Media Player Classic Homecinema

Someone made another version of MPC because the original developer stopped working on it. Interesting.

Media Player Classic Homecinema

Creating Animations from Videos

If you want to create an animation from a video, here’s a few options for you. Both of them require a third-party animation editor, though I’m not going to suggest any. (I use Jasc Animation Shop, which came with a copy of Paint Shop Pro that somebody gave us.)

One of them is Movie To Animated GIF, which is simple, but is very very picky. (Sometimes it won’t open videos, other times the animation comes out choppy.) But it turns it all into a nice animation for you, and all you’ve gotta do is remove the frames you don’t want.

Another alternative is using Avidemux. I’ve already posted about using it, so I’m not going to repeat myself. Although you have to combine the frames yourself, it’s easier to get exactly what you need.

Any other ones (or animation makers)? Post in comments.

Another alternative for video screencaps.

A while ago, I posted an article on creating video screencaps. However, I have recently found another alternative — Avidemux!

Go to the frame you want captured, and go to the File >> Save menu. There will be options to save as both a JPEG file and a bitmap.

Also, if you select a portion of the video, you can save all the frames within it — great for making animations. And of course, save as a video file.

The great thing about this is you can select the exact frame you want.

Need video screencaps? Two options.

If you need video screencaps, here’s two options.

1. If you have Windows Media Player, and try to use the Print Screen feature, often you end up with the “black screen problem,” where the video just isn’t there! This is caused by overlays. To disable them, go to the Tools >>  Options menu. Under the Performance tab, there will be an “Advanced” button. Hit that, then uncheck “Enable Overlays.” There you go, you can take screencaps! (And if you can’t understand these, check out this)

2. If you don’t use Windows Media Player, you can always check out VLC Media Player. As well as being a great all-around media player, it’s very easy to take screenshots — when you right-click the video image, it’s there. Being an open-source enthusiast, I would highly recommend this alternative.

There are also various programs that take screenshots, but I’m tired and can’t think of any right now — but feel free to post in the comments.

Why VLC Media Player Is The Best Video Player

VLC Media Player can be downloaded here.

1. Open-source — anybody can download, view, distribute, or modify the code making up VLC. This means bugs are usually fixed more quickly than with conventional distributions of software.

2. Cross-Platform — if you are not using Windows, you can still use VLC. It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, various distributions of Linux, and others.

3. No Codecs Required — if you do not have the codec for a media type supported by VLC, you can still play it!

4. Ability To Play Copy-Protected DVDs — We all hate copy-protection. Although controversital (and illegal in some places), VLC uses libdvdcss to bypass copy-protection.

5. Portability — work on several computers? You can download a portable version of VLC.

6. Plays Broken Files — Do you have a video file that somehow got broken and won’t play in other media players? VLC can often play it. (I’ve done it several times myself.)

Videos play too dark? How to fix it.

Because of my corrupted display adaptor, I had to reinstall it — defaulting all the settings. All was fine — but I recently discovered videos were too dark!

Well, I knew that videos used overlays to play (which is part of the reason why it’s hard to get a screencap of one — it usually goes black.)

So, just adjust the overlay settings.

How I found the overlay settings (Note: May vary from computer to computer)

1. Either right click on the desktop and click “Properties”, or go to the Control Panel and pick “Display Properties.”

2. Go to the “Settings” tab.

3. Click “Advanced.”

I found my overlay settings easily there — but you may have to do some digging. Also, mine required you play the video before you could adjust it (huh??)

Usually, changing the brightness or contrast is good enough.

Good luck! (And if you have problems — don’t hesitate to email me — I’ll try my best to help).