Stream your Windows desktop using ffmpeg

CLI, Codec, ffmpeg, free, MP4, Opensource, Transcoding, Video, VLC, Windows
I've already covered how to do this with vlc a while back in parts 1 followed by part 2. I just found out that something very similar in results can be done with ffmpeg. ffmpeg has recently added support for directshow filters which now allows one to capture the screen and stream and/or save it. Here is how you can do this: 1.) Grab a copy of the Screen Capture DirectShow source filter from Unreal Streaming Technologies. It's about half way down that page. They have both the UScreenCapture X86 Edition and the X64 Edition (depending on your OS installation). I used the 64 bit filter on a Windows 7 64 bit installation. 2.) Install the filter and make sure you make the following changes to your windows registry using regedit. The default frame…
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Ninite: Number 1 application you need in Windows…..

free, Microsoft, Opensource, Windows
There are a lot of fantastic free software packages out there for the PC if you're running windows. VLC, Firefox come to mind. The problem is that it takes a long time to install all of them on your PC. You know the routine, click, wait for download, double click, next, next, next, etc......Well, why? Head over to Ninite's website, choose the applications you want and let them create a custom "Meta Installer" for all the applications in one package. Run the installer and wham, you got all those free/opensource apps downloaded and installed on your machine in one shot, with minimal clickage :-). No sign-up required, Free for personal use, Just in time for Windows 7 Upgrade (or potentially downgrade). Now if only someone would make something like this…
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FastPictureViewer RAW Codec Pack….FREE

free, Photography, Windows
If you're using any one of Windows XP, Vista or 7 Platforms in 32 or 64 bit mode, you might be interested in the FastPictureViewer RAW picture codec pack from Axel Rietschin Software Developments. They are FREE for personal and educations use and give you fast access to preview RAW images taken by just about any digital camera capable of shooting RAW in Explorer. It even supports the slideshow function in Photo Gallery and Photo Viewer. The fact that it supports 32 and 64 versions of Windows is a bonus since most camera manufacturers -- atleast up to now -- have been very slow in supporting 64-bit windows. Here is a list of supported RAW Formats:Adobe Digital Negative (.dng)Canon Raw Image (.cr2, .crw)Fuji Raw Image (.raf)Hasselblad Raw Image (.3pr, .fff)Kodak…
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National Film Board of Canada’s New Iphone/Ipod Touch App….

Disruptive Technology, free, Video
I usually don't tend to write about apps, but this one got my attention. Download the FREE NFB app and you get access to over a thousand films, documentaries, animations and trailers on your IPhone or Ipod Touch. I think (hope) that this move will be the trickle before the storm that will finally open the flood gates of media archives being made available to people everywhere. It is a real shame that these works are usually housed/guarded in some concrete bunker, being only available to specialists. I will not bore you with my opinions on archives/copyrights/rights management of our collective cultural treasures by the "high priests"......Let's just say I'm crawling out of my skin in joy that NFB has taken the (hopefully) first step :-).
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System Explorer….The last PC monitor/process manager you’ll ever need

free, Tricks, Windows
Yes, we all know Windows task manager sucks. So I set out to find a decent replacement and that's when I came across System Explorer. It's FREE and it rocks. Here are the major features:Detailed informations about Tasks, Processes, Modules, Startups, IE Addons, Uninstallers, Windows, Services, Drivers, Connections and Opened Files.Easy check of suspicious files via VirusTotal or Jotti service.Easy search details about file/process via online databases.Security Extension for automatic check of processes,modules and selected files."New Task..." dialog with integrated AutoSearch and AutoCompletion.Action History for monitoring processes activities.Performance graphs for monitoring usage of system resources in time.System Snapshots for easy finding of system changes.System Report builds rich text report containing major informations about your System.Multilanguage and Plugins Support.Can be used as Task Manager replacement.It's the best one I've come across…
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Gbridge, a must have utility for MS Windows….

free, Google, Windows
Gbridge is a free software that lets you sync folders, share files, chat and VNC securely and easily. It extends Google's gtalk service to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) that connects all your computers directly and securely. No matter if they are behind Firewalls, NAT or anything else for that matter. Here are some of it's main features:Access your files cross your computers, e.g. instant mp3 play, securely and easily through SecureShare.Use AutoSync to copy big files and sync folders between your computers.Use EasyBackup to auto backup your important directory to another computer.Remote control your computer easily and securely through DesktopShare (build-in VNC) or Microsoft Remote Desktop.Gbridge automatically forms a VPN among your multiple PCs no matter where they are. You can also extend the VPN to include your Gtalk…
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FastCopy…..Lightning Fast….

free, Technology, Tricks, Windows
Just came across this program in my desperate search for a faster copying program. I recently purchased a "small" 4TB NAS from QNAP and I've been busily filling it up with my FLAC collection lately. The trouble with this is that it takes windows far too long to even start the copying process -- let alone the actual file copy. Well that's were FastCopy comes in handy, by bypassing MFC and only using Win32 API FastCopy is truly fast, even to a network device like QNAP. I'm now getting around 7.8-8.2 MB/s compared to 5-6 MB/s before FastCopy (this is on a 100 Mb/s connection). Don't believe me, try it , it's Free.
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Serial Number Revealer will eventually save your day…..

free, Windows
Have you ever had to reinstall Windows and all the software you own, just to find out that you've lost the serial number of some of those packages. Well go grab Serial Number Revealer right now and run it on your machine. It's Free and can reveal the installed keys for more than 700 pieces of software, if any of them are installed on your machine. You can then save these in a text file and/or print them for safe keeping. While you're there you might also want to grab Game Key Revealer, it does the same thing for your purchased games.
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UNetbootin takes care of all your USB Linux installtion blues….

Fedora Core, free, Linux, Opensource, Ubuntu
I'd covered Fedora's Live USB creator a while back. But for those of you wanting to install other flavours of linux on a USB stick (or a HD even), the process was lengthy and cumbersome. That was before UNetbootin, the Universal Netboot Installer. You see UNetbootin can be run from Linux or Windows and will enable you to install a fully functional linux distro to a USB stick or even a spare partition.The current version has built-in support for the following distributions:Ubuntu (and official derivatives)6.06 LTS6. LTSDebianStable/EtchTesting/LennyUnstable/SidLinux Mint3.14.05-r1openSUSE10.210.311.0FactoryArch Linux2007.08Damn Small Linux4.4SliTazStableCookingPuppy Linux4.00FreeBSD6.37.0NetBSD4.0Fedora789RawhidePCLinuxOS20072008Gentoo2007.02008.0Zenwalk5.2Slax6Dreamlinux3.2EliveDevelopmentCentOS45Mandriva2007.12008.02008.1FaunOS0.5.4Frugalware LinuxStableTestingCurrentSo go ahead and try some of those acquired flavors of Linux, or that FreeBSD you always wanted to install, but were too scared to. After all it's only a USB stick, if it screws up just format and reinstall…
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Move over to Gmail…..

free, Gmail, Google, Lifehacker, Opensource
Lifehacker has a couple of great articles on how you too can cut those ties holding you back from Gmail heaven and move your Email accounts (and old Emails) to Gmail. So go ahead, head on over to Gmail, create an account, download this utility and start uploading your old Outlook/Outlook express/thunderbird mailboxes from your computer to Gmail. Next Read this article to figure out how you can have Gmail "suck" your other accounts dry using the POP protocol and/or consolidate your other email addresses into Gmail. Oh and it's all FREE as usual, so enjoy.
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