Nowadays, the holidays can feel like a time of stress rather than a time of festivities − whether from the gift-buying rush, surviving family get-togethers, or paying off those rising bills. But once upon a time, back in those childhood days, it really was the most magical time of the year. Unfortunately, you can’t travel back in time…. But you can hit record and rewind. Here’s our favorite list of movies to watch and record throughout the holiday season.(more…)
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The Best Christmas Movies to Remind You of Being a Kid During the Holidays
5 Thanksgiving Movies to Watch
Thanksgiving is just around the corner — a time for catching up with family and friends, putting on your favorite pair of stretchy pants, and firing up a good movie to enjoy after dinner. For this special holiday, we’ve rounded up 5 family-approved movies that each one of your relatives will enjoy. And, with the help of Replay Capture Suite, you’ll have these fan-favorite flicks saved so that you can watch them on repeat with loved ones — there’s never enough family movie time! Without further delay, here are 5 Thanksgiving movies to watch this year…(more…)
7 Halloween Movies to Stream and Record
Halloween is just a few days away. While many of us will likely be staying home to celebrate, a spooky, Halloween movie-night with the tastiest trick-or-treat candy isn’t a bad alternative. To help you get ready for the big night, we’ve compiled a list of 7 of our favorite Halloween movies to watch.
Stream your picks via Amazon Prime and record them all with Replay Media Catcher, so you can enjoy them again and again. Whether you’re a fan of classic horror, comedy or animated films, our list has got something for everyone.(more…)
What’s New on Netflix: Everything Leaving & Coming this November
Can you believe it? November is just around the corner. As we inch closer to Christmas, Netflix is clearing out its roster of TV shows and movies, and adding many highly anticipated offerings like Casper, The Indian in the Cupboard, Ocean’s Eleven and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath. If you’re not ready to say goodbye to your favorites just yet, pull up a seat, fire up Netflix and grab a copy of Replay Media Catcher so you don’t miss out!
With Replay Media Catcher, you can record and download your favorite shows and movies effortlessly before they make their departure from Netflix. But, don’t delay: these offerings will be gone from Netflix before you know it!(more…)
6 Countries Digital Nomads Can Move to Right Now
Recently, global travel restrictions have made it difficult for many of us to travel outside of the United States. With the majority of people no longer working in a physical office and unlikely to return to one in the near future, the itch to travel is even greater. The flexibility of remote work only amplifies this desire, as all you really need for your virtual office is a computer, phone, good internet connection, and the latest version of Replay Capture Suite.
Photo and video editing experts Fix the Photo recommend Replay Capture Suite and its impressive suite of programs to capture any online video and audio. Each program comes with a straightforward interface and loads of resources to get started. Fix the Photo notes that Replay Telecorder will come especially in handy for those working remotely during the “new normal”. While for video and photo editing experts, Replay Media Splitter helps streamline their workflow, offering a host of video and audio editing capabilities.
In response to the shift to remote work, a number of countries have made digital nomad visas available to foreigners — in the case of six countries, U.S. nationals are also eligible to apply. For those of us seeking a change of scenery, these are the six countries that you can move your virtual office to right now.
Antigua and Barbuda
Digital nomads earning at least $50,000 annually can live and work on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda for up to two years, thanks to the country’s Nomad Digital Residence Program. At the time of writing the cost to apply is $1,500 for a single applicant, $2,000 for a couple and $3,000 for a family of three or more.
To enter the country, visa holders must present a negative coronavirus test within one week of arrival, and are monitored for any symptoms for up to 14 days.
As part of Aruba’s recently announced One Happy Workation program, U.S. visitors can stay up to 90 days by booking a package-stay program at a participating hotel, villa or condominium. Applicants are not required to book a participating stay but the website includes many attractive options to choose from!
The Barbados Welcome Stamp program allows visitors earning at least $50,000 annually, including U.S. nationals, to stay on the island visa-free for up to one year. At the time of writing, the online application fee is $2,000 for individuals and $3,000 for families.Those traveling to Barbados for remote work or pleasure during the pandemic must follow new travel protocols.
U.S. nationals are able to travel to Jamaica, however the entry requirements vary depending on the state. Those who identify as business travelers will be given a coronavirus test upon entry into the country. While most travelers are given a 30-day visa on arrival, they can apply for the longer stay visa for digital nomads.
On August 1, the Republic of Estonia launched its digital nomad visa that allows foreigners to stay in Estonia for up to a year. Applicants must earn a gross monthly salary of at least 3,000 euros (about $3,530) for a remote job, which is an extension of Estonia’s e-Residency program for foreign entrepreneurs.
At the time of writing, U.S. nationals are not able to visit the country for tourism-related purposes, but they are allowed in for the purpose of work or study. On arrival, foreigners must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Lastly, on July 16 this tiny country bordering Russia and the Black Sea, announced a new program for foreigners to work remotely from the country. Applicants will be able to apply soon, and must provide proof of employment, as well as consent to self-quarantine for 14 days to be considered. As in the case of Estonia, U.S. Nationals are not able to enter Georgia for tourism, and must be granted a long-term visa of at least six months, traveling for business with a special permit or a spouse of a Georgian citizen.
While the “new normal” has made everyday pleasures like international travel difficult for many of us, select countries are beginning to open up their borders, particularly to digital nomads. If you have the flexibility and are already working outside of a physical office, consider one of the six countries mentioned above for a change of scenery.
With 7 programs to choose from, Replay Capture Suite has all you need to stay connected, improve your productivity and streamline your remote workflows. Grab your computer, suitcase and the latest version of Replay Capture Suite, and you’ll be well on your way to remote work bliss.
10 Fall Recipe Videos to Add to Your Recipe Collection
The cooler months have swiftly rolled in, and with that so too has our penchant for comforting fall flavors like pumpkin, apple, squash and nuts. Nothing beats a cozy night in this time of year, paired with a delicious treat that takes advantage of the fall harvest bounty. If you’ve been looking for new recipes to try, we’ve rounded up 10 recipe videos that you simply must add to your collection. With the help of Replay Capture Suite, you’ll have these mouth-watering recipes saved so that you can keep coming back to them — these treats are too good to make only once!
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
It’s a classic recipe that never gets old, especially during the fall season. The combination of sweet and savory flavors are sure to keep you warm. With just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have laying around, you can whip up this roasted butternut squash soup to enjoy even this evening!
Healthy & Hearty Black Bean Soup
If you’re looking for something a little more hearty than can serve as a meal on its own, try this soup recipe. Black beans are a great source of protein and fibre that will satisfy your hunger, and leave you feeling energized. After letting all the spices and flavors simmer to perfection, blend everything together for a smooth creamy texture. Yum!
Veggie Chili Cornbread Casserole
Cornbread and chili together? Sounds like a match made in heaven. This recipe combines everything we love about veggie chili — the variety of beans and vegetables that go into it, especially — by topping it off with some classic cornbread! This recipe is oh-so-hearty but we can bet you’ll still be wanting seconds.
Cheddar Corn Fritters
There’s no denying these cheddar corn fritters are an indulgence — heaps of cheddar and spoonfuls of corn combine to create the perfect treat. Fry them on the pan until crispy and top them off with a helping of sour cream.
Pumpkin Spice Biscotti
Kicking off the sweet side of things on our list is pumpkin spice biscotti. This recipe offers a fun spin on pumpkin. With the addition of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and the finishing touch of dipping in white chocolate, you’ll be wondering how you ever enjoyed a cup of coffee without this treat.
Classic Pecan Pie
We’re confident when you try out this recipe, it’ll remind you of home immediately. This is the classic pecan pie at Thanksgiving and countless fall season family gatherings. As with most pie recipes, you’ll need a bit of patience, but the end product is definitely worth it!
Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie
Since we’re already on the topic of pie, we may as well include a recipe for another family-favorite: pumpkin pie. In this video, Brendan Dahle shares his grandmother’s recipe (gasp!), and who knows, it may just remind you of your own grandmother’s baking!
Caramel Apple Crumble Cheesecake
Caramel and apple is another winning combination that we love for the fall season. So, why not try something new like this caramel apple crumble cheesecake. It takes everything we love about apple crumble and combines it with a rich cheesecake base.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
The smell of cinnamon coming from the kitchen is synonymous with fall! On that note, how do homemade cinnamon rolls sound? Soft cinnamon dough, smothered in icing is all that you need for a cozy night in. The thought of baking with yeast may intimidate you, but we promise this recipe will guide you every step of the way.
Butternut Squash Pancakes
This recipe may be better-suited for a cozy morning at home, but we’ve also never said no to pancakes for dinner when the craving hits! Whenever you choose to enjoy pancakes, try this fun spin on the traditional recipe by adding butternut squash. Top it with maple syrup and you’re ready to start the day — or curl up on the couch for the evening!
You’ve reached the end of the list — is your mouth watering yet? Make sure to check out the recipes on our list to get started in the kitchen this fall season!
With Replay Capture Suite, you get access to seven incredible programs in one place, and the ability to record any online recipe video of your choosing. Replay Capture Suite gives you the tools to record virtually any format streaming online, and on any device. Learn how it’s done, and enrich your culinary adventures with these delicious fall recipes. Capture your favorite recipes, so that you have them on hand for when the craving hits.
Make sure you get the latest version today and start by diving right into our list of favorite fall recipes!
British Movies & Series to Stream NOW on Amazon Prime Video
As the Fall months creep up on us, there’s no better time to settle down with the very best TV series and movies that Amazon Prime Video has to offer. As the temperatures drop, snuggle up and get cosy with Amazon Prime Video’s unmissable British TV and cinema — full of rugged landscapes and chilly scenes that are sure to keep you feeling toasty and warm while you’re wrapped up inside. Plus, thanks to Replay Media Catcher, you can conveniently download every moment to watch offline, anywhere you want. So what are you waiting for? Grab that blanket, fire up Amazon Prime Video, and get started with some of these unmissable options from across the pond… ready to stream now.
Man vs. Wild
Drinking yak blood, eating a moose heart, and sleeping inside a camel… Think you could survive out in the wild? Maybe not… But you can watch all of Bear Grylls’ amazing wilderness feats from the safety of your sofa as he shows you how to survive when stranded in the world’s harshest environments. Brace yourself for edge-of-your-seat action in this series packed full of fascinating tips and stunning landscapes. It’s exhilarating, and educational, all at the same time.
Expect beautiful costumes, very “proper” British accents and some incredible scenery in this TV adaptation of E.M. Forster’s Howards End. Follow the Schlegel sisters as they embark on their journey to seek love and meaning in a world that clashes with their independent and unconventional sensibilities. It’s a period drama that packs a punch, and will quickly have you hooked.
This timeless British comedy series has been a favorite for generations, and for good reason. The show follows the trials, and more often than not, failures of Edmund Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson), a plotting and scheming character looking to do whatever it takes to secure an easy-going life for himself. Each season finds Blackadder and his useless sidekick Baldrick in a different time period, with a different boss and different challenges, but the same old disappointing results. Also starring Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry, Blackadder is an age-old, laugh-a-minute series that’s not to be missed.
Nothing gets more British than a dark and stormy hillside, and Wuthering Heights is full of them. Starring Kaya Scodelario and directed by Andrea Arnold (of American Honey and Fish Tank), this is an exciting and fresh take on the classic novel by Emily Brontë. Get ready for brooding stares, wind-whipped landscapes and tension you could cut with a knife in this superb British adaptation of the all-time favorite book.
Under the Skin
If we ever needed a reminder not to accept a ride from a stranger, then this should do the trick. Under the Skin stars an English-accented Scarlett Johanssen as the creepy, murderous, van-driving alien (yep, you heard that right) who preys on the unsuspecting men of Glasgow — picking them up, and leaving them never to be seen again. With striking and shocking imagery from director Jonathan Glazer, this movie offers a mind-bending experience that leaves you tip-toeing between the unwaveringly mundane of drizzly Glasgow, and the fantasy of Johanssen’s otherworldly underworld. You’ll leave this movie full of questions, but that’s all part of the fun.
I, Daniel Blake
Directed by Ken Loach, this Cannes and BAFTA winner tells the story of a widowed carpenter and a single mother who form a formidable bond in their struggle against the complicated and unforgiving British welfare system. Chronicling the reality of daily life for many working-class Brits just struggling to get by, I, Daniel Blake treats its characters with warmth and humanity, when the system treats them as nothing more than a number. It’s a heartwrencher and an eye-opener that will be sure to stick with you.
Nicholas Hoult stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, the incredible author behind the The Lord of the Rings series, in this biopic that covers Tolkien’s early life, career at Oxford University, and the friendships and relationships that defined him. Directed by Dome Karukoski and also starring Lily Collins, it’s a beautifully-shot movie that also takes us up to the outbreak of the First World War and the life-changing events that would inspire his famous Middle-earth novels. This one’s a must-watch for movie-lovers and literature-enthusiasts alike.
Acting heavyweights Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson and Emily Watson are unstoppable forces in this modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s King Lear. With the play (thankfully) cut down to a more manageable 2 hours, this is Shakespeare not as you know it: think martial arts, helicopters and British military uniforms, to name a few. Plus, with a star turn for Florence Pugh, there’s more than enough acting mastery for you to enjoy on screen. Don’t miss it.
So, now you know which British blockbusters to watch next on Amazon Prime Video, don’t forget that you can catch them all to watch again, anytime, anywhere, with Replay Media Catcher for PC and Mac. It’s the world’s most powerful, convenient online video downloader, capable of saving your content in just one click at up to 10x the playback speed! Don’t hesitate to find out more and try it free today.
How to Record Twitch Live Stream
Twitch is taking the world by storm, and its popularity continues to grow at a rapid pace. Current statistics show that the live streaming platform boasts 140 million monthly users, with 3.8 million streamers in February of this year alone. Compared to February two years prior, the number of streamers sat at around 2.2 million. This puts Twitch well ahead of many traditional media outlets like MSNBC and CNN in terms of viewership. In addition, many YouTube users are switching to Twitch citing YouTube’s strict creator guidelines and rigid Partner program as two main reasons.
Twitch was introduced in 2011 and primarily focused on video games and eSports live streaming. Today, users can browse channels of nearly every genre, from cooking to fitness to “just chatting” videos — there’s something for everyone. The best part about Twitch, and what makes it so attractive to its users, is that each channel is a community. Those tuning in to a live stream benefit from the entertainment factor, while being made to feel as if they’re spending time with friends.
With so many channels to choose from and people to interact with, the only question that remains is: where does one begin? Start with the list of trending channels and go from there — you’ll be surprised at the variety of channels to choose from.
And, to make sure that you don’t miss a single moment from your favorite channel live streams, cue up Replay Video Capture to get recording. It’s the highest quality video capture software for any online video. It can expertly record Twitch live streams playing on your PC screen with perfect quality.
How Does Replay Video Capture Work?
Using Replay Video Capture is easy:
- Just press the Get Video button to automatically detect the video window on your screen.
- Click Record to start.
- Once you’re recording, just click Stop to end, or Pause to pause and resume.
It’s that simple! With the Replay Video Capture screen recorder, you’ll get amazing video quality or compact portable files. You can choose between high-quality, high-speed MPEG-2 files, or smaller Windows Media (WMV) files. You can even run Replay Video Capture from a USB/Thumb drive and save videos externally.
Grab your copy today and tune in to the hottest Twitch livestreams!
How to Plan a Successful Virtual Annual Company Meeting
Usually the start of September means “back to school” for students, and the end of summer vacation for many of us. For a lot of companies, it’s also the start of strategic planning and annual meetings to hit the ground running after employees return to work. While some students and employees will be physically returning to school and their offices, many will continue to keep their learning online and work remotely for the foreseeable future. As a result, companies will need to navigate a remote work environment, or, in companies where employees have returned to the office already, some changes will need to be made − workflows, meetings and schedules will need to be adapted to comply with new restrictions.
For companies that typically hold an annual company meeting for their employees, this will likely mean a shift to a virtual meeting format, with employees joining via their own workstation − in the office or from home. A virtual annual company meeting requires additional planning and different tools than what we’d expect from an in-person meeting format − especially for companies who will be running a virtual meeting for the first time. For those wanting to ensure that this year’s annual meeting goes off without a hitch, we’ve rounded up some helpful tips and resources to get you there.
Use a Reliable Video Conferencing Software
Recently, we featured six top video conferencing platforms — from Zoom to Skype to Google Hangouts. Each platform comes with its own unique set of features, and depending on the call, one may be a better fit over the others. When it comes to an annual company meeting, where the number of participants is likely to be high, we recommend opting for an enterprise-grade solution like Zoom or Skype for Business. You’re less likely to need to worry about call quality and software-related glitches, and can ensure that all participants have a productive experience.
Engage Participants with Interactive Components
Annual company meetings are typically longer, sometimes multi-day events. Organizers must consider how to keep participants engaged throughout the duration of the meeting, particularly in an online setup. Consider incorporating interactive components throughout the meeting, such as live polling and surveys, and a social wall (a live social media feed), with the help of tools like Whova. Participants may find it difficult to concentrate during a long, online meeting due to distractions in the form of other applications, notifications, and without the ability to be fully present as is the case in an in-person meeting. Interactive components can not only keep participants engaged and focused, but also ensure that they are retaining information.
Share Meeting Documents and Presentations via the Cloud
Google and Dropbox are two of our favorite tools for better productivity and collaboration. Both are easy to use, offer integrations with other software and e-mail, and are an ideal way to share files amongst co-workers. Consider sharing meeting documents and presentations with participants in the cloud − either before or after the meeting. This way, participants needn’t have to focus on jotting down every detail during the meeting, but instead can focus on the presentations and conversations without missing any key points.
Enable Live Video Recording
Finally, a newer technique being adopted by remote-operating businesses (and those using video conferencing) is to use a video recording solution in tandem with notes and minutes with tools like Replay Telecorder. Meeting participants are able to refer back to a particular presentation for further reference, or those unable to attend the live viewing can get up to speed on what was discussed. Replay Telecorder is the most powerful, easy-to-use video conference recorder out there − you can record virtual annual company meetings held on Zoom, Skype, Google Hangouts, Join.me, GoToMeeting, and every other application you can think of with perfect accuracy.
With simple, one-click recording and a fast background mode to capture and multi-task, it’s a super-efficient solution to recording and saving every virtual business meeting, brainstorm, and more. Check out the user guide to see how easy it is to get started.
Best True Crime Podcasts of All Time
After a long day of work and running errands, we all crave some downtime. When we’ve already made it to the bottom of our Watch List on Netflix, but still crave some entertainment, nothing beats a riveting podcast to wind down for the evening. One of our favorite podcast genres is true crime — some of the best storytelling goes on here! If you’re like us and looking to dive into some amazing tales that feature award-winning storytelling, we’ve got the list to get you started! Check out the 5 best true crime podcasts of all time, that we still can’t get enough of…
Serial (Season 1)
If you can believe it, we first mentioned this fan-favorite podcast all the way back in 2014! It’s the year 2020 and Serial is on its third season at the time of writing, but we still can’t get over the first one. From the very first episode, you won’t be able to tear yourself away as you’re taken back to Baltimore in 1999, and hear the story of Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, who disappears after school one day.
Six weeks after her disappearance, detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He maintains his innocence but Adnan also can’t exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. A classmate at Woodlawn High School is sure she saw Adnan in the school library at the time of Hae’s murder. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.
The Vanished is a weekly podcast that focuses on the stories and circumstances of missing people — hosted, narrated and written by Marissa Jones. The show’s aim is to focus on and bring attention to cases that never made it to national headlines or are long-standing cold cases, typically involving people who are drug users or sex workers. Each episode features interviews with the friends and family of the missing person, and on occasion with local law enforcement.
Wrongful Conviction, hosted by Jason Flom, is a podcast about tragedy, triumph, and injustice within the justice system.. Based on the files of the lawyers who represent them, joined by other criminal justice activists and experts, the podcast features interviews with men and women who have spent years in prison for crimes they did not commit – some of them having even been sentenced to death. From the lesser-known to high-profile such as that of American Amanda Knox, you won’t forget their stories.
The Dirty John podcast was released in October 2017 and quickly received immense public praise — so much so that Netflix picked up on the hype and produced a TV series based on the true story of Debra Newell, a successful interior designer, and the man she meets: John Meehan. John is the kind of man Debra has been waiting for: handsome, attentive, available, and recently returned from a year in Iraq with Doctors Without Borders. Debra’s family doesn’t like John however, and they become grossly entangled in an increasingly complex web of love, deception, forgiveness, denial, and ultimately, survival.
Hosted and co-created by Phoebe Judge, Criminal is an award-winning podcast that features stories of people who’ve “done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.” The podcast launched in January 2014, with new episodes coming out twice a month, and is now one of the most popular podcasts in the world. New York Magazine describes the show’s writing as marvelous, clearly depicting crime as “something sociological, historical, even anthropological — that crime is a function of people, time, and place.” Tune in to check it out for yourself!
Now that you have your choice of the best true crime podcasts of all time — as we see it, anyway — all you need is to get recording so that you can play your episodes on repeat like we do! Not sure how to get started? Check out our handy tutorial to Replay Radio, and start feeding your affinity for true crime podcasts.