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QGifer – Video-based animated GIF creator

We can often see some interesting or cool animated GIF images in forums or social apps, which generally originate from some classic movies or video clips. A lot of people want to know how to make such kind of GIF animations. The approach of “capturing each frame + manual merging” is too inefficient and even stupid. Fortunately, we have QGifer this convenient tool for use.
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mGBA – Free and open-source new generation of Game Boy Advance emulator

mGBA is an excellent new generation of Nintendo Game Boy Advance emulator with very high degree of completion (most games can be simulated perfectly) and pretty fast running speed. It was thoroughly written in C language by Jeffrey Pfau, and first released in 2013 as an open-source freeware for multiple platforms (Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PlayStation Vita and many other Unix-like OS). Continue reading mGBA – Free and open-source new generation of Game Boy Advance emulator

[v1.5.4] PPSSPP – Best and free PSP emulator for multiple platforms

PPSSPP (short for PlayStation Portable Simulator Suitable for Playing Portably) is a cross-platform and open-source emulator originally created by Henrik Rydgård (AKA: hrydgard, one of the main members in the development team of the renowned NGC/Wii emulator – Dolphin) from Sweden, in 2012. It can perfectly run the vast majority of PSP games, supports Windows, Linux, Mac OX, Android, iOS and many other mainstream computer and mobile device operating system. Continue reading [v1.5.4] PPSSPP – Best and free PSP emulator for multiple platforms

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope – Microsoft’s free and open-source space telescope project

Microsoft WorldWide Telescope (WWT for short) is a free and open-source virtual, visualized digital planetarium project (including application, data and cloud services) for both web browser (based on HTML5 and WebGL) and Windows desktop. It was originally created by Microsoft Research in 2002, and is now managed by the American Astronomical Society, and supported by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and National Science Foundation.

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Blender – Free, open-source, cross-platform and full-featured 3D creation suite

If you are a 3D animation enthusiast, you probably have tried many 3D production software such like Maya, 3ds Max, most of which are extremely expensive for individuals and small businesses. Fortunately, there is an alternative that can compete with them on functionality and performance, and is free, open-source, cross-platform, very lightweight and full-featured 3D creation program – Blender (from Holland), which provides a series of solutions for producing animated short films, including modeling, animations, materials, rendering, audio processing, video clipping, and more.
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MeshLab – Free, open-source, portable and extensible 3D geometry processor

MeshLab is a free, open-source, portable and extensible three-dimensional geometry (3D meshes) processing system that was developed by the ISTI-CNR research center from Italy, and first published in late 2005. It is mainly used to perform interactive processing and unstructured editing to three-dimensional triangular meshes on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, and has become popular in many technical fields of 3D development & data handling. Continue reading MeshLab – Free, open-source, portable and extensible 3D geometry processor

MediaInfo – Detect and display technical & tag data for video/audio files

All relevant information of a audio/video file is stored in the file’s header area, including duration, codec id, aspect, frame rate, bit rate, sample rate, channels, bit depth, language, etc. MediaInfo can obtain and utilize these info from the header of a media file with ease, which is very helpful for media software developers. If you just want to know the codec info of some movie or music file that could not be recognized or played correctly, you can use MediaInfo to check its technical & tag data. Continue reading MediaInfo – Detect and display technical & tag data for video/audio files