Someone asked me recently, which tools I am using for all my video stuff (see for example my four YouTube channels: CirqueDuSoleilGuru, SACReleases, CumbrowskiCom and TurnbeutelvergesserB). An interesting question, which I decided to post the answer for here at my person blog, because it might also interest some other folks as well.
Okay, here is a quick 101 of the tools that I use personally for all my video, images and audio stuff.
DVD Ripping and Converting
For ripping video from a DVD and converting it into an AVI, I use various different tools.
To download movies from web sites, such as CirqueDuSoleil.com where it is a bit harder, i am using Jaksta Stream Recorder (download), unless it works already fine with the download Browser Plug-in from RealPlayer or Replay Media Catcher by Applian.
I then convert the videos with either MP4 Converter (download) by 4Media or Moyea FLV Converter (download). I wrote a post about video downloading at my personal blog for more information about this subject.
I do some basic cutting and filtering with the free tool VirtualDub.
If I have to do some more editing, I am using ImToo Mpeg Encoder (download) to convert videos to Mpeg2 and edit them with Adobe Premiere. You have to convert all video footage to one format, one that the editing software handles well, or you might get all kinds of issues. I also to resizing to one resolution before hand. I do that mostly with VirtualDub.
For screen captures and recordings I am using TechSmith’s Snag-It or the CamRecorder that comes with TechSmith’s Camtasia Studio. To record demos and intros (sacreleases account at YouTube), I am either using the capture feature that comes with the emulators (DOSBox or WinUAE) and for Windows stuff the free tool called KKapture, which was developed by the famous (in the demoscene) demo group Farbrausch.
That’s about it…the whole deal
I use and used to use some other tools, but that is often only for convenience reasons, nothing more. I could do everything with just the tools that I mentioned.
Carsten aka Roy/SAC
- iLead DVD Ripper (download)
- ImToo DVD Ripper (download)
- Nidesoft DVD to AVI Converter (download)
- Jaksta Stream Recorder (download)
- Replay Media Catcher
- MP4 Converter (download)
- Moyea FLV Converter (download)
- ImToo Mpeg Encoder (download)
- Windows Movie Maker
- Camtasia Studio
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe Photoshop
- Adobe Soundbooth