• Why do We Need Blu-rays and DVDs in the Age of Streaming

    Posted on January 6th, 2017 Henry | No comments

    About a decade ago, gift giving of DVDs between friends who love movies was very commonplace. But in recent years, as Internet grew in popularity, the sales of DVDs and later Blu-rays started to drop and video streaming services started to replace the physical media. Buying Blu-ray or DVD discs has become more of an uncommon thing because online video streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime or others provide us with libraries with thousands of movies and TV shows for a monthly price less than the cost of a single movie on Blu-ray disc. If a choice had to be made, most people would probably go for online movie streaming rather than a Blu-ray disc.

    Although streaming is the mainstream right now but some of you might not know that physical media still remains superior to streaming in almost every way regarding technical aspect.

    Even the best streaming can’t surpass physical media in picture and sound quality

    The most basic elements of the home viewing experiences are the picture and sound quality. And the current gold standard in home video is 4K. The standard resolution of 4K is 3840*2160, which is way higher than the old HD standard of 1080P and in theory, it should be able to provide denser and sharper image. But according to the A/V enthusiasts at WhatHiFi.com who compared the 4K content offered by Netflix and Amazon to the traditional 1080P Blu-ray disc, the viewing experience of the streaming 4K was basically the same as 1080P Blu-ray. More surprisingly, the contrast and color of the Blu-rays are significantly better than the 4K streaming. Ultra HD discs, in the meanwhile, shows obvious advantage over the two.

    Another advantage that physical media has over streaming is in surround sound technology. Blu-rays are able to contain the Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio standards capable of producing supreme seven-speaker sound. With the right setup, these audio formats are able to make the big movie scenes more dynamic and immersive.

    What’s dragging streaming down is compression: the picture and sound quality has to be compromised to be sent efficiently over the internet. Although effects have been put into retaining the quality from compression, quality loss is still inevitable. Darker scenes tend to suffer the most from quality loss. Some specific scenes, like sunsets or rooms lit by firelight, would become chunky and pixelated.

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  • Freely Enjoy Top New Released DVDs for 2011 New Year Celebration Like “Resident Evil: Afterlife”, “The American”, “Salt “, “Mesrine: Public Enemy #1”

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 David Brooks | No comments

    Are you a person who loves movies but prefers to watch treasured movies at home? For the upcoming 2011 New Year celebration, you could realize your ideas to watch some extremely popular movies at home with their DVD releases, like Resident Evil: Afterlife, The American, Salt, Mesrine: Public Enemy #1, Devil, etc. These popular movie DVDs are all newly released to provide a truly New Year feast for 2011.

    Well, let’s firstly take a look at what popular DVD movies are available to while away the waiting of 2011 New Year celebration, and then find out solutions to solve some problems during enjoying these DVDs.

    The American

    In The American, George Clooney again proves his worth as an actor and has attracted audience with his unique character. Though the promotion picture seems to make this file an action movie, elaborate action sequences, tight pacing, and ear-throbbing music could not be your expectation, as it could be considered as a fascinating melodrama with slow pacing to indicate the inner mind of the roles. The American DVD version would be released at Dec. 28, 2010, just a few days before New Year celebration.

    Resident Evil: Afterlife

    For action horror movie fans, the Blu-ray disc of Resident Evil Afterlife released at Dec. 28, 2010 would absolutely be a must have for DVD collections. The atmospheric tone, great action moves, killer effect, plus excellent performance of starring Milla Jovovich make this action movie an amazing choice for fans.

    Salt

    Salt DVD has been released at Dec. 21, 2010 for Christmas celebration, while it would still be a hot choice for New Year celebration. Stay at home and watch Salt to see Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) how to prove her innocence against being accusing of a sleeper spy in New Year celebration would no doubt be a fantastic enjoyment.

    Mesrine: Public Enemy #1

    DVD version of this crime and mystery spree thriller would be released at Dec. 28, 2010 for movie fans. Across Canada, the United States and Spain, through France and Algeria, this DVD would again tells the story of the incredible rise of one of history’s greatest gangsters, ‘Mesrine: Killer Instinct’, the #1 public enemy for its ” great achievement” in crime.

    Step Up 3D

    Maybe the above DVD movies would make your nerve so tight. Well, there are also some lighthearted and cheerful DVDs to be enjoyed, just like the Step Up 3D DVD. If you are a street dancing lover, this DVD version of Step Up 3D would be a must collection for you. This romance drama would unveil a world of intense street dancing of New York.

    Still, many other excellent DVDs released or to be soon released could produce a nice celebration for the approaching New Year celebration, like The Other Guys, Twelve, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, etc.

    When we are trying to enjoy these fantastic DVD movies, there might always appear such problems like “Invalid File Format” when we try to enjoy these DVD movies with our Home Theater System or sometimes we want to watch these DVDs on portable media players like iPhone to avoid physical damage of treasured DVDs. In such cases, we should find out a solution which could help us freely enjoy DVDs with either DVD players or portable devices. Leawo Blu-ray Ripper is right a nice choice to solve such problems.

    This Blu-ray DVD Ripper is an all-inclusive tool to handle both Blu-ray and DVD discs by ripping DVD files to common video file formats therefore enables freely enjoying of DVDs. Take “Resident Evil: Afterlife” for example, this Blu-ray Ripper could rip DVD Resident Evil Afterlife to common video file formats to realize playback on different portable devices. No format limitations would exist. You could download this Blu-ray ripper and convert Blu-ray Resident Evil Afterlife to MP4, AVI, 3GP, or any other video formats compatible of your players.

    With this smart tool, no matter you get a DVD The American or Blu-ray disc Resident Evil Afterlife, it is available for you to rip and convert DVD movies to common videos for free playback different media players. Now, you have both newly released DVD discs of popular movies and DVD ripping solutions, there would be nothing to prevent you from free enjoyment of movies at home.

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  • A Christmas Letter to Santa Claus Asking for a Special Christmas Gift: Taking Me to My Great Grandfather

    Posted on December 14th, 2010 Irene | No comments

    Christmas is the most important holiday of the year in most western countries as well as the most exciting day tens of thousands of Children yearning for. Santa Claus, the old man enjoys great popularity among adults and children, on Christmas Eve, will send the best Christmas greetings to people and deliver the most anticipating Christmas gifts to children all over the world. Likewise, children all around the world will write to Santa Claus with beautiful Christmas photos and beautiful Christmas pictures enclosed. In the letter, children will present to Santa Claus that they have performed very well during the year so they hope they can get Christmas gifts such as MP3, football, doll… Santa sent from the chimney. Most of these Christmas letters are permeated with joyfulness and happiness.

    With the approaching of the annual Christmas 2010, the “Post Office of Santa Claus Village” located in Finland, North Pole has received thousands of Christmas letters from pole to pole. That’s right! Those letters are all addressed to Santa Claus. In order to live up to the expectations of children, the staffs in the post office will write back to every child at full stretch. In the sea of letters, a letter from a little boy is totally different from those in which demanding for gifts serves as the main tone. He does not ask for gift for himself but earnestly ask the Santa Claus to take him to his sick old great grandfather living far away from him. I guess to his great grandfather, he must be the most precious Christmas gift from Santa Claus.

    Maybe it is a little bit difficult for Santa Clause to take the little boy to his great grandfather, but I have a better idea for him: a Christmas DVD with his every word and every smile carved. How to make such a warmth-filled DVD? A handy yet easy-to-use multimedia tool is needed here: DVD Creator. It can convert and create DVDs from videos in almost all popular formats. By using this smart tool, I’m sure that the little boy’s great grandfather can hear his lovely voice and see his happy countenance when his receives this Christmas gift. Moreover, Christmas greetings can be added to DVD video with DVD Creator. Words like “I love you, Great Grandfather” can be appended over the video. The most precious gift is the one that can touch the heart of the receiver, and this Christmas DVD designed for the little boy is just what can get people moved. More surprisingly, because of this Christmas season, the DVD Creator will save 35% off on Christmas Special Offer.

    You can not find another festival like Christmas that can stir the heart of people, a Christmas DVD that can take you to your beloved one can really eat the receivers’ heart. Go and DIY such a touching Christmas DVD as a Christmas gift. Have fun!

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  • Backup the Beatles to DVD: to Make it a Permanent Limited Edition Unique for You

    Posted on November 25th, 2010 Irene | No comments

    It is no doubt that The Beatles is the greatest band in pop music world that enjoys the highest reputation, has the most fans and makes the most successful contribution to the reform and development of Rock & Roll. Whenever and wherever the four burning-blooded guys: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appear, cheering and screaming voices will spin around far and near, never fading away…

    The Beatles influences the development of America local pop music with its “British Invasion” music culture. Its extraordinary great charm makes fans all over the world crazy, “Beatlemania” is the most authentic portrayal of this music spree.

    You can get The Beatles and feel their charm of music on iTunes now. I am quite sure you will agree with me that the magic of The Beatles is beyond words. So The Beatles music is all your life, soaking through you every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every… Have you ever thought of collecting up all The Beatles Songs? As for keeping The Beatles as a permanent limited collection, I strongly recommend you to backup The Beatles to DVD. The smart software DVD Creator can help you to achieve this. What you have to do is only download The Beatles from iTunes and then input all Beatles music to DVD creator. You can also carve it a personalized DVD for you by editing.

    If you are not satisfied with the DVD you have burned, you can also resort to DVD Ripper which will help you to adjust The Beatles to a perfect edition without any quality loss. By the way, if you have a group of friend who are fond of The Beatles and you hope to share it with them, a DVD Copy which can achieve 1:1 duplication must be your best choice.

    So much has been said and written about Beatles on the Internet, and only you got your own customized DVD about Beatles, WOW, it is really cool, right? Come on, guys!!! Seize the chance to swim in the vast music ocean belongs to The Beatles and unique for you.

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  • Top 10 Money Saving Shopping Tips for the Upcoming Biggest Shopping Season–Black Friday

    Posted on November 25th, 2010 Irene | No comments

    With the approaching of Thanksgiving, comes the annual shopping season—Black Friday. Merchants are doing their flourishing business, busy in preparing for the arrival of the sales blitz. Do you want to take advantage of this peak season and pick up your favorite goods with excellent quality and reasonable price? But before rolling up your sleeves, you have to pour some efforts to the preparation work in case that your action will turn out to be a waste of time and money.

    In order to promise you a perfect shopping experience on this Black Friday, I list the top 10 money saving shopping tips for the upcoming Black Friday:

    Tip 1:Make your shopping list. Generally speaking, a reasonable shopping list can protect you from overspending money. So before start browsing the sales paper, you should think of those items you are in need of and just skip those you are not looking for without hesitation. When you begin shopping you will stick to your list at hand to a large extent. Then you can check out your favorites through the sales papers.

    Tip 2: Make good use of the shopping guide. Maybe most of you have got a great deal of shopping guides about Black Friday sales. Since you have targeted to your shopping list, you can search the popular Thanksgiving 2010 commodities on the Internet. Commodities like laptop computer, digital camera, video camera, DVD Ripper, HD Video Converter, iPod, iPhone, iPad…will pop up, most of which are on a great discount and then you can select those you really need but accidentally omit to your shopping list.

    Tip 3:Compare the price on the Internet. To avoid sinking into the shopping trap, it is quite necessary for you to check out the price on the Internet. Sometimes the businessmen will confuse you by offering a nice discount on the commodity superficially. You may come back from shopping with full of joy, but when you find out the usual online price is much cheaper than the one you got with great effort, I guess you will feel down in an instantly. So doing online price research before rushing for the so-called Black Fridays deals.

    Tip 4: Figure out your “battlefield”. If you want to move faster than your competitors on the competitive “battlefield”, you can go to the stores or supermarkets you are going to do shopping on in advance. It is really a good way to improve your shopping efficiency by making clear about the setting of the commodities.

    Tip 5: Start shopping before or after Black Friday. Some retailers have launched Black Friday online sales from Thursday. If you want to do discount shopping, you may visit online shopping.com. Take Leawo.com for example, all products would have a discount and some of them would be chosen for giveaway. So paying attention to the website real-time information, you will surely not miss the good deal.

    Tip 6: Choose some remote shop. Lots of supermarket will have branches, for example, Walmart. You can make sure the location on the Internet at first and then drive to it. Although it will be a little bit faster, but you have more chances to get good stuff for not so many people are there.

    Tip 7: Bring with your shopping buddy. When you rush into the shop and get what you want it can not be called an end. You have to wait for another long check out team. So if one of you are queuing in line for checking out and the other are getting approach to the stuffs, it will save you much valuable time.

    Tip 8: Bring you Ads with you. Probably some stores will not even honor the discount price listed on their shopping ads. So remember to bring your Ads with you, it can not only for your reference but also serves as the evidence when you find that that the “lowest price guaranteed” does not meet with the identical goods.

    Tip 9: Adjust your shopping strategy if necessary. Usually, there will be a large group of people around the hottest promotion goods and the quantity is limited. At this moment you should not waiting for your turn any more or you will get back home empty-handed. It is rather smart for you to turn to other goods.

    Tip 10: Use your credit card. Credit card is not recommended when shopping in usual days, but it is strongly recommended on Black Friday. A credit card can provide you with good quality assurance, return guarantee and even price guarantee (Within 60days, if the price of your commodity is lowered, the credit card company will return you the price difference).

    Hey, are you ready for Black Friday deals? I hope you can spend less and get more on this Black Friday. BTW, happy Thanksgiving and enjoy Black Friday!!!

  • Top Four Kinds of Carefully Selected Thanksgiving Gifts for You

    Posted on November 24th, 2010 Irene | No comments

    Thanksgiving Day is getting nearer and nearer with its approaching tread on the slipping-away time. Generally speaking, the thanksgiving season is a really good time to remember life’s blessings which are actually gifts from people around you. So it is also marked as a pretty good chance for you to convey your thankful feelings and express your sincere gratitude to your loved ones.

    Picking up the ideal gifts and sending to your loved ones is equivalent to providing them with a bed of roses, both of you derive enjoyment and happiness from it. From this point, how to select the suitable ones from millions of tons of gifts can be defined as an intellectual discipline to a large extent. Are those sweet yet painful gifts still bothering you? Hey, guys, just throw away the annoying thought and look at here. I’ve already prepared some carefully selected Thanksgiving gifts for you, go for it now!

    Common Thanksgiving Gifts As busy as you are, you may not have enough spare time to wrack your brain and prepare a gift. Some common gifts like flowers, chocolates and candies can be your first option. Although stale and boring they are, they can always work well in gift-giving. Waves of flowers’ fragrance refreshing mind and heart, chocolates’ flavor melting sorrow and suffering, candies’ sweetness bringing warm and happiness. You do not have to worry about that you have sent the wrong present for they are comprehensively applicable.

    Hand-crafted Thanksgiving GiftsI guess you can not find out a gift that can express your good will flawlessly except the one you made by yourself. So you can try something unique. A Thanksgiving card filled with your sincere words, a Thanksgiving photo frame full of your caring, a Thanksgiving letter covered with your gratitude, and a fruit basket along with your comfort, which can transfer your considerate feeling to your loved ones directly though they are not so delicate as the ones sold in the boutique.

    Special Thanksgiving GiftsSpecial gifts like diamonds: rare but precious. With the advent of information era, gifts are added some high-tech elements. Stylish modern people like you should apply to computer technology to DIY your special Thanksgiving gift. I think you must possess a lot of videos that carve the beautiful memories you have spent with your loved ones. Why not try to edit them to Thanksgiving-themed videos and burn them to DVDs? Only a smart little helper is needed here – DVD Creator, which can create DVD from video of popular formats. I am sure that the receiver will be amazing at this glorious individualized Thanksgiving gift. Come on to send them a big surprise.

    Practical Thanksgiving GiftsSome people like to receive gifts that can be used in meaningful ways. So you have to think of something practical to these people who adhere to pragmatism. A film or a sports ticket can please your friends who belong to movie fans and sports fans. As to ones prefer in doing exercises, a body-building card can satisfy them undoubtedly. And a comfortable spa can be the best gift for your female friends.

    Do you have some ideas about Thanksgiving gifts? If you are vacillating, trying out the special ones – using DVD Creator to create Thanksgiving-themed DVDs. It will never let you down. Have fun!