Video How-To & Tips

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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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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How To Convert FLV To MP3

Let’s say you find a video on YouTube or another website that is in the Flash video format, also known as a FLV file. While it may be going away, the FLV file format is still very common for online videos so chances are many of the videos you like will fall into this category. Perhaps you don’t want to watch the video because it’s an author podcast, but would rather listen to it while you’re on the go or share it with friends. Here’s what you need to do in order to download it and convert it to a MP3 file that you can listen to on your iPod or other mobile device using the latest free version of RealPlayer. If you don’t already have RealPlayer installed on your computer, click the orange button in the upper right corner of this page to download and install it now.
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How To Convert WMA To MP3

While RealPlayer can play a multitude of file types, you can also use RealPlayer to convert files into the format that best fits your watching or listening needs. It’s a perfect solution for easily converting music or other audio files into formats that you want to make portable or more versatile. Do you have some old Windows Media Audio (.wma) files that you want to convert to MP3 files so you can listen to them on your phone? Maybe you can only get your favorite song or lecture in the wma format.
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stream videos free onlineEvery time you watch a video on sites like YouTube or Netflix, you’re actually watching a video stream instead of say watching a video on your computer that you’ve downloaded and saved. When you stream video you need an Internet connection, when you watch a video you have saved on your computer it doesn’t matter if you have an Internet connection. Did you know that you could stream video yourself, too? It’s true and it’s easy to get started.
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video converting basicsThe ability to watch video on different types of devices is a wonderful thing. Not so wonderful are the compatibility issues that often arise when you try to watch the same video on different devices. That’s because not all video players can play all video formats.

Let’s say you shot a video with a camcorder. You’ve downloaded the file to your computer and you’d like to email it to a few friends. Unfortunately, there’s a good chance that they won’t have the proper software or plug-ins to watch it.

That’s where video converter software comes in. With a video converter, you can simply change the video’s file format to something more universal, like AVI. It’s also helpful when you’d like to watch a video on a mobile device, like an iPod or smartphone, which might not support a format intended for viewing on a PC.

There are lots of video converters to choose from, and the technical jargon they throw at you can be overwhelming. Don’t be intimidated — there are just a few things you need to know.
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parents make sure children are watching safe videosBy Ken Myers

When it comes to protecting our children from the content of the Internet, there is no such thing as too much security. Although the Internet is loaded with valuable information for all ages, it also can subject your child to content they may not be ready for or is otherwise inappropriate. Even innocent enough websites such as YouTube can have inappropriate material displayed. This is especially true if the computer your child is using is shared by the whole family. YouTube and Google will provide results based on your search criteria. In a shared environment, this can yield results that you may not want your children to have access to.
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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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