Saturday, July 9, 2016

Microsoft Photo Story – the Very Best Free Photo Slideshow Maker

Gizmo, the respectable freeware ratings site, announced the Microsoft Photo Story the winner and the Freeware award holder as the best product in its class!

Create slideshows using your digital photos. With a single click, you can touch-up, crop, or rotate pictures. Add stunning special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions. Small file sizes make it easy to send your photo stories in an e-mail. Watch them on your TV, a computer, or a Windows Mobile–based portable device.

Review (Softpedia):

If PowerPoint isn't really your cup of tea and you just want an easy to use yet powerful slideshow creator, Microsoft Photo Story is one of the best choices. The interface is pretty basic and that's exactly the way it's supposed to be since the whole thing is actually a wizard, but, nonetheless, it helps you get the job done flawlessly.

Microsoft Photo Story supports as many photos as you want, offering a preview window and some basic editing functions straight from the beginning. You can thus rotate, crop, correct red eye or colors on the fly, without getting too deep into complicated tasks.

Of course, adding text over photos is a breeze, but the most important thing is that you can also pick from a wide range of effects to change the way photos appear and disappear in the video that will be generated.

A special feature that we discovered during our test was the background music editor that not only lets you use your very own files for the video, but also create songs on the go. You can choose from a number of genres and styles and customize them with your own moods, tempo and intensity, so that the tune will perfectly fit the newly created slideshow.

Microsoft Photo Story will save the resulted file in the .WMV format, so you might have to resort to some video converter software for additional formats.

Thanks to its ease of use and given the very good results in creating slideshows that Microsoft Photo Story offers are attributes that can turn this tool into a must have app.

Unrestricted Freeware

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Free OpenShot Video Editor – Impress your Friends!

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source, video editor. It can take your videos, photos, and music files and help you create the film you have always dreamed of. Easily add sub-titles, transitions, and effects, and then export your film to DVD, YouTube, Vimeo, Xbox 360, and many other common formats.

OpenShot has many great features, such as trimming and arranging videos, adjusting audio levels, transitions between videos, compositing multiple layers of video, chroma-key / green screen effect, and support of most formats and codecs. What really sets OpenShot apart from other video editors is the easy-to-use user interface. We have worked very hard to create a video editor that everyone can enjoy!

Want to really impress someone with your video? Need to add some extra oomph to your video? With OpenShot, you can create 3D animated title sequences, which are guaranteed to impress your viewers! Most 3D animation software is very difficult to use, but not OpenShot. With just a few clicks of your mouse, you will have created your first animation! Behind the scenes we use the amazing open-source 3D package Blender.

Enjoy this video which showcases many of OpenShot's features: 3D animation, curve-based camera motion, compositing, transitions, audio mixing, and vector titles.

Main Features:

ü  Cross-platform (Supports Linux, OS X, and Windows)
ü  Support for many video, audio, and image formats (based on FFmpeg)
ü  Powerful curve-based Key Frame animations
ü  Desktop integration (drag and drop support)
ü  Unlimited tracks / layers
ü  Clip resizing, scaling, trimming, snapping, rotation, and cutting
ü  Video transitions with real-time previews
ü  Compositing, image overlays, watermarks
ü  Title templates, title creation, sub-titles
ü  3D Animated Titles (and Effects)
ü  SVG friendly, to create and include vector titles and credits
ü  Scrolling motion picture credits
ü  Solid color clips (including alpha compositing)
ü  Support for Rotoscoping / Image sequences
ü  Advanced Timeline (including Drag & drop, scrolling, panning, zooming, and snapping)
ü  Frame stepping (key-mappings: J, K, and L keys)
ü  Video encoding (based on FFmpeg)
ü  Digital zooming of video clips
ü  Time-mapping and Speed changes on clips (slow/fast, forward/backward, etc...)
ü  Custom transition lumas and masks
ü  Audio mixing and editing
ü  Presets for key frame animations and layout
ü  Ken Burns effect (artistic panning over an image)
ü  Digital video effects, including brightness, gamma, hue, greyscale, chroma key (bluescreen / greenscreen), and many more!
ü  OpenShot provides extensive editing and compositing features, and has been designed as a practical tool for working with high-definition video including HDV and AVCHD.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Clementine - modern music player and library organizer

Clementine is a multiplatform music player, inspired by Amarok 1.4, focusing on a fast and easy-to-use interface for searching and playing your music.



Main Features:

ü  Search and play your local music library.
ü  Listen to internet radio from Spotify, Grooveshark, SomaFM, Magnatune, Jamendo, SKY.fm, Digitally Imported, JAZZRADIO.com, Soundcloud, Icecast and Subsonic servers.
ü  Search and play songs you've uploaded to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive
ü  Create smart playlists and dynamic playlists.
ü  Tabbed playlists, import and export M3U, XSPF, PLS and ASX.
ü  CUE sheet support.
ü  Play audio CDs.
ü  Visualisations from projectM.
ü  Lyrics and artist biographies and photos.
ü  Transcode music into MP3, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Speex, FLAC or AAC.
ü  Edit tags on MP3 and OGG files, organise your music.
ü  Fetch missing tags from MusicBrainz.
ü  Discover and download Podcasts.
ü  Download missing album cover art from Last.fm and Amazon.
ü  Cross-platform - works on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
ü  Native desktop notifications on Linux (libnotify) and Mac OS X (Growl).
ü  Remote control using an Android device, a Wii Remote, MPRIS or the command-line.
ü  Copy music to your iPod, iPhone, MTP or mass-storage USB player.
ü  Queue manager.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Double Commander – Open Source Enhanced variance of Total Commander

Double Commander is a cross platform open source file manager with two panels side by side. It is inspired by Total Commander and features some new ideas.

Main Features:
ü  Unicode support
ü  Tabbed interface
ü  Multi-rename tool
ü  Custom columns
ü  Built in file viewer (F3) to view files of in hex, binary or text format
ü  Internal text editor (F4) with syntax highlighting
ü  Archives are handled like subdirectories. You can easily copy files to and from archives. Supported archive types: ZIP, TAR GZ, TGZ, LZMA and also BZ2, RPM, CPIO, DEB, RAR.
ü  All operations working in background
ü  Extended search function with full text search in any files
ü  Configurable button bar to start external programs or internal menu commands
ü  Total Commander WCX, WDX and WLX plug-ins support

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