videos

How Can I Rip Family DVDs and Scan Photos to Share?

Handbrake

Episode 1820

Elizabeth from Fullerton, CA

Elizabeth wants to rip her family DVDs and send the video files to family and friends. Leo says to use Handbrake to rip the DVD. Then, you can re-encode the video files to a format that everyone can read. MPEG4 is the best option. After that, you can edit the video files and then send them out. iMovie would work great for the Mac. Then, Leo recommends putting it on a file-sharing site like DropBox and then sending the link out to everyone you want because the files will be pretty large. There's also OneDrive, Google Drive, or iCloud. 

How Can I Watch a Video on Facebook Without Joining?

Facebook Icon

Episode 1814

Richard from West LA, CA

Richard opened a Facebook video link from an email on his phone and he was able to open it. But when he went to his desktop, it requires Facebook. What gives? Leo says that Facebook is doing that on purpose to prevent you from downloading it without logging in. It's a cheesy way to get you to join and is called "growth hacking."  If you can save the video to the phone, then you can send it to yourself. That's worth a try. 

Use Youtube Unlisted Links to Share Your Videos With Others You Know

If you want to share a video with friends and family members, but not have to worry about file formats and codecs (NTFS, FAT32, etc.) that may be incompatible with their computer/device, upload to Youtube. You don't even have to make Youtube videos public, as there are a couple of options that keep your upload out of public searchability. "Private" allows ONLY the person logged into the account to view the video, most likely you (the uploader). However, "Unlisted" allows the uploader to send a simple link out to acquaintances, who can then watch it on their screens without being logged in.

Can I download higher quality photos and videos by connecting over USB?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1538

Garett from Chico, CA

Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.

What's a good computer for making home videos?

Apple iMac

Episode 1372

Alex from Los Angeles, CA

Alex would like to make a video of his daughter growing up using video and pictures. He was thinking about getting a Mac for it. Leo says Macs have a great video editing program called iMovie that comes with all models for free. Leo expects new desktops to come within the next month or so, but even if he didn't wait, he wouldn't be losing out on performance. Apple's iMac would be ideal, but it would cost him more. He could save some money and get a 21", but Leo recommends spending more and getting the 27" iMac. The larger screen really helps.

How can I backup my photos privately?

Google Photos

Episode 1371

Lisa from Channel Hills, CA

Lisa wants to know what the future holds for saving storage and media when it comes to her personal data like photos and videos. Leo says that optical and physical media has been weeding itself out for quite some time, even though we still have hard drives. The trend is heading towards the cloud. The benefit is that she doesn't have to worry about file formats. She could continue to use hard drives, as they are getting cheaper and denser, but it's on her to keep them updated with the latest.