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How to create a DVD on Windows 8 even though Windows DVD Maker is gone - DVDStyler

September 30, '12 Comments [84] Posted in Tools | Win8
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DVDStyler standard NTSC options of 720x480I make a lot of DVDs. I make them for weddings for family and for funerals and memorials. I make trip DVDs and memory DVDs and all sorts of stuff.

Why don't you put all that stuff online, Scott? Why don't you put it on Facebook/YouTube/Vimeo/Whatever? There's a couple reasons. First, believe it or not, there's a lot of people in the world who don't have high-speed internet. We've got lots of relatives overseas who don't have a laptop at home nor do they have any internet in their home. Here in the US we've got lots of older relatives who don't have computers, or perhaps they only have an iPad and a link to a YouTube video doesn't have the sense of meaning or permanence that a DVD does.

Random Aside: It's a shame that today's young people won't realize how much effort it took to create a mix tape for someone. Rearranging MP3s and emailing a list isn't the same as waiting for specific songs to get played on the radio and pressing Record within the first two notes.

Perhaps making DVDs is a lost art and I'm an old fogey. Or perhaps DVDs are today's mix tapes.

Regardless, I recently installed Windows 8 on my home machines and my laptop. Around the same time my Uncle Ronald - the closet person I've ever had to a grandfather - passed away. I immediately got to work creating a DVD for his memorial service. I had 30 minutes of audio of Uncle Ronnie that I recorded for a never-aired podcast. I had hundreds of photos over 90+ years of his life, 8mm and Super8 film reels as far back as the 50s, combined with digital video going all the way back to 1998 from my own collection. I was looking forward to burning many DVD copies and mailing it to interested relatives as well as playing the DVD at the memorial.

I spent many hours putting together a tribute video. I used Movie Maker as I have for many of my projects. I also have Adobe Premiere but for putting together family videos there's little easier than Movie Maker. I did my editing and went to Save Movie to export my movie as a WMV to import into Windows DVD Maker. But there was no DVD option. Confused, I searched the start menu for Windows DVD Maker. I'd used it just a week before...before I upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 8.

Windows DVD Maker was gone. It's not in Windows 8. :(

I was pretty bummed as I needed to make DVDs for the memorial event and I kind of needed them immediately. There's lots of different third party DVD creation software packages but I've always personally felt that media players and media creation software from 3rd parties (Roxio, CyberLink, etc) have always been rather garish in their user interface style. They never LOOK like they belong in Windows. There's always bright red window chrome, the same airbrushed happy clipart families in splash screens.

I just want to import a video file into a simple app and create a DVD. Preferably for free.

Save as DVD from within Windows Movie MakerI evaluated a number of DVD creation suites over a number of hours and decided on the open source DVDStyler (NOTE: this is a link to the Adware-Free Portable Edition!). I like DVDStyler because it's extremely spartan in its user interface but extremely capable. One could believe it was included with Windows and it is an excellent complement to Windows Live Movie Maker. For me, installing DVDStyler makes up for DVD Maker being gone on Windows 8.

IMPORTANT NOTE/WARNING: While it is an open source GPL'ed project, in order to support itself DVDStyler does install some toolbar software and will change your browser home page and install additional software if you just "next, next, next, finish" through their installation process. When installing free software please ALWAYS be aware of what you're saying YES to. Be sure to use the Custom installation option and select (or deselect) the options that are right for you. While I found these changes surprising and an annoyance, I feel the value provided by this free software to be worth the annoyance of these other applets. I removed them later via Uninstall Programs as well as by manually removing extensions in Firefox and IE.

When you save your movie from Windows Live Movie maker, you might want to make a Custom Production Setting. I created one and called it DVD and set it to 720x480. You might change this if you are creating PAL (720x576) or NTSC DVDs. It's up to you. The point is that Windows Live Movie Maker has no standard DVD movie creation option anymore but you can create any custom setting you'd like.

Creating a Custom DVD Setting in Windows Live Movie Maker

In DVDStyler I use similar settings. Be sure to select 16x9 if most of your source material is widescreen and most of your destination TVs are also widescreen. I usually use DVD-5 (4.7 gigabytes) but occasionally I'll use a dual-layer DVD-9 (8.5 gigabytes) and a high bitrate if there is a lot of action on the screen.

You can burn the DVD directly or, if you want more control, create an ISO file and use another tool like ImgBurn to burn or create multiple copies.

Burn image from DVDStyler

I'm glad to have found a reasonable, simple and free option for creating DVDs on Window 8 in DVDStyler.


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A Bug Report is a Gift

September 24, '12 Comments [36] Posted in Bugs | Musings
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There were lots of reactions to my blog post Everything's broken and nobody's upset. Some folks immediately got the Louis CK "Everything's Amazing and Nobody's Happy" reference. Some folks thought it was a poorly worded rant. Some folks (from various companies) thought I was throwing developers under the bus, accusing them of not caring. Others saw a meta-goal and started a larger discussion about software quality.

The questions I asked were these...but the most significant one was added a few hours later, suggested by a reader.

  • Is this a speed problem? Are we feeling we have to develop too fast and loose?
  • Is it a quality issue? Have we forgotten the art and science of Software QA?
  • Is it a people problem? Are folks just not passionate about their software enough to fix it?
  • It is a communication problem? Is it easy for users to report errors and annoyances?

After the post I went back and tried to file bug reports for all the issues I bumped into. For products where I couldn't find an easy bug reporting site I used Twitter. Google and Microsoft were universally pleasant when I reported the bugs and seemed sincerely interested in helping.

Is it easy for your users to report a bug? Does you app automatically report crashes? Is your site friendly? Are you support people friendly and engaged? Are your bug support forums filled with reports but no company representatives? Do you use GetSatisfaction or UserVoice?

Anatomy of a Good Bug Report

Ideally the "best" bugs are those that can be reproduced given enough context. You can save developer time and trouble by giving them as many details as you can. Developers can save everyone time with bug reporting tools that collect that information for users.

Mozilla Crash Reporter

For example, on Windows if you run "msinfo32.exe" you can get a complete snapshot of your system.

Send a Frown and Send a Smile

I am a big fan of the "Send a Frown" way of getting bugs.

Firefox made me sad because...

The Office 2013 Previews even have hotkeys for this!

Office 2013 Send a Frown

Sending feedback is even better with screenshots.

Give Feedback with Screenshot in Office 2013

The help menu for Skype includes a Give Feedback menu as well as "Skype Status."

Give Feedback menu in Skype

As a user, if you can include information like:

  • What were you doing? What were you trying to do?
  • Advanced folks: What weird add-ins/extensions or hacks are you using that you haven't mentioned but you really should? *cough* Adblock *cough*
  • Can you make it happen every time?
  • Can you include a screenshot? Bonus points for a screencast!

This is a lot to ask of a user!

Some examples of where to file bugs

Here's some sites you can use to report bugs in certain applications. Note that some are fancy, some spartan, some just forums, some actual bug tracking software, made for and used by developers.

Or, the ultimate place to file bugs for your favorite software, as my friend Anil points out:

How hard does the user have to work to file a bug? It's OUR bug but the user not only hit the bug but also has to work to report it!

Every click or manual step that our users have to invest in our bug is a click too many. A bug is the pain that hurts the user and keeps hurting as they report it! A good bug report is a gift that keeps on giving and we should treat it as such.

I'd love a world where all crashes are automatically reported and there's a "Send a Frown/Smile" button on everyone's computer that offers to record a short screencast with just a single "record/stop" button.

What product do you think has the best bug filing experience? Sound off in the comments!


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Related Posts in this Three Part series on Software Quality

  1. Everything's broken and nobody's upset
  2. A Bug Report is a Gift
  3. Help your users record and report bugs with the Problem Steps Recorder

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Moving a website to Azure while adding Continuous Deployment from Git

September 20, '12 Comments [25] Posted in ASP.NET | Azure | Open Source
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I've got this little one page website I wrote a few years ago that attempts to detect the version of the .NET Framework you have and give you a download for the smallest redist you need to get up to date. It's called SmallestDotNet.  It was written and thrown up while watching an hour of TV. Fortunately or unfortunately this little throwaway still gets about 10,000 page views a month. It also has a tiny JSON API that a lot of people have actually embedded into their sites and products.

Additionally, it's starting to break. IE9+ doesn't include .NET Framework details in its HTTP User-Agent. The site isn't setup for .NET 4.5, etc. You get the idea. Plus, it's a pile of if statements and prayer and it's just horrible. Worse yet, it lives in a ZIP file on my hard drive and I drag it into SmartFTP to deploy. Yes, I know, this is all thick with irony.

I took and hour over lunch today to accomplish these basic goals:

  • Get this crap site into source control so others could help fix it
  • Move the site to Azure and off my blog's server
  • Update the site's DNS
  • Setup continuous deployment with Git to Azure
  • Fix the .NET 4
  • Maybe add .NET 4.5 detection
  • Cleanse myself, possibly by reading Programming Pearls

Making a Site in Azure

I use the Azure Command Line Tools (get them with npm install azure). (I did an npm update azure --global to make sure I had the latest.)

I clone my Git Repository, create an Azure site, then make sure my Azure site is setup as a remote. (Soon the remote add will be made automatically when creating an Azure site from within a Git repro)

git clone https://github.com/shanselman/SmallestDotNet.git
azure create site SmallestDotNet

I copied my site in from elsewhere and

git add .
git commit -m "Initial Commit"

Next, I'll associate my Azure site with my GitHub (or CodePlex) repo. I could also deploy from local files, but I like the idea of an auto-deploy since I'll guessing I'll be making lots of changes and this is one less thing to worry about.

From the Deployment tab on the Azure Portal I'll use OAuth to authorize azure with GitHub.

Associate a GitHub Repository

Then...

Authorize Windows Azure?

I'll confirm the repository I'm using:

Setup Publishing and Select the Repository to Publish

This sets up a WebHook plugged into GitHub so it'll notify Azure when a push happens, Azure will deploy.

Now, I'll push my repository to origin.

git push origin master 

Within a second or so of this push, the site automatically updates and is up and running at smallestdotnet.azurewebsites.net. I'll do a custom domain in a second.

Yes, I should probably make a deployment branch. I could have two small Azure sites and then have each represent a deployment from a different branch in Git. Then I could git push staging and git push production.

Animated Gif showing a Deployment slide into the queue

To move the domain name records from my own server to azure, I'll log into my DNSimple account (referral link for a free month!) and create a CNAME that points to my new site.

Creating a CName and an A Record to point to Azure

Back in the Azure Management Portal - about 10 minutes later - I'll click Manage Domains and enter my new CName.

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I'm also using an A record so read the instructions carefully.  After Azure verifies the CNAME, I return and add the A record. That way I can have not just www. but also the "naked" domain work as well.

I visit the site, and boom. It's there. http://www.smallestdotnet.com/ is on Azure in less than a lunch hour. About 25 minutes, actually. Whew.

Next, I have to fix the horrible code and bugs. Join me and issue a pull request.  ;)

Thanks to Calin Balauru for his help with the code a few months back.

Related Reading: ScottGu on Continuous Deployment in Azure with Git

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Web Sites with Embedded Command Lines: You got your Command Line in my Internet

September 20, '12 Comments [27] Posted in Musings | Tools
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Photo by Osama Khalid and used under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 2.0Eight years ago I wrote a post called Opportunity: Windows is completely missing the TextMode boat. The language is dated...

I assume we all realize that there are literally millions of Windows machines from 95 to XP that exist only to allow more than one Telnet/ProcommPlus/Terminal window at a time, so end-users can interact with remote systems.

...but the point is there.

I’m just saying that my Tab,Tab,Tab,Enter will beat your Click,Tab,Alt-F,O,Click,Double-Click, more often than not and I will take the Pepsi Challenge otherwise.

Command Lines are faster than Graphical User Interfaces. Command Lines and all the things we string together within them are DSLs (Domain Specific Languages) for Getting Stuff Done™.

How often have you seen (or worse yet, written) a graphical interface to express or build something like that could be more tersely expressed as "/^[a-z0-9_-]{3,16}$/"?

Other than the Address Bar, the Command Line isn't something you see a lot on the web...yet. We have been seeing more and more sites embracing hotkeys, though.

We've seen Google products embracing Vi's "hjkl" cursor movement and nearly everyone popping up hotkey help by pressing "?". I use the Twitter website and its hotkeys more than a 3rd party Twitter client.

Related Reading: The Web is the new Terminal: Are you using the Web's Keyboard Shortcuts and Hotkeys?

While we all love bash, zsh, PowerShell and many other shells, it's interesting to me that the command line is infiltrating the web itself.

Command Lines on the Web

Search engines have been the obvious place for Web Command Lines to pop up. Google and Bing each allow us to use their search boxes as Calculators. Google even supports Bacon Numbering!

Perhaps the first example I saw of a "Web Command Line" was the Rails Day submission YubNub in 2005 by Jonathan Aquino. Futz.Me is another example that uses URLs as its command line. DuckDuckGo - the little search engine that could - is fast becoming the search engine for the hardcore command liners. DDG supports what they call "Bang Syntax." Make any query and add a !keyword and you're taking to a custom search. There's the obvious ones like !g for Google but also !code, !csharp and hundreds more. You can even extend DuckDuckGo and Submit your own Bang command!

Jeff talked about the Address Bar as Command Line in 2009 but I think the command line is starting to go even father than the address bar. Why not embed the concept of a command line in the website itself?

Moving from simple search to more complex navigational schemes, GitHub recently announced their Command Bar, which is a fantastic example of a Web Command Line. It supports an easily learned series of chained commands so I can quickly jump to any user, any project, any issue and more.

GitHubs Launch Bar is a command line embedded in a website

It's funny how we, the makers of the web, prefer to spend time managing the Web from the command line. The Windows Azure Team spent a lot of time recently updating the Management Portal with amazing new features and a nice new HTML5 website, but I've ended up managing my Cloud applications with the Azure Command Line in cmd.exe or PowerShell.

Azure command line format "topic verb options"

For me, it's simply faster, clearer and more obvious.

scott@hanselmac:~$ npm install azure
npm http GET https://registry.npmjs.org/azure
...bunch of GETS...
scott@hanselmac:~$ azure
info: _ _____ _ ___ ___
info: /_\ |_ / | | | _ \ __|
info: _ ___/ _ \__/ /| |_| | / _|___ _ _
info: (___ /_/ \_\/___|\___/|_|_\___| _____)
info: (_______ _ _) _ ______ _)_ _
info: (______________ _ ) (___ _ _)
info:
info: Windows Azure: Microsoft's Cloud Platform
info:
info: Tool version 0.6.0
...bunch of help stuff...

HTTP itself becomes friendly and fun at the command line with tools like HTTPie that allow me to almost write HTTP on the command line!

HTTPie is HTTP for Humans and Syntax Highlights as well

Firefox 16's Beta Channel recently added a Firefox Command Line. You can explore your DOM, HTTP response, cookies, elements, everything all from a simple command line. Why click an element when you know you want to "inspect #mainbar"?

Command Line for Firefox

Learning sites like TryRuby, TryF#, Codecademy, PexForFun, and dozens more embed textboxes as command lines, and surprisingly users don't freak out when they see them. I must say I still remember the first day I saw TryRuby in a browser. I was blown away.

Luke Lowrey went so far as to make "NetBash" a command line for admins to manage websites! It's all web-based but pops up almost Quake-style as an overlay within your browser. Brilliant. NetBash is on GitHub.

A bash-like shell overlaid on a website

What sites have you seen with embedded Command Lines? What web-based tools or sites have used a Command Line and DSL in a way that surprised you?


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WebMatrix 2 - Front End Web Developers take note (ASP.NET, PHP, node.js and more)

September 19, '12 Comments [32] Posted in ASP.NET | ASP.NET MVC | Mobile | Open Source | WebMatrix
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Did you notice the release of WebMatrix 2? WebMatrix is a free, lightweight web development tool introduced in 2010. It's focus is on simplifying the web development experience for ASP.NET and PHP, and more recently node. Rob Conery actually turned me onto WebMatrix and we use it for the This Developer's Life Podcast website. I recommend it for students, designers, and web pros that either don't need or don't want the whole Visual Studio experience. It's also a nice companion to Sublime Text 2. There's even Git extensions, LESS, easy deployment and more for the front end developer.

If you want to download WebMatrix 2 and get started, it's free. It will use the Web Platform installer to install and you can use it along site VS if you want, or all by itself on any machine. It's actually a great companion for sites like Codecademy. Watch Vishal and Brady give a brief overview of the new features in WebMatrix 2 on Channel 9.

HTML, JavaScript, & CSS

The new Web Matrix 2 HTML editor adds useful stuff like code outlining, tag completion, formatting, syntax validation, and IntelliSense for HTML5.

WebMatrix has intellisense

The JavaScript editor has a better auto-formatting experience, and IntelliSense:

Intellisense in JavaScript

The new CSS editor in WebMatrix shares a lot with the new features included in the Visual Studio 2012 CSS editor. There's the color pickers, IntelliSense for the latest CSS3 modules, and better language support:

New CSS Color Picker

Here's the new hotness that I'm digging. For those who want to go beyond basic CSS, you can get preprocessors like LESS and Sass. Folks have been asking for better preprocessor support, and WebMatrix 2 includes support for LESS and Sass. The LESS editor supports the same great CSS features, along with IntelliSense for custom variables and mix-ins:

LESS

Like I said, there's lots of stuff built in. It's kind of a playground for features that will move their way between VS and WebMatrix.

File New Item

 

Related Videos: To learn more about the new CSS editors in WebMatrix 2, check out these short videos:

Razor with ASP.NET Web Pages 2

As I mentioned, Rob and I use ASP.NET Web Pages on This Developers Life. It's kind of like PHP in that you can mix code and HTML in one file except the syntax is Razor and the language is C#. The combination of WebMatrix and ASP.NET Web Pages is an easy way to get started with web development. Make a file, start writing HTML then add some code. Later you can graduate (if you want) to ASP.NET MVC. In addition to improving the web editors, WebMatrix 2 adds IntelliSense for Razor, C#, and Visual Basic:

Intellisense in Razor

WebMatrix 2 and ASP.NET Web Pages 2 include many built in helpers that make it easy to do common things like send email, post a tweet, or resize an image. If the built in packages and helpers in Web Pages 2 aren't enough for what you want, WebMatrix now also supports installing libraries and helpers directly from NuGet!

WebMatrix pulls from NuGet

Video: Justin and Vishal build an image sharing site with ASP.NET Web Pages and Windows Azure Web Sites.

Web Development with PHP

For applications that use PHP, there is a brand new PHP editor that features IntelliSense, code collapsing, and PHP 5.4 support. There's docs showing up inline there as well.

PHP Editor has intellisense

Video: Thao and Brady show the new PHP features in WebMatrix 2.

Web Development with Node.js

I have mentioned Azure before on the site and now that it supports Git deployment as well as node.js I've been paying more attention to it. One of the goals of WebMatrix 2 and Windows Azure is to make it easier to develop and host open source applications on the Windows platform. December brought support for node.js to Windows Azure. While Azure is making it easier to host node.js applications in cloud, WebMatrix 2 is aiming to improve the development experience. Out of the box are multiple project templates, IntelliSense, and support for several new languages. There's even an Express.js template.

Node.js in WebMatrix

Along with IntelliSense for the core modules built into node.js, WebMatrix also provides IntelliSense for third party modules installed via the Node Package Manager (NPM). This makes using things like the Windows Azure npm package much simpler:

Azure in node

Node.js uses a variety of rendering engines for writing views. I am told there are more planned and today WebMatrix 2 includes support for both Jade and EJS. I like Jade, myself.

Jade in WebMatrix

I'm not sure where you fall in the Great CoffeeScript debate, but some developers like to write their applications using CoffeeScript. WebMatrix supports that also.CoffeeScript in WebMatrix

Video: Justin and Vishal show new Node.js features in WebMatrix 2.

Streamlined Database Tools

The database tools in WebMatrix work with SQL Server, SQL Compact Edition, and MySQL as well.:

MySQL in WebMatrix. Scandalous.

When you're ready to publish your application, WebMatrix 2 will include your Database along with the list of changed files:

Publishing a database

Video: Learn more about managing databases in WebMatrix 2.

Mobile Web Development

You can integrate an iPhone or iPad simulator into Visual Studio, as I've blogged before. WebMatrix 2 adds an extensible model for adding new browsers, and also includes support for simulating Windows Phone 7 as well as the iPhone and iPad via a partnership with Electric Plum. Full disclosure: I love the Electric Plum guys. So nice.

iPad and iPhone

The templates included in WebMatrix 2 look nice on mobile devices out of the box since they use a combination of responsive design and jQuery Mobile.

iPhone

iPad

For those working with jQuery Mobile, there's included IntelliSense for custom data-* attributes.

jQuery Mobile

Videos: For more examples of using the mobile capabilities in WebMatrix 2, check out these videos:

The Application Gallery

There's a metric pile of Open Source projects in the Application Gallery so you can get WordPRess or Umbraco or whatever running just by File | New. Takes just a minute or two. ASP.NET and PHP apps all live together.

Web Gallery

After you install your application, there is now a customizable dashboard, designed specifically for your app type. That means that WebMatrix knows you're using WordPress and will show you stuff that WordPress folks care about.

The team has worked with the community to provide a customizable experience for many of the applications in the gallery. The dashboard provides a series of links and resources that make it easier to learn more about your app.

WordPress

For many of the applications in the gallery, there are a core set of files that should not be changed. WebMatrix will even warn users of these files.

Don't touch that file!

While customizing an application, WebMatrix 2 also includes application-specific IntelliSense. This is useful when you're just getting started working with a new application:

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Windows Azure & Remote Editing

You can also create and deploy apps directly from the Windows Azure portal. So, rather than starting from an app on your machine, you can create it in Azure, get it running then...

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...you've got remote site editing. After creating an application in the cloud, you can directly open a remote view into your site. This is great for making edits on the go. I'd personally use Git or source control, but I do have to admit I have a few sites that are just up there as brochures and aren't formally deployed. This feature is nice for those sites.

Remote Editing

For users using Windows Azure, the management portal allows users to install WebMatrix and open their site by clicking on a button in the command bar. This will download the site and install any required dependencies. This means once you've made your site in Azure, you can open it in WebMatrix, it will install, figure out your app (if it's in the gallery) and open it.

WebMatrix from Azure

When you've finished making your changes, the same publish command will only push the files that have changed back to your host.

WordPress editing

Video: Watch Faith customize a WordPress site and deploy it to Windows Azure.

Extension Gallery

If you're interested in extending WebMatrix 2, there is a new SDK that allows anyone to add new features or functionality. Many of the things in this post (including the mobile emulators!) are actually extensions that ship with WebMatrix 2.

Extensions

When you're ready to start building, check out the extension gallery. It has a list of extensions currently available, along with documentation on how to make your own extension.

Video: Watch Walter show you how to build a basic extension and publish it to the WebMatrix 2 extension gallery.

Wrapping it up

This release of WebMatrix 2 supports making apps ASP.NET, PHP, and node.js. You can download WebMatrix free. Let the team know if you have any feedback. Thanks Justin for helping me with some details and screenshots on this post!

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