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Handbrake-powered VidCoder gets a native 64-bit version

A while back, VidCoder -- the Windows video disc ripping program -- added support for Blu-ray discs. With Handbrake's engine under the hood, VidCoder offers an easy-to-use interface and simple batch processing of your video files. With the release of version 0.8, there's also now a native 64-bit version for those of you running Windows x64. A number of stability tweaks have also been introduced. ...

VidCoder now rips Blu-Ray discs, too

VidCoder is a nice, little DVD ripper for Windows -- it provides a simple, streamlined interface, supports encoding presets, and uses Hanbrake's processing engine for the heavy lifting. One feature which was notably absent from the last version we covered was support for Blu-Ray discs. That has been added in version 0.7.0, and VidCoder is now better than ever. One other nice feature VidCoder o...

Google Wave dies of acute unpopularity at age 1

Google Wave, touted last year as the future of text-based communication, will wave no more. Google just announced that it will be ceasing development on Wave, and eventually shutting it down, because it never caught on the way it was supposed to. Some of Wave's technology, like the drag-and-drop feature and live typing, will live on as open source. Export tools are coming soon so that you can get ...

VidCoder offers a simpler interface for making DVD rips via Handbrake

Handbrake is a great tool for ripping DVDs and it's typically the one recommended by power users. Less experienced users, however, may find the interface a bit too complicated. VidCoder offers a solution to that problem. It's basically a simplified fronted for Handbrake offering only the necessities. Choose a source, a destination folder for your rip, a preset encoding profile, and click encod...

MakeMKV offers simple cross-platform Blu-Ray ripping

Software developers basically have DVD ripping down to a science at this point. No matter what operating system you run, you're only a few clicks away from importing a movie from a DVD to your hard drive. Blu-Ray, on the other hand, is a tougher nut to crack. That's why it's exciting to see a cross-platform app that handles both DVD and Blu-Ray ripping: MakeMKV. MakeMKV offers one-click rippin...

Handbrake 0.94 transcodes DVDs even faster

Handbrake, the insanely great multi-platform video transcoder - or "dvd ripper," if you're really being honest - just got its first update in almost a year. The biggest new change is 64-bit support, which means a 10% jump in encoding speed. According to our sister site, TUAW, Mac users don't even need to be running Snow Leopard to get the 64-bit advantage: it also works on OS X 10.5 on 64-bit ca...

Dirpy rips YouTube audio to mp3

Some YouTube videos are really only worth it for the audio portion. I've seen tons of songs posted to YouTube with still images instead of real videos, and often wished I could just download the audio in one step. Dirpy lets you easily save the sound from a YouTube video as an mp3 for later listening, or save the whole video if you really want to. One of Dirpy's best features is the ability to s...

Tr.im gives up and shuts down

Tr.im, the popular URL shortener owned by Nambu, was apparently not popular enough for the company to see any future in it. Tr.im is shutting down, and links will redirect properly until at least the end of this year. The cost of development and server expansion outweighed the benefits to Tr.im's owners, according to a blog post, because users will never pay for shortURL services. Nambu also...

How to permanently hide elements of any web page from Firefox

Ever wish you could remove an annoying logo, ad, or other element from a web page. Not just hide it up for now, but never ever have to look at it again? Then you might want to check out the Remove it Permanently extension for Firefox. It lets you remove any element from any web page. Well, sort of. First thing you need to do is install the extension. That's a bit trickier than you'd think, becau...

Make your movies mobile with DVD Catalyst Free

Want to watch your DVD collection on your iPod, iPhone, PSP, Smartphone, PDA, or Zune? DVD Catalyst is a simple Windows application that can rip a 2 hour movie from your DVD and apply video compression so that the file fits on your portable device's storage card and still looks halfway decent on your mobile screen. DVD Catalyst offers one-click DVD ripping and encoding. Just launch the program, ...

StarBurn: Free disc burning, audio ripping utility

There are plenty of free CD/DVD burners for Windows, and to be honest we haven't often been tempted to look beyond CDBurnerXP and InfraRecorder, which both seem to handle pretty much any tasks you can throw at them. But while reading an article about BurnOn over at Life Rocks 2.0, we noticed a link in the comments to StarBurn. And while we might check out BurnOn later, we were kind of blown away...

DVD to iPod minus the aggravation

In the intervening months since we last took a look at the fabulous DVD-ripping tool Handbrake (for Mac, Windows, and Linux), the studios have gotten wise to the "lawful use" of the little silver platters they sell at Wal-Mart and upped the ante on rippers. It seems there's a newer protection scheme that does indeed stop Handbrake from ripping the video content on certain DVDs so you can package i...

Yahoo! Music Engine gets new features and new name

Yahoo! Music Engine is now called Yahoo! Music Jukebox (haven't I heard that name before?). This name change coincides with the roll out of new features and a premium "Plus" version. According to the press release, Yahoo! Music Jukebox will be enhanced with: New Audio Equalizer: A new 5-band equalizer allows users to adjust the sound of their favorite music in a convenient fashion. Usabilit...

RipIt4Me: Back up those pesky protected DVDs

It used to be harder to justify ripping DVDs, but now, in the age of DVRs and half-terabyte hard drives copying a movie you own to your computer is both legitimate and smart. Still, some DVDs are trickier than others to back up, and that's where RipIt4Me comes in. It's a free app for Windows that combines the power of DVD Shrink, DVD Decrypter, and FixVTS to make even the stubbornest DVDs easily c...

Save music from Pandora with 3tunes

Pandora is lovely, but don't you sometimes wish you could save the music you're listening to? Well, I'm fairly certain that's against Pandora's ToS, but anyway it's possible with 3tunes. 3tunes is a free app for Windows that bills itself as a "time-shifting" program for Pandora, but basically what it does is save the music you hear on Pandora to MP3 files on your hard drive. It's currently in alph...