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.
The world of the professional journalist, formally schooled and trained in delivering the ‘Who, What, Why, When, and Where’ of a news story, has been turned upside down and inside out. The legendary sign-off, “And that’s the way it is,” by renowned CBS News broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, has lost the resonance it once had. . . .
The explosion of people shooting their own videos, downloading, building media libraries, and the surge in all types of sharing has made editing those videos an important tool for even the occasional user. That doesn't mean it has to cost a lot of money to get started. There are many good consumer to "prosumer" grade . . .
Fireworks mesmerized cultures in Asia and Europe centuries before 4th of July pyrotechnics became a tradition marking the United States’ Declaration of Independence in 1776. This year, many people have the ability to record video of the fireworks using the smartphone they carry in their pocket or purse. There’s nothing like being at an actual . . .
Linux may not be the most popular desktop Operating System (OS), but it definitely has a dedicated group of supporters. Just like everyone else they want to listen to music and watch video on their Linux desktop. Granted, there are some technical complexities found in Linux media players that do require more computer knowledge – . . .
Is the Internet becoming more like television and the movies – or are movies and TV becoming more like the Internet? The answer is yes. Both are happening simultaneously as more tools are available that begin to merge the two mediums. This blurring of the lines can be confusing, especially when exploring options on how . . .
“Thank you for sharing that.” When was that cloying, sarcastic phrase trendy? The 80’s? Well, ‘sharing’ is back big time as part of our interconnected world of social media. It’s now embedded as a must-have feature in ever expanding types of devices and software. This especially applies to media players. They are at the intersection . . .
Cables, connectors and adapters – the curse of technology from the day the light bulb was invented. Lacking the right cable with the right connector can bring the highest high-tech to its knees. I’ve been the victim of this scourge numerous times. The long sought goal to connect a TV to a PC is no . . .
There’s an axiom that your computer can never be too fast, never have too much RAM and never have too much storage. It’s even truer today, especially when playing, processing and storing video. Compared to other types of data like text, graphics and audio; video files are much larger, eating up more room on your . . .
Article updated September 30th, 2014 The MP4 format plays an increasingly important role in both downloading and playing video from the Internet, especially on mobile devices. Why? Simply put, MP4 allows for high-quality video to be delivered in a smaller size. If the video isn’t in the MP4 format, it can be converted, and we’ll . . .
Yes, WMV was and still is popular. Given the overwhelming number of computers running the Windows OS in the world, WMV files, the successor to AVI files, were a natural fit for the Windows Media Player that's integrated in the Windows OS. WMV is a propriety format from Microsoft. Its roots go back to early Internet . . .