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YouTube error message: Couldn’t load plugin (Chrome)

I recently received the following error message while using the fantastic Chrome web browser to view YouTube videos:

Couldn’t load plugin

I had several important processes going on, so I did not want to reboot; thankfully, correcting this video error message turns out to be no big deal at all; it is a simple problem that’s easily corrected:

  1. Click on Chrome’s wrench icon (upper right of the Google Chrome browser screen)
  2. Navigate to Tools>Task Manager & open it
  3. With Task Manager open, highlight “Plug-in: Shockwave Flash” and click “End process” (button at lower right of Task Manager dialog box)
  4. Reload/refresh the pages with videos you want to watch

Resources: YouTube error message: Couldn’t load plug-in

Saturday, May 26, 2012

How to burn a DVD with Freemake Video Converter freeware

Freemake Video Converter logoEventually, this post will include an idiot-proof How-To set of steps showing how to burn a DVD that will play in a normal DVD player.

I had wrongly assumed that burning to DVD by default implied that the burned disc would play on a DVD player. I wasted plenty of blank DVDs before I realized the error, blaming all the failures on faulty freeware, bad blank DVD discs, etc.

Not every video burned to a DVD will play on a home DVD player. For that you need to reproduce DVD-Video structure consisting of VOB, IFO, BUP files. Freemake Video Converter is an easy solution to create DVD videos. Follow the below steps to burn DVD video for your home DVD. (Source: How to burn DVD video: Freemake)

Earlier today, I used Freemake Video Converter to create two DVDs that played satisfactorily on my DVD player by following the instructions on the Freemake page, How to burn DVD video. The results were not perfect, but then again I have not yet seen a perfectly burned DVD of downloaded video. There are occasional bad spots.

Step one: Tap +Video
Click the +Video button

Step two: Select files
Browse your hard drive(s) or other storage media for the video(s) you’d like to burn to DVD

Step three: Set parameters
Click "to DVD"; use the default settings or change aspect ratio, title, menu type, video system…

Step four: Burn it
Make sure that the output destination is your DVD drive; insert a blank DVD disc and click "Burn"…

Test results: Most reliable DVD burning freeware yet

After 48 hours of testing, I am pleased to say that Freemake Video Converter is the best DVD burning freeware I have tested yet! So far I have burned about 15 discs — and there have been zero failures! This is outstanding in comparison to the others I’ve tested recently.

Resources: How to burn DVD with Freemake Video Converter freeware

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Freemake: Simple, useful freeware

Freemake freeware advert artAs a freeware developer, Freemake is fantastic… in addition to the excellence and simplicity of the software, Freemake’s freeware is freeware in the truest sense of the word; there are absolutely no feature limitations, or time restrictions, hidden costs, etc.

Freemake has a variety of potentially useful freeware — all listed on the Downloads page. Freemake’s offerings do not fall into the lame category known to some as lessware.

Freemake Video Converter
Freemake Video Converter logoConvert video free to AVI, MP4, WMV, MKV, MPEG, 3GP, DVD, MP3, iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, rip & burn DVDs, convert to Flash FLV & SWF video formats, burn Blu-ray discs, and upload video files to YouTube, and more with Freemake’s excellent & free video converter.

Like Freemake’s other fantastic freeware, Freemake Video Converter is designed without any limitations to be truly free; you’ll not run into those annoying hidden costs that tend to pop up with some freeware titles.

Freemake Video Downloader
Freemake Video Downloader logoFreemake Video Downloader (FVD) allows you to download videos from thousands websites, including YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Veoh, Dailymotion, and 10,000+ other sites that feature streaming video (which are usually FLV files). Furthermore, you can extract audio MP3s from YouTube videos, for instance — allowing virtually unlimited free additions to your digital music collection! FVD can also convert virtually any online video to whatever popular format you need, including AVI, MKV, MP3, iPhone, iPod, PSP, Android, etc.

Freemake Video Downloader logo

Ellora Assets Corporation, a developer of award-winning freeware, releases Freemake Music Box 0.9, a free music application to find and manage free online music on user’s computer. Freemake Music Box requires no account registration, subscription and is available to international users without country restrictions.

Freemake Music Box provides a fast way to find and stream legally posted online music to user’s computer. The free tool delivers music search results sorted by artist, album or specific songs. Due to integrated powerful search algorithm Freemake Music Box can find a certain song using a broad word combination a user puts into a program search bar.

The application allows users to organize found music into playlists which can be edited, removed or renamed. For more convenience Freemake Music Box automatically saves playlists in the program intact so next time a user starts the program, he will find all his built playlists in the same order.

Together with search functionality, Freemake Music Box 0.9 gives control over found music and features an inbuilt music player which rewinds, loops, stops or skips selected tracks. If available, Freemake Music Box displays music clips in a separate window which can be set as hidden upon user’s choice. (Source: Meet Freemake.com: A New Freeware Developer – 24-7 Press Release)

Freemake Music Box
Search for free online music. Listen to millions of online songs. Organize your music collection in a simplest way. In one place, absolutely free, no region restriction.

Overall, the reviews of Freemake Music Box are about average — probably because the utility does little more than search YouTube for music; however, it also allows some organization and housekeeping of downloaded music files.

Freemake Music Box artwork

Probably the best aspect of Freemake Music Box is the box, as in black box, aspect. There are no ads or other distracting and influencing distractions to steer you in one direction or another. Type in a search phrase and as long as it’s not a flat-out well-known artist or song name, you’ll find some unusual stuff. If you’ve a bent towards the eclectic, it’s a nice way to satisfy your lean. It’s also a good way to find that song that you may only have a partial name for. (Source: Editorial Review of Freemake Music Box – PC World)

From CNET:

Freemake Music Box is a new music app that gives you free access to millions of songs online. Regardless of your location, you can search, play and organize online music free and easily. The powerful search tool will bring you a song you want to enjoy, you can smoothly filter search results by track title, album or artist. Once found, you may add your favorite songs to a playlist and Freemake Music Box will automatically save it for further playback. Listen to your favorite music straight from the Music Box with the inbuilt music player. Play, pause, stop, loop or forward audio tracks. With Freemake Music Box, you don’t have to think where and how to get free online music. Enjoy your favorite music without limits, listen all you want and wherever you are. (Source: Freemake Music Box – CNET)

Favorite video freeware utilities

At this point, my favorite video freeware includes:

Resources: Freemake: Simple, useful freeware

Reviews: Freemake Music Box

The reviews of Freemake Music Box are average, mainly because the utility does little more than search YouTube for music; however, it also allows some organization and housekeeping of downloaded music files.

Excellent video conversion & burning freeware

It’s about freaking time…

Thanks to all the time I’ve invested, I’m an expert at locating & downloading any movie or TV show you can think of -– but finding reliable freeware to burn these shows onto DVD has been a real ordeal. I have experienced failure after failure.

However, this evening I have been testing Aura Video Converter 1.3.8, and it has proved capable not only for converting video but for burning it onto DVD: DVDs that actually work!!

This evening I have burned DVDs containing various episodes of The Walking Dead (Season 1) and American Horror Story (Season 1). They have all functioned properly, which is highly unusual for freeware – at least, that I’ve tested so far.

Resources: Excellent video conversion & burning freeware

This post was written on Saturday, March 24, 2012