Tag Archives: Video Tools

Create Multiple Screenshots Of A Video Using SceneGrabber

SceneGrabber.NET is a windows application that helps you to easily create screenshots of your desired video. As the name goes, it is based on the Microsoft.NET framework. The application’s main objective is to create multiple screenshots of a video.

Where Can It Be Useful?

  • If you are uploading any movie to the torrents, then you could use this application to create multiple screenshots and upload it.
  • Personal videos can be converted into photos.

By default, this application is set to take 30 screenshots of the whole video. However, this can be changed based on the user’s desire. If the number of screenshots is set for 30, then it divides the total lenth of the video into 30 parts and grabs a screenshot of each.

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Also Read: Upload Sceenshots To Flickr Using Social Screen Capture

This has two options. Either you can capture one single screenshot or you can capture multiple screenshots of a video. After capturing the screenshots, you can sort out the photos you want and remove others.

The captured screenshots are combined to a single page and are processed as a single image. The width, height and resolution of the screenshots are all user-defined.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

You can convert a video into multiple screenshots with a single click. As I said earlier in the post, this is useful when you want to post screenshots of a movie, or even convert videos into photos.

On the other hand, instead of processing the screenshots as a single image, processing them as invidual pictures would have been an better and expected feature.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

YouTube Feather Optimized for Speed & Netbooks

Traditional webpages are feature rich and contain a lot of things that could slow down the page. In addition to that, the high definition videos can also play slower and use more power on your PC.

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In an attempt to enhance YouTube for both speed and low power devices like Netbooks, YouTube has launched a new channel called YouTube Feather. When you visit YouTube feather you will immediately notice the boost in speed and less clutter on the site.

YouTube feather limits the amount of comments on the video and disables several features such as video replies, instant sharing and video suggestions.

If you are experiencing difficulties while using the regular YouTube pages, you might as well try out YouTube Feather for better performance.

Have you used YouTube Feather yet? What are your thoughts about it? Do let us know through your comments.

Free AVI to FLV Converter

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Looking to convert AVI files to Flash videos (FLV)? The and open source AVI to FLV converter can come in pretty handy.

FLV Converter will take a AVI file and convert it to the FLV format. In addition to that, it can also extract a specific frame from the video, along with allowing you to customize the FLV video by adding your own logo to it. Want more media tools? Don’t forget to checkout the of Tools to manage your digital life.

Download Free FLV Converter

Automatic Video To MP3 Converter

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Want to extract the music from a video file, but don’t want to install a huge software for it? Video 2 MP3 is a KISS tool, which will allow you to extract audio and store it as a MP3 file.

To extract audio from a video file, just drag and drop the file on the Video2MP3 interface and wait a while till it does its job. No pesky menus, no help files, just plain Jane Video to MP3 conversion.

Download Video2MP3 [via Donation Coder]

Handbrake 0.9.4 released With 64bit Support

Handbrake the multiplatform open source video transcoder for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux which was also mentioned in our 35+ Awesome and Free Software list, has just released version 0.9.4 after almost one year. The new version supports 64bit PCs and includes 1000s of bug fixes and enhancements.

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The major change in the latest version includes a new build system which allows them to easily build 64bit versions of the software. They have also introduced a new soft subtitles system which can be turned on and off.

HandBrake 0.9.4 also includes a new feature called Live Preview which will allow you to encode smaller parts of the clips before you start the entire encoding. In addition to that, they also have better input support, for DVD and non-DVD sources alike and constant quality encoding.

Other than these there are more than 1000 changes done since the last version 0.9.3, you can read all of them here.

Download Handbrake 0.9.4 for your OS [via TUAW]

Vidly: Share High Definition Videos In Twitter from your Mobile and Video Sharing Sites

Earlier we have seen how to share pictures, videos and audio with Twitter friends with Tvider. Vidly is a similar service which lets you upload and share videos with your Twitter friends.. It supports uploading of high definition as well as high resolution video clips.

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There are three ways to use Vidly:

1. Upload video from your computer: Just click the large button Uploadand you can upload any video clip from your computer. It supports all the major video formats such as mp4, avi, mpeg, 3gp, flv, mov etc. After you have chosen your video clip, allow Twitter to grant access to Vidly to post a tweet. Just sign in with your Twitter username and password and type your tweet. After the upload is complete, a shortened link will be shown as tweet containing your message.(also read: record a screencast online and share it on Twitter)

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2. Upload video from your mobile phone: If you want to upload a video from your mobile phone or iphone, Vidly still supports it. Browse to the vidly homepage and select the mobile tab. iphone users can download the iphone app here.

You will be given a private email address at vidly. Just email the video to the private email address and your video will be uploaded.

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3. Share a Video from other video sharing sites: Suppose you have spotted an interesting video at YouTube and want to share it with your Twitter followers. Just place the video link in the import tab and you are done. The same video will be shown in your Vidly profile and a tweet will be thrown in your twitter account.(See example)

Vidly currently supports YouTube, Blip.tv, TwitVid, and Direct URL

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Vidly is way more than just video sharing and they have a lot of options available. Currently, the maximum file size is 1GB and the maximum video length is 20 minutes, which i think would be more than sufficient for most of the users. Above all, it supports all the popular video sharing sites. Vidly works just perfect for tweeples who share videos often.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (very good).

Top 7 Ways To Watch Movies On Internet For Free Legally

Watching movies and browsing Internet are the favorite pass time activities of most of the people of 21st century. Then how does the idea of amalgamation of both the activities sound? Let me make it vivid, I am talking about watching movies on Internet for free. And yes, I am indicating towards all the legal ways. Now, you surely want to read this article to make the best of it. Below is the list of best 7 ways to watch movies on Internet for free:

Hulu

When I say free movies on Internet, there is nothing bigger and better than Hulu. Whether it would movies or TV shows, Hulu has got it all to serve your requirement of a free online TV.

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But the main limitation with Hulu is that it serves only American audience. It is indeed a King Gorilla in America. So if you are an American resident, you can enjoy the Hulu services for free. Visit Hulu.

YouTube Movies

is the first name that pops out of your head whenever you hear the term Online Videosand that it the reason why there are more than 1 billion views on YouTube each day. YouTube hosts number of full length movies, documentaries and TV Shows.

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You can find some geo-restrictions on some of the movies, but overall this is my favorite online movie destination. Visit YouTube Movies.

IMDB

Internet Movie Database popularly known as IMDB offers a huge collection of wonderful movies and TV shows for free. You will be surprised and thrilled by the collection of movies at IMBD. To be precise, it is simply HUGE and so does the tag line says, Earth’s Biggest Movie Database.

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Visitors use IMDB as a trusted movie review destination but the count of the people using IMDB as online movie theatre is not less either. Visit IMDB.

Internet Archives

Internet Archives is the favorite stop of number of people who look for free online movies. And once you use it, it will soon become your numero uno free movie destination too. This portal features a huge collection of movies of almost all genres which include comedy, horror, action and many more.

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I have found Internet Archives as the best place to relish foreign movies. Here is the complete video library of Internet archive.

Free Movies Online (FMO)

FMO is the abbreviation of Free Movies Online. The name itself tells you the story. This is the place where you can watch TV Shows, Cartoons, TV Series for free.

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FMO is one of my favorite destinations for watching movies of all genres on Internet for free because of its classy collection of movies and TV Shows. Visit FMO.

Classic Cinema Online

If you love to watch classic movies, Classis Cinema Online is the portal that you will fall in love with.

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This web site offers you with some wonderful movies which include Action to Westerns and even old cinema shorts and news reels. I recommend this site to your parents, grandparents and every other person who love watching classic movies. Visit Classic Cinema Online.

Film Annex

Film annex allows you to watch as well as download movies on Internet for free. Once you visit the site you will be surprised to witness its huge collection. All the films offered by Film Annex are made by independent directors living in different parts of the planet.

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You can opt to watch them online or download them. If you own an iPhone, then this site can be accessed on your phone also.

These are some of the best web sites where you can watch online movies and TV shows for free. All you need is a computer and Internet connection, and you are on your way to relish some of the mind blasting movies for free. If you are aware of similar web sites which too offer such services, please share them with us. Visit Film Annex.

This is a guest post by Prasanth Chandra from  PCs Place who recently started  Review Unit , a blog about Gadgets, Software, Web apps. Want to guest post for us? Visit the Guest Post information page to read how you can submit guest posts to us.

Bypass Megavideo Time Limit

Update: February 16, 2011 – We have added another way to bypass the Megaupload limit at the bottom of the post.

Sometime back we told you about a trick to bypass the time limits imposed by Megavideo a popular site for watching videos. Megavideo imposes a limit of 72 minutes of continuous video watching till it pops up a alert saying that you need to wait for a certain time before you can watch the video.

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This can be quite annoying when you want to watch longer videos continuously for free. The trick we told you previously helped many users to bypass those limits, however, we came across some new tricks to bypass the limit.

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The first one includes getting a new video URL by visiting Mega Streaming and using it to watch the video instead of the regular Megavideo URL. The second one includes using a called IIIitmux.

You will need to generate the URL and use the add-on before you start watching the video. Have fun watching full videos at Megavideo without interruptions.  Bypass Megavideo time limits [via Life Hacker]

Update: You can now use a new site called http://megaskipper.com/ to bypass the megavideo time limit or 72 minute restriction. The site also provides a Google Chrome extension which you can use to directly open the Megavideo videos in Mega Skipper.

An All In One Audio And Video Converter

Free Video And Audio Converter helps you to convert videos into different formats. It can also rip audio from videos.   This is a simple, yet powerful tool that helps you to finish your work in just three steps!

It supports conversion of videos to various formats like AVI, WAV, WMV, MPEG, FLV, MKV, RM, 3GP, 3GPP2, MOV, iPod video format etc. It helps you to make your videos compatible for YouTube. You can convert videos to different iPod formats and mobile phone formats such as .3gp,.3g2.and MP3.

It also helps you to rip audio from video songs and save it in MP3 or .wav format. And further convert MP3 songs to .wav format.

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As I have seen most of the video converters don’t support .vob conversion. But this tool helps you to even convert .vob files into different formats.

Techie-Buzz Verdict

Free Audio And Video Converter is a great application if you use iPods or mobile phones. It converts videos and songs to different mobile formats.The conversion speed is also pretty good. It can convert 3 min of video to .3GP format (a mobile format) in about 15-20 seconds.

Another interesting feature of this application is audio ripping. It enables you to extract audio from videos.

The Striking Feature: This application is very light and easy to handle. You can convert videos to any format in just three steps: Upload>> Choose The Format>> Click Convert.

Having this converter with you is like having a Swiss Knife. A compact useful tool.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 3/5 (Average)

iTunes 9.0.2 Released. Hey Apple, Can We Have Intelligent Software Updates?

Apple released a new version of iTunes, build iTunes 9.02, the new update supposedly breaks Palm Pre’s sync functionality. In addition to that, iTunes has also added support for Apple TV 3.0.

Coming back to the rant, everytime Apple decides to push a upgrade to iTunes, users have to download almost 100MB of data to their PC, to just upgrade iTunes. And this happens each and  every time Apple releases a update.

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Given the technology team Apple has, can’t it just provide users with intelligent updates? Why should a user have to download the a huge file, just to upgrade something that already exists on their PC or Mac?

I am certainly looking at iTunes alternatives, including DoubleTwist, which is much more better than iTunes.

Do you use iTunes? Have you upgraded the software to the latest version? What do you think about the not so intelligent upgrades provided by Apple?

For those who are interested, here are the new features in iTunes 9.0.2:

  • An improved look and feel, including a new Column Browser for easily browsing your artists or albums, movies, TV shows, and more.
  • iTunes Store has a brand new look, with improved navigation for quick and easy exploration.
  • iTunes LP and iTunes Extras create unique experiences that feature exclusive interviews, videos, photos, and more — available with select album and movie purchases on the iTunes Store.
  • Home Sharing helps you manage your family’s iTunes collection between computers in your home. iTunes can automatically transfer new purchases, or you can choose just the items you want.
  • Genius Mixes are created for you by iTunes and play songs from your library that go great together.
  • iPod and iPhone syncing now allows you to organize your iPhone and iPod touch home screens directly in iTunes. Syncing is now also more flexible, allowing you to sync individual artists, genres, or TV show and Podcast episodes.
  • iTunes U items are now organized into their own section in your iTunes library.
  • Sync with iPod nano (5th generation), iPod classic (Fall 2009), and iPod touch (Fall 2009).
  • iTunes 9 also includes many other improvements, such as HE-AAC encoding and playback, more flexibility with Smart Playlists rules, simpler organization of your media files inside an iTunes Media folder, and more.