BDtoAVCHD

Burn HD video discs and play them back on both set top boxes and your Windows PC with this cool utility.

My optical drive has been getting quite a workout lately. It’s a good thing, too. I’ve got well over 500 movies in both standard and HD formats. That’s great for when I feel like watching a movie on my PC or on my iPad or with my AppleTV. However, sometimes, it would just be nice to be able to pop a disc in a set top box and watch it because the TV that the AppleTV is connected to is busy, or I don’t want to watch on my Mac or iPad. This is where BCtoAVCHD comes in. It’s a cool Windows utility that can burn HD video discs that can be played on your computer or on your set top box.

BDtoAVCHD creates AVCHD discs from Blu-Ray or HD MKV files. As output we get the folder structure ready to burn to a DVD5 or DVD9. The software compresses the video to achieve the desired overall size of 4.7 GB or 8.5 GB with the highest possible quality.

The AVCHD format allows playback of the same type of content that a Blu-Ray drive or player does while maintaining HD (up to 1080p) but on DVD5 or DVD9 media. It is ideal for backing up Blu-Ray discs to a much a smaller disc while maintaining high quality. Media is converted only when necessary; and you don’t need any special codecs or media splitters installed. The best part – your discs can be played on almost any desktop Blu-ray player or PS3.

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BDtoAVCHD would be a really cool program if I could get the app to work with some of the video files I have on my Mac. Unfortunately, it wants to use M2TS or MKV files, and that’s it. Unfortunately, I have none. While the app will work with Blu-ray discs directly, you have to have a Blu-ray drive to read a disc, and unfortunately, mine is on the fritz.

The fact that this app won’t use industry standard video files like MPG’s or WMV’s or other HD compatible file is somewhat upsetting, and greatly reduces the value and usefulness of the app in my eyes.

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Be the DJ your party needs with DJ Mixer 3 Pro

Getting the party started and everyone involved is always a challenge. Having the right music for your festivities aside, providing a never ending stream of dance music to “get the party started,” isn’t always the easiest of activies. That’s why I like DJ Mixer Pro. It’s a multiplatform digital mixing application.

Now-a-days, its not just about pumping up the volume.  Most parties (want to) incorporate video as well as audio into the mix, provided the spinologist and/or venue has the equipment to make it happen.  With DJ Mixer Pro, this isn’t an issue. You can use it to play professional video, karaoke as well as audio.DJ Mixer Pro is a full-featured and complete VJ/DJ software tool for both beginners and seasoned professionals alike. It combines a sophisticated, easy-to-use interface, with innovative mixing tools to help you perform electrifying live mixes.  With it, you can take advantage of all four of its audio and video decks to create unique, complex, and dynamic mixes. Regardless of what media types you mix together, DJ Mixer Pro’s innovative feature set, reliable mixing engine and interface will insure that you bring down the house. Its automated beat matching, real-time effects, sampler, smart looping, tempo shifting, pitch shifting, MIDI controller support, video mixing features, just to name a few, are all at your fingertips.

DJ Mixer Pro enables you to mix your music, karaoke and video regardless of format. It supports such as MP3, M4A, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, OGG, CDA, Karaoke CDG, MP3+G, AVI, MPEG, MP4, MOV, MKV, and WMV just to name a few; and you can mix and matchthem in a play list to your heart’s desire.

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10 esential media players to choose from

Giving the fact that most of us are listening to music or watching videos on a daily basis, I thought that it might be useful to write a short guide presenting you 10 essential media players from which you can choose the one that is suitable. Starting in a randomly order:

Nullsoft Winamp

One of the oldest media players on the market supported by a huge community. You can choose to use its free version which is suitable for listening to music and to online radio and gives you unlimited access to custom playlists. For the payed version you will get access to a video player module and a comprehensive list of audio and graphical plug-ins.

iTunes

Mostly known for its online market and exclusive sync feature with iPod players, iTunes is nothing else but a huge music library. It can scan your computer for audio files and arrange them in order based on defined filters. It will automatically download for free covers for any music album and additional information from the iTunes marketplace.

Windows Media Player

Any Windows user knows this media player. It exists since the dawn of computers and along with Winamp makes the oldest couple in the media players market. It’s free and integrated in any Windows operating system and has video and audio functions. In terms of video playback, the player comes with native wma support. Any other codecs need to be installed in order to run specific video files. The audio section is much better represented with lots of options to organize your music collection. Version 12 (available only in Windows 7) can also be used as Media Center for third party consoles such as XBOX 360 and PS3.

VLC for Windows | VLC for MAC

The one that you need. It’s free and ready to play any video format including MKV, XVID, DIVX, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc. VLC is an open source project that earned its popularity because of its own engine that requires no additional codecs to be installed. Any type of video or audio file can be played with no problems. The only drawback is that from version to version, VLC becomes bigger and bigger.

BSPlayer

One of the most popular free video players. BSPlayer has been focused from the beginning on delivering the best video experience for the user requiring very low CPU and RAM usage while running. It also features a wide variety of display modes (all types of aspect ratios and uncommon resolutions) and subtitle options which enable the users to watch video files in many of the world’s languages.

Quicktime

Quicktime is included by default in any Mac operating system and delivered for free for other operating systems. In general you will find it in bundle with iTunes. While iTunes is strictly for music, Quicktime is strictly for videos. It suffers from the same lack of options like Windows Media Player when coming to special video formats or subtitles support, but delivers an incredible image quality when playing high definition videos.

ALLPlayer

Developed by Arthur Majtczak, AllPlayer is probably the most popular program for watching movies on the Polish market. With full subtitles support it plays all known media formats, and furthermore has an implemented LiveUpdate function to update the latest codecs if there is a problem with opening a movie file. The program also searches for matching subtitles in all languages automatically.
Unlike most players, ALLPlayer is not merely an overlay for MediaPlayer, and it uses DirectX, which makes it possible to play any movie. The program is also integrated with a speech synthesizer application, allowing you to watch movies with subtitles with a reader (dubbing).
GOM Player

GOM Player ranks among the most popular media players in Asia. It’s a video/audio player with additional multimedia functions. GOM uses low CPU utilization while giving you the best possible image and subtitle quality. It can also play incomplete files (with missing indexes) without buffering. Similar to VLC, GOM can play any media files due to its built-in codecs library. In addition, Codec Finder service helps codec installation; this service will tell you exactly which codec you should install and where you can download the codec. This service is powerful, easy to use, and highly interactive. With it’s help, you can watch any media files of various formats.

RealPlayer

Very popular in its former days on the US market, RealPlayer is more of a social multimedia player suited for online services and mobile devices. You can download videos from tens of thousands of websites with the click of a button and easily transfer them to your phone or mobile device. RealPlayer comes also with social network support. You can pick a downloaded video from your library and click on the icon for the social network you want to share it on (or the envelope icon if you just want to e-mail it). Voila! Your desired video from your local collection is uploaded.

Media Player Classic

If you want to return to the pure simplicity, then you need to take a look at Media Player Classic. It’s really the easiest way to play video on your PC. Started as a free project by Gabest, Media Player Classic is an enhanced version of Windows Media Player 6.4. This program can play DVDs with the help of external decoders like WinDVD and it can also play RealMedia files, if RealPlayer One is installed. It requires additional codecs installation for specific video files.

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HandBrake the multivitamin transcoder

HandBrake is an open-source video transcoder that can rip any DVD or Bluray-like video source into MP4 or MKV. The HandBrake project started as a BeOS application later being ported over to MacOS X and to GNU/Linux. Latest version comes also with Windows support and with additional features such as:

  • Chapter selection, Chapter Markers
  • Subtitles
    • Vobsub and Closed Captions
    • SRT import and passthru
    • SSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)
  • Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video Encoding
  • Support for VFR, CFR and VFR
  • Video: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Cropping and scaling
  • Live Video Preview

Being not a native Windows application, HandBrake is a little bit complicated to use. Therefore the guys from Codeplex started a new project based on HandBrake source adding a new and improved interface to it.

download HandBrake for Mac | download HandBrake for Windows

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Aunsoft Video Converter latest version

Aunsoft Studio updated its Aunsoft Video Converter by optimizing the function of file importing and making it more powerful and fluent in video conversion. The current version of Aunsoft Video Converter is Version 1.0.1.2345.

Aunsoft Video Converter provides a perfect solution to video conversion between various formats at a fast speed with high quality level. It can help you convert other video format like .TS, .MKV, .AVI, etc to H.264 .MP4 for portable device including XOOM, Galaxy Tab, iPhone4, even new released iPad 2. You will never worry about problems caused by different video formats.

Apart from the perfectly conversion ability, this app is also optimized in editing video files. Users can make their unique movies by using its editing functions, like cropping unwanted video parts, trimming video length and adding image or video to the original video and replacing the original audio files.

System Requirement:
Operating System: Windows XP/2003/Vista, Windows 7, Windows Home Server.
DirectX Version: 9.0 or above.
Memory: 64MB at least

Price and Availability:
Aunsoft Video Converter is just $35 available from Aunsoft official website. Besides, you can get free update and warm after-service all the time.

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Extract multiple tracks concurrently out of a MKV file (video, audio, subtitle, etc)

If you love movies as much as I do, you’ve probably heard about MKV (Matroska) containers already. Otherwise, let me tell you a couple of words about them.

First of all, they are generally considered to be superior to any other containers in every aspect. The main reason behind this is that Matroska supports important features compared to any other multimedia container (i.e. variable frame rate and anamorphism which has an important role in video quality).

Another reason is because Matroska can enclose an unlimited number of video, audio, picture or subtitle tracks inside a single MKV file. Because of this, you might want to extract those tracks out of the MKV file. A way to do that is by using a GUI (Graphical User Interface) which I recently discovered, called MKVcleaver.

Find out more reading the full review of MKVcleaver or downloading MKVcleaver.

MKVcleaver requires MKVToolnix, you can get MKVToolnix from here.

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Convert DVDs and Blu-Ray DVDs to MKV the easiest way possible

While the .mkv files (matroska files) become a standard in multimedia container formats (especially for hi-quality multimedia video files), the need of DVD/Blu-ray converter to .mkv files has raised. There are plenty of advanced tools with this purpose out there of course but today we have a much easier and efficient solution to do this – MakeMKV.

To use it, you’ll have to load a DVD or Blu-ray disk and click the DVD icon. Next, select the chapters you want to include and specify the output name and location. Click ‘Create MKV’ and you’re done – the conversion process will start.

Operating is simple. Load the disc and click the DVD icon, select the chapters you want to include, specify the output name and location and click Create MKV. The software will make the specified MKV file quick and easy.

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