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Digital Media Player – Stream Your DVD Collection Straight From Your Computer

Do you have a huge pile of DVD movies growing in your home and you are tired of buying Ikea DVD shelves to house your massive movie collection? You may want to look at a digital media player and how backing up your personal movie collection can free up some space in your living room. This article will look at what a digital media player is and how to back-up your DVD collection.

A digital media player is a device that allows you to stream media files from your home computer through a home network directly to your living room television and sound system, or to any television in your entire house. They are generally small in size and allow you to store hundreds of movies. Most of the players come with internal storage or have slots available for you to install your own internal hard drive to store the movies. Don’t want a player with internal storage space? Then you can buy units that hook directly up to portable USB hard drives. The idea is that you store your music, movies, pictures, and whatever other media you may have in one central location. That could be on your computer, a server in your home, or on the player itself. After all of your files have been backed up into one place, the digital media player will allow you to access that media anywhere in your house.

Before starting, there are several software options that allow you to back-up your DVD collection. One of the highest rated software programs is called DVD Shrink. It can still be found by searching for it on Google. It is also a free program which is also a plus. I want to state that I am in no way admonishing illegally copying DVD movies or copyrighted material for money or other illegal uses. I am only discussing fair use and making a back up of DVD that you have purchased and own. The movies can be saved to a portable hard drive or on your personal network.

The digital media player sits right next to your television and can access your movies and music using a wireless connection or through a wired connection depending on the level of technology. Currently one of my friends is completely wireless. He can access about two hundred and fifty movies with the click of one button. They all stream in high-definition full 1080p. He has even backed up his Blu-ray movies also.

How to Invest in a Movie – What to Look For

Can you make money investing in movies? Is movie investing risky? What are the hazards, and what should one look out for when investing in a movie? These questions and more will be answered in this article.

Yes, you can make money investing in a movie. And here is a surprising fact: It is easier to make money with a low budget movie, than with a big budget movie. Of course the big blockbuster movies make the headlines, and make a lot of money sometimes. But because their cost of production is so high, percentage wise, the profit they can earn is not anywhere near what a low budget movie can make, percentage wise. A big budget movie can make two or three times their cost of production. But a low budget movie can make a thousand times the cost of production.

You can find low budget movies to invest in by searching the net for “how to invest in a movie” or “how to invest in a low budget movie.” When searching for a low budget movie to invest in, it is best to not even think about there being big name stars involved, or expensive action scenes. Low budget movies make money when there is a compelling and intriguing story that viewers can identify with. If a movie can make a viewer laugh, and cry, and if there is suspense, and danger, with a happy ending, it has a good chance of making a profit. It must of course be professional looking, with good acting, and there are talented filmmakers and many very talented unknown actors who will work cheap to achieve this.

When researching a possible film project to invest in there are certain things to look for. Usually the prime person is the writer/director, and this person should have a good track record. This person may not have achieved big fame yet, but he or she should have successfully produced some short films, and won some awards or other recognition. If they have already produced a feature film or two with little or no success, they may not be as good a bet as a short film producer who has talent and who has shown much promise with short films. It is a judgement call, and something to look for is a filmmaker who has already put heart and soul into their project, and who will be investing money in it too.

Such a filmmaker may have already done a lot of prep work, including shooting practice scenes with volunteer actors. By doing this, the filmmaker likely learned a lot about each scene, and made some mistakes. What this means is that when the actual movie is being shot, it will be like it is being shot for the second time, with all the bugs worked out. This makes the actual movie shoot go quicker, which will keep it under budget. Your investment will be riding on the talent, ability and determination of this key person. You should check out this person to see if they have credits with the Independent Movie Data Base. (IMDB). It is also wise to watch some of their earlier work, and to check out any successes at film festivals.

How much might a low budget movie cost? A typical movie might cost 200 to 300 thousand dollars. But a filmmaker may actually have two budgets. For example the filmmaker may wish to work with a budget of 300 thousand dollars, but have an alternate budget of about half that or less. The movie can still be made for the lower amount, with the cast and crew being paid less up front, with the promise of a larger amount when the movie is sold. With the higher budget, the unknown cast and crew will be satisfied to be paid out fully for their work, with nothing more due to them afterwards. With the lower budget, they will at least earn living expenses, with the hope of considerably more later. As an investor, there is less risk for you with the lower budget, but your profit potential will be less than with the higher budget.

Finally, it is important to pick a movie project that will not make theatrical distribution its prime focus. There is plenty of money to be made through TV sales, and a good story movie will be shown on TV repeatedly for many years. There is also huge potential these days for streaming videos, on desktop computers or TV screens, or even mobile devices. If you do your research with all of the above in mind, you can make money investing in a movie. Be sure to ask to read the script after you have done some initial communicating with the filmmaker.

Guide to Android Video Streaming

Mobile phone technology has come a long way in recent years. In fact, at the rate things are going, mobile technology now lets a user do most operations normally done on a personal computer. Android technology is a particularly good example of this. Similar to a computer, the software used in mobile devices includes an operating system, middleware and key applications. Features of Android phones include application frameworks, Dalvik virtual machine, integrated browser, and optimized graphics, SQLite for structure storage, media support, GSM telephony, bluetooth, WIFI, camera, and GPS.

With all these amazing features, every Android phone provides excellent streaming capabilities. Video streaming of sports events, movies, music and other media footage is an extremely popular activity. The advanced technology used by Android allows excellent Android video streaming capabilities.

The best way to get Android video streaming is to use Tversity and NSWPlayer. If you want to try this on your Android phone, there are some items that you will need to ensure the technology is properly utilized. Tversity must be installed on a personal computer, NSWPlayer must be installed on your Android phone, and a handbrake encoder for converting movies to lower resolution to optimize progressive playback. Once you have installed the items needed, there are some things to look at before you begin encoding your video. It is important to keep the video in high quality while making it the smallest size possible. It is also important to ensure the bit rate matches the resolution size. Once this is done, your video is ready to encode. Setup your handbrake encoder to minimize resolution and optimize playback quality. Remember that the speed of the whole process depends upon your personal computer’s hardware specification. Next step is to set up Tversity for streaming. Go to the Transcoder section and under “when to transcode” select “never”. Then go to the general settings section, and under home network enter in your computer’s IP address, that way your phone has access to your video files.

Once the computer and phone are connected, install an Android media player that will pick up on progressive MP4. This is where the NSWPlayer is used. At this point in time, it is the only media player that works with Android. Streaming is now possible once all the above components are installed. For home Wi-Fi streaming, open your android phone web browser and input your computer’s IP. From here navigate to Tversity’s mobile WAP GUI and select it as your default player. Now, search for your favorite video and start streaming! The streaming quality may depend on your internet connection.

The pleasure of android video steaming is now yours to enjoy. If the above process seems complicated, seek advice from industry experts like Streaming Video Systems (SVS). They can help you install video streaming on your Android phone for personal or professional use.