how to encode a large number of movie files in a batch process…


Hurray! There I found it. A tool that makes it possible to create large batch encoding sessions just with some clicks. You need:




  1. VirtualDub (any current version will probably work) – by the way; I recommend VirtualDubMod



There you go:




  • open one movie file of the bunch you want to encode in VirtualDub


  • set the encoders for audio+video up like you want


  • save the “Processing Settings” to a .vcf file


  • you can close the video file in VirtualDub now


  • start VirtualDub Batcher and:



    • choose the .vcf you previously saved


    • choose the output folder


    • add the movie files you want to encode with the “Add Files” button


    • when everything looks like you want it: “Make Job List” is the button to press


  • open the “Job Control…” in VirtualDub now (F4 on your keyboard) and open the Job List file which is located in the VirtualDub Batchers’ folder.


  • press start and have a cup of tea.


Source 1: http://www.virtualdub.org/
Source 2: http://virtualdubmod.sourceforge.net/
Source 3: http://www.brightonart.org/VDubBatchAssistant.shtml

iTunes 6.0.2 privacy concerns anyone?

You complained about the Windows Media Player 10 – when the End User License Agreement said something like “We want to log what you’re playing and use that data for statistic purpose.” – So what about the newest and coolest feature of the brand new Apple iTunes 6.0.2? – It’s called “iTunes Mini Store” and shows a smaller version of the iTunes Music Store right beneath your song overview:



To display the information inside this little box – iTunes HAS TO send the information about the song I am playing right now to Apple. So Apple can keep track what and how often you’re listening.


As a matter of fact: Where are the complaints about that now? Oh I forgot: Apple is on the bright side of the force whereas Microsoft is on the dark side… Come on Apple fans! Start to think about the stuff you’re using everyday…

finally an official free-of-charge WMV codec for the Mac


Unlike in my previous article about Flip4Mac now the codec that is needed to play Windows Media files with the Quicktime player on Macintosh computers is now free-of-charge!!! Hurray! You can download it directly from Microsoft and install. It’ll run natively on G4 and G5 processors – so no hacking anymore to watch Windows Media content.


“With Windows Media® Components for QuickTime, by Flip4Mac™, you can play Windows Media files (.wma and .wmv) directly in QuickTime Player and view Windows Media content on the Internet using a Web browser.”


Source 1: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/flip4mac.mspx
Source 2: Flip4Mac article

the new coffeemachine arrived!!!


After cosrahn has successfully destroyed the coffee machine the real-one finally arrived. A “Saeco Cafe Prima“. Well it’s the cheapest coffee machine that fit our needs. The first cups are very promising – we’ll have a lot of fun with that one ;)




Now all that’s left is a “Club Mate flatrate”…maaaeeeednesss!!! *g*


Source: http://www.saeco.de/