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Category Archives: Generally Useful Stuff

Here you will find articles and videos helpful to users of just about any program – Codecs and their settings, editing software, etc.

Terry’s Tech Show #3 – OBS – Including an HOA into the Show and Making Masks

This is the third of a series of tech shows I’ll be presenting weekly. The software being discussed on this show is available at http://obsproject.com and is open source and free. It allows professional switching and composing of scenes with cameras and screen shares together that you can stream into YouTube Live Events among other streaming sites. Continue Reading…

Terry’s Tech Show #1 –
Use OBSproject’s
Open Broadcast Software for YouTube
LiveEvents Streaming
and Video Recording

This video introduces Open Broadcast Software, a free and Open-Source project for layering cameras, windows, images and captured video for streaming to YouTube Live Events and many other streaming services, PLUS it is a serviceable piece of screen recording software on top of that!

 

More info at the YouTube page for this video (click the YouTube logo at the bottom of the video). Be sure to watch full-screen!

CamStudio (and more!) Mind Map

Here is a mind-map I originally researched and created thinking to sell a course on using CamStudio. But soon afterwards, I became the “help desk guy” for this cool, open-source (FREE) software, and although the Open-Source credo allows selling support materials, I just didn’t feel right. So, I started this site, and then produced the CamStudio tutorial video series you see on YouTube today, and several of the videos there now have surpassed 10,000 views! Continue Reading…

Need a Review of Free Video Converters and Encoders?

Whether you are creating your own videos or are only grabbing existing videos from the ‘net and want to watch those on other devices other than your PC, either way you eventually encounter the need to convert your video from the format you have into another format, be that Flash video, MKV (Matroska– a new container rapidly growing in popularity), MP4 H.264 for a multitude of applications, and others using a converter or encoder. I often have to create professional looking files for various clients, so here are my favorite winners and a runner-up that may soon be one of the best free converters out there.

MediaCoder FLV Edition Video ConverterMediaCoder FLV Edition Video Converter

I’ve had luck recently with the free MediaCoder FLV edition Converter (though I actually use it to make MP4s by changing the setting in the top-left drop-down).
http://www.mediacoderhq.com/flv-converter/

Much easier to use (by design) than the full version of MediaCoder and no requirement to pay $15 in order to do bulk conversions. If using for MPEG-4 conversions, be certain to set the H.264 profile to Baseline in the Settings if you want Windows Media Player to work! (click the image to the right for a larger view…)

Of course, Any Video Converter has been popular around here for a while:
http://www.any-video-converter.com/download-freeware/

I’d recommend Freemake Video Converter EXCEPT that it shortened my videos and knocked my sync out of whack, but I’m sure they are working on that. It is nice in that it uses all my cores OR the Nvidia CUDA processing (but don’t use the CUDA option in any converter/encoder for low-bitrate conversions…)
http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

Also, the free Microsoft Expression Encoder is good for some things, especially if you use Windows Movie Maker, of course.
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27870

The good old standby, VirtualDub, can convert to different compression formats but only saves videos as AVI – but that is not a huge limitation, especially considering how versatile this program is.
http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net/

Many of these now include basic editing functions like re-sizing and cropping along with the encoding capabilities. And they all try to make it easy to work with, though some offer greater challenges than others to — but that is often more a component of their power and flexibility.

If you know of any others that you have grown to love, let me know in the comments below!

Terry

Secrets of Camstudio Webinar Replay

Hello!

 

I performed my first ever webinar Saturday, May 28th, 2011 and recorded it so you could watch it later on if you couldn’t attend at the time, or use the recording to review things you may have missed in your notes.

 

Secrets of CamStudio Webinar Replay (Watch full-screen in 720p HD)

This one was a little disjointed in places (’cause I was a little nervous and this was completely impromptu), but the information is very complete and contains the answers to many people’s questions.

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“How To Use CamStudio” Tutorial Video Series Now Available at YouTube!

I finally got these “How to Use CamStudio” tutorial videos up at YouTube! (If you were on my mailing list, of course, you knew about this a couple days ago!)  I’ll be writing additional posts to go into more depth in writing about each, individual video, but below you will find the entire contents, plus… Continue Reading…

Xvid – My Newest “Codec of Choice” – for Games, Webinars or Tutorials!

What I loved first about Xvid had to do with its amazing ability to compress HOURS of video without going over the dreaded 2-GB file size limit for the video portion of an AVI (a limitation imposed by the AVI specification) that CamStudio has to operate under, since it records using the AVI container format.… Continue Reading…