Watch ITV Player via XBMC

  1. Download latest version xbmc-itv-player add-on from code.google.com
    Version 1.0.7 which I tested on XBMC v11.0 (Eden) can be downloaded from here.
  2. In XBMC got to System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip file
  3. Navigate to the downloaded plugin.video.itv_1.0.7.zip and install the plugin
  4. Go to Videos > Add-ons where you will find a new entry called ITV

ITV Player in XBMC

.mkv files - Change Audio and Subtitle Tracks

MKV (matroska video) files often come with multiple audio and subtitle tracks. Not all video players allow to select which audio and subtitle track you want to play.
Free Media Player Classic - Home Cinema is my favourite video player and it does allow to switch audio and subtitle tracks in .mkv files.

You can download Media Player Classic from the official website.
It's also included in one of the most popular K-Lite codec pack.

You may have some problem finding where to change tracks as this option is not placed in the most logical place.
You would expect it to be in Play > Audio, but actually you need to go to Play > Filters > ffdshow Video Decoder



Another useful tool working with .mkv files is MKVToolNix. It's an open source, multi-platform  set of tools to create, alter and inspect Matroska files. You can, for example, easily remove unwanted tracks from the file or change which audio track will be default.
MKVToolNix

Batch resize images in Gimp

Gimp doesn't have built in batch resizing functionality, but it's pretty simple to add it via a plug-in called DBP (David's Batch Processor).
  1. Download Windows version of DPB from here.
    (For Linux version check DPB home page).
  2. Extract dbp.exe file and copy to: C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0\lib\gimp\2.0\plug-ins
  3. Open Gimp and open Filters > Batch Process
    Batch Resize Images in Gimp
  4. In David's Batch Processor dialog:

    • Input Tab: Add files you want to process
    • Resize Tab: Configure resizing settings
    • Rename Tab: Choose where resized pictures will be saved.
    • Output Tab: Select and configure image format.
    Gimp David's Batch Processor dialog
  5. Click on Start to begin batch resizing.

Download Windows Media Streaming videos

Windows Media Streaming videos URLs normally begins with mms:// mmst:// http:// and ends with extensions: .asf or .wmv

Sometimes links on websites will link to a .asx or similar page witch automatically opens Windows Media Player. To find actual video file URL download .asx file to your desktop (right click on the link and click on Save Target as, Save Link as, or similar). Then open downloaded file in a text editor (notepad or similar). You should be able to easily spot link to actual file, which should look similar to: mms://www.somedomain.com/videos/2011.01.01_398.asf

Once you have URL to the video file download and install free SPD Media Downloaded (for more info and latest versions check here)
Run SPD Downloader
Click Open and paste your video URL
Click GO and choose where to save file

If you are getting error similar to: > TTCP: socket connect failed: 10061 try changing protocol to HTTP:
Setup > Setup Options > Protocol - select HTTP (80)
Close and try again

Downloaded .asf or .vmw file should play without any issues with Windows Media Player and other most popular players.

Windows XP

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