January 28th, 2016 by Michael Sauers

Because you can’t get enough of the rains down in Africa, I present you with this Toto video trifecta:

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November 27th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Rebecca Stavick stopped by to tell us all about Omaha’s great tech experiment, Do Space!
Published on Nov 13, 2015

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November 3rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

TEncoder is a open-source multithreaded GUI for FFMpeg, MEncoder and MPlayer.

  • Run up to 16 simultaneous processes and/or make FFMpeg and Mencoder to do internal multithreaded encoding.
  • Rip unprotected DVDs
  • Hard-code subtitles with same name as video using Mencoder
  • Hard-code subtitles tracks (soft-coded subtitles) with MEncoder
  • Download video/audio from YouTube etc
  • 840 device presets
  • Do two passes to improve quality
  • Pass custom options to encoders
  • Extract audio or video
  • Extract parts from file
  • Convert audio files (mp3 to aac etc)
  • Select audio track from files with multiple audio tracks
  • Extract jobs to .bat file so they can be run later
  • Preview files with all options applied
  • Edit/create presets
  • Works under Wine
  • 64bit and 32bit versions available

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November 14th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Harvard Law School Professor Lawrence Lessig interviewed Edward Snowden at Harvard Law School on Oct. 20.

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November 7th, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Marc Abrahams visited Google’s office in Cambridge, MA to discuss his new book “This Is Improbable Too” and the Ig Nobel Prizes.

He has long collected odd, imaginative, and brilliantly improbable scientific discoveries from around the world. In his new book, he investigates research on the ins and outs of the very improbable evolutionary innovation that is the human body (brain included):
– What’s the best way to get a monkey to floss regularly?
– How much dandruff do soldiers in Pakistan’s army have?
– What is the real meaning of the finger?

Marc Abrahams is the editor and co-founder of the science humor magazine Annals of Improbable Research, a weekly columnist for the Guardian, and author of “This is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research”. He is the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes ceremony, which are presented annually at Harvard. @MarcAbrahams www.improbable.com

Published on Oct 23, 2014

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May 1st, 2014 by Michael Sauers

Using Audio & Video in the Library from Michael Sauers

Presented at the Michigan Small & Rural Libraries Conference, Mackinac Island, MI, 1 May 2014

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December 13th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Run Yoga Fusion Class at lululemon West 4thFile under WTF:

On September 23rd, Yoga International broke the news that they (among others) had received a cease-and-desist letter from another website which also offers yoga videos for streaming (soon revealed to be YogaGlo). It turns out, that YogaGlo had filed a patent application for their method of filming online yoga classes, and that some of YI’s early content fell under the broad description in the patent application:

 “…instructor at the head of the classroom with live-participants arranged between the instructor and the camera with a direct line of sight between the camera and the instructor allowing for the viewer participant to have unobstructed views while simultaneously allowing for the viewer participant to have live participants in the periphery, as if the viewer was attending a live class.”

Read the full article @ YogaInternational.com.

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November 5th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Did you know that PowerPoint 2013 can export your presentation to an .MP4 video file including narration and transitions? Just head on over to File|Export and select Create a Video.

PPT2013 Create a Video

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July 19th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Elizabeth Warren and Leader PelosiA viral clip of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ripping into the hosts of CNBC’s “Squawk Box” has been removed from the senator’s YouTube channel.

According to a message on YouTube, NBC Universal requested that the video be taken down on copyright grounds.

A CNBC spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment.

Read the full article and find links to the video where it’s still available @ The Huffington Post.

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May 15th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

ePub logoAnother reason to host video or audio remotely is to give access to multiple formats of the file. EPUB3 has the capability of looking through a series of links and only using the one that works best in a given ereader. Including multiple versions of a video file in an EPUB file would result in unnecessary bloat. (Of course, this is a bit of a moot point in a world in which video and audio in EPUB mostly works in iBooks, but that is changing with Readium, and surely with newer ereaders. The fact that there is no agreed upon codec for video is also an important factor.)

Read the full article (including code examples) @ Pigs, Gourds, and Wikis.

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