I’ve recreated my earlier video guide on using a TiddlyWiki, a single-page wiki you can use for your notes and task lists. Instead of Wink, I used CamStudio to capture screen activities this time.
Wink is an easy to use free software to capture videos of your screen activities and it’s great for creating tutorials. My only problem with it is that it doesn’t offer an option to capture screen activities in video format (i.e. mpeg or avi) so that it can easily be uploaded in video sharing sites like YouTube, Metacafe, and Revver. Wink outputs the screen activities in .swf and .exe formats.
My previous screencasts– one is on how to turn any web template into a WordPress theme–are in .swf format and hosted in the Internet Archive. I’ve had complaints on its playback quality and how it can be slow at times so I decided to try hosting it other video services. These services, however, do not accept .swf files so I spent days trying one application after another to convert the files into .mpg or .avi formats to no avail.
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When I saw Matt Cutts’ video series in Google Video, I immediately wanted to convert the clips to play in my phone, a Sony Ericsson K750i, for viewing and listening in times when I have nothing to do and I’m away from the computer.
Google Video allows you to download MP4 videos and I downloaded a bunch of Matt Cutts videos in MP4 format, thinking it would play in my phone. Wrong. I could hear the sound of the clips but I couldn’t see anything. This suited me just fine as you can understand what Matt Cutts is saying without visual cues.
And then I saw Bob Dylan. I found a bunch of Dylan music videos in Google Video and I was spurred into finding a way to convert the files to play in my phone. I tried converting the MP4 videos using ImTOO MP4 Video Converter to no avail.
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I finally got to try watching a World Cup game online last night and boy was I blown away. Four years ago, the only option for people who can’t leave the office to view the games in a bar or hotel broadcasting the matches was to monitor the latest scores in text-based websites.
Yesterday, I watched the end of the Australia-Japan match and the start of the United States-Czech Republic encounter via peer-to-peer Internet broadcast of the ESPN 2 feed and the quality was great. (Click on photos to view larger images) It’s a bit better than the quality you get from YouTube and Google videos. You can get the application here. You can also check my previous post on other options in watching the games online.
Early tomorrow morning, Brazil plays its first match. It will be against Croatia. I’m stocking up on junk food and start praying our Mediocre Electric Company (Meco) in Mactan Island, Cebu doesn’t act up again and cut power to our subdivision. We have been suffering frequent blackouts lately. On second thought, I might just watch the games in Marriot or any of those bars in Cebu City broadcasting the matches.