Facebook Video Auto Play

Nothing is more infuriating that going to a website with a video playing on the background. That is what Facebook is exactly doing. They are now playing videos on pages that you open. Sounds like they are more concerned more about counting their video views than the actual user experience. At least they’re trying to be nice by muting the audio if you scroll down past the video. Facebook is giving you the option to have the volume ON automatically, but why would you do that? If you don’t want videos playing in the background at all, you can turn it OFF by going to the Settings and setting Auto-Play Videos to Off. That’s what I would do.

iPad 2 Is Here

Oh yes. The iPad 2 is here. What you need to know in 100 words or less. It’s thin, it comes with a new dual-core A5 CPU, two colors: black or white, you have choice between AT&T or Verizon, front and rear cameras, a HDMI output, a foldable cover that doubles as a stand, runs on iOS 4.3, and it’s the same price as before. Yea! Now if you need to know the nitty gritty of the new iPad 2, I suggest you visit the Apple website and learn more about it. In the meantime, enjoy the video below.

OpenShot: Video Editor For Linux

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux licensed under the GPL version 3.0. OpenShot can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats. Download OpenShot.

If you’ve been looking for a video editor for Linux, give it OpenShot a try.

A Great HTML5 Resource

There are hundreds of HTML5 resources on the Internet. One of my favorite is Dive Into HTML5. If you want an excellent introduction to HTML5, this is a good place to start. It’s written by Mark Pilgrim where he dissects all facets of HTML5 into ten chapters.

He starts out with a brief history of HTML, followed by how to detect HTML5, the details of the head elements, the markup, canvas, video, geolocation, local storage, offline applications and forms. The website also includes an Appendix of HTML5 elements.

This is an excellent read for those wanting to jump in and learn HTML5 quickly. If you want a hard copy, I recommend two books. One book is by Mark Pilgrim’s called, “HTML5: Up and Running.” The other is a book by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp’s called, “Introducing HTML5.”

WinFF A Free Video Converter

I spoke highly about FFMPEG in 3 separate occasions. Last night, I downloaded a program called WinFF, a Windows GUI for the command line video converter FFMPEG. The program will convert most any video file that FFmpeg will convert.

WinFF does multiple files in multiple formats at one time. You can for example convert mpeg’s, flv’s, and mov’s, all into avi’s all at once. WinFF is available for Windows 95, 98 , ME, NT, XP, VISTA, and Debian, Ubuntu, Redhat based GNU/Linux distributions.

This reason I was looking for a Windows GUI version of FFMPEG because I wanted to use Windows Movie Maker. I had a video in MPG4 format that was not supported by Windows Movie Maker. I figured I need to convert from MPG4 to WMV format.

So, I ended up downloading WinFF. The program is simple and intuitive. I was able to convert from MPG4 to WMV in no time. WinFF is an awesome program that anyone should have in their arsenal.

WinFF is published under the GNU public license. Download.

JW Flash Video Player 5

If you like to post videos on your blog, one option is to use JW Player 5 from LongTail Video. It gives you the ability to play FLV, H.264/MPEG-4, MP3 and YouTube videos from your blog. You can install several WordPress plugins that support videos, but WordPress plugins tend to slow down your blog if you have several of them installed. Running the JW Player directly from your site gives you the flexibility. You can apply different skins and plugins to it. In addition, you can monetize it by running your own ads. How popular amd stable is JW Player? Well, a little company named YouTube used it as their first player back in 2005. JW Flash Video Player is free. Learn more.

Video Subtitles Editor

Most of us who make videos resort to our old Windows ways when it comes to editing videos, placing subtitles, etc. Well, there are several Linux applications that are available for free. Mygnulinux.com shares with us several programs that do just that. They are: Ksubtitleripper, a KDE-based application, OGMRip and Avidemux.

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