Monday, February 15, 2016

Watch Those YouTube Programming Videos Faster!

I wasn't aware of VLC media player, I'm sure it's been around a long time but a few days ago I was having a conversation with another dev around watching videos and he mentioned that he watches videos faster by speeding them up.

I never really thought about doing something like that.  I mean it seems so obvious of a thing to do, and would save me so much time as a developer.

So now I watch videos on code much faster with VLC.  You can stream in any video from YouTube or other sources and speed up the video so those presentations can take 1/4 or 1/2 the time to listen to now.

What I like about VLC is the interface an menu is so simple and straight forward to use too.

Here's how to do it
  • Install VLC and open it
  • From the file menu go to Open Network and paste in a youtube vid url

  • After it opens, go to PlayBack in the file menu and increase the speed!  Awesome!

Save yourself a lot of time and use VLC.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Setting up OBS with Audio Output in Mac OS X

OBS (Open Broadcast Software) is a free streaming software option used for streaming stuff on and a slew of other sites out there.

I'm using SoundFlower for a bunch of different things like recording streaming music, and also for streaming audio playing through my desktop to and other live coding stream sites.

Here is how to setup OBS to stream audio playing on my MacBook pro.  So if you're on a site like or similar situation where you are streaming and want to share audio you are playing you can.

1) Install SoundFlower which is now on GitHub as a new guy took it over so that's where you can get the installs now
2) Open Audio MIDI Setup on the Mac OS X
3) Add a new aggregate device and select Built-in microphone and Soundflower (2ch)

4) Add a new Multi-Output Device and select Built-in Output and Soundflower (2ch) and change master device to Soundflower (2ch).
(Note: If you don't select Built-in Output then you're not going to hear a thing through your speakers or headphones.)

5) Open OBS and go to Settings and in the Audio section select Soundflower (2ch) as your Desktop Audio Device and set Mic/Auxiliary Audio Device to your Built-in Microphone or if you're using an external mic, select that.

6) Open sound and set the output to Multi-Output Device
Now just start a recording to verify it's working before you start to stream live and the mp4 that's created locally should now be playing whatever audio you were streaming.

Here's a YouTube vid showing it actually does work that I recorded.