Jun 28, 2010

WD Passport Essential

WD Passport Essential

WD Passport Essential

Just bought this portable storage device, good for movie, software and mp3s collection. Hope it will long lasting.

The highest capacity 2.5-inch external form factor yet - take it out and about without ever not storing enough. Powered by USB 2.0 cable so no external power supply needed. Features WD SmartWare software, and Windows 7/Vista/XP and Mac OS X compatibility.

WD Passport Essential

WD Passport Essential
WD Passport Essential

Review:
The ultra-compact My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive from Western Digital is just 15 mm thick and offers a very useful 500 GB of storage space.

The 500GB My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive can hold up to 125,000 MP3 files, 100,000 digital photos, 12,000 uncompressed CD quality songs, 38 hours of Digital Video (DV), 190 hours of DVD quality video or 60 hours of HD video.

This easy-to-use hard drive has an energy-efficient 2.5-inch disk and is powered via USB, meaning you don't need an external power adapter to get it to work.

What's more, the My Passport Essential Portable Hard Drive comes preloaded with SmartWare back-up software, and is compatible with both Mac and PC (Mac users will need to reformat it before use as SmartWare software is Windows-only).

Jun 27, 2010

The DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W formats






What is the difference between DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W?


Background
Today, there are only two DVD formats worth considering:

* DVD-R and DVD-RW
* DVD+R and DVD+RW

The DVD Forum
DVD-R/W is a format developed by a voluntary group of 220 media related companies called the DVD Forum (http://www.dvdforum.com).

The DVD Forum approves the formats DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD Video, DVD Audio, DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM. Note that the DVD Forum neither developed nor approves the DVD+RW format.

Formed in April 1997, companies in this group includes:

Apple, Denon, Fostex, Fujitsu, Harman Intl, IBM, Imation, Intel, Iomega, JVC, Kenwood, LG Electronics, LiteOn, Matsushita, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Mitsui, Motorola, NEC, Pioneer, Ricoh, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK, TEAC and THX.

The purpose of the DVD Forum is to:

* Establish a single format for the benefit of consumers and users and
* To promote worldwide acceptance of DVD products in the entertainment, consumer electronics and IT industries & public.

What’s the implication of all this?

* The DVD-R/W format has proven itself over time (since 1997) and will likely to be around for quite some time.
* Many DVD players and DVD-ROM drives can be expected to support this format.
* DVDs you and I burn using this format should be easily playable by consumers.
* The format could be a little dated as new developments would have taken place since 1997 (even though the DVD Forum is continuously developing the format)

The DVD+RW Alliance
The other big DVD group is the DVD+RW Alliance (http://www.dvdrw.com) formed by Dell, HP, Mitsubishi, Verbatim, Philips, Ricoh, Sony, Thomson, Yamaha.

Note that some companies are in BOTH camps. Obviously for business reasons. However, Pioneer is not a member of the DVD+R/W Alliance.

Here are some of the claimed benefits of the DVD+RW format:

* Compatibility with DVD Players and DVD-ROM drives
* Flexibility when adding, deleting, dividing and editing titles while maintaining compatibility
* Allows instant use and eject
* No need to format or finalize
* For PC users, it offers direct editing on disc, background formatting, built-in defect management, multi-session writing, and other recording features. You can share recordings between your home electronics and computer equipment, add new recordings or even edit directly on the same disc.

From what I see, it looks like the DVD+RW Alliance has taken a close look at the DVD-R/W format, and have tried to address all the shortcomings of the latter. Most of the features are targeted at making the DVD format more universal and flexible among different types of DVD players and recorders.

For the technical user, it offers more power and flexibility when authoring titles and content.

So, which is better?

Personally, the DVD+R/W promises a lot more power and flexibility than the older DVD-R/W format. However, due to its age, there are many DVD players out there that can already support the DVD-RW format.

Other DVD sites on the internet claim that DVDs made from both play on about 90% of DVD players in the market. I believe that this is the case.

So, to play it safe, we would suggest that you consider a burner that handles BOTH formats! Burners like these are just emerging in the market and should be commonplace very shortly.

You can’t lose doing this!

And that’s what we will be buying... an internal DVD burner for our PC that handles both formats AND a standalone dedicated DVD burner that can do that too!



Jun 13, 2010

Kick Israel 2010

Sempana world cup ni, ada satu negara should be kicked out

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Jun 6, 2010

Acoustic Guitar

Edgar Cruz - Bohemian Rhapsody (classical guitar)



Stairway to Heaven on classical guitar



Metallica: Nothing else matters

Jun 3, 2010

Oh Malaysia Ku



I just quote from my reading, posted by fellow blogger :

Dear Tan Sri, Datuk Seri, Yang Berhormat, Professors, Friends and Foe,
We have oil below the ground, oil above the ground.
The highest twin towers and most sophisticated airport in the world.
Our billionaires increased their wealth.
We supply electronics to every corners of the world and friends to the wealthy Arabs.
People influx to earn their living here.
Our land are the most fertile.
Tourists flocking in to enjoy everything we put on offer and we attract the fastest drivers to come and race........and we put our best sons and people in trust to take care of our nation for the past 50 years...........
Suddenly we are told that we will go bankrupt in 9 (nine) years to come.........can someone give an explanation?


Malaysia getting more jokes poking around nowadays... pity 1Malaysian


Jun 1, 2010

SRT file | How to Add External SRT Subtitles to Video

File extension SRT description:

SubRip caption files are named with the extension .SRT. This format is supported by most software video players and subtitle creation programs. The time format used is hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds, with the milliseconds field precise to three decimal places.

SRT file does not contain any video data, it is simple text file you can edit by any text editor (translate subtitles into another language). The purpose of srt subtitle file is to use it with desired movie file together to display subtitles when you play video file by any player supporting srt subtitles.

srt is a subtitle text file,make sure the subtitle(srt) file names are the same as the movie name e.g movie.avi and movie.srt and it should play in any media player,but usually media player 10 or classic has captions options.



Basically, an SRT file is considered as a component of a digital movie file used to represent the textual contents of the movie which provide the ability to display subtitles to different types of movie formats. This type of file can be associated with DVD, DivX, AVI, and other popular video file container formats that can be activated from the settings option of the media player. This will be used to play back the movie file. Although not strictly followed, in most instances, the naming convention used for these subtitle files are in reference to the language represented by the subtitle like in the case of MOVIE.GER.SRT for a German subtitle file while an English subtitle can be represented as MOVIE.ENG.SRT. This file does not store any form of video data but in most cases, it is saved under the same location as its supported video file and must carry the same file name differentiated only by the file extension type.

Materials Needed:
- mp4box
- mplayer
- mencoder
- Directvobsub
- Cellulo
- hex editor
- text editor
- hard drive
- media player like VideoLAN
- Web browser
- Internet connection
Step 1
Under the Microsoft Windows Operating System platform, some of the recommended tools to be used include the mencoder and the mplayer. These two can be downloaded from the http://mewig.sourceforge.net/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=7 site. These tools allow for the encoding of the movie.

Step 2
Simultaneously, go to the http://www.free-codecs.com/download/DirectVobSub.htm website to download the Directvobsub utility which will be used for displaying the subtitles stored in the SRT file.

Step 3
Upon completion of the download and installation process, open the movie file. The Directvobsub tool will instantly load the file in the player when the user views the movie. VideoLAN is recommended primarily because it is free software. The Microsoft Windows Media Player may also be used as long as the VobSub plug-in has been downloaded and installed.

Step 4
For Mac OS X users, open the Web browser and go to the http://www.cellulo.info/download.php website to download the Cellulo utility. This utility allows the playing of the movie together with the SRT file as long as they are in the same location and loaded simultaneously by using the Command and O combination keys. VideoLAN can also be used in the Mac OS platform.

Step 5
For a cross-platform solution, go to the VLC Player page to download and install the VLC Player tool.

Step 6
Upon completion of the installation process, launch the VLC Player software. In the Open dialog box, click the browse option and search for the video file to be watched.

Step 7
Activate the 'Use a subtitle file' by clicking on its check box. Search for the corresponding SRT file of the movie.

Step 8
Make sure that the movie file and the subtitle file are correct. Click on the 'OK' button to begin watching the movie with subtitle feature.

How to Add External SRT Subtitles to Video

SubRip caption files are named with the extension .SRT. SRT is perhaps the most basic of all subtitle formats. This format is supported by most software video players and subtitle creation programs. The time format used is hours:minutes:seconds,milliseconds, with the milliseconds field precise to three decimal places.

SRT file does not contain any video data, it is a simple text file you can edit by any text editor (translate subtitles into another language). The purpose of srt subtitle file is to use it with desired movie file together to display subtitles when you play video file by any player supporting srt subtitles.

If your video doesn’t include any subtitles, you can add a .srt file to this video folder, then you will be able to get a video with subtitles by converting this video using Any Video Converter or Any DVD Converter. Here, we will show you an example on how to add an external .srt file to an .avi video:


Step 1 : Edit a .srt file

You can either download a .srt file from website and then modify it, or create .srt format subtitles totally on your own.

To make .srt format subtitles, you can follow below steps:

1. Open Notepad, WordPad or other text editor;

2. Edit subtitles shown as below:


edit-srt-in-notepad

Notes: SRT consists of four parts, all in text.



a. A number indicating which subtitle it is in the sequence.

b. The time that the subtitle should appear on the screen, and then disappear.

c. The subtitle itself.

d. A blank line indicating the start of a new subtitle.


Step 2 : Save subtitles to .srt format.

In Notepat, please click menu File->Save As; change file name to “xxx.srt”; set “Save as type” to “All Files”; set “Encoding” to "ANSI" or “UTF-8”.


save-subtitles-as-srt-format


Notes:

1. Save .srt file as “ANSI” if using English subtitles;

2. Save .srt file as “UTF-8” if using non-English subtitles.




Step 3 : Copy .srt file to AVI video folder, rename .srt file according to the video name.


copy-srt-file-to-avi-folder

Note: If you add more than one .srt files to the AVI folder, you can rename the .srt file name like this: if source AVI file name is “michael.avi”, the .srt file names can be “michael001”, “michael002”, etc.


Step 4 : Drag and drop this AVI file to Any Video Converter/Any DVD Converter.


add-avi-video-to-avc



Step 5 : Select .srt subtitle in Any Video Converter/Any DVD Converter


Go to the right panel of Any Video Converter/Any DVD Converter; unfold Audio Options, and select .srt subtitle in Subtitle drop-down list.


select-subtitle-in-avc


Step 6 : Change subtitle position, size and font


change-subtitle-position-font-size


Encoding: Please set “UTF-8 (UTF-8)” as the default format for subtitle encoding.

Position: Adjust the slide bar to change the position of the subtitles on screen.

Size: Increase/Decrease scales of subtitles according to movie height, width, and diagonal.

Font: Please follow this directory C:\WINDOWS\Fonts\; choose your desired font; right click on the font name to choose Properties; copy and paste the font name, such as “ARIAL.TIF” to subtitle font option.


choose-subtitile-font



copy-font-name

After you finish edit the subtitle options, please click OK to go back to the main interface.


Step 7 : Preview the video before encoding.


preview-video-with-subtitle

Step 8 : Start converting

Start converting AVI file to the your desired output format if you feel satisfied with the subtitles.


note: just for my notes original source taking from http://www.any-video-converter.com/
and http://www.liutilities.com



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