Sound and Video Helpers

[This page was last updated 2008/5/29*]



Music Software & Links

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  • Trying out music

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  • MP3 files

    MP3 (also called MPEG-3) is a file format for sound files which compresses the song (or whatever else is recorded) into a compact form which can be played by many different programs, such as Windows Media Player, Winamp, and many others.

    The latest posts on MP3 are available by clicking here.

  • Real Audio .rm, .ra and .smil

    Real Audio files end in .rm, .ra, and .smil and may not actually be music files. The files ending in .ram are usually actual music files. If the size of the file is only 1K, then this is actually a link to a site on the web where the file can be heard, not the music itself. Real Player software is required to use these files, and these files are NOT intended to work with other products. Files would have to be converted first in order to be used with Windows Media Player, and that may not be legal in some cases. Since Real Player may not be available on some computers on campus, it’s usually a good idea to not use Real Audio files in your presentations and anything to be turned in to your instructor.



Video Software & Links

Mashable.com has the Video Toolbox list of online video tools and resources.

The latest posts on Video are available by clicking here.

.avi files – adding a codec to Windows Media Player

This link is from Microsoft, but it is NOT guaranteed by them. The codec for .avi files is XVID MPEG-4 (also called xvid). This is a plugin to be installed in Microsoft Media Player to allow you to see as well as hear .avi files.


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