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Tom Volotta

Tom is a longtime video producer in the San Francisco Bay Area who brings impressive technical expertise to the RealPlayer blog. With a deep knowledge of video production and programming, he designs interactive media for public spaces and for an impressive portfolio of corporate clients. Tom enjoys demystifying technology, evangelizing on the future of digital media, and watching funny internet cat videos.

How many times have parents heard these four words in rapid fire: “Are we there yet?” from the kids in the backseat whenever the family went for a road trip. Thanks to today’s digital media technology, fewer parents now need to resort to the time-honored response, “We’ll get there when we get there.” The Great . . .

creating road trip playlists...

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Buckle up your seat belt. Online video is about to get a much-needed jolt that will mean faster downloading and more storage space for your online videos. As an added bonus, it will deliver higher levels of video quality that were ridiculed only a few years ago. HEVC - DOUBLE YOUR PLEASURE, DOUBLE YOUR CAPACITY . . .

HEVC

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The holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate your traditions and express your  love, appreciation and warm wishes to family, friends, and associates. Mailing cards is a time-honored way of sharing these special times. More and more, people are turning online to share holiday video cards. Many websites have long specialized in still or animated . . .

Holiday video cards...

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If you like acronyms, particularly for digital media, you’re going to get your fill here. In this case, we’re talking about Advanced Video Coding High Definition (AVCHD) and like other acronyms it can be a bit confusing. The essential message is that you can shoot and edit high-definition (HD) video with AVCHD camcorders, and then . . .

AVCHD...

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The unique capability of motion pictures to tell stories in ways that no other medium can is a true art. But as archaic as the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words” still has meaning in today’s fast pace society. Some videos are so beautifully shot that each frame is a perfect picture . . .

Extract images from video files...

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Before getting into details and the differences between Microsoft Windows Media Player (WMP) 12 and RealPlayer one thing is clear they both deliver high-quality audio and video. Deciding which media player is right for you depends on what you want it to do. One media player offers a bit more customization of controls and a . . .

Windows Media Player comparison...

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Putting RealPlayer up against iTunes? Are you crazy? Comparing the perceived might of Apple’s iTunes with RealPlayer hardly seems like a fair comparison. The deeper you dig into RealPlayer; the more interesting features you find. As in the natural world, there likewise exists an “ecosystem” (a now hackneyed term) of interdependent technologies. It merges information, . . .

how RealPlayer stacks up against iTunes.

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Even with a world full of iPods, MP3 players, digital home media servers and car audio systems that play music from USB flash memory; people still burn CDs. In addition to playing, downloading and converting a wide variety of digital audio and video formats, RealPlayer can also record, or burn CD-R and CD-RW media. This . . .

how to burn CDs...

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Ever had the idea you wanted to be a video news reporter? Got a smartphone with a video camera? Yes? Congratulations, here’s your chance to be a citizen journalist. For a couple of hundred bucks, you have a compact video recorder and maybe even an editing studio that fits in the palm of your hand. . . .

citizen journalism...

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Matroska – there’s something exotic and even mysterious about the name itself. ‘Digital video file format’ wouldn’t necessarily be the first thing that comes to mind upon hearing the word. But that’s what it happens to be. Matroska is a made-up word, intended to evoke the notion of the famous Russian Matryoshka nesting dolls. That . . .

converting MKV files...

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