Everyone has something on their PC worth watching — that funny video you just shot on holidays, some movie you downloaded that you probably shouldn’t have, a highlight from your favourite concert, et cetera. And while you can probably just pull it up in your operating system’s default player, there’s no reason why you should limit yourself to the boring ol’ Windows Media Player or Quicktime.
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Videographer Frans Hofmeester released a time-lapse clip of his daughter changing from a baby to a 18-year-old in under six minutes. The results are miraculous, beautiful and achingly bittersweet: much like parenting as a whole. Here are some tips to help you create moving portraits of your own kids' transformation into adulthood.
In the digital age of smartphones and instant messaging, it has never been easier to record and send videos and conversations involving other people. App features such as Instastory and Snapchat’s instantaneous video messaging abilities allow users to share real-time events and conversations to their friends and the public.
In many cases these secret videos spark significant public interest by providing a fly-on-the-wall perspective to an unusual event or crime. But is any of this legal? Let's find out.
Dear Lifehacker, I was recently hired to mind a house and some pet birds by a couple who went on holidays. I later discovered I was under active video surveillance for the nine days I spent in their house. (One of the homeowners casually slipped it into conversation during handover.) While I respect their concerns and rights regarding security, I feel this was a continuous breach of my privacy. I was never informed of their intention to monitor me 24/7 and wouldn't have accepted the job if I'd known. So my question is: were they legally entitled to secretly record me or were they breaking the law?
Dear Lifehacker, I was hoping you could help me with a problem I've had for a little while now. I have a couple of movies and video files (your standard .AVI, .MP4, .MKV) that are split into two separate files. Obviously doing so makes the files easier to transport, but it plays havoc with my media library, and I'd love a quick and easy way to merge the files into one. I'm using a Mac, I've been looking for ages, but surely there's a free option to do this, right? Thanks, Splitting Up
Dear Lifehacker, I just bought a 55-inch Samsung 3D LED TV and the standard-definition images are EXTREMELY poor and are really unacceptable. When watching soccer or cricket I can't make out the individuals -- they are just a blur. I am quite literally astounded that a modern piece of technology can't convert lower resolutions so that the picture is viewable. Is there anything that can be done? I am desperate! Thanks, Archie
The debate over frame interpolation is starting to heat up, and you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. Tech weblog Tested has a guide to enabling it on your PC and watching your movies with doubled frame rates.
Windows: HandBrake is a killer tool for ripping DVDs and converting videos to friendly formats. Its interface, though, is a bit imposing to first-time users, at least on Windows. VidCoder builds on HandBrake's core powers and adds pared-down menus and options.
A decent video editing tool that's not exclusive to Macs — it's something a lot of us have been asking and hoping for. The team behind Lifehacker favourite, VLC Media Player, is working on one, and it's a promising prospect.
Windows/Linux: Free, open-source application PhotoFilmStrip creates video from photographs quickly and easily, complete with effects, a soundtrack and smooth zoom in/out effects (commonly referred to as the Ken Burns effect).
You'd never guess it from the name, but Bluegobo.com is basically YouTube for musical theatre geeks. YouTube itself is not short of the odd tune or two from musicals, but Bluegobo slightly ups the ante by including basic information on each show (even though many of the clips are from TV performances). Got another YouTube alternative you like whiling away the hours with? Share in the comments.