Hello everyone! Hunter here again for another blog entry. This time it's gonna be a regular series where I make recommendations; today, for media software.

Media players

Hunter recommends: VLC media player

VLC is definitely the media player of choice for me. It'll play any file format whether it's MPEGs, Flash Videos, Windows Media, or even ISOs. Other great things I like about this free open source player is the ability to play YouTube videos just by entering the URL of it, changing the speed, skinning and tons more! And it's free and open source too! NERDS FTW!!

Media centers

Hunter recommends: XBMC

Originally created for the original Microsoft XBOX (XBMC did stand for "XBOX Media Center" in the beginning), XBMC (pronounced ex-bee-emcee), a free, open source media center application, has been put on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, a standalone OS, and even Google Android! It'll play almost all file types (MP4: yes; WMV: unfortunately not) and includes a great add-on repository of skins and programs to do various useful things! And it's great for your HDTV too, using the 16:9 aspect ratio.

Conversion, Video downloading, etc.

Hunter recommends: DVDVideoSoft Free Studio

Free Studio is a compilation of programs enabling you to do many things, included but not limited to:
  • Download videos from YouTube (and convert them to view on devices like iPods)
  • Convert videos to audio
  • Convert videos to formats for popular devices and game consoles
  • and it's all free!

I'm serious. It's free. ...OR IS IT?!!?!?! Yeah, it's not really. It keeps annoying the piss outta you to buy a "subscription," which (as far as I'm concerned) is code for "it's not free, you dumbass lololololololol enjoy you dumbf**k!"
And it is very s**tty at downloading YouTube videos. It rarely (emphasis on "rarely") downloads all the way. So it's f**king useless on the "downloading YouTube videos" part.
Well f**k you DVDVideoSoft.
F**k you.

Web-powered Internet video downloading

Hunter recommends: KeepVid

KeepVid, powered by Java and the bounty of videos online, enables you to download videos from various sites like YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, iFilm, and more! Even though it bugs you with ads and you have to pay for the software version, it's still a good choice if you have a Chromebook.

Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. I plan on doing more recommendations in the future.

Until then, see ya.

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