How to print pages from amazon.com website, so the product picture does not obscure the product description

Problem: 

When you print the page from the Amazon.com website, the printed page is not wide enough to fit everything that is on the website. Usually the product image will obscure the product description.

This is what the website looks like
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This is what the printed page looks like. Notice unlike the picture above, you do not see the full product description as the product picture is blocking about 70% of the text description of the product.
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Solution:

Using Chrome, right click on the amazon.com page, and select Inspect Elements.

Find the image element that is taking up all of our printed page. It’s listed under,

<div class=”a-container”>, <div id=”leftcol” class=”leftCol”>, <div id=”imageBlock_feature_div”>, etc. Look further into the div class section until you see <div class=”a-text-center a-fixed-left-grid_col a-col-right”>, As you place your mouse cursor over the div tag, you will see what element in the website is being affected by the div tag. amazon3

When you see the div tag that you do not want to show up and obscure the printed page, right click on the div tag and select Delete Node menu. You will see that the images are not showing up on the page anymore.

You can now print the page, minus the image file that was blocking the description field.

How to record youtube video using VLC

We’ve discussed plenty of ways to download YouTube videos before. However, you have one option already installed on your computer. VLC lets you play and download YouTube videos right from its desktop interface. Here’s how:2

  1. Find a video on YouTube—like this one—and copy the URL from the address bar.
  2. In VLC, head to Media > Open Network Stream.3
  3. Paste the YouTube link in the box and click Play.
  4. Under Tools, click Codec Information.
  5. In the box that says Location, right-click the block of text and click Select All. Copy this text to your clipboard.
  6. Go back to your browser and paste the link in the address bar. This will open the source file directly on YouTube’s servers.
  7. Right-click the video as it plays and select Save Video As.

You can also record clips from YouTube videos as they’re streaming in VLC by pressing the red Record button in the player itself. This isn’t as direct of a rip, but it’s handy if you need to grab a particular clip out of a long video.

 

How to record dekstop screen using VLC

Desktop recording software ranges from poor quality and free to incredibly powerful and expensive. VLC manages to strike a balance between both. In our tests, it wasn’t powerful enough to, say, screen record a movie. However, for showing someone a problem you’re having on a computer or providing quick instructions on how to perform a task, it’s more than enough.

  1. Under Media, click “Open Capture Device.”
  2. Click the “Capture Mode” dropdown and select “Desktop.”
  3. Modify the frame rate. 15 f/s will probably be good enough for desktop recording, though 30 may be required for more fast-paced movement.
  4. Click the dropdown arrow next to “Play” and select “Convert.”
  5. In the “Profile” dropdown, choose MP4.
    1. At this step, you can click the tool icon to modify the settings of this profile. Here you can modify things like resolution or bitrate. We’ll use the default settings for now, but you can come back here later if you need to tweak the final product.
  6. In the Destination box, choose a location to place the finished file.
  7. Click Start.

Once you click Start, VLC will stream a feed of your desktop into itself behind the scenes. Let it run while you record your workspace. When you’re done, you can click the stop buton in the player controls to end recording.

 

How to Create A PDF With Fillable Forms in LibreOffice

PDF is a very popular format for static document that doesn’t require changes. You may also have seen PDF files that come with form that you can fill in. In case you are wondering how you can create a PDF file with fillable form, here is one easy way you can do so, and it is free of charge. The tool that we are using to create PDF with fillable form is LibreOffice, specifically Libre Writer – the document editing tool of the LibreOffice suite. Assuming that LibreOffice is already installed in your PC (it is pre-installed in most Linux distro, and for other OS, you can download it here).

1. Open Libre Writer and create your document.

2. On the toolbar, go to “View -> Toolbar -> Form Control” and click it. This will add the Form Control toolbar to your Libre Writer interface.

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You should see something like this:

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This toolbar allows you to drag and drop the various form fields to the document.

3. Now, drag the “Text box” to the document. You can size it to be an one-line input field or a multi-lines text box.

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4. Next, right click at the text box and select “Control” (or you can simply double click on the text box). This will bring up the Control window. This is where you can edit the meta-data of the text box, such as its name, label field, max length etc. You can also add events such as changing text on mouseover, focus, keypressed etc.

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Once you have got the hang of it, you can proceed to add various form fields to your document. This is a simple form we have created.

libreoffice-form-layout
5. After you have finished with the document, go to “File -> Export as PDF”. Make sure the “Create PDF Form” checkbox is selected. The most commonly used format for data submission isFDF, but you can select PDF, HTML or XML format as well.

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Click “Export” and you are done creating the PDF form. Now open the PDF file in your PDF viewer and you should see all the form fields in the document. To test it, you can fill up the form and save it. Close and reopen it again. You should see your form data intact.

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Isn’t it simple?

Movie file exported from the Premiere shows jagged lines

 

 

 

 

 

Problem: When you export a movie file from the Premiere, you see jagged lines. See the example below.

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Solution: When you export the video, set the field order to None (Progressive).

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If your source is interlaced and you want to make a dvd or bd you leave it interlaced.

The old fashioned dv camera is lower. HD is always upper. Going from HD to DVD is also upper.

If you are exporting for pc, web, Youtube etc. you export progressive.

 

http://help.adobe.com/en_US/premierepro/cs/using/WSD69D6B9C-1F89-4c85-BCB3-2C946E26246D.html

Adobe Premiere does not show the waveform from the Sony AVCHD source

Problem: When you import movie file from the Sony AVCHD source (MTS file), you do not see any waveform from the Premiere CS4.

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Movie file from the Sony MTS file.

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Movie clip from other source. Notice the wave form in Audio 1 track.

Solution: When you import the movie file, do not just copy the MTS file. Import from the camcorder or copy the whole file structure that includes MTS files and other files in the folder as well. You will see three different audio track with wave form show up if you do this correctly.

How to create ISO image from a DVD on Mac OS X

1. Open Disk Utility on your Mac OS X. It’ll look something like this:

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2. Click the New Image icon in the tool bar, and save it as a compressed file. This writes it as a .dmg file, which is an Apple format .iso file.

SaveAsDMG

It’ll take a while to write. The length of time is relevant to the size of the image on the DVD.

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3. This is the first of two tricky steps. They’re tricky because you need to use the command-line. If you followed the instructions, you’ve saved the .dmg file on the Desktop. Now, you need to convert the .dmgformatted file to an .iso formatted file. You open Terminal, which is found in your Applications folder. Once launched follow the steps below. Change the directory to the Desktop or the folder where you put the file. You must do this before running this command because I’ve used relative file syntax (more or less only the file name). Alternatively, you could provide fully qualified file names.

MacPro:~ mclaughlinm$ cd Desktop
MacPro:Desktop mclaughlinm$ ls *.dmg
Acrobat9.dmg
MacPro:Desktop mclaughlinm$ hdiutil convert Acrobat9.dmg -format UDTO -o Acrobat9.iso
Reading Acrobat9                         (Apple_ISO : 0)…
...............................................................................................................
Elapsed Time: 27.655s
Speed: 22.2Mbytes/sec
Savings: 0.0%
created: /Users/mclaughlinm/Desktop/Acrobat9.iso.cdr

4. Before you copy it to your Windows USB, you need to remove the trailing .cdr from the file name. The syntax at the command-line is:

MacPro:Desktop mclaughlin$ mv Acrobat9.iso.cdr Acrobat9.iso

5. Open Finder, and copy the .iso to your USB drive, and delete the temporary copy.

Hope this helps some folks.