How to Convert Jpg to Text

JPG and Text files are totally different formats that serve totally different purposes, as one is a picture format and one is a text format; usually persons that need JPG files in a text document would simply copy the photo and paste it into the document, however there are instances where it becomes necessary to convert the JPG to text format rather than copying and pasting. This might be necessary because there is text in the photo that the person needs to access, the conversion process can be quite complex if not impossible depending on the JPG but here are the steps one should take to attempt the conversion.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• PDF creation software
• PDF OCR software
• Internet connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the JPG file or files that need to be converted to text
2. If there are multiple JPG files to be converted create a new folder on the desktop or in another easily accessible area
3. Copy the files to the newly created folder
4. Search for and download a PDF creation software application
5. Install the application and run it
6. If the application supports creation of PDF files by dragging and dropping a source then do so with the JPG file or files
7. If dragging and dropping into the interface is not supported then open each file individually and print to the newly installed virtual PDF printer
8. Once the PDF files are created verify that they are ok by opening them
9. Once verified delete the files from the newly created folder and copy the PDF files to the now empty folder
10. Search online again for PDF OCR – OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. Free and paid solutions are available, including online solutions where the PDF can be uploaded and then processed online
11. Download and install the chosen program
12. Run the program and open the created PDF file or files and hit the option to perform OCR on the document
13. Prior to completion and depending on the software being used the user may be prompted to input text for poorly recognized characters. This is usually done with a split screen showing the original section of the document and the editable section below or to the side
14. Once completed the user may save the output to a text file or manually select the text and then copy it to paste into any text document

DO’s AND DONT’s

Don’t pay for a solution before exploring the freely available tools.
Some programs exist that can go directly from JPG to text such as TopOCR and FreeOCR but the capabilities may not be as advanced as those of paid software.
If the user would like to test a paid solution then a trial version may be available that has a time limited full feature trail or a feature and time limited trial. Ensure that this is done prior to purchase to ensure that the features suit the user’s needs

How to Convert Jpg to Vector

Converting JPEG to Vector is not a difficult process. It will require the right type of software that may be purchased or obtained free online. Vector uses geometric based attributes to create a computer graphic. It is commonly comprised of curves, shapes, lines, polygons and points and has the advantage of producing an image that is capable of being magnified several times over without a noticeable loss in overall quality. This means that vector images can be scaled easily without affecting image clarity. JPEG uses lossy compression to create a digital photographic image. It is widely used as the primary format for digital cameras and has the capacity to produce medium to high quality images depending on the level of compression applied. For this example Inkscape will be used. It is a free software that is available online. It is compatible with the major operating systems, that is, Microsoft Windows, MAC and Linux.

Required Tools

Working Computer
Inkscape
Microsoft Windows/MAC/Linux

Required Materials

JPEG File

Instructions

1. Go to the website and download Inkscape. Select the download based on the type of Operating System you are using. It should automatically display the download that correlates with your O/S, if not simply choose the appropriate version. Once you have downloaded the program open it and install it.
2. Open Inkscape. The user interface should appear momentarily.
3. Go to the File menu option. From the the list that follows, choose the Import option to find the JPEG you would like to convert. The file directory system should pop up, browse this to find the image that you need. Thumbnails of the image should be displayed, if not you may need to label the JPEG image to make your search easier. Click on OK once you have identified the JPEG you will use.
4. At the menu bar select Path and then the Trace Bitmap option.
5. You can make a few adjustments to the image. You may choose the Colors option to improve the resolution of the image. Do this by increasing the number of Scans used on the image. Once you are satisfied with the enhanced resolution, click on Update. You may make other modifications that will require you to experiment a bit with the available settings. To apply the changes you have made select the Update option.
6. To complete the conversion from JPEG to vector save the file as one of the available formats. You may rename the file or leave it as is. The JPEG file will remain because the extension will not be .jpg. The best format choice for a vector image is EPS, use this if you are unfamiliar with the program.

Tips and Warnings

The process is very straightforward you will not need to have an appreciable knowledge of graphics or Inkscape to perform the conversion. Once you select the options available the vector image will be composed almost immediately.

Always preview the image before saving. Clear any changes you have made if you do not wish to save them by clicking undo history or by closing the program without saving these modifications.

How to Convert Itunes to Windows Media Player

iTunes is a digital music and video application that was created by Apple and is used on Apple devices including the iPod, iPhone and iPad; iTunes is used for playing, organizing and managing the multimedia files of Apple devices; it also allows users to connect to the iTunes store to purchase and download multimedia files, applications, ringtones, and much more.
Windows Media Player (WMP) is basically Microsoft’s equivalent of iTunes and is the default media application for Microsoft devices for managing multimedia files; WMP also has the ability to rip and burn music.
Apple and Microsoft are two totally different systems and applications intended for one usually cannot work with the other, but there are ways to convert one to the other with the right software if one desires to do so.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Internet connection
• Conversion software

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the files in iTunes library that are to be converted to Windows Media Player
2. Sort the files in order of format
3. For MP3 files in the library simply copy these files to another location or import them into Windows Media Player’s library. If it is required to convert these files to the WMA format before importing into Windows Media Player’s library then follow the steps outlined below
4. For M4A and AAC files that are not protected or converting MP3 files to WMA download and install a conversion program. Popular choices include Format Factory and Media Coder as free solutions with NCH Switch Audio Converter and dBPowerAmp as paid solutions
5. Copy all necessary the files to a newly created folder on the desktop or in another easily accessible area on the computer
6. Start the installed conversion application and specify the output format desired
7. Drag and drop the files from the newly created folder into the conversion application and hit the button to start the conversion
8. On completion open the output folder manually or from within the conversion application if supported
9. The converted files can now be copied to a new location or left in the output folder if desired and the imported into Windows Media Player’s library

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not attempt conversion if the files in the iTunes library are already in a format that can be ready by Windows Media Player. iTunes can read audio in various formats including MP3, AAC and M4A so check this before attempting conversion.
If the converted files are intended to be moved permanently from iTunes to Windows Media Player, do not delete the original files until completely satisfied with the converted files.
Some files that were purchased in iTunes may be protected and will not be converted using regular applications. Specialized programs such as Sound Taxi will allow removal of protection known as DRM or Digital Rights Management from audio files. These programs are usually not free and use a lengthy process which may involve playback of the audio files and recording of what is heard.

How to Convert Itunes to Mp3

iTunes is an Apple application that is used for playing, organizing and managing music and video files on various Apple products including the iPod, iPhone and iPad; iTunes was first introduced in 2001 and can be used with both Mac and Windows operating systems. iTunes can also act as an interface for the iTunes internet store where users can purchase and download a wide variety of music, video, TV shows, eBooks, applications, games, and a lot more for Apple devices.

MP3 is the most popular standard worldwide when it comes to audio files; MP3 was created to be the audio standard to accompany the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video standards; MP3 has the advantage of being much smaller than a lot of other audio formats but sacrifices sound quality, as such MP3 is called a lossy audio format but the loss in quality is not typically picked up by the human ear.

iTunes in general only works with Apple devices and as a result it will be necessary to convert iTunes files to another format if they are to be played by a non-Apple device; since MP3 is so popular it is probably the best format to convert audio files to, here are the steps for converting iTunes to MP3s.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Conversion software

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Start the iTunes software
2. Go to Edit then Preferences then Advanced to see the location of the library files
3. Using the information given in iTunes navigate to the library folder
4. Go online and download a conversion application. If there are not many audio files in the iTunes library then a free solution like Format Factory or Media Coder will suffice. If the iTunes library contains many sub-folders with various audio files then a paid solution like NCH Switch Audio Converter would be suggested as it can convert files by dragging the containing folder into the application and also has the option to recreate the folder structure on output.
5. Install the chosen application after downloading and run it
6. Set the output format to MP3. If using Switch set the output folder and click the checkbox for the option “Copy folder structure of source files” which is located at the bottom of the interface
7. Drag the audio files or folders if supported by the application into the interface and hit the button to start the conversion
8. On completion open the output folder manually or from within the program if supported
9. All the converted MP3 files will be listed in the output folder and can now be used however intended.

DO’s AND DONT’s

The library in iTunes can have various audio formatted files including MP3. If the files are already in MP3 format simply copy them to another folder or directly to whichever device it is desired to be on.
Files which are Digital Rights Management or DRM protected cannot be converted with the applications listed and will need a special program such as Sound Taxi that is designed for DRM removal to convert the files to MP3.

How to Convert Vhs to Dvd

Back in the day VHS tapes were the primary means of storing home videos and movies but with the introduction of DVDs and camcorders that record to DVDs or a hard drive, VHS tapes, VCRs and video cameras have become all but obsolete. However people often find themselves with VHS cassettes that hold precious memories such as a wedding, baby’s first birthday, or something similar that cannot be thrown away, or the cassette may be going bad and there is a danger that the recorded data might be lost forever; in cases like this it becomes necessary to convert VHS tapes to DVDs. You may think it is a project you will have to pay to have done but the process is actually pretty simple if you have the required tools.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• Blank DVD R
• VHS Tape
• DVD Burner

INSTRUCTIONS

The steps necessary for converting your VHS tapes will vary depending on the method you use for the conversion; here are the three main options available and the steps required for each.
1. The easiest method if it is available would be to use a combination DVD/VHS converter; these devices allow you to transfer data directly from VHS to DVD using a single device by simply following the instructions provided by your particular device. The only downside to using one of these converters is that you cannot add menus and titles as you would when burning a DVD in a computer.
2. Another method available is to convert from a VCR to a computer; to do this an analog-to-digital converter box would be required to connect both devices. You would simply place the VHS tape into the VCR, plug the VCR into the converter box and then connect the converter box to a computer; you will need a program such as WinDVD Creator to record the VHS in a format your computer can read and then you will need a DVD burner and the appropriate software to burn the data to a DVD.
3. The third alternative is to use a video camera for the conversion; you can either connect the video camera to your VCR and then to your computer following the steps above, or you can get a video capture card for your computer and use composite video cables to connect the video camera directly to your computer. Some video cameras will have an analog-to-digital converter built in while others will require you to use a converter box. Whatever you need to do, once the camera is connected to your computer this is done you can copy your VHS cassettes to your computer and then burn it to a DVD.

DO’S AND DON’TS

• Never place a dirty VHS cassette into any of the mentioned devices as it will dirty the head of your converting devices and ruin the end product.

• If your VHS tapes are copy protected or are very dirty, or if you don’t have the required equipment to do the conversion, it might be best to just pay a conversion service to do it for you.

How to Convert Flac to Wav

If you have FLAC files on your hard drive but find that you are not able to use them in many external players, a good solution to this problem is to convert them to a more compatible format like WAV. WAV is an uncompressed format that maintains audio quality with the slight disadvantage that WAV files will be bigger than many other available container formats including MP3 and MP4. However, WAV is playable in most types of players including some CD players, which may not have MP3 playback capabilities. Despite the size issues the sound quality is second to none making it a reliable format. FLAC has the advantage of being a compressed file type that does not compromise audio quality much. FLAC files are great for streaming music because of their fair audio quality and relatively smaller sizes. But after downloading these files it is always best to convert them to a format that will be useful in any type of player. To perform the conversion from FLAC to WAV you will need an audio converter. These programs are numerous and can be downloaded online. For this demonstration Switch Audio Converter will be used. This program is capable of converting between many different types of formats and works on both Microsoft Windows and Macintosh Operating Systems.

Required Tools

Windows/MAC Operating System
Working Computer
Switch Audio Converter

Required Materials

Flac Files

Instructions

1. Go to the website and download Switch Audio Converter. Once downloaded open and follow the instructions for installation. These will be clear and easy to follow. The program will not take up much space on your hard drive, therefore, you do not need to make any special provisions before installation.
2. Open the program once installation has been completed. Go to the Add Files option located at the top section of the interface. Browse the content and find your FlAC files. Once you have found them highlight the ones you would like to use and then select the Open option to load the files into the designated window.
3. At the Output option select WAV. After doing this set the file path destination. You will have the option to choose any folder on your computer to store your newly created WAV files. It is best to choose a folder that you will be able to find easily after conversion.
4. You may modify the bitrate and sound quality by going to Encoder Options. Once you have made satisfactory adjustments you may then click on the OK button to allow the changes to take effect. You do not necessarily need to make these modifications if you are okay with the default settings.
5. To start the process simply click Convert and wait for the files to be converted to WAV. To view the newly created WAV files select the Open Output Folder.

Tips and Warnings

• Allow the files to be converted uninterrupted. This means you should not turn off your computer until the process is finished.

• The time taken for conversion will depend on the overall size of the files and the processing power of your computer.

How to Convert Dvd to Mpeg

DVDs have become very popular over the years and have taken over from VHS tapes as the primary method of storing and transporting movies; DVDs are also used to store data, music and other files just as CDs are but DVDs hold a lot more than CDs do. DVDs cannot entirely replace CDs however, because a lot of music players will only work with CDs and cannot read DVDs. The term DVD is short for Digital Video/Versatile Disk, and DVDs can be recordable, meaning that data can only be recorded to it once, or it can be re-writable, meaning that data can be recorded and erased over and over as the user desires.

MPEG stands for Moving Picture Experts Group but in general when persons use the term it is in reference to the video and audio compression format that was created by the MPEG group, and not the group itself; the MPEG formats are perhaps the most popular formats currently used on computers and the format is also supported by most portable devices. Because MPEG is so popular and works with almost any multimedia device, persons will often convert their DVD movies to the MPEG format to make them easier to transport and easier to watch on a variety of mobile devices; the conversion process is not a very difficult one to perform if the following tools are available and the following steps are followed.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Ripping software
• Conversion software
• Internet connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Sort the DVDs that will be converted to MPEG
2. Search online for DVD ripping solutions
3. Download and install an application for ripping DVD movies to the computer. Popular choices include AnyDVD and DVD Fab for paid solutions with free solutions such as Handbrake available
4. After installation open the program and insert the DVD that is to be converted to MPEG
5. Follow the prompts for conversion
6. After conversion close the program, then open the output folder manually or from within the program prior to closing if supported
7. Go online again and search for a video conversion application. Popular choices include Format Factory and Media Coder as free solutions with paid solutions such as River Past Video Cleaner available as well
8. Download and install the selected application
9. Open the application and set the options for converting to MPEG
10. Drag the ripped video into the application and hit the button to start the conversion
11. On completion the MPEG video will be found in the output folder which may be opened manually or from within the program if supported

DO’s AND DONT’s

Usually a ripping application will not rip to MPEG, but some will rip to MP4 which uses MPEG-4. If MP4 is adequate then do not pass step 6.
Some editing applications work better with MPEG-2 versus MPEG-4 and as such the user should research and decide which will suit their needs in order to see if MPEG-4 will suffice.

How to Convert Dvd to Avi

Converting DVD to AVI is actually done using a process that rips the information from the DVD file to a more condensed format that is playable on most computer based players. A standard DVD file will be as large as 4.2 GB, therefore in most instances a converter will rip the video to an AVI file which will require no more than 800 MB of storage space. Despite the AVIs noticeably smaller size the video quality will still be maintained. For this tutorial DVDx will be used to demonstrate the process.

Required Tools

Working Computer
Microsoft O/S
DVDx Software
DVD Drive

Required Materials

DVD

Instructions

1. Go to the website and download DVDx. Open the file and install the software on your computer.
2. Launch the program. The user interface should be visible instantly.
3. Insert your DVD file into the computer’s DVD drive.
4. Go to the folder selection box and select VTS_01_0.IFO to load the movie contained on the DVD as the source file to be ripped. The input settings dialog will open instantly once the moive is loaded.
5. If there are multiple movies on the DVD select the one you would like to use from the drop down menu.
6. From the input settings dialog you will also need to choose the appropriate audio that matches the movie being ripped.
7. Choose the ouput settings for your movie. You will have the option to determine the screen size, audio quality and the format for your movie. To convert to AVI you will need to choose the option to rip the DVD to AVI not MPG. Additionally you may choose the audio compression method you would like to use. You may select LAME or MPG for audio compression. LAME is preferable because it produces high quality audio. You may use one of the three availabe codecs DivX, MPEG4 or XviD. Choose the aspect ratio, that is, the output viewing format. 16:9 will produce a wide-screen format. 4:3 will produce a full-screen version of the movie. You may tamper with the settings until you are satisfied.
8. Select an output folder from the Destination option. Browse the files on your computer once you have found a suitable location name the file and click Save followed by OK.
9. Click on the red record button to start the process.

Tips and Warnings

• The process may take some time to complete. Factors that will affect the overall time taken to rip include the length of the movie and the speed of your CPU.
• Play your file once you have ripped it to ensure that there are no flaws present on the AVI. You may notice minor flaws where the sound does not synch completely with the video, however this can be ignored if it does not occur throughout the entire run time of the movie.
• If you would like to rip a full length movie without having to split the file, change the Output setting so that the maximum file size is set to infinite.

How to Convert Cd to Mp3

A few years ago CDs were the primary method of transporting music files and in some cases video and data files; in more recent times the use of CDs has decreased because of the introduction of USB devices which can hold much more data than CDs depending on its storage size, does not take up any extra space to transport, cannot get scratched like a CD, and one can write and rewrite data to a USB devices as many times as desired. CDs are also decreasing in popularity as many mobile devices such as car stereos now support USB devices as well.

MP3 is currently the most popular audio format in use because of its small file size while still maintaining the sound quality of the original file; the MP3 format was created as the audio layer of the MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 video standards. Some mobile CD players and car stereos will play CDs that contain MP3 files but some players cannot play audio files unless they are in the CDA format; this can be a major inconvenience as CDA files are much bigger than MP3 files and a CD with CDA files will only hold about 12 songs while a CD with MP3 files can hold around 140 songs. As a result people often opt to convert their CDA files to MP3 and use a player that can play MP3 files; here are some guidelines for performing the conversion.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Audio CD
• Ripping application
• Conversion application
• Internet connection

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Organize the CDs that should be converted to MP3 if there are multiple discs to be done
2. Search online for a CD ripping application. Choices available include Audio Grabber and Music Match Jukebox for free solutions with dBPoweramp being an optional paid solution among others
3. Download and install the chosen application
4. Insert an audio CD into the optical drive and run the installed application
5. If the application supports it the user may opt to lookup disc and track information online so that the ripped files will have the proper names and tags
6. Locate the option to rip the disc to the hard drive and hit it
7. On completion manually open the output folder or open the folder from within the application if supported to reveal the converted files
8. If the program used does not support direct ripping to MP3 and the output files are WAV then download a conversion application such as Format Factory and install it
9. Drag the WAV files into the program and set the output as MP3
10. On completion open the output folder from within the program or manually to reveal the converted files

DO’s AND DONT’s

Don’t rip to WAV before MP3 if the installed program supports going directly to MP3
Don’t settle on the first program found. Ensure that the features are researched beforehand as most modern ripping applications support ripping directly to MP3.
If the program being used supports ripping directly to MP3 then do not pass step 7 above

How to Convert Avi to Wmv

AVI is short for Audio Video Interleave and refers to the popular container format that was introduced by Microsoft in 1992; as the name suggests, AVI files are made up of both audio and video data that plays back synchronously. It should be noted that since AVI is just a container, it can contain almost any combination of formats, for example a DivX video stream and an MP3 audio stream; most multimedia player applications will play AVI files such as VLC Media Player, MPlayer, Media Player Classic, etc. Most portable video players will also play AVI files.
WMV is another container format that was also created by Microsoft and is in most cases associated with the Advanced Systems Format (ASF); WMV was originally designed for internet streaming and is currently one of the top choices for internet streaming. WMV9 in particular is popular as it allows video compression to achieve smaller file sizes while maintaining the quality of the video; it may become necessary to convert an AVI file to the WMV format for a variety of reasons including streaming purposes, in such a case, here are the steps to doing so.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

• PC or laptop
• Internet connection
• Conversion application

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Locate the AVI file or files that need to be converted to WMV
2. If more than one AVI needs to be converted create a new folder on the desktop or in another easily accessible area of the computer
3. Copy all AVI files that are to be converted to this new folder
4. Search online for AVI to WMV conversion software. Popular choices include Format Factory and Media Coder for free solutions with River Past Video Cleaner and WinAVI being popular paid solutions
5. Download and install the chosen application
6. Run the application and use the interface to locate the option to convert the input file to WMV
7. Drag the file or files from the new folder into the graphical interface
8. Tweak the settings for quality and size if the options are made available
9. Hit the button to start the conversion process
10. On completion the output folder may be opened manually or from within the application if this feature is supported
11. Once the output folder is opened the WMV files may now be used however the user intends

DO’s AND DONT’s

Do not pay for a solution for conversion unless absolutely certain that this is what the user wants. Free solutions provide adequate options for conversion though the interface may not be as appealing.
Do not move the original AVI files to the new folder as this may disrupt the library system that may be in use by any video catalog software or file sharing application.
Delete the folder that was created once the conversion is satisfactory. The converted files should be played back to ensure that they were converted properly.
If the user is not satisfied with the final product then changing the encoding options may help to increase quality.