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How to use YouTube's video editor

Back in June, YouTube released an experimental tool that had been long asked for by its users: a browser-based video editor. The tool, which requires no additional software, or browser plug-ins (besides Adobe's Flash), lets users make minor edits to videos they've uploaded, as well as stitch several clips together into one.

While it lacks many basic features of modern day consumer video editing software (such as captioning, transitions, and image stabilization), it makes up for it in convenience. All your video files, and the rendering, is taken care of by YouTube's server farm, meaning you can … Read more

Get rid of typos

TypeIt4Me is a text-expansion and autocorrection utility, an app that can save you tons of time (and wrist strain) by automatically expanding frequently used words, phrases, and even images with just a few quick keystrokes.

Users have several good apps to choose from in this category, and TypeIt4Me is one of the best and longest-lived (with a successful track record that stretches past two decades). As with similar apps, you just type in a few letters to access your "clippings"--or you can even choose an abbreviation from TypeIt4Me in the menubar. You can set abbreviations to work … Read more

Save YouTube videos to your Mac

YouTube Downloader+ (not to be confused with YouTube Downloader, from a different developer) is a free, Java-based utility that lets you easily download and save videos from YouTube.

Since YouTube Downloader+ uses Java, you can actually also use it in Linux and Windows--which should provide fair warning that you won't get a slick (or even typical) Mac interface or experience here. That said, YouTube Downloader+ is fast and easy to use, with a straightforward interface window. You just paste in the URLs of the videos you want to download, then hit Return, and they will be saved as .flv … Read more

Springpad bookmarks the world

Springpad is a cool little utility to bookmark things you find on the Web and in the real world as well.

When you're on the Web site, it's very easy to create a new free-form note or to-do item. If you're typing in a name of a product or business (like a movie, the model name of a camera, or a restaurant), Springpad will probably identify it as you're typing and create a note with specific items info for the category it fits in. There's also a bookmarklet that makes it fast to save an … Read more

Disappointing downloader

We've seen a lot of programs that, in one way or another, help users save and view Flash videos from Web sites like YouTube. Some of these programs simply save the Flash files, while others convert existing Flash files into other, more accessible formats. Rarely do we see a program that does both tasks and does them well. Ashampoo ClipFisher comes frustratingly close to being the consummate Flash video downloader, but in the end, it, too, disappoints.

At first glance, Ashampoo ClipFisher seemed to be exactly what we were looking for. We dragged and dropped the URL of a … Read more

Buzz Out Loud Podcast 1135: Best Moments of 2009 (again)

This year's best of show is made up entirely of clips sent to us by listeners. We selected and edited them to make a good-flowing show, but the hard work of collecting them was all on buzztown. Great job everybody! You sent some amazing clips. Stuff we would never have dug up on our own. The following people submitted clips to us by email. Thanks for all your hard work.

NOTE: The first release of this episode was incomplete. This is a repost with the additional content at the end. If you are automatically downloading this episode again, that … Read more

Which (blank) do I get for (blank)?--Ask the Editors

Q: Can you help me to choose an earphone? I have $150. For the sound, I like an earphone that has great bass and clear sound. Which one is the best between Dr. Dre Tour, Shure SE210 and Bose earphone? -- Yudanto, via e-mail

A: Personally, I would not go for any of those, though for the Dr. Dre Tours, it's more a matter of fit (the earpieces are very long). As for the Shure SE210s, those are not the best model for thumping bass. And the Bose In-Ear 'phones have had lukewarm reviews overall from users and editors alike.

I'm not sure what the availability is like in Indonesia, but my recommendations for you are as follows, in order:

Monster Turbine Klipsch Image S4 Ultimate Ears Super.fi EB (if you have a little extra to spend or can find a deal)

Q: My girlfriend is getting a gift for a relative who likes to read, so I recommended a Sansa Clip and an audiobooks gift card. Before she goes through with it, I wanted to check with the MP3 queen to see your thoughts on the Clip as an audiobook player, and your favorite audiobook purveyor. If you've got a better idea for a gift, I would appreciate it, but keep in mind that her budget is $75 (preferably less). -- bereezy, via e-mail

A: I would go with the Sansa Clip+. You can check out our list of top choices for audiobooks; as you can see, the Clip+ is the best option in her price range. It also leaves plenty of the budget left over for a gift card.… Read more