Tag: video

Viewing Anamorphic Widescreen Videos in VLC Media Player

Here’s a quick tip if you’ve got old DVDs that you’ve ripped to video files. The DVD format used to squeeze widescreen video into the legacy 4:3 aspect ratio in order to be compatible with the video formats used on older televisions. This legacy resolution was used given the relative but declining popularity of older …

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Reduced Colour Depth When Using Remote Desktop

Here’s a quick tip if you happen to use remote desktop. If you’ve got a monitor of particularly high resolution (such as 2560 x 1440 in the case of my monitor at work) then modern desktop or laptop computers should have little problem driving the pixels necessary to make it work properly. However, if you …

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CPU Enhanced Halt, DPCs and Audio Stuttering

DPC Latency Checker - DPC uninhibited system

For a while, my desktop computer has been having issues with audio stuttering and I’ve undertaken things such as downgrading VLC (which helped a bit) and also updating the audio and network drivers on my desktop computer (which also helped a bit but didn’t completely eliminate the issue). I found that network activity tended to …

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How to Handle Movement of Source Video Files in Windows Live Movie Maker

Just a heads up for those of you using Windows Live Movie Maker to edit your own videos. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been shooting and editing a video for work about my digital profile (which ended up being a digital conversationalist). My video editor of choice has always been Windows Live Movie …

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Download Password Protected Online Videos

A while ago I recommended KeepVid as a great tool to download videos from popular video streaming sites including YouTube, DailyMotion, Google Video, Megavideo, Metacafe and Vimeo. However, KeepVid doesn’t work if the content is password protected or restricted in its ability for the general public to access it. If you do need to download a …

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Fix Choppy Audio in VLC Player

Update: If this doesn’t work for you then read this post. For a long time, VLC has been one of the well regarded media players with its ability to play almost any audio and video format without having to install special codec packs. It’s relatively small size in terms of disk space consumption and memory …

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Panasonic Lumix FT3 Unboxing

For those of you who have been following the blog you might have read that I joined the Panasonic Insider Crew late last year and, more recently, became an Insider Guru. From time to time, I’ll get my hands on some Panasonic gadgets and I’ll also share my thoughts and experiences with you so you …

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Easily Resize Your Windows with Sizer

Sizer Configuration Window

Particularly for the web designers there comes a time when you need to view your content in a variety of different resolutions. This often needs to be done to ensure that a webpage displays and works correctly in lower resolutions where screen real estate can often be at a premium. Otherwise, capturing video of a …

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YouTube Selectively Removing Video Length Restrictions

YouTube - Video File Upload Message

Last week when I was uploading the unboxing video for the Nintendo 3DS to YouTube I noticed the following message up the top of my browser window: “Congratulations! Your account is now enabled for uploads longer than 15 minutes. Click the Upload button below to select a video.” In the past, I have run up …

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iOS 4.2.1 iPad Bug – Background Video Playback Broken

After coming back from a holiday in Cairns (where I had forgotten to pack my earphones and putting a dampener on my ability to listen to my podcasts) I updated my iPad to iOS 4.2.1 to finally access features that had been available on the iPhone for months – primarily the folders feature so I …

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