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Sure way to always max out your CPU

June 27th, 2009

Transcode video.  Wow!  I’m transcoding my raw DVD rip collection so that I have a mirrored copy that can play on my Xbox 360.
Transcoding DVDs on a Core i7 system

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DVD Cover Art Finder version

February 21st, 2009

I just finished making some updates to DVD Cover Art Finder.  It now has some new features and fewer bugs!
dvd cover art finder version

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DVD Cover Art Finder version

December 29th, 2008

As promised, here is the first release of DVD Cover Art Finder (version, along with the source code.  Read on for download links and a usage tutorial.
dvd cover art finder icon on desktop

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DVD Cover Art Finder: Coming Soon

December 28th, 2008


I hopped to get it out today, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
DVD Cover Art Finder Icon

Ripped DVDs + Media Center, Better with Cover Art

December 25th, 2008

Over the past few months I have really gotten into ripping DVDs to my computer in full quality (without re-compressing the video), so that I could play them in Media Center just as though I had put in the physical disk.  (I learned how to do that from a blog post on a Microsoft student site.)  Since each disk contains about 7.2GB of data, this did require getting a little more hard drive space.  Since I started I have ripped about 250 DVDs, but I had only taken the time to manually get the cover art for the first few that I ripped.  Getting coverart for the DVDs to show up in Media Center required going to Amazon.com, searching for the DVD, clicking through to the large picture of the box cover, saving that image, cropping it, and moving it to the DVD folder and naming it “folder.jpg”.  That was more mindless work than I wanted to put up with, so I did a little research.

Here’s a quick jump forward to the final product:
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