Showing posts with label video conversion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video conversion. Show all posts

Friday, January 18, 2013

Get Eight Good Mac Apps for Free

Stack Social is currently running a promotion through which you can download eight useful Mac apps for free. The combination of apps would normally cost you $117. I grabbed the bundle of apps because I wanted to try the video conversion app and screen capture app included in the bundle. The bundle also includes the Type Fu typing game which may be of interest to some readers.

To download this bundle of free Mac apps you do have to register for a Stack Social account and Tweet or Like Stack Social on Facebook. It took me about two minutes to complete the registration and social sharing requirement. It's a small price to pay for a nice collection of apps that would otherwise cost you $5 to $30 each.

H/T to Lifehacker.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Try Wistia for Video Hosting and Conversion

Wistia is a video hosting company that I wrote about back in June when they launched their free hosting plan. Until this week I never needed it. This week I needed it because I had some massive video files that I wanted to make available for streaming to people in my Google Drive and the Common Core course. The videos were way too large for YouTube to accept. And even if YouTube would have accepted them, I really wanted a cleaner and more professional-looking solution. So I turned to Wistia this week.

Wistia is not like YouTube and similar video hosting services. It's purpose is to give you complete control over how your videos are found and seen by others. You can't search Wistia for funny cat videos. In fact, you can't search it at all. The way to share your videos is to embed them into your own website or blog. You can control who does or doesn't see your video even when it is embedded by requiring an email address for viewing.

A bonus aspect of Wistia that I didn't know about until I used the service this week is that I can download my videos into a format that will play on the computer that I'm using at the time. I discovered this when I uploaded a WMV file from my Lenovo ThinkCentre then downloaded the video from Wistia to my MacBook Pro as a MP4 file. Pretty sweet, I thought.

Applications for Education
The Wistia free plan is limited to three videos at a time. That's not much, but if you want to have complete control over the distribution of your videos, Wistia is an excellent option. If you have a pre-K or elementary school event that you want to record, but want to have control over the distribution, Wistia might be a good option for you.

Here's Wistia's product intro video.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Try Miro - A Free, Open-Source Video & Music Player

You're probably familiar with iTunes and Google Music, but have you tried Miro? Miro is an open source media player available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. With Miro installed on your computer you can search for, watch, listen to, and download media. You can search multiple video sources including YouTube and Hulu within the Miro player. When you find a video that you like, you can download it and store it in the Miro player (to clarify; downloading of YouTube videos is not allowed).

If you choose to allow it, Miro can search your computer for existing media files to add to your Miro player. The Miro player can also be synced with your Android device. The latest version of Miro has the capability to stream between devices over a local network. The video below offers an overview of Miro.

Applications for Education
Miro provides a great way to download videos to use offline. If you work in a school that blocks most video sites, Miro is a good application to have installed on your laptop. Download the videos you want to show to students at home and then play them back at school regardless of Internet availability. The mainstream media channels on Miro provide thousands of videos relevant to all content areas. 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Free Online Conversion of Many Media Formats

I've written about a number of individual file conversion tools in the past. Most recently I covered video file conversions and PDF to Word conversions. Recently, I discovered a great site that handles video, audio, text, and image conversions all in one place. Online-ConVert handles all of those media formats plus ebook and hash conversion in one central location.

Need to convert a document to HTML from PDF? Online-ConVert does that. Want to convert a video to a new format or download a video from the web? Online-Convert does that too. Do you need to convert an audio file to MP3 or WAV? No problem, Online-Convert has you covered.

One of the features of Online-ConVert that I really liked is found in the video conversion tool. Not only can you change the format of the video, but Online-Convert also allows you to specify the display dimensions of the video you're converting.

Applications for Education
Online-ConVert could be a great resource for teachers who work in schools that use multiple operating systems and need to make media available to all of their students and colleagues regardless of which computer(s) they use. Online-ConVert could also be useful when a student comes to you with a flashdrive containing a document that you cannot open. Finally, Online-ConVert could be used to download videos from the web for classroom use.