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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Free Windows command line converter for text based subtitles on: November 27, 2010, 04:27:05 PM
http://sourceforge.net/projects/saconv/

There seems to be some .NET dependency but it's not specified.  It runs fine for me in Vista64 and Windows Seven 32 bit command lines.

If you download the source it has a handy batch file you can use to convert subs in a folder to .srt.  It supports quite a few text sub formats.  The documentation is practically zero. Run with no args on command line to get help text.

It's for those occasions when you have more than a few subtitle files to process so that manually loading in a Gui and saving would be tedious.
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / HmsTimes 1.0.0.1 on: November 23, 2010, 07:41:58 PM
HmsTimes 1.0

Reads xml chapters file.  Writes text file in HH:MM:SS format.

If you use DVDAuthorGui DVD authoring program, you may find this program useful.
It reads an xml chapter file such as you get when you extract the chapters from an .mkv file. It writes a text file of the same name but with .txt extension.  The text file is just chapter start times in HH:MM:SS format as used by DVDAuthorGui.

For years I have been pasting in the DVDAuthorGui chapters dialog from a file I made with times at 5 minute intervals.  Since MakeMKV produces an .mkv with the chapter info I though it would be desirable to have the chapters the same as the original.

I've only tried it on a couple of rips but it worked flawlessly on both.
It's a compiled AutoIt3 program. It should run on Windows XP and later.

It's free for you to use at your own risk. You may download from this link:

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

Just search on HmsTimes.

The included Readme.txt has a link for donations as well as sample output.

To extract the .mkv chapters to xml I recommend MKVExtractGUI-2.

Edit: A minor update.  If no chapter time tags were detecting in the input
file, an error dialog is shown.
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Fake Coffee Shop in China (NSFW) (Can you guess?) on: November 19, 2010, 04:16:33 PM
Here's a real store. I just wonder how many times in his life the guy said "it's pronounced fooks"?

http://ctt.trains.com/en/...0grand%20old%20store.aspx

3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ever asked, "Now why did I uninstall that program?" A tip for you... on: November 19, 2010, 02:28:08 PM
Thanks.  I've used it before, but don't think it'll do particularly well for this.

This is the [tentative] list of requirements I can envision:
  • file name
  • file date/time
  • install date/time
  • file version
  • path, installed from
  • path, installed to
  • path(s), data and auxiliary file(s)
  • install notes (purpose, nature (portable, fixed, temporary, etc.), warnings external requirements)

I think that will cover most information needed.  Then either store in a database or individual flat files that can be reviewed as needed, edited in the event of an uninstall.  I'm kinda partial to a database, mostly for the sort/query ability, so that would need additional fields:
  • uninstall date/time
  • uninstall reason
  • product review
  • product recommendation (Think I just creeped my own scope tongue.)

Hm-m-m ... what's been missed?

Really don't know that my skill set is up to this, but should -  undecided - be fun trying Grin.

It sounds like the easy way to do it would be to automate MyUninstaller and add the list info to DB before removal.

3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ever asked, "Now why did I uninstall that program?" A tip for you... on: November 19, 2010, 02:24:19 PM
Your comment reminded me of this thread:

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=15916.0
...
I should probably keep screen shots of annoying programs so I can avoid them in the future. But I'm not that organized. smiley


Yes, you can avoid the programs that have fallen out favor, but you won't know "why?" 

Not knowing "why" probably won't stop you from reinstalling.  Remember there was a good reason "why" the (rejected) app was installed in the first place and it will probably be an undoing as the remembered favorable provocation will overpower the doubt concerning why it was rejected.  I speak from senile experience.

There's nothing to preclude text with the picture. Plus I don't believe you can copyright titles. I have a program Quick Click and just saw one on one of those review pages where the click is spelled as "Cliq" .. not that it matters. But remembering by name can be misleading as time passes.
3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ever asked, "Now why did I uninstall that program?" A tip for you... on: November 19, 2010, 01:11:27 PM
I have a TreePad file generator that may be helpful if you are already behind the curve.  The concept is to generate a TreePad file for an entire folder with a node named for each file. Then just manually enter notes for each node. The original impetus was for commenting my downloaded files, but it's a general way of annotating files without touching the original file or embedding it in another storage.

For example when I download a chromium nightly builds zip file I change the name from "chrome-win32.zip" to "chrome-win32_nnnnn.zip" with build number inserted.

After running TreePadGen there's a node in the TreePad file for each file in the folder.  I think if it sees an .hjt(TreePad) file already named for the folder inside the folder, it offers to append nodes to it. (It's been awhile since I used it.  Sometimes I get tired of testing stuff so I don't want to use it once it's stable.  A bad trait I guess.)

http://www.treepad.com/conversion_utilities/

Just search TreePadGen.

edit: The TreePad Lite version works with it fine.  The main limitation of Lite is no graphics.  But for logs, tips, notes it works well.  You can search it for terms, and I believe you can drag & drop nodes, append subtrees, from one TreePad editor instance to another etc..
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ever asked, "Now why did I uninstall that program?" A tip for you... on: November 18, 2010, 10:12:09 PM
Your comment reminded me of this thread:

http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=15916.0

I haven't checked out the tool so I'm not sure if it's apropos.
I find as my memory deteriorates pictures help a lot. Guess that's the reason for Icons in the first place.  I should probably keep screen shots of annoying programs so I can avoid them in the future. But I'm not that organized. smiley
3383  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: One word, three dictionaries on: November 18, 2010, 10:07:10 PM
Sorry for my not having been specific enough.

It helps to define your terms.  heh heh
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BD Rebuilder Beta 0.36.03 on: November 18, 2010, 08:49:28 PM
I did a run with dvd5 output using HC BEST profile.  Resulting size was 4.25 GB. Using best instead of normal didn't slow it down as much as I thought. I'm starting to suspect what bogged the throughput in my manual encodes was setting DC precision to 10. I guess most use 9.

In any case, the processing even with best profile was just a tad over the run time of the film on my quad.  It varies with input I guess.  Some 2 hour films take about 3 hours to encode even using normal profile.

The missing piece now is subtitle support.  Eventually PGS subs should automatically be muxed in using .sup format in standard dvd fashion(jdobbs has stated this will be implemented eventually.) For the time being subs can be burned in using the avs filter or you can add them later using Subtitle Creator mux wizard.

Next thing I have to investigate is multi-thread AviSynth. If I could shave 20 minutes or more off the encoding time then it may be worth doing it manually.
3385  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: One word, three dictionaries on: November 18, 2010, 05:05:17 PM
Using the keyword dictionary instead of definition worked for me.  Or the word defined.

If you wanted to search specific dictionaries then you may be able to cobble something together with a macro to open new tab, then use site:merriam-webster.com word or site:thefreedictionary.com sesquipedalian etc..

btw looks like wraith is doing the tough part.  Gleaning the results. It will be interesting to see the implementation.  Should be a useful tool. smiley
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BD Rebuilder Beta 0.36.03 on: November 18, 2010, 01:18:28 PM
See link in first post.  Some new goodies include hidden option to set HCencode profile to FAST NORMAL or BEST.  New versions of x264 etc..

3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 06:32:55 PM
btw on the audio sync issues.. one "trick" I use is to make sure all my stand-alone dvd players can play both PAL and NTSC.  When I do a conversion I don't change the frame rate. If it's 25 fps I make a PAL dvd. Otherwise I make an NTSC dvd.
3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 05:10:34 PM
Ugh...I'm trying to avoid multi step, multi software things.  I'll stick with FAVC until I have issues, then I'll probably just give up.  I don't do this that often.
I'm just surprised there aren't better one-click solutions out there.  I figure this is a very common thing people run into.  I know people always have videos on their computer, and they'd love to watch it on their regular tv, so a one click solution would be great for that.  i really liked AShampoo's attempt, if it just worked.
More programs like MakeMkv should come out.  one click, no fuss solutions.

I would say with FAVC just check the run time matches the run time of the input.
For example if you have an .avi file as source, use MediaInfo and check the run time.
If it's 1 hour 46 minutes 20 seconds, and so is the play time of the dvd, all should be well.
Move the slider of the software player to near the end of the movie to make sure you still have audio all the way through. If it passes those tests then it should be a clean conversion.

Also note that AvsToDVD has had a revision or 2 since the last time I tried it.  Maybe the audio issues have been resolved.  I tried using the setting to do audio with QuEnc to avoid the aften issue, but I got the crap outs anyway. I just gave up out of frustration.

3389  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is "Quick Format" safe? on: November 15, 2010, 05:02:46 PM
If you change the partition type I highly recommend the full format.  I've had experience with USB keys changing from FAT32 to NTFS or vice/versa where copying data on gave no error.  But reading it back "ran out of file" at some point.  When formatting the file system type for the first time I'd say always do the full format.  The quick format amounts to a quick erase.
3390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: After re-installing XP - what? on: November 15, 2010, 04:55:52 PM
Everyone has their own schemes.  I did the "small system partition" with programs and data on other partitions in the past.  Seems though, even Microsoft programs want to stick some shared something or other on C: making it difficult to predict how small is too small.

When doing that I did have Partition Magic that made it easy to steal space from the next partition if I needed to.  Now I'm more inclinded to only partition if I'm going to boot another OS and keep data on external drives.  I get the system HD < 30% usage by the time I back up. Makes restores and defrags faster. Life simpler.

I guess each person's feeling will vary with their experience.  Try a setup for awhile and see how you like it is all I can suggest. If you want to multi-partition I'd check out something like Partition Wizard as it can do more than the Windows built-in storage management.

There's something to be said for inertia. The way it is now boots so it might not be so bad. smiley

3391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: After re-installing XP - what? on: November 15, 2010, 03:40:06 PM
When you back up a partition with Macrium, chances are good when you restore it's going to overwrite the partition table.  Once you stabilize the partition scheme I would do another backup right away and throw out the old one(or at lease annotate the fact it was from the old partition scheme.)

It may be possible to restore without hosing your partitions but if something can go wrong chances are good it will, esp. when doing disaster recovery.
3392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 03:31:43 PM
I used AvsToDVD myself for awhile. I ran into too many issues with audio processing crapping out.

For DVD output from a single file I got to using HCgui manually. If the audio is fine as is, such as .ac3 I just demux the audio and save the .ac3 file.  Then I do video processing with HCgui to get .m2v file. Use DVDAuthorGui to make a dvd from the .m2v and .ac3.

Only thing is you need to use a bit rate calculator to fit the output into a dvd5 or dvd9.  But it's not difficult:

http://www.videohelp.com/...tions/bitrate-calculators

Many programs insist on processing the .ac3 even when you tell them not to.  Very annoying when it craps out while doing so(aften.)

If he resolved the audio issues it would be a nice app.  I think it's difficult for front ends that use aften. Seems to be something difficult to predict about it or I'm just very unlucky.
3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 12:27:13 PM
It would be nice if I could get $5.  A lot of sites you can't even put your URL in your sig unless everything on the site for download is free. If you use the Paypal donation button on a lot of sites you may see it has an email associated with it with the ID of Sales@whatever.com because the person originally thought they would be able to sell the stuff.  When you find the barriers then you try to at least get a donation here and there.

It's tough to sell software on internet unless it's something that helps get other stuff free. Like a binary news reader.  Most categories there's so much freeware, unless you have some white knight backer, you can't compete. How can you charge when the other guy gives it away?
3394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 12:18:16 PM
yes nice but i think Nero software is good for write video file in dvd

I bought Nero Burning Rom Ultra v. 6.

After awhile though, the assumptions it makes starts to get in the way if you do a lot of video and learn more about how you want to put things together. It assumes you want to take sources and get a DVD.  For example, if you just want to burn a data dvd with a bunch of .avi files on it because your DVD player can play .avi and .divx, you may find it insists on trying to convert each file to a dvd title and so tells you it can't fit them all on one disk.

There are lots of different tools and no one "best" for most things.  In fact on some forums they have rules against asking "what's the best..." because it starts too many arguments. If you keep doing it, they ban you. smiley

Nothing wrong with using Nero if it fits your needs for the most part. Only thing it has some quirks that make it less likely to peacefully coexist with other burning tools. Every time I installed it the first thing I did was make sure I got rid of InCD.  Totally useless software. Just burn an erasable as if it was a CDR if you want to use erasables for data. You'll see on a lot of forums if somebody has a burning issue and they have Nero the first question asked is, "do you have InCD installed?"  Removing it is 90% of the fixes.

I liked Nero when I was burning SVCD discs. The menu tool was very easy to use and the best I knew about at the time.  It's not a bad way to start.  Trouble with video is you can mess with it for years and still not know that much about the file formats and I-frames and all the rest of it unless you are writing software that reads those files or are very heavy into using AviSynth filters or something. It's a deep subject and a pita generally. smiley

3395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 15, 2010, 12:12:42 PM
Miles, I finished that FAVC dvd i was making, and it was great.  That's super easy and nice.  I love it.  I'm going to stick with that unless there's something obviously better.  I hate to get all Apple on people here, but FAVC "just works".  You pick your video files, edit the titles if you choose, and press the button.  Seriously.

Miles is all over those forums, I keep seeing your avatar.  Good stuff, thanks for all the help.

Sure thing. One proviso on FAVC, I would check the Keep box in the Working Files. I don't know why, but every now and then it doesn't finish the DVD authoring.  Sometimes I get a dvd that's a few minutes short.  So check your output. Most of the time if it's broken, you can just take the video and audio files(the .m2v and .ac3) from the Working Files and use an authoring program like DVDAuthorGui to save your work.

Seems like I'd get that maybe 1 run out of 10.  But then I tend to have worse luck than most.  Hopefully it will work for you 99% of the time. smiley
3396  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA for windows collect and resize on: November 15, 2010, 02:04:01 AM
I would look here and see if anyone has something close. You may be able to use their source as a starting point:

http://www.autohotkey.com...c0c4b8232d717df7a10821c54

Generally unless something is just an explorer window, I'm not a believer in resizing other people's program windows.  Often the controls turn into a mess, or they ignore size messages anyway(perhaps with the exception of editors and browsers which tend to expect to be sized to user preference. But often dialog based apps you'll end up with the controls occupying the same area if you size it larger, with just a colored panel out to the window border.  Looks really stupid.)

If there are free grid/resize/reposition apps around they should be on AutoHotKey forum or perhaps AutoIt3 scripts:

http://www.autoitscript.c.../forum/9-example-scripts/

Also I don't see the functional difference between laying out how you want a bunch of messenger windows and saving the layout with a rules based program that will duplicate the result when the windows are present, and hitting a hotkey that calculates it.  Seems to be a distinction without a difference.

3397  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA for windows collect and resize on: November 14, 2010, 09:23:57 PM
Have you looked at this free program?

http://www.softpedia.com/...dows-Layout-Manager.shtml

I haven't tried it myself but from the description it sounds like you could arrange things how you want and save the layout.

Also NirCmd has a 'win' command you can use to move windows around and resize them.  It would probably take some experimentation with partial window title matches to tune a batch file to move however many matching windows were open.. but it might work.

Also there's bound to be other freeware similar on Softpedia if you search. Window placement utilities are one of the more common freewares I would guess.

3398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera's secret weapon on: November 13, 2010, 11:05:21 PM
Internet is getting like driving a car with a stick shift and manual wiper blades in a snow storm.  The crap just keeps obstructing the view!
3399  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: November 13, 2010, 11:02:00 PM
The batch requirement is usually the fly in the ointment.

I haven't experimented much with "convert from any to any" type apps. So my suggestions would be highly dependent on the input.

Another program that has easy menu creation is
SVCD2DVD. It's not free.  Around $20 last time I checked.
The menu maker is fun to use.  You can choose background image.
Just take any image and save it as .jpg 720x576. I have some fractal
flames I made that are good for backgrounds.

SVCD2DVD is ffmpeg based. I tend to favor apps that use HC encode for DVD output.  Although DVD Flick is not bad and pretty easy to use.

If your input is BluRay I recommend BD Rebuilder. It can now output standard DVD, mkv or a compressed disc structure. It's free and gives good results.

I would look on videohelp.com for "batch adapters"
I think some guy named Superman made one for HC encode.
I didn't mess around with it enough to figure it out though.
3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SRWare Iron 5.0.380 beta browser on: November 13, 2010, 06:35:19 PM
There was a bug report on Chromium that google searches created a unique identifier "on the fly" to get the data they want even if you erased the unique ID in the install directory by using a utility.

Supposedly the way it goes is "Chrome" is a "branded browser" so it's ok for them to use this unique ID, but "chromium" is a "non-branded browser" so it's not supposed to do such nasties.

http://code.google.com/p/...um/issues/detail?id=51693


The above link is the bug report that chromium was doing the same thing as chrome.  Somebody forgot to disable it apparently. smiley  Supposedly it's fixed now.  Wink

I guess the moral of the story is don't search google unfiltered.

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