Getting Started with Owncast

With complaints of inconsistent moderation standards plaguing social networks, many are looking to host their own data: Blogs with WordPress, Drupal, etc. Social media instances such as Mastodon Video sharing sites like PeerTube And now there’s a self-hosted Twitch alternative – Owncast, a decentralized, single user live video streaming and chat server application. The setup Read More >

Manage Podcasts and Episodes with Google Podcasts Manager

Google Podcasts Manager is similar to Google Analytics but built specifically to help podcasters better understand their listeners. With this free tool, you can collect data about the traffic patterns, devices, and demographics of podcast listeners. Understanding your subscribers is an important step when targeting your marketing efforts, especially if you are spending money on Read More >

How to Integrate the Jitsi Mattermost Plugin

Mattermost is an open-source communication system for chatting among remote users in a secure manner. Mattermost has many plugins to streamline your collaborative efforts and run your business remotely. The Mattermost Jitsi plugin offers remote teams an easy, free method for having video conferences. Jitsi Meet is a free open source software (FOSS) available to Read More >

Distance and Remote Learning Platforms

Remote learning (also referred to as distance learning or virtual learning) is rapidly becoming more popular than ever, leading to an increased demand for reliable, feature-rich remote learning solutions. Software such as Moodle, Big Blue Button (BBB), Canvas, and Google Classroom offer video conferencing, screen sharing, and other remote learning tools that can be used Read More >

Installing Big Blue Button (BBB) On Ubuntu

Big Blue Button (BBB) is a free, open source video conferencing solution that can be installed on Ubuntu machines and accessed via web browser. This software provides a free alternative to similar services such as Zoom and Google Meet. In this guide, we will outline how to install Big Blue Button on your Ubuntu machine. Read More >

What is Big Blue Button (BBB)?

While looking for Linux-based Video Conferencing solutions, you may come across Big Blue Button (BBB), a free, open-source video conferencing solution that can be installed on most Linux operating systems. BBB interfaces with other remote learning and conference solutions, making it a powerful tool for online training courses and other collaborative projects. Instead of paying Read More >

How to Install FFmpeg on CentOS with RPM Fusion

FFmpeg is a cross-platform command line interface (CLI) audio editor and video editor with a long range of possibilities for recording, streaming, and converting media files to your preferences. The easiest way to install FFmpeg on CentOS is with the EPEL (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux) repository, which provides more software packages than are available Read More >

How to Install FFmpeg on Debian with APT

The FFmpeg command line interface (CLI) application is a free, versatile audio editor and video editor for Linux, Windows, and macOS. FFmpeg offers a long range of possibilities for recording, streaming, and converting media files to your preferences. Below we cover how to: Install FFmpeg Use FFmpeg Keep in mind, the apt version of FFmpeg Read More >

Streaming with OBS

With online streaming becoming increasingly popular, there are now many options when it comes to streaming software. Streaming software typically involves “capturing” the contents of your computer screen and then broadcasting it to a streaming server. One of the most popular ways to do this is with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), a free and open-source Read More >

How to Install Red5 on CentOS 7

Red5 is a popular flash-based streaming software that allows users to stream their own content on their own server, as opposed to using a service such as Twitch or YouTube. This allows for greater control over your stream and allows you to customize how your viewers interact with your streamed content. In this article, we Read More >

How to Install Jitsi Meet on Ubuntu Server

Jitsi Meet is a free open source video conference web application available for free use online or with desktop software. Like Google Meet and Zoom video conferencing, you can easily create a Jitsi meeting in your browser using within seconds without installing additional software or browser extensions. Or, you can learn how to install Read More >

Convert a Media File Format in Audacity

Audacity is a popular free audio editor for musicians and podcasters doing destructive audio editing. While more advanced users may prefer FFMPEG for file conversions, Audacity makes such changes easier for users without experience in the command line interface (CLI). Likewise, using a more efficient format will conserve disk space, whether you are on dedicated Read More >

How to Show Video Subtitles in VLC Media Player

Subtitles for the deaf or hard of hearing (SDH) enables everyone to enjoy your video content. If you’re creating these subtitles manually with a text file, you should test the playback before publishing it. In this article, we’ll cover two methods for doing this with VLC Media Player: Same filename and folder Different filenames and Read More >

How to Create Audio Spectrum Visuals with FFmpeg

Audio and Video Content Showwaves Visuals Video Content FFmpeg is a powerful command-line application able to record, stream, and convert multimedia files between multiple file types. This is great for compatibility with audio platforms with different format requirements. And don’t forget users who prefer lossless formats – e.g. FLAC and OGG. Some creators provide multiple Read More >

How to Create Subtitle Files

In this article: Create a Subtitle File Tips Popular Software Web accessibility deserves more attention. This is why we cover important tasks like testing website accessibility with and improving WordPress accessibility. It takes more time but the effort benefits blind, deaf, and other disabled users who may want to support your brand – if Read More >

How to Convert Media Files with FFmpeg

In this article: Supported File Types Convert Audio Files Convert Video Files Extract Audio from Videos There are many free audio editors and video editors that can convert between multiple formats, add metadata, and add effects to improve sound quality – e.g. Audacity noise cancellation. But sometimes all you need is a different file format. Read More >

PowerPress Podcast Episodes in WordPress

You’ve edited the audio and video for your podcast, configured the PowerPress Podcasting plugin by Blubrry, and validated your podcast feed. Maybe you’ve already worked out a schedule and title format for when you’re going to publish episodes. Now, it’s time to publish your first podcast to let everyone know what to expect from you Read More >

Upload Episodes in Podcast Generator

After you configure Podcast Generator, you’ll want to upload your first episode before you submit your podcast to iTunes. Podcast Generator offers multiple methods to accomplish this. If you need more disk space and performance to accommodate more podcast episodes and listeners, you can get your content transferred to our VPS host for free today Read More >

Submit Podcasts to iTunes with Podcast Generator

After configuring Podcast Generator, you’ll want to ensure your podcast is ready for iTunes once you upload your first episode. Doing this helps you reach more potential listeners from multiple podcasting platforms as well. Because many podcast platforms require similar standards for approval, Podcast Generator has specific settings to help you ensure your podcast is Read More >