Sun, Oct 31, 2021 9:53 pm
Trimming an MP4 Video on a Microsoft Windows 10 system
On a Microsoft Windows 10 system, if you wish
to save just a portion of a video that is in MP4
you can do so if you are viewing the video in the Movies &
application, which is the default program for playing videos,
by clicking on the pencil icon near the bottom, right side of the
window. If you double-click on the file for the video, it will likely
open in the Movies & TV
app, but if that is not the
default program for playing videos, you should be able to open it
in the program by right-clicking on the file and choosing Open
then selecting Movies & TV
. Once you click on
the pencil item in the application, you can then choose Trim
which appears beneath Edit in Photos
. You should then see white
circles at the beginning and end of a white line at the bottom of the
video that represents the length of the video. You can drag those white
circles to the points in the video that you wish to be the starting and
stopping points for the video. E.g., if I had a video that was several
hours long, but I only wanted the first hour of the video, I could
drag the white circle at the bottom, ride side of the window to the
left until I saw 1:00, which represents 1 hour and 0 minutes. Once you
have just the portion of the video timeline you want isolated with the
white circles, click on Save as
, which appears near the top,
right side of the window next to an icon that depicts a pencil over a
1/2" floppy disk
. You can then chose a file name you want for the
new copy as the program doesn't change your original file, but makes a
copy with just the portion of the original file you opted to save. By
default, the program will append "_trim" to the original file name.
If it is a large video, you may need to wait a few minutes for the new
file to be created from the larger original file.
Mon, Oct 12, 2015 12:13 pm
MediaMonkey taking a long time to start playing music
My wife told me that MediaMonkey (MM)
on her PC was taking a long time to start
playing songs; it could take 20 seconds to begin playing a song after
she double-clicked on it from the Windows Explorer to play the song. She
showed the problem to me by having Windows 8 use Media Monkey as the default
player for MP3 files. When she clicked on a song, I observed it did take as
long as she reported, but when she then switched the default player to
Windows Media Player, songs started playing almost immediately when she
double-clicked on them. I checked the version of MediaMonkey on her system
and found it was 184.108.40.2061. When I checked the MediaMonkey website at
MediaMonkey >> Download
I found the current version is 220.127.116.114. After I downloaded and installed
that version, the problem no longer occurred.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 3:48 pm
Clearing Media Monkey and Windows Media Player Libraries
If you wish to clear the Windows Media Player (WMP) library, but not delete
the music from your system, within the program while viewing your music,
to select all entries then right-click and select
. When a window opens prompting you as to whether you wish
to delete items only from your library or wish to also delete the music
files, e.g., MP3 files, from your system, leave "Delete from library only"
selected and click on OK
to clear the database, you can click on File then select Clear
Database. You will then be prompted to type "YES" to ensure that
you didn't inadvertently select to remove all entries from the Media
Monkey music library for your account. For a family member who wanted
to reinitialize her library, though, I found that after typing "YES"
in all capital letters to proceed that a blue circling ring appeared
for awhile, but afterwards all of the entries remained visible in the
proram. If I clicked on File and selected Close or clicked
on the "X" at the upper, right-hand corner of the Media Monkey window,
the program would not close. When I closed the program through the
Windows Task Manager, reopening it showed all the entries remained.
Perhaps, because she had such an extensive music collection, the
program may have been taking a long time to clear the database, but
the library was never cleared after we performed several attempts
to clear it. But there is another way to clear the database and
start fresh. You can, instead, delete the Media Monkey database
MM.DB. After killing the program through the Task
Manager, I deleted that file, which, on a Windows 8 system is found at
where username is the username for the account. Note: you may
have to turn on the display of hidden files, folders, and drives through
the Windows Explorer in order to view that location. I also deleted
MM.DB-journal, which is found at that location. Then,
when she reopened Media Monkey, the library was empty and she was able
to add the music she wanted in the library back into it.
Thu, Jan 01, 2015 9:47 pm
MediaMonkey Codec Pack 18.104.22.168 Installation
provides the capability to manage a movie/music library, even ones
containing over 100,000 files whether they are on a hard drive, CD, DVD,
or on other devices on your network. You can organize, browse or search
music by genre, artist, year, rating, etc. It supports a variety of
audio/video formats such as MP3, AAC (M4A), OGG, WMA, FLAC, MPC, WAV,
CDA, AVI, MP4, OGV, MPEG, WMV, M3U, PLS, etc. For
doesn't already support, you can install a codec pack for it to support
additional formats. If you don't have support for the codecs already on
the system, it will provide support for the following codecs:
- aac (.m4a, .m4b)
- h.264 (.mp4, .m4v, .mkv)
- mpeg4 (.avi), + flash
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Sun, Dec 14, 2014 5:10 pm
Ripping a CD with Microsoft Windows Media Player 12
To rip a CD to the music libary stored on your system, i.e., to copy the music
from the CD to the hard drive on a Windows sytem, using Windows Media Player
12, take the following steps:
Insert the CD in the CD/DVD drive in the system.
Start the Windows Media Player application.
On the left pane of the Windows Media Player window, navigate
to the location of the CD/DVD drive, which should be displaying the
album as shown below where the album is identified as "unknown album"
Right-click on the CD in the left pane of the window and choose "Rip CD to
library. As the CD is "ripped", you should see the status displayed
under "Rip status" near the top of the window; status information is
also displayed in the lower, right-hand side of the window.
The status under "Rip status" should change to "Ripped to library" at
the completion of the rip process.
On a Microsoft Windows 7 system, you should then see the name of the
album in your music folder under
C:\Users\Username\Music\, where Username is
the name for the account under which you logged into the system, if you
look for it using the Windows Explorer. If the
album/artist could not be identified by Windows Media Player, you may
see an "Unknown artist" folder with an "Unknown album" folder within it.
From the Windows Explorer, you can right-click on the folder names and
change them, if you wish.
Sat, Apr 03, 2010 12:49 pm
Playing VOB Files with VLC
A Video Object (VOB)
file is a
media. VOB can contain video
together into a stream form. VOB is based
on the MPEG program stream
format, but with additional
limitations and specifications in the private streams. The MPEG program stream
has provisions for non-standard data (as used in VOB files) in the form of
so-called private streams. VOB files are a very strict subset of the MPEG
program stream standard. While all VOB files are MPEG program streams, not all
MPEG program streams comply with the definition for a VOB file.
You can play .VOB files with
applications such as
PowerDVD, VLC media player, and
The VLC media player is free. It is a highly portable multimedia player and
multimedia framework capable of reading most audio and video formats (MPEG-2,
MPEG-4, H.264, DivX, MPEG-1, mp3, ogg, aac ...) as well as DVDs, Audio CDs
VCDs, and various streaming protocols.
The VLC setup file,
vlc-1.0.5-win32.exe uses the
Nullsoft Scriptable Install
System (NSIS) for the installation.
Sat, Apr 03, 2010 11:32 am
Combined Community Codec Pack
A family member needed to play
.mkv video files. The .mkv extension is used for
Matroska video files.
Matroska is an extensible open source, standard multimedia container.
Matroska is usually found as .MKV files (matroska video), .MKA files (matroska
audio) and .MKS files (subtitles). The developer home page is located at
Matroska Media Container. There is
a downloads link there for
CCCP (Combined Community Codec Pack),
which takes you to the Combined Community
Codec Pack website.
The installation file uses the
Inno Setup installation
system. If you have any concerns about the safety of the software you might
install, I've provided links to the malware scan reports for the 2009-09-09
version of the Combined Community Codec Pack below.
Virustotal is a "service that analyzes
suspicious files and facilitates the quick detection of viruses, worms,
trojans, and all kinds of malware detected by antivirus engines."
VirSCAN provides a similar service.
Both sites scan uploaded files with multiple antivirus programs; none found
any malware within the codec pack setup file.
When you install the 2009-09-09 version of the codec pack, you can choose from
the following components. All will be installed by default unless you deselect
FFDShow Tryout r3065 2009-08-30
FLV Splitter r1264
Haali Media Splitter 22.214.171.124 2009-01-11
MPV (MPEG2) Decoder r1264
VSFilter 2.39 r1264
Media Player Classic Homecinema 1.3.1264
If you install all of the above, you will need at least 22.3 MB of free disk
space. By default, a "Combined Community Codec Pack" folder will be created
beneath the Start Menu with shorcuts for the codec pack.
Under Select Additional Tasks, you also have the following options:
Set Perceived Types
Register Extensions in Windows Media Player
Haali Media Splitter
Enable Shell Extensions
The "general" ones are selected by default, but not the "Haali Media
Splitter" options. I selected those as well. You can also choose to
open the settings window for the application during the installation.
The Combined Community Codec Pack provides support for the following
FFDShow Video Decoders:
Flash Video (FLV1 & FLV4)
The following FFDShow Audio Decoders are supported:
You can also change the file associations for various file types, such as
.avi, .mkv, .mp4, and .ogm files.
To be able to play those files by just double-clicking on them,
you may need to change file associations. For instance, under Windows 7, if
you want to play the files with Windows Media Player, you can right-click
on a file of one of those types, e.g., an .mkv file, and choose
Properties. Then click on the Change button to change
the "opens with" application.
Sat, Aug 23, 2008 3:42 pm
When attempting to playing a movie file, such as an
, you may find that
the audio and/or video doesn't play because of a missing
. One solution is
to use a audio/video player, such as
which has built-in support for a wide variety of audio/video codecs.
Or, if you prefer to stick with the media player you are accustomed to, such
, then you can use a program, such as
the missing codec.
[ More Info ]
Sat, Aug 23, 2008 3:17 pm
VLC Media Player
VLC media player
is a free
cross-platform media player, which runs on Microsoft Windows,
Mac OS X, BeOS, Syllable, and GNU/Linux systems. It also runs on
BSD and Solaris systems. It is released under a
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various
audio and video formats, such as MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, etc, as
well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be
used as a server
to stream with extended features, such as video on demand, on the
fly transcoding, etc., in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a
high-bandwidth network. It doesn't need any external codec or program
VLC supports the following types of files and, when installed,
will make itself the default program for opening these types of files, unless
you specify otherwise.
VLC File Type Associations
The VideoLAN Web site
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