How I make iPhone ringtones

If you’re using iPhone already, you must be familiar with iTunes. There’s a simple way using iTunes to do it. Many tutorials around. Just google for it. Here’s a good one.

But I like to make precise cuts, and add fade-in/fade-out effects. When I rip the audio from some video, I need to amplify it. So I use a free audio editor to edit the audio file. Audacity. Windows, Mac and Linux versions available. But it’s not that user-friendly however, check out the basics in the documentation section. And for iPhone ringtones, one must download the FFmpeg plug in. Check out the details here.

When the required audio cut is made, export it as m4a. Then change the file extension to m4r. That’s it.

BTW, I use various video editors to rip the audio from videos, depending on the video type. Virtualdub, Avidemux, xvid4psp, things like that.

Posting this because a friend asked on twitter.

Easy-to-use free image editor that supports layers

I think most agree that Paint that comes with Windows is CRAP.


Photoshop is too expensive…

All-powerful freeware GIMP (The Poor Man’s Photoshop) is too difficult to use…

PicPick doesn’t support layers…

Try Paint.NET

It’s very easy to learn. I used it a lot before I bought Photoshop Elements (much less expensive that full-blown Photoshop). I tried GIMP but I really didn’t have the patience and wisdom to climb the learning curve. Paint.NET has added so many features since I first used it a few years ago. I don’t think there are other free image editors that support layers other than GIMP. Let me know if I’m wrong.

Don’t use Paint any more. You can’t even design a logo with transparent background for your photos or scans with it!

How to rip video cut from DVD

There are literally tens of ways to do it. But if you’re new to this and not particularly fuzzy about choice of codecs and video formats, I think WinX DVD Ripper is easy to use and the outputs are good enough. I’m showing you how the free edition works. I tweeted about the platinum version give-away in late October. Too bad if you missed that for that version has more settings. Anyway, the free version even works with copy-protected DVDs.

In case you still use DVD recorder to record TV shows and want to share the recording with others online, you can convert the DVD content to a single video file (avi or other formats) with this program.

Here’s the user interface (pretty self-explanatory already!) and default settings. If you aren’t conscious of file size, you can set audio and video qualities to higher values. According to my experience, avi is of much better quality than mp4 (Platinum version’s mp4 settings are better).

I’m using the YAB Director Cut DVD as an example. I’m gonna rip the part when Shinwoo made up that sloppy love story in Episode 13. (Feel like crying already…)
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HARD subbing

Last week, a friend asked what softwares I’m using to sub videos. So I planned to tell more about this. I think you need some basic experience with subbing to understand the following. I don’t mean I’m an expert. I mean I’m not going to explain things from scratch.

I prefer hard-subbing, not because I worry that people will steal my subs. It’s just that I like playing with the typesetting; I’m a fan of fonts and colors.
Aegisub is a very powerful subbing software. I have even made MVs (not CNBLUE ones) with fancy karaoke effects with it. Plus it’s multi-platform freeware.

To show you what it can do, I’m subbing the X10 mini ucc video.

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Hamster Converts Videos For My iPhone

I just converted the newly released 30sec CNBLUE X10 mini CF for my iPhone4. Hamster Free Video Converter is a drag-and-drop freeware.

The original wmv isn’t of excellent quality. So the iPhone4 one isn’t impressive.

DL iPhone4 video

DL iPhone video

And showing screencaps of how I converted the above.

PS I have to remind myself not to grin like a fool watching CNBLUE videos on my phone in public.

CNBLUE in tuxedo(tagxedo)

Sorry if you feel cheated clicking my tweet to read this post. I mean making 200 CNBLUE into a tag cloud with the app Tagxedo.

You can see the full-effect of the cool app when making the tag cloud at the Tagxedo site. The words will spin with your cursor hovering over them.

The background pic I’m currently using for my twitter account was made with Tagxedo.

I posted the following to the soompi CNBLUE thread celebrating Yonghwa’s birthday on June 22. Maybe you didn’t notice.

I’m supposed to be able to embed the word cloud with the player in my blog post but I still can’t.
Anyway, made 2 with all the track names of their albums.
Click the links to view online.



Down Them ALL!!!

You know there were tons of CNBLUE pics around during their Asia Tour. You’re tired saving the hundreds of pics from a certain blog or webpage? I have used this Firefox add-on, DownThemAll, for many months but didn’t realize many people don’t know it yet. I’ve introduced this useful add-on to my CNBLUE buddies talking to them at twitter. Just in case you don’t know it yet.

After installation, you can access it from the Tools menu of Firefox. The following caps are from my macbook but everything is basically the same for Windows Firefox.

How is it useful?

1. For a site with pics in thumbnails when you usually click it to see the full-sized version for download, right-click the thumbnail to view a menu. When you click the blue-arrow one, a pop-up window will come out for you to save the full-size pic in a folder of your selection. Clicking the red-arrow one will have it saved to a folder already. But you need to select the path in the setting first.

NB. This works only if the thumbs are linking to a real link of the full-size pic, not another page with the full-size pic, like the case in facebook album or imageshack.

Sounds not that useful? How about when you can’t even right click?

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Cropping when using Photoscape to make gifs

There is actually cropping function in Photoscape animated gif. It’s just that it’s not free cropping, i.e., there isn’t a crop tool for you to select whatever part you want. You gotta align the frames to corners/top/bottom for that to work.

An example.

You can crop the upper part of the frames off as follows.

I want to see gifs of the boys EVERYWHERE!!! 🙂