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More Ways to Stay Connected With Facebook

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In response to the soaring usage of video tools, Facebook recently launched a slew of new video messaging and livestreaming features across its platforms. The move is in line with the social media giant’s growth strategy, which seeks to boost engagement and create cross-company integration across the Facebook platform. For its users though, Facebook’s new Room group video chat feature allows for greater connectivity in a time when video, as a means of staying in touch, is greatly valued — even more so than ever before.

In this way, Facebook has positioned itself as a first choice offering for those looking to stay in touch with family and friends, in addition to users needing a reliable and accessible video conferencing offering.

Facebook is also working to integrate the Rooms feature into its other platforms including WhatsApp, Instagram and Portal. At present, Messenger Rooms also builds on Facebook’s efforts to build out features that emphasize community. In particular, with “open hangouts” if a Facebook group or event has a video chat happening, other users within the group will be able to see the chat within their News Feed, allowing them to join in the call if they wish. Inspired by the likes of Houseparty, open hangouts are an easy and no-pressure way to stay connected.

Messenger Rooms’ Screen by Facebook.

With Messenger Rooms, Facebook is quickly becoming a one-stop shop for many users, offering an impressive and seemingly ever-growing suite of features for your social media, community and now, video conferencing needs. Businesses large and small can take advantage of the Rooms feature; for many, particularly where cost is a consideration and paid premium offerings like Zoom don’t fit the budget, Facebook is a logical choice. Likewise, for users looking for an easier way to connect with family and friends, without having to teach grandma and grandpa how to work the latest piece of software, Messenger Rooms simply fits the bill.

With the latest video conferencing offering in your quarantine toolbelt, you’ll want to pair that with a tool that will allow you to record important meetings and capture memories being made with family and friends. With Replay Video Capture, you can have peace of mind that you’ll be able to watch and capture all these important moments.

Not sure how to get started with Replay Video Capture? Not to worry: with our handy how-to guide, it’s easy to get started with capturing your professional and personal video calls. Be sure to download the latest version of Replay Video Capture so you won’t miss out!

What’s New on Netflix: Everything Leaving & Coming this March

It’s spring cleaning time for all of us, and Netflix is jumping on the bandwagon by updating its roster of offerings, just in time for the warmer months. While we’ll need to say goodbye to some notable TV shows and movies, we can also pull out the elcome mat to some highly anticipated offerings like Silver Linings Playbook, Goodfellas, Anna Karenina, The Shawshank Redemption and many more!

With Replay Video Capture, you can record your favorite shows and movies before they are slashed from the Netflix roster. Don’t delay though in recording these offerings, they’ll be gone from Netflix before you know it! 

What’s On It’s Way Out?

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Eat Pray Love

March 14

Men in Black
Men in Black II
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Collection : Classic: Collection 3

March 15

Coraline

March 17

Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 1-4

March 19

The L Word: Seasons 1-6
Zodiac

March 24

Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time

March 30

Batman Begins
Charlie’s Angels
Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
Death at a Funeral
Drugs, Inc.: Season 5
Hairspray
Kill Bill: Vol. 1
Kill Bill: Vol. 2
New York Minute
P.S. I Love You
Paranormal Activity
Small Soldiers
The Dark Knight
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Wild Wild West

As we say goodbye to this impressive list of TV shows and movies, it’s time to queue up the microwave popcorn and capture these soon-to-be offerings on Netflix. 

What Are We Looking Forward To?

GoodFellas (1990)

A mob crime classic directed by Martin Scorsese in the early 1990’s, GoodFellas is an adaptation of the 1985 non-fiction book “Wiseguy” by Nicholas Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese. The movie depicts the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill and his friends and family from 1955 to 1980. Don’t miss Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in what is widely regarded as one of the greatest films in the gangster genre.

Elite (Season 3)

Elite is a racy Spanish  teen show that has captured audiences from all over the globe. The series follows three underprivileged pupils who join Las Encinas, a private school attended by the children of the privileged and wealthy, when a murder takes place. The mystery of who killed Marina (María Pedraza) begins to unfold, as well as the events leading up to her death.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook is a romantic comedy-drama film, adapted from Matthew Quick’s 2008 novel “The Silver Linings Playbook”. Former teacher Pat Solitano (Bradley Cooper) moves back in with his parents after losing his job, and being released from a mental institution. Wanting to rebuild his life and reconcile with his ex-wife, things get a little complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). She offers to help him reconnect with his wife, but only if he will do something very important for her in exchange. 

Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C. J. Walker (Season 1)

Self Made” stars Academy Award Winner, Octavia Spencer, in the untold, true story of black hair care pioneer and entrepreneur Madam C. J. Walker. The series highlights how she overcame post-slavery racial and gender biases, rivalries and personal betrayals, tumultuous marriages and family issues to eventually become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. The movie was inspired by “On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam CJ Walker”, written by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter.

Unorthodox (Season 1)

Unorthodox” is the story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who leaves her arranged marriage and religious community in New York to start a new life abroad in Berlin. However, just as she begins to find her own way, on the road to a new life, the past begins to catch up with her. The series was inspired by Deborah Feldman’s New York Times Bestselling book, and it stars Shira Haas, Jeff Wilbusch, and Amit Rahav.

We’ve rounded up quite the selection of TV shows and movies for you to check out this month. Before you do that though, you’ll want to capture those that are leaving the streaming service so that you don’t miss out! With Replay Video Capture, you can bet you’ll be able to watch and capture all your favorites.

Not sure how to get started with Replay Video Capture? We’ve got you covered. Just take a look at our handy how-to guide to learn how easy it is to catch all your favorite movies and series before they disappear. The only catch? You’ve got a grand selection of offerings to choose from, and our advice is to get started on sorting through it as soon as possible! Be sure to download the latest version of Replay Video Capture so you won’t miss out!

Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distraction – Vol. 15

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I had my laser pointer out earlier today and used it to confuse my son for a little while. When that got boring, I fired up the ‘ol YouTube and had a look at other vulnerable young animals experiencing new things in this harsh world.

I’m confident you’ll enjoy this distraction as much as I did.

Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distraction – Vol 14

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As you know if you’ve popped in to Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distractions before, Dr Jeff Wilson, PhD, was our in-house UX ninja who went through thousands of monthly videos and other web content to bring you some of the best (or at least, some of the most distracting).

But sometimes the best of the best isn’t best enough. Put another way, sometimes the best of the best need a best themselves. Dang, I’m confused. Maybe we’ll just get on with showing you this clip Dr. Wilson selected with all the elements of a perfect distraction: (kids + kittens + pranks = #winning web content)

Want more distractions? See more from Dr. Wilson here.

Record the 2015 Primetime Emmys

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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards for excellence in television and emerging media are finally here. This weekend, you can watch your favorite small screen stars gather to celebrate another year in the Platinum Age of Television.

The 2015 Emmys will broadcast on Fox, and you can live stream the whole event from Ustream. Make sure to use Replay Video Capture to record the whole show, and keep it forever in whatever file format you like.

Visit the Emmys website for more information, media and Emmy magic.

Catch up on the nominations here or checkout this video (P.S. you can record video below with Replay Video Capture).

Happy capturing!

Where to watch the NFL & College Football online

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Football is back. We know you know, but with more people cutting cable, and more ways to watch NCAA D1 football and the NFL than ever before, it can be a chore figuring out just how you’ll get your gridiron fix.

Fear not! We’ve collected the main sources for watching professional and college football online. You can record each and every snap, sack and tackle with Applian recording products from these streaming services, and store them in whatever format suits your needs.

NFL GamePass

The NFL is in some ways the most liberal of all pro sports – constantly adopting new rules, technologies and ideas. So it’s no surprise the NFL has started offering replays of each and every regular season game via its GamePass subscription service.

While you can’t get live games via GamePass, you can get on-demand HD replays of all 256 regular season games which you can record with Replay Video Capture. If you’re less visual and need your live fix, GamePass offers every NFL game live via audio stream, which you can easily capture and keep with Replay Radio. All you have to do is hit the “Quick Record” button at the bottom of the screen to start capturing the audio you’re playing – when finished, just tap the button again to stop recording.

WatchESPN

ESPN covers Football, both college and pro, as vigorously as anyone. They offer football live streaming online. Check out ESPN’s filterable pro and college broadcast schedule here and use Replay Video Capture to keep the games for your own personal viewing pleasure.

To learn how to use Replay Video Capture to record and store all of your most important games this season, check out this handy video to walk you through, step-by-step:

YouTube

Complete, non-live college football games are available on YouTube on the Watch College Football channel. The selection is spotty, but boy are there some gems. Use Replay Media Catcher to download classic college football from YouTube to up your fansmanship!

With a simple copy/paste action of the YouTube video’s URL into Replay Media Catcher, you can quickly and easily download the action, or turn on Auto-Mode to instantly record what’s streaming on your screen. To learn more about how to use Replay Media, watch this video:

Have a great football season, and happy capturing!

Get Ready: The Emmys Are Coming!

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The internet these days offers more great audio and video – podcasts, music, movies and TV – than ever before. So even though recording web content with Applian products is easier than ever, deciding what to record can be a bigger challenge.

That’s why we’ve got butterflies in our stomachs, because they’re almost here: the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards are right around the corner. Premiering live on Sunday, September 20th, you can catch a glimpse of the best of television. And there truly is some really great television these days.

No longer confined to your cable box, some of TV’s brightest stars and nominees are streaming for consumption on Netflix. So get ready to binge-watch and keep the magic, as always, with Replay Video Capture!


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House of Cards

Nominated for best drama, lead actor and actress, this gripping political contender is worth diving into. Overlooked last year by the final season of Breaking Bad, it’s got a pretty good chance at the win. Nonetheless, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are deserving in their own right.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The hilarious first season of the Tina Fey-helmed comedy is up for an Emmy this year. It’s worth watching for the feel-good laugh-out-louds. Be ready to quote and GIF the series for weeks to come.

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Orange Is The New Black

After last years’ change up of taking the series off the comedy category and into the drama contenders, Orange is the New Black isn’t likely to take home an award for Best Drama. However, it has a powerhouse cast with exceptional guest characters worth the nods.

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Grace And Frankie

Refreshing to see two amazingly talented older women take the reins as leads in this heart-warming comedy. Nominated for an Emmy, Lily Tomlin is brightly perfect against the polished straight-man of Jane Fonda. Up against some stiff competition, so the likelihood of winning is unknown, the show itself is great.

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Daredevil

Who would have known the Marvel Universe and superhero barrage would produce a great series?! The nuanced action-heavy show is up for noms in special effects and sound design. Super (no pun intended) entertaining television, it will keep you coming back for more.


Enjoy your weekend capturing all of the Netflix noms, and beyond. We will keep you posted as to where, when and how you can record the live-streaming Emmy Awards next weekend.

Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distraction – Vol 13

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It’s been a trying year so far for our favorite in-house doctor – Dr. Jeff Wilson, PhD, of course. Besides his UX work for the team here at Applian, and the thousands upon thousands of videos and web clips he’s been through, Dr. Jeff has also been spending more time at home with his parents. Not really, but here, in preparation for some 4th of July family time, are a few things he’s learned about surviving a move back in with the parental units. Have some more salad.


From Our Desk To Yours: Online Organization

In previous installments of From Our Desk To Yours, we’ve talked about collaborating with remote teams and some top tips for managing relationships with customers – as always we like to find and use the best tools for our purposes and implement them, with a little planning, as simply and effectively as possible.

As a company that develops products that enable people from all over the world to record video and audio from their computers, we’ve spent lots of time talking to remote workers at Applian and elsewhere about how to get things done away from the office.

What we’ve learned is this: the tools that empower instantaneous access to information and communication with others are the same tools that bury us all under unmanageable masses of stuff. Just as in the days of pen and paper (reams and reams of paper!), today’s most effective workers, be they remote or on-site, are those who can organize the deluge of documents, communications and information we all create as we work digitally. Finding your paperweights – those tools that will not just get your head above the rising waters of your inboxes but actively help you turn all that unorganized stuff into useful, accessible, insight-precipitating business intelligence data – has never been more important.

Here are some hopefully helpful tidbits on how to stay in control of your work data:

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Dr. Wilson’s Possibly humorous Distraction – Vol 11

Our superstar UX lead here at Applian, Dr. Jeffrey Wilson, PhD, spends a lot of time analyzing debug logs from customers. He likes to give customers a quick 2 minute video to test record so that he can keep the logs small. So he frequently searches out these short video clips which end up playing a vital role in the data logging procedure. Needless to say, he sees quite a few videos (and other types of media).

This month, Dr. Wilson actually received this video from a recent customer. He thought it was good enough to share. Below a fictitious (or is it?) account of college soccer as it gets down to the ever-dramatic penalty shots. So good it makes our face hurt. Enjoy!