Need that certain shot to improve your video project? Try Stockfootageforfree.com

Stock Footage for Free is a decent site that delivers exactly what it sounds like. Everything is royalty free and monetarily free (you do have to register, however). They have some stuff in HD, as well as a lot in SD. While the selection isn’t perfect, hey, it’s free. It’s great for certain cityscape or … Continue reading “Need that certain shot to improve your video project? Try Stockfootageforfree.com”

Stock Footage for Free is a decent site that delivers exactly what it sounds like. Everything is royalty free and monetarily free (you do have to register, however). They have some stuff in HD, as well as a lot in SD. While the selection isn’t perfect, hey, it’s free. It’s great for certain cityscape or wilderness shots, and they even have some time lapses and stuff. It can be great for the starving student who needs that establishing shot, but can’t shoot or pay for it.

Need to download a video for an editing project? – Try Downloadhelper

Looking for ways to download videos online to your computer for your editing projects? Here’s a simple and easy way to do so (via firefox): – Open your Firefox browser and go to Downloadhelper-Download the plug-in when prompted.– Find the video you’d like to download using your Firefox web browser.– Let it load COMPLETELY.– A … Continue reading “Need to download a video for an editing project? – Try Downloadhelper”



Looking for ways to download videos online to your computer for your editing projects? Here’s a simple and easy way to do so (via firefox):

– Open your Firefox browser and go to Downloadhelper
-Download the plug-in when prompted.
– Find the video you’d like to download using your Firefox web browser.

– Let it load COMPLETELY.
– A small animation of the plug-in will appear on your toolbar.
– Click and hold down the animation, and a menu will appear.
– Click download, or the format preferred format for your download, and the video will automatically download onto your computer.
– If the file is in a FLV format, you simply need to transcode the file in either MPEG streamclip or VisualHub – both of which can be found in the NMC.

Format Factory: Windows-only file conversion software

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Want to convert a video file to Flash? Want to extract audio from a video file? Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? If so, check out what William Eberwein has to say about Format Factory, Windows-only file conversion software. As seen on … Continue reading “Format Factory: Windows-only file conversion software”

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Want to convert a video file to Flash? Want to extract audio from a video file? Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? If so, check out what William Eberwein has to say about Format Factory, Windows-only file conversion software.

As seen on KK.org

Format Factory is a Windows-only piece of software that will convert any video format to any other video format. It will do the same for audio files. It will do the same for digital photos. It is free.

I have been using it for six years in my job as an eLearning producer, and my hobby as a “Let’s get this movie to play on the computer, the iPod, the iPad” and so on.

I have paid for and used virtually every other video format converter, and this one is the clear winner for ease of use, flexibility, speed, and being able to stack up several conversions and have them run serially. You can even add a new task while it is busy working on another.

Want to rip a DVD to play on your iPad? Easy.
Want to convert a video file to Flash? Easy.
Want to extract audio from a video file? Easy.
Want to convert your home videos to YouTube format? Easy.

It has built-in settings for iPod, iPad, Blackberry, Asus, PSP, and many other devices.

Advanced tools for the tinkerer allow you to choose the codec, aspect ratio, bit rates, and other settings. You can also trim segments from the video, or join video files. You can name and save your settings.

Did I mention it was free?

— William Eberwein