iMovie, Apple’s basic video editing app, with 4K support, titles, effects/filters, etc., runs on both macOS and iOS.

iMovie 10.1.14 is a free download for macOS 10.14.6 or later with bug fixes in the most recent Apple update.

iMovie 2.2.9 is a free download for iOS 13.4 with some additional capabilities and bug fixes in a new release:

• Use iMovie on iPad with Magic Keyboard, a mouse, or a trackpad for a new way to create movies and trailers (requires iPadOS 13.4)
• Use keyboard shortcuts to toggle between the five inspector modes when a clip is selected: Action, Speed adjustments, Volume, Titles, and Filters
• Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly rotate video 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise
• Tap the Download All button at the top of the soundtracks list to download all bundled soundtracks at once
• Add PNG, GIF, TIFF, and BMP files to your movie
• Performance and stability improvements


Signal is a secure, cross-platform communications system that offers encrypted voice calls, text messaging and group chat, video calls and the ability to send a photo, video or document.

Other features include a simple user interface (especially in comparison with Apple’s Messages app), and good performance, even over limited bandwidth connections. The app can communicate with other Signal users it finds via your iPhone Contacts after you activate your phone number on the system. (See Signal support pages for more details.)

Signal Private Messenger 3.6.1 is a free, open-source download for iOS 10 and up.

Signal Desktop 1.32.1 is a free app for OS X 10.10 and up, Linux (Debian-based) or Windows, linking to your iPhone Signal account (with the phone scanning a QR code that’s displayed on the Mac screen).

As an Open Source project supported by grants and donations, Signal can put users first. There are no ads, no affiliate marketers, no creepy tracking. Just open technology for a fast, simple, and secure messaging experience.


Subler is a Mac app from Damiano Galassi that can combine (“mux“) media types within MP4 files. The software handles subtitles (“compatible with all Apple’s devices – iPod, AppleTV, iPhone, QuickTime”), audio, video, chapters and closed captions, plus metadata editing and support for TMDb, TVDB and the iTunes Store. (File format support includes mov, mp4 and mkv; h264; AAC, AC3; Scenarist and VobSub.)

Subler 1.6.2 is an open-source, donationware download for OS X 10.11 and up. (Older versions support earlier Mac systems.) The latest releases bring various tweaks and improvements.


LosslessCut is a cross-platform program from Mikael Finstad for losslessly trimming/cutting video and audio files. (It’s based on FFmpeg, Chromium, and Electron). Other features include:

  • Lossless re-merge of selected segments (for cutting out commercials etc.)
  • Lossless merge of arbitrary files (with identical codecs)
  • Lossless extracting of all data streams from a file (explode video, audio, subtitle and other streams of a file into separate files)
  • Take full-resolution snapshots from videos in JPEG/PNG format
  • Manual input range of cutpoints
  • Can include primary streams (audio/video), or all streams
  • Can remove audio track
  • Apply a timecode offset
  • Remux into different output format
  • Change rotation/orientation metadata in videos. Great for rotating phone videos that come out the wrong way without actually re-encoding the video.

LosslessCut 2.7.1 is freely downloadable open-source software for OS X 10.10 and later, Linux, and Windows.


Permute is a drag-and-drop video converter from Charlie Monroe Software with presets for common destinations, such as Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Xbox. It includes support for custom presets, the ability to “stitch” multiple audio/video files together, a Cue Cutter to split files based on .cue data, support for iPhone ringtones, WebP and SVG, scheduling, individual track export, fixes for certain troublesome files, hardware acceleration, built-in help, keyboard shortcuts,  conversion of .dvdmedia and VIDEO_TS folders to ISO files and more.

Permute 3.4.3 is priced at $14.99 for OS X 10.11 and up with a free 7-day trial download available.


Downie is a Mac app from Charlie Monroe Software for downloading videos from Internet sites – YouTube, Vimeo and a thousand others. Features include 4K video support with YouTube, postprocessing (e.g. automatic conversion to MP4 or iTunes), automatic retry (plus pause/resume), online searching, delayed download start, web browser extensions, dark and simplified user interface options, built-in help, and more.

Downie 3.9.8 is priced at $19.99 for OS X 10.11 and up with a free 14-day trial download available.

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is a powerful, cross-platform multimedia player from the VideoLAN non-profit organization that plays “most multimedia files as well as DVDs, audio CDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols.” Other features include subtitle support, extensive controls over video display, video and audio filters, deinterlace, transcoding, metering, a customizable user interface (“skins”), support for a huge collection of media formats and protocols, and much more.

VLC Vetinari was a major update, bringing support for hardware decoding (“to get 4K and 8K playback!”); 10-bit and HDR material; 360 video and 3D audio (“up to Ambisoncics 3rd order”) and “audio passthrough for HD audio codecs”; streaming to Chromecast (“even in formats not supported natively”); browsing of local network drives and NAS, playback of Blu-Ray Java menus, and quite a bit more.

VLC Media Player 3.0.8 is free, open-source donationware for OS X 10.7 and up, as well as Linux, Windows and Android. (Older versions are also available for earlier Macs.)

VLC Media Player’s recent releases brought important security patches, Mac tweaks, and other improvements.

VLC for Mobile 3.2.6 is free for iOS 9 and up, with support for cloud sync (Dropbox, GDrive, OneDrive, Box, iCloud Drive, iTunes), direct downloads and through WiFi sharing, as well as streaming from SMB, FTP, UPnP/DLNA media servers and the web.

Asus ProArt PA32UCX, PA32UC and PA27UCX

ProArt Display PA32UCX is a new, high-end professional display from Asustek Computer Inc. that rivals Apple’s upcoming 6K display, though it puts only 4K UHD on its 32-inch panel. Connections include dual Thunderbolt 3 ports (with 60W power delivery), three HDMI 2.0b connections and DisplayPort 1.2, plus three USB 3.0 Type A “downstream” connectors. Unlike Apple’s display, the ProArt PA32UCG includes a fully adjustable stand (plus VESA compatibility). Its 10-bit IPS panel features mini-LED backlighting with 1000+ zones of local dimming, 1200 nits peak brightness, 1000:1 contrast (1,000,000:1 HDR), and “smart” HDR for multiple HDR formats and PQ curves. Color features include pre-calibration (Delta E < 1) and hardware calibrator compatibility, with profile saving, a 14-bit lookup table (LUT), and colorspace coverage of 99% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 and 89% Rec.2020, plus a plethora of color modes and adjustments.

ProArt Display PA32UCX [Amazon] recently began shipping, list-priced at $3999.

ProArt PA32UC [Amazon] is a less expensive model with similar features, including Thunderbolt 3, list-priced at $1599.

ProArt PA27UCX is an unreleased 27-inch version with HDMI, DisplayPort, and USB Type-C ports, but no Thunderbolt 3 support.