Handbrake is an open-source multithreaded video transcoder available for
Mac, Windows and Linux. It enables you to pull from any DVD-like
source: Video_TS folder, DVD Image or real DVD and some .VOB and .TS
files. Output formats are MP4 and MKV – using Mpeg4 or H.264 (we prefer
H.264) codecs.

You can select chapters and subtitles.


Screencast: How to Capture Video Clips from DVD to Windows Movie Maker

Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This screencast goes over the process of capturing video clips from a DVD using Windows Movie Maker. It also goes over very briefly the different ways you can edit your video clips. To get started, view these few steps before watching the screencast. To view a full size version of the screencast, please click on this link:


1. Log on to the Crestron touchscreen (a student at the front desk can assist you with signing on).

2. Click on Presentation Sources on the right of the screen. Choose DVD (if capturing clips from the DVD player or VCR if you are capturing video from a VHS tape).

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3. Click on Video Editing on the right hand side. Make sure the editing source is set to DVD (VCR if a VHS tape). Choose PC for editing destination.








To capture the video in Windows Movie Maker, view the screencast below.

Lunch & Learn: Teaching with Tablet PCs with Serge Goldstein

At the December 6 Lunch ‘n Learn, Serge Goldstein, the Director of OIT’s Academic Services, presented “Teaching with a Tablet PC.” Tablets, explained Goldstein, are simply Windows laptops (there are no Mac versions currently) that use a special “pen” rather than a mouse. The screens, which fill the length and width of the tablet, also act as a built in scanner.
The tablets run a special operating system (Windows XP Tablet PC) that recognizes the pen and is able to run all Windows XP applications including Microsoft Office. Microsoft’s new Vista operating system will have built in support for tablets. Some special applications take full advantage of having a pen as their input device.

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