Category: Tech Tips


Let me start off with a statement- I’m generally not a big fan of SEO, marketing, advertising, etc. I’m a big believer in the idea that if you have quality content and a reliable social network, you should be able to build traffic to your site. It would seem Google agrees:

While SEOs can provide clients with valuable services, some unethical SEOs have given the industry a black eye through their overly aggressive marketing efforts and their attempts to manipulate search engine results in unfair ways. Practices that violate our guidelines may result in a negative adjustment of your site’s presence in Google, or even the removal of your site from our index.

That said, you’ve got to start somewhere!

There’s already a bunch of places to find info on adult promotions. Here are a few I’ve come across:

7 Tips for Better Twitter B2B Marketing

Promote Yourself: A Few Ideas

Fairy Whore Mother

And some general purpose SEO info:

Google’s Guide to SEO

Search Engine Land- How to SEO

Twitter is a valuable resource for promotion. In addition to the tips I’ve given already, here are some directories you can add yourself to:
Twellow
Just Tweet It
Tweet Find
Twitter Counter
Klout

Blogging

Blogging is another excellent way to get your name out there. If you don’t have a blog, start one! I’m a fan of WordPress. There’s a lot of ways to build up traffic for your blog.

When it comes to building traffic to your blog/site, there’s a number of factors to consider. I’m no expert, but I’ll try to cover a few methods such as link exchanges, back links, and directories.

Link Exchanges:

Link exchanging is the process of putting a link to another blog on your site, and vice versa. There are many services that offer to do this for a price, but again I believe in quality over quantity in this area as well. Find a few quality blogs, and contact them to see if they’d be interested in putting a link to your blog if you link to theirs. Search engines like this to be as organic as possible, so don’t submit your site to too many free directories. This might actually decrease your page rank, as your site could be flagged as spam or having fake visitors. Here are a few Adult Directories you may want to try, though I’m not certain how reputable they are… it’s a start, though:

Adult Blog Directory

Porn Blog Catalog

Cam Model Directory

Back Links:

Back Links are links to your blog/site on other sites. There are a bunch of ways to accomplish this. Here are a few good ones:

Fetlife:

Have a Fetlife profile? You should already link to your site in your profile. It doesn’t stop there, though. Join groups relevant to your blog content, and either comment or create threads that link to your content. There is a thin line between sharing relevant content and spamming, so tread lightly. Here’s an example of a thread I started that got me hundreds of unique visitors:

Commenting:

Commenting on other people’s blogs is an easy way to get links back to your site. When commenting, you are usually able to enter a link to your own site. Platforms like WordPress and Blogger do this automatically if you’re signed in. Each time you comment on a blog, it creates a nice, fresh, organic link to our site. Just be careful- make sure you don’t spam other blogs! Your comments should be authentic, relevant, and of a decent length. No “thanks great post!” or “like this post” comments, please! A few tools you might want to set up are Gravatar, Disqus, and Blogger.

Kinda Sketchy Pro Tip: Sites with a .edu domain look better on search engine page rankings. Try commenting on some .edu sites! (you may need to find an unmoderated, defunct blog on a university site.)

Relevant Content:

Another excellent way to get folks to link to your content is… to post good content! I like posts that give a unique and comprehensive take on specific issues. One of the great aspects of blogging is the ability to link to other posts instead of covering everything in one place. By creating topic specific posts, you can create a useful resource for other blogs to link to. Everyone wins!

So, those are some thoughts on SEO. Take it with a grain of salt- I’m not a professional, and I’m not a big fan of online marketing in general… I think it tends to attract a lot of sketchy folks interested in the short sell, who’ll do anything for a buck. This is dangerous, because there’s a ton of personal information out there on the web for those who are willing to mine it and exploit it. Anyways- for professional advice, contact a professional! Here’s two folks who know a thing or two: Domino Damoiselle and Isobel Wren (Lol… no relation! 😀 ) Or, go hang out on forums like Stripperweb . Hopefully this intro post will be useful to a few people!

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So this morning, I saw a tweet lamenting the removal of recurring tweets from the functionality of 3rd party applications. I’ve never had recurring tweets before, but it seems like a useful function for those who want to have a message broadcasting regularly. So, I thought about it for a bit, and here’s what I’ve come up with.

1) Go to http://www.boomeranggmail.com/ and install this gmail plugin for Firefox or Chrome.

2) Go to https://ifttt.com to sign up for their free service.

3) Connect your ifttt account to your Twitter account by going to Channels and giving permission to access your account.

4) Next, go to this link to activate the recipe for posting to Twitter via email. It will create a trigger for emails to post new tweets. https://ifttt.com/recipes/54448

5) All you need to do now is email trigger@ifttt.com post tweets to your account. Copy the email into a new message and enter the text you would like to appear in your recurring tweet. (Or test. It’s a good idea to test it out first)

6) Finally, instead of hitting “Send”, hit the new button to the left which should say “Send Later”. At the bottom of the options should be “Schedule Recurring Messages”. Click it and set your schedule for the tweets.

That should be it! This is the result of trial and error, and I believe it’s an easy way to control automated, recurring tweets that bypass Twitter’s API restrictions.

Why Pay for Porn?

So, when I do a google search for “Why Pay for Porn”, there’s not much in the way of real, substantial answers to this question. There’s a whole bunch of good reasons why you should pay for porn, but first let’s start with some background information. Let’s look at why people might pirate porn:

Privacy

If you go to a tube site or torrent site, there’s usually not a process to sign up. No email, no credit card, no personal info entered anywhere. This makes the process of finding and consuming pornography a fairly anonymous activity. This is especially important to people who do not tell their partners about their pornography habits. However, this belief is not particularly well founded… There are plenty of ways to track online activity, and just because you don’t enter a credit card number doesn’t mean you’re anonymous.

Security

Porn is often linked to viruses, Trojans, phishing, and other malicious activity. This is not completely unjustifiable. Go to any Black Hat forum, and you’ll likely see quite a bit on creating porn related exploits. However, according to the 2011 Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, pornography is #10 on the list of website categories that delivered malicious code. It accounts for only 2.4% of websites delivering malicious code, well below shopping and business sites.
Anything you do online entails a degree of risk, but if you employ some basic security processes the risk can be manageable.

Price

I’m skeptical about this one… I think there are a number of issues at play. Due to the widespread presence of piracy, the price of porn is somewhat inflated. If someone produces a clip that only 10 people buy, they have to charge considerably more than if they had 1000 customers. Let’s say they charged $5 for the clip and made $50. If they had 1000 customers, they could charge $.05 for the clip and make the same amount. This is just an example- but you can scale it a lot of ways that still make the price quite reasonable. Should producers start charging .05 per clip right now? Of course not. It doesn’t make sense. The question is- would people pay the .05 per clip if it were available? I’d like to think so. If they would feel comfortable paying that if the conditions, why not at least buy 1-2 clips per month now? The more people pay for porn, the lower the prices will go. It could create a more stable environment for performers by allowing them to focus more on content production than on marketing. Personally, I enjoy independently produced porn, which would be more financially viable if there were a higher volume of folks paying.

Portability

When porn is pirated, it’s usually 1 of 3 ways- posted to a tube site, posted to a file sharing site with a link posted to a forum, or through a torrent site. All 3 of these options offer a high degree of flexibility when it comes to access and portability. Tube sites can pretty much be accessed anywhere, and torrents/file shares usually convert videos to standard AVI or MP4, which work well with most Operating Systems. That said, there is an increasing degree of portability present in independent porn sites. Clips4Sale allows a wide array of formats for their content, and sites like Streamate are easily used on iPads. People increasingly pay for convenience, which the Adult industry is quickly catching on to.

Male Entitlement

I feel like this is a bigger one than is usually acknowledged. Men tend to be conditioned to see women as pleasure objects, and this is heightened by porn and the anonymity of the Internet. They feel entitled to women’s bodies, and typically get insulted or violent when they’re not freely given. I’ve outlined how this plays out in the Fart Fetish community, but it appears common across the porn spectrum. It appears to be especially prevalent when it comes to pirating porn produced by women of color, as they bear the brunt not only of patriarchy but racism and colonialism, which presents a unique form of hyper sexualization.

If I had a hammer... I'd SMASH Patriarchy

We should all find our hammers…

For some reason, lots of guys see porn seeking as a form of dating… Which is fine, if you’re aware of the fact that it’s fantasy, but I get the sense a lot of guys don’t really see it that way… It doesn’t help that a bunch of cam and porn sites use misleading ads about dating sites, then send you to some performers room. That said… what guy really believes there’s some random attractive woman waiting around on her webcam in a chat room full of guys getting naked and looking for… a boyfriend? It’s an absurd delusion! Props to those who can play through this delusion, but it’s still kinda messed up that it exists in the first place.

So, we’ve outlined some reasons that might motivate someone to pirate porn. Some are more legitimate than others, but they can all be addressed in a way that’s fair to both consumers and producers of porn. Let’s get to the heart of the matter:

Why should you pay for porn?

Quality

You get what you pay for. If you order clips through a reputable site, you will be rewarded with a well thought out clip that caters to your interests. The producer will have thought out the lighting, sound, outfits, scenarios, and other aspects of porn that, if done well, are hardly noticed but greatly enhance the experience. Good independent producers do their research, and provide high quality services at reasonable prices.

Intimacy/Personalization

When you pirate porn, the last thing you want is to interact with the models who you’re pirating, because they’ll probably be pretty pissed that you’re stealing from them. When you buy porn, you get to know a lot about the performers! You get to see their career evolve, and learn about other services they offer that wouldn’t be available to you through tube sites. Have a foot fetish? How awesome would it be to buy a pair of socks you saw in your favorite clip? You can also follow your favorite models on Twitter, so you get to know when they have new clips available or they’re available on cam or Niteflirt.

Security

Despite the issues listed in the previous Security section, most porn sites are fairly secure. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I don’t believe in 100% secure websites, but reputable porn sites do a good job of ensuring security. I was especially impressed with a job posting I saw for NaiadDev, the company that runs Streamate. In their posting for a customer service rep, the first required skill is “Able to detect and handle social engineering calls.” Humans are usually the weakest link in a security system, so I was happy to see social engineering in the description.

In contrast, tube sites make their money off high volume traffic. They don’t have an incentive to offer good support or prevent the delivery of malicious code. The lack of oversight of these sites is appalling to me- their presence is comparable to Google or Facebook, but they don’t receive anywhere near the same level of scrutiny when it comes to protecting users and their information. Which leads to…

Privacy

Tube sites and torrents which make money off traffic are much more likely to view you as the product rather than the consumer. The content they post on their sites is essentially designed to be a minimal quality tool used to record your browsing habits, personal info, search terms, browser usage, and other information that can be easily mined through websites. This information is the commodity these sites sell, in addition to banner sales and other forms of ad revenue. When you’re the product, it becomes very hard to safeguard your information.

Not Being a Dick/Supporting Women

Again, this has to do with male privilege, and the sense of entitlement men feel towards women’s bodies. There’s a whole bunch of stuff you should read up on to educate yourself if these terms are foreign to you. I’d start with:
http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/11/nerds-and-male-privilege/all/1/
http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2011/12/dont-be-a-creeper/
http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2011/01/supply-side-rape-prevention.html
http://pervocracy.blogspot.com/2011/03/rape-culture-defending-indefensible.html
http://www.shakesville.com/2010/01/feminism-101.html

This deserves its own post, and I will do my best to get one up in a timely manner. There are so many ways that patriarchy and misogyny effects pornography consumption… Not something that performers need to be “saved” from, but more ways that guys act that are messed up. I just don’t have the brainpower to go into it in the depth it deserves right now. The above links are a good starting point, though.

Price

I’ve gone over this already, but will add a few more points. Porn is a luxury item, like cable TV, a Netflix subscription, a magazine or newspaper subscription, a trip to the movies, etc. These aren’t exactly human rights, but things that are nice to indulge in when you have the disposable income for it. You shouldn’t have to go into debt to buy porn, but you should pay when you can. Even buying 2 clips a month is better than not buying anything. Performers are generally understanding of financial difficulties, but when you say you can’t purchase a $3 clip, it begs the question- why are you wasting time on the Internet? Time is money, and the time you use begging for free stuff could be used finding a new or better job, selling some old stuff on eBay, or browsing Craigslist for odd jobs. If you’re not going to make the effort, why should they?

Ease of Use

It’s sooo much easier to find paid content than it is to find quality tube sites or torrents. Once you find a few sites you like, you can count on those sites to reliably supply quality content. This is especially true for niche producers. The sites are usually pretty straight forward, though I have to say the My Free Cam token system drives me nuts… Some cam sites also have daily spending limits, so it makes containing your spending much easier.

Content Curation

You really don’t get this from tube sites, and torrents usually do a crappy job of it. Content curation, when it comes to porn, is about the skill a producer has in creating content that caters to their audience. They listen to what people want, research different fetishes and sexological acts, and incorporate this knowledge into how they package/present their material.

What does this all boil down to?

Adult performers deserve to be paid for their time and effort. Most independent porn producers do much more than model. They typically are a one stop shop, needing to be proficient in photography, videography, photo/video/audio editing, choreography, marketing, sales, psychology, social networking, social media, accounting, PR, presentation skills, HTML, computer security, identity protection, fetishes, law, sexology, and time management… to name a few! To suggest that they don’t deserve to be compensated for their skills in these areas is sexist and insulting. If people don’t pay for porn, they will take these skills and go elsewhere. Let’s not let that happen!

Like many of you, I spend… too much time on Twitter. If you do too, these tips and resources will probably be nothing new to you. If, however, you’re just starting out, or are a casual user, hopefully you’ll learn something new. I really like Twitter- there’s a ton of spam, creepers, scammers, and shills, but if you stay focused and find some awesome people, it can still be a delightful and exciting experience. As with most of my “Tech Tips”, these are essentially general purpose tips, but with an increased focus on security, privacy, and promotion. I’m not a marketer, though, so you should look for that info elsewhere…

On to the list!

Geolocation

Don’t use it. Go to your account settings and make sure the Locations setting is NOT clicked. If you’ve had it enabled at any point in the past, use the “Delete all location information” button to remove any geolocation data from previous posts. Make sure it’s disabled in the settings of your mobile apps as well.

Replies

@ Replies are actually a big complicated. Here’s how they work:

Your followers will only see @replies in their timeline if they are following you and the person you’re replying to.

To see what was being replied to, click on the tweet. It will show the history of the conversation

If you want to make sure all your followers see your reply, put a period before the @. So, instead of “@maxwren Duh. I knew that already!” it would be “.@maxwren Duh. I knew that already!”

If you have protected tweets, which I’m not a big fan of, you can only reply to approved followers.

More Free Twitter Tools!

Here are some more tools I like to use:

Twit Cleaner – An excellent tool to see which followers are inactive, spammers, boring, or just plain sketchy. They make the unfollowing process fair and easy. They’ll also rate your profile to let you know how if you are showing up in reports of others, and give you tips on how to improve.

Peer Index – A neat tool that shows who you influence, and what you’re influential about. Essentially just another analytics tool.

I like to end these posts with an expert tip. So, let’s see… Oh! Ok, so this is kind of a Twitter Tip, but uses Bitly as the tool to do it. Let’s say you wanted to share all the free Twitter tools I’ve posted so far on this blog. You have 2 options. The first would be linking to all 3 posts. The easier option, at least from a follower perspective, would be to create 1 link bundle that would contain all of the links I’ve posted to far. To do this, follow these steps:

1) If you haven’t already, go to bit.ly and create a bitly account by linking it to your Twitter account.

2) Once you’ve linked your Twitter account, go to Bundles and create a new Bundle. The “Public” Bundle option should be selected by default.

3) Add your links to the bundle using the “Add another bitmark” button.

4) When you’re done, you can tweet a link the the bundle using the little orange bird at the top of the page!

There’s more to come. Some day I might even do a post about a social medium other than Twitter!

I don’t know how popular my last tech post really was, but I wanted to do another one anyway. This one is meant to be more comprehensive, and while the title says it’s for online adult performers, I have a secret… Anyone can use this resource list! :O I heavily favor Free and Open Source Software(FOSS), so most of the things on this list are FOSS. Knowledge is power, so don’t rely on someone else to do something for you – learn it for yourself! Because who the heck am I? I’m sure many of you know  more than I do, but I feel this list is a good place to start. If you have specific items you think I should add, or comments on any of the applications I’ve featured,  please let me know.

I love lists, so without further ado, here you go!

Free Software Lists

GNU.org  – Free (as in Freedom) Software for Windows

Free Software Foundation software directory  – Pretty extensive compilation, but many of them require Linux.

List Of Open-souce Programs(LOOP)– Ubuntu has put together a pretty extensive list of Open Source applications that can replace proprietary Windows software.

SourceForge –  an amazing directory of Open Source projects, boasting 324,000 listings and millions of downloads a day.

Free Awesome Applications

I’ve already covered my favorite video editing, image editing, and encoding applications in my previous post. Here are more of the applications I use quite a bit:

WinSCP– An excellent application for FTP, SFTP, and SCP management.

Wireshark – Very powerful tool, allows you to see all the incoming and outgoing traffic from your computer.

KompoZer – FOSS web editing tool

Pidgin – My favorite messaging/chat application

Online Search Engine Submission

Submit your content to Google

Submit your content to Bing

Additional Resources

Free Email Certificate – Want to make your personal email more secure? Install Thunderbird and get a certificate, which can help protect your real identity.

How Secure Is My Password?  – Shows you how long it would take to crack your password on a PC, and suggestions for making your password more secure.

Free Computer Science Courses – Free online courses offered by Harvard and MIT.

W3Schools – Learn HTML/CSS/PHP/more. Free online web development resource

That should hold you over for now. Eventually I’ll put this into a separate page on this blog… *adds to “To Do” novel*

My last post on this topic got a few hits, so I figured I’d keep going with an advanced course on techniques for Twitter. Here goes!

  • Don’t click DM links from people you don’t know. Even if you do know them, DM them back to verify they actually meant to send the link. If the account that sent you the link has been compromised, it may be a link to malware.
  • If you ignore the above tip and the link isn’t what you expect, reset your password and audit your App authorizations.
  • Quality followers are better than quantity. Focus on finding paying customers to chat with and new friends. #teamfollowback is a giant circle jerk.
  • The best time to post is typically 1-3PM EST weekdays. This is the time when you are likely to get the most clicks. Not necessarily new customers, though. I’d ask the folks over at Stripper Web for that info.
  • Bitly is a great tool for link shortening. Once you connect it to your twitter account, you can use the analytics feature to see how many click-throughs were generated from each tweet. This will show you what types of tweets get more clicks.
  • If you have a personal twitter account in addition to your performer account, use a different application for each account. You can have multiple accounts in one application(I have >4), but separating them into personal and professional apps helps eliminate the risk of posting to the wrong one.
  • Save hashtag searches and browse them to find new conversations.
  • Want to know how your twitter account is doing and where you need improvement? Try Tweet Grader, an analytics tool.
  • Want to find new folks to follow, and add yourself to searchable directories? Try wefollow

STILL not satisfied? You’re insatiable! Ok, here’s an expert tip:

In the last expert section, I showed you how to create a link that will open a window with a customized status update. To refresh your memory:

http://twitter.com/home?status= Thanks @maxwren! Love your blog! https://maxwren.wordpress.com/

When made into a link, it works like this- Thanks Max!
This process works great, if you don’t have a hashtag. If you try to use a hashtag, anything you include in the link after it won’t show up in the update. To solve this problem, we have to use URL encoding. You can find out all about it here. For hashtags, the URL code is %23. So, a customized status update link with a hashtag would look like this:

http://twitter.com/home?status= Thanks @maxwren! You're one %23Kinky %23Bastard! Love your blog! https://maxwren.wordpress.com/

When I make it into a link, it creates a status update with 2 hashtags. Try clicking this link- Wow, that’s cool!

That’s it for now! If you have questions, ask me here or on my Twitter, @maxwren.

So, you’ve set up your camgirl persona, c4s store, or independent porn store, and now you’d like to promote it on Twitter. Smart move! Twitter is a great place to find new customers, but it’s also an open forum with a lot of risk involved. A good first step is to check out this thread on Stripper Web on preventing stalkers and protecting your identity.
(If you’re not on his forum already, you should be!)

So I’m only going to talk about Twitter, with specific tips and ideas.  First of all, don’t use the web interface. It’s generally not worth it. The application I’d recommend is TweetDeck for desktop, and Hootsuite or TweetCaster for mobile. On to the tips..

Basic Twitter Tips

  • Don’t use your real name. Ever. Not in tweets, not in replies, not in Direct Messages, not in the email you signed up for.
  • When you’re starting out, find about 100 people to follow who you find relevant to your persona. Don’t just follow who you are interested in.
  • If you interact with potential customers, a good rule of thumb is not to send more than 1 tweet if they haven’t gone to your cam show, bought a clip, paid tribute, etc. Even after they’ve done this, it’s probably a good idea not to interact much until there’s a pattern of paying. Even if they pay, there still may be chargebacks, pirating, or other BS to deal with.
  • Don’t interact too much with non-payers. This shows other non-payers that you’re open to chatting with them for free. Customers should be talking about how much they like your content.
  • Avoid drama with customers and performers. Most customers don’t want to see that, and it will attract those who may want to expose your identity or trolls.
  • Mix links, replies, and regular tweets. Too much of any can be boring.
  • Use lists. A common list I use is Awesome Fet Girls. These are cool people I’ve found who reliably respond to tweets and have something interesting to say.
  • Put a link to your Twitter pretty much wherever you can.
  • Use hash tags. Don’t overuse them, but many folks search by hash tag to find new people to follow. For starters, try a search for #fetish, #bdsm, or #kinky.
  • Disable geo-location services for Twitter.

Twitter is essentially two things:

1)A micro-blog you can use to share your opinions, find friends, generate new leads for clip sales, find new cam customers, and gain insight into the porn industry from all aspects.
2) A content curation platform. You can use it to promote your stores, cam shows, new content, blog posts, tumblr accounts, etc. It’s an easy way to get some cross-platform promotion going when you’re just starting out.

Advanced Tips

So you’re already on Twitter, and nothing in the above list was helpful or new? Here are some tips for more advanced users:

Manage your OAuth AppsOAuth is an authentication protocol used to give limited access to an HTTP service. This means that third party applications can be granted permission to post to your profile, see your friends, see your tweets, and updated your profile. This can be a good thing- OAuth allows you to show your Twitter feed on your blog, connect your Twitter and Tumblr, and do a bunch of other neat things. But you want to make sure you know who has been given access, and revoke it when necessary. To do this, follow these steps:

1) Go to Twitter.com and in the upper right drop down box select “Settings”

2) Select “Apps” on the toolbar to the left.

3) This will bring you to Apps page, which will allow you to revoke or modify access applications have to your Twitter account. If you see anything you don’t recognize, revoke it!

Still not satisfied? Ok… Last one!

To create a link that will open a new status update, use this example:

http://twitter.com/home?status= Thanks @maxwren! Love your blog! https://maxwren.wordpress.com/

Then I create a link with the example entered- Tweet This!

That’s it for now! I have more to say, but this is a good start.

In the world of porn, malware seems to be a near constant threat. Surf around porn sites long enough, and you’re bound to get a virus. All fetish producers and camgirls should have an anti-virus program running at all times. But that’s something I’ll cover in a separate post. For now, I want to show you a quick, easy way to surf the web, download programs, images, videos, and engage in other potentially risky online behavior while minimizing risk.* It is also possible to easily and completely wipe your browsing history.

How do you do this? Virtualization.

From Wikipedia:

In computing, virtualization (or virtualisation) is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a hardware platform, operating system (OS), storage device, or network resources.

What this means is that you can use a program on your computer to run a completely separate Operating System which has a vastly lower risk of infecting your main computer. This separate program is called a Virtual Machine.

The program I would recommend for this is VirtualBox. [No snickering! 😉 ] This free and open source software can be downloaded here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

User documentation, FAQs, and tutorials available here- https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/End-user_documentation
Community forum available here-https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Community

How does it work?

Why tell you when I can show you? Let’s let this kid tell us-

Later posts will deal with more details, but this video will show you more basics of using a virtual machine. I’m sure you still have lots of questions, so feel free to ask them here or check out the Stripper Web Camming Forum. Those girls put me to shame! 😀

*Anyone who tells you they will make your computer “virus proof” or “100% secure” is lying.

If you’re starting out in the fetish clip or cam game, you may be a bit flustered with all the tech involved. Or you may not be! I’m no expert, but I figured I would post a few free, open source tools I’ve had some experience with. I’m a big proponent of Open Source software, so most of the software I recommend here will be FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) In future posts, I’ll cover things like secure email, spotting incompetent webmasters, setting up virtual machines, and whatever else folks request.

Ok, so you want to edit videos, edit photos, and convert videos to any format? Here’s how:

Video Editing Recommendation: Avidemux

I don’t care for the default video editors that come with Windows, and I don’t like paying ridiculous prices for software with tons of features I don’t need. So, I found a FOSS application to meet my video editing needs. Avidemux offers fetish producers the following features:

  • Available on all Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Supports AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF
  • Comprehensive support wiki and forum. The wiki has some great tutorials on digital video basics. I recommend checking it out.
  • The subtitler function allows producers to create watermarks to protect their content.
  • There is a suite of video and audio filters you can use to enhance your videos.

Image Editing Recommendation: GIMP

I’ve been using GIMP for as long as I can remember. GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program. I’ve never really used Photoshop, but I haven’t run into something that has made me look for another image editing program. It can take a bit of getting used to, so I’d recommend playing around with all the tools to find out what you want to use. GIMP offers the following features:

  • Available on all Operating Systems: Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • Suite of photo enhancement tools
  • Ability to create animated images
  • Comprehensive user manual and FAQ
  • Supports most output formats, including JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PSC, as well as plugins for additional formats

Video Conversion Recommendation: WinFF

Easy to use interface of WinFF

WinFF is an amazingly powerful little tool. Back in the day, video and audio conversions had to be done using command line programs, which are… not fun. Now, there’s a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which makes the process easy. WinFF offers Fetish producers the following features:

  • Available for Windows and Linux (Sorry Apple fans! I’ll see if I can find an option for you)
  • Easily convert any video or audio file to and from tons of different formats, including: .mov, AVI, .mp4, .mpeg, .FLV, and more!
  • A support Wiki, User Instructions, and Forum
  • Ability to set frame rates, frame size, cropping, and bitrate.

So those are my first recommendations. I hope it’s helpful! Much more to come, so please stay tuned.
❤ Max

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