NCH VideoPad is an excellent “free” video editor.
I would recommend VideoPad heartily if NCH didn’t crap on their own work.
But unfortunately “free” needs those scare quotes, because its installer just behaves badly. Here’s how, and my answer to each:
- The installer tries to sneak on several irrelevant crapware apps.
→ This is unfortunately common. Always click “custom” and uncheck the extras.
- Without notice or permission, it pollutes your start menu with web links to other products.
→ Less common, but easy to just delete.
- It gets worse: The add context menu links which prompt you to download and install their Express Zip tool.
→ Download ShellMenuView to remove the menu entries.
- The topper: It associates a raft of file extensions to their “Install On Demand Component”. So when you click on a .DOC or PDF file, you don’t get Word/Wordpad or Adobe Reader, you get railroaded into downloading and installing their Doxillion app.
→ Nobody else had an answer, so I tracked down the registry entries to remove. Here’s what it looks like as a .reg file:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
(Save as a reg file and run it, or manually delete those paths yourself.)
It’s a shame — VideoPad has a paid premium version with more features, and I would recommend it heartily if NCH didn’t crap on their own work.
Possible alternative: it looks like <a href=”http://portableapps.com/node/19682″>you can make VideoPad Portable.</a> That certainly keeps it clean.
The white first fuse,
Watch the fiery light as it ignites,
Prometheus is released.
Witness white grow green
soon the fuse, the unseen
not shorter but stronger.
More imminent but longer
is the time when finally,
after the lively sparks have pushed (burned?) their way through the hard outer shell the explosion happens showering the landscape with itself,
until at last,
it is again
buried in the soil.
-Rob Eberhardt, ~1997
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Now, with all this effort to build a platform, expect me to climb it and start sharing again!
“500 (Internal Server) Error
…that Go Daddy is furiously working to correct.”
It’s been a long time coming, but Go Daddy finally forced my hand by upgrading my dasBlog install to death.
(FYI: Go Daddy no longer has web or email support – chat or phone only. Because people don’t want options.)
The phone rep at least got me to a useful error and told me they finally moved off IIS6 (Windows 2003?!). When I figured out dasBlog can’t run on IIS7 (why not 8??) without a rebuild, it was obviously time.
SO, here I am rebuilding into WordPress. Content is in, but no skin and many links are broken. Sorry for the mess :T But onward!
Other than some rough design edges, I’m done! Thanks to Reeves Little‘s tremendous how-to Migrating from Dasblog to WordPress, and Bob Craven‘s illustrated supplement Hello WordPress, Good Bye dasBlog, it was quite straightforward.
And to be fair, the Wordpress world has great addins for absolutely everything I’d’ve otherwise Macguyvered together: importing, HTTP redirection, link checking, contact forms (and those are just migration-related). I’ve built a lot of WordPress sites for other folks, but now the cobbler’s child finally has shoes too!