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[personal profile] brainwane
Ashley Blewer, an archivist specializing in moving images and a software developer, created a website, "ffmprovisr", to make it easier for you to use the program ffmpeg.
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.

Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.

FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
  • Change codecs (transcode)
  • Change formats
  • Filter stuff
  • Create GIFs and thumbnails
  • Normalize/equalize audio
  • Read/extract captions
  • Make test patterns
  • Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
  • Join or split files
  • Play an image sequence


I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!
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[personal profile] echan
These are the results of the 2015 Vidding Tools census! There a large range of useful info here, from a diverse range of vidders.

Some items are listed under more than one section -- that's not an error, many tools are flexible and different vidders use them in different ways.

Enough with the intro, on to the DATA! )
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The OTW's Fan Video & Multimedia Committee is once again working with the Legal Committee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation to petition for a DMCA exemption granting vidders, AMV makers, and other creators of noncommercial remix video the right to break copy protection on media files. In 2010, we won the right to rip DVDs; in 2012, we got that exemption renewed and expanded to include digital downloads (iTunes, Amazon Unbox, etc.). In 2015, we'll be pushing to add Blu-Ray—and, of course, to renew the exemptions we've already won in the last two rounds of DMCA rulemaking.

And we need your help to do it! If you make or watch vids, AMVs, or other forms of fan video, we need you to tell us:

1. Why making fan videos is a transformative and creative act;
2. Why video makers need high-quality source;
3. Why video makers need to be able to manipulate source (change speed and color, add effects, etc.);
4. Why video makers need fast access to source (such as using iTunes downloads rather than waiting for DVDs);
5. Why video makers need to be able to use Blu-Ray;
6. Why video makers need to be able to use streaming sources; and
7. Anything else you think we should keep in mind as we work on the exemption proposal.

ETA: We're also looking for vids that we should add to the Fair Use Test Suite, and we'd love to have your suggestions.

If you have thoughts about any or all of these topics, you can comment on this post OR contact me (Tisha) directly at tisha dot turk at gmail dot com or fanvideo-chair at transformativeworks dot org, or email the Legal Committee at legal at transformativeworks dot org. You don't have to use your real name; we can use your name or pseudonym or describe you anonymously as "a vidder" or "a fan video artist."

The DMCA is U.S. copyright law and only directly affects U.S. vidders, but it does potentially have ripple effects outside the U.S.: Strong DMCA exemptions help send the message that fan creativity should be protected everywhere. With that in mind, please feel free to send your thoughts even if you don't live in the U.S.

Also, please help us signal-boost! This info is being posted to LiveJournal and Dreamwidth communities and on Tumblr; if you can think of other places the OTW should post, please let me know—and if you can spread the word in your own communities, on streaming sites, etc., please do.

[Mods, would it be possible to get a tag related to copyright or the DMCA?]
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Hi everybody,

I hope someone here can help me.

I'm so furious! A while ago I bought a new computer, a HP Probook 470. So far so good. Today I wanted to watch a Region 1 DVD (I live in Europe) and I couldn't do it. I wasn't even asked if I wanted to switch region codes, it used to be the case that you could do that a number of times. (But even if I could do that, I wanna watch more than 3 DVDs in the future...) Anyway, I decided to rip the DVD like I had done before and that didn't work either, according to the error message because of the DVD drive and the region code. My brother can watch and rip the DVD fine on his computer even though he too is Region 2, of course.

Now I figure I'll have to get an external DVD drive if I ever wanna watch my Region 1 DVDs (for which I paid!) again. Any suggestions? I really don't wanna spend the money only to face the same problem. Would a Blueray drive make sense? Or could I buy a region 1 drive? Would that be compatitable with my notebook?

Thank you so much in advance for any advice you can give me!!!
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[personal profile] par_avion
FYI - [twitter.com profile] politicalremix tweets:

"Looks like Tune4Mac app DOES work with the iTunes 10.6 update. Great news for ripping bought/rented HD movies which aren't available on disc."
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[personal profile] damned_colonial
[personal profile] wired has offered to clip some footage for me for a vid, but she's on Windows and I don't know what tools to point her at. Can anyone point me at some newbie resources/free tools/etc for her?
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[personal profile] par_avion
WinX DVD Ripper for Mac

WinX DVD Ripper for Mac is an all-in-one DVD ripper designed to make perfect 1:1 DVD copy to hard drive and rip your DVD movies on Mac OS to iTunes, MOV, MP4, FLV, etc that playable on iPad, iPod, iPhone, Apple-TV, PSP and much more. It also supports extracting music from the DVD files and saving as MP3 format.

Requires: Mac OS X Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard (and apparently Intel chips).

There were some problems with the activation code earlier but I have just successfully DLed and activated the program.

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