• Green Zone put “hidden facts” of Iraq war on screen

    Posted on March 17th, 2010 Maky | 4 comments

    Green zone is a military name for a region in central Baghdad where the headquarters of Coalition forces are located after Iraq war. After seven years, the movie Green Zone sends us back to the very beginning of the Iraq war and put the far-fetched reason of US Congress for war under spotlight once again: what is behind the scene of US Congress’s decision for declaring Iraq war?

    In the movie, we get to know the story of a Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller, acted by Matt Damon, who is designated to Iraq in the search for Weapons of Massive Destruction. After several fruitless actions and unexpected encounters, he gradually discovers the war is in fact a cover-up for political interest and then decides to turn against the conspiracy.

    Whether there is political conspiracy or not, the movie Green Zone boldly takes the risk of assertion to intrigue doubts on the essence of Iraq war. It is at least right about one thing: Iraq does not possess any Weapons of Massive Destruction. Therefore, as logic puts, it could only make sense by some hidden facts known to the deep circle only. Is it a mistake, manipulation or conspiracy? Will the movie lead to a start-from-scratch inspection and justification on Iraq war? Let’s just say things won’t clear out that simply.

    One of the highlights of the movie Green Zone is actor Matt Damon, who bears great success in the three sequels of The Bourne Identity. Besides, as some review points out, this is probably the most honest hollywood movie on Iraq war which you won’t regret to see.

    Here are some screenshots of the movie Green Zone.

    Movie Green Zone

    Movie Green Zone

    Movie Green Zone

    Movie Green Zone

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  • How to rip CSS-protected DVD to AVI format for DVD backup?

    Posted on January 11th, 2010 Maky | 8 comments

    First of all, to rip CSS-protected DVD to AVI format is possible with DVD decrypter program, but is confined to legal use of the DVD only. CSS-protection measure has long been the practice for preventing commercial DVDs from being copied to hard disk or cloned to reproduction. But we are allowed to use DVD decrypter to clone our expensive store bought CSS-protected DVD for DVD backup. As for DVD backup, it only makes sense to rip DVD to a format with DVD-like quality, smaller size and high portability. So this is why we are going to rip DVD to AVI format for the best DVD backup effort.

    Normally, we need a DVD decrypter and a DVD converter to accomplish the task. But now we have an integrated program with comprehensible interface. It is called Leawo DVD Ripper.

    Leawo DVD Ripper is highly compatible with any CSS-protected DVD. CSS-protected DVD will be recognized and automatically decrypted without our interference. So let’s focus on how to rip DVD to AVI format in high quality, that is, DVD-like quality, smaller size and high portability.

    Here is the Download link to the software. Need more checkups, please visit the DVD Ripper‘s page.

    This is a very comprehensible DVD decrypter/ripper program. Feed the CSS-protected DVD in the DVD-ROM drive and use the "Load DVD" function on the program main interface. Then you will see the complete titles and chapters rolled out on the list more or less like the screenshot below.

    Click open the "Profile" dropdown box, navigate to "Common Video" to make a choice on AVI profiles. We are going to use "Xvid Movie (*.avi)" profile, for the DVD-like picture quality and excellent sound quality. Based on MPEG-4 compression, it can guarantee the best ratio of quality to file size. As Xvid is an open-source codec, Xvid encoded AVI video is highly portable to be played on other PC easily.

    Then click "Settings" to open codec control. You will see a list of codec parameters: Video Codec, Quality, Bit Rate, Video Size, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio, etc.

    There are quite a number of parameters set to "auto". It means to program will conduct the Xvid encoding with optimal settings. For beginners, this is a very handy design. But for veterans, it might not be enough to meet your picky demands. So let’s explore the optimal settings for ourselves and gain a better understanding of how the DVD to Xvid AVI conversion works. I am going to manifest the difference among the settings of Bit Rate, the key factor which influences the video quality and file size, by a field-test experiment. Feel compelled to follow me?

    In this experiment, I will rip a 9 second segment of DVD to Xvid AVI in different Bit Rate settings. It is a repetitive action and I think it makes more sense to jump to the conclusion now.

    It is all right if this conclusive data table confuses you. It got me, too, in some senses. LOL. What is behind these data is an equation: File Size = (Video Bit Rate + Audio Bit Rate) * duration /8. If you are perceptive, you would notice this is not an accurate equation and there is small discrepancy between the custom video Bit Rate and the actual video Bit Rate. It is because the Video Bit Rate is vibrant but constant. The actual Video Bit Rate reflects the average of Video Bit Rate. The longer duration of the video is converted, the more approximate the actual Video Bit Rate is to the custom Video Bit Rate.

    Take a 2 hour DVD movie for example, you can be assured to count on the custom Video Bit Rate, say 600, with 128kbps Audio Bit Rate to come up with a 650MB AVI video. ((600+128)*7200/8=655200) By doing this, you have reduced the 4GB DVD movie to 1/6 in size!

    Of course, DVD backup won’t be a valuable one if it doesn’t have DVD-like picture quality. Take a look at the comparison of the screenshots from 600Kbps Video Bit Rate setting, Low Profile, Medium Profile and High Profile.

    Click the links to view the screenshots in full size 720*406.

    600Kbps and Low Profile have just been crossed off because of interior picture quality, while Medium Profile and High Profile are almost the same. If you take the 1.5 times file size multiplication lightly, High Quality Profile is your best choice. Otherwise, Medium Profile is the optimal choice for ripping DVD to Xvid AVI format for DVD backup, with good balance of video quality and file size.

    In conclusion, rip CSS-protected DVD to Xvid format with Medium Profile in Leawo DVD Ripper is the optimal choice for DVD backup. However, this article encourages you to look deeper into the video conversion and use the DVD decrypter/ripper program well. It gives you a picture of how picture quality is in connection with Video Bit Rate. Try to experiment with any Bit Rate setting you want, then you can get the most desirable DVD backup copy of your CSS-protected DVD!

  • How to enjoy Christmas movies and videos anytime and anywhere?

    Posted on December 15th, 2009 Maky | 1 comment

    Christmas movies and videos are must have Christmas entertainments. With portable media player and video converter, you can practically enjoy Christmas movies and videos on the go. This article will show you an easy and fast way to realize that with Leawo‘s nice products.

    People usually go to see Christmas movies and videos during the Christmas season. It is so hot in spirit of seeing films, the seats of cinemas, theaters and opera houses are booked out fast. Christmas film tickets become scarce goods in this time. How do you like when you are told to come tomorrow after shuffling along a long queue before the ticket counter? Sadly, this is the truth.

    But you don’t have to punch your way through the crowd so as to see a Christmas film. You can enjoy the Christmas HD movies and HD videos in a very relaxed way, as long as you possess some things needed to play the Christmas movies and videos: a portable media player like iPod/iPhone or a home theater with an Apple TV and a DVD Ripper or a Video Converter for format conversion.

    So, without further ado, let’s cut to the point to get things work.

    First of all, get DVD copies of the Christmas movies and videos from local video shop or online mall like eBay. It is better if you have already got an MP4 or MKV copies of the Christmas HD movies and videos. We are going to use these video sources as templates to convert to formats that are friendly on iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, Apple TV and the like.

    Secondly, use Leawo DVD Ripper to decode and encode the Christmas movie and video DVDs. The nifty software has all essential functions such output profiles, parameter settings and video edit. They are clearly displayed on the home interface as is shown below.
    Leawo DVD Ripper (click to view large size)
    Take converting DVD to HD MPEG 4 Video (H.264) for example:
    1. insert DVD to your DVD-ROM.
    2. Open Leawo DVD Ripper and "Load DVD"
    3. Select "HD Video -> HD H.264 MPEG-4 AVC Video (*.mp4)" profile.
    4. Click "Settings" to tune codec parameters like Bit Rate, Video Size and Aspect Ratio.
    5. Click "Customize" to edit the video in effect, length, size and watermark.
    6. Click the Rounded Arrow button to start the DVD to HD MPEG4 video conversion.

    Getting hang to Leawo Video Converter is as easy as to Leawo DVD Ripper.
    Leawo Video Converter (click to view large size)
    Take converting Christmas HD videos to iPod touch MPEG 4 Video (H.264) for example:
    1. Open Leawo Video Converter and "Add" HD videos.
    2. Select "iPod -> iPod touch H.264 Wide Screen (720*406)(*.mp4)" profile.
    3. Click "Settings" to tune codec parameters like Bit Rate, Video Size and Aspect Ratio.
    4. Click "Customize" to edit the video in effect, length, size and watermark.
    5. Click the Rounded Arrow button to start the HD video to iPod touch MPEG4 video conversion.

    Last but not least, with Leawo’s fast video convert engine, the processed Christmas movies and videos are soon hot and ready for being transferred to your iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, Apple TV, Blackberry or other handsets. For iPod or iPhone, use iTunes to sync the Christmas videos easily. For PSP, Leawo DVD Ripper and Leawo Video Converter offer a free PSP video manager plugin to ensure a convenient video transfer. For other devices, there are always manuals for video transfer to refer to.

    Now you can settle down to enjoy Christmas movies and videos without wearing out your patience waiting in queue. Using the video converters well can cover the boring journey on a bus or a plain with myriad Christmas happiness and fun. As Christmas is getting close, Leawo has specially held a special Christmas discount for its video converters. You can get one immediately from Leawo’s website before January 1st with pleasant discounts.

  • Christmas blockbuster: Leawo kicks off up to 40% discount on all video converter products

    Posted on December 8th, 2009 admin | No comments

    Note: Leawo debuted Christmas offer with up to 40% discounts applied to all of its products, including Leawo Video Converter, DVD Ripper, Mac Video Converter and a series of AVI, MP4, 3GP, iPod/iPhone and PSP converters. It is a real boon to those who are searching for video format solutions.

    As a professional media format solution provider, Leawo Software today debuted a full-scale discount on all of its video converter products, boasting an up to 40% rebate rate for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Leawo applied discounts to all of its video converters for Windows, DVD rippers and converters and video converters for Mac. The discount is available through direct online purchase page on Leawo official site. The offer will last till Jan 1st. For those who would like to convert their holiday videos, it is the best opportunity to get an effective solution yet with great savings.

    "We have received compliments and good suggestions from our Thanksgiving promotion, which has been our confidence to do it better in this Christmas offer. All of our products are embraced in this discount. We wish all of those who have selected us a merry Christmas with our offer and welcome any valued suggestions to help us work out much better products." Said the manager of Leawo Marketing Department.

    Product discount information and pricings:

    Leawo all-in-one Video Converter, which features Windows 7 compatibility, over 100 convert profiles, HD video conversions, convert parameter settings and edit & trim & crop & watermark customizations, is now at $19.95 per license.

    Leawo DVD Ripper, which features Windows 7 compatibility, copying and converting protected & commercial DVD, subtitle and soundtrack selections, convert parameter settings and edit & trim & crop & watermark customizations, is now at $29.95 per license.

    Leawo Mac Video Converter, which features Snow Leopard compatibility, over 100 convert profiles, HD video conversions, convert parameter settings and bi-window customizations on edit & trim & crop & watermark, is now at $29.95 per license.

    Buy more, get more. More discounts are available for bunch purchase. Please contact Leawo to request the value you deserve.

  • New features in Leawo DVD Ripper 2.0.1.0

    Posted on November 2nd, 2009 Maky | 5 comments

    Leawo DVD Ripper has now been upgraded to version 2.0.1.0. Several improvements have been made to this upgrade. DVD Copy and Watermark are two major functional extensions. DVD Copy allows users to copy contents from protected DVD disc. DVD protection measure has already be handled in previous versions, but users have to convert DVD to other video formats such as MP4, AVI, MOV and RMVB in order to get the content out. As a unique conversion method, DVD Copy does not decode and encode the video at all. Users get the same content as they do by copying in the file browser. Watermark is a technique that allows users to tag personal information on the video display. Leawo DVD Ripper 2.0.1.0 accepts image types in a wide range and flexible choices on text styles as qualified watermarks.

    Here is a demo that will show you these two new features.

  • Rip sounds from Halloween thrillers to spook people

    Posted on October 29th, 2009 Maky | 1 comment

    Thrillers abound on and around Halloween to involve people in a horror atmosphere. If you are fond of spooky effect, there is a better way than just watching the Halloween thrillers. That is, to rip hair-raising sounds from Halloween thrillers and play them by a PMP or cell phone hidden in a place hardly found. People can keep their eyes from seeing horrible things, but can’t shut the eerie sound out of their ears. It can be really spooky when you let out a screaming sound from the dark attic, odd voices inside the wall or cunning laughter in the bathroom. When people are going to watch thrillers, they have already known what is to come and prepared for it. But they can hardly hold themselves when the surprise jumps out from nowhere. So if you have a friend who boasts he has never been caught by the thrillers, you can easily knock out his unskilled guise by inviting him to your elaborately set spooky house.

    halloween haunted house

    First things first, you can’t spook people with tousy sounds that can be recognized at once, right? Sounds with electronic noises are just out of the effect and can spoil your strenuous trick easily. To avoid unnatural results, you should look for video sources from HD videos or DVDs. Then you use a good effective extractor or converter program to split the sound and cut segments from it.

    The meat is ready and a good cook is expected. We recommend Leawo DVD Ripper for you to cook your DVD “meat” and Leawo Video Converter to cook your HD video “meat”. They are both qualified converter tools that are experienced in multi-directional video and audio converting. In this case, they are used to extract and convert audio from the videos, which is just a piece of cake to them.

    How to rip sounds from Halloween thrillers with Leawo DVD Ripper and Leawo Video Converter?

    1. Run Leawo DVD Ripper or Leawo Video Converter to import either DVD source or local video source.

    2. Select an audio output profile, for example, MP3 or WMA. Then enter the codec setting panel via “Settings” button. Video codec settings are not available in audio conversion, so you only need to put up the parameter, which means good quality.

    3. Use customize panel to cut an exact sound segment to your liking. The adjustment precision is at millisecond so you are not necessarily bothered by the inaccurate timing of the cut segment.

    4. Start the conversion and get the ready sound files from the program folder via “open” button.

    Tips: You can always review your Halloween pranks by recording how great the impact is on your visitors. Just enjoy Halloween!

  • Halloween thrillers to penetrate your threshold of panic

    Posted on October 25th, 2009 Maky | No comments

    There isn’t better time than Halloween in a year when people can play and enjoy horror activities together. One of the keynotes of Halloween is the thrillers, because they are exceptionally suitable to the holiday’s atmosphere. When at home, people usually turn off the lights and watch the thrillers in the dark. It is a good way to test your guts and to see where your threshold of panic lies. Here, we recommend 5 classic thrillers to enrich your frightening sources.

    1. Halloween (imdb rates: 8.0/10)

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    A Halloween night turns deadly when a former child murderer escapes from the mental hospital and returns to his small hometown to terrorize a babysitter. Soon her friends start disappearing one by one…. 

    2. Alien (imdb rates: 8.5/10)

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    This ultimate horror-sci-fi combo is an eerie look at what happens when a space crew stumbles upon an unknown planet and finds alien eggs.

    3. Event Horizon (imdb rates: 6.3/10)

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    A rescue crew in space comes to investigate and if possible, rescue a government spaceship gone missing for seven years. When they board the ship, they learn that the ship has been somewhere beyond space and brought something back with it that is an unspeakable evil.

    4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (imdb rates: 7.7/10)

    harry potter and the prisoner of azkaban

    The books and movies have already cast a spell on your family. So what better time than Halloween to revisit the magical world of little wizard Potter? Don’t miss Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, praised by critics as the best in the series, although your kids below 8 might find it disturbing. 

    5. The Silence of the Lambs (imdb rates: 8.7/10)

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    Clarice Starling, a young intelligent FBI trainee, has been sent to the Batlimore state hospital for the Criminally insane to interview an inmate Dr. Hannibal-the cannibal- Lecter. A Brilliant renowned psychiatrist turned infamous Psychopathic Serial killer. She must match wits with Lecter -who has the darkest of all minds- and trust him to give her clues in the search for “Buffalo Bill”. a nick name for a loose,unknown, unstoppable Pyschopathic Serial killer.

    Watch the thrillers before and after Halloween to see if you can get on well with your fright. The impact should be much stronger if the thrillers are watched on your portable player with the ambient sound is sent directly into your ears via earphones. Use Leawo DVD Ripper to convert the DVD movie to the formats that match your PMPs.

    Guide: How to Convert DVD movie to other video formats.

    1. Insert your DVD disc, open Leawo DVD Ripper and import the DVD source.

    dvd ripper

    2. Select a video format profile and specify codec settings if you wish.

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    3. Edit the video effect, define the time length and screen size, apply watermarks at your wish.

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    4. Start the conversion.

  • Help reduce greenhouse gas when using Leawo Video Converter

    Posted on October 22nd, 2009 Maky | No comments

    Maybe you have no idea of how Leawo Video Converter can do anything to reduce greenhouse gas. So let’s start with the facts.

    Hundreds of millions of computers are running every second on earth, thanks to the blooming economy and the exploding technology development. Personal computers take a lion’s share of the sum. Awesome as the fact reflects, it is raising alarms that a large number of these terminals are contributing to the step-up of global warming. How could a set of PC have something to do with the global issue? Look, there is an average power consumption of 200 warts in a PC, and the global aggregate should go up to billions of warts per second. That’s a huge figure. Coming of convenience and mostly unawareness, people often let their terminals on idling with nothing more to do. Assuming there are 1 million computers running concurrently all over the world at a power consumption rate of 200 warts, there are approximately 46 tons of CO2 being produced per hour, equal to the amounted weight of 200 elephants.

    The topic of global warming is not the exclusivity of the high profile government officials. Every one of us has the same duty to assume. To help reduce greenhouse gas, it is easy yet wise to cut your computer power consumption when it is idling. Turn it off when it has finished your work. A kind advice is that if you are using Leawo Video Converter or any other Leawo’s video converter programs, make sure to have the option of “Shut down computer after conversion” on when there is a long list of videos to be processed. It can raise your efficiency so that you can get around doing something else and the energy efficiency as well. The more of you remember to do so will save the earth from tons of killing greenhouse gases. Let’s start contributing to the sustainable development of our planet by small things.