Archive for the ‘Multimedia’ Category

The best Media Player for Windows

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

The other day I was searching for the best program to rip my Invaders Must Die CD to FLAC, and luckily I stumbled with Media Monkey.  For me it’s the best “All in One” Media Player and ripper program you can find, and if you are looking for one, just try it. Just friendly advice :).

Here are my highlights:

It can rip your CDs to MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA and FLAC  (if you want to rip to MP3 using the free version you will have to download the  free LAME Encoder).

It can convert music between formats.

For playing music it’s much faster than Windows Media Player 11.

The library is very good and includes quick search like WMP11, very useful.

Works beautifully on Vista 64.


I like it so much that i though I should post it here.

How to configure “Reference Level” on Xbox 360

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

I just purchased a Xbox 360 Elite and was presented with the question of how should I configure the screen’s “Reference Level” on the Video configuration menu of the Xbox 360.

The Reference Level of the 360 is similar to the PS3’s RGB Full Range option. As I said on that article, most HDTVs only support a limited range of black to white, for that reason, most people with HD Televisions should have it set to Standard, and people with PC monitors should set it to Expanded, but just as I said in my article about Full RGB, the best course of action is to test it and select the proper setting for your TV or Monitor.

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How to fix the “scrolling bars” problem (PS3)

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

I have seen some people worried with their PS3 because they experience a very annoying problem that consist in big bars scrolling through their CRT television screen when they have connected the PS3 to the TV using analog video cables like the Scart. I have experienced this problem myself and the solution can be quite simple.

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How to update your PS3 using a USB device

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

One of the things that I hate about the Firmware updates of the PlayStation 3 is the wait time to just download the file, so after the first two upgrades I learned to download the file directly from Internet to my PC and then install it using a USB device. The only downside is that it may take a few hour for them to update the download pages, but that’s ok for me.

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How to know when to enable RGB Full Range in PS3

Sunday, January 6th, 2008

There is a lot of misinformation regarding the option “Enable RGB Full Range” located in the Display Options menu in the PlayStation3.

If you ask in a lot places around the net, the common answer it’s that you should have it enabled no matter what, because everything is darker, the colors are more “vivid” and the image is no longer “washed out”, but this it’s totally wrong. The reality is that you lose all the detail in the shadows or dark places and the colors are over saturated if your HDTV doesn’t support it.

Almost every one of the Hight Definition Televisions in the market are made to work only with RGB Limited Range for legacy support reasons. That means that they only display the range of color from 16 (Black) to 235 (White) instead of the Full Range (0 to 255). On the other hand, most, if not all, of the PC monitors are capable of displaying the Full Range because they are not limited by the Television standards.

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How to configure the nvCP for your HDReady TV

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

I have a Sony HD Ready TV, and as you may know, all HD Ready LCDs have a resolution of 1360×768 and mine has 1:1 Pixel Mapping for certain resolutions, so I wanted to configure it to 1360×768 to get the best image quality at the maximum size.

First I tried to connect it through VGA, but the maximum size it’s 1280×768. Then I connected it using a DVI to HDMI cable and what was my surprise when I found that it was only working at 1080i, no matter the selected resolution .

I couldn’t stand 1080i because the difference in Image Quality between 1080i and the native resolution (1360×768) is abysmal, there’s also overscan (like in 720p) and when using it at 1360×768 it works at full RGB range like a PC monitor, so I spent several minutes changing configurations in the nVIDIA Control Panel until I found all the options needed to be changed to make it work flawlessly at 1360×768 using the HDMI input.

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