P2P Audiovisual How-To

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How-To Sites/(Pro) Tutorials and Media Aggregation/Management


Janee's Photoshop Tutorials http://myjanee.home.insightbb.com/tutorials.htm are "Photoshop Tutorials from the Goddess". Techniques described here can of course be applied to open-source alternatives like the Gimp or be a useful resource for editing/compositing work in other programmes like Final Cut Pro.

Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro site http://www.kenstone.net/fcp_homepage/fcp_homepage_index.html is one of the best resources for FCP tutorials. A lot of concepts and techniques can of course be applied to other non-linear editing solutions.

Apple's H.264 Frequently Asked Questions http://www.apple.com/quicktime/technologies/h264/faq.html are a good introduction to this "next-generation video compression technology".

See also the related online article Why Ogg Theora Matters for Internet TV for open-source alternatives. (maketelevision.com, 14.03.06)

BlenderWiki http://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Main_Page is the most comprehensive online resource ("User's Manual", "Noob to Pro", "Blender Summer of Documentation" and more) for the free and open-source Blender http://www.blender.org/ 3D modeling/animation programme.

TuftsOpenCourseWare offers many .pdf http://ocw.tufts.edu/Content/28/supplementarymaterial/366744 and over 100 video tutorials http://ocw.tufts.edu/Content/28/supplementarymaterial/366743 for "three-Dimensional Modeling, Animation and Rendering Using Blender 3D Software".

Audio/Video Players

Note: for software (media players/aggregators etc.) see Audio/Video Players/Aggregators, Web TV and Codec in this P2P Wiki section.


10 Alternatives to iTunes for managing your iPod (www.simplehelp.net, 07.08.07)

The Complete Guide to Managing iTunes Videos (ilounge.com, 15.02.07)

How to: Share your music via iTunes on the Net (www.sevitz.com, 12.03.05)

PodTube (OS X) and iTube (Windows) are for YouTube to iPod (www.epicempire.com, 06.09.06). Note: If this link is not working also try The Amazing YouTube Tools Collection. (www.indianwebmaster.org)

hymn http://hymn-project.org/ "...allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality."

FairGame http://seidai.50webs.com/Seidai%20Software.html "will convert the songs you bought on the iTunes store to an unprotected format..." See also the related online article FairGame cracks iTunes using iMovie. (www.boingboing.net, 31.10.06)

iLounge http://www.ilounge.com/ is about "All things iPod, iTunes and beyond". This is a commercial site with a lot of useful resources (good forums, iPod how-to related articles and more).


HOW TO - Copy data off a Microsoft Zune (use as a hard drive) (www.makezine.com, 23.11.06)

See also the related online article Zune, Creative Commons Don't Mix (www.wired.com, 27.11.06)

Players Supporting Ogg Vorbis

The XiphWiki's PortablePlayers page http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/PortablePlayers lists "all mobile players known to support Ogg Vorbis. Some do also play FLAC (please add information)".

Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware

Rockbox http://www.rockbox.org/ is an open source firmware for mp3 players, written from scratch.

(Pro) Video Tutorials

How-to: Rip DVDs with VLC (www.therealcaffeine.com, 21.01.07)

Video Blogging using Django and Flash(tm) Video (FLV) (blog.go4teams, 23.07.06)

RSS and Atom Feed Auto-Discovery for Internet TV (maketelevision.com, 02.04.06)

See also (in this P2P Wiki section):

Related Links/Resources for more video and film making related resources.

(Pro) Audio Tutorials/Information


HOW TO - Podcasting for educators (www.makezine.com, 08.12.06)

Podcasting in Education (chatt.hdsb.ca)

Apple's Podcaster Tech Specs (www.apple.com)

The Podcasting Legal Guide (wiki.creativecommons.org)


hymn http://hymn-project.org/ "...allows you to free your iTunes Music Store purchases (protected AAC / .m4p) from their DRM restrictions with no loss of sound quality."

FairGame http://seidai.50webs.com/Seidai%20Software.html "will convert the songs you bought on the iTunes store to an unprotected format..."

Convert DRM-protected WMA files to unprotected MP3s (lifehacker.com, 05.02.07)

FLOSS Manuals

FLOSS Manuals http://en.flossmanuals.net/ "is about helping people to use free software by providing quality free manuals. Click on any of the manuals below to read."

Web Building Tutorials

W3Schools Online Web Tutorials http://www.w3schools.com/default.asp "At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials you need, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, SQL, Database, Multimedia and WAP."

See also the related online article:

Web Development Toolbox: 120+ Web Development Resources (mashable.com, 28.07.07)


VideoHelp http://www.videohelp.com/ is a resource for the advanced consumer (prosumer), has a how-to section (links to many tutorials from all over the web) and forums.

CenterStage http://centerstageproject.com/ is an open-source "Mac Media Center" for Mac OS X.

MediaPortal http://www.team-mediaportal.com/ is an open-source "free MediaCenter" for Windows.

MythTV http://www.mythtv.org/ is an open-source "homebrew PVR project" for Linux.

See also the P2P TV and IPTV entries from our P2P Encyclopedia in this Wiki.


While the entertainment industry is betting high on set top boxes ("media centres") - proprietary technology and user unfriendly DRM included - for TV over the net delivery (IPTV), there is an increasing number of users building their own PVRs (Personal Video Recorder) or a combination of PC, feed aggregator (RSS reader) and BitTorrent technology to get both legally available independently produced content, as well as mainstream TV shows delivered automatically to their PCs.

From an indie media producer's point of view RSS TV can be seen as the future of content distribution: RSS TV = Indie IPTV (or maybe it should be called iPTV: Rip. Mix. Burn. Feed...?)

For details see these related online articles:

Coming to your TV: RSS (describes an alternative use for Apple's upcoming AppleTV - www.p2p-blog.com, 10.01.07)

Hack Attack: Get your TV season pass with Democracy (www.lifehacker.com, 03.10.06)

How to Subscribe to TV Shows Using The Democracy Player, Bittorrent, and RSS (soylentfoo.jnewland.com, 23.02.06)

For finding independently produced video content see:

* Videoblog and Indie TV Directories *

Democracy Channel Guide | Democracy Internet TV Channel Guide (channelguide.participatoryculture.org) - Democracy Player is now know as Miro http://www.getmiro.com/

FireAnt.tv - Videoblogs, Vlogs, Video Podcast, Video Podcast Directory, Internet TV (getfireant.com)

The videoblog and podcast directory. (www.mefeedia.com)

VLOGDIR The Videoblog Directory listing thousands of vlogs and vodcasts (Note: "See VLOGDIR" only links to a photo of the directory - "Choose Category" and hit "Go" instead) (www.vlogdir.com)

The blip.tv "Shows" directory (Click "Shows" and "Browse by..." to find content by genre.) (www.blip.tv)

One starting point for finding independently produced content on YouTube is

"YouTube's Featured Videos by Category".

But the best way to find interesting content on YouTube might be to look at "Playlists" from users with similar interests or at "Related" when watching a video.

This page http://www.youtube.com/rssls explains how the YouTube RSS feeds work. Example: if you wanted to subscribe to the videos by YouTube user geriatric1927 http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=geriatric1927 you would add


in e.g. Miro http://www.getmiro.com/ under "Channels" > "Add Channel...": all of this user's videos will then be downloaded automatically - including videos that he might add only later to his channel!

Indie distributors not so familiar with online media distribution might also want to have a look at the Beginner's Guide to the AudioVisual P2P Net (in this P2P Wiki section)

and specially at the open-source Broadcast Machine http://www.getmiro.com/create/broadcast/.



The VLC media player (or VideoLAN) http://www.videolan.org/, open-source, can also be used as a streaming server http://www.videolan.org/streaming/.

Icecast http://www.icecast.org/ is "free server software for streaming multimedia".

The Darwin Streaming Server http://developer.apple.com/opensource/server/streaming/index.html is "the open source version of Apple's QuickTime Streaming Server technology".

SHOUTcast http://www.shoutcast.com/download/broadcast.phtml software powers "Thousands of free Internet radio stations from around the world".


See the Wikipedia Webcam entry for an overview about webcams and related topics. (en.wikipedia.org)

See also the related online article Broadcast Yourself Live On The Web: Best Tools To Create Your Own Live Web TV - A Mini-Guide. (www.masternewmedia.org, 24.04.07)



(Pro) Software

annodex http://www.annodex.net/ offers "Open standards for annotating and indexing networked media". Available as a Firefox extension.

syncVUE http://www.syncvue.com/ "makes the review and approval process easier than ever before. Multiple people can simultaneously view and annotate local copies of the same media files in perfect sync from different locations - whether separated by cubicles, city blocks, or continents." Commercial software.

Annotation Edit http://www.zeitanker.com/ "gives you a sophistcated interface to attribute and subtitle video or audio in very short time". Commercial software.

Belle Nuit Subtitler http://www.belle-nuit.com/subtitler/index.html is a "program to spot, edit and render subtitles for video editing, DVD authoring and digital cinema". Commercial software.

For research see also On the BBC Annotatable Audio project... (www.plasticbag.org, 18.10.05)


Geotagging with Zonetag and Bluetooth GPS... (www.plasticbag.org, 12.10.06)

See also the Wikipedia GeoTagging entry. (en.wikipedia.org)