Monthly Archive: December 2009

Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files

Download YouTube Videos as MP4 Files. The above is the new official way from Google/YouTube. Its in test mode now but accessible by following those instructions. If you use Firefox, there are also many plug-ins available that can enable you to download .FLV and .MP4 video files from YouTube. Recently, YouTube’s HD videos are downloadable as MP4 video files but...

The “Lip Dub” video phenomena about to sweep YouTube

Back in July of 2008, students at Hochschule Furtwangen University created a video they called “University LipDub #1“. Go watch it – its fun! Created as a single long moving camera shot, the video features numerous students collectively lip synching to a piece of music. They created a web site, universitylipdub.com to encourage other campuses to create similar videos –...

YouTube now provides automatic subtitles, captions

Video News » Blog Archive » YouTube Adds Automatic Subtitles. The new feature can automatically generate on-screen captions, which is very useful and valuable to those who are hearing impaired. The system can even translate to other languages. As the narrator in the linked video notes,  “sometimes the automatic captions are pretty good” 🙂 Seriously – this is a fantastic...

Why would I want to use 24p mode on my camera?

Today, many video cameras provide a “24p” mode for recording video at 24 frames per second. The default or normal mode of most video cameras is “60i” which is 60 half frames per second. Many cameras also now feature a “30p” mode or 30 frames per second. Why all these choices? See below – 60i is an old technology that...

Recording direct to disk from a Firewire equipped camcorder

There are mini-disk products that you can connect directly to your Firewire equipped camcorder to record direct to disk. But then tend to range in price from about $600 to $1800 depending on used vs new, capacity and vendor. An alternative is to record direct to your notebook computer. If you have a Macbook or Macbook Pro, a very easy...