• Appetizer before Thanksgiving Dinner

    Posted on November 19th, 2010 David Brooks | 473 comments

    Chocolate Silk Pecan Pie,Crescent Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels,Crescent Bacon-Cheddar Pinwheels,Awesome Pumpkin Pie,Campbell’s Green Bean Casserole,Moist and Savory Stuffing,a Simply Perfect Roast Turkey (like the picture shows), have these Thanksgiving food made your mouth water?So many delicious and tasty Thanksgiving foods are provoking your appetite. But, what about if you are the kitchen master who has to prepare all these opulent foods for those who have started gnawing on the table legs for eating, what is your feeling now? Scalp creepy or try to provide foods in a rush only to find endless troubles?

    Well, in such occasions, you’d better do something that attracts their attention and let they forget their stomach, like playing games, assigning some housework, etc. Well, here is another very nice suggestion for you to stop their annoying noise, and make an appetizer before Thanksgiving dinner as well. That is to let them view your last Thanksgiving Day videos.

    Your DVD player can’t read the video you recorded? Or “Invalid Format” appears on your player display? Take it easy. You can just spend a few minute to solve this problem and then go back to your position. Before telling you the method, let’s take a look at the picture bellow.

    Well, you got it? You even needn’t to get a DVD writer, what you need to do is just launch your computer and then come to a online software solution provider to download a DVD Creator, which would act like a DVD writer for you to burn your recorded video to DVD, thus you can play it in your DVD player. Well, done.

    If you have enough time, and, you want to make the video funnier to make all the gnawing totally forget the foods, this Leawo DVD Creator would also meet your needs. You can add a funny family picture or interesting text as a logo.

    Now, with all annoying sounds far away, you can focus yourself on becoming the Kitchen Master to make delicious Thanksgiving food.

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  • Turkey: Invite Me to Thanksgiving Dinner?

    Posted on November 19th, 2010 David Brooks | 409 comments

    Although Thanksgiving is not a traditional gift giving celebration day like other festivals, if you are invited to your friends’ house for the Thanksgiving dinner,

    a holiday gift becomes a must for you if you won’t go empty-handed.

    What kind of gifts to take might be a tough choice for you as you may not know which to choose. Here I’d like to provide some suggestions for you.

    When invited to a Thanksgiving dinner, it is necessary to make clear whether the host asks you to take something or not. Usually, the gift options include a dish (well, if you are not confidential with your own cooking skill, forget this), a traditional Thanksgiving dessert, some drinks, or a side dish. Also, you can take
    some special food items if you can make it.

    Does it come to the end when you plan to go home after the Thanksgiving dinner? Of course not. Most hostesses prefer to receive a thanksgiving note in the second day after the celebration, in which they could feel your heart thanks for the feast. Thus, it is suggested that you send a Thanksgiving note or card to show your thanks.

    Well, sending a Thanks card like the above would make your Thanksgiving celebration much more perfect and let the hostess know your heart thanks. If this is still not enough, you can make a video show upon the pictures recorded on Thanksgiving Day to manifest your sincerity. Download DVD creator software from the online video solution suppliers and then to create what you want.

    Now, with all these things in your head, you can fully enjoy your Thanksgiving celebration with your friends without any embarrassment. Have a nice Thanksgiving Day.

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  • Leawo Video Converter becomes popular gift on Mother’s Day

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 Sara | 7 comments

    mother's day gift Mother’s Day is around the corner, I believe every friend has been busy with the preparation for the gift to Mum these days. Want to know the nowadays popularity for gift? Yes, Leawo Video Converter!

    Chocolate, flowers or cards are all a bit outdated. Think of what Mum wants most after a day’s hard work? A cup of coffee, sit on the couch and enjoy her favorite videos, setting her heart at ease. Never let Mum get stuck in the video formats at this wonderful moment. Leawo video converter comes to your help!

    Leawo video converter can be a helper for Mum to convert her High Definition (HD)/Standard Definition (SD) video collection to her favorite multimedia devices. This video converter supports a wide range of formats, ranging from HD videos to general videos and audios. It also enables the playback of all the converted videos on almost all popular players such as iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, etc.

    Here comes the good news! Leawo Video Converter has been upgraded to V2.4.0.0, facilitating HD video conversion. This new video converter brings more HD format support for video conversion and multiple user-friendly improvements. This certainly adds to its becoming of a popular gift for Mother’s Day.

    This upgraded video converter makes the popular HD formats MOD, TOD, TP, DVR-MS, NUT, NSV, and MKV available in the file types when adding videos. This can greatly help Mum convert her favorite videos recorded with JVC, Sony or Panasonic camcorders to various formats for edit in Windows Movie Maker, iPod playback, DVD backup, etc.

    And to address the situation that the profile list has grown excessively crowded and the need to highlight frequently used profile only, this new video converter has added popular profile customization control, letting Mum personalize the profile menu list as she likes, fold away some formats and make the list tidy and efficient.

    customize profile menu

    What’s more, if Mum loves HD videos, she will find the profiles optimized for HD video formats very convenient. They are more specific and accurate, with parameters set for the best HD media enjoyment.

    Also, some irritating bugs have been wiped out in this new video converter, thus the stability and compatibility of the program have been greatly improved. With this Mother’s Day special version, you will never worry about Mum meeting any technical problem.

    mother's day coffee

    Dear friends, sit down with Mum and have a belly laugh watching your favorite videos together. This is the best gift for her. Leawo Video converter V2.4.0.0 provides the best service right here right now with its all-round video conversion facility. You will never regret on this well-deserved popular gift for Mother’s Day — Leawo Video Converter, the best choice for family video entertainment.

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  • To be or not to be: should you convert AVI to RMVB?

    Posted on January 21st, 2010 Maky | 453 comments

    It makes sense to convert AVI to RMVB for fittest file size in the occasions of video backup, video upload or video watch on gadget devices. But are you really convinced that AVI should all go into RMVB for no reason? Have you understood both formats thoroughly and been able to tell the advantages from each other? If not, I am inviting you to join me to resolve this dilemma: to convert or not to convert AVI to RMVB.

    What are the edges of AVI and RMVB?

    In the sense of age, AVI is an older brother to many other formats, including RMVB, but not necessarily resembles them. AVI is actually a container format for encoding methods such as Divx, Xvid, MPEG-4 and H.264. Among the encoding methods, Xvid is superior for DVD-like picture quality, high compression rate and moderate encoding speed. It can manage to convert a 4.7G DVD movie into a fit size of about 700MB. Therefore, Xvid encoded AVI has been a preferred video format for DVD backup.

    As the online video share becomes a fashion, while the average network bandwidth is still incapable to cater to massive demand of video upload/download stream, sharing AVI video online is simply out of the question due to its clumsy size. So, video engineers developed RMVB – a smart video format with vibrant bit rate and real time stream capability. The first feature allows for greedy compression rate to generate smaller file size; the second meets the situation when the RMVB video can actually broadcast across the network in real time like a TV broadcast.

    To wrap up, AVI has DVD-like picture quality and RMVB is advanced for multiple occasional uses.

    Is AVI old enough to be replaced by RMVB?

    Indeed, AVI is a dated video format that is not suitable for network use. But it does make a stand in DVD backup and video playback on gadget devices. It still has superior picture quality we all appreciate. In front of RMVB’s irresistible features, we are curious about this question: can RMVB compromise the advantage of AVI in picture quality? This is vital to resolving the dilemma mentioned. Let’s find out the answer with a comparing experiment.

    Experiment: AVI vs. RMVB in picture quality.

    To make the experiment process easy enough for everyone to handle besides me, I am using Leawo Video Converter to conduct it. It is also more practical for everyone to employ the converter’s optimized presets than fumbling with technical parameters. Additionally, AVI and RMVB hold different parameters, the parameters make no senses in comparison. So I will use the optimized default presets of both formats to convert a 60MB MOV file and observe the results.

    Preparation:

    Download Leawo Video Converter and install. For more information, visit its official page.

    Convert MOV to AVI and MOV to RMVB each in three steps:

    • Launch the program and import the MOV video.
    • Select Xvid AVI preset.
    • Start the conversion without changing anything.
    • After the MOV to Xvid AVI conversion, repeat the procedure with RMVB preset.

    The result:

    AVI and RMVB go neck and neck in process time. So this is not a burden for you to take the liberty to pick either of them as a target format. But the discrepancy in file size is conspicuous. RMVB almost makes it to 1/3 of the original size. Now let the picture qualities speak for themselves.

    To rate the picture quality in scores, regarding the original MOV as 100, I will give 90 and 60 respectively to Xvid AVI and RMVB. The picture quality inevitably degrades as the file size shrinks. A good portion of details are left out as is shown in the RMVB screenshot, while in AVI screenshot it keeps most of the details. At last, the question has been answered: RMVB can’t defeat AVI in picture quality especially of a video with abundant details. By parity of reasoning, it doesn’t pay to convert AVI to RMVB either.

    What about the movies with fewer details, like the cartoons?

    Here is an extra comparison of AVI and RMVB with a VOB video as source.

    We see this outcome more or less like the previous one: RMVB is half the file size of AVI; both are met in process time. And the margin between both in picture quality doesn’t look so distinct this time.

    Here we have another answer to the question: RMVB can keep as many details as AVI can in cartoon movie conversion. So it makes good sense to convert AVI to RMVB in such cases.

    To be or not to be?

    The answer is decided by what kind of movie we are going to convert with regards to picture quality. If it is cartoon movies like Tom & Jerry, it is wise to convert AVI to RMVB to save hard disk space. Otherwise, it is better to do nothing but remain AVI. Thank you for joining me so far, feel free to drop me a line when you have troubles.

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  • Burn Video DVD from any AVI or MP4 files with Leawo Video Converter and Nero Vision

    Posted on January 14th, 2010 Maky | 123 comments

    Many of the movies and music videos downloaded from the internet, recorded videos from camcorder and portable videos from iTunes are in AVI or MP4 formats. To burn DVD of these files, video conversion is necessary to convert them to VOB format before DVD burning, no matter which DVD creator, author or burning program is used. Today I am going to introduce a flexible way to burn DVD from any AVI, MP4 or other file formats with Leawo Video Converter and Nero Vision.

    Why choose Leawo Video Converter and Nero Vision?

    Leawo Video Converter is a matured all-in-one digital media converter that can convert all popular formats, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, FLV, WMV, MKV and RMVB to VOB format. Nero Vision is the DVD authoring component of Nero 9 Reloaded. It has full-fledged DVD authoring capability from splitting DVD chapters to creating DVD menu. To get free trial copies of both programs, visit http://www.leawo.com/leawo-video-converter/ for Leawo Video Converter, http://www.nero.com/ena/index.html for Nero 9 Reloaded.

    Now, collect the AVI or MP4 files you would like to burn and let’s rock.

    First step, we convert the AVI or MP4 files to VOB format with Leawo Video Converter. Leawo Video Converter is actually very easy to operate. It won’t take us more than a minute to figure out the whole course by checking out the screenshot manifest below.

    leawo video converter

    Here is a brief introduction of what happened in the screenshot:
    First, we dragged and dropped the AVI and MP4 files into the main frame of the program.
    Next, we went into the Profile box and pinpointed DVD-Video Format (*.vob).
    Then, we opened the setting window to adjust some codec settings.
    Finally, we clicked the button to go conversion.

    So this is the operation of Leawo Video Converter. Very easy and comfortable for us to grab the points, isn’t? But, it could do much better than that. If you are in one of the situations below,

    1. The video has junk parts needed to be weeded out. (See Trim feature)

    2. There are black margins of the video. (See Crop feature)

    3. The video file size is too big to fit into the DVD disc. (See Settings feature)

    4. The video should have a signature to protect its originality. (See Watermark feature)

    5. The recorded video is too dark or too bright. (See Effect feature)

    Feeling frustrated? Just follow the links and you will get helpful tips right away.

    When Leawo Video Converter is focusing on the task, you can take a break and maybe a cup of coffee. Don’t forget to check "Open the output folder after conversion" before you leave. When you are back, the converted VOB files should be displayed in the output folder on top of your desktop.

    Now, let’s talk about how to put these VOB files into a regular Video DVD disc. What I mean is not a different DVD disc (DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-R, DVD+R), but the DVD burning mode. If you burn these VOB files directly to a DVD disc, what you get is a dummy Data DVD which won’t play on a DVD player. Besides, wouldn’t you like a navigation menu to spice up your work? So we are talking about what Nero Vision can do for us: compile DVD menu and burn a regular Video DVD disc.

    Follow me and let’s take a glimpse at this powerful DVD authoring tool produced by the giant DVD software company.

    Nero Vision adopts wizard mode to sort out a clear progress of DVD authoring. I will post every wizard step here, so don’t worry. You won’t get lost.

    This is the main interface of Nero Vision. It provides many format options for DVD authoring here. We take the first one and leave the rest for your own curiosity.

    Things kind of stack up a little bit. But with the blue marked tips, you can see there is actually not much to care about. We import the VOB files here and then perform video edit like swapping title order, making video chapters and cutting video length. With an indicator bar below, we can easily know when a DVD disc is filled up. Click "Next" when everything is done.

    Well, it looks really a mess here. However, this is where we author the DVD menu. When we come to this part, we can customize the default DVD menu template the program has prepared for us, or go to "Templates" tab to change for another template. To affect the appearance of the DVD menu, we can change its background picture with our own, modify the frame of the thumbnail buttons and reposition the thumbnail buttons on screen. You can start to make fun of authoring DVD menu with such flexibility for your creativity. When you get accustomed with these settings, feel free to check "Advanced Editing" to reveal more exciting DVD menu authoring features. Click "Next" when everything is done.

    Yeah, now put all the mess behind and take a proud feeling about your work. This part will simulate the DVD menu display on screen with a DVD player. Consider the button pad at the bottom right as a remote control. Click "Pre-render…" to give a real-time animated simulation of the DVD menu. Click "Next" when everything is done.

    Now we have come all the ways to the final step: Burn the DVD disc. Don’t get over excited yet. There are still some settings needed to attend to. Check "Burn To…" to make sure you are burning with a real DVD burner not an Image Recorder, unless you want to make a image copy of the authored DVD on hard disk. Change the default "Volume Name" to give it a self-evident one. Go to "Recording Settings" to set a moderate burning speed rather than Max speed. This is usually effective to prevent your years old DVD burner from trashing your disc.

    When it is all set, click "Burn" to start DVD burning. Then, put this fresh-from-the-burner DVD disc to your DVD player and enjoy! How do you feel about burning a Video DVD now? Feel free to drop me a line.

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

    Posted on December 15th, 2009 Maky | 84 comments

    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.

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  • Free animated Christmas screensavers video clips for PC desktop Christmas decorations

    Posted on December 11th, 2009 Maky | 1,094 comments

    Note: These are not those normally known as Christmas screensavers. Instead, they are lovely fancy Christmas video clips that can act as "screen savers". They are free to get, easy to port and without setup process.

    Christmas screensavers are good decorations along with Christmas wallpapers to load your PC desktop full of Christmas moods. People can easily get free Christmas screensavers from the internet. But some of those free Christmas screensavers setup programs would harbor virus, therefore you have to take the risk when installing those free screensavers. In this post, you will not only get free but also safe Christmas "screen savers". They can also be displayed as Christmas background during a family dinner or the company Holiday party.

    Select one of the videos above and play it with Windows Media Player or other players, and stretch it to fill your screen. The video will smoothly loop back and play over and over again.

    Click the thumbnails above to play each of the fancy Christmas videos. You can download all these videos easy and fast by Leawo Video Accelerator, a free and powerful online FLV video download tool.

    You may have noticed that as you stretch the video, the quality of the pictures is degraded. Your media player does not know how to improve the video quality while stretch it, but a professional video converter does. Use Leawo Video Converter to convert these Christmas screensaver videos to higher resolution that matches your screen and remain good playback quality. For more information, visit Leawo’s special Christmas discount and a guide on Leawo Video Converter advanced codec settings.

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  • Windows 7 ramps up support for video and audio format

    Posted on November 23rd, 2009 Maky | 206 comments

    As a supernova in the history of Windows operation system, Windows 7 furnishes a cluster of compelling and spicy features. One of the big margins between Windows 7 and its predecessor, currently dominant Windows XP OS is manifested on the system’s multimedia capabilities. Users of Windows XP must have long been cumbered by the system devoid of playback support for many popular video formats except the software giant’s own patent formats ASF and WMV. Now with the advent of Windows 7, gone was the requirement to install a third-party media player, added with the powerful ability of video playback. And you are to be convinced by the charts below.

    Chart 1: Video formats supported by Windows 7 in terms of Format Name

    Chart 2: Multimedia decoders toted by Windows 7 listed in categories

    Windows 7 not only supports AVI and MP4 formats but embraces mobile video format 3GP/3G2 for the very first time. This rich batch of toted codec allows for immediate playback of such popular video formats right upon the first installation of the system, enabling fast experience between the system and many portable devices without the hassle to consider a third-party player or codec pack. Additionally, HD video formats like AVCHD and HDV are found supported in Windows 7. It is a great boon for users especially netbook users to enjoy HD videos in no time.

    Reversely, portable media players are known to lag behind in video format support, for example, iPod/iPhone acknowledges MP4, handsets mostly accepts only 3GP, Windows mobile excludes formats other than WMV. But it is not a trouble any more, we can use video converter to convert to video to almost any format we want. Leawo Video Converter is a one-stop solution for video conversion plus ingenious video customization. With complete optimal profiles, Leawo Video Converter can enable video to smoothly play on iPod/iPhone, PSP/PS3, Apple TV, Zune, Windows Mobile, PMP, Wii/DS and many other devices. Here is a collection of introductions of Leawo Video Converter’s highlighted features, feel free to take a peek.

    1. Adjust audiovisual effects
    2. Trim video length
    3. Crop video screen size
    4. Add watermark
    5. Capture video screenshot
    6. Advanced codec settings

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