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Useful Software

Audio/Video Players/Aggregators, Web TV and Codec

The VLC media player (or VideoLAN) is an open-source video (and audio) player available for all major platforms and capable of playing back almost all video formats found online. The VLC can be used as a streaming server and also for transcoding video(streams). (*)

The MPlayer, open-source, is "the Movie Player for Linux", but there is also the MPlayer OS X

Miro, open-source, brings independent internet tv (and using the Broadcast Machine anyone can publish media - also via Bittorrent). Available for all major platforms.

FireAnt is - like Miro or Apple's iTunes - a feed aggregator, meaning a user can subscribe to a particular channel via a publisher's RSS feed and the app will automatically download the latest episode of a particular programme. FireAnt is specially popular with parts of the videoblogging community, and it also offers one of the best ways of playing back downloaded .flv (Flash Video) files. (KeepVid lets users download Flash Videos from sites like YoutTube.) Available for Windows and Mac OS X.

PenguinTV, open-source, is "not just another RSS feed reader. It is designed from the ground up to work seamlessly with podcasts and video blogs". Available for Linux.

Flip4Mac is a commercial but free (there is a pro/to buy version) that allows Mac users to watch (newer) .wmv encoded files either via the web browser or with the QuickTime Player. Since the latest version of the open-source VLC (0.8.6) - see above - now also plays back videos encoded with the newer Windows Media 9 codec (on the Mac), Flip4Mac might not be so important any more for some Mac users.

QTAmateur is "a small, simple QuickTime video player. It can play any format that QuickTime can understand, handle fullscreen video playback, and export files to any format that QuickTime can write ...includes a Batch Export function which can convert any number of movies at a time to another format."

Perian is "a free, open source QuickTime® component that adds native support for many popular video formats" (like .avi and .flv). Requires OS X 10.4.7.

Xiph QuickTime Components is "the solution for Mac and Windows users who want to use Xiph formats in any QuickTime-based application, e.g. playing Ogg Vorbis in iTunes."

Ogg Vorbis (for audio) and Ogg Theora (for video) are open-source alternatives for media encoding, also interesting for commercial online publishing since they are patent free and no license fees will have to be paid.

(*) VLC 0.8.6 (December 2006): Windows Media 9 and Flash Video now also supported under OS X. The only major format not supported yet on any platform is the increasingly unpopular RealVideo.

Audio/Video/Image Editing and 3D

Audacity is an open-source audio editor, available for all major platforms. (*)

Ardour "is a digital audio workstation. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. ... If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Cubase SX, Digital Performer, Samplitude or Sequoia, you might have found it." For Linux and OS X (no Windows version), source code available.

Inkskape is an open-source vector graphics editor, available for all major platforms.

The Gimp is an open-source image manipulation programme, available for all major platforms. To make the transition easier for Photoshop users there is also the GimpShop

CinePaint (Film Gimp) is an open-source programme for deep paint manipulation and image processing (e.g. motion picture frame-by-frame retouching). An upcoming update is expected to support all major platforms.

ffmpegX is a popular shareware programme for transcoding video on the Mac, maybe not a tool that is easy to use, but works well once configured to one's needs. (The open-source VLC media player can also be used for transcoding video and is available for all major platforms.)

Jashaka is "the worlds first OpenSource Realtime Editing and Effects System", available for all major platforms.

LiVES is "a Free, Open Source video editor *and* a VJ tool." It is "fully cross platform for Linux and many flavours of Unix (e.g. BSD, openMosix, IRIX, OSX/Darwin)."

Kdenlive is "a non linear video editor for the KDE environment running on Linux. It is based on the MLT video framework which relies on the FFMPEG project".

Cinelera is a "non-linear video editor and compositor for Linux", there are two versions and

Ubuntu Studio is "A multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu" and "aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional. We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination."

Blender is an open-source 3D modeling/animation programme, available for all major platforms.

See also the Wikipedia iMovie and Windows Movie Maker entries for basic (commercial) video editing software ( A basic DV video editing software for Linux is the open-source Kino (

(*) Mac OS X Audacity bug: if you hear no sound when watching .flv videos (e.g. YouTube) after using Audacity: Open Audio MIDI Setup (/Applications/Utilities/) and change the "Audio Output setting" from "96000.0Hz" back to "44100.0Hz" (see also Mac OS X: No audio from certain multimedia content). (

Audio/Screen Capturing

Tip: Flash videos like on YouTube are always downloaded to the browser's cache when watching them! You can either search for them (if they are not in the "Cache" folder include "invisible items" or similar to your search) or download them again using a service like KeepVid In any case the file's extension .flv has to be added. For playback use e.g. the VLC


Audacity for free audio capturing on OS X and Windows explained in this digg discussion (

The open-source Streamripper lets users record e.g. webradio as .mp3 files. For OS X users: StreamRipperX (the old StreamRipperX 1.0.5 still works under OS X 10.3.9, not only 10.2 as mentioned).

KeepVid or Video Downloader let users download Flash Videos from sites like YoutTube.

PodTube (OS X) and iTube (Windows) are for YouTube to iPod. ( Note: If this link is not working also try The Amazing YouTube Tools Collection. (

See also (in this P2P Wiki section):

(Pro) Audio Tutorials/Information to learn about DRM removal.


Wiretap "allows you to record audio from any running applications, as well as from any microphone, line-in, headset...". Commercial software. (Free option via Audacity: see above)

Snapz Pro X "allows you to effortlessly record anything on your screen, saving it as a QuickTime® movie or screenshot". Commercial software.

Copernicus "doesn't just take screenshots... allows you to save directly to RAM, increasing movie framerates significantly for shorter movies". Requires OS X 10.4. Free commercial software.

Screen Mimic "allows you to create screencasts (recordings of your Mac OS X desktop) that can be saved as Adobe Flash (SWF), Flash Video (FLV), or Quicktime (MOV) files". Requires OS X 10.4. Commercial software.


CamStudio is an open-source "Free Screen Recording Software". Download via

VH Screen Capture Driver "is a DirectShow filter, which emulates Video Capture card and captures screen activity." Freeware.

List of Video Recording software from Softpedia,0,1,0,1.html. Mainly commercial software, some freeware.

SnagIt "All the screen capture and editing functionality you’ll ever need, in one simply powerful program." Commercial software. (Free option via Audacity: see above)

Camtasia Studio "Full-Motion Screen Recording Software". Commercial software.


recordMyDesktop is an open-source software that "offers also the ability to record audio, along with video."


See also the related online article How-to: Rip DVDs with VLC. (, 21.01.07)

YouTube Tools

The Amazing YouTube Tools Collection lists "YouTube third party tools which enhance your YouTube experience" (scroll down to see the tools collection).

Telephony (VoIP)/Video Calls

Gizmo is "A free phone for your computer", offers free voicemail and conference calls, calls can be recorded and it supports the open-source Asterisk ( PBX software. Gizmo currently has no video. Available for all major platforms.

Skype lets you "Free your conversations", offers conference calls for up to five participants and free video calls. Available for all major platforms.

Media to Mobile Phones/Digital Movie Distribution

Media to Mobile Phones

Note: Since these distribution channels might not be in place yet, but are said to be important for media distribution in the years to come, we will provide links and examples, but indie content distributors should look themselves carefully at all the details before using any of these services - they might or might not be useful, this is * untested * territory:

Zannel wants to offer "Zillions of Channels" and "will be the easiest way to share your content on mobile phones."

See also the related online article:

YouTube, Vodafone Hook Up (, 09.02.07)

Digital Movie Distribution

CinemaNet Europe ("DocuZone") "is bringing documentaries to the big screen by transforming independent cinemas across several countries into digital cinemas. These screens will receive films by hard discs or ADSL instead of reels."

Related Links/Resources

remixlinks: open media culture

remixlinks: open media culture is a bookmark project that collects open media culture related links. Social bookmarking services let users tag links - all entries can be searched via tags. Here audiovisual related tags used by the maintainer of the P2P Audiovisual Guide - some links are mentioned in this Wiki text, but there are more to be found on the linklist that might be worth exploring (

opensource audio video 3d web2.0 blog remix links

Computers: Multimedia (Open Directory)

The Open Directory's Computers: Multimedia page is a good starting point for finding audiovisual related links and software. (

Video Production (Wikibooks)

Video Production gives a more technical detailed introduction to internet video and related topics. (

Movie Making Manual (Wikibooks)

Movie Making Manual attempts to cover every aspect of film making - the project might still be a work in progress, but some sections like Linux in film production could already be of use for the dedicated indie film maker. (

Filmmaking (Wikiversity)

Filmmaking from Wikiversity attempts to offer a full and free film making online course (in the making). (

Personalize MediaPedia

Personalize MediaPedia ("This wiki covers everything from resonant interactive services to global personalization." -

Related Online Articles


(13.11.06) My 50 favorite blogging resources (

(14.07.05) Time to check: Are you using the right blogging tool? (

(Online) Image

(24.01.07) Visual Communication And Online Image Editing Tools (

(05.09.06) The Web Photo Sharing Site Faceoff (

(28.07.06) Online Image Editors Compared (

(Online) Audio

(21.05.07) How To Live an Open-Source Musical Life With Ogg Vorbis (

(05.2007) Linux: It's Not Just For Computer Geeks Anymore (Linux audio/music overview -

(14.03.07) How To Create Your Web Radio Station: A Mini-Guide (

(05.02.07) Social Music Overview (See also "Comments" for the reader's suggestions.) (

(16.06.06) How to boycott the Music Industry and still enjoy music (

(30.01.06) Pandora and Nature vs. Nurture in Music Recommenders (

(Online) Video

(10.10.07) Happy 1st Anniversary YouTube and Google; Now Move Over a Bit (

(20.08.07) What just happened to video on the web? (

(08.08.07) A collection of AppleTV resources (

(07.08.07) MTV's Desperate Video Music Awards ("Even though it's been years since the channel has shown the videos it honors, the MTV Video Music Awards persist." -

(27.06.07) Video Toolbox: 150+ Online Video Tools and Resources (

(10.05.07) Open Source: Ready for Its Closeup (

(30.04.07) Online Video Publishing: Create Your Own Streaming Internet TV Channel With Streamcast Player (

(24.04.07) Broadcast Yourself Live On The Web: Best Tools To Create Your Own Live Web TV - A Mini-Guide (

(23.04.07) Learn How To Create, Publish And Promote Your Online Video: Make Internet TV (

(01.03.07) Publish And View Online Video Using Free Software: A Present To Richard Stallman (

(13.02.07) Online Video Industry Index (video sharing, search, editing etc. -

(08.02.07) The 17 Most Talked About Online Video Companies and How They Differ (video about, incl. promotion of own service, and blog entry -

(25.01.07) Understanding Video-Sharing Sites' Terms of Service (

(25.01.07) Video Search Engines And Online Video Directories: A Mini-Guide (

(11.2006) Online Video: Getting Paid, Open-Source Storytelling/Film Making Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 (

(11.2006) Getting Paid: Sites that Help Video Producers Make Money (

(17.10.06) The Innovators - Nicholas Reville of The Participatory Culture Foundation (blog entry and video -

(16.09.06) Openness Matters. RSS Can Help. (

(14.09.06) The Future of Online Video - Openness Matters. RSS Can Help. (

(07.04.06) Ten video sharing services compared (

(06.04.06) Video Editing, Publishing And Remixing Online Is Here (

(14.03.06) Why Ogg Theora Matters for Internet TV (

Online Media in General

(23.07.07) ONLINE MEDIA GOD: 400+ Tools for Photographers, Videobloggers, Podcasters & Musicians (

Remix Culture

(18.06.07) Video Editing 2.0: 8 Ways to Remix Online Videos (

(13.04.07) Collaborative Film-Making: The Basement Tapes And The New Wave Of Online Movie Mash-Ups (

(27.09.06) Remix Hollywood movies ... (

(30.08.06) Geek to Live: 6 ways to find reusable media (Creative Commons search and more -

(08.2005) We Are the Web (

Technology: DRM, P2P, RSS TV, etc.

(13.02.07) Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD broken - processing keys extracted (

(06.02.07) Thoughts on Music ("Imagine a world where every online store sells DRM-free music ... Apple would embrace it in a heartbeat." – Steve Jobs -

(15.01.07) Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn't about piracy (

(10.01.07) Coming to your TV: RSS (describes an alternative use for Apple's upcoming AppleTV -

(10.01.07) The Inevitable Death of DRM (

(27.11.06) Zune, Creative Commons Don't Mix (

(18.11.06) The Top 10 Arguments Against DRM (

(03.11.06) Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner ("Clash, Pink Floyd manager lifts the lid" -

(31.10.06) FairGame cracks iTunes using iMovie (

(23.10.06) The Best of BitTorrent (

(03.10.06) Hack Attack: Get your TV season pass with Democracy (

(23.02.06) How to Subscribe to TV Shows Using The Democracy Player, Bittorrent, and RSS (

Industry, Activism, Copyright

(27.07.07) BBC Corrupted "Today the BBC made it official -- they have been corrupted by Microsoft. With today's launch of the iPlayer..." (

(02.05.07) Pandora to block international listeners from May 3rd. ("Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply, deeply sorry to say..." -

(10.10.06) Disney-ABC: "We understand piracy now as a business model" (

(17.08.06) John Gilmore donates US$15,000 to the Freenet Project (

(14.08.06) PRESS RELEASE: Pirate Party Launches World's First Commercial Darknet (

(14.08.06) Closing Letter to the Copyright Industry Associations of America ("... we announce a massively distributed copy-less file system." -

(27.07.06) What goes on the Net stays on the Net (about YouTube: "They could refuse to take down your video... ...charge YOU for your own video. ...insert ads in the video..." -

(03.05.06) Soderbergh: Burn, Hollywood, Burn (

Related Blogs/Sites


DV Guru is no more (January 31st, 2007: " marks the last day of DV Guru."), but some of the former DV Guru bloggers have moved to

The CamcorderInfo Blog is "All About Shooting, Editing and Polishing Your Videos" and has a notable Ethics Policy.

Self-Reliant Filmmaking "is what makes a filmmaker independent"

the Workbook Project is "a social open source experiment for content creators"

CinemaTech is about "Digital cinema, democratization, and other trends remaking the movies"

NewTeeVee focuses on the more mainstream aspects of the online video evolution.

HD For Indies is about "High Definition Video for Independent Filmmakers"

BlenderNation brings "Fresh Blender News, Every Day"


Dave's Imaginary Sound Space is "A Virtual Playground for Audio and Music Enthusiasts". Has a very good selection of links sorted by categories.

The Future of Music, Media & Entertainment is where "Gerd Leonhard explores the 'convergence zones' of music / entertainment and technology"

Media/Networks/3D Web

Robin Good is about "Independent Publishing News, e-Marketing Articles, Online Collaboration Reviews"

Techcrunch reviews "new Internet products" and profiles "companies that are making an impact (commercial and/or cultural) on the new web space"

Mashable! is "The Social Networking Blog"

3pointD is about "The Metaverse and 3D Web, as blogged by Mark Wallace and friends"

No more updates since June 2007 but possibly still of interest (10/07):

unmediated is "Tracking the tools that decentralize the media"


Video Blog / Podcast Map is about "The World of Video Blogs"

Have Money Will Vlog promotes "projects we believe in to potential donors"

realpeoplenetwork is "A Hollywood-free vlog"

No more updates since Dezember 2006 but possibly still of interest (10/07):

loaded pun is about "vlogs vodcasts and online digital video".

No more updates since March 2007 but possibly still of interest (10/07):

We Are The Media brings "News from the Vlogosphere"


Terra Nova is "a blog about virtual worlds and their implications." (Academic) game research and virtual worlds in general.

GameTunnel is "the web's home for independent video games." Other indie game sites linked at the bottom of the main page.

See also:

The Gaming section in this Wiki.

Media Archives

What’s New at the Internet Archive is "A blog from the Collections Team at"

P2P Related Media


Who Owns Culture? by Lawrence Lessig - A talk about copyright and (remix) culture - 20 min. 5 sec. - Google Video via

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us by Michael Wesch - " Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes." 4 min. 31 sec. -

Copyright Criminals Preview by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod - A work in progress - 10 min. 29 sec. -

Many To Many produced by the Center for Social Media - Public Media and the Blogosphere - 12 min. 40 sec. -

We Are The Media by Josh Leo - A video mash-up about the Vlogging movement - 2 min. 20 sec. -

Free Culture by Maggie Hennefeld and Thessaly La Force - A documentary about the Free Culture New York Summit 2006 - 9 min. 23 sec. -

Alternative Freedom (Trailer) by Twila and Shauna - A documentary about the invisible war on culture - 3 min. 54 sec. -

What is Peer to Peer? produced by the P2P Foundation - An interview with Michel Bauwens featuring CC licensed music - 4 min. 6 sec. - (or: on YouTube -


Podcasts and Webcasts (from the P2P Resources section in this Wiki):

Podcasts "This is a directory of topical podcasts (audiofiles) related to Peer to Peer topics."

Webcasts "A directory of webcasts on Peer to Peer related topics." *** New *** in the Webcast section: Our Thematic Indexes.


The Podcasting Legal Guide by Colette Vogele, Mia Garlick, The Berkman Center Clinical Program in Cyberlaw; Creative Commons - Wiki or .pdf, 1.9 MB -

Handbook for bloggers and cyber-dissidents from Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders) - .pdf, 1.6 MB -

Bound By Law? by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins; Center for the Study of the Public Domain - to buy or e.g. free .pdf, (8) 16 MB -

Community Created Content by Herkko Hietanen, Ville Oksanen, Mikko Välimäki - to buy or free .pdf, 1.9 MB -

The Directory

Here you can explore The Directory or go back to the first page and the Content Overview: P2P Audiovisual Guide!

Note: We plan to move Articles in category "Audiovisual" (currently at the bottom of the main P2P Audiovisual Wiki page) to the following 14 subdirectories - until this is done those directories are empty!













WEB 2.0


The Articles in category "Audiovisual" (bottom main P2P Audiovisual Wiki page) have been collected by individual Wiki authors and are linked in various sections of the P2P Wiki. These articles are - even more than the text above - a work in progress. Some entries may only consist of a short description and an URL, while others may have been developed much further.