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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Free Video Converter, Add Text and Image Watermark to Video

Cute Video Converter (Free Edition) helps to bulk convert video files and apply watermark to videos. It lets you add both text and image watermark to videos that you want to convert. There is a whole lot of video converters on web, but this feature to add watermark to images is quite unique for video converters.
Apart from video conversion and watermark addition feature, it can also be used to trim video. Thus, only a particular part from videos can be extracted very easily by you. Moreover, it also helps to crop videos according to your requirement.
You can apply different settings for each individual video which makes it more useful. For example, for first video, you can use text and watermark feature, and for another video you could use trim or crop features.
Cute Video Converter Free Version- interface
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In above screenshot, interface of this free video converter is visible.

Key Features:

  • You can preview video files on its interface using the build-in video player. It also lets you capture snapshot from playing video file and save it as bmp or jpg image. For capturing another snapshot, you must choose any other destination folder, otherwise it will replace the first screenshot automatically.
    capture snapshot of video
  • Real-time preview for video file conversion is also available.
  • You can pause and resume conversion process.
  • You can set desired output directory for storing video files.

How To Use This Free Video Converter?

Use the link placed at the end of this review and access its homepage. Download the setup file and begin the installation. While installing this free video converter, a third-party tool will also be prompted for installation. You can just ignore the third-party product using the Decline button and complete the installation.
installation process
On its interface, you can add multiple video files using the Add button. A huge list of video formats are supported by this free video converter, such as: avi, mp4, 3gp, mkv, flv, dat, mov, vob, ts, mpv, rmvb, rm, etc.
add video files for conversion
After adding the video files, you can add text and image watermark to videos, trim videos, and crop videos.

Apply Text and Image Watermark To Videos:

To add text and image watermark to any particular video, simply select that video, and use Video Effect & Water Mark option present under Edit menu. A new window will open up, like visible in screenshot below. In that window, Add Text and Add Image buttons will be visible to you.
Add Text button will help you to enter any desired text to apply on video, set text position, text color, font, and enable transparency. You will also be able to set start and end position for text watermark to be visible on video.
add text and watermark to video
Add Image button is used to apply image watermark to selected video. Only bmp image can be used for image watermark.

Crop a Video or Trim Video:

Using crop video option, you can select a particular area of video, and can generate output for that area only. This feature is very helpful when there is some extra black space in top and bottom part of video. Apart from cropping the video, it helps to set brightness, contrast, exposure, and saturation for output video.
crop video
It lets you preview the original and output video in real-time. This gives you clear idea if you are performing correct steps or not.
Trim Video option is very simple to use, but quite handy when you need to extract only a particular part from a particular video. Simply select start and end position and extract the selected portion.
trim video

Start Conversion Process:

When you have applied options with each video, finally you can choose the output format: Mpg, flv, avi, dv, etc. After this, tap on Convert button. Conversion process will start and real-time preview for video conversion will be visible to you in a separate window.
conversion process started


Cute Video Converter comes with multiple interesting and special features. And the best part is that all features can be applied to all videos separately.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Convert Everything Is The Most Powerful Android Conversion App

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We live in a global economy. We trade in encrypted currencies. We live in bytes. Online, we are one. Before this turns into a Fight Club sequel, let me dial down.
The online world is great, but the problem is that rest of the world has not been able to progress at the same rate as we have in the last two decades. The barriers between countries, culture, languages, units etc still stand. And dealing with them is more annoying than ever. My dad knows how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius off the top of his head. I on the other hand ask Google or Siri or even Cortana to do that for me. Good thing, though, is that he doesn’t knowhow to write CSS, so it’s not a major blow to my ego.
The fact remains, as much as we love the idea of net neutrality, openness and equality, it’s just not true. Take any measure you want, the “one true unit” to “rule them all” just doesn’t exist.
So we need to use Google and Siri to do the hard work for us.
If you use an Android phone, there’s a better, more powerful, and far easier way to do it. And all it takes is one app.

Convert Everything for Android

I thought the name of this app was a bit over the top at first. Convert Everything? Really?
But after testing it out, I’m convinced.
Convert Everything Convert Everything
It’s a simple app with basically every unit of conversion you can think of. It has the usual suspects like time, time zones, date difference, length, temperature etc. But as you keep scrolling and scrolling and scrolling, you find things you never heard of. Some of them are amazingly useful and some you don’t even know what to do with.

Converting Everything

Let’s get comfortable with the app. It’s a simple app with three panes – ConvertFavorites andCategories. Convert gives you the long list of things you can convert. Favorites list the units you have starred (you’ll really need to use that) and the Categories tab, well, shows you the categories.
There’s the ever useful search function at the top and the ability to switch between a light and a dark theme. The app will also show you a history of all your conversions with the results. As I said, a pretty powerful app.
Convert Everything Convert Everything
Tap on a unit you want to convert. Usually you’ll have to input the base unit yourself or select one from a drop down menu. If it’s something simple like Temperature, there’s only one unit to figure out. But there can be many more if you picked something complicated like Acceleration – Linear.
Input the data and scroll down till you see a big box that reads Click To Continue. Click on it to see the results. You can change the numbers to update the result on the fly or use the refresh button up top. The star button next to it will add the conversion units to your favorites pane.
By far, the best thing about this app is that it doesn’t just show you the conversion for one unit. No, it shows you the conversion for all the listed units. So if you go into Length/Distance input the quantity to convert, select the base unit but leave the Convert to unit and All available units, the app will show you the converted quantity in every available unit in the app.

Lots Of Crazy Things

As I said, Convert Everything lets you convert things you never even thought you could in an app. One of the pleasant surprises was the CSS option. Dealing with font heights in CSS is a mess. This way you can enter a font height in pixels and have it converted in ems, picas, points and a lot more in seconds.
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There are of course many more things in the Convert Everything app. Things I’m not smart enough to use properly. But if you come from an engineering background or work in the field of science, Convert Everything might just take up space on your dock.
Khamosh Pathak
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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

A Beginner’s Guide to Flash Fill in Microsoft Excel 2013

Some of the most time consuming and irritating aspects of Excel are working with repetitive information. This included writing formulas, formatting, separating dates, and entering names and email addresses manually. Fortunately, the Flash Fill feature introduced with Microsoft Excel’s 2013 edition makes these tasks easier with brilliant automatic filling.
Excel’s Flash Fill is a time-saving feature which fills in data for you when a pattern is evident. It can also can extract and insert as well as format and concatenate. This feature can even reverse text, numbers, dates and much more.
Let us walk through how to use Flash Fill with some examples.
1. Separating First Name and Last Name Using Flash Fill
We have a list of full names in one column, and we will separate the data in this column into two individual columns using Flash Fill.
2. Concatenating Last Name and First Name with Comma Separation
We have a lengthy list of full names in one column, and we wish to have the pattern: last name, comma, first name.
3. Extracting Initials from Full Names
We have the same list of full names. We will extract initials from the full names using Flash Fill.
4. Formatting Phone Numbers Using Flash Fill
Using Flash fill to format phone numbers, you can concatenate with brackets to make it easily readable.
5. Extracting Text before the Symbol @ from Email Addresses
With the Flash fill feature, extracting text before the @ symbol from email addresses is simple.
Note: Flash Fill cannot recognize source data modification.
If you apply Flash Fill on source data and then try to modify the source data, Flash Fill cannot recognize the changes and make modifications in available results as Excel formulas do. Therefore, it is best to use Flash Fill with data which is not going to be modified in the future.
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