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Miro is an interesting bit of software for a web worker: free, open source, and not fitting into the usual categories. Depending on your work habits and interests, though, you may find this desktop video player to be a great addition to your day. You can […]

ScreenshotMiro is an interesting bit of software for a web worker: free, open source, and not fitting into the usual categories. Depending on your work habits and interests, though, you may find this desktop video player to be a great addition to your day. You can think of Miro as something like an RSS reader, but for video instead of blog postings: you can subscribe to channels, or create persistent keyword searches, and then just wait for content to show up. Miro keeps an eye on the video you’ve said you’re interested in, and adds it to your library quietly in the background. You can then play it at your leisure (making video watching potentially one more batch activity).

ScreenshotMiro includes a built-in channel guide, the ability to monitor your local drive for downloaded videos, and a folder-based library system. If you’ve moved from RSS and podcasts to vidcasts, and want to get your watching organized, give it a spin.

Related: Miro Makes Its Move into a Crowded Field at sister site NewTeeVee

By Mike Gunderloy

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  1. I use Miro for podcasts.
    It’s really nice and a lot better than iTunes (though it can’t sync with iPod).

    On Windows it eats quite some RAM but on Ubuntu works great.

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  2. I used an early version of Miro and everything went off the rails almost right away. The RSS functionality was really wacky and wouldn’t pick up a lot of things I wanted it to automatically download, and it was a significant resource hog on my Windows box (though much better on my Mac).

    This was probably a year ago though… has anyone followed the evolution of this program? Have they ironed out the kinks?

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