Thursday, May 4, 2017

MusicBee - the best free music player

When I see that somebody is claiming that there is something the best, I usually “flip” the page over. No desire to fall into trap of the modern advertising.

However, MusicBee is listed on top of the free players’ ratings by several well-respected web sites. Still, not the best, but surely “one of the best”.

MusicBee is a free music player created for serious music lovers and includes everything you need to manage and enjoy your collection, no matter how large (it's reportedly handled a library of over 500,000 tracks without a hiccup).

Switching to MusicBee is easy. The first time it runs, the app scans your PC for music and lets you import your files from Windows Media Player or iTunes. Tracks are catalogued, but aren't moved unless you've checked that option under Library Preferences so there'll be no surprises.

Once your songs are imported, tagging them is a piece of cake; hit Shift+Enter to open the tag editor and go to work. MusicBee's automatic tagging is superb, or you can update metadata yourself using industry-standard tags for each file format.

As in Windows Media Player, adding artwork is as simple as copying and pasting, and it isn't limited to the album cover – you can also add pictures of the artist, lead singer, band logo, and photos from live performances. These additional pictures are used throughout the player as navigation aids, and as visualizations while tracks are playing. MusicBee also searches for song lyrics to display as each track plays.

This free music player is designed to make the most of your PC's hardware, including top-end soundcards and surround-sound setups, with upmixing for stereo sound. Continuous playback eliminates silences between tracks (ideal for Pink Floyd fans), and you can choose to add silences or fades, normalize volume, and experiment with the equalizer.

MusicBee is also great for streaming from internet radio stations and listening to podcasts, and supports both SoundCloud and Last.fm. You can even link it to VLC Media Player to stream video podcasts.

The free music player supports almost every audio format around and converting files is simplicity itself, with presets for different playback devices (though for MP3 encoding you'll need to download the LAME codec).

If all of that isn't enough, there's even an Android app for controlling MusicBee remotely, and support for WinAmp plugins. You won't find a more comprehensive free music player, and although it's not open source, it's completely free to use and tinker with for personal use.


Installer and portable: https://getmusicbee.com/downloads/




Monday, May 1, 2017

Avidemux - free and open-source video editor

First time, I posted the note on Avidemux almost 10 years ago. Many software titles become non-existing, and even more non-supported anymore. Avidemux is however, is up, and still supported by active development.

In many cases, when you need a simple video clip editing capability, like cutting, that is the software you need.


Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. The program was written from scratch by Mean, but code from other people and projects has been used as well. Patches, translations and even bug reports are always welcome.


The portable version



Friday, March 31, 2017

StreamWriter - freeware internet-radio recorder

StreamWriter is a free application for windows that records music broadcasted by internet radio stations.

Current version: 5.4.0.2


Main Features:

* Record as many streams as you want at the same time (MP3/AAC)
* Automatically record a wishlist's song when it's playing on a stream
* Player for streams and recorded files
* Track splitting with silence detection
* Function for manual cutting of saved titles
* Tracks are named by a given pattern
* Short songs (ads) can be skipped
* Writing of tags to recorded files
* Script-based postprocessing
* Applying of effects to recorded songs (SoX)
* Integration of different audio encoders
* Scheduled recordings
* Stream browser
* Multilingual (English/German/French/Spanish/Polish/Finnish/Russian)
* Can be installed or used in portable mode
* ...and much more!

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

OpenShot - Freeware Multi-platform Open Source Video Editor

OpenShot Video Editor is a free, open-source video editor for Linux, Mac, and Windows licensed under the GPL version 3.0.

OpenShot 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, PlayStation, and many other common formats.

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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