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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / VLC 1.1.0 stable release actually works with PGS subs in .m2ts files!! on: June 22, 2010, 01:50:06 AM
Looks like they finally got the bugs out.  I installed the stable VLC media player 1.1.0 and noted in the change log the claim it supports PGS subs.  I tried it with one .m2ts file.  Showed the subs. I could advance the slider without it crashing.  Looks like they finally have it.

http://www.videohelp.com/tools/VLC_media_player

Now if I could just get them to fix my WD set top box! smiley
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AVI + SRT =>> burn a regular DVD, how to? Urgent as heck. on: June 21, 2010, 06:27:41 PM
If you can get the subs to standard .srt it will work in either
DVD Flick
or
FAVC

both free.

Select PAL output DVD type.

My players can play either PAL or NTSC so I never change the frame rate. Audio out of sync is a possibility, but I doubt it. If using FAVC I recommend using HC in 2 pass mode.

edit: Note, if FAVC use the DVD Options Tab to add the .srt subs to the title.  The output will have selectable subs.

edit2: if you have trouble with the .srt subs, try loading in Notepad and Save As ANSI file type and try again.  It may not like UTF-8.
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why does the computer have to pause when you stick in a blank dvd/cd? on: June 21, 2010, 06:21:28 PM
Here's a weirdie for you.  I could never get Windows Seven to change the default command for the optical drive to Open rather than Play. I tried all the settings and tips from all the boards.

Now I just looked again, and afaict, the only difference is I changed from double click for launch to single click mode.  Now Open is the default!!!  Hey, I'll take it however I can get it!!
3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Side-Step of Copyright; Also Porn on: June 20, 2010, 08:43:31 PM
It was fun to read the marquee, even if you would never think to go in.

Hmmmm, marquee, or Marquis de Sade?  heh heh

edit: btw, what a come down for Keir Dullea from 2001 to that flick!!

 hanged

3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SrtFix 1.1 on: June 20, 2010, 07:54:09 PM
SrtFix 1.1 has been posted.  You can download using the link in the top post.
The "brain cramp" was that 1.0 assumed checking for periods in even numbered lines would work, when that just happened to be so because the particular subtitle file had all "one liner" subtitles.

Version 1.1 now checks each line for "-->" which indicates the subtitle time interval.  On those lines if it finds a period '.' it will change it to a comma ','
to fix the milliseconds section of the time code.

That's all it does.  But when you get an .srt that won't load it's easy not to notice those commas are really periods, unless you look closely.
3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SrtFix 1.0 on: June 20, 2010, 07:31:29 PM
SrtFix has been removed due to brain cramp.

If it worked it was by accident.

Sorry about that. Use a real srt fix utility from someplace.
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FCC Moves to Regulate Internet on: June 20, 2010, 05:22:18 PM
Isn't there some sort of allegory about a camel's nose in a tent that is analogous to this situation?

The side with something to gain never quits.  The rest of us have to live and don't get paid for lobbying.  It's inevitable. Unfortunately.
3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting Side-Step of Copyright; Also Porn on: June 20, 2010, 05:20:28 PM
Hmmmmm, for some reason "stretch the condom" comes to mind instead of "push the envelope."  But I was going to mention that at least up until now Parody and Satire were valid defenses against claims the work was a copy.

Tom Brokaw is retired but if Parody was no longer protection we'd lose other guys like John Stuart pretending to be newscasters.


3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Optimal mp3 quality/filesize for voice recordings? on: June 20, 2010, 01:55:18 PM
You might ask Paul Thurrott as he does a lot of podcasting. Probably at least knows the basics of how they clean up the signal:

http://www.winsupersite.com/Default.asp

Or maybe Leo Laporte on Twit TV:
http://live.twit.tv/

Also this board subforum may be good:
http://forum.videohelp.com/forums/33-Audio

edit: I'm not very experienced in audio but just from making expendable discs to play in my car stereo it seems .wma has better sound quality for music generally, at lower bit rates. I think the highest my ripper program would go is 192 .wma and it sounded as good or better than .mp3 at 320.  Of course that's music, not talking audio.  If you can use .wma you may try it as it might save you processing. It should inherently use smaller file sizes I would think.
3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Requests on: June 20, 2010, 01:51:07 PM
btw the 8 forums is already getting geared up, getting the bugs out of the board:

http://www.eightforums.com/
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why does the computer have to pause when you stick in a blank dvd/cd? on: June 20, 2010, 01:48:22 PM
Any Linux gurus out there to say if the same CD load lag happens there?
I haven't used it for any length of time in years.  Just curious if different drivers may make a difference.  Also X should be different than Explorer.
3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why does the computer have to pause when you stick in a blank dvd/cd? on: June 20, 2010, 12:34:44 AM
http://www.windows7taskforce.com/view/18

It reminds me of accessing a floppy drive.  The thing is so slow they must be afraid if it doesn't have the undivided attention of the system it won't pick up what it needs to get off the dime...  one of those things like "It's been broken for so long, don't try to fix it."

3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shiny Disco Balls on: June 20, 2010, 12:25:40 AM
Hmmmmmm wonder if you'd get a headlight reflection right in the eye from that thing?  I bet it doesn't even point North. smiley
3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shiny Disco Balls on: June 19, 2010, 03:38:11 PM
Hmmmm, when I first saw the subject line I thought men had found a way to retaliate for female ornate nail decoration.




If she is doing the decorating herself, give her a computer that refuses to connect to the internet, loaded with all the geeky software you can get your hands on.

At least that's what my dad did to me and it worked. I don't even paint my nails any more, nevermind doing designs and pictures on them like I used to.

I have to wonder how people can work in those nail shops.  A paint line seems less hazardous to your health.  Maybe they wear a gas mask?  Man!! Those fumes are killer!! smiley

Do they make a pair of disco balls to hang from the rear view mirror?  Dice would be bad because I'd be tryin' to roll a 7 while driving. smiley
3390  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Open command prompt at current directory on: June 18, 2010, 05:39:54 PM
This NirSoft utility might be useful for managing the context menu and extended context menu.  Haven't tried it yet myself though.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/shell_menu_view.html

3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shiny Disco Balls on: June 18, 2010, 05:33:34 PM
Hmmmm, when I first saw the subject line I thought men had found a way to retaliate for female ornate nail decoration.


3392  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Open command prompt at current directory on: June 16, 2010, 04:56:22 PM
http://www.favessoft.com/PromptHere.zip

It uses a hotkey rather than a context menu.  Should work on both 32 and 64 bit Windows.  At least it works for me in Vista64 and W7 32 bit.

edit: one thing different than most "command prompt here" type utilities is you can open more than one prompt.  Say you have \temp and \temp2 under C:.  Highlight them both and hit the hotkey.
You'll have a prompt for each with that folder as the current directory.

edit2: there's no unicode support. I provide source in case some may wish to investigate how to add unicode support to the program.  It's done in ahk.
3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SrtFix 1.1 on: June 16, 2010, 01:59:53 AM
I don't know how common this is, but I ran into an .srt subtitle file that would not load in any player or even subtitle program.  Somehow all the commas ',' in the time lines milliseconds were replaced with periods '.'.

I'm not big with regular expression search and replace. It was just faster to write an AutoIt3 program in case this should pop up again.

It simply reads the .srt file listed on the command line, substitutes ',' for '.' found on even lines, and writes it back out to filename.srt.fixed.  The original is not altered.

Usage: SrtFix filename.srt

You can download it here:

http://www.favessoft.com/downloads.html

3394  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TeraCopy Pro for $9.00 (only for another 9 hours or so though) on: June 13, 2010, 05:26:47 PM
yeah, it's a lie - you always have to pay somehow smiley

And you never own beer. You only rent it.  cheesy
So, it can be used for a hire purpose  ohmy

Besides, it can be good for what ales you. smiley
3395  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TeraCopy Pro for $9.00 (only for another 9 hours or so though) on: June 13, 2010, 05:25:13 PM
Reminds me of this cartoon in Playboy.

Oh, I see. You only read Playboy for the cartoons.  Wink

Absolutely.  After all, there's no sex in the thing.  Unless you get off on porcelain figurines.  Look at those white porcelains with the black gloves they have all over the magazine.  Then look at the pictorials.  They air brush the latter to look like the former.

Although now and then there's a pic from a movie with a hot actress.  But the studio shoots aren't worth turning the page.

edit: I only subscribe when they offer one of those 12 issues for $16 postage included specials. Since TV Guide doesn't have much in the way of program descriptions anymore, you need something to read in the can. smiley

edit2: actually, the real reason is I keep hoping for another Woody Allen short story. heh heh heh
3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What the heck has happened to Google search? on: June 12, 2010, 08:47:29 PM
I don't particularly have anything against google. But it has replaced the verb "to search" using a web based engine.  If for no other reasons than nostalgia and breaking a habit, I have AltaVista set as my default search engine.  In (I know it's a bit ironic) Google Chrome, I have it set to use google if I preface the search with the keyword 'g'.  It took me a couple of days to get used to the look of AltaVista results.  There is some ad infiltration but not as pronounced as google results it seems.

Also I get fewer of those pages with a bunch of keywords and no content.  But I can't give you any numbers.  The results just feel less tainted.

3397  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TeraCopy Pro for $9.00 (only for another 9 hours or so though) on: June 12, 2010, 08:41:35 PM
Everyone uses the phrase "free beer" but I haven't found any in real life. smiley
It must be one of those abstractions I heard about. smiley

yeah, it's a lie - you always have to pay somehow smiley

btw, while you're up....  smiley
3398  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TeraCopy Pro for $9.00 (only for another 9 hours or so though) on: June 12, 2010, 04:21:00 PM
That makes me think of a cool name for a calendar program that automatically puts things off for you.  Crastinator Pro. Or you could get the open source version Crastinator Free.

And for those who have constipation....Crapinator Pro. smiley

I would think constipated it would be CrapFree. smiley


is that free as in free beer or free speech ? . . .

Everyone uses the phrase "free beer" but I haven't found any in real life. smiley
It must be one of those abstractions I heard about. smiley
3399  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SRWare Iron 5.0.380 beta browser on: June 12, 2010, 04:10:39 PM
If I had to I could probably get by with 3.  LastPass, XMarks and AdThwart.  The first 2 I may be able to lose if I didn't still use Firefox.  Just use the built-in google sync. I'm not sure if it does passwords as well as bookmarks. I haven't set up a google account mainly because every now and then I try to cross sync all the stuff so I'll have it in Firefox.

But the single exe browser is next to dead. Many dislike the idea of running 1/2 dozen processes to do one job, but Everyone hates waiting for the app to get up off the disk.  They're all following suit now.

3400  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TeraCopy Pro for $9.00 (only for another 9 hours or so though) on: June 12, 2010, 04:03:35 PM
This thread has turned to crap. Grin

Reminds me of this cartoon in Playboy.  This flying saucer is roving over the treetops with an alien and his wife on vacation.  The husband says to the wife,
"It's a planet where everything they eat, turns to sh*t."
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