How to convert PowerPoint to DVD for free

This posting will outline a number of options for converting a PowerPoint presentation to DVD using all free software. There is not a single free app that will do this; however there are three “routes” illustrated below that you could take to achieve PowerPoint to DVD conversion using all free apps. Here’s a quick summary:


Automen: a small yet brilliant video converter

Automen is a free GUI for Mencoder that can perform video conversions across multiple formats and encoders. It supports XviD (for AVI encoding), FLV, X264 (MP4 for Ipod/PSP/PS3), WMV, MPEG4, MPEG2, and Huffyuv and is designed to be simple and straightforward for quick video conversion. I will not mince words: this little program has unexpectedly


DVDnextCOPY iTurns Manager: create DRMS free copies of your iTunes songs

DVDnextCOPY iTurns Manager is a free program that can convert iTunes DRMS protected tracks to normal unprotected MP3s. It installs a virtual CD-writer driver and takes advantage of the option to burn tracks to CD in iTunes in order to capture and re-encode protected audio files to normal MP3s. I’ve always had an interest in


Mp3splt-gtk: powerful MP3 and OGG file splitting utility

Mp3splt-gtk is a free multi-platform tool that can split large MP3 or OGG files without re-encoding. It offers a number of different ways to do this, including autodetecting silences, using a a local CDDB or CUE file, and downloading album and track length info from freedb.org . Other options include splitting by fixed time segments


Debut Video Capture: video-record screen activity and/or capture video from external devices

Debut Video Capture is a free video recording software that can capture video and audio from any USB device, and can also record anything that is displayed on-screen such as a video that is playing or a user’s visible on-screen activity. Supports a wide variety of output formats and encoders. I was recently faced with


Four Mini Reviews: SimplyZip, DP MediaInfo, IndexMaker, and UPXG

this posting will provide a number of mini-reviews for freeware programs written by the amazing Dirk Paehl: SimplyZip, DP MediaInfo, IndexMaker, and UPXG. I received an email from reader Christ T (CT) which had insightful things to say about a number of freeware titles written by Dirk Paehl. CT kindly allowed me to use his


BitRipper: convert DVDs to AVI or Mpeg with a single click

BitRipper is an integrated DVD ripping and conversion program that provides AVI or Mpeg creation from DVDs in a single step. I’ve been making terrific conversions of DVDs into video files using all freeware tools for a long time, my programs of choice in this regard being AutoGK and more recently Handbrake. Both of these, however,


Convert videos to flash FLV and SWF with “Flash This!”

Flash this! is a small, free tool that can convert video files to flash (both FLV and SWF). This program is a frontend to FFMpeg, the transcoding engine behind the majority of freeware video conversion programs. Here are some notes on this one:


Extract audio and video files from FLVs with FLV Extract

FLV Extract is a free program that can save video and audio files from FLV files in their original formats without decompressing or re-compressing. If you weren’t aware of it, FLV files are containers that house audio and video files which may be encoded in any number of formats. FLV Extract gives you the ability


Shrink DVDs down to size with Amok DVD Shrinker

Amok DVD Shrinker is a free program that can compress decrypted DVDs to smaller, user-defined disk sizes without any noticeable reduction in quality. It is designed to enable the copying of commercial DVDs stored on nonstandard media in order to fit them on a standard 4.7 gig writable DVD. Imagine the following scenario: you’ve just


“Internet Video Converter” provides powerful, portable video conversion for a wide range of formats

Internet Video Converter is a free program that performs video conversions (including FLV and SWF formats), downloads from a wide range of video sharing sites, and can also play/view a wide range of formats. IVC is a GUI frontend for a number of free tools and is available as an installable version, a portable zipped version,


DivXMachine Shell Integrated

DivXMachine Shell Integrated (DMSI for short) is a free program that can convert images, audio files and videos across multiple formats straight from the Windows Explorer context menu. Two things that make this program unique (a) all operations are done straight from the context menu; it does not have an user interface, and (b) it handles