How to Convert Video and Audio from One Format to Another

I bet most of you have had the need to convert a video or audio file from one format to another, either because your favorite software doesn’t support the first one or you needed to make the file smaller, or maybe you had another reason to.

Most of the users in this situation find out that there are very few good tools that will help them. Even paid software has some bugs, is difficult to use or somehow just doesn’t want to work as you intend it to.
I’m going to show you a secret that will solve all these problems. There is a piece of software in this world that is indispensable for the arsenal of a media lover and artist. It is a free utility called SUPER. And indeed it is super!

It allows you to convert almost any audio and video file to any other format AND specify all parameters that can be specified: size, aspect ratio, compression, sampling frequency, frame rate and anything else that is part of a video or audio composition.

I’m going to explain how to get it (it’s not as easy as it sounds) and the basics of using it.
First, to download it, head over to http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html , scroll past the ad(s) at the top to the very bottom where you’ll see some more advertisements and a link saying “Start Downloading SUPER”. Click on it, then scroll down about 5 lines and click the “download and use” link, which is blue (in between red text). Continue reading How to Convert Video and Audio from One Format to Another

Which Web Conferencing Service is Right for You?

With the price of gas, airline tickets and other travel related items on the rise, more and more companies are looking for cost effective alternatives to sending their people around the country to attend meetings. For many smart companies, the answer is a web conference, and there are many advantages to having employees meet one another from the comfort of their own offices. Some of the many benefits Continue reading Which Web Conferencing Service is Right for You?

The PowerPoint Show Format (PPS)

PowerPoint Show format (PPS) is a presentation document format, used to create a PowerPoint presentation. PowerPoint, supplied by Microsoft, is a presentation program. PowerPoint is also part of the Microsoft Office Suite.

As in the case of other software in the Office Suite, PowerPoint is Continue reading The PowerPoint Show Format (PPS)

Make Things Easy for your Attendees!

When choosing a webinar or webconferencing vendor, it makes sense to pick the simplest solution for your needs, and this includes the needs of your attendees.

Many people are not really computer-savvy and if you ask your audience to install or download software, they may be either unsure of what they should do, or suspicious of the software for security reasons. Picking a web-conferencing solution such as gotomeeting that doesn’t require your participants to download any special software will improve the response to your event.

Several days before your webinar, try to find a person who is not especially experienced (computer-wise) and do a trial run of your conference with him/her as the audience. Ask how well the webinar worked and if there is anything that might be made easier.

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Important features to look for in Webinar Software.

Valuable Web Conferencing Features

The type and size of your online event determines the necessary capabilities of your web conferencing software. If you are giving a training seminar for a handful of employees, obviously you need a less robust solution than if you are conducting a multimedia presentation for hundreds of attendees.

Here are some features commonly included in Webinar Software.

Email Reminders: This feature lets you send emails reminding participants of upcoming meetings, track responses, and also attendance and details from follow ups after the event.

Flash Demos: These are useful as a teaching tool or tutorial. They can be used to showcase the important parts of previous webinars.

Surveys and Polls: Surveys and polls provide useful feedback from previous webinars. Use them during your webinar to steer it in the right direction according to the responses and needs of your audience.

Adequate Bandwidth: Bandwidth is usually tied to the maximum number of participants. The type of webinar you are giving figures into the bandwidth equation too. Basic PowerPoint presentations require less than live video or webinars using flash animations.

Ability to Record and Playback: This is an important feature for most businesses. Non-Attendees will be able to view the webinar at a later date. Also, keeping a record of the meeting is useful for research and archiving purposes. Look for the ability to save meetings in a standard format, such as Windows media files or .wmv.

Conference Calling and Web Surfing: When enabled, these features can improve communication between the presenter and the audience.

Annotation Tools: Tools such as a highlighter and pointer help to give your presentation a professional look and feel.