Main Line Commodore User Group


May 2011 Issue 348


MEETING STARTS - 09:30 -- MAY 14th



As a follow-up to last month's presentation, I thought we would discuss ways to find and capture multimedia content from the Internet. So, we'll be talking about sources such as multimedia focused web sites like YouTube & others, and about applications that aggregate multimedia such as Miro, iTunes, and others. We'll take a look at tools such as specific applications and browser plug-ins that you can use to facilitate the processing and capturing of multimedia from the various websites.

We may discuss some of the legal aspects of capturing & using multimedia from the Internet.

Many of you know how simple it is to capture pictures displayed on the Internet. Most of the time capturing video off the Internet is not as simple. Here's your chance to learn some of the techniques and sources for capturing multimedia video content.


1) If you are a member and did not attend the December 2010 meeting, then you likely missed out on getting one of the end of year 4GB Kingston MicroSD cards with adapters as a Christmas gift. If so, and you would like one, contact John D to make arrangements to get yours.

2) Club membership entitles you to receive a hard copy of the newsletter and access to our email list server, which is run for the benefit of our members. Please do not hesitate to post club and computer related notices and problems to it. If we can't solve your problem remotely, we can be alerted to it ahead of the monthly meeting where more hands-on may help resolve your problem.

3) A few of the regular attendees usually partake of lunch at the Campus Corner Restaurant near the intersection of Routes 30 and 320 just off the Villanova University campus. So, after the meeting, why not join us? It's an opportunity to get more help and to discuss our common interests.

4) Help MLCUG go ``Green''. We issue this newsletter by both electronic means through our email list server and in hardcopy format. If you find yourself not reading the hardcopy, PLEASE inform John D, the editor, so that you will only receive the electronic version.


Attendance: 10 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, April 9th.

Main Meeting Q&A: We began last month's meeting with our normal round of questions and announcements. Among the questions and announcements:

Main Meeting Program: This month's presentation focused on how you can manipulate multimedia you own so it will play on the various devices you own. This included how you can process both music and video to be playable on your portable devices and various devices you may have connected to your TV.

We also discussed how you can archive your original multimedia which is a good idea should your originals become damaged. The best thing to do is make and use a copy of the original and then store the original away for safe keeping. That way you can be pretty sure that your precious CD & DVD media sources are less likely to be scratched, cracked, or otherwise damaged by heat and other use and environmental tragedies.

We discussed how you can use software including ImgBurn, VLC, Handbrake, MakeMKV, and iTunes for processing and managing your multimedia.


This section contains web links related to some of the subjects we discussed during our round table discussions and main presentation.

Pogoplug Pro - Pogoplug connects your external hard drives to the Internet so you have full access to your home content. Make your videos, photos, presentation files, or even your entire music library accessible online, without uploading. Pogoplug gives you the power to broadcast and share your digital life with ease from wherever life takes you.

Arch Linux - a lightweight and flexible Linux® distribution that tries to Keep It Simple

Internet Explorer 9 - Sites are instant with one-click access to your favorite sites right from the taskbar. Sites amaze with hardware-accelerated graphics and HTML5

Firefox 4 - Improved Interface makes your browsing easier and more efficient

Xmarks - is a free add-on for your browser that synchronizes and backs up your bookmarks across multiple computers. Xmarks helps you find the best sites on the web based on what millions of people are bookmarking. 3 - is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. - The Definitive DVD Backup Resource


VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD,VCD, and various streaming protocols.

HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows.

ImgBurn is a lightweight CD/DVD/HD DVD / Blu-ray burning & archiving application

MakeMKV is a format converter, otherwise called "transcoder". It converts the video clips from proprietary (and usually encrypted) disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information but not changing it in any way. The MKV format can store multiple video/audio tracks with all meta-information and preserve chapters.

Additionally MakeMKV can instantly stream decrypted video without intermediate conversion to a wide range of players, so you may watch Blu-ray and DVD discs with your favorite player on your favorite OS or on your favorite device.

iTunes is a free application for your Mac or PC. It organizes and plays your digital music and video on your computer. It keeps all your content in sync with your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.


Source: Creating iTunes account without a credit card See the above link for full article & details.

Source: Schedule emails using Outlook

What is the point? Did you ever wanted to compose an email, then leave your computer and have it automatically sent later? Did you ever wanted to be the first to say Happy Birthday to someone, without having to wait until midnight to write the email? If so, the Outlook email scheduler is for you.

How do I schedule emails? The following steps explain how to schedule emails using MS-Outlook 2003 and MS-Outlook 2002.

* Create, reply or forward an email message. On the Outlook edit message window, after you compose the email, instead of clicking on "Send", go to "View->Options".

* On the Delivery Options frame, enable the option "Do not deliver before:". A date-time picker menu will be enabled, so you can select and schedule the date and time when the message should be sent to the receiver.

* Then close the Options menu and send the message. The email will be stored to your Outbox folder and Outlook will send it when the date and hour will match the schedule.

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Enter from the ITHAN AVENUE main gate, then proceed to the upper level of the 2-level parking building adjacent to the St. Augustine Center, on the Ithan Avenue side of the building. NOTE: maps on our web page -

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