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Alternative approach of downloading videos in Firefox 3

Now you don’t have the luxurious benefit of RealPlayer 11 (see my article How to download online videos using RealPlayer 11) after installing Firefox 3.  Wow, I can hear people using RealPlayer 11 before are bug-eyed, screaming and banging their chairs. Well, the world is not going to end. Here comes the rescue, Firefox Video DownloadHelper add-on. Although most probably you don’t like the idea, but you have to bear with it for now until RealPlayer has an update on its plugin for Firefox 3. The other point is you don’t really want to copy, paste and strip those html things and download your favorites.

Anyhow, it’s your choice.

What can DownloadHelper do for you:

The easy way to download Web videos from hundreds of YouTube-like sites. This works also for audio and picture galleries.

Installation
Install Video DownloadHelper add-on is simple and easy.

How to use
Just browse through the pages as you are used to, when DownloadHelper detects it can do something for you, the icon gets animated and a menu allows you to download files by simply clicking an item

There is another fancy and useful feature that you may want to have, which is to convert the downloaded videos to other formats, read Video Conversion with DownloadHelper for details

Here is the full user manual from downloadhelper.net

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June 26, 2008 Posted by | audio, How Tos, Technology, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Extract Audio From Videos With AoA Audio Extractor

AoA Audio Extractor is a free software program that allows you to pull audio tracks/sound or background music from video files. AoA Audio Extractor supports AVI, MPEG, MPG, FLV (Flash Video), DAT, WMV, MOV, MP4, and 3GP video files, the output can be saved as MP3, WAV and AC3 formats.

You can download from http://www.aoamedia.com/audioextractor.exe

  1. Start AoA Audio Extractor
  2. Press “Add Files” to add your videos or drag-n-drop your videos onto the extractor
  3. Choose your output option as either “To MP3” or “To WAV” or “To AC3”
  4. And set Audio bitrate, sample rate and Channel accordingly
  5. Set the output directory
  6. Press the start button to extract audios

That’s it

June 21, 2008 Posted by | audio, How Tos, Video | , , , | 2 Comments

Tips on overriding your video’s audio

Sometimes you may want replace the original audio of the video with a new one while editing the video. One way of doing that is using Microsoft movie maker. Here is the steps to make that happen

  • Load your video into MMM
  • Drag and drop your movie clip(s) onto Storyboard/Timeline pane
  • Expand video task options in Timeline pane to show video task (Video, Transition and Audio)
  • Right click anywhere in the Audio row of your video and choose mute, this will disable the video’s audio
  • Now you can either Narrating your video or add an audio for your video

You are warned that the whole audio is muted. If you only want to edit some part of the audio, then you will have to extract the audio first, then edit your audio accordingly

June 21, 2008 Posted by | audio, How Tos, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Embed Video/Audio in WordPress 2.5.1

I have been looking for a powerful wordpress audio/video player for long time, I am presently using Audio player for my audios, it turns out decently. I also tried to get vodpod and coolplayer to work for my videos, it seems to me the setup is too much. And I just noticed that WordPress has media support moment ago by playing around with ikool.wordpress.com (this blog) and WordPress 2.5.1, it works pretty well. And I just check WordPress FAQ, there are plenty of instructions as listed below:

Is it amazing?

I also notice that many people are looking for plugins for videos and audios, pretty much like what I was doing and I hope this helps them. One more suggestion is what’s supported in WordPress probably is good enough for your use unless the types of your audios/videos are very special

UPDATE @06/24/2008: insert youtube links won’t work the way it’s supposed to be

June 17, 2008 Posted by | audio, How Tos, Video | , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

How to make ringtones from my CDs

In my previous article, I mentioned how to convert your music collections to MP3, MP4 and AV ringtones using Wavepad. Someone may ask: I have some CDs which I love so much, how can I use my CDs to create my own ringtones?. Well, that’s this post will do, sit straight and keep reading.

First, start Wavepad up. You can download and install it from Wavepad.

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June 16, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Ringtones | , , , , , | Leave a comment

How to make free MP3, MP4 WAV ringtones from your music collections

Most modern cell phones support custom ringtones, googling/yahooing up “ringtones” keyword and you’ll get tons of sites that will charge you a few bucks per tone. Ever thought you can make your own ringtones using your favorite songs/audio files? Even choosing your favorite parts of your favorite songs/audio files instead of getting the fixed ringtones which you may not like that much?

Here I’d like to walk you through the process of creating your own MP3, MP4 and WAV ringtones from your own music collections without paying a penny using WavePad, which you can use for free.

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June 15, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Ringtones | , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments