Category “Creativity”

Software Pick – Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Video Converter

Freemake Screenshot

This is my go-to software for video conversion. It does almost everything I want. You can create slideshows from pictures, rip Blu-ray and DVDs, convert and save YouTube and other streaming video files, add music,  and join files. I have yet to find a media file it can’t recognize. It even converted video clips in an obscure format from an 6 year old feature phone I had thrown in a box. It supports more than 200 file formats.

On the export side, it can convert to just about any format. It has templates for nearly every style of mobile device, can create HTML5 videos, can burn Blu-ray and DVDs as well as create ISOs, and it can strip audio from YouTube files and save them as MP3s. It will also upload video to YouTube. It supports subtitle files on DVD burns, so if you make a disk from a ripped movie you can get the subtitles back. It also has video editing capabilities.  Lastly, it supports batch processing, and you can put multiple media types in the same batch.

I have two gripes, though. The first is that, while you can add music to a slideshow, you can’t create a slideshow with both video and photos in the same presentation. The second is that the software will change your search settings if you don’t choose “Custom Installation” and uncheck that option. Also, Mac users are out of luck, this is Windows only. Sorry.

You can download Freemake Video Converter here.



Who can find a virtuous woman?

Today I give you Proverbs 31:31. We don’t have city gates, per se,  but the implication is a social center. For we denizens of the early 21st century, that might be Facebook, Twitter, or a personal blog like this one.

My wife bought this pair of white canvas shoes at the local flea market. They were stained and she paid one dollar for them. She bleached them and painted them, and now our daughter has a very cute pair of shoes to wear… when she gets a little older.

Elanor's painted baby shoes


“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”