Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate

Download, Convert and burn your videos to DVD’s with this easy to use cross-platform tool.

When you’re a parent or grandparent, believe it or not, video is what you live for. Thirty to forty years ago, it used to be pictures. Grandparents would patiently wait for pictures of their grandchildren to come in the mail; or they’d be hand delivered to them. Either way, what they got were physical stills, and that’s about it.

Today, it’s a completely different story.

Today with smartphones and with the internet, parents (and grandparents alike) can take and share not only stills but video with nearly everyone, at any time. However, not everyone is as technology savvy as the next person. Sometimes, you need a different, more traditional way to share video. That’s why I like Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate. It’s a cross platform (Windows and Mac) tool that allows you to share your story regardless of computer type.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is an all-in-one multimedia suite that enables you to extract audio from videos, convert videos to any popular format with zero quality loss and 30x faster conversion speed. With it you can transform any home DVD movie to nearly any format you want, burn & copy home DVDs, provide one-click online video download, edit videos and more. The package is very compact and easy to use.

Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate supports native codecs like Apple Pores, Intermediate Codec, and DNxHD, so you can convert videos to one optimized format for iMovie, FCP etc., and then edit them for the best overall effect. The process is fast, over 30x faster than previous versions; and allows you to convert both audio and video to and from over 70 different formats. The app also supports native codec support for professional apps like Final Cut Pro.

App Pro’s: Works on both Mac and Windows platforms, provides for conversion, downloading

App Con’s: Not all web browser extensions install correctly

Conclusion: Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate is an easy to use multi-platform application that is fast and easy to use. You can use it not only to download non-copy protected videos from the internet; but you can use it to burn DVD’s with cool menu systems as well.

The app runs off of a subscription service, costing $40USD per year for a single computer license. You can also purchase a single, lifetime license for $60USD. A family license (2-5 computers) for $118USD for Macs and $100USD for Windows PC’s.

I’ve really liked using this app. It’s easy to use and offers a great many features that you would normally only find on a much more expensive, desktop app. The only issue I’ve had with this app is the installation of its Chrome Extension. The process generates an HTTP404 error, clearly indicating that either the application is in error, or the extension location in the store has been moved.

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Netflix Now Offers Offline Content

Streamers and video junkies rejoice..!

netflix_logoI’ve been a Netflix subscriber for years. I started off as a DVD subscriber and at one point had three to four DVD’s flowing in and out of my house a week. When the streaming biz started, we jumped on that too, as it was sometimes easier to stream than to wait for the DVD to arrive. Sometimes you had to wait weeks or months for one to get here, especially if it was a popular film. We’re streaming only now, as the DVD biz has gone the way of the do-do… and I got tired of paying for the service that regularly didn’t deliver what I was wanting to watch.

The streaming service is nice, as I can get all the kids watching on iPads as well as my wife and I and my daughter and son-in-law watching separate shows on separate TV’s at the same time. It works out very nicely for us.

One of the biggest asks of all Netflix streamers, though was offline viewing of content. Sometimes, an internet connection isn’t available, especially on a plane or on a long car trip, and a movie on an iPad is just the ticket to a little peace and quiet. Until now, that wasn’t possible. Now… it is.

Netflix recently added an option to its mobile apps that will download films AND TV shows in advance, allowing users to watch them without an active internet connection. Extended trips and plane rides will never be the same.

Unfortunately, not everything in the Netflix catalog is available for offline viewing.

Seen as one of the most desired subscriber features, offline viewing has long been the most popular subscriber request. Netflix has resisted it for years thinking that cell service would improve to the point where it wouldn’t be needed. Unfortunately, mobile internet STILL isn’t ubiquitous, and Netflix competitors began offering the service. That’s what ultimately drove the company to offer it to its customers. Well, that and expansion into other countries where cell and internet services are spotty at best.

You CAN view the following popular shows, among others, offline:

  • Stranger Things
  • Orange is the New Black
  • The Crown
  • House of Cards

The following shows and movies, among others, are NOT available offline:

  • Sherlock (BBC)
  • Disney’s’ Zootomic
  • The Little Price

However, more downloadable content is scheduled to be released, “soon.” Downloadable content is clearly marked with a downward facing arrow next to a show or movie’s title.

In order to view offline content, subscribers need to download the latest version of Netflix’s app. The app, available on iOS and Android devices.

Are you a Netflix subscriber? Have you downloaded the latest app update? Have you tried to download any offline content? What was the download experience like? What was the offline viewing experience like? Why don’t you meet me in the discussion area, below and give me your thoughts on this interesting development?

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE

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I’ve heard a lot of people say that the optical disc is dead; and while there may be something to what they’re saying – most software is delivered via digital download instead of optical discs – most of what everyday people want or need their CD and DVD drives for is still valid. Many people like to transfer and share music, pictures and movies with friends and loved ones. One of the easiest ways to do this is with an optical disc; and that’s why I like applications like Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE because it makes life with them easy. It’s a cool, must have Windows app.

Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE is one of the easiest to use disc burner apps on the market today. The app has a multi-disc file backup module and an integrated audio CD ripper. If you have a Blu-ray drive on your PC, you’re in luck. Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE has improved Blu-ray support for discs with up to 25 gigabytes per layer from over 1700 different CD, DVD and Blu-ray burners.

The app continues to support WAV, MP3, FLAC, WMA and Ogg Vorbis files that you can burn audio CD’s with. You can also burn MP3 CD’s as well. If video is your preference, you can burn video DVD, VCD and S-VCD (super video CD’s) with your Windows compatible video files. You can also use the built in disc copying applet to make copies of your audio, video or data discs.

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I love Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free. Most of what I want and need in an optical disc burning app is here. You can use nearly every type and format of disc on the market and the app has Blu-ray support. The price is right; and Ashampoo software is some of the best software available on the internet. This is one of the biggest no-brainers I’ve seen in a while. If you have an optical drive, then you need to give Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 FREE a shot.

 

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ISO Workshop – Take command of your data and your optical disc drive

iso_workshopWorking with optical discs is still a big part of computing. Despite recent trends to go completely digital, using CD’s and DVD’s is still a reliable way to store, share and transport data from one computer, one person to another.  This is one of the reasons why I am really thankful for apps like ISO Workshop. It’s a disc imaging utility for Windows.

ISO Workshop is specifically designed for disc image management, conversion and burning. The app has a very simple user interface and enables you to make ISO images, extract specific files and folders from disc images.  You can create disc backups by copying items to an ISO or BIN image file, convert different disc image files into ISO or BIN formats.  You can also burn standard and bootable ISO images as well as CUE images to blank discs.

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The application is pretty cool. It supports ISO, CUE, and BIN files  as well as others. It also supports CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD+R DL, and BD-R/RE disk formats; and will verify all images written to discs.

ISO Workshop is one of those applications that you really want to have in your PC’s toolbox.  Its easy to use, works with a number of different image formats as well as disc types.  If you don’t have a tool like this, this is one that you really need to take a hard look at ISO Workshop. The price is right and it does a great job of giving you the basics.

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Watch your favorite movies on your PC with Leawo Blu-Ray Player

leawoIf there’s one thing that I like to do on my computer, it’s watching movies. I do it quite a bit, for that matter. Having the right app on your PC for watching movies is important. Finding the right app to use on your Windows 8 tablet or PC is also not easy. I think I’ve found a good one, though. I gave Leawo Blu-Ray Player a try and I think you should too. It’s a multimedia player for Windows and it’s kinda cool.

Leawo Blu-ray Player can play Blu-ray/DVD disc, audio discs and files, videos and up to 1080P HD videos smoothly on just about any Windows PC, including Windows 8 tablets and PC’s. The software can also play discs from varying regions, so it doesn’t really matter what country the disc is purchased in. Leawo Blu-Ray Player can handle it.

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The app offers a number if different playback modes, including windowed and full screen.  It’s also easy to adjust subtitles and audio. One of the things that I like about it most is that the software is free for playing most any media you have. However, if you want to play Blu-ray media, you’ll have to purchase a license after the end of your 30-day trial.

Leawo Blu-Ray Player is a decent application.  The one problem I had with it, however, was the inability to get it to eject a disc prior to playback. The DVD’s menu appeared, and the app didn’t give me a way to eject the disc. It should have been fairly easy to figure that out. Perhaps I missed it, but either way, it represented a small concern.

The app is very Windows 8 oriented, sporting tiles of its own, within its program window. It fits in very well with Windows 8, as you’ll see in the app’s screen shots. For a free DVD player, this is a decent choice. As a Blu-ray player, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but as of this writing, Leawo is having a 50% off sale, so please check the website for an awesome deal on a great app.

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Keep your DVD collection up to date with EMDB – Eric’s Movie Database

If you’re like me, then you love movies. I’ve got literally hundreds of DVD’s in my movie collection. Some of them are physical, some are digital; but they all need organizing. This is where EMDB saved my bacon. It’s a DVD collection app for Windows and its pretty cool.

EMDB is a small utility to keep track of your DVD collection. The app allows you to keep your DVD collection up-to-date. It features automatic data import from IMDB, and can export data to csv, text or to a complete website. It also has thumbnail cover previews.

EMDB - Eric's Movie Database

The thing that I really like is its loan tracker. With it, you can keep track of which friend and relatives have borrowed which movies. Remember the saving my bacon part… ? Yeah…that was it. With such a large movie collection, I’ve got friends and relatives pulling things out of my movie cabinets all the time. With EMDB, I know who has what, and how long they’ve had it.

EMDB is a decent DVD catalog manager. The fact that it can pull all of the relevant meta data you would want from IMDB is pretty cool. It would be a winner just with that feature. Its loan tracker, however is what really attracted me to it. I’ve got people sticking their hands in my DVD collection all the time. EMDB makes it very easy to know who has what, and where I might be able to find it when it stays gone too long.

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Corel VideoStudio Pro

Quickly create professional styled video with this easy to use Windows application.

CorelEveryone is taking video today. Nearly everyone that I know has a smartphone or has access to a smartphone. As such, they’ve got digital photos and, more importantly, video clips flying all over the place. This is one of the biggest reasons why I like applications like Corel Video Studio Pro. It’s a video editing application for Windows.

Corel VideoStudio Pro is a powerful video-editing application, and has screen recording, built in. Its an all-in-one, video editor that provides editing, advanced effects, interactive web video and total disc authoring into a single package. The app is fast and packed with intuitive tools, that let you create family movies and slideshows, fun, stop motion animations, and screen recordings of presentations, tutorials and more. You can tap into the full power of your multi-core processor and share your creations everywhere with native HTML5 video support, or enhanced DVD and Blu-ray authoring.

Once you’ve got your creations completed, you can quickly share them online, or burn a professional quality DVD/ Blu-ray disk complete with menus, titles and transitions. Corel VideoStudio Pro has a huge template library. You can choose from a variety of Instant Projects, drop in your content and make a movie in minutes. You can drag your media and graphics onto the Timeline, add effects, transitions and more. You can reveal or hide tracks, zoom in and out, or customize the Timeline to your liking. VSP makes it very easy once you get a handle on the workflow.

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Corel VideoStudio Pro is a really cool app. It makes creating video less complicated than other apps and is fun to use. Non-experienced users may have a little bit of trouble getting used to the workflow and some of the tools, but it’s not difficult once you get going. If you have a lot of video and want to pull it all together into a disc that can be passed or sent to relatives or simply want to keep a hard copy record that can be viewed from any set top player, this is a decent choice for the task.

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CyberLink Media Suite – All You Need to Enrich Your Digital Life

CMS10If you’re like me, then you have digital media coming out of your ears – photos, music, video – and more coming nearly every day. It’s not always easy to manage when items are coming at you from all directions. That’s one of the reasons why I like CyberLink Media Suite. It’s a media management tool for Windows.

CyberLink Media Suite is a 10-in-1 software suite featuring PowerDVD for movie playback, PowerDirector for video editing, PowerProducer for DVD authoring, Power2Go DVD burner and 7 other, additional CyberLink apps, including CyberLink WaveEditor for editing your digital audio. It’s an all-in-one DVD & Blu-ray Media suite that allows users to view and work with HD content, including Blu-ray.

One of the biggest things in HD TV as of late is 3D. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of 3D content out there to be had. With PowerDVD, you can use TrueTheater 3D to transform 2D Blu-ray videos into 3D movies in real time. PowerDVD also works wonders for SD DVD’s, too. TrueTheater HD up-converts your DVD’s and vides to near-HD quality. Your SD movie collection is now free of pixilation and other distracting artifacts.

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If you have an HD video camera, PowerDVD is the ultimate media player for viewing your HD videos right on your PC. You can watch AVCHD home videos captured on your camcorder or MKV and FLV files. PowerDVD also supports two new 3D formats – MVC Transport Stream 3D (M2TS) and MK3D – in addition to MVC 1080i 3D PowerDVD also supports quality of 5.1 channels Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD soundtracks for truly HD quality entertainment

When it comes to your digital photo collection, CyberLink Media Suite has you covered there too. You can use MediaShow to organize all of your photos and home videos. You can sort items by date, album or people. MediaShow automatically organizes your photos and videos into a calendar view by the date they were shot.

Once in MediaShow, you can use its FaceMe technology to identify and tag people in your collection. The app is surprisingly accurate. Once faces are tagged, MediaShow makes it easy to locate every photo that a person appears in.

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