How to http://www.stuff.tv/how/features en-GB The best software for ripping your discs http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-ultimate-tech-home-rip-everything/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You’ve got a mountain of discs and a free weekend. It’s time to put the kettle on and start The Great Rip </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="AnyDVD" alt="AnyDVD" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/anydvd.jpg?1387175266" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Physical media is so very 20th-century.</p> <p>But before you can start streaming songs to your&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/sonos">Sonos</a>, you&#39;ll need to turn your discs into data. Likewise, you&#39;ll need to convert your DVDs and Blu-rays to digital video files if you want to embrace the streaming media revolution. These are the tools you&#39;ll need.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/mark-wilson" title="View user profile.">Mark Wilson</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scenario #1: You’re archiving physical media for the first time </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Start by making a &lsquo;master&rsquo; rip in a lossless format. Then sell your discs (this does, of course, make you a terrible person), or make dumbbells from them.&nbsp;</p> <p>For audio rips, software that works with the AccurateRip online database is best. Rip CDs into FLAC files with <a href="http://www.mediamonkey.com" target="_blank">MediaMonkey</a> (US$25) for Windows 8,&nbsp;or <a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com" target="_blank">dBPoweramp</a> (US$38). On a Mac, use <a href="http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld" target="_blank">XLD</a> (&pound;free) for FLAC, or iTunes if your kit is mostly Apple.&nbsp;</p> <p>For video, rip Blu-ray and DVD masters into the MKV format with <a href="http://makemkv.com" target="_blank">MakeMKV</a> (PC and Mac, &pound;free). Prepared to pay? <a href="http://slysoft.com" target="_blank">AnyDVD</a> (from &euro;37) for PC and <a href="http://thelittleappfactory.com" target="_blank">RipIt</a> (US$25) for Mac, are slick and quick.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MediaMonkey" alt="MediaMonkey" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mediamonkey.jpg?1387175266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep it legal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&rsquo;s now legal in the UK to back up copyrighted content that you own, though this still doesn&rsquo;t technically include removing copyright protection. Make sure you only use these tools to make personal copies of media you own.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scenario #2: You want to convert discs and lossless files for your tablets and smartphones </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Time to make your masters into phone-friendly mini files. Or, if you like, rip a disc straight to the desired size.</p> <p>For audio rips, both&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediamonkey.com" target="_blank">MediaMonkey</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dbpoweramp.com" target="_blank">dBPoweramp</a>&nbsp;offer wide format support for those using Windows, but a free option is MediaHuman&rsquo;s <a href="http://mediahuman.com" target="_blank">Free Audio Converter</a>. Works for Mac too, as does <a href="http://tmkk.undo.jp" target="_blank">XLD</a>, but less prettily.</p> <p>Ripping video? You&#39;ll want the popular and free <a href="http://handbrake.fr" target="_blank">Handbrake</a> app. Available for both Windows and Mac, it&rsquo;ll swallow any format you throw at it and spit out a made-to-measure conversion. It also includes handy presets for Apple and Android devices for a two-click rip. Good ol&rsquo; Handbrake.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Mediahuman" alt="Mediahuman" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mediahuman.jpg?1387175266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scenario #3: Your existing collection is in need of a spring clean </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Does your library have missing artwork and tag discrepancies (&lsquo;Pixies&rsquo;, &lsquo;The Pixies&rsquo;)? Give it the feather duster treatment.</p> <p>For audio, the best free tool for tag fixes and cover art is <a href="http://MP3tag.de" target="_blank">MP3Tag</a>, which searches online to get you the right metadata. It&rsquo;s Windows-only, though, so Mac users should check out <a href="http://entwicklungsfreu.de" target="_blank">Tagr</a> (&pound;free) or <a href="http://tuneupmedia.com" target="_blank">TuneUp</a> (US$50) for a more comprehensive clean.</p> <p>Cleaning up your video collection? <a href="http://griff.github.io/metaz" target="_blank">MetaZ for Mac</a> (&pound;free) gets data from sources such as Tag Chimp. Your Windows option is <a href="http://filebot.net" target="_blank">FileBot</a>, while XBMC users should get <a href="http://mediacompanion.codeplex.com" target="_blank">Media Companion</a>, which finds everything.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MP3Tag" alt="MP3Tag" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/mp3tag.jpg?1387175266" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Size is important </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>MP3 (160kbps)</strong><br />Best for: your teensy running music player&nbsp;<br />If storage space is at an absolute premium, this&nbsp;bit-rate is the lowest you&rsquo;ll get us to go. iTunes still deems 160 to be &lsquo;high quality&rsquo; sound. Hmmph.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>MP3 (320KBPS)</strong><br />Best for: your smartphone or tablet&nbsp;<br />A good-quality pair of headphones will demand a bit-rate of 320Kbps. It&rsquo;s the best compromise of file size and sound quality for portable listening.</p> <p><strong>FLAC</strong><br />Best for: your digital music archive&nbsp;<br />While they retain all of a CD file&rsquo;s detail (hence the name &lsquo;lossless&rsquo;), FLACs are about two thirds of the size. Still, 20MB per song isn&rsquo;t smartphone-friendly.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>CD</strong><br />Best for: traditionalists<br />An average three-minute song on CD is about 30MB in uncompressed form. Double albums tend to break the gigabyte barrier. &nbsp;Still, it&rsquo;s nice to keep a proper hi-fi in the lounge.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/how-build-ultimate-tech-home-rip-everything/feature#comments Hi-Fi & Streaming How to Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:37:19 +0000 Stephen Graves 1429960 at http://www.stuff.tv How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV http://www.stuff.tv/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free up valuable shelf space by squeezing all your HD movies onto a hard drive </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" alt="How to rip your Blu-ray collection for Apple TV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/blu-ray-ripping-main.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you a “cord cutter”? One of the millions of people now ditching the old ways of home entertainment – broadcast TV and physical media – in favour of downloads and streaming services?</p> <p>Even if you are, you may have a sizeable collection of Blu-ray movies, gathering dust in their cases and gobbling up valuable shelf space. And then there’s the Blu-ray player itself, hulking there under your telly as a reminder of a bygone age of ugly black boxes.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don’t rip at all – the Digital Copy solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Before we get started, there’s one solution that could save you a lot of time and effort: Digital Copy. Many Blu-ray (and DVD) discs offer a free digital copy of the movie, available either as a download or on the disc itself. These are DRM-protected however, which may well limit the ways they can be watched.</p> <p>That said, most Digital Copy films will work on iTunes (and therefore Apple TVs, iPads and iPhones) and Windows Media Player. So check to see if your chosen Blu-ray has a free Digital Copy before embarking on what can be a lengthy ripping process.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Digital Copy" alt="Digital Copy" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/thor-digital-copy.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a PC </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In order to rip a Blu-ray movie onto your PC’s hard drive/SSD, you’re going to need a few things.</p> <p>First and foremost is a Blu-ray drive. Your PC may well have one built-in, in which case bully for you. If not, you’ll have to buy one. The good news is that, because it just needs to be able to read Blu-ray discs and not write them, there are plenty of dirt cheap options around. <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plextor-PX-B120U-Loading-External-Blu-ray/dp/B003VJ0FR0/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Plextor</a> offers a USB drive for about £60, but if you’re willing to spend a little more there’s a gloriously skinny <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-Retail-External-Blu-Ray-Writer/dp/B005M3UIS4/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url">Samsung</a> model (which writes too – bonus!) for around £75. If you’re a thrift-meister, there are bags of OEM drives at piffling price points spread across the web. Just be wary that the quality may not be as high as with branded drives.</p> <p>You’ll also need to free up a fair bit of space on your computer’s hard or flash drive: there’s vast amounts of data stored on a Blu-ray, and during the ripping process all of it is going to be dumped (if only temporarily) on your PC. The amount of space required will vary with each disc, but for a standard (i.e. non-4K) disc, 60GB of room should suffice.</p> <p>Finally, you need two pieces of software, one to rip the movie off the disc and another to convert it to a more friendly format. While there are lots of options available, we suggest <a href="http://www.makemkv.com/">MakeMKV</a> for the former and <a href="http://handbrake.fr/">HandBrake</a> for the latter. Both are free (well, to be precise MakeMKV is currently free, while it’s still in beta) and relatively easy to use.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Samsung BD drive" alt="Samsung BD drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/samsung-slim-bd-drive.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step one: ripping the movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Once those are installed, the first step is to rip your chosen Blu-ray using MakeMKV. Open up the program, tap Open Disc and after scanning through your Blu-ray for a while (this may take a few minutes), it’ll list the chapters. Find the movie title and check it. Uncheck the other boxes. Then choose an output folder for the rip to be dumped in, and click the Make MKV button. The ripping process will take a long time (perhaps 30 minutes) so go and make a sandwich or something.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="MakeMKV" alt="MakeMKV" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/makemkv.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Step two: encoding the movie </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MakeMKV rips a movie uncompressed at full 1080p resolution, and that takes up a lot of space. So you’re probably going to want to compress the file down to something more manageable, and that’s where HandBrake steps in.</p> <p>HandBrake has a selection of preset formats that change the resolution to suit different device’s screens (such as that of the Apple TV), or you can can set your own. You can keep the original 1920 x 1080 resolution if you wish, as it’s supported by the latest Apple TV, but reducing it to a 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution will drastically cut down on the file size while maintaining HD quality. It all depends on how much space you have on your external hard drive, NAS or whatever you’re using as a storage device for your newly ripped movie collection.</p> <p>A constant quality encode is recommended, but which RF quality setting you use in HandBrake is up to you. The lower the RF setting, the less compressed and therefore sharper the image, but higher settings will give you smaller file sizes.</p> <p>If you’re planning on watching on an Apple TV, you’ll have to convert the files from MKV to MP4 H.264 too, as the former isn’t supported by the device. The Apple TV doesn’t support hi-res audio formats either, so you’ll want to have the audio set to either Dolby Digital 5.1 surround (aka AC3) or standard stereo.</p> <p>Click the encode button when all is ready and go and make a cup of tea. Maybe three cups of tea. Encoding takes a long time. Once it's finished, you can move it onto your NAS, hard drive or whatever you're using for storage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/handbrake.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> On a Mac </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>At present, none of Apple’s computers is available with an integrated Blu-ray drive, making the ripping process more complicated. Basically, you’re going to need an external Blu-ray drive to do this (the Samsung external drive mentioned previously is Mac compatible). Aside from that, the process is pretty much identical to the one described above for PC, as both MakeMKV and Handbrake are available on Mac too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The idiot-proof solution </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another option, and one which takes all the fuss out of the process, is to buy a self-ripping server like the <a href="http://www.outclassmedia.co.uk/">OutClass</a>. Just pop in your Blu-ray and the server will rip the movie automatically, either in default 1080p quality or in another format you specify. With up to 4TB of on-board storage, or as part of a rack-mounted setup with up to 60TB of space, it’s compatible with Apple TV as well as almost any DLNA or UPnP certified device. It’ll also rip DVDs and CDs. The OutClass is priced from £1,500 (plus specialist installation).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="OutClass" alt="OutClass" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/outclass-media-server.jpg?1374478568" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-rip-your-blu-ray-collection-apple-tv/feature#comments Blu-ray and DVD How to TV and Hifi accessories Fri, 19 Jul 2013 15:20:17 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424963 at http://www.stuff.tv How to make a Hollywood blockbuster movie – with your DSLR http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-movie-your-dslr/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The best camera kit plus expert tips from Gareth Edwards, director of next year’s Godzilla reboot </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="5D filming" alt="5D filming" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/filming-on-5d.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Video on DSLRs is so good that even top professional directors are turning to these cameras for their movies: recently Black Swan, The Avengers and 127 Hours have all made use of affordable DSLRs (note, though, that the lenses fixed to these cameras are not always so affordable), which combine portability with excellent HD video capture.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Canon 5D Mk II/Mk III </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gareth Edwards used Canon’s evergreen 5D Mk II when filming Monsters, and is full of praise for the “pro-sumer” DSLR: “Considering it shoots ‘cinema resolution’ with a narrow depth-of-field, this is amazing – like owning your own 35mm movie camera for the price of an exotic holiday.”</p> <p>The Mk II is now discontinued, but you can still scour the web and pick up new examples for around £1,500 a pop. It has been replaced in Canon’s line-up by the 5D Mk III (£2,335, <a href="http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras/digital-cameras/digital-slr-cameras/canon-eos-5d-mark-iii-digital-slr-camera-12871957-pdt.html?srcid=198&amp;cmpid=ppc~gg~Cameras~12871957&amp;istCompanyId=bec25c7e-cbcd-460d-81d5-a25372d2e3d7&amp;istItemId=xxrmilxxp&amp;istBid=t&amp;ef_id=UdQtggAABfIx3Afd:20130709162937:s">currys.co.uk</a>), which offers more options and features.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Canon 5D MkIII" alt="Canon 5D MkIII" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/canon-5d-mark-iii.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro tip: be adaptable </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“If you don’t have a huge budget, forget changing the environment to fit your idea of the scene. Wait until you get to the destination, and incorporate any interesting details you find into the film. The uncertainty is a positive thing.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Viewfinder – Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whack this optical viewfinder (£300, <a href="http://www.parkcameras.com/16278/Zacuto-Z-Finder-Pro-3x.html">parkcameras.com</a>) on the back of your DSLR for a much clearer picture of exactly what you’re filming: “It features 3x magnification and makes focussing much easier, which won’t seem too important – until you show your film on the big screen.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x" alt="Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 3x" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/z-finder.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro tip: Recce on the web </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Don’t waste time scouting for locations. Before travelling anywhere, look through user photos on Google Earth – almost every location has already been scouted for you by someone else, for free.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lighting – Litepanels Micro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Modern camera chips are already strong in low light,” says Edwards. “But if you need some extra illumination these dimmable lights are so portable you’ll forget you’re carrying them.”</p> <p>The Micro (£125, <a href="http://www.bristolcameras.co.uk/p-litepanels-micro-kit.htm">bristolcameras.co.uk</a>) can be placed on a camera hot-shoe and runs off four AA batteries or an optional mains adapter.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Litepanels Micro" alt="Litepanels Micro" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/litepanels-micro.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro tip: use available light </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“Don’t slow yourself down with lots of lighting kit. Some of the best photos are taken without lights, and the same is true of cinema – just use what there is. If for some reason there isn’t enough light, well, silhouettes can be beautiful.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Support – Cinekinetic Cinesaddle </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“More versatile than a tripod, this stabilising cushion lets you keep your camera steady either on the ground or hanging out of a car window. A great alternative to a dolly.”</p> <p>You can buy the Minisaddle (a smaller version, more suited to the Canon 5D) for £340 at <a href="http://www.proav.co.uk/Cinekinetic-CK-MINISADDLE-Minisaddle-with-Mounting-Kit-in-Pouch/p27597.aspx">proav.co.uk</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Cinekinetic Cinesaddle" alt="Cinekinetic Cinesaddle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/cinesaddle.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro tip: Buy a fluorescent vest </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“I accidentally discovered while making Monsters that if you wear a hi-vis vest on site, people assume you have official permission. If you’re worried about being stopped, put on the vest – they’ll assume it’s council approved.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Editing – Adobe CS6 Production Premium </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Adobe’s post-production suite (around £45/month from <a href="http://www.adobe.com/uk/">adobe.com/uk</a>) gives you that step-up from the cheaper programs that’s required for a real professional feel. Says Edwards: “With Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere, this is a complete post-production facility in one. For real film-making, it’s practically essential.”</p> <p><em>This interview with Gareth Edwards was originally published in Stuff magazine’s September 2011 issue. </em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Adobe CS6 Production Premium" alt="Adobe CS6 Production Premium" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/adobe-production-premium.jpg?1373944389" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pro tip: Ask strangers to play themselves </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>“The trick with non-actors is not to ask them to act – they can play themselves perfectly. Don’t tell them what to do, just explain the scene – and always shoot the rehearsal. It’s often the most natural take.”</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-movie-your-dslr/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-make-movie-your-dslr/feature#comments Cameras How to Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:42:59 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424740 at http://www.stuff.tv How to create the perfect cheap holiday on the Internet http://www.stuff.tv/how-create-perfect-cheap-holiday-internet/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Who needs a travel agent? We look at the apps and services that let you be your own trip planner </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How to create the perfect cheap holiday on the Internet" alt="How to create the perfect cheap holiday on the Internet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/plane-wing.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A wealth of web-based services and mobile apps will let you plan an ideal – yet affordable – holiday from the comfort of your sofa. Here's how.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/36495803@N05/7928294800/in/photolist-d5AzPW-aavufL-8nUuWW-8qoKZ2-8fhvUK-8jnDUZ-7JHfbG-84Tjvs-8VC26p-92iKoS-ekxS4j-7JDgbp-7JNdu1-9uX69j-efT1Hy-9tY8s1-9uJmmC-9urJin-cj5EbE-9urH5e-9urKVP-by6jkq-9VK9rL-9uXajA-9v8eJR-acUt3q-acRDjt-cDJs7G">epSos.de</a></em></p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find the cheapest flights </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You’re probably familiar with <a href="http://www.skyscanner.com">SkyScanner</a>’s flight search engine, which serves up flights ordered by price, but Google’s new <a href="http://www.google.co.uk/flights">Flights</a> service seems to offer up much the same prices without the clutter, ads and spammy pop-ups. Flights allows you to book tickets straight from the engine, and also makes booking multi-city trips much less hassle.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Google Flights" alt="Google Flights" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/google-flights.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rent someone’s house </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Who needs pricy hotels or cheap, crowded fleapit hostels populated by braying, oppressively handsome Scandinavian backpackers? A host of services, led by <a href="https://www.airbnb.com/">Airbnb</a>, now make it incredibly straightforward to rent a room in someone’s house or apartment – or even the whole place itself. And the prices are generally far less than a comparable hotel, not the mention the fact that, with access to a kitchen, you can cook your own meals if you wish and save even more cash.</p> <p>While Airbnb is the most well-known of these services, others like <a href="https://www.roomorama.com/">Roomorama</a> and <a href="http://www.homeaway.com/">HomeAway</a> are well worth a look too.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Airbnb" alt="Airbnb" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/airbnb.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get the cheapest foreign currency </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Whatever you do, don’t leave your currency exchange until you get to the airport, where the fees are insanely high. In fact, with a bit of foresight you can grab foreign cash for even less than good high street bureaus de change by buying it online and having it sent to your house. MoneySavingExpert has a regularly-updated search engine for the best rates called <a href="http://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com/">TravelMoneyMax</a> – just enter your dates and the type of currency you’re exchanging and it’ll serve you up a list ordered by price.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996585435@N01/2440001749/in/photolist-4HBDvF-5iAqVh-5q8BuL-5qVob1-5s6gTs-5zQyQz-5BvssF-5LrtUL-5MzYxQ-5XzEdz-64B9RS-6GMkEw-6HWrrj-6JqhXV-6KNFxD-779TkD-7bzGwA-7oiztd-9j9azu-9NJybd-9NGKrb-9NEtYQ-9NAsCc-9M2DZZ-9NFVNX-9NGYu8-9NGabs-9NJKMw-9NGokq-9NsCbe-9NvgtE-9NEwpU-9NH11D-eWH1Bb-9NDy6B-9Nv8dj-dSXXyh-9chSab-ck5W9m-8YPRn4-dPUcMK-8jbwZp-ck64zU-bkFQRX-bTBUDD-aaQND6-ck7NmU-d8vG9f-cjzoYu-axvXqL-96qxzP">Steve Bowbrick</a></em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/37996585435@N01/2440001749/in/photolist-4HBDvF-5iAqVh-5q8BuL-5qVob1-5s6gTs-5zQyQz-5BvssF-5LrtUL-5MzYxQ-5XzEdz-64B9RS-6GMkEw-6HWrrj-6JqhXV-6KNFxD-779TkD-7bzGwA-7oiztd-9j9azu-9NJybd-9NGKrb-9NEtYQ-9NAsCc-9M2DZZ-9NFVNX-9NGYu8-9NGabs-9NJKMw-9NGokq-9NsCbe-9NvgtE-9NEwpU-9NH11D-eWH1Bb-9NDy6B-9Nv8dj-dSXXyh-9chSab-ck5W9m-8YPRn4-dPUcMK-8jbwZp-ck64zU-bkFQRX-bTBUDD-aaQND6-ck7NmU-d8vG9f-cjzoYu-axvXqL-96qxzP"><br /></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bureau de change" alt="Bureau de change" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bureau-de-change.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Avoid roaming charges with offline maps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you’re travelling to an unfamiliar city, chances are you’ll be pulling out a map every 20 minutes to avoid ending up on “the bad side of town”. You can, of course, opt for the time-honoured method of a paper map – but who wants to look like that much of a tourist? Far better to turn to your smartphone or tablet for cartographical aid, but that’ll racks up some ungodly roaming charges.</p> <p><a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/apps-icityguides">TripAdvisor</a> has the answer with its range of city guide apps, which cover 80 locations and is available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and even Symbian phones. Each one includes an offline map with points of interest, as well as self-guided tours created by experts.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="TripAdvisor city guide map" alt="TripAdvisor city guide map" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/tripadvisor-city-guide-map.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Find the best things to do </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Another peril of visiting somewhere new is ending up paying big bucks for a subpar meal, ending up in a grubby “sports bar” populated by bellowing troglodytes or wandering aimlessly around an overpriced museum. The wealth of web services and apps recommending the best places means that, thankfully, such a situation is easily avoided.</p> <p>Having tried out a wide variety of these, we feel the most reliable are <a href="https://foursquare.com/explore">Foursquare</a>’s “Explore” page, <a href="http://www.yelp.com/">Yelp</a> and the venerable <a href="http://www.zagat.com/">Zagat</a> (now owned by Google). All feature user reviews and ratings and are available both on the web and as apps. Again, planning ahead or using Wi-Fi when browsing these is best as it’ll dodge those eye-watering roaming charges.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Foursquare Explore" alt="Foursquare Explore" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/foursquare-explore.jpg?1373247877" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/how-create-perfect-cheap-holiday-internet/feature#comments Apps and Games How to Sat, 06 Jul 2013 19:10:53 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424692 at http://www.stuff.tv How to take great low light photos with your phone http://www.stuff.tv/how-take-great-low-light-photos-your-phone/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disappointed with your blurry smartphone snaps? These tips should help you get good results in gloomy conditions </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="How to take great low light photos with your phone" alt="How to take great low light photos with your phone" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/phone-camera-main-image.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that we’re in a period of warmer nights, chances are you’ll be outside in the gloom fairly frequently. And you’ll probably want to take a photo or two while you’re out there, using the closest camera to hand: your smartphone. And you’ll probably be pretty disappointed with the results, because phone cameras for the most part are notoriously bad in low light. But fear not! We’ve put together some tips for shooting in murky conditions. Read on and you’ll be a regular David Bailey in no time.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Avoid using the touchscreen shutter button </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In low light, the shutter will be open for longer so any movement from the phone will result in blurring. Tapping the screen’s shutter button can make the phone shift slightly, so if you can avoid it you should.</p> <p>Some phones feature hardware shutter buttons for the camera (all Windows Phones do!), which will result in less movement, and did you know that the iPhone’s headphone cable can be used as a shutter release? Hook up the Apple headphones, open up the camera app and press the volume up button to take a shot.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Nokia Lumia 928" alt="Nokia Lumia 928" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/nokia-lumia-928.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Keep it steady </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Use a tabletop, rock, tree branch or similar surface to keep your phone steady while you shoot – or even better, invest in a tripod or other support. The <a href="http://www.breffo.com/collections/spiderpodium">Breffo Spiderpodium</a> and <a href="http://joby.com/smartphones/">Joby GripTight</a> will work with any model of smartphone, while the <a href="http://www.studioneat.com/products/glif">Glif</a> stand for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 allows you to attach it to any standard tripod or monopod.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Joby GripTight" alt="Joby GripTight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/joby-griptight.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Throw some light on the subject </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Naturally, one of the best solutions to low light shooting to is provide more light. Your phone probably has an LED light that will light subjects close up, but it’ll likely leave images looking flat and lifeless due to it falling directly on the subject. Experiment with lamps, candles and other sources, and try lighting subjects from the side – you’ll find the images generally turn out far more interesting.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/59812035@N00/307122830/in/photolist-t95Vd-tKaB6-tYNKd-w4Aru-ybQN7-ydW34-CfBnm-CfBqq-CMX99-ECmUx-JTTqw-Pz5gE-PzEEg-28BHGK-2vNiYh-494M8o-4dW2GZ-4dW6CP-4dZYob-4e14tY-4ezqzJ-4g6kaT-4gam2S-4gYQJ4-4ii5bC-4xvZn2-4R521u-51Nx44-56SZMy-5bGSqM-5fo1F8-5fo1Ft-5fo1JF-5fo1K6-5fo1Lc-5fo1LM-5fo1MR-5fo1Na-5fo1NT-5fo1PR-5fo1T6-5fsonY-5fsoqw-5fsor5-5fsosq-5fsosN-5fsouh-5fsouJ-5fsovs-5fsowW-5fsoxd">Scott Fitzgerald</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Candlelight portrait" alt="Candlelight portrait" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/candlelight-portrait.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Check the settings </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many phone cameras are basic, straightforward tools with little support for manual settings, but you may be able to adjust the exposure, white balance and possibly ISO – try digging into the settings menu and seeing what’s their. Setting a higher ISO can result in sharper low light images because it ups the sensitivity, but has the side effect of making the image grainier through digital noise – so it’s a bit of a balancing act.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="HTC One camera" alt="HTC One camera" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/htc-one-camera.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Get app happy </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While many apps that claim to boost your camera’s low light ability are about as useful as an inflatable dartboard, there are some that can help you achieve better results. Slow Shutter (69p, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/slow-shutter-cam/id357404131?mt=8">iTunes</a>) does what it says on the tin, keeping the shutter open for longer and thus sucking in far more light (a tripod or support of some kind is a must here). Snapseed (Free, <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/snapseed/id439438619?mt=8">iTunes</a>/<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.niksoftware.snapseed&amp;hl=en">Google Play</a>) is a fantastic photo editor that will allow you to draw some extra brightness out of dark areas of the image. There’s not much any piece of software can do if the image is blurry, though, so make sure you shoot with a steady hand.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Snapseed" alt="Snapseed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/snapseed-on-android.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Embrace the grain </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Grainy shots can actually look attractively moody, especially in black and white, so try throwing a filter on them using Instagram, Snapseed or another editing app. In fact, coloured filters can go a long way towards saving an otherwise poor low light shot.</p> <p><em>Image credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/keoni101/5196311746/sizes/l/in/photolist-8VbsrQ-eofhkM-93Y2RE-cKCNjy-8UAoSq-8XguaX-94bQ2k-dBXzuu-9TtwUK-9SMWd4-e1tc2f-8WR4B6-94F9hg-cC7NqQ-9ryAyR-cLeN4b-8WVpD6-aoA2Ve-cLLVpJ-bxkMkV-8PCbo5-92DH84-93NRYU-8NRohT-a4j2pw-91FE7X-8UEpEB-8PHRKv-95M2Uz-8Z3PGp-8P7Pq1-92jbNf-8EV4te-9fNk5c-bdd9ea-93f7Yi-8YHFzX-8Nw18v-bDrgf1-bdd8aZ-8ZPzeo-8WFjH2-8ZL6mp-8ZXpLt-8YBAHv-93HSAV-91n1eB-9aRwv9-8ZJFXa-8YFZfg-8u6hR1/">Keoni Cabral</a></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Embrace the grain" alt="Embrace the grain" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/grainy-low-light.jpg?1374557268" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Low light masterclass </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> How to take great low light photos with your phone </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/how-take-great-low-light-photos-your-phone/feature" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/how-take-great-low-light-photos-your-phone/feature#comments Cameras How to Smartphones Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:50:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1424691 at http://www.stuff.tv The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here's how to make it real http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-start-button-lie-heres-how-make-it-real/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Start button letting you down? Fear not. Here&#039;s the solution to reunite you with your trusty do-it-all pal </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1719" height="1331" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/windows-8-1-start-button-main-5.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We've ripped the virtual wrapping off our shiny new Windows 8.1 preview update, and the first thing we embraced was the long-awaited and sorely missed Start button, whose return <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-reinstates-start-button-and-adds-support-3d-printers/news" target="_blank">earned our praise during Microsoft's Build announcement</a>.</p> <p>It wasn't quite the joyous reunion we were expecting however...</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/esat-dedezade" title="View user profile.">Esat Dedezade</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The problem </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It's quite simple really. The news Windows 8.1 Start button isn't really a Start button at all. It's just a shortcut to the brightly coloured, tile-filled Start Menu.</p> <p>That's all well and good, but it's hardly what we've been crying out for. Where's our glorious one-click-portal-to-everything of old, the Start button which we used to launch all our programmes instantly?</p> <p>Sure you can type and launch programmes from the new Start Menu, but for those of us that spend the majority of our time at the business end of Windows 8 – the Desktop Mode – it's a real pain having to jump back in and out of candyland just to launch a programme.</p> <p>It's not all bad news though. You can now right click on the 'Start button' to access useful tools like the Power Options, which is a godsend for those who hated hunting them down in Windows 8.</p> <p>But enough negativity. There is hope. And it comes in the form of a heroic bit of software called...</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="732" height="549" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/win-8-start8-power.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1324" height="992" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/win-8-start-menu.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Start8 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Start8 by Stardock is a US$5 programme which brings back the beloved Start button and traditional Start Menu, seamlessly integrating it with Windows 8.1. It's blended in so well, you won't notice a difference. Until you press the Windows key on your keyboard.</p> <p>And there it is. The traditional Start Menu with instant easy access to almost everything you'd ever want. Programmes, Control Panel and Power Options – it's all there.</p> <p>It's a breeze to install and cutomise and takes less than 5 minutes to get up and running. Clicking it with the mouse instead of using the Windows key takes you back to the colourful new Start Menu for example, but you can customise these actions with a few clicks in the Start8 options.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="931" height="698" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/win-8-1-start8-closeup.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="858" height="603" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/start8-options.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hybrid start menu </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>You can even opt for a Windows 8-style Start button menu which serves up a miniature version of the new Start Menu without unceremoniously booting you out of the Desktop. You can still search for programmes that you want to open but you do lose the Power Options.</p> <p>Still, you can right click on the Start button for those, and this hybrid view lets you instantly make use of Windows 8.1's powerful new universal search without leaving the Desktop, appearing to offer the best of both worlds for most users.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="1200" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-8-1-start-button-hybrid.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Try it yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>If you've visited<a href="http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview" target="_blank"> Microsoft's Windows 8.1 preview site</a> and are running a copy of Windows 8.1 just hit up <a href="http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/" target="_blank">stardock.com </a>to try Start8 our for free. After thirty days you can send off those well-deserved US$5 or go back to the Start button dark ages. Your choice.</p> <p>While you're here, why not check out <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/5-ways-windows-81-will-put-microsoft-back-map/feature" target="_blank">5 ways WIndows 8.1 will put Microsoft back on the map</a>. You know you want to.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1918" height="1198" title="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" alt="The Windows 8.1 Start button is a LIE. Here&#039;s how to make it real" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/windows-8-1-start8-final.jpg?1382413529" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/microsoft/windows-81-start-button-lie-heres-how-make-it-real/feature#comments How to Microsoft Windows 8 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:35:44 +0000 Esat Dedezade 1424504 at http://www.stuff.tv