Category Archives: Software

Msgif: Convert Message to Gif.

Beside emojis and memes, Graphics Interchange Format or better known as GIF is often used by social media user as a way of communicating. Most of the gifs are taken from tv shows, sports, or movies. For those of you who want to make gifs for more personal reason in the form of text or messages, the choice is to make your own gif using a photo editor like Gimp.

But, if you don’t want to be bothered because you have to learn to make gifs in Gimp, you can use Msgif. A web app that can convert messages into gifs.

The first step, you are given the option to choose a screen size and design style. The second step is where you write your message in the text area, but first you have to press the Record button. When finished, press the Create Gif button. Continue reading Msgif: Convert Message to Gif.

Convert Video File Type with VLC.

Modern technology make internet connections a basic necessity for everyone. Especially with so many social media and file sharing websites. Nowadays the internet is used for various purposes. Starting from looking for entertainment, work or networking, and to make money as a freelancer. There are several ways to get income from the internet. One of them is to become a content creator.

If you are a creative person you might want to try this method. One of the content medium is video. The problem that is often faced by video content creator is the incompatibility of video files created/recorded when it’s time to upload to the internet. This is because each website have different video container regulations. The solution is to change the video file type. I personally choose VLC and quicktime for conversion from MP4 to MOV / M4V.

VLC is a video player that actually has very useful features. But you have to look deeper into the software, including this video conversion facility. With VLC player you can play almost any video container, including MP4, AVI, FLV, and MKV. To access the conversion feature, click Media —> Convert / Save. Then click the Add button and select the video you want to change the file type. And then click the Convert/Save button.

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VLC & SMPlayer Snapshot is Not Working. This is How to Fix It!.

For me one of the tool that “a must have” if I want to download a video player is a screenshot. This is probably because of my blogging activity, create gifs and motion graphics. What about you?. How important is the screenshot feature in the video player?. For the past 2 months, the screenshot feature on 2 video players I use, VLC & SMPlayer, doesn’t seems work at all. So for temporary I use screenshots in-built video player [Ubuntu 16.04] which is unfortunately is not always function properly.

This problem appear after I updated from Ubuntu 14.04 to 16.04 version. But, it turned out just a setting preferences mistake, not bugs. If you experience the same problem, here’s how to fix it.


Open your VLC player and access Tools —> Preferences —> Input/Codecs. In Codecs (Hardware-accelerated decoding) section there are several options that you can choose. Select one of the option from the bottom three as shown below. You can see I chose Disable.

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[Gimp] How to Create a Gif & Watermark Text.

When you surf the net specially social media web, I’m sure you will see lot of gif and meme on your feed. Create a meme is easier than create a gif. Gif is a sequences of still images that play in loop. You can use SMPlayer to have a collection of still images/frames of your video file. But, if you on Ubuntu, you can extract them using Ffmpeg. Continue reading [Gimp] How to Create a Gif & Watermark Text.