Streaming Movies Equipment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you connect a laptop to an HDTV for streaming movies?
    I have a laptop computer with a VGA connection and my son in law says that I just need to get a VGA to HDMI cable and connect the two, BUT when I get online to order this cable I have come across some reviews indicating that the cable is not enough, that a converter is needed. Do any of you techno minded people know what I need to do. All I am interested in is using my television as my monitor and streaming movies from my laptop.

    • ANSWER:
      You do need a Converter. VGA is analog HDMI is digital. Those cables are for studio equipment that has onboard converters.

      You will need 1 VGA cable, 1 HDMI cable, and the active converter box.
      http://www.bing.com/shopping/manhattan-vga-to-hdmi-converter-video-converter/p/7E2D76367825160B0001?q=vga+to+hdmi+converter&lpq=vga%20to%20hdmi%20converter&FORM=HURE
      For sound, connect a Stereo to RCA cable
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-ft-3-5mm-Mini-Plug-to-2-RCA-Male-Stereo-Audio-Cable-/390437868980?pt=US_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item5ae7e915b4

  2. QUESTION:
    What is a good powerline ethernet adapter to use?
    I am looking for a good powerline ethernet afapter to use. Possibly any 85mbs~200mbs.

    Such examples are:
    Asoka Pluglink 9650
    Asoka Pluglink 9677
    Netgear (I dont know which ones ._.')

    Anyhow, I'm just looking for one with good connection speed for the usage of gaming and streaming movies or downloading stuff. :>
    I'm planning to get at least three.

    • ANSWER:
      The Netgear XETB1001 is an 85 mbs powerline ethernet adapter that works really well. It's really easy to set up and faster than wireless. You can check it out and get more details on it at Amazon -- the link is http://amzn.to/pHEimd.

      If you've got the money to spend, the Netgear AV 200 is a better option but it's pretty pricey, especially if you're looking to get at least 3. The advantage of the AV 200 is the speed, it's easily twice as fast as the XETB1001. The details at Amazon are at http://amzn.to/n3Mcdk.

      I've had only good experiences with my Netgear equipment. Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    How do you get a job adding music to movies?
    I have always had a knack for finding underground music that eventually makes it way main stream through commercials, movies, or television shows. What path does someone need to take to do this as a career? Do you fall into it, after a music career, or are there actual steps/courses you need to take?

    • ANSWER:
      A school with Sound Engineering would qualify you to work in this field.
      The chances of Stumbling onto a job like this is slim.
      Because of the required knowledge to use the equipment proficiently is stagering, if you hope to work in an "State of the Art" facility.
      Even in an Indie studio,
      their equipment is quite complicated;
      in order to get quality high enough
      to make a project acceptable to the public.
      It is no fun having to re-record
      (or have someone else do it and get the credit too).
      If you want to Luck into it,
      maybe try to find a local ad agency
      or TV station that you can get
      work on their production crew.
      You may find that most reputable Ad Houses
      are now only willing to hire graduates,
      as they already have experience
      with the latest equipment.
      I'm in the same boat (wanting to get into film)
      except I have 20 years production experience
      at places like Disney,
      and unfortunately all they want to see
      is a diploma that is fresh!
      I've worked in Drama, Song and Dance,
      Big Band,Rock, Vaudeville
      and just about any style of theatre you can name.
      But I don't know the latest techniques
      using computers and lots of
      really expensive equipment
      (and ,000 invested in my home studio)
      and still not SOTA (state of the art).
      Aim high
      just don't get dissapointed
      'cause on the way up you'll realise
      it's a long ladder to the top
      and unless you want it to hum
      drop that ground!
      Best of Luck > TRACKING

  4. QUESTION:
    Should I get a DOCSIS 3 Modem for a 15mbps Plan?
    I mean I know it's capable of higher transfer rates, but really my Comcast Broadband plan is only for 15mpbs so would I even really benefit from DOCSIS 3.0? I plan on running a wireless network for my Wii and laptop to possibly game and stream movies.

    • ANSWER:
      You won't get a higher speed than what is available under your plan, however a DOCSIS 3 modem will permit you to get a better connection than you might have otherwise been able to at your location by bonding multiple QAM channels together. It will also mean that should you upgrade later, you won't need to buy/rent new equipment. You will also be ready for IPv6 (your modem at least), which is not included in the earlier DOCSIS specifications.

  5. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to stream movies downloaded movies from a network computer and play them on a TV?
    We are looking at building a file vault at home with four Hitachi 4TB drives in a RAID 10 configuration and I was wondering if there was any way that we could program our TV or other multimedia device to access them. If so, what do we need in materials and/or equipment? In addition, is there a way we can do this from an "i" device like an iPad or even iPhone?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course this way living.But i think you should take some charge that can fast help you.

  6. QUESTION:
    How do I add ultraviolet to my device? How do I add movies to my account?
    I have tried to figure out how but couldn't find where to go to add ultraviolet to a device and add movies to my account.

    • ANSWER:
      How do I add new purchases to my UltraViolet Collection?

      For online purchases, you can easily add new titles directly to your collection as part of your purchase process. Before you complete your check-out, you'll be given the opportunity to log into your UltraViolet account (or create one if needed), and your movie or TV show will be automatically added to your Collection. For purchases of an UltraViolet-enabled movie or TV show on disc, your title will come with in-package instructions on how/where you can log in (or create an account) to add it to your collection.

      Can I add previously purchased movies and TV shows to my UltraViolet account?

      Not at this time; however, UltraViolet was designed to support this feature, so if movie/TV studios and/or retailers choose to make such "upgrade" offers available, you'll be able to easily add existing titles to your UltraViolet Account.

      How can I access/watch my UltraViolet movies and TV shows?

      All kinds of ways. You can stream to most any Internet-connected device , including cable/satellite set-top boxes. You can download copies for when you don't have good internet access. And, in many cases, you can enjoy watching via a physical copy such as a DVD or Blu-Ray.

      Do I need to purchase special equipment to use UltraViolet?

      No! You don't need any special equipment or additional technology to enjoy your UltraViolet Collection. However, devices will be marketed that are optimized to work with UltraViolet right out of the box, and you may be interested in making such a feature one of your "checklist" items when buying new devices.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can someone help explain how a home theatre receiver and subwoofer work?
    We just moved into a new home and it has all built in speakers and surround sound wiring. The wires all terminate in a small hall closet where the previous owner states he had his equipment. He has now since now been very forth coming with information. I am trying to purchase the "equipment' needed for my husband for xmas. Will I need just a Home Theater Receiver, or will I also need a subwoofer? If ony a receiver is a 550W good enough?

    • ANSWER:
      If your planning on using the existing speakers and wiring you have a small problem. Everything is set up for the home theater but the previous owner didn't like or have the space to put his devices. Meaning the receiver and maybe everything was stored in that closet. That requires remote controls that will send a signal thru or around a wall to control the equipment. This is great if you don't want clutter but I feel it would be a pain to have to go and look at the devices to see if they are on and working correctly. (A home theater receiver might come as a package with the sub and 5 speakers)

      If you store the receiver under the tv, all you need to do is run the speaker and subwoofer wiring to the closet. A stand alone receiver will have connections for running the wires. You might have to add a dvd player or upgrade to a blu ray player that connects to the internet for streaming movies.
      You need a sub woofer for the bass sounds. That receiver above should work fine. If you want to check around, go to http://www.cnet.com for reviews and http://www.bestbuy.com and http://www.nextag.com for pricing.
      I hope I've helped you some. Enjoy

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best computer and camcorder setup for amateur film?
    I know the best HD camcorders used for movies can run tens of thousands of dollars, as can a high end computer with good editing software. I want to know what it would take to put together an enjoyable film with good edit and detail at an affordable cost by most middle class Americans, also will I need more than just a good computer and camera?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the simple response from G. Due to the range of equipment and expenses, that does not help you much with any detailed shopping list. And the description of your project is too vague to understand any real requirements the project has.

      And just because you are low budget does not mean you get to take shortcuts and go cheap. Inexpensive, maybe, but not cheap.

      You also need to understand the equipment limitations and be VERY fanatical about not going outside those known or learned limits. For example, if the lighting is good and bright, then any camcorder can capture good quality, non grainy video. If the video has lots of action, do not use a camcorder that applies lots of compression to the video stream. If there is dialog, the mics MUST be close to the people speaking.

      Beyond these basic technicals, a compelling story, LOTS of planning (concept, outline, script, story board, shotlist - and sticking to it) along with talent , wardrobe, make up, continuity, sound design, editing skill and creativity will contrbute to a successful project.

      If you cut these corners, the project will most likely not be successful. The reason the pros do what they do is because they can make money. If they could save money by using consumer grade camcorders, they would use them because that means they would not need to buy the huge expensive stuff they use and that would mean more $ in their pocket. They have learned that the expensive stuff is more cost effective because it has a wider opportunity for use - like big lenses means better lowlight shots and good XLR mics means more realistic audio... And they know to use the equipment within its capabilites.

      Read up on the equipment used for "Slumdog Millionaire", "Paranormal Activity" and "Blair Witch Project", be sure to develop your project management skills... And understand various legal "partnership" entities can do to help keep your personal assets protected when there is injury or copyright issues with the project.

      There is WAY more to successful "filmmaking" than picking up the cheapest equipment you can find and capturing a few feet of video. Even "reality shows" use a script... And keep in mind that "middle America" is what drives the quality level of the productions you see in theaters - they are who buy the tickets. To think otherwise is naive.

      And just in case... The big project equipment is rarely purchased by a specific project - it is leased. They generally use film - not video. Audio is not captured by a camcorder, but by using a totally separate audio system.

      Tripods and other steadying devices (dolly trucks, "Steadicam" systems, camera cranes, etc.), many different wired and wireless mics, stands, cables, power, location monitors, craft services, legal services, make up, wardrobe, lighting and existing lighting control, "studio teachers" (if minors are involved), location scouting, permits and permission, soundtrack music legalities and copyright, releases and tracking, insurance coverage, and a bazllion other things neede to be addressed. And we haven't gotten to the camera yet! So...

      Sony HVR-Z5 or above.
      Canon XHA1 or above.
      Panasonic AG-HVX200 or above.
      JVC GY-HM100 or above.

      Any of these are "entry level" so the content and editing MUST be excellent. Don't forget audio - there may be a local audio engineer who also does films...

      And a huge NEW iMac mxed out on RAM with a few terabytes of external hard drive space (RAID1 multi drve array preferredin case a drive crashes, you don't want the project to die) running Final Cut Pro being used by someone who has experience with it. Or a HIGH END Windows tower running Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premiere.

      How are you planning to distrbute it or get paid? Most theaters don't work directly with the film's producer...

  9. QUESTION:
    What equipment/cables do i need to connect my Sony Blu ray player (model # BDP-S360) to the internet?
    I currently have my laptop computer connected to the internet via a linksys wireless router that is hooked up to our home desktop computer. Is there any way my blu ray player could connect using the same router connection? Is there additional equipment that i need to purchase in order to connect?

    • ANSWER:
      Only if your blu ray is wireless or has an ethernet port

      If it's wireless you have to plug in this antennae they call a dongle into the usb port. Around

      If you can run an ethernet cable from the router to the player it's better and cheaper. Then your internet service has to be at least 2 to 3 gps to stream movies. Any lower, the picture will freeze and that's a pain in the b...

  10. QUESTION:
    What services are there that offer movies streaming to your TV?
    We currently have Netflix that we use through our wii to watch movies and tv shows. We really like this service but we're wondering what other options there might be out there. Are there any others using the Wii? And if not do the others require any other equipment?

    • ANSWER:
      There is apple itunes, Amazon Video streaming, Hulu.

      If you get the PlayOn server (), you can use it for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, and Hulu and stream to the Wii.

      For itunes, you need an Apple TV.

  11. QUESTION:
    What kind of medical oxygen tank is the best?
    I saw a movie in which the main character used an oxygen tank while reading. He was perfectly healthy, as I am. I am wondering if you can buy a medical oxygen tank online, and am looking for general information about tanks (how they work, how you fill them, etc.).

    Can someone help me out?

    • ANSWER:
      Ive used 3 types of oxygen cylinders in my line of work

      During my work with the Welsh Air ambulance I was using Cramer Decker M6 cannisters with a hand tight Gage - this is a small canister designed to maintain a patient for the short helicopter trip to the hospital. Its easy to use and you can get about 3 hours of continuous use out of one canister. They are refilled by Gas technician at the hospital using a very large tank and an air compresser.

      As a fast response doctor I always keep a portable 15lb cannister of BOC (a company) oxygen in a keep cool neoprene case (bag) in the car. The cannister is fitted with an inhalo system which means I can mix other gases with it for pain relief and adjust the flow of gas going to a patient. The inhalo also lets me intubate a patient and allow the cannister to breathe for them. But only trained DOCTORS and not paramedics are allowed to sedate and intubate patients. This cannister will give me around 12 hours of continuous use.

      In the response car that I use (a modified Subaru impreza) I keep a large cannister in the boot (trunk) of the car. Its basically a bigger version of the one that I take with me when im called out to an incident. But its only got a very basic facemask valve but it does give me 30+ hours use of standard flow rate use.

      Out of all the gas delivery systems I use. The medium BOC Inhalo system is my favourite. Because its light and easy to carry, and it can be used for many things aswell as giving a long supply.

      We use oxygen cannisters in conjunction with a regulator and mask or an intubation tube (if casualty is not breathing and sedated). You will need a regulator and a face mask if your going to be using oxygen. We ALWAYS monitor the amount of oxygen going into a patient.

      You can buy oxygen cylinders online. But you MUST be trained how to use and give oxygen to people. Giving someone too much oxygen in the wrong situation can seriously injure or even kill them. Having too much oxygen in your blood stream can kill you. Oxygen is NOT to be taken recreationally. And should only be used for medical purposes or mixed with nitrogen and used with diving equipment.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do you import video from a DVD to a video editing system?
    I wanna make music videos from movies like Harry Potter, but I'm not sure how to open it in my Sony Vegas Pro 9 or Windows Movie Maker.

    • ANSWER:
      Aunsoft Blu-ray Video Converter Ultimate works as a Blu-ray ripper, DVD ripper, video converter, and even video editor. It helps you handle almost all media file formats and convert them to the compatible formats for your iPad, iPod, PS3, Android phone, home network connected equipments, home theater systems, non-HDCP TV, WD TV, etc.

      Working as Blu-ray disc ripper and DVD ripper, you can load commercial Blu-ray movies and DVD movies to the program and the program will decrypt copy protection by removing AACS (up to MKBv17), BD+, region code, so that you can play the output video without pixilation. With the support of TrueHD, Eac3, DTS, DTS-HD in BD movie, you can select the subtitle and audio stream with the exact language you want.

      Working as video converter and video editor, you can convert files from formats like *.vob, *.m2ts, *.avi, *.wmv, *.mov, *.dat, *.tivo, *.mpg, *.dat, *.flv, *.f4v,*.mkv, *.tod, *.mod, *.vro, to iPad, HTC Hero, iPod, iPhone, Archos, PSP, PS3, Xbox, Zune, Creative Zen, or to hardware players like WD TV for home media entertainment. You can customize video with trimming and cropping, and even extract audio to get your favorite songs.

      http://www.aunsoft.com/blu-ray-video-converter-ultimate/

  13. QUESTION:
    My system does not support Microsoft Silverlight for Netflix, anyway to get around this?
    I signed up for Netflix so I can watch movies on the computer, and then find out that silverlight does not support my system. Kind of defeats the purpose.

    • ANSWER:
      its not that silverlight doesn't support your system, it's that your system isn't good enough to support silverlight. you need bertter stuff to make it work.
      trying to stream videos w/o decent equipment is kinda silly.
      the way around htis is to veiw the systme requirments for silverlight and compare that to your systme and upgrade whatever falls short.

  14. QUESTION:
    If you make one Netflix account, can people use it on other computers?
    Say you make a Netflix account on one computer. If you have two other people with computers can you stream movies at the same time or can you only stream one movie from one computer?

    • ANSWER:
      This is the answer directly from Netflix and apparently the first answerer was partially correct. See the excerpt below:

      "Personal Computer Requirements and Device Limitations: To enjoy watching instantly via your personal computer, your equipment must satisfy certain system requirements. Click here to view the various system requirements. To see partners who offer Netflix ready devices you may use to access our service, click here. YOU MAY INSTANTLY WATCH ON UP TO SIX UNIQUE AUTHORIZED NETFLIX READY DEVICES. YOU WILL BE ALLOWED TO INSTANTLY WATCH SIMULTANEOUSLY ON ONLY ONE SUCH DEVICE AT ANY GIVEN TIME."

      https://signup.netflix.com/TermsOfUse?country=1&rdirfdc=true#limitations

      So, while you can authorize 6 devices..you can only watch on ONE at a time.

      Good Luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    What equipment do i need in order to stream movies etc from my computer to the television?

    • ANSWER:
      I hope you mean to watch movies from your computer to your TV. this is to make your TV as your computer display monitor.
      All this is to assume that your computer supports one of those output methods

      If its an old model CRT TV you need to look if your TV supports S-video input, if not you can find online a VGA to SCART.(i think SCART input is supported by all TV's after 1995)
      For a new model that includes all Flat TV's you just need HDMI cable or a VGA cable.

  16. QUESTION:
    What piece of equipment can I get to play internet movies on my TV in the living room.?
    My TV is about 30 feet from my monitor. I hope there is a wireless device that will let me play internet movies on my TV wirelessly.

    • ANSWER:
      ROKU makes a device that will stream Netflix and Amazon On Demand. http://www.roku.com/roku-products?gclid=CKr35Pio0qMCFUxb2god0lj9uA

  17. QUESTION:
    What kind of video card and/or processor requirements does a laptop need to watch movies on a TV?
    I'm thinking of purchasing a laptop and I want to hook it up to my 32" LCD TV to watch movies (things I record, or things I stream from Netflix).

    Will the video card of the laptop matter that much? Will standard equipment on a new laptop be good enough? Or will I need to look for a laptop with a higher-end video card, with lots of video memory?

    Or is the main processor more important for this task? How fast should it be?

    • ANSWER:
      u can connect the TV's input cable to the laptop if that port is available and redirect the screen output using one of the function buttons depending on ur laptip make and model it varies,,, ur memory and all that really dont matter and ur video card dont matter neither ur just redirecting screen output as long as the format is the same,, IE NTSC to NTSC not NTSC to HDTV

  18. QUESTION:
    How do I transfer home video DVDs to a portable hard drive?
    To sum it up... I would like to store my home movies and pictures on one device like a portable hard drive so that I can keep them all together making it as easy as physically possible to access them whenever I want.
    So basically what I would like to know is. What kind of program(s) and/or equipment do I need?

    • ANSWER:
      You will first need to rip the videos from the DVD disc. The next thing you'll want to do is convert the video and audio streams into a format such as MP4 or AVI so that the size of the videos will be more manageable. For a simple and easy to use app that does all this I would recommend "AnyDVD." I believe it has a 30 day trial period so that you can try it out. It allows you to rip the DVD and then lets you format the videos into different formats.

  19. QUESTION:
    How do I format a new MP3 card to use in the recorder/player?
    I use a Marantz PMD570 MP3 recorder/player (a big component piece of equipment). When I tried to use a new card, the following screen message appeared - 'format card in a pc' or something to this effect. Can I format the card within the machine? or on a desktop? How do I format the card in either case?

    • ANSWER:
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      Support hide when recording, window can be minimized to icon in system tray

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  20. QUESTION:
    How do I tranfer a video I recorded on my JVC camcorder to my computer, using a USB cord?
    I have a JVC digital recording camcorder device and I am trying to transfer some movie files that I recorded on a DV tape to my computer, what software or cords or equipment will I need to complete this task? Thank You

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the model and the features available in your camcorder model, here are a few things that you can do to achieve your objective:
      1 -- If you have firewire port in your camcorder, get a firewire card installed in your PC and then using the s/w provided with the camcorder, transfer the video onto the pc.
      2 -- If your camcorder supports USB streaming, then you can you the USB port on your PC to get the video transfered onto your PC.
      3 -- If your PC has a TV tuner card, give the digital o/p of your camcorder to this tuner card and then get the video transfered onto your PC.

  21. QUESTION:
    What kind of cord do you need to get to hook your computer up to your t.v.?
    So I want to know what kind of cord or hookup I need to connect my laptop to my t.v. so i can watch like netflix streaming movies on my t.v. from my computer! :)

    • ANSWER:
      First, you need to see what kind of video outputs you have on your computer and what kind of inputs you have on your TV or VCR. If you can find a match, then that's the kind of cable you need. If there is no match, you will need a signal convertor of some kind.

      The most likely computer output is VGA, which is a connector that is roughly D-shaped, with three rows of five pins/holes each. This can produce a reasonably clear picture on a TV set, although some detail will be lost.

      Another connection is S-video, which uses a round connector with a ring of pins. It's also acceptable but not great quality.

      The sharpest connection is HDMI, which is an HDTV standard but only available on fairly new PCs.

      If you have a new flatscreen TV, it probably has HDMI connections, and maybe VGA. If you have an older TV, it may have S-video, RGB or composite connections, or maybe just a coaxial (cable TV) connection. Composite video is really too low a quality for computer use. It uses a round, single-pin-in-a-shell connector. (RGB uses three of them). For an older set, your best bet might be to look for extra inputs on your VCR or other video equipment connected to the TV.

      Failing that, you may have to look for a special signal convertor at an electronics store (or you could look for a new PC and/or TV).

  22. QUESTION:
    How would I go about (what equipment do i need) to watch a movie on my tv that I have down loaded to my pc?
    Without burning a dvd.

    • ANSWER:
      Buy a digital media receiver (also called adaptor); Netgear , Linksys, and other sell them. You stream the movie via the home network.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I tape off the cable or dish recording?
    I have a DVD and VCR. I can tape off the TV live. But I am having trouble trying to tape on my VCR what I have recorded on my dish equipment I think it is called a DVR. As I said when it is live I can tape it, but not it is on my DVR, and I want to tape a movie on VCR so I can show it to someone. Is there a way to do so. Maybe I have to reconnect the wires directly to the DVR. Any help would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Its all about how you route the signal to your TV. To record something onto a tape the output signal from whatever (tv, internet, etc....) has to go through the VCR on the way to the television set. If your DVR is not routed through the VCR the device cannot record anything because it is not streamed through the device. Though if you can record live tv it should be able to record your recorded shows.

  24. QUESTION:
    what equipment do i need to link my sony bravia tv and my computer?
    i would like to stream videos and more to my tv

    • ANSWER:
      The sony bravia (the new ones) have hdmi input. If your computer has HDMI as well you can just use a HDMI cable to hook them up.

      When you have a normal pc you can just use the VGA cable and plug it in the tv. Don't forget to use a mini-jack to audio rca jacks cable to connect your audio output from your computer in your television.

      it's this cable: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cables2u.co.uk/images/3.5mm_mini_jack_to_2rca_lead.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cables2u.co.uk/35mm-mini-jack-phono-gold-plated-pi-429.html&usg=__QWwFi8tInICqdYdc2sJ1ChHmGC4=&h=290&w=380&sz=86&hl=en&start=3&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=lSmJu7erT4rlsM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=123&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dmini%2Bjack%2Bto%2Brca%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26client%3Dsafari%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1

      You could also connect a cat5 cable (ethernet) to your tv. You should also have a router (or connect the cable straight to your pc). I don't know the details, but it's possible to send the movies with a program on your pc and the tv receives this stream and shows it.

  25. QUESTION:
    What are some good farming movies/ tv episode's?
    Im looking for a movie or tv episodes that have to do with farming. Particularly one that has to do with equipment?

    • ANSWER:
      One of my favorite TV shows with a farming theme is an Australian show called McLeod's Daughters. I highly recommend the entire First Season. It is available on DVD and on Netflix streaming. The characters, storyline, landscape, and farm themes are really great. I am not sure what you mean about "equipment," but it shows some farm equipment.

      Also, you can view a TON of farming equipment films on YouTube, such as this clip:

  26. QUESTION:
    opinions on english essay based on Up on Dowloading by Elise McArdle?
    People aren’t going to pay for things that they can get for free regardless of legal measures. People for decades now have been downloading music for free; it has become a habit and a way to get their music. If people must pay for music, people would still use live streaming from sites like Pandora and the music industry would still be in a financial situation. None of the professors could come up with a plan they all agreed on, that’s the challenge they, including the music industry, want to overcome. A lot of people involved with the music and film industry are desperate for answers to resolve this issue. The professors discussing difference solutions have drawn a lot of attention. The Recording Industry Association of America is driving for answers.Fisher’s suggestions to help fix the illegal downloading crisis by replacing the copy right system with a government administered compensation plan, funded by a tax on the hardware and systems.The government does not need any more control. If a world crisis occurs, the money sitting there to pay the music industry would not be paid to those artists but to fund the world crisis. If the government starts raising taxes on those items people will just find a shortcut to cut their expenses and could potentially start downloading movies, games, etc., illegally. That would cause a financial issue in many other industries. In the end, with higher taxes on those items to download music, the person would still be paying for their music, which could possibly be effective if they find a way to demolish every shortcut others could find which is simply impossible in the world of internet. For every site taken down by the government and another site with another address will appear. Fisher’s consequential suggestion is Total Control. Unfortunately, people in this world do not like law and following rules. Then, those who still avoid those higher tax rates on downloading software by using old software, they Total Control approach comes into place. Total Control is a program that will send a virus to a person’s computer, to wipe their hard drive, if they download music by avoiding the high tax. With the Total Control approach, which all professors dislike but Microsoft and the music industry like, would be somewhat more effective, however sending virus to wipes someone’s computer is a crime in itself and defeats the purpose of knocking out a current crime of illegal downloading. Another issue people may have with the Total Control is if someone uses another’s computer to illegally download music without the owner’s consent, wiping the hard drive would be unfair punishment to the owner. However, to the music industry they may believe that the owner is responsible for their guest and the actions they make. They are many sites to avoid being tracked especially by the government. There are very computer savvy people out there who know block whichever virus may come their way. Zittrain somewhat agrees with Fisher’s suggestions to tax on downloading equipment however doesn’t agree with the total control as punishment for those who don’t follow those rules. Nessan comments on the fact that government involved is not a good idea and even Zittrain understands that most people will not like the government involved, but justifies it by saying the government will not choose who gets paid, it will be strictly numbers.. "That's a legitimate worry," concedes Fisher."You're placing a fair amount of discretionary power in a government agency." “However, the agency would not choose which artists are paid, he insists, because compensation would be based simply on numbers--which works are downloaded the most often.” (McArdle, 2004) People these days do not trust the government, including people in the industry. To have people get on board with a government agency handling their money in any way will be a hard task to accomplish.Nesson’s idea is to make the music cheaper, but for a lesser quality. If you want the good stuff, you pay more. He wants to make illegal downloading less attractive. Even though neither suggestion is concrete they are working on an idea that will demolish free downloading. What Nesson doesn’t understand is that you only need one person to buy that song or songs and they can create a site to share music. For every person trying to prevent piracy there are 10 people who can avoid their suggestion. The music industry needs to advertise those who actually still buy music legally opposed to trying to stop those who aren’t. Downloading is a new thing opposed to going out to a store to buy a CD, people are lazy these days. They can get their music from the comfort of their home. What the artist are not aware of is that people usually listen to their music and then go to their concerts, buy their clothing, etc. They are many ways to avoid all of the professor’s suggestion.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have paragraphs for your essay. You need to organize this better.

  27. QUESTION:
    Why does somebody erase films on sites as megavideo?
    I see this, that before I could see film on sites, which is not megavideo, but today, I couldn't see films via streaming.

    • ANSWER:
      Because of people like you. Hosting movies is illegal. Megavideo/Megaupload was raided by the FBI. Their equipment was seized and the websites shut down. The owners and operators are facing prison sentences. Other sites hosting illegal content like movies have shut down or started cleaning up, because they don't want to be next. They're hoping it will all blow over, and waiting to see what happens once the trial is over.

  28. QUESTION:
    is a canon eos 550d a good camera for filming?
    Does the quality look good when on a computer? And is the slow motion good? I'm planning on using it for a short drama that i'm making with friends and i want to know if its good enough to use.
    Does it film well for action films and does it have a good focus for a macro lense?
    Does it film well for action films and does it have a good focus for a macro lense?
    Does it film well for action films and does it have a good focus for a macro lense?

    • ANSWER:
      Well it makes video you are right. Up to 1080p at 30fps. Also it has filmic 24fps mode. It though lacks 60fps mode so that kinda limits you in certain things. To say it simple if you shoot 60fps you can slow down the footage to 50% speed and have a very beautiful slowdown effect.

      It will of course lack decent focus in movie mode [as the mirror is up] hence you have to get used to Manual Focussing during shoots.

      This is inherent of the flippy mirror design of DSLR's. This is why actual videocameras are better at it, they are made for it. Video with DSLR is an addition and even the best methods out there so far [the Sony SLT line up with working autofocus during video] has to deal with that it isn't as optimal for video.

      For the rest you will desire to use an external microphone anyway as those sound better and you of course need the right software to edit the video files, mix in the sound right etc..

      Also when shooting video with SLR's do understand that the lenses made for SLR's are not always silent. This is why an external mike is worth investing in so you won't get the sound the lens can make. Just saying.

      So can you use a 550d for video? Yes
      Can it film things like action films..to a point yes. Just know that you need to have external sound and with the 550d's limitations you are stuck with manual focus. But in a way manual focus is pretty nice to have anyway. Even the Sony SLT's with their working autofocus during video are not perfect.

      You could look at the Sony SLT line up as they do have working autofocus and do things like 1080p at 60 frames per second and the right models even have 28Mbit video AVCHD video streams. Trust me those are pretty heavy only a few unlocked Pentax models come with something like 50Mbit video streams or the likes.

      Right here is a video I shot out of the hand at Archeon, a local historical themepark as you can say. It is short with a Sony A65 and it must have been a lens not optimized for video [as in the lens makes sound during focussing]. Autofocussing is on and it tends to snap right. Through remember this is the Sony SLT design with functioning phase detection autofocussing even during video. Most DSLR"s have worse focussing abilities. Some have Contrast detection and some simply don't autofocus during video. Sound is from the in build camera .. as good as it gets really with that.

      Is it as good as using an actual video camera.. well at least actual video cameras have lenses that when they focus are silent. This one makes sound! Canon has the STM line of lenses that ought to make it nice for video. Also the big CMOS sensor in DSLR's fall to the Jello Effect.. it only happened about once in this video when moving to fast. It kinda distorts the screen.

      Is the video good or bad? I leave that up to you but if I wanted to make it look better I would have used an external mic to say the least.

      The Pentax GH3 is also good at video just saying.

      But best is and stays actual video equipment, it is made for it, it has years of study and investment into making smooth video so..

      And of course making movies takes the right software to, just saying.. importing the video materials and editing them to be just right. Cutting and Pasting and so on.

      So look around at other brands and cameras to. And look at buying an actual video camera or maybe renting it. DSLR's are able to make video yes and does it looks good..with the right tools and some external mics, the right understanding of light and what you shoot.. you would have good basic material to work with. Then followed by knowing how to edit it all together to make is look as good as it can and get the output you desire from it.

      Getting the basic material, the good footage and sound is only part one. My video has .. 0 editing done. It is obviously amateur but at least I did get a half decent video from it. I would even call it pretty decent situation being.

  29. QUESTION:
    What would your two weapons of choice be if your town was being attacked by zombies?
    I would carry a double barrel shotgun with unlimited shotgun bullets and a chainsaw?
    Also your the soul survivor so where would you go.

    • ANSWER:
      I'd find an industrial 2,000 watt laser, and power it with deep-cycle marine ni-cad batteries inside my armored track-vehicle. When they attack at night, I'd have plenty of spare power to slice them from any range. Wind or weather have no effect on aiming and there is not much noise. Daytime hoards would be easy to repel.

      The shotgun is a satisfying tool for blowin' zombie heads apart. But it gets hot with constant use and ammunition is heavy. It takes time to reload.

      A laser can always keep cutting ‘em down.

      Batteries have mass, but the energy that they store has almost no mass. The laser's energy supply could be recharged indefinitely, which means I wouldn't have to risk trips into urban areas to commandeer ammo.

      Also, guns are noisy, and so, always give away your position. Zombies are slow, but when there's a bunch of 'em, I want every tactical advantage.

      A laser in the ultra-violet range is invisible, so unless Zombie-vision mutates to see in those ranges, they would not know where the blasts are coming from. They'd just see their zombie pals’ heads exploding for no reason. Even if they could see in ultraviolet ranges, laser blasts are short, and at the speed of light, the source would be impossible to locate. A Laser would not make noise to reveal my high-tech sniper-position.

      Sure, capacitors and engines make some noise, but that could be easily muffled, especially in a heavily armored vehicle. If I forgot to recharge my batteries, or something malfunctioned, the vehicle itself could be a formidable weapon. I'd just escape by driving over them in crowds or individually, doing my best to crush their zombie-brains to oblivion on the way!

      As the sole survivor, I'd drive to an unpopulated area with a flowing stream, woods (so I could rebuild with simple tools like a chainsaw) and fertile land for growing crops. Also, the chainsaw could be an effective ancillary weapon in case some random zombies were able to sneak up on me while I was building my log-fortress.

      I have built log homes before. They can be very strong, weather proof, and I believe zombie-proof with a few modifications. Building cabins by yourself is hard work, so one of the first things I'd do after the major conflicts were over, is commandeer some heavy equipment like bulldozers, graders and back-hoes. Of course I'd have to also get a large stockpile of gasoline, kerosene and oil to fuel and maintain them. I figure that would be pretty easy in a post-apocalyptic America. There would be plenty of gas-stations left unattended, lots of tool stores, and probably giant building supply stores with pre-made materials! I have always wanted to buy an entire Lowes or Home Depot! Man, this is starting to sound like fun!

      I like the Catskills, so if the initial attacks came from New York, that would be a good choice. But I also like Vermont, and the rolling mountains of the southern USA.

      I would prefer a hillside or small mountain with a south-facing exposure. That way I could build a solar array to capture solar energy. Living near a fast flowing stream would allow a water-powered mill and generator, and the uphill walk would be harder for those slow-moving zombies that accidentally discovered my location. Having redundant energy sources seems like a sensible idea.

      Another benefit of locating in the south: red neck zombies are even slower and stupider than regular zombies. That makes them easier targets. Plus, it would just be so much fun to shoot red neck zombies!

      Zombies tend to congregate in urban areas, since it is a more target-rich environment. If a few remaining stragglers stumble (literally) on to my property, then I'd have plenty of time to see them, and cut 'em down with the laser from my mountainside fortress or from inside my mobile laser vehicle. A little action now and then would keep me from getting bored.

      No zombie-movie has ever made it clear exactly what causes zombie-ism, but the method of contamination is always the same: contact with zombies. We never know whether zombie-ism is caused by a virus, a bacteria or some biological experiment cooked up in a government laboratory.

      I wouldn't take any chances. I'd leave the rotting corpses of zombies far away in the in remote small towns, out in the sun to bake until they were bone dry. That way, any potential infection possibility would be practically nil. If there were too many, I'd put on a haz-mat suit and bulldoze them into huge piles, then torch 'em with gasoline. Even the undead can't walk or do much harm if their muscles are cooked off the bone, their bones are crushed to powder and their brains are vaporized.

      Ahhh... I can see it now...

      My impenetrable mountain fortress... a windmill, a water wheel, solar panels galore, fertile fields for raising food, and in the distance, the decomposing corpses of red-neck bible-toting zombies. Just me, an invincible sodium laser, and an armored track vehicle. Sweet!

  30. QUESTION:
    Where is the best place to shop for top quality brands of home theatre stuff?
    I want to turn our tv room into a full home theatre with a projector, a projector screen, and speakers. I want speakers that hang up in the ceiling corners of the walls and I want a big projector screen. What are some good stores that I can buy all of this stuff, And what are some brands to look for?
    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      If you go to Best Buy - find one with a Magnolia store inside. Magnolia was bought by BestBuy a few years ago but they specialize in the better equipment and installs.

      You can also look on Bing/Yellow Pages for "Home Theater" and find specialty stores that do the equipment and installs for you. Be sure to ask if they have installers certified by CEDIA - a organization that trains and licences home theater installers (Many home alarm companies will also install your home theater gear for you - poorly) These companies want to sell you the gear they know how to integrate - and it's probably a good idea to let them. There is lots of good gear out there but having someone install things they are used to tends to work better.

      You might also want to check out AVS Forums and Home Theater forum as these sites have areas for people who have dedicated a room to home theater. There are .... issues ... you may not know about and inexpensive ways to do things right.

      For example:

      * Do you know how to place the seats in the room to give everyone good sound and avoid problems?

      * Do you know what colors to paint the walls to minimize glare/reflections?

      * Do you know good places to buy long HDMI cables to feed that projector?

      * Do you know to buy seats with low backs to avoid ruining the surround sound effect?

      * Do you know to run telephone and internet cables to your rack because more and more devices want internet connection? (Apple TV, Google TV, Netflix Streaming, etc.)

      * Do you know where to buy movie-poster box's and popcorn machines to accessorize your HT room?

      EQUIPMENT:

      DaLite - makers of good projector screens

      Harmony Logitech - Makes good universal remotes to control the gear

      SVS - Makers of outstanding subwoofers (the secret to an impressive HT experience)

      "Sound Studio Construction on a Budget" - good book from Amazon to teach you about room acoustics. Includes 2 designs for home theater rooms.

      Atlantic Technology - the "Go To" speaker company that many review magazines use in their screening rooms to review amps and movies. Probably the best speaker company you never heard of.

      BlueJeansCables - Great site for extra long AV & HDMI cables that wont break the bank.

      Good Luck.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some really cool devices to go with a home theater system?
    (anything that comes to your, head, anything that would take up space under the tv screen!) XBOX, PS3, surround sound, anything!!!

    • ANSWER:
      1) Monster power center. A power center should be in every home theater setup. Not only will it protect your equipment from surges and spikes, it also cleans the power and cleans almost everything else, cable, Internet, phone etc.

      2) PS3. If you like gaming and have an HDTV a PS3 is perfect. Not only will you have a nice library of games to choose from but the PS3 adds Blu-ray which will really show off what your HDTV can do, especially if it's a 1080p TV.

      3) 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system. "Sound is 50% of the experience." -George Lucas on home theaters. You are not truly experiencing movies unless you upgrade your sound. With the right system it will feel like you are actually in the movie.

      4) XBOX 360. If you want a system just for gaming you can not beat the XBOX 360. Bonus points for Netflix streaming.

      5) WII. If you have children then your going to need one of these. Just make sure they wear their wrist straps.

      6) Western Digital T.V. (HD Media Player). If you have a HD camcorder, digital camera or want a way to play almost any type of movie, picture or audio file on your HDTV, look no further than the Western Digital T.V. box.

      7) Blu-Ray player. If you want to really see what your HDTV is capable of, your going to need one of these. Blu-ray is currently the only device that plays back in 1080p and if your HDTV supports it 1080/24p.

      8) Upconverting DVD player. If you can not afford Blu-ray at least use one of these. Upconverting DVD players upconvert the resolution of DVD's (480p) to near HD quality. I say near HD because although these players can output in 1080p all they are doing is expanding upon the standard def. source material. Will they look better than a regular DVD player? Yes. Do they look as good as Blu-ray? No. But if you can not afford Blu-ray at least use one of these low cost players.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I make my own 4D movie?
    It would be sooo!!!! cool! to make my own four d movie useing a TV i have and some how have an electrict chair that moves like there is in those movies like the fun house 4D and log adventure 4D And I want to make a very very very small 4D theater in my house about the size of a normal room without spending any money i will spend some money i guess but not like thousands of dollers any ideas how to create my own 4D movie?

    • ANSWER:
      You first challenge will be making the 3-D movie. Most home equipment isn't setup to do 3-D.

      My suggestion would be to do it the way the pros do. You'll need to cameras, mounted at "eye" distance apart (you should experiment to find the optimal distance). Once done, you'll need software (I don't know anything cheap or free) that will piece together the two video streams. At the low end, these products will recolor green and red to match red/green 3-D glasses. If you want to go better (which means being able to have full color films), you don't need the software, but you'll need two projectors. Fit polarizing lenses in front of them and project at the proper angles.

      As for the 4-D aspect, you'll need to match the effects to the film. Water sprayers, fog machines, vibrating chairs are all good.

      As for budget, keep in mind that professional 4-D theaters cost several million to create.

      If you're mechanically handy, know how to build your own triggering mechanisms, and care build your own controller board to hook up to a computer... you might be able to put something together will throw away items. But you'll need access to some serious equipment to cut, weld, and otherwise assemble.

      A cheaper way to go... use people. In other words, you shake the chair, squirt the hose, and otherwise create the effects. I did this with my sister when we were 10.

  33. QUESTION:
    How to connect a NAS to TiVo?
    I need to know if its possible to stream my data (Movies, photos, music) from a NAS equipment to TiVo, instead fo doing it from a PC

    I'm thinking in a D-Link DNS 323 or a Linksys NAS 200.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Not really possible. The Tivo expects a Windows PC, not a NAS (usually running Linux.)

      I'm sure there are hacks that will let you do this, but unless you're already pretty familiar with Linux, I wouldn't recommend them.

  34. QUESTION:
    How do you pay for netflix?
    Ok so I just got the free trial but I want to actually pay because I cant watch unlimited movies when I search most movies it says univalable on all devices and t.v.s and people say when you really pay then you get unlimited

    • ANSWER:
      Even with a full subscription not all movies available on Netflix will be available for streaming.

      This is an issue with the licensing negotiations Netflix is having with the movie studios and has nothing to do with your equipment or subscription.

      With the free trial you still DO have unlimited access to the set of movies that allows streaming.

      If you want a subscription you'll need a credit card.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the future for blu ray and dvd?
    Will they get even cheaper? Will stores stop selling them? Will everyone switch to online streaming?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe, no, no.

      Online streaming/video on demand will gain in popularity but, like MP3s vs CDs, SACD or DVD-A, there is a trade-off of quality for convenience that many are not prepared to make. DVD and Blu-ray disk formats are physical and many people prefer to own/collect physical media rather than virtual. Blu-ray may eventually surpass DVDs in terms of market share (it's currently somewhere around 30%), but will never be as popular as DVD was at it's peak.

      Blu-ray will likely never be as cheap as DVD if for no other reason but licensing and production costs are higher.

      Blu-ray is currently the highest quality consumer format for movies and TV ... and many people value this. The next step will be 4K video disks (although it's not yet clear that the Blu-ray standard will be extended to this or not (and popularity is likely to be even lower than Blu-ray vs DVD since the higher resolution is not likely to seem worthwhile to most consumers given the cost of equipment to support it).

      The likelihood that DVDs and Blu-ray (other than recent releases) will be widely sold in stores is decreasing. The online sale route is increasingly popular since price can be kept lower than in "brick and mortar" stores.

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the better AV receiver between the three?
    Denon AVR-1912
    Onkyo tx-nr609
    Sony str dn1020

    Price does not matter. I care about streaming abilities and other features but most of all I want the longest lasting, best sounding receiver. Music is a little more important than movies. Which should i go with??

    • ANSWER:
      Your question is one of the most commonly asked by people who are new to audio. (no slight intended) All of the brands you mention are decent quality. What really matters is which one sounds best to you with the speakers you are using. It's sort of like spinach....I hate it....so it's bad.....my wife loves it....so to her its good. Different tastes....neither of us is wrong.....but we are both right. Forget brand names...they will have an influence on how you listen....its been documented. Check the efficiency of the speakers you currently own.......it should say something like ...for instance.....91db@ one meter. The higher the number,the easier the speaker is to drive...usually. Also look at your speaker impedance which should be expressed in ohms. Chances are they are 8 ohm which is the norm for speakers designed to be used with recievers. Because we all have differences in our ability to hear certain frequencies....it gets worse with age....we all hear something different. If you have a supertweeter in your speakers,you may think it souds great.......If you own a dog he/she will probably feel a bit differently.....get my point. Listen to the music not the equipment or the brand and you cant go wrong...usually. Rick..

  37. QUESTION:
    Should I get wireless internet capability on a new Blue Ray DVD player?
    Why do I need a Blue Ray dvd player?

    And why do I need wireless internet on a dvd player?

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to both questions is that you don't. Need 'em, that is.

      You may WANT a Blu-ray player, but while it has some advantages, it's not enough that would make people NEED one. Purely a matter of personal preference.

      For some people, wireless internet into their TV allows them to watch streaming movies from internet services like Netflix, Hulu, and others. Usually you need some kind of device to provide that internet into your TV, such as an internet capable DVD player. Problem with internet streaming is that, unless you have FiOS, internet is slo-o-ow. You have to wait in the middle of the movie for more data to stream into your box, and then the movie picks up again. Some people may have an extremely fast cable connection which helps, but not all cable is that fast. So, if you're not into video streaming, it's pointless to pay extra for equipment that you won't be using.

  38. QUESTION:
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    I want to watch Live Sports in particular on my tv. I will pay for Internet TV service, not necessarily free. What are the best options?

    • ANSWER:
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  39. QUESTION:
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    Im looking in getting basically the cheapest pair of powered pa speakers that would give a decent sound quality in an auditorium

    However, this auditorium is 16 million dollars with great acoustics, If someone stands on the stage and talks in a normal voice he/she can be heard in the back row, so i was thinking that we wouldn't need very loud speakers

    There are speakers in the suditorium be we are not permitted to use them

    Any suggestions or ideas are appretiated

    Thank You

    • ANSWER:
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      "Several of Stereophile's editors were excited about the compact and inexpensive Audioengine 5 amplified speakers, which were bringing forth some sweet sounds playing files directly from a laptop," reports Stephen Meijas on the Stereophile HE 2007 blog.

      In the January 9, 2007 issue of the Boston Herald, Tom Rose raves, "The best speaker of the year is Audioengine 5. More than 50 new speakers were put to the test this year, but there wasn't the need for a 'listening-off' to pick the winner. These matching bookshelf speakers, the first product offered by Audioengine, blew away all rivals in terms of audio excellence."
      "Ridiculously Good"

      "When it comes to listening to and recording music, there are no other speakers in this price range that come close to the clarity and balance offered by Audioengine 5," marvels the Mac Observer for March 29, 2007. "Ridiculously good... a slam dunk."

      "As the cornerstone of a high quality, inexpensive and unobtrusive desktop audio system the Audioengines are pretty much ideal," trumpets Audio Ideas Guide online. "Comparing them sonically with the mass-marked iPod 'dock' systems out there, many of which cost around the same amount, isn't even fair."

      In the November 2006 issue of Home Theater magazine, Tom Fleischmann reports, "It's well suited to compressed music formats, not only getting good bass out of them, but a pragmatically sculpted midrange, as well. It's also revealing enough to get the best out of better signal sources, up to and including analog."

      "If someone told me the Audioengine 5 were ,500 I would have believed them!" says Enjoy the Music.
      Built-in iPod Charging

      Designed for optimal ease of setup and versatility, the Audioengine 5 has a built-in power port for iPod charging while listening to your music, watching movies, or playing games. Plug an Apple Universal Dock or iPod directly into the Audioengine Combo Port and you're ready to rock (or roll). The Combo Port charger is compatible with the nano and video iPod as well as all other products that charge via USB.
      Airport Express Power

      With an AC power jack in the rear panel, the Audioengine 5 provides the ability to stream music from your laptop directly to the speakers through Apple's Airport Express. The rear panel AC outlet is also ideal for providing power to other portable and home A/V equipment. A 2nd auxiliary mini-jack is located nearby for audio input from the Airport Express or other products. Also included are plenty of cables in a drawstring bag to connect all your gear.
      Tasty Bass

      Small Speakers, Big Bass. You won't hear any enhanced super-mega-hyper-monster boomy bass from these speakers. The low end from the Audioengine 5 is real bass, very near to originally-recorded music. From rap to classical to movies, you'll get tight, punchy bass with an awesome growl that will make you smile - regardless of the volume level.
      Natural Mids and Dynamic Highs

      The way Audioengine speakers duplicate a music soundstage is really cool. We had all these great adjectives written up to describe the midrange and highs (buzz phrases like "tonal accuracy with transparent clarity, excellent detail and harmonic correctness"), but they all just seemed overused and sort of lame. Our goal was to bring you the sound as it was originally mixed in the studio. Vocals are clearly placed and each instrument occupies its own space, making the speakers seem invisible to your ears. We feel that we've succeeded in our goal and hope you agree!
      Brawn, Brains, and Beauty

      Kevlar woofers for powerful bass, silk dome tweeters for smooth highs, built-in power amplifiers, truly useful connections, and a clean industrial design all allow the Audioengine 5 to integrate perfectly in your living room, bedroom, or desktop. Custom-designed and handcrafted wood cabinets with high-gloss professional piano finish make the Audioengine 5 a true work of art.
      No Receiver? No Problem!

      For listening to real stereo sound, Audioengine is all you need. If you want awesome speakers for your portable music player, game console, TV, or DVD player but don't want a bulky receiver/amp hogging up your space, the Audioengine 5 system does the job.

      "If you're looking for the best sounding stand-alone speaker solution for your iPod, look no further: the Audioengine 5 is second to none," reports i

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you choose a good blu-ray DVD player?
    Why are some 0, 0, and 00?

    Is there a pixel/resolution quality grade that I ought to be looking for?

    • ANSWER:
      Alot of the price difference has to do with build quality. Remember that in electronics you have the law of diminishing returns. You get smaller and smaller improvements for larger and larger increases in price. While resolution isn't changed you can still have a difference in image quality (especially on component video) and there does seem to be a difference in sound quality between models even with HDMI audio running. Specific features to be aware of would be Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Master Audio (streaming or even internal decoding), Bonus View (kind of like picture in picture for movies) BD Live(unlimited movie extras and automatic player updates through the internet. Only on new players being released next month). I haven't seen the 00 player except for the entertainment server BD machines (which go even higher) but Denon makes a K machine that is built like a home foundation. Like any other A/V component that approach and enter the AV enthusiast with too much money equipment rack alot of cost goes into getting rid of every little thing that takes away from the most pristine picture and sound. In these cases a chip that costs 4 times as much and gets a 5% increase in picture quality is normal. Sometimes these component have a copper chassis to shield from electromagnetic interferance. Thicker Power cords, gold plated connectors, smooth ejection transports, RS-232 connectors on the back for control systems are all common on top tier devices. Blu-Ray is no different in this regard. Whatever you can buy at Best Buy is not good enough for someone so some manufacturers are going to offer a better version.
      Incedentally the PS3 is a good machine but not without it's own issues. The remote and the look of the machine are the main things. Sony did just announce that PS3 is getting updated to support Dolby TrueHD and dts HD master audio so that gets rid of some of my objection.

  41. QUESTION:
    Should i buy a home theatre system or a dvd hi-fi system?
    hey guys there! i am really confused what should i buy. i am intrested in buying a system for my room. i would play movies and music both on the system .so what should i buy a home theatre system or a dvd hi-fi system? plz suggest me.

    • ANSWER:
      I would buy a combination of both of them .Thats what i
      ended up doing for myself .Long before DVD's, Widescreen Television and Home Theater became available i used to listen to music all the time.I have been interested in high quality sound reproduction for over 40 years.and have upgraded my components many times and the system i have now gives me great pleasure listening to music.I was lucky enough to have a dedicated listening room built onto the back of my house .The room is 26 feet long.15feet wide and 8feet high.

      The equipment i have at the moment for listening is :
      Pro-Ject turntable,JH formula 4 arm and Ortofon cartridge.
      NAD dvd cd player.
      NAD pre-amp
      QUAD 306 POWER AMP.
      Carver c9 sonic hologram generator.
      Rogers studio 1 loudspeakers.
      Van Den Hul new silver inner tonearm wire
      Van Den Hul tonearm to pre-amp cable
      Cable Talk interconnects
      Van Den Hul loudspeaker cable.

      The room has curtains covering the side walls..
      the wall adjacent to the back wall has a large window and i originally had heavy curtains that opened and closed from the middle of the window. the back wall where the seating is located is bare.

      The reason for having all this covering is to hear the sonic advantages of the hologram generator. When the hologram generator is working correctly the soundstage is dramatically changed from the narrow stereo image that forms between the 2 loudspeakers to a very wide and deep and spacious panarama .It frees the sound from the constraints of the speakers and from the confines of the listening room

      I hope i am not boring you with all this detail but this is how i achieved the system that i am finally (i hope) happy with.

      I take it that you are starting from scratch and are not going to use any equipment you may already have. How much money are you prepaired to use.Have you set yourself a limit .Not knowing makes it a bit hard to recommend a particular brand but we will give it a go .

      You will need a surround sound A/V amplifier or receiver.
      If you buy a surround sound amplifier that has everything in the one chassis you will be limited to your hi fi sound for music.

      I would buy a separate pre-amp and power amp to give you more flexability.If you are not too concerned abou listening to am or fm radio you don't need a receiver. It is extra circuitry which dergrades the sound .

      NAD have separate surround sound preamplifiers with all the home cinema circuitry plus you can use it for dedicated listening of music.
      Then you have a choice of separate power amplifiers with 5,6, or 12 channels

      Hope this has been a bit of help for you.

      I just want to quickly tell you what happened when i set up my projector and screen. I was aware that i was only going to hear some of the audio because i did not have a surround sound amplifier and extra speakers around the room and no subwoofer.

      The sonic hologram gave me a huge auditorium with sound streaming past me with unbelieable depth behind me .I am not making this up it was truly amazing .I new it made music come alive but not all the extra info. in multi channel.

      So my friend i have the best of both worlds without paying for other equipment.

      Good luck in your search for your equipment'

      Have a look at the links bellow :

      http://nadelectronics.com/products/home_theatre_amplifiers/T163-Surround-Sound-Preamplifier/

      http://nadelectronics.com/products/home-theatre-amplifiers/T973-Seven-Channel-Power-Amplifier/details

      http://www.shopping.com/xGS-klipsch_speakers~r-1~CLT-INTR~RFR-www.google.com

  42. QUESTION:
    How to put movies on a ps3?
    How do I get a movie from my computer to my ps3? It should be easy considering it claims to be a media center. It doesn't recognize that I have a movie on a USB stick that I plug in, and I've tried several different file formats. It recognizes that I have a USB plugged in, so It obviously supports it. What file formats does it accept? Is there a converter I can get?

    • ANSWER:
      you can also consider setting up Windows Media Player to act as a streaming server on your pc.
      you may have to tinker with your network equipment to get everything working though.

  43. QUESTION:
    Why do school computers have such good internet?
    And why does everyone say it's bad, because it's actually really good.

    • ANSWER:
      It would depend on the location of the school and the speed of the Internet service there.

      Internet speeds vary greatly by geographical area. The speeds are slower and the prices are higher in remote areas because there is less competition to lower prices and there are fewer subscribers to share the costs of the equipment and service.

      Many schools and businesses use a proxy server for Internet access or have their routing equipment configured for restricted access. This is why some people may refer to the service as "bad" because it won't allow them to go to certain sites or stream video like the can do on their home Internet service.

      This allows them to limit access to the Internet entirely or filter certain sites and types of content that they don't want students, employees or visitors to access. The purpose is to limit high bandwidth use such as streaming video and audio, torrent sites, etc. and to prevent access to porn sites and other undesired locations.

      When a ISP plan is purchased it has a limited speed, This Internet connection bandwidth is shared by the entire LAN via the wireless router.

      For example If they have a 10 Mbps Internet plan and one user is utilizing 5 Mbps of the bandwidth to stream a HD Netflix movie that only leaves 5 Mbps for all of the rest of the users on the LAN. If there are many users the system would slow to a crawl if everyone was allowed to access high bandwidth applications.

      Your school either has a very fast Internet service or a good network tech that manages the network well or a combination of the two.

      Super high speed Internet service is available in some areas. You can even get 1 Gbps (1000 Mbps) Google Fiber if you happen to live in the Kansas city area. https://fiber.google.com/about/

      Good Luck...

  44. QUESTION:
    What will I need to stream Netflix to my tv.?
    What equipment should I purchase to make this work? I already have the tv (older model from1999) and I have the computer. Best Answer gets ten pointsts by the end of the night

    • ANSWER:
      Hmm, I guess the other guys guesses are as good as mine.

      One other thing you could try is to save Netflix streaming to the hard drive for offline watching, connect the computer or laptop if you have one with a cable and playback the movie.

      I usually just watch Netflix movies on my computer, but there's also some Audials piece of software I have installed that allows one to capture and record streaming movies and tv shows videos from Netflix and save Netflix streaming straight to your hdd.

      Should also be useful for you I guess to save Netflix streaming and then just play the movies on the tv through cable or something like that.

      Dunno, suppose it's one of the solutions you can take a look at.

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I record gameplay from video games on my t.v?
    I know there are certain devices that allow you to record what is on your tv screen. I am looking to record and save movie files from my tv while playing video games. I know there is a cheap device i just don't know what it is called.

    • ANSWER:
      The device that you're probably trying to wrap your head around was made popular in the mid 1980's & was practically retired in 2005... The device I'm referring to is the old VCR!

      I'm serious here! YOU DO NOT NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT TO RECORD GAMEPLAY FROM ANY VIDEO GAME SYSTEM! You can just use equipment that you already have in your house.

      Pretty much all you have to do is to connect your game system directly to your VCR, DVR or DVD-Recorder. If you're connecting through the coaxial port (the port where you connect antennas to, which is standard on practically every TV made), connect your game system to the coaxial port marked "Antenna In". Then turn your preferred recording device to channel 3/4 (pending on preference & broadcast conditions).

      If you're connection through the A/V ports (which most game systems since 1996 use this in some form), just connect the A/V cables to the A/V-in ports. Then you just turn your preferred recording device to appropriate input channel (if there's more than one group of A/V-in ports).

      When everything is properly connected & your preferred recording device is on & set to the appropriate channel, you should be see your game system power up as normal. Then all you have to do is hit record when you're ready.

      If you wish to digitize your recording to play on your computer & even online, you'll have to buy a TV tuner card. You can buy a low-end PCI card from Hauppage for about , but an HDTV tuner card will cost you over 0.

      The TV tuner card can double as a video capture card with conventionally recorded materials (like VHS & DVD's). All you have to do is connect the preferred recording device to the TV tuner card, then playback & capture the video stream from the TV tuner card.

      WARNING!: PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR COMPUTER HAS ENOUGH RAM, HD SPACE AS WELL AS HAVING A FAST PROCESSOR! DIGITIZING VIDEO THIS WAY IS REALLY PROCESSOR INTENSIVE! SLOWER PROCESSORS CAN HANG UP & FREEZE IF YOU ATTEMPT TO PROCESS TOO MUCH VIDEO IN ONE GO!

      If you used a DVD-Recorder, you won't need the TV tuner as your DVD-ROM drive (with the proper codecs) should be able to read the DVD, once you finalize it in your DVD-Recorder. However, it's still processor intensive.

      I don't exactly why you want to record your gameplay (shooting for a World Record perhaps?), but this should get you in the right direction for whatever your endeavors are.

  46. QUESTION:
    Why do security cameras have bad frame rate?
    Shouldn't they be all high tech with good technology?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello

      Always buy DVR and security equipment from a good brand name manufacturer like Pleco, Bosch, Honeywell Ascendent: http://www.ascendentgroup.com

      a good DVR does 30FPS or 30 frames per second this in the CCTV industry is called Real-Time Performance. so a 8ch will do 240FPS, 16ch 480FPS, and 32ch 960FPS many DVR will claim Real-tim but when you look at them they are only real-time CIF not D1 resolution.

      The human Eye see;s about 20FPS movies are shot in 22FPS and a good CCTV system will record 30FPS NSC (25FPS PAL).

      Unfortunately many people buy very low end systems which have poor frame rate and bad image quality because they buy from Amazon, "spy stores" Lorex, Q-see, NCIX, new-egg, and other online retailers who sell cheap products for china there were never intended to be anything more then a nany cam and should never be used to provide security.

      Not all DVRs are created equal, in fact there are many options that offer varying performance much like the automobile industry. In the world of DVRs you can find the equivalent of a ,000 Kia and a 0,000 Ferrari and everything in between. Both have 4 wheels and windshield but that where the similarities end, it’s under the hood that counts. Just like any other consumer electronic in the end you get what you pay for.

      My personal favorite DVR is Ascendent X4 series: Ascendent’s Tri-Fusion Hybrid Platform allows for the creation of a true hybrid surveillance system by utilizing the advantages of Analog, Megapixel, and IP technologies .

      The X4S also uses the latest H.264/SVC codec offer video substantially better quality,. While its file size sizes is 30% smaller than MPEG-4, 60% smaller than MPEG-2, and exponentially smaller than MJPEG.

      The smaller the files size the more images are able to be sent, and the faster they can be processed improving both FPS and speed. File size is the heart of any DVR and goes far beyond just its streaming capabilities, as it also determines the recording storage time, how much you can back up at once, how fast it renders and searches video. The file size of a DVR impacts the performance of the DVR in just about every aspect from speed to longevity and is often the most important spec of any DVR.

      If you are buying a DVR and streaming is a high priority I suggest you ask for a demo and connect to the DVR to make sure it is able to stream fast enough for your needs. Most DVRs say they have remote viewing but it is often too slow and laggy to be of any use especially if it is a standalone.

      Just like any other consumer electronic in the end you get what you pay for. Most retailers and sellers make about a 40-80% profit margin, this is after costs like shipping and overhead. That means when you buy a product that costs 0.00 the manufacturer usually has only spent to build it which simply means it’s not a good product and will probably have a working life of about 2 months. Cheap products are like disposable razors they are NOT designed to last for a long time and you will end up replacing them every 2 months.

      DVRs need to be good quality as they run 24/7 (20X more than the average electronic device) and process anywhere from 30-480 frames per second which in a year is over 15 billion images, and a good DVR should last 3-5 years.

      If you are only going to spend 70$ on cameras then you should buy 15 dummy cameras they will be just as effective and cheaper hen swan cameras.

      Also as far as night vision or IR cameras go most do not give good images in the dark. Many companies claim good night vision but there are only a handful of brands who give night vision over 30 feet out doors. normally if a cameras is rated 150 feet of IR it will give you ok images at 30 feet at night and good images at about 20 if rated for 60 feet you might get 15 indoors and will be useless outdoors.

      2 Great IR outdoor cameras
      http://ascendentdvr.com/ascentseries2/52… ()

      http://ascendentdvr.com/vistaseries2/vis… (5.00)

      Some good CCTV brands that I recommend are Bosch, Pelco, Honeywell and Ascendent.

      http://www.ascendentgroup.com (best price/ performance)
      www.honeywell.com
      www.pelco.com/
      http://www.bosch.com

      Economical DVR's
      Two good economical DVRs I would recommend are Ascendent's AVP-4120 DVR or Pelco's DX-400. They will allow you to view all your cameras instantly from anywhere in the world using either IE, or a client software. The AVP-4120 uses the latest H.264 codec to improve streaming and recording time, and will allow PCs and smart phones to remotely view and control your cameras. These are the DVRs I would recommend that are good quality and affordable from companies who stand behind there products.

      Again if you are going to buy no name products save money and get dummy cameras they are just as affective and you will be less disappointed.

      Hope this Helps,
      williammorales93@ymail.com

  47. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me with Internet speed?
    I have fairly fast Internet (Its not AT&T or Comcast, it's through my cable company) but when someone plays an online game or watches netflix in the other room, it tends to slow down by a large deal. Is there someway that I can prevent this from happening w/o switching over to another internet provider?

    • ANSWER:
      The term that measures network speed is bandwidth. Bandwidth consumption is also sometimes referred to bit rate. In the old days,dial up connections averaged 5kb/sec (5 kilobytes per second). Today, DSL speeds usually begin at 128kb/sec (cheap low, end) to 700kb/sec high end. Available bandwidth (those that are offered by the ISPs) are advertised beginning at 1.5MB/sec up to 15mb/sec.

      In many cases, the low end DSL service caps bandwidth consumption. That is, if you are watching streaming media (Netflix) and are trying to download a movie from iTunes, the ISP will prevent you from consuming more than what you paid for. Believe it or not, there is finite amount of bandwidth available at any given time. This is especially true since the advent of smart phones.

      There is a website that can tell you how much bandwidth you have available. Just Google DSL reports and go to the link. The website will perform a bandwidth test from you location to several Internet Backbones and report the results. The other thing you can do is report the problem with your service provider. Since you have cable and not DSL, you shouldn't have many of the restrictions that DSL customers have. The problem could be at their end. Also, make sure your cable-modem and router are functioning properly. Hopefully your cable company provided you with your equipment; if that is the case, they can test your Equipment remotely from their offices. If there is a cap on bandwidth consumption, they should also tell you of that as well.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long do you think blu ray will be the best movie format?
    how long will Bluray last?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd give it a couple more years. The MPAA and various equipment manufacturers, stream providers and content owners are working on direct digital delivery. IPv6 is on the way also. We will likely still need Bluray for years to come if we want to archive what we've downloaded though. HD movies can be 20 or more gigabytes each.

  49. QUESTION:
    How are copyrighted materials tracked?
    If I download a torrent, would my ISP be aware of that? How?
    As a matter of fact you can get caught by downloading a torrent, if it is tracked, I know this from personal experience.
    I just want to know how it is tracked.

    • ANSWER:
      they are very well aware of everything what's happening, but your ISP won't waste its time trying to find out where your MBs goes, they have too many customers and they just can't take care of all of them, it's a common thing for them they know everybody does it, they had been struggling to prevent such sort of illegal downloads for a long time, but as a result these people are tend to exploit this opportunity and their clients amount literally growing up as well as they grew up accustomed to that fact that's has to be that way, so they just got used to it and don't try to inhibit to these actions anymore, and they won't chase you down to see what you do or what you download, if it was so` they would lose 50% of their customers because everyone does it, I have been using torrent method for downloading files for almost 3 years and everyday i download more than 15GB source, movies games songs etc... and never have been warned from my ISP regarding exceeding in-coming materials downloads size or something along with that line, have you every notice that at nights your internet speed drops down compared to your during day's speed? it's just because everybody turns on their torrent downloads and goes to bed and download is going overnight till the morning and cause of that your ISP can't manage no longer to provide you stable high-end internet speed, because your internet speed streaming depends on the other costumers' usage, they put the internet line in the press and it makes issues. so don't worry they can make out your steps, but they won't because they have no time for such minor things and they can't focus EXACTLY on your steps because you aren't representing anything much from you but just a client(it's for them) and how about how they can find it out - very simple, it's logical` you are switched to one of their Servers which provides you internet, by sending and getting some-sized packets and as you turn on your internet it gets connection between you and the server you are connected with, and your computer automatically sends packets(pings) and gets them back(replies), which confirms your "being connected" fact between your and out-going net, and that packets including all useful information in them related with your downloading, uploading, speed, what source are you downloading and everything else... the equipment which holds your connection between you and the server, called "cisco" which filters everything through the connection, the equipment gets any sort of information from your computer and transfers it to the server, then server responds back to cisco then cisco sends your ping then your internet replies it back to cisco, that's how this process works. just to rid over this "fear" i would suggest you to use a proxy IP address if you can anyhow fulfill/manage it, it just covers/fakes your IP address by using someone's else/server's IP address, but this trick has its side effect, it might slow down you download speed, but not too much but you'll feel the difference(but actually it's up to the proxy, if you find well working one, tested and dependable one, it won't decreases your speed) just an advice... if you download something by using torrent, run it at nights and go to bed:) see here` http://filesharefreak.com/2008/04/16/how-to-download-torrents-through-a-proxyfirewall/

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  50. QUESTION:
    Will the Playstation network offer tv shows, movies, music etc?
    I just got my PS3 and so far I am absolutely in love. It would be even better if i could use it like itunes and buydl episodes of lost or whatever. any one have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      In Europe, Sony are releasing PlayTV, which is an add-on that turns the PS3 into a digital TV recorder, capable of recording TV shows straight to the hard-drive, similar to TiVo. It is unsure at this time if this will be available in the US due to the differing television services on offer.

      Sony would be wise to offer full movies as downloadable content but are yet to announce firm plans for this, and are more likely to push the Blu-Ray format for the time being. A full HD movie would also take a considerable amount of time to download, so it is more likely that it would be streamed to PS3; the quality of which would depend on the user's broadband connection and is therefore likely to cause more problems for Sony- so far easier just to sell them on disc at this time.

      It is unlikely they will offer mp3s as digital-rights management is a tricky situation to get around; iPod purchased tunes are locked to the account that bought them, but it is uncertain whether PS3 contains any DRM in the hardware at this time. However, non-DRM mp3s (e.g. without "locks" to one account or piece of equipment) will play fine on PS3, and websites such as www.play.com are now selling these.

      It is worth noting that since firmware update 2.10, PS3 will play the popular "DivX" format movies that are often available on the internet. Furthermore, many of your own DVDs can be converted to this format for play on your PS3 (e.g. by using software such as DVD-Decrypter then Auto-Gordian-Knot converter). Although the conversion process can take as much as 3-4 hours, it shows that it is possible to take your DVD collection and store them as files on PS3.

      (Please note that piracy is illegal and this information should only be used to transfer movies that you own to PS3).


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