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How To: Rip DVDs onto your computer with Handbrake

After building up a DVD collection over the years can make you realize just how much you've invested in your movie collection. DVds are far from the sturdiest media for storing a valuable collection like that. Luckily, programs like Handbrake makes it possible to backup your valuable movies. This video will show you how to do it.

How To: 3D model a tire tread using Maya

Tire treads may not seem like a terribly important thing to model properly, but they are intricate and learning how to do it is a valuable experience. This video will walk you through creating a 3D model of a tire tread using Maya, specifically brutalizing a bend deformer.

How To: Use the skewer tactic in a chess game

Need some more chess tactics for your arsenal? Well, why not try out this "skewer" tactic from this video lecture. A skewer is an attack on two pieces on the same line. The opponent moves the more valuable piece exposing an attack on the second piece. The skewer is a reverse cousin to the "pin."

How To: Make a secret compartment in a book so you can hide valuable items

Have something expensive or personal to hide? Something you don't want anybody else to find? A secret book compartment is perfect for concealing your valuables in plain sight. And this video will show you how to make your own hidden recess for your very own book safe. Just grab your desired book, a razor knife and some other materials, like water, glue, a paintbrush, container, pencil, and straightedge (ruler).

How To: Model interiors using Maya

Maya is one of the most powerful 3D asset creation programs in the world. It is also fantastically difficult to use. This seven-part video will teach you how to model an interior environment using Maya. All this video covers is modeling, nothing on lighting or any of the other features in Maya, but it is very detailed and should have you modeling like a pro!

How To: Model a stingray in Houdini 9

These two Houdini 9 lessons illustrate a valuable and efficient means of modeling an animated surface in a manner not generally considered. It provides an explanation of the advantages to this approach and compares it to a more traditional means of animating a surface. So watch the tutorial and learn how to animate a stingray in Houdini 9 using newer style animation methods.

How To: Get gil extremely fast in Final Fantasy VII

Saving the world an be costly and in Final Fantasy VII, a part of leveling up is to get the funds you need to buy weapons, potions, and materia in your quest to defeat the villain Sephiroth. In this now classic Final Fantasy game, selling mastered materia can be extremely lucrative, particularly All materia. Take a look at this instructional video and learn how to get quick gil by defeating rare Magic Pots in a specific area of the game.

How To: Build a locking tool cabinet

With the growing popularity of cordless power tools, it's extremely easy these days to accumulate a lot of portable tools, and when you add in quality corded tools, such as circular saws, routers, planers and air nailers, you can end up with a pretty hefty investment. These same tools are the first to “walk away” in a theft. Left lying around a shop or garage, they can also be somewhat dangerous for youngsters. A locking cabinet not only provides a secure place, but protects the tools as well...

How To: Make maganese heptoxide (permanganic acid)

This video tutorial is in the Education category which will show you how to make manganese heptoxide (permanganic acid). This procedure is extremely dangerous. Manganese heptoxide is an extremely powerful oxidizing agent. It has the ability to set fuels on fire from mere contact. Get an old dish and put a spatula full of potassium permanganate on it. Add a few drops of concentrated sulphuric acid. A green liquid is formed which is the manganese heptoxide. Now you can add any fuel like butanol...

How To: Program faster with some PHP speed tips

If you're looking to shave a few milliseconds off the Zend Engine's work load, check out this tutorial for some PHP programming speed tips. This efficency will pay off when you have tons of traffic to your site and save you valuable server resources.

How To: Change heads in Photoshop

Changing heads is a fun, easy, and valuable technique for beginners that can help build up their confidence in Adobe Photoshop. This Photoshop video tutorial will walk you through the process of extracting the head from one body, resizing it, and blending it on to the body of another picture. By the end of this tutorial, you will become familiar with some basic tools used in Adobe Photoshop, and at the same time, you will learn how to successfully switch heads from one body to another.

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