VLC Media Player 1.0.1: A Must-have Open-source App

Many of us are consuming video and audio content as part of our working lives; some of us are broadcasting it and encoding it, too. For both types of tasks, one of the best applications that you can get is the free, open-source VLC Media Player. It recently came out in a significantly updated version 1.0, and is now out in a stable version 1.0.1. I’ve been using the new version, and highly recommend it, whether you’re running Windows (s msft), Mac OS X (s aapl) or Linux.

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4 Free Open-Source Tools for Working With Video and Audio

Increasingly, many of us are working with video and audio online, not just text and still graphics. From video-based marketing materials, to online tutorials, to videocasts and podcasts, multimedia offerings are a great way to engage your audience. Here are four good, free open-source audio and video software tools, including some available in brand-new versions.
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Firefox 3.5 and New VLC Media Player Are Out As Portable Apps

If you happen to carry a USB thumb drive or a netbook for mobile work, you’re probably already familiar with PortableApps. It’s a collections of great open-source applications in one free download. Many of the applications are lightweight, portable versions of larger applications that come complete with launchers that make it easy to run the applications anywhere — even if you’re not on your own computer.

The team at PortableApps regularly updates the already good-collection of titles in the suite, and this week added two new applications: Firefox 3.5, Portable Edition, and VLC Media Player 1.0, Portable Edition.

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4 Essential Utilities for Windows Netbooks

I’ve been using netbooks for over a year now; they’re great for the times when I just want to tote a lightweight machine for performing basic tasks, or even cruise around the house working in various places. If you’re new to netbooks, or thinking of getting one, in this post I’ll round up four utilities for Windows netbooks that will make working with them much easier and more efficient.

Vancouver Olympics Have Ambitious Live Streaming Plans — But Only in Canada

Canadians really know what they’re doing when it comes to showing people the Olympics online, it seems. This morning we spoke to Alon Marcovici, vice president of digital media from the country’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, after reading that “every single moment” of next year’s Winter Olympics would be available live online.

canada_olympicsMarcovici told us that the consortium, motivated by a story of a Canadian luger whose family still haven’t seen footage of him competing at the Turin games, will offer up to nine live feeds at any given time. These will have no in-stream ads besides a pre-roll and post-roll, and they will have only natural sound — no production and commentators. Meanwhile, five simulcasts of the country’s television stations will be live online at any time, containing the same ads that run on TV but also the production values, commentary, and stories that make Olympics television entertaining and accessible for so many viewers.

None of these feeds, however, will be available in the U.S. — they’ll be geo-blocked for viewers outside of Canada. NBC (s GE) still owns the American rights to the Olympics, and from all appearances they think their on-demand approach to coverage à la Beijing — delaying airing key events until primetime broadcast — is the way to go.

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Vid-Biz: thePlatform, Adap.tv, Obam-ads

News Corp.’s News Limited Picks thePlatform; the Australian subsidiary will use the white-label video provider across 50 different digital media properties, including news.com.au and Vogue.com.au. (emailed release)

Adap.tv Partners With EyeWonder; two are teaming up to allow advertisers to create one ad that can run on multiple players across Adap.tv’s ad network. (release)

Advertisers Pony Up for Obama Ad Placements; Sprint, Cisco, Audi and Paul Blart: Mall Cop among those purchasing spots on live-streaming outlets. (Broadcasting & Cable)

Canadian Broadcasters Picking Up Digital Rights to Popular U.S. TV Shows; broadcast Astral says new digital rights won’t be a big money-maker, but will generate interest in the brand and drive people back to linear TV. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Dems Pushing for DTV Delay; efforts so far have been blocked by Republicans. (Variety)

Pixsy Launches Premium Feed; new service allows publishers to search through video clips that already have ads and embed them for a share of the revenue. (TechCrunch)

Sundance Shorts on iTunes; ten films will be available free during the ten days of the festival. (CNET)

Clips From the Inaugural Concert Being Taken Down; songs like those from Pete Seeger during HBO’s free show being pulled from the site. (Talking Points Memo)

Statshot: Dark Knight Rules (BitTorrent)

According to TorrentFreak, The Dark Knight was the most pirated movie of 2008. Ummm, hooray? Somehow I doubt Warner Bros. will include that stat on the DVD packaging. The movie’s been on and off the list of top BitTorrented films throughout the summer as people took video camera footage of the film in theaters or ripped it from screeners.

TorrentFreak’s Top Downloaded Movies on BitTorrent As of Nov. 16, 2008
Rank Last Week Title
1 (new) The Dark Knight
2 1 Traitor
3 4 Tropic Thunder
4 2 WALL-E
5 3 Step Brothers
6 (new) Max Payne
7 9 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
8 6 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9 5 Taken
10 8 Burn After Reading

Over at TV by the Numbers‘ breakdown of the most DVRed broadcast TV shows, McDreamy and crew still dominate the list with 4.089 million viewers via DVRs for the week of Oct. 17-Nov. 2. As TVbtN points out, Obama’s infomercial ran during this week but does not appear on this list because of missing data.
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