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Archive for the ‘Multimedia’ Category



Ringtones

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Q:
Can you give me some information on transferring ringtones from my computer to my cell phone?

A:
There is a lot of information out there about this topic, so I will just give you a basic overview. First of all, just in case some don’t know, a ringtone is the sound a cell phone makes when someone receives a call. It’s just like the ringer on your… Continue reading

How to Share Videos

Friday, April 14th, 2006

How to Share Videos

So, you finally got that video off of your digital camera and on to your computer. Maybe it was from a family event or a night on the town with a bunch of friends. But, it had been sitting there on your camera for weeks and everyone else was dying to see it.

Now that the video is ready to go, the question is: how do… Continue reading

Name Those Tracks

Friday, March 24th, 2006

Name Those Tracks

Do you often listen to CDs on your computer? Maybe you just need to hear your favorite song to get you through the day at work, or you might just like to listen to music while you’re cleaning your house or just relaxing.

If you do, an easy way to keep all your CDs straight is to make playlists for them. Once you do that, every time… Continue reading

Burn Videos to a CD? Maybe Not!

Friday, January 13th, 2006

Q: I would like to know if there is a way to burn videos to a CD with a regular burner?

A: Well….you could… but I don’t know if you’d want to do that.

DVDs are optimized to store the massive amounts of data that a movie holds. They can hold up to 25 times more information primarily because you can record on both sides. It’s also 9 times… Continue reading

Codec or codecs defined

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

Have you ever tried to play a movie or audio file, only to be met with a message saying that you need to download a codec? What IS a codec, anyways?

The word Codec stands for either Coder-Decoder or Compressor-Decompressor, depending on who you ask. There are audio, text, and video codecs. They’re used to coordinate the

VoIP defined phone internet service

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Megan from Ashtabula asks:

What is VoIP, exactly?

That’s an easy one, Megan!

In addition to being fun to say (go on, try it!), VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. It’s a method for sending voice over the Internet using TCP/IP packets. You may have heard of VoIP phone service

Shift to Disable Autorun

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Q:
Whenever I put a CD into my computer it automatically opens Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc. and starts playing. How do I stop this from happening!?

A:
So you want to start the music on your terms, eh? Well, that’s easy enough. Just hold down the Shift key when you insert a CD and you’ll bypass Autorun, allowing you to manually choose when your… Continue reading

Spaceship Radio

This site hosts a show that plays public domain Sci/Fi radio plays from the 1940’s and 1940’s.

You’ll find the latest show in the series at the top of the front page. Below that is the news and recent articles. Click Listen Now to listen to the episode, err, now! :) Clicking this link will download the file into your browser and then play it. You… Continue reading

Podcast 102

Monday, October 24th, 2005

Podcasts, part 2

Yesterday, we talked a bit about what podcasts are and where to find them. Today we’ll learn a little more about my favorite way to let my computer entertain me while I work and drive! Almost everything in podcasting is done in several different ways by different podcasters and services, so please excuse all the generalities in this article!

Let’s talk about how podcasts (or webcasts, netcasts… Continue reading

Web Design Workshop: The Sounds of Music

Monday, September 26th, 2005

In a Previous tip, I went on and on about the perils of having music play automatically when you design your website. Now, of course, I’m being inundated with questions about how to put music on your site. I should have seen that coming. Okay. I’ll tell you, as long as you promise to give the viewer the choice to listen to it or not.

First, let’s… Continue reading

What are .mp3s?

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Q:
What are mp3s? I keep hearing about them.

A:
Audio files can be saved in different formats that have different file extensions, just like picture files (.jpg, .gif.). Loosely speaking, you can think of .mp3 as the .jpg of audio. It’s a format for saving sound files.

The .mp3 file extension stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3. MPEG, in turn, stands for Motion Picture Experts… Continue reading

Multisession burning

Friday, September 16th, 2005

When you burn a data CD, most burning software will allow you to add more data to that CD later. It’s called “Multisession burning.” Keep in mind that this won’t work with audio CDs. ~Chris Fisher… Continue reading

Mega Music Disk

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

If you have a DVD burner in your computer and a home DVD player that will play mp3 files then you can make a disk with about 50 hours of music!

Since DVD-R disks can hold around 4.7 GB of data, that means you can select about 1000 mp3 files through your DVD burning software and create one mega music disk.

This also gives you a back-up of your songs… Continue reading

Default Media Players

Saturday, August 20th, 2005

Q:
Is there a way to specify which music players and programs handle different media file types?

A:
If you have several players and you want different players for different media file types, you should go into the settings for each individual player. For instance: I can tell MusicMatch Jukebox to be the default for my MP3’s, Windows Media Player to handle WAV’s, and WinAmp to do MIDI.… Continue reading

Microphone Won’t Work

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

Q:
I plugged in a microphone to my computer but I can’t hear anything. How can I get it to work?

A:
It could be that the microphone is muted or not turned up.

Just double-click the little speaker in the system tray (down by the clock). You may see a slider control for the microphone. If not, then go to Options/Properties and check off “Microphone”. It should… Continue reading

DVD Region Settings

Saturday, June 18th, 2005

DVD’s have different region codes. Region 0 play on all DVD players, Region 1 in USA and Canada, Region 2 is Japan & Europe, Region 4 covers South America—there are places online to find more detailed listings, but you get the point. A region 2 DVD will only play on a region 2 DVD player while a region 1 will not.

If you have a DVD player in your computer… Continue reading

Windows Sound Recorder

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Sound Recorder

Did you know that Windows has a sound recorder that allows you to record and listen to WAV files? The up side is that you can record voice messages and audio coming through your sound card. The down side is that it only records for 60 seconds at a time (but you can stitch them together). Great for clips and noises you want to use in… Continue reading

Audio CD’s: Data vs. Music CD-R’s

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Q:
I make music CD’s that I play on a regular CD player. Should I use regular data CD-R’s or should I use the kind specified for music?

A:
I’ve never had a problem using regular data CD-R’s to make music CD’s. Some brands work better than others and I have heard of people that can’t get them to play in their stereo.

As for your question, I… Continue reading

Download: CDex

Saturday, January 22nd, 2005

I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but for me it seems like I need my music in a different format every now and then. For example, I was making some slide shows for my family with all the digital photos I took over the year. Everything was moving along at a steady clip until it came time to put some music in. The program I was… Continue reading

Multiple Downloads

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

Ever wonder if you can do more than one download at a time? Well, you can! In fact, Firefox will allow multiple downloads “out of the box”.

Internet Explorer, on the other hand, will only allow two simultaneous downloads. What kind of geek downloads just two files at a time? Geeze! Sure it’s better than just one, but definitely a bummer if you’re on a high speed connection. Well, here’s… Continue reading

Speaker Arrangements

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Are you a sound fanatic? Do you have your computer hooked up for surround sound or at least have multiple speakers? Well, if you tell Windows about your sound configuration, you’ll probably enjoy your speakers even more. Here’s how:

1. Click the Start button, Control Panel , then open the Sounds & Audio Devices icon.

2. Under the Audio tab, click the Advanced button… Continue reading

Choosing Computer Speakers

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

It used to be that choosing speakers for your computer was an easy task because there weren’t really any options to choose from. Sound was typically an afterthought and most speakers made for computer use weren’t exactly what you would call “ear candy”.

That has all changed now. Many well-respected audio/video speaker manufacturers have gotten into the computer speaker game. It is

What are Easter Eggs

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Easter eggs are special little extra tidbits or surprises programmers put into their programs. It usually involves doing some strange things (usually hitting an odd key combination at a specific time) in a program to see a little bonus surprise. Recently, many movies on DVD and video games began including these bonus features. Just do a websearch for the name of your favorite recent movie or game and “Easter egg”… Continue reading

Sound(s) Fun!

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Sound(s) Fun!

Want to have a little fun with your sounds?!

XP users will once again go to Start , then Control Panel . Click on the Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices link.

On the next screen, you’ll see an icon for Sounds and Audio Devices under “or pick a Control Panel Icon”, click there.

A screen should pop up that lets you change your sound scheme or create… Continue reading

New Wave

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

New Wave

OK, you’ve downloaded some wave files and you would like to use them in your sound scheme. How do you do it? Well, it’s easy!

1. First, click your Start button, Settings , Control panel (XP users, hit the Start button, Control Panel ). You should see an icon for either Sounds or Sounds & Audio Devices . Double-click it.

2. A screen will be displayed that allows… Continue reading

Cranky CDs

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Have you ever been playing a game and it seems like your computer is having a hard time reading the CD? You can hear it speed up, slow down, speed up… you know what I mean.

This can be caused by several different problems.

First off, if it only does it with one CD, you may want to check

CD-ROM drives speeds

Monday, November 15th, 2004

Q:
I see CD-ROM drives speeds listed at 24x, 32x, etc. What does that mean?

A:
It means that the CD-ROM drive is that many times faster than the original Proto-CD-ROM drive from caveman times. Just how fast was that? Well, the original CD drive transferred data at a rate of 153,600 bits per second (bps). If you have a CD-ROM drive that has a read speed of… Continue reading

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