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Getting video from the TV to my computer

I like to make gifs. What kind of device and setup do I need to pull live video off of television and onto my computer?
posted by cashman on Mar 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Seeing inspirational and mind-blowing videos for kids

What can I show children to inspire and wow them? I teach children aged between 9 and 11. I'm looking for video clips (or other) to show the children that will blow their minds - or at least, prompt discussion, broaden their horizons and take them outside of the confines of the four walls of the classroom. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Mar 18, 2014 - 21 answers

Best way to store iPhone videos on Flickr?

I need help with getting my iPhone videos (home videos, all 2 minutes or less) to upload to Flickr - ideally using their app, but open to other ways as well. Why can't I do it? [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Mar 18, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me put on a really great webinar for 2000 people.

I'm putting on a webinar for a bunch of Kickstarter backers (around 2000), which content-wise will include a 2 hour lecture and some Q&A. While I have a lot of presentation experience (I've given this particular lecture ~ 6 times as a part of a workshop series I run), I've never done anything online like this before and could use suggestions on how to do this well. I'm particularly interested in recommendations for webinar services that can handle that kind of bandwidth, whether it'd be a good idea to hire staff on that day for video/moderating questions, that kind of thing. [more inside]
posted by sdis on Mar 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me find this funny video I saw on ebaums world Circa 2002?

I saw some funny 2 minute video basically a fake advertisement for some presumably made up company (something like rockman automatronics). The guy toured a room talking about how great the products were, but using super scientific sounding (most of probably made up) words, like "panfandeled ding alarm", and that's what made it funny, because you couldn't understand almost anything he said. At the end it said something like "you can find our rockman automatronics wherever fine electronics are sold" or something like that. Bonus points if you can source who made the funny video and why
posted by crawltopslow on Mar 12, 2014 - 11 answers

Windows software to organize photos and videos by date taken

We have our windows 7 computer organized by user, and the folder system is a mess. I want to be able to browse photos, and videos, by one simple criteria, date taken. For example, want to see every picture and video on my PC That was taken on July 19, 2013. I don't want it to be tricked by the save date, the edit date, what folder it's in, or which camera was used. Only the date I snapped the shot. Fantastic would be some kind of timeline that you can very quickly scroll thru and it shows you some kind of date display where you're at.
posted by greptile on Mar 8, 2014 - 8 answers

How to make the best videoconference presentation to a large audience?

I am delivering a PowerPoint presentation on my scientific research to undergraduates by videoconference. What special considerations should I make for the videoconference medium? Specifically, when should I switch between displaying the slides and video of my face? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Can I mirror iPhone camera output - without the controls?

Hi - in a pinch, I need to use my iPhone to feed live video to a projector. I have a VGA adapter, so I can mirror my camera, but I can't feed "clean" video without all the on-screen camera controls, etc. I feel like the answer is easy, but I'm flummoxed. Is there an app or way to get just plain camera output without the controls? thanks!
posted by smelvis on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Shooting iPad video in the tropics

I'm tagging along on a research trip to a biological field station in the Bahamas. While I'm there, I'd like to use my iPad to shoot some video of the researchers doing their respective things. How would you turn an iPad 2 into a lean, mean, field-video-recording machine? [more inside]
posted by ann_disaster on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me recover a video file on an SD card

I have an SD card that should have a video file on it. But, I can't see the file. It might be corrupted. Are there any free tools that I can use to recover this file? [more inside]
posted by Craig on Feb 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Camera options with baby on the way

I'm thinking about upgrading my camera from a 10-year-old point-and-shoot to take photos of an imminent new baby (and eventual child-on-the-go), but the options are crazy-making. Camcorder, point-and-shoot, or interchangeable lenses? Video, pocketability, or picture quality? What did you find was the best option? I already have an iPhone 5s that I will use for quick snaps. [more inside]
posted by stopgap on Feb 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Service providers that allow customers to stream purchased videos?

Hello! I am looking for a provider that will allow me to a) Host tutorial videos b) Sell streaming videos to customers. Think of websites like lynda.com - but on a much smaller scale. I've found one provider viddler.com - no luck yet finding others. Mayhaps the hive mind has an idea? Thanks!
posted by TrinsicWS on Feb 26, 2014 - 4 answers

The lazy brown dog watched the quick ______ jump over the _____.

My useless dog Truman seems to really enjoy watching a certain type of scene on TV. We've been stuck inside all winter and I know he'd rather be running around in big grassy fields. Please help me find some youtube videos for him to enjoy! [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Feb 26, 2014 - 18 answers

An inspiring career change

What is this Ted Talk I Watched? It's at the tip of my tongue, and I don't want to sift through over 1600 talks to find it. Plus, I can't think of the words to start searching for it besides very generic keywords. [more inside]
posted by jermspeaks on Feb 20, 2014 - 3 answers

I need digital video footage of real K-12 teaching for an online program

I know that a lot of things have changed since I asked a similar question several years ago, including the parameters of the project. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Feb 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Film licencing filter: music video edition

I want to make a music video for my band, and invite people to send us their own home video of a certain kind of public event for us to include. Are there any legal issues here? Please explain them to me like I'm a clueless idiot because, when it comes to film licencing, I am. [more inside]
posted by greenish on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Where do you get music for your Vimeo/YouTube videos?

I want to get into video making and was wondering where people get their music from. I've noticed that some YouTube partners go to SoundCloud to pick up remixes of licensed songs to get past the copyright infringement--is that okay? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Feb 7, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there a decent, cheaper alternative to Camtasia?

I'm working on a load of small projects for the education arm of a small charity. In order to make the training more interesting, I have been tasked with finding out what can be done in the realm of screencasts. As we don't have any kind of budget, I thought we might be able use something like Camtasia, which our web developer has on his machine. Problem is, I'm pretty sure we only have one licence and I'm even surer that it's going to be a struggle to get anyone to agree to pay for any new software right now. Looking at the tutorials, I was thinking of starting (relatively) simple and maybe using a mix of Powerpoint and animations to enhance an audio lecture. I therefore have multiple parts to this question: 1) Is there a free or really cheap alternative to Camtasia that I should be looking at? or 2) Is Camtasia worth fighting for? If it is, I am willing to learn how to do awesome things with it. 3) Am I even looking at the right kind of software to do this? Thanks very much!
posted by joboe on Jan 31, 2014 - 12 answers

Best way to present an iPhone app functionality in a presentation

For my job I need to make a short video that graphically illustrates an iPhone app and its functionality. Are there any tools or sites out there that can let me do this as nicely as possible? I'm thinking of something similar to App.io except I need something more automated and presentable. Something like a Powerpoint presentation except for an app with text and animations/video.
posted by antgly on Jan 30, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the best, most efficient workflow for making a screencast?

I want to make a series of instructional programming videos. I'm reasonably happy that I have all the moving parts lined up - I know what I want to cover, I have the examples and material ready, I've figured out how to make high-quality video recordings of my desktop and I've got a nice USB microphone. But if there's one thing that my brief forays into video editing have taught me, it's that it can be incredibly time-consuming. Given that I plan on making ~10 hours of content for my first batch of videos, I'd like some advice on doing this efficiently. Specific questions inside. [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer on Jan 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Security Camera

Looking for a retail security camera setup with a few criteria... [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Jan 28, 2014 - 2 answers

Playstation 4 vs Xbox one

I need help deciding on which system to buy. I would like some opinions. I have googled it and see that PS4 has better displays renderings and such but Xbox's social network has always been better in my experience. [more inside]
posted by Doubleosix on Jan 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Can you use VGA for video and HDMI for audio?

A friend is trying to connect her PC (Windows 7) to a projector for video and a receiver for audio. The projector does not support HDMI, so she's using VGA. The receiver does have HDMI, so she's using that for audio. If she doesn't plug in the projector, the audio plays fine. As soon as she connects the VGA, HDMI audio is no longer an option in the Sound settings and audio starts playing through the laptops built in speakers. Is there a way to have HDMI for audio and VGA for video at the same time? [more inside]
posted by willnot on Jan 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Video games for anarchists

Please tell me about this world of independent, underground, homemade games. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Teach me how to video

I want to make videos that don't look like crap for my college radio station's YouTube account. I have a DSLR and some lenses. And a tripod. Walk me through it like I'm five years old. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Jan 20, 2014 - 9 answers

Convert .mp4 or .mkv to burn and then play in a standard DVD player?

Please note: I am using Mac OS X. While I have managed to burn two playable DVDs from one of my .mp4 files (once with Burn and once with Toast), the video, which is widescreen, ends up in 4:3 on the DVD, and I don’t know why. (When I tried to convert an .mp4 file to “DVD” using FfmpegX, I let the conversion run overnight, and it was only 33% finished by morning.) Details re: the video files and the software I have at my disposal inside. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Jan 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Cleaned tv screen, lost video completely---even inputs do not appear

I used a bit of water on a tissue to wipe clean a smear on our small kitchen hdtv. Shortly afterward, we lost the video. [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Jan 10, 2014 - 7 answers

How to shop for a video camera?

I would like to use Apple iMovie to edit footage of piano performances in (at least) 720p resolution, and I am looking for the best camera for a budget of $400-600. I do not want to plug in the video camera and spend hours copying footage to disk and then transcoding before bringing into iMovie, which appears to rule out all Sony cameras (and possibly others?) that record in a format not friendly to iMovie. With that primary restriction in mind, what is the best video camera/"camcorder" for a budget of $400-600 that works best with iMovie? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space?

Why don't we have HD video of Earth rotating in space? You know, relatively close-up, as if the Enterprise had just dropped out of warp and the planet was being majestically introduced to the cinema audience. An extended, multiple pass/rotation exposure, so that it could be watched by appreciative viewers wanting to get a bit of perspective/peace. I imagine I would sit and gaze at this for extended periods. What are the technical limitations which have prevented this?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jan 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Help for a photography newbie!

My mum got a shiny new camera. It has dials and buttons and beeps now and then. Understandably, it's all so confusing. Help! [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on Dec 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Camera Recommendations for Video Blogging?

I've heard really good things about the Canon T3i but I'm not a fan of the bulk. Does anyone have other camera reccs (good with video) that offer a full swivel LCD screen? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Dec 20, 2013 - 4 answers

Videos for the office TV?

My office has had a giant TV sitting unused for ages. Today, we got a Chromecast to plug into it to get some use out of it. What would be some things we could play that would be nice background video? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Dec 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Software / sites for creating product pitch videos?

I'm looking to create a short video (~30 seconds), to explain and promote a smartphone app/game. Both time and budget are quite limited. [more inside]
posted by Gomez_in_the_South on Dec 3, 2013 - 0 answers

AV receivers which split audio and video output

Are there AV home theatre receivers which do the following with input and output: [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Nov 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Please help me find video presentation about psychology of programming

Some time ago (maybe four years) I saw a video of a presentation about psychology of computer programming by a man who said he was writing a book about it. He also had a blog where he discussed the book. It wasn't a single blog post about the topic, but a specialised blog about the psychology of programming. I can't find either. [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Nov 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Advice re: overhead video monitors in a Toyota Sienna

I am interested in adding an roof-mounted video system to my 2005 Toyota Sienna. I have three kids and when we visit family it's a boring 9-hour drive. But I know nothing at all about car video systems. [more inside]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Nov 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Simplest setup for unembarrassing Youtube video creation

What are the simplest requirements -- in terms of both technology (camera/software/etc.) and lighting/clothing/makeup/background setting/etc. -- to make a reasonably good-looking Youtube video that will feature just one speaker talking. Are iMovie and an iSight camera inadequate?
posted by shivohum on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find more of these nice, long, relaxing YouTube videos

I like streaming long videos on YouTube that are soothing in some way. Can you recommend some more things I might like? Specifics within. [more inside]
posted by tomboko on Nov 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Short video for in-class discussion of film techniques

In class next week I'll be doing a "shot at a time" session as described by Roger Ebert, and I need a short (~30 min), visually interesting, readily available video to show in class. [more inside]
posted by fogovonslack on Nov 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find two animations from early-mid 2000s

There were two animations I saw years ago pre-youtube that have stuck with me, but I no longer have a link to the animation itself, or even name. However, I'm pretty sure I originally found these animations here on metafilter. One was a live-action city being invaded by fun animated characters. The other was a Japanese Red Riding Hood-esque animation (much more animation than this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oEhxd16f0A). So if you can help me figure out what these are from my loose recollection, I will be amazed. [more inside]
posted by wilburthefrog on Nov 21, 2013 - 1 answer

Is there a mobile webcam that can stream video w/o WiFi?

I would like to put a streaming webcam on the front of a large piece of machinery as it goes about its daily business. The problem is that this piece of machinery will most likely be outside of WiFi range for the majority of its day. However, it will be within good cellphone/4G range. Are there webcams built to handle this kind of use? Any recommendations if so? (Or, potentially, could I just use a smartphone or something similar?)
posted by Peemster on Nov 15, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get video off the camera

I have a canon camcorder, a mac computer with no hard drive space and cannot figure out how to transfer the video to an external server. [more inside]
posted by turtlefu on Nov 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Best video games for two?

What are the best collaborative 2-player video games? My husband and I played Mario Galaxy 2 and it was perfect - he player Mario and I played "Starfy" and it worked out great. Are there more games like that for 2 players, where one player (aka me) can be kind of bad at video games? We have a Wii, some computers and are considering getting an Xbox One in the next few months..
posted by annie o on Nov 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Iphone 4S, ios7. Videos app screen now shows videos as thumbnails...

Iphone 4S, ios7. Videos app screen now shows videos as thumbnails, but I want my list view back. How can I switch the title view back to a simple list? Thanks.
posted by flowerofhighrank on Nov 10, 2013 - 1 answer

Help me shake it.

Is there a non-cheesy DVD that will teach me to dance? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Mini movie

My sister's birthday is coming up and I want to ask her friends and other family to send me short videos of them saying happy birthday or whatever for me to compile into one full video to present to her on her birthday. What is the EASIEST way to go about this that a techophobe can handle? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Nov 9, 2013 - 5 answers

How to download videos in Safari 7.0 like could be done on Snow Leopard?

I'm all ready to upgrade to Mavericks (OSX 10.9) except for one thing. On Snow Leopard (10.6.8), I am able to open Safari's "Activity window" and see most video files as they're loading there (however, not certain sites like Hulu). From that window, it's an easy Option-Click to download said video file. Safari 7.0 doesn't have this ability. Is there a Safari 7.0 add-on or something that will bring this ability back to Safari? [more inside]
posted by blueberry on Nov 1, 2013 - 5 answers

Still Frame + Music = Video

I regularly want to make videos for YouTube consisting of a single still album art image + audio track. I use OS X. I'm still looking for the best solution for this seemingly trivial task. [more inside]
posted by Wolfdog on Oct 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Software architecture optimized for sharing?

This is very video-game centric. I've worked on lots of games in a half dozen studios, and I've noticed that the architecture of game code with respect to sharing between projects is often ad-hoc and unplanned... [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I get permissions to use YouTube videos for my own work of "art"?

How do I go about getting permission/releases to use YouTube videos like lectures by Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Noam Chomsky, Alan Watts, and other personages for my own video project? I would be using them for a fictional movie. One of the characters watches these a lot. Is this just something I have to research on an individual basis, or are there any shortcuts I might benefit from knowing about? Thanks. (I feel like I'm always asking the same question in different forms.)
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 23, 2013 - 9 answers

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