Easy Guitar Hero Xbox 360 Achievements

I’m always looking for an easy way to run up my Xbox 360 Achievements while playing games I like. Guitar Hero 2 for Xbox 360 offers an easy 60 Achievement points with very minimal effort required.

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Royalty Free Podcast Promo Soundpack

I’m always looking for more audio sound effects – especially free ones. Beatsuite.com has a collection of Royalty Free and free as in no cost audio samples designed specifically for podcasters. Terms of use are simply that you need to credit Beatsuite.com for providing them. As far as I can tell, the collection is available only on Apple’s download site and the files are listed as requiring Mac OS X, but fear not, the WAV files in the download will work just as easily for Linux and Windows users too.

HDVSplit

All of the video apps supporting HDV suffer from the same problem – if the app barfs on your video, you waste a bunch of time recapturing the content. There’s also the issue of having all your files trapped in your video editor’s format, with no easy way to work with clips and segments of the video somewhere else. Enter HDVSplit, a app specifically designed to capture HDV video, split the video based on scenes, and provide custom labeling for the clips. This provides the flexibility to use only the segments you need in your video editing app, while also allowing you to circumvent any of the glitchy sections of your video tape (if any exist). The software only officially claims support for the HDV camcorders from Sony, although it should work with any of the HDV camcorders currently on the market. If you have several m2t files already on your hard drive, HDVSplit will process all of them and do scene detection as a batch. [Windows XP/Vista $0.00]

Split MP3s into Multiple Files

Adam writes, “Is there a way I can manipulate the length of MP3 files, as I’ve been converting videos of live bands into MP3s but I’m getting the whole set as one file and Id rather have individual songs.”
Virtually any audio editing app will allow you to chop up an MP3 file. The problem is, most of them also re-encode the file, which adds additional compression and often makes the file sound worse. There are a number of apps that support trimming MP3 files up into smaller segments. One of my favorites is mpTrim, which allows you to split MP3 files, without needing to re-encode the file. In some cases, you might need the pay version for trimming large files, but the free version works for many applications.