Tom Volotta

flv playerFlash. It’s everywhere.

Just everywhere. You can barely peek into any corner of the Internet without bumping into it in some form or other. Either as a streaming movie, clips posted on YouTube or Facebook, a pop up banner ad, or a simple animation. Although Flash (FLV) and now F4V, an expanded version of the Flash file format specification, has become the de-facto video standard for the Internet worldwide, that reign may be coming to an end.
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how to save and convert flahsThe overwhelming popularity and use of Flash (FLV) video online has created an entire cottage industry of software products devoted just to downloading Flash videos. Some of the Flash download products even refer to themselves as a “YouTube Downloader” because of the vast amount of Flash videos available on YouTube. In this post, we discuss how to download Flash video and save it on your computer. We will also cover what you can do with the video you download — such as converting Flash to other file format — and how to download a Flash player such as RealPlayer to watch those videos. It’s easy to use, fast, and free.
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learn about wmv playerIn addition to its venerable, but aging offering, AVI, Microsoft makes another, more modern player to accommodate today’s more advanced codecs and the demands for quality and convenience by consumers. It’s called Windows Media Video (WMV), and is said to have first come about as a response to a RealNetworks product built for Internet streaming on a computer. But WMV has also grown over the years for a variety of uses beyond web streaming on the computer, and is being used in mobile devices and consumer products.
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citizen journalismThe world of the professional journalist, formally schooled and trained in delivering the ‘Who, What, Why, When, and Where’ of a news story, has been turned upside down and inside out. The legendary sign-off, “And that’s the way it is,” by renowned CBS News broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, has lost the resonance it once had. Replacing it is an innumerable deluge of tweets, social sharing sites, blogs, and video news that relentlessly rains down on us 24/7. The advances in digital technology and the growth of the Internet have empowered a new era of ‘Citizen Journalism’ that has firmly planted a stake in the ground of today’s interconnected society.
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avi playerBuckle your seat belts, because we’re going to jerk you back some twenty years to trace the history of the impressive AVI player.

Developed by Microsoft for use in their Windows PC architecture, the formal name for the AVI container format is Audio Video Interleave (Interleave because the video and audio are bound together in chunks) and is identified by its file name extension .avi. Microsoft had long seen the world of video as its entrée into the living room by creating an AVI movie player that would blend together computing and television. Although Apple was already ahead of the game, incorporating video into computers with its QuickTime technology. The question was, would AVI video players help Microsoft catch up?
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AVCHDIf you like acronyms, particularly for digital media, you’re going to get your fill here. In this case, we’re talking about Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) and like other acronyms it can be a bit confusing. The essential message is that you can shoot and edit high-definition (HD) video with AVCHD camcorders, and then burn that video to a Standard Definition (SD) Digital Video Disc (DVD) quickly and easily and then playback the DVD in a HD Blu-ray (BD) player and view it on a big screen 1080p HD display.

It’s possible to burn HD content with RealPlayer Plus onto Standard Definition (SD) DVD recordable media. Additionally, that version of RealPlayer also offers accelerated downloads and transfers. Since nearly everyone has a DVD recorder, and Blu-ray burners are still a bit quirky and more expensive, this should be welcome news for home video users.
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The unique capability of motion pictures to tell stories in ways that no other medium can is a true art. But as archaic as the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” still has meaning in today’s fast pace society. Some videos are so beautifully shot that each frame is a perfect picture worthy of being framed and hung in a home or office.

With RealPlayer you can collect and build a library of still pictures from your favorite videos. It’s easy to extract an image from video files by using the “Save Picture” feature in RealPlayer and it’s free. If you don’t have RealPlayer, you can download it for free by clicking the orange RealPlayer button in the top right corner of this page.
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Before getting into details and the differences between Microsoft Windows Media Player (WMP) 12 and RealPlayer one thing is clear they both deliver high-quality audio and video. Deciding which media player is right for you depends on what you want it to do. One media player offers a bit more customization of controls and a store, while the other player has more media-centric features. Here are some considerations to help you determine which media player is best for you.
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Apple and Oranges

RealPlayerPutting RealPlayer up against iTunes? Are you crazy? Comparing the perceived might of Apple’s iTunes with RealPlayer hardly seems like a fair comparison. The deeper you dig into RealPlayer; the more interesting features you find.

As in the natural world, there likewise exists an “ecosystem” (a now hackneyed term) of interdependent technologies. It merges information, entertainment and commercial demand for services with hardware and software, driving growth. Apple has been criticized for building a closed system, a so-called “Walled Garden” where their hardware is optimized for their software. Like it or not, this seems to be working very well for them.
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cd burning made easyEven with a world full of iPods, MP3 players, digital home media servers and car audio systems that play music from USB flash memory; people still burn CDs. In addition to playing, downloading and converting a wide variety of digital audio and video formats, RealPlayer can also record, or burn CD-R and CD-RW media.
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