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4 great Mac apps to boost your productivity this year


4 of the best productivity apps that will change how you use your Mac.
Pick up the pace (and stop pulling out your hair) with these top-rated productivity apps.
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With a new year comes new possibilities and the chance to achieve an exciting new set of goals. Whether yours are personal or professional, we could all use a way to maximize the time we have — and productivity apps are the best way to do that.

It’s time to get more done, in less time — and enjoy more free time as a result.

Download videos straight from YouTube to your Mac with VideoDuke


Download videos from social media and YouTube.
With VideoDuke, easily download videos from YouTube and Vimeo straight to your Mac.
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One of the most frustrating things that can happen online is when a video you love disappears entirely. Maybe it’s a tutorial for fixing your car’s ignition, or a guide for taking good pictures, or a cat that’s just absolutely floored by the existence of a cucumber.

Whatever it was, it’s gone now — and you can’t find it anywhere. But you don’t have to lose your favorite videos. With VideoDuke for Mac, you can download videos straight from many of the most popular video sharing sites for life. And right now the software is on sale for just $29.99.

Convert, download, resize and edit video on Mac: Get MacX Video Converter for free


MacX Video Converter Pro makes working with videos by you and others easy.
MacX Video Converter Pro makes working with videos by you and others easy.
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Digiarty has updated its MacX Video Converter Pro software for 4K ultra-high-definition video processing. Right now, you can get the improved product at a big discount — or even free — for a limited time. Plus, you get some additional free software, too.

Make great videos on your Mac with this top-rated editing bundle, now 50% off


This Mac App duo covers all of your video needs
The Mac apps in this bundle should handle all your video needs.
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Who said great video editing software had to come with a high price tag? You can easily create videos on your Mac with the two top-rated apps included in The Essential Filmage Mac Bundle. And right now, lifetime subscriptions are on sale for just $19.99 — that’s 50% off the regular price of $39.

Make the most of your videos on any device


This powerhouse video-processing tool makes clips look their best on any device or platform.
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Uploading videos to social media or transferring them between devices, it’s easy to wonder what went wrong. Strange compression, weird resolution issues, and other problems can make even high-quality videos suddenly look like junk.

You can avoid those kinds of totally annoying hassles with a heavily discounted lifetime subscription to this video-processing app for Mac.

Convert any video to 1,000 formats with Wondershare UniConverter


Wondershare UniConverter updated
Wondershare UniConverter, now in Version 12, lets you work with a multitude of media formats.
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This video conversion post is presented by Wondershare UniConverter.

Whether you love to make videos or just watch and share them, if you want them to be seen in virtually any format on practically any device, you need a good video-conversion tool. It might be time to try Wondershare UniConverter, which can convert any video to more than 1,000 different formats. Try the Mac-dedicated version for a taste of how easy and quick video conversion can be.

Give your videos that sweet cinematic bokeh with Focos Live


Focos Live lets iPhone users film bokeh video.
Don’t wait for the iPhone 12. Focos Live lets iPhone users film bokeh video today.
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iPhones can automatically blur the backgrounds of still images but not video. Enter Focos Live, a recently released application that brings to iPhone video the effect Apple calls Portrait mode (and everyone else calls “bokeh”). The effect gives photographers the ability to unfocus the background to draw attention to what’s going on in the foreground.

Get all the video tools you need in one app [Deals]


This app is a one-stop app for HD screen recording, fully featured editing, fast conversion and multi-format video playback.
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Making videos on Mac is easy, if you have the right tools. But subscriptions to creative software suites are expensive, and can take up a lot of space. Often, they’re too complicated for casual users.

Not so with Filmage Screen, a single app that offers a one-stop shop for all your HD video needs.

Nizo blurs the lines between shooting and editing video


Nizo manages to mix power and ease of use. Take note, Apple.
Nizo manages to mix power and ease of use. Take note, Apple.
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Nizo is a new take on video apps. It manages to blend shooting and editing together, so you can edit your movies on the fly as you capture them.

The interface to do this is — like much good design — so clean and obvious that you wonder why it wasn’t done before. Let’s take a look.

YouTube for iOS gives you more control over your experience [50 Essential iOS Apps #14]


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The YouTube app is the best way to keep up with your favorite channels.
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50 Essential iOS Apps: YouTube, the best video app Every day, millions of people watch more than a billion hours of video on YouTube. More than half of those views come from mobile devices.

From tutorials and tech reviews to vlogs and movie trailers, YouTube is the largest video sharing service in the world, growing at a rate of 300 hours of content every minute (that’s an average of 18,000 minutes being uploaded every minute of every day). If you’re not using the YouTube app to dive into this ocean of video content, you’re not doing it right.