18 April 2014

Earn Money Writing: 4 Tips For Pitching A Great Guest Blog Post



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In an article last week, I gave you 6 tips on how to kickstart your guest blogging career. But getting your name out there and getting friendly with other bloggers isn’t the only thing you need to do — you also need to a great pitch. These four tips will help you develop one that’s really effective. What’s A Pitch? A guest-post pitch is just like a client, product, or story pitch — it’s a short presentation (or, in this case, an e-mail) that will show the blog owner that you have a great idea and that it’s worth pursuing....


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4 Ways to Monitor The Search Engine Health Of Your Site



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When you’re on a road trip, it’s nice to know where you are on a map, and how far you’ve got left to go until your destination. The same is true with your website. If your goal is to achieve the most traffic possible, you want to know if you’re achieving that goal, or if you’re headed for the cliff. There is nothing more disturbing for a website owner or blogger to one day check Google Analytics only to discover that most of the site’s traffic has disappeared, and there’s no clue anywhere as to why it even happened. If...


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Facebook Likes Brands, Siri Superpowers, Twitter Parody Police Raid [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, why you should stop liking brands on Facebook, Siri secures superpowers, Facebook finds Nearby Friends, shocking Lumia 2520 sales, Office Online in Chrome, and a Twitter parody gone wrong. PSA: Stop Liking Brands On Facebook If you want to preserve your right to sue a brand for any reason then you should resist the temptation of Liking them on Facebook. This is due to new clauses in terms of service which potentially protect brands from litigation if a customer has interacted with that brand in any way. The New York Times cites General Mills as...


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Facebook Likes Brands, Siri Superpowers, Twitter Parody Police Raid [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, why you should stop liking brands on Facebook, Siri secures superpowers, Facebook finds Nearby Friends, shocking Lumia 2520 sales, Office Online in Chrome, and a Twitter parody gone wrong. PSA: Stop Liking Brands On Facebook If you want to preserve your right to sue a brand for any reason then you should resist the temptation of Liking them on Facebook. This is due to new clauses in terms of service which potentially protect brands from litigation if a customer has interacted with that brand in any way. The New York Times cites General Mills as...


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EasyUEFI: Edit UEFI Boot Entries In Windows 8.1



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When it comes to editing boot entries and managing multi-boot Windows entries, EasyBCD is definitely the best software out there. The EasyBCD software not only enables you easily create and edit boot entries but also lets you perform various other tasks such as backup or repair BCD, create bootable USB, and boot from USB even […]

Amazon Combines Kindle Personal Documents With Cloud Drive



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Anyone who uses a Kindle eReader knows the utility of the “Send To Kindle” feature. Click it (or email) and send documents, selected text from webpages, and even your own DRM free ebooks straight to the eReader. Amazon will now automatically archive all personal documents sent to Kindle in a new “My Send-to-Kindle Docs” folder on Amazon Cloud Drive. This can be a user-friendly location to organize and manage all your documents in one central location that’s reachable from all devices. The automated folder also comes with another side benefit — the 5GB of storage allocated to Kindle device owners...


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17 April 2014

Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen



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Print Screen is a term that lost its original meaning decades ago. Back in the MS-DOS era, before computers had graphical user interfaces, the Print Screen key would indeed send the contents of the current screen to the printer. Today, the Print Screen button triggers a screenshot, meaning it captures a still of your screen and temporarily stores it in the clipboard. Actually printing a screenshot takes a few more steps. In return, this offers opportunities for editing and optimizing the image. Combine that with shortcuts and third party software and you have a powerful tool of the 21st century...


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Multiple Ways To Capture Or Print What You See On Your Screen



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Print Screen is a term that lost its original meaning decades ago. Back in the MS-DOS era, before computers had graphical user interfaces, the Print Screen key would indeed send the contents of the current screen to the printer. Today, the Print Screen button triggers a screenshot, meaning it captures a still of your screen and temporarily stores it in the clipboard. Actually printing a screenshot takes a few more steps. In return, this offers opportunities for editing and optimizing the image. Combine that with shortcuts and third party software and you have a powerful tool of the 21st century...


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7 Tiny Things You Can Do In A Few Minutes For Your Writing Creativity



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Ideas are fun. Writing is sweat. Ideas are like the fleeting romances in our fantasies. Writing is the marriage. It is the hard work. Writing is waking up in the morning and putting pen to paper. Writing is going to work. If you like writing as a creative exercise, then you can find comfort in that old cliché that says, creativity is knowledge having fun. The exercise of putting words to paper will feel less dreary then. Still unconvinced? Don’t worry; with little steps you can spur your writing creativity. To most of us, creativity doesn’t happen overnight. It needs...


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Office Online Tries To Push Google Docs Aside On Chrome



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Microsoft is starting to frequently jump onto other operating systems with their products lately. First they brought Office onto the iPad after a long wait, and now they have put Office Online in the Chrome Web Store. Right now, these Chrome extensions consist of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote. So bad news so far to all Access and Publisher fans. Just to be clear though – what this all amounts to are only bookmarks to Office Online, Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs. When you install these Chrome plugins, all you really get are nice shiny new bookmarks on...


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Office Online Tries To Push Google Docs Aside On Chrome



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Microsoft is starting to frequently jump onto other operating systems with their products lately. First they brought Office onto the iPad after a long wait, and now they have put Office Online in the Chrome Web Store. Right now, these Chrome extensions consist of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and OneNote. So bad news so far to all Access and Publisher fans. Just to be clear though – what this all amounts to are only bookmarks to Office Online, Microsoft’s answer to Google Docs. When you install these Chrome plugins, all you really get are nice shiny new bookmarks on...


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5 Top Tips for Managing Your Media Center Library



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Shows that don’t exist anymore showing up. Shows you wish would show up that don’t. Movie posters from the remake, instead of the original. If your media center is a mess, here’s how to clean it up. All-in-one media center software is great, in that it can scan your many files and offer things like cover art and episode summaries. But this can get annoying, quickly, if the wrong information shows up – or if a show refuses to import. Here are some tips for keeping things clean. This article was written with XBMC in mind, but most of it...


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PowToon Makes It Easy To Create Animated Videos And Slideshows



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There’s something special about animation. It has a wonderfully potent ability to capture the attention of people by drawing them in – in a way that the written word, and live action video simply cannot. There’s a reason why some of the longest running TV franchises (with Family Guy, The Simpsons and South Park being three very good examples) are animations. There’s something unambiguously magical about the format. Indeed, as a marketing tool, animation has no equal. Some of the most iconic advertising campaigns have been animations. The problem is that it’s remarkably expensive to create compelling animations. You need...


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Stamp Out Junk Mail: 4 Tips To Stop Unwanted Snail-Mail



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The only things worse than junk mail are paying taxes, having a colonoscopy, and passing a kidney stone. Yes, I hate junk mail that much. Junk email is bad enough, but at least thanks to the wonders of technology, most modern email clients are highly skilled at identifying and routing spam mail into a special spam mail folder that you can promptly nuke to the trash bin every now and then. Traditional snail-mail junk on the other hand? Not so easy. In 1775, the American government appointed the first postmaster General. Seems pretty long ago, but over in Europe, the...


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Support For Windows XP, Google Camera App, First Heartbleed Arrest [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Custom Support for Windows XP, Google Camera app, first Heartbleed arrest, personalized Microsoft Bing, Tuckaway Stand on Kickstarter, Samsung vs. Steve Jobs’ ghost, and Super Mario wine. Microsoft Slashes Support Prices For XP IRS (uncle Sam) will pay millions to MS for custom XP support ~ is it so hard to move on?? #wow — Umair Aziz (@umairazizz) April 13, 2014 Microsoft may have ended support for Windows XP installs used by the general public, but it isn’t above extending that support for organizations willing to pay for the privilege. And, according to Computerworld, it...


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Support For Windows XP, Google Camera App, First Heartbleed Arrest [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Custom Support for Windows XP, Google Camera app, first Heartbleed arrest, personalized Microsoft Bing, Tuckaway Stand on Kickstarter, Samsung vs. Steve Jobs’ ghost, and Super Mario wine. Microsoft Slashes Support Prices For XP IRS (uncle Sam) will pay millions to MS for custom XP support ~ is it so hard to move on?? #wow — Umair Aziz (@umairazizz) April 13, 2014 Microsoft may have ended support for Windows XP installs used by the general public, but it isn’t above extending that support for organizations willing to pay for the privilege. And, according to Computerworld, it...


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WinToUSB: Tool To Run Windows 7 From USB Flash Drive/Hard Drive



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While installing and running Windows 8/8.1 on a USB drive is relatively easy, installing Windows 7 on a USB drive isn’t that easy. Unlike Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7 doesn’t come with Windows To Go feature, the feature that lets you easily install and run Windows 8/8.1 Enterprise edition on USB drives. Over the past couple […]

How Do You Manage Your Passwords? [We Ask You]



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With everything online rightly requiring a password to be chosen, stored, and entered, it’s getting increasingly difficult to manage these random collections of numbers, letters, and symbols. Difficult, but not impossible. With your help perhaps we can turn difficult to easy. If A Thief Has Your Key, Change The Locks We want to know, How Do You Manage Your Passwords? This question is asked in light of the Heartbleed bug recently discovered in OpenSSL. One simple programming error led, two years later, to the Internet being broken. And it will remain broken until all of the affected websites update OpenSSL...


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Windows XP Running Your ATM Or Ticket Machine? Time To Buy Online!



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Windows XP goes end-of-life in April 2014, after which Microsoft will no longer release bug fixes. If you’ve upgraded your PC then everything should be fine – but what about your bank? Have they upgraded? The Risk Isn’t Necessarily With You Have you upgraded from Windows XP yet? If not, you can choose from several different options, but don’t feel that the onus is completely on you to stay secure. While it is important to ensure your home computer system is as up to date as possible – thereby ensuring that your copy of Windows is equipped with all of...


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16 April 2014

Creativity Unleashed: 3 Online Art Projects That You’ll Love



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From simple doodles to elaborate paintings, art can soothe, entertain, and inspire in equal measure. With the Web making geographical barriers disappear, you can delve into the works of various artists with ease. We have already featured some useful museum websites and online art galleries. Today we bring you a selection of three online visual art projects that you’ll fall in love with. They Draw & Travel What do you get when you bring together individuals who have a passion for drawing as well as for places? You get They Draw & Travel (TDAT). Set up by the brother-sister duo...


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The Death Of XP: Advantage Linux [We Ask You Results]



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Microsoft wants nothing more to do with Windows XP, unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege of Custom Support. XP is still an option, but with Microsoft abandoning the past-its-sell-by-date operating system, most sensible people are looking for alternatives. Most have just one option in mind. Linux Breaks Microsoft’s Windows We asked you, Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? This question was, rather self-explanatorily, asked as a result of Microsoft ending official support for Windows XP for the vast majority of users. Some bigger organizations, such as the IRS, have paid out for Custom Support, gifting them critical...


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The Death Of XP: Advantage Linux [We Ask You Results]



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Microsoft wants nothing more to do with Windows XP, unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege of Custom Support. XP is still an option, but with Microsoft abandoning the past-its-sell-by-date operating system, most sensible people are looking for alternatives. Most have just one option in mind. Linux Breaks Microsoft’s Windows We asked you, Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? This question was, rather self-explanatorily, asked as a result of Microsoft ending official support for Windows XP for the vast majority of users. Some bigger organizations, such as the IRS, have paid out for Custom Support, gifting them critical...


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15 April 2014

Video Editing on Linux Just Got Better With PiTiVi



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Linux has long lacked a good video editor, but that is no longer a problem. There are a few different video editors available for the operating system, ranging from simple home user editors to highly professional editors. PiTiVi, a video editor that has historically been in the “simple home user” category, has gained several features since its early days. So what has changed, and where is it headed? Let’s take a look. Features When you first launch PiTiVi, you’ll be presented with a welcome dialog that asks you whether you want to start a new project or open a recent...


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Making The Best Text Editor Better: 7 Great Sublime Text Packages



Sublime Text has become the gold standard in serious text editing. Yes, if you need to work via SSH, you’re going to need to learn Vim – but if you do any sort of development work on your own machine, you need Sublime. Github’s Atom may soon take the crown, but as long as it’s […]

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Windows Phone 8.1 Reviews, Android Heartbleed, US Airways Tweets [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, Windows Phone 8.1 reviews, Gmail scanning practices, Android Heartbleed, American Airlines’ tweeting troubles, mini notebook chargers, overheating VAIOs, and a vending machine that tweets. Windows Phone 8.1 Review Roundup Windows Phone 8.1 is now available to developers, just two weeks after the update was detailed at Build 2014. This has enabled websites to review Windows Phone 8.1 before it’s released to the general public. The reaction has been generally positive, as can be seen in the reviews roundup posted below. The Verge states Windows Phone “feels finished now, really for the first time.” However, it...


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How To View Total Size Of All Files In Recycle Bin In Windows 8.1 Update



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Viewing the total size of all files that have been deleted to Recycle Bin in the good old Windows XP was a dead simple task. In Windows XP, the Status bar would show the total size of all files in the Recycle Bin when you select all files. Unfortunately, none of the recent versions of […]

14 April 2014

Danger Confirmed: Heartbleed Really Does Open Up Crypto Keys to Hackers



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News from Cloudflare on Friday indicates that the debate is over regarding whether the new OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability could be utilized to obtain private encryption keys from vulnerable servers and websites. Cloudflare confirmed that third-party, independent testing revealed this is in fact true. Private encryption keys are at risk. MakeUseOf previously reported the OpenSSL bug last week, and indicated at that time that whether or not encryption keys were vulnerable was still in question, because Adam Langley, a Google security expert, could not confirm that as being the case. Cloudflare originally issued a “Heartbleed Challenge” on Friday, setting up a...


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No Pixel Wasted: How a Classic Utility Helps You Make Use Of Your Screen



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If there’s one thing that’s cooler than a new app that works, it’s an old app that works. Sprinkled throughout the Internet you will find some quiet utilities that have been going strong for years now, doing just one or two things exceptionally well. Today, I’m here to give one of these gems some much-deserved love: Winsplit Revolution is a tiny, free, and powerful utility that lets you tile your windows. If the concept of tiling your windows sounds foreign, take a look at your screen right now. How many windows do you have on the screen? Probably one or...


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Useful FFmpeg Commands



FFmpeg is an extremely powerful and versatile command line tool for converting audio and video files. It is free and available for Windows, Mac and Linux machines. Whether you want to join two video files, extract the audio component from a video file, convert your video into an animated GIF, FFmpeg can do it all and even more.


Extract the audio from a video file with this simple FFmpeg command.

Extract the audio from a video file with this simple FFmpeg command.



Useful FFmpeg Commands


FFmpeg supports all popular audio and video formats. Or you can running the command ./ffmpeg -formats to get a list of every format that is supported by your FFmpeg installation. If you are just getting started, here are some commands that will give you good idea of the capabilities of this tool.


1. Cut video file into a smaller clip


You can use the time offset parameter (-ss) to specify the start time stamp in HH:MM:SS.ms format while the -t parameter is for specifying the actual duration of the clip in seconds.



ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -ss 00:00:50.0 -codec copy -t 20 output.mp4

2. Split a video into multiple parts


If you want to split a large video into multiple smaller clips without re-encoding, ffmpeg can help. This command will split the source video into 2 parts – one ending at 50s from the start and the other beginning at 50s and ending at the end of the input video.



ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -t 00:00:50 -c copy small-1.mp4 -ss 00:00:50 -codec copy small-2.mp4

3. Convert video from one format to another


You can use the -vcodec parameter to specify the encoding format to be used for the output video. Encoding a video takes time but you can speed up the process by forcing a preset though it would degrade the quality of the output video.



ffmpeg -i youtube.flv -c:v libx264 filename.mp4


ffmpeg -i video.wmv -c:v libx264 -preset ultrafast video.mp4

4. Join (concatenate) video files


If you have multiple audio or video files encoded with the same codecs, you can join them into a single file using FFmpeg. Create a input file with a list of all source files that you wish to concatenate and then run this command.



ffmpeg -f concat -i file-list.txt -c copy output.mp4

5. Mute a video (Remove the audio component)


Use the -an parameter to disable the audio portion of a video stream.



ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -an mute-video.mp4

6. Extract the audio from video


The -vn switch extracts the audio portion from a video and we are using the -ab switch to save the audio as a 256kbps MP3 audio file.



ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -vn -ab 256 audio.mp3

7. Convert a video into animated GIF


FFmpeg is an excellent tool for converting videos into animated GIFs and the quality isn’t bad either. Use the scale filter to specify the width of the GIF, the -t parameter specific the duration while -r specifies the frame rate (fps).



ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -vf scale=500:-1 -t 10 -r 10 image.gif

8. Extract image frames from a video


This command will extract the video frame at the 15s mark and saves it as a 800px wide JPEG image. You can also use the -s switch (like -s 400×300) to specify the exact dimensions of the image file though it will probably create a stretched image if the image size doesn’t follow the aspect ratio of the original video file.



ffmpeg -ss 00:00:15 -i video.mp4 -vf scale=800:-1 -vframes 1 image.jpg

9. Convert Video into Images


You can use FFmpeg to automatically extract image frames from a video every ‘n’ seconds and the images are saved in a sequence. This command saves image frame after every 4 seconds.



ffmpeg -i movie.mp4 -r 0.25 frames_%04d.png

10. Merge an audio and video file


You can also specify the -shortest switch to finish the encoding when the shortest clip ends.



ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -i audio.mp3 -c:v copy -c:a aac -strict experimental output.mp4


ffmpeg -i video.mp4 -i audio.mp3 -c:v copy -c:a aac -strict experimental -shortest output.mp4

11. Resize a video


Use the size (-s) switch with ffmpeg to resize a video while maintaining the aspect ratio.



ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -s 480x320 -c:a copy output.mp4

12. Create video slideshow from images


This command creates a video slideshow using a series of images that are named as img001.png, img002.png, etc. Each image will have a duration of 5 seconds (-r 1/5).



ffmpeg -r 1/5 -i img%03d.png -c:v libx264 -r 30 -pix_fmt yuv420p slideshow.mp4

13. Add a poster image to audio


You can add a cover image to an audio file and the length of the output video will be the same as that of the input audio stream. This may come handy for uploading MP3s to YouTube.



ffmpeg -loop 1 -i image.jpg -i audio.mp3 -c:v libx264 -c:a aac -strict experimental -b:a 192k -shortest output.mp4

14. Convert a single image into a video


Use the -t parameter to specify the duration of the video.



ffmpeg -loop 1 -i image.png -c:v libx264 -t 30 -pix_fmt yuv420p video.mp4

15. Add subtitles to a movie


This will take the subtitles from the .srt file. FFmpeg can decode most common subtitle formats.



ffmpeg -i movie.mp4 -i subtitles.srt -map 0 -map 1 -c copy -c:v libx264 -crf 23 -preset veryfast output.mkv

16. Crop an audio file


This will create a 30 second audio file starting at 90 seconds from the original audio file without transcoding.



ffmpeg -ss 00:01:30 -t 30 -acodec copy -i inputfile.mp3 outputfile.mp3

17. Change the audio volume


You can use the volume filter to alter the volume of a media file using FFmpeg. This command will half the volume of the audio file.



ffmpeg -i input.wav -af 'volume=0.5' output.wav

18. Rotate a video


This command will rotate a video clip 90° clockwise. You can set transpose to 2 to rotate the video 90° anti-clockwise.



ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -filter:v 'transpose=1' rotated-video.mp4

This will rotate the video 180° counter-clockwise.



ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -filter:v 'transpose=2,transpose=2' rotated-video.mp4

19. Speed up or Slow down the video


You can change the speed of your video using the setpts (set presentation time stamp) filter of FFmpeg. This command will make the video 8x (1/8) faster or use setpts=4*PTS to make the video 4x slower.



ffmpeg -i input.mp4 -filter:v "setpts=0.125*PTS" output.mp4

20. Speed up or Slow down the audio


For changing the speed of audio, use the atempo audio filter. This command will double the speed of audio. You can use any value between 0.5 and 2.0 for audio.



ffmpeg -i input.mkv -filter:a "atempo=2.0" -vn output.mkv

Stack Exchange has a good overview to get you started with FFmpeg. You should also check out the official documentation at ffmpeg.org or the wiki at trac.ffmpeg.org to know about all the possible things you can do with FFmpeg.


Also see: Essential Linux Commands




This story, Useful FFmpeg Commands, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 14/04/2014 under Audio, Video Editing, Internet

NSA Exploits Internet, IRS Retains XP, Google Glass Haters, iPad Concept [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, exploiting the Internet, retaining Windows XP, Googling government waste, Glassing San Francisco, Real-time Twitter, trending subreddits, and an iPad concept circa 2004. The NSA Can Exploit Internet Flaws The NSA saying they had no knowledge of Heartbleed is like a kid with chocolate smeared all over his face saying he hasn’t heard of cookies. — Jacqui Cheng (@ejacqui) April 11, 2014 The NSA is retaining the right to exploit flaws in Internet security without passing on details of them to the general public. This is the takeaway from an examination of the rules governing NSA...


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NSA Exploits Internet, IRS Retains XP, Google Glass Haters, iPad Concept [Tech News Digest]



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Today in Tech News Digest, exploiting the Internet, retaining Windows XP, Googling government waste, Glassing San Francisco, Real-time Twitter, trending subreddits, and an iPad concept circa 2004. The NSA Can Exploit Internet Flaws The NSA saying they had no knowledge of Heartbleed is like a kid with chocolate smeared all over his face saying he hasn’t heard of cookies. — Jacqui Cheng (@ejacqui) April 11, 2014 The NSA is retaining the right to exploit flaws in Internet security without passing on details of them to the general public. This is the takeaway from an examination of the rules governing NSA...


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Stop Windows Store Apps From Appearing On Taskbar In Windows 8.1 Update



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The recently released Windows 8.1 Update makes using Windows Store apps much easier for mouse and keyboard users. With default settings, Windows Store apps now have close and minimize buttons and one can always access taskbar from Store apps by just moving the mouse cursor to the bottom edge of the screen. In addition to […]

How To Set Up Fusion Installer On XBMC



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Install XBMC addons the easy way: use Fusion. This service gives you a quick way to browse, and install, XBMC repos from within the program itself. We’ve shown you some amazing XBMC add-ons, and they’re not hard to install – especially if they’re in XBMC’s default repo. For many of the best add-ons, however, you’re going to want access to third-party repositories. Installing these is straight forward: you need only download a ZIP file, then browse to it from within XBMC. But if you’d rather not close XBMC, open a browser and download a repo – or if you can’t,...


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13 April 2014

Search Tips for Chrome App Launcher



Chrome's app launcher has an interesting way to match results. Let's say you want to open Google Play Music. You can search for google play music, play music or you can just type the the first letter from each word and search for gpm. It also works if you type the first letters from the first word, followed by the first letters from the second word and so on. For example, you can also search for goplm, gplam, gmu.






Another example: launch Mahjong Solitaire by searching for ms.






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Public Transit Directions in Google Search



Google Search not only shows driving directions, it also shows a card for public transit directions. This feature seems to be limited to trains, even if Google says that it should also work for buses. Another limitation is that this feature only works in the US.



"Find the best route to travel using public transportation without ever leaving the Google Search page. For example, if you're in New York and traveling from Fulton Street to Times Square, you can search [from columbus circle to times square by train] to find information about the next train that's leaving. You can also search for directions between cities, like [seattle to portland by train]," informs Google.






Click the Settings button to specify the date and time for your departure or arrival.






You can also append to your query "arriving by 5 pm" or "departing at 6 pm".





How Many Books Do You Have On Your eReader? [MakeUseOf Poll]



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Before we get into last week’s poll, I owe all of you an apology. It seemed that due to some script glitch, the poll itself disappeared from the page a day after it was published, meaning only a handful of you got to vote before it was gone. Therefore, the results we got for this poll are not as accurate or as representative of our readers as they usually are. What can I say, no one’s perfect! In the 24 hours the poll was around, over 200 of you managed to vote. Here is how you voted: 8% say they...


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