Convert & Trim DVD video to MPEG-1, freeware style

Download DVD Shrink 3.2 and Flask MPEG 0.594

This procedure assumes: “Files”-type rip of DVD to decrypted VOB using DVD Decrypter

DVD Shrink

  1. Click button Open Files
  2. Navigate to the VIDEO_TS subfolder of the directory that holds the DVD’s decrypted VOB files.
  3. Click button Re-Author
  4. Drag titles from the right-hand pane to the left-hand pane.
  5. To trim: on left-hand pane items, right-click and click Set Start/End Frames…
  6. Set the beginning and ending frames of the segment that you want to keep.
  7. Click button Backup!

Flask MPEG

  1. File >> Open DVD. Find your IFO file made when you trimmed the VOBs
  2. Select the streams you want to include, click Flask this  DVD!
  3. Options >> Global Project Options
    1. Video tab
      1. Frame Size – This dictated the output resolution of the video, as far as quality goes. It does not dictate the viewing size of the video, since this MPEG-1 video is locked in at 352 x 240 for viewing. What this means is that this setting controls video qulity only.
    2. Files tab – set the path and filename for output video.
    3. General Tab
      1. Compiling Time – you can compile the first n frames/seconds of the project, instead of the whole thing. Good for testing settings.
    4. Click OK
  4. Options >> Output Format Options
    1. Video Stream Settings tab – select MPEG-1 and leave the rest defaulted
    2. Program Stream Settings tab – select MPEG-1 and leave the rest defaulted
    3. Audio Stream Settings tab - lower Bit Rate to reduce final file size, and leave the rest defaulted
    4. Click OK
  5. Run… >> Start Conversion
  6. Click Start on the bbMPEG screen that pops
  7. When finished, click Ok on the bbMPEG screen
  8. Test your finished video (segment)

 

Posted under Freeware, Video Editing

Making text “float” around your images using CSS

The CSS property “float”, when applied to an image will cause that image to -float- over to the left or right side of the conatiner they are within. The text flows around the image as you see in magazines and newspapers.

A simple addition to your stylesheet:

img.floatLeft {
float: left;
margin: 4px;
}
img.floatRight {
float: right;
margin: 4px;
}

Then, set the img tag to use the class:

<img class="floatRight">...

Viola!

Posted under CSS, WebDev

This post was written by Content Curator on October 11, 2006

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Easy Post Editing with WordPress

WordPress provides an easy method with which you can update your posts easily as you view them within your site. It is simply logging into your admin area, then viewing your site as a normal visitor. You can edit articles/posts/pages as you view them.

Here’s how:
Login to your site’s Admin area. This is usually something like “http:///www.yoursite.com/wordpress/wp-admin”.
Once logged in you’ll see a link at the top of the admin page that you’re looking at (just following your website name) that says View Site >> . Click It.
Now you’re viewing your website. Simply go view the page that you want to edit. You’ll notice a link below the article that reads Edit or “Edit this entry” or something to that effect.
Just click thet Edit link, and you’re in edit mode. Edit as usual.

Posted under WordPress

This post was written by Content Curator on October 11, 2006

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Outlook XP / 2002 limit of 2 gigabytes on .PST and .OST files

Using Office XP, also called Office 2002, could limit you to a 2 gigabyte file size for postoffice .PST and offline storage .OST files.

Microsoft has posted an article addressing this problem, and it recommends updating to the latest Office XP Service Pack. This was performed on a system today, and the successful SP3 update did not remove the 2 gig limitation.

Posted under Microsoft, Office

This post was written by Content Curator on October 10, 2006

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