The Ultimate Start to Finish Guide to Your XBMC Media Center

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Sound, Tutorials, Video | Tags: , , , |

Lifehacker has The Ultimate Start to Finish Guide to Your XBMC Media Center.

Free software and how to use (or create) your hardware for a powerful media center system.

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ALPlayer – Always Play Media Player

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ALPlayer is a general purpose media player.

ALPlayer includes the basic codecs to play most of the movies. For those rare kinds of codecs that are not popularly used, ALPlayer will download the codec from ALPlayer Codec Center then install it for you. With ALPlayer, you do not have to wander around the internet to find the proper codec for your video. ALPlayer will do everything for you.”

“More than just a movie player, ALPlayer has the function to capture audio, video or screen shots to your hard drive.”

Bookmarking and looping available.

Freeware.

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HootSuite – Social Media Dashboard

Posted on March 21, 2011. Filed under: text messaging (SMS), Twitter, WordPress | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

HootSuite is a Social Media Dashboard for Teams using Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, WordPress, Ping.fm.

One stop messaging portal! Free and pay versions.

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DivXLand Media Subtitler

Posted on November 29, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

Got subtitles?
DivXLand Media Subtitler is a freeware subtitling program with one caveat – it only works with Windows Media Player (version 9 or later).

Add subtitles to videos such as oral history interviews, or translations in other languages, or whatever you need to explain.

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TunerFree MCE Beefs Up Your Windows Media Center Streaming Media Selection

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Music - trying out, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lifehacker reviews TunerFree MCE which Beefs Up Your Windows Media Center Streaming Media Selection.

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How To Add More Channels to Windows Media Center’s Program Guide

Posted on October 25, 2010. Filed under: Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

Lifehacker tells you How To Add More Channels to Windows Media Center’s Program Guide.

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Libox: Access Your Media Files Anywhere

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about Libox which will stream your Media Files Anywhere from your computer.

You leave your home computer on, and use this to sync and stream your media (music, video, etc.) to the computer/phone/etc. you’re currently using.

“With LIBOX you can access your media anywhere you have an internet connection. After you installed LIBOX Desktop application on at least one of your computers, go to the LIBOX website and login with your account. You will be automatically redirected to the Web Access interface where you can play your music and view your movies and photos.”

Since it’s coming from your (presumably) legal copy at home, you can legally use it yourself.

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XULPlayer – The universal standalone desktop media player built with XUL

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

XULPlayer is designed to be the universal standalone desktop media player built with XUL on MPlayer.

Features:

  • XUL application, customizable user interface implemented with flexible XUL and JavaScript
  • Based on award-winning MPlayer, with high quality playback and low CPU utilization
  • Playback of following media formats:
    • Audio: MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AAC+, AAC+v2, WMA, RealAudio, MusePack, Speex, FLAC, WavPack, WAV,
    • Video: MPEG 1/2/4, AVI, MP4, MKV, H.264, XviD, DivX, Theora, Flash Video, Windows Media Video, RealVideo, QuickTime
    • Image: JPEG, PNG, GIF
    • Flash
  • Easy multiple playlist access and manipulation
  • Video screenshoting
  • Support for subtitle and lyric
  • Dual-Player Mode – play two audio/video files simultaneous with audio cross-fading
  • Free Internet P2P TV (exprimental)
  • Fully standalone and self-contained – no need to install any codecs or system components
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Data Crow – book & media cataloger

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Data Crow – Cataloger “is the ultimate media cataloger and media organiser. Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customize to your needs? Your search ends here! Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. You can use the excellent online services to retrieve the information instead of typing all the information yourself.”

According to the site:

  • Platform independent and completely portable
  • Highly customizable and feature rich.
  • Audio, software, book, movie and photo collection cataloger.
  • Retrieve information from services like Amazon.com, Imdb.com, Softpedia and MusicBrainz.
  • Optional internal web server and web GUI.
  • Import file information (mp3, divx, xvid, ..)
  • Loan registration.
  • PDF and HTML reporting.
  • Create new modules to, for example, maintain your stamp collection.
  • Available translations: Italian, German, Dutch, English, Spanish and French.

    Data Crow is 100% free and 100% free of ads, viruses and spyware.
    Data Crow runs on any system where Java 1.6 (or higher) from Sun is installed.

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    Simplify Media – Connect Your Music

    Posted on July 17, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Linux, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, MP3, Music, networking, Sound | Tags: , , , , , , |

    Simplify Media is freeware which lets you play your music in iTunes, Front Row, Windows Media Player, or Linux’s Rhythmbox.

    It’s file streaming software for Windows/Mac/Linux systems as well as iPhone/iPod Touch.

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    Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better

    Posted on July 13, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound | Tags: , , , , , |

    Lifehacker has a post on how Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better.

    Songbird is the younger sister application to Firefox and Thunderbird and other Mozilla freeware, and it handles the media playing.

    These add-ons pump up the functionality of Songbird.

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    Windows Essentials Codec Pack for media

    Posted on June 22, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Windows Essentials Codec Pack is”one of the most comprehensive collection of Media Codecs, Filters, Splitters and other tools that will enable you to play 99% of all the movies, music and flash files you download off the internet. WECP also includes a set of powerful filters that can enhance the video quality as well as audio quality and it comes complete with an automatic update service that will keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades as soon as they become available.

    WECP is clean and compact, it has no spyware / adware / or viruses, it’s easy to use and even easier to install / uninstall and it’s published under the GNU GPL open source license so it’s 100% free. But more importantly, it was especially designed to fix the many errors and software conflicts caused by other codec packs which routinely install obsolete or overlapping codecs, and it’s guaranteed to keep your to keep your computer up-to-date with the latest software upgrades.”

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    Lifehacker’s Five Best Media Center Applications

    Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    Lifehacker’s poll on the Five Best Media Center Applications has the results in.

    • XBMC (Windows/Mac/Linux/Xbox/Apple TV)

    • Boxee (Mac OS X/Apple TV/Linux)

    • Windows Media Center (Windows/Xbox 360)

    • SageTV (Windows/Mac/Linux)

    • MythTV (Linux)

    … along with some info on capabilities.  Some of these are freeware; others allow free trials.

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    Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better

    Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music, Sound, Video, viewers | Tags: , , , , , |

    Lifehacker has a post on how Killer Add-ons Make Songbird So Much Better.  Songbird is an open source media player.

    Like Firefox and other open source software, Songbird has the ability to accept some useful addons which greatly improve the ability of this player to handle music and video easily and conveniently.

    iPod, QuickTime, and Windows Media playback, streaming players, extra info for what’s playing, and more.

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    MEDIAPORTAL is a free media center

    Posted on February 8, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Windows, Music, networking, Sound, Video, viewers, Windows Vista, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

    MEDIAPORTAL is an open source program to do much of what Windows Media software does on the “ultimate” version of Windows.

    MediaPortal turns your PC / TV into a very advanced MediaCenter / HTPC. [Home Theater PC]  Our software allows you to listen to your favorite music & radio, watch and store your videos and DVDs, view, schedule and record live TV as a digital video recorder and much much more. You get MediaPortal as Open Source software. This means you can help in developing MediaPortal or tweak it for your own needs with lots of innovating plugins from our great community.

    So if you’re worried that you missed out by not upgrading to that fancier Windows package, this may cover some of what you missed.

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    Lifehacker’s Five Best Media Converters

    Posted on December 7, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video, YouTube | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Lifehacker has a group of its Five Best Media Converters.

    We’ve all been there: you’ve downloaded an episode of your favorite TV show to watch on your commute or stream to your living room, but the file you downloaded isn’t supported on the device you want to use it with. Once a significant obstacle to enjoying your media anywhere, this problem is easily solved by any number of free media converters. On Wednesday we asked you to share your favorite media converters, and today we’re back with the five most popular answers.”

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    FormatFactory media file converter

    Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    FormatFactory “is a multifunctional media converter that supports video conversion from/to MP4/3GP/MPG/AVI/WMV/FLV/SWF and audio formats MP3/WMA/MMF/AMR/OGG/M4A/WAV, JPG/BMP/PNG/TIF/ICO. MP4 files support iPod/iPhone/PSP/BlackBerry format.Version 1.48 adds “all to MP2” method, “5.1 Stereo” conversion option, “Source Audio Channel Select” conversion option…”

    For Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.

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    MediaCoder converts media files

    Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, MP3, Music, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    MediaCoder is a “free universal batch media transcoder, which nicely integrates most popular audio/video codecs and tools into an all-in-one solution. With a flexible and extendable architecture, new codecs and tools are added in constantly as well as supports for new devices. MediaCoder intends to be the swiss army knife for media transcoding in all time and at this moment, it already has millions of users from 170+ countries all over the planet.”

    In other words, you can convert all sorts of media from one type of file to another: wav files to MP3, etc. It also might be able to save a corrupted file.

    • Improving compression / reducing size for audio/video files
    • Converting for audio/video playback devices (digital audio player, MP4 player, mobile phone, PDA, PSP, VCD/DVD player etc.)
    • Extracting audio tracks from video files
    • Ripping audio/video discs
    • Reparing corrupted or partial downloaded video files


    Supported Fomats

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    Getmac is for networking, not Apples

    Posted on May 20, 2008. Filed under: Hardware, networking, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

    When you are working with networks, it helps to have the Media Access Control (MAC) address of your computer network card.

    The easy way to find it in XP is using the getmac command, but there are some additional features available.

    Internet Fixes has instructions on the getmac command.

    Another method is to use the command for ipconfig:

    1. Click on the Start button
    2. Click on Run
    3. Type ipconfig/all
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    How to record streaming media

    Posted on April 14, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Freeware/Shareware, Help, Sound, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , |

    Gizmo Richards’ TechSupport Alert newsletter has an article on how to record streaming media.

    Note that while this may be possible under fair use for students in a one-time use for a paper or presentation, it is not appropriate for more than one use if the material is copyrighted.  A better way is to embed a link in your presentation that will download and play the media at the right time.

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