Main Line Commodore User Group


September 2011 Issue 352





Do you have old VHS media that you would like to migrate to the digital age? Then this may be the meeting you must attend.

John M will be our host to show us how he has done the deed. John will show how any device that outputs composite (yellow-red-white RCA connectors) video or S-Video can be sent to the digital capture bin. From what I understand, John will be using a piece of hardware (~$200) that requires a Firewire connection to your computer to do the main capture and processing. On the computer back end I believe he will be using the FREE and yet to be opened sourced software called Lightworks to do the final capture.

As a followup to last month's Ustream Producer software demo, we have planned a demo of Livestream's Procaster software. In my pursuit of Internet TV broadcasting capability I discovered that under Windows the Producer software did not play well with the Blue Eyeball webcam I was using. On the other hand, Livestream's Procaster software worked well.


1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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: 8 people in all attended the meeting on Saturday, August 13th. 3 members not in attendance watched portions of our first Internet TV broadcast on

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

John D -

John M -Peter W -Don W -Ralph H -Tom J -

Main Meeting Program: John D led the main presentation this month. The presentation focused on Internet TV broadcasting using the host services of ( A summary of the what was covered in the presentation can be found in the club web document at

This is the first time the club has presented Internet TV broadcasting and in conjunction with the presentation, we broadcast our entire meeting including the round-table discussion session.

During the broadcast there were a couple of notable issues. I as moderator could not access the chat room. I tried several times with a different browser each time and each time the browser busied out with a failure to connect. I later tried the same thing from home without problem. At next month's meeting I will try again before I conclude what may have been the problem.

The second issue during the broadcast was related to screencast quality, especially when presenting text. Text was very blurry. What I realized after the meeting was that I had been broadcasting using STANDARD video encoding quality which is 352x198 resolution @ 30FPS and 350kbps. Next time we will use the BEST quality setting which is 720x405 resolution @ 30FPS and 600kbps. This will improve the quality of text displayed during a screencast.

Towards the end of the presentation John M setup his own Ustream account and was broadcasting from his iPod Touch using the Ustream broadcasting app. The transmitted video quality looked very good when viewed on my MacBook browser. John saved his broadcast to the Ustream website at where it can be replayed. The quality of the recorded video is 608x343 pixels @ 30FPS.


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

Keep Tube web service & browser add-ons - (FREE) is a web service for downloading YouTube videos in various formats & resolutions. Youtube videos can be downloaded without a browser plug-in. It is also a Firefox extension which enables downloading videos in various formats & resolutions from a variety of popular video sites. There is also a script that purportedly does the same with Google Chrome & the GreaseMonkey plug-in on Firefox. NOTE: In my experience the current script does not work with the newest version of Chrome.

XBMC - (FREE for Linux, Mac, Windows) created in 2003, it is an award-winning free and open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media. XBMC is available for Linux, OSX, and Windows.

While XBMC functions very well as a standard media player application for your computer, it has been designed to be the perfect companion for your HTPC. Supporting an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its beautiful interface and powerful skinning engine, XBMC feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater.

Currently XBMC can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: XBMC can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations. Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox.

MythBox - is a MythTV frontend for XBMC.

Features * Watch recordings with commercial skipping * Watch Live TV * Schedule recordings * Fanart from,,, and Google image seach. * TV Guide * Upcoming Recordings * Supports MythTV 0.23.1, and 0.24 (no Live TV under 0.24 at the moment) * Move commercial flagging jobs to the front of the queue

XBMC as Slingbox Client - Beginning with nightly builds from June 2, 2011 (commit 91d5076), XBMC can function as a Slingbox client.

XBMC as HDHomeRun Frontend - Having an HDHomeRun box on your network allows you to watch Live TV directly from XBMC.

Ustream Producer - (FREE for Mac & Windows) is a desktop application allowing Internet TV broadcasters to stream in high quality, just like they would from Ustream's website.

Ustream Live Broadcaster - (FREE, iOS4+ on iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch)

Easily stream live moments from your device and share with your friends, family, fans, followers and others -- anytime, anywhere!

Ustream is the leading live interactive broadcasting platform that enables anyone to quickly broadcast to a global audience of unlimited size.

* Notify your Twitter and Facebook social networks as you start your broadcast so that they can join you. * Interact with viewers during your broadcast using Ustream's Social Stream, which integrates a live feed of Twitter and Facebook messages, plus polling. * For those who missed your broadcast, no problem--the broadcast is recorded and can be shared later! * Full-screen broadcasting view with option to display device status bar/network quality * Record to your phone and upload and share later * Front/back camera switching (when supported by device)

Kensington USB Mini Dock with Ethernet for Mac/PC - gives you quick access to your peripherals and the Internet. Simply plug the USB cable into your notebook and you're instantly connected to your keyboard, mouse, printer, and even broadband Internet. Compatible with computers running Windows XP and Windows Vista or later; Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 or later. 3 USB 2.0 ports, 1 Ethernet port (10/100mbps). Wall power adapter included. $17 at

DIRECTIONS FOR ST. AUGUSTINE CENTER MEETING ROOM Meetings are in the St. Augustine Center at Villanova University. The regular monthly sessions meet in Room 110.

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 -

 MLCUG Meetings Schedule                Steering Committee Meetings
  September 10					September 14
  October 8					October 12
  November 12					November 16

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