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Managing Your Collections with DataCrow Server

Introduction Let’s face it, we collect things, many different things. One issue we have is keeping track of them, but with technology and many computers we have options at our disposal. One of many programs is DataCrow. I have written about this program years back and feel it needs revisited with improvements. DataCrow can be run in several different ways, portable, standalone and also as a client /... read more

How To Convert M2TS to MKV Using MKVtoolNIX

Introduction So you are in process of building a Media Server in your home to move your collection from DVD / Blu-Ray to your drive to stream to your TV’s and other devices. While transferring and you have run into a file on the Blu-Ray that has the m2ts file extension. The question is how do we make this available for streaming? Simple answer and solution is to convert to another format. In this... read more

How To Convert DVD and Blu-ray with MakeMKV

Introduction To go along with other posts and conversion we have another tool to add to your arsenal called MakeMKV which runs on Windows, OS X and Linux. It is fast and easy to use. What is MakeMKV? According to the developer. MakeMKV is your one-click solution to convert video that you own into free and patents-unencumbered format that can be played everywhere. MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise... read more

How To Rip DVD’s Using VLC and HandBrake on Windows

Introduction Handbrake for converting video files. But when working with it on Windows you had to get a program called DVD43 that would unlock your DVD so you could make a backup of the video. The only problem is that it doesn’t work in Windows 7 + 8 64-Bit or other 64-Bit Windows. I have found that Handbrake and VLC’s libdvdcss will make this to work and here is how. Step 1 – Download... read more

FFmpeg Basic Audio and Video Commands

Introduction FFmpeg is a very powerful and great command line tool used for performing various conversion operations on audio and video files. FFmpeg is absolutely free to use. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac operating systems. In this post we will be running ffmpeg on Fedora 21 (Linux) to cover some basic commands. Video specific commands Extracting Video While Muting Audio In the command... read more

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