Media

Downloading, streaming, or encoding music and movies.

How Can I Stream My Church Service?

ShoutCast

Episode 1778

Troy from Fontana, CA

Troy is going to be doing live streaming of his church service using the OBM project. But he is having trouble understanding how to manage multiple streams at the same time and be able to manage the ads that are put in the stream. Dubbed Content Delivery Network (CDN). Leo says that Vimeo is a good option. If only audio matters, check out IceCast and ShoutCast. But he'll have to host it himself if he goes with Icecast. Troy will also need a converter in the streaming software to put it into the IceCast format.  Leo recently moved to a new hosting service to handle all that.

What Do I Need to Digitize VHS Tapes?

Combo Player

Episode 1772

Paul from Laguna Nigel, CA

Paul has 35 VHS tapes and he doesn't want to pay $650 to digitize them. How can he do it himself? Should he just buy a VCR and use it to digitize? Leo says he can do that. But while at it, look for a VHS model that also has a DVD burner built-in. It's called a Combo player.  But Paul wants to get it done sooner rather than later. But with a VHS player, he'll need a video capture card to hook it up with that can take the red, white, and yellow composite video cables. S-Video would be even better. But the capture card is what's important.

Can I Stream Music in My Business?

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Episode 1771

Jessica from Orange City, FL

Jessica runs a gym and uses Pandora to play music. Does she have to pay ASCAP fees? Leo says that Pandora has a commercial service, which is probably what she uses. The reason is that playing Pandora for free can be considered piracy and can incur fines for the unauthorized playing of music in the public eye.  Pandora's commercial service also covers all license fees from ASCAP. But they aren't the only ones. There's also Mood Media, Spotify for Business, Cloud Cover, and others. 

Why Are My Podcast Mp3s All Out of Order?

Apple Podcasts

Episode 1769

Peter from Las Vegas, NV

Peter has a bunch of Leo's podcasts that he's downloaded over the years. But now the shows are all out of order. Leo says that advertiser based technology has forced a change in how they name their podcast files. The files are run through a service called Megaphone, which then triggers an ad at an appropriate spot based on what your interests are. As such, the file is named differently for each downloader. But there is a solution. You can get an mp3 renamer that can change the file name based on the file metadata.

How Can I Copy a DVD?

VLC Media Player

Episode 1769

William from Santa Clarita, CA

William wants to make a video and use iMovie to edit it and post it online. But how? Leo says the issue isn't what editor you use, but how you host it. Leo recommends hosting it on YouTube. It's free. It's ideal if you don't know video. How to share it? You can embed it to your website or provide a link for the viewer to watch. 

How Can I Catalog and Organize My Library of Music and Movies?

Delicious Library 3

Episode 1759

Nolan from Los Angeles, CA

Nolan wants to know if storing passwords on your iPhone is safe. Leo says if you only use Apple devices, it's about as secure as it can get. iOS has it's own built-in password generator and wallet. But your passwords won't be available if you use a Windows Machine or other cross-platform device. That's where a third-party app like LastPass comes in handy. 

How Can I Digitize My Old Albums?

Crosley CR6010A-RE Collegiate Portable USB Turntable

Episode 1759

John from Palos Verde, CA

John wants to digitize a record album of his mother's appearance on the old game show Queen for a Day. Is there a turntable that he can get, which can convert it to an mp3? Leo says that Crossley makes a turntable with a USB connection. There is also Victrola and ION. They make them as well. And you can get them as little as $100, and it also includes a CD burner. Just do a search on Amazon for a USB Turntable.

How can I rip DVDs to my hard drive?

Handbrake

Episode 1754

Steve from Riverside, CA

Steve uses PLEX to stream his home media. He's got over 400 movies on his hard drive. But his DVDs have VOB files on them. How does he rip them so he can add them to his PLEX system? Leo says that what you want on your hard drive is the movie itself. Not necessarily the VOB file. But PLEX should be able to read it. A far easier thing to do is to use Handbrake to convert your DVD movies to MP4 files. You may also need VLC Media Client.