 files to your computer and decoding into MPEG-2 files.
  • turn clip
    turn clip is a free iMovie plug-in rotates your clip exactly 90, 180 or 270 degrees.
  • TVheadend
    Tvheadend is a streaming server/relay supporing a variety of sources and multiple output formats. It is primarily intended to be used for receiving TV (DVB, Analog, IPTV) and to transmit it using a number of different output formats to subscribers. Together with powerful DVR (Digital Video Recorder) features, an advanced EPG and a web-interface it can be used as a TV distribution hub.
  • TwoVid
    TwoVid is a video player that plays two videos at one time next to each other. It is written in Cocoa using the QuickTime API. The application could be used for lectures or video analysis in sports.
  • UMPlayer
    UMPlayer is the multimedia player that fills all your needs. With dozens of advanced features and built-in codecs it can handle any media format, and can play Audio CDs, DVDs, (S)VCDs, TV / Radio cards, YouTube? and SHOUTcast streams and even incomplete or damaged media files.
  • vdr_remote
    vdr_remote is a graphical remote control for the video disk recorder vdr. It connects over a TCP/IP network and gives you a complete remote control.
  • Veescope Hub
    Veescope Hub lets you convert any Quicktime compatible movie file to a new Quicktime, MP4, DV or AVI file.
  • VideoLAN
    targets multimedia streaming of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and DivX files, DVDs, digital satellite channels, digital terrestial television channels and live videos on a high-bandwidth IPv4 or IPv6 network in unicast or multicast under many OSes
  • Videospec
    Videospec is an AppleScript Studio app using mplayer, ffmpeg, mgptx and MediaInfo binaries to present informations on video files.
  • VidFreaker
    video freaker takes your video files in a specified directory and creates a real-time video collage, using portions of the imagery within constantly changing layouts.
  • Vidi
    Vidi is an application that lets you view and record video on your Mac using any FireWire DV device. It features perfect audio-to-video sync, the ability to watch full frame-rate video while recording, capture directly to DV format, and a streamlined, lightweight user interface.
  • Vidnik
    Vidnik lets you record video segments and upload them to YouTube.
  • viewyuv
    viewyuv is a viewer for planar YUV 4:2:0 file. People working in the video compression field may find it useful. It is implemented in Cocoa and compiled as a Universal binary.
  • VLC
    VLC is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network. Read more
  • XinePlayer
    XinePlayer is a multimedia player for Mac OS X. It is based upon the stable and mature xine multimedia playback engine. It is designed to be a free replacement for QuickTime Player and DVD Player. It has support for many popular formats including MPEG 1/2, QuickTime (MOV), DivX (AVI) and some Windows Media formats (WMV), DVD playback with software deinterlacing.
  • zMediaPlayer
    zMediaPlayer is a plugin for an improved media player for the JigSaw application.
  • ZS4 Video Editor
    S4 Video Editor, the new incarnation of Zwei-Stein Video Editor, is video editing and compositing software with over 150 built-in video effects. Effect containers can be used to restrict the processing of contained video effects by shape or blending logic. Other features include custom video export size, number of tracks and sub-composites limited only by available memory, custom speed and direction change for video and audio, optional super-sampled compositing during export for better quality rotation and zoom, and the ability to slave effect and compositing controls to audio wave forms.

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