Freeware App: VLC Media Player

VLC media player is a “does it all” multimedia player that can handle an assortment of audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, and so on). It can also deal with DVDs, VCDs, and several streaming protocols.

VLC media player is a “does it all” multimedia player that can handle an assortment of audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, and so on). It can also deal with DVDs, VCDs, and several streaming protocols.

VLC can also be used as a server to stream audio or video in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

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Two Freeware DVD Apps

Here’s a couple of freeware DVD apps that are definitely worth checking out.

First up is DVDShrink. It’s a DVD backup utility. Used with your choice of DVD burning software, it can make a backup copy of any DVD. The problem with making a backup copy of a commercial DVD is that even if you can get around the encryption used for copy protection, which is actually trivial these days, the contents are just too large to fit on standard blank DVD-R disks. DVDShrink solves this problem by compressing the files so that they can fit on a DVD-R.

InfraRecorder is a CD/DVD burning utility that offers features similar to most commercial CD and DVD authoring software. This includes creating and burning data as well as audio disk images. It has the ability to work with both rewritable and multi-session discs. It can also .wav and .iso image files from disks. It also includes InfraExpress, which is a panel of tasks similar those in Nero Express. The big difference is that Nero isn’t freeware and InfraRecorder is.

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Beam Me Up Scotty

The people who do special effects in the movie and television industry will consider this to be no big hairy deal but to me it’s extremely cool. It goes all the way back to when we used to watch Star Trek (TOS).. back in 1966,67 & 68 when it originally aired. My brother and I used to play Star Trek the way other kids played Cowboys & Indians. A lot of other kids didn’t quite get it I suppose, but hey, Neither the Cowboys or the Indians had phasers or transporters.

In any event, in recent days we’ve been playing around with making videos and he’s gotten great at photography. I suppose you can guess… sooner or later one of us had to do it. He worked out how to do the transporter effect.

Not only that, but he did it using all freeware applications. Here’s a link to a post he did that details how to create a star trek style transporter effect using freeware.

Move Over YouTube, GodTube is Here to Stay

I think it’s starting to become a trend, a healthy trend at that, where popular things in modern society find themselves competing against Christian based versions of themselves. For example, in order to provide a Christian friendly online equivalent to MySpace, MyChurch.org was created. In spite of the extreme popularity of it’s secular counterpart, MyChurch.org can boast over 77,000 members with over 51,000 blogs and growing.

These days one of the biggest things around is YouTube. You see videos all over the Internet that are hosted there. Now there is GodTube.com, a Christian equivalent of YouTube that is growing by leaps and bounds. It’s got over 25,000 videos already and more are being added every day.

It’s kind of refreshing really, to have a site like that where you can find Christian oriented material without having to sift through YouTube looking for it.