Thursday, November 20, 2008

Pinnacle Studio Montage Themes - Video to DVD Transfer

In the new Pinnacle Studio ver. 12, they've included a new feature called Montage Themes. It's a great way to add professional effects to your video to dvd transfer project.

There are many prebuilt templates included, and they've just released a winter themes pack. My guess is that they will continue to offer more and more montage themes for use is video to dvd transfer projects.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Built In Pinnacle Studio 12 Effects and Tutorials - Video to DVD Transfer

Pinnacle Studio 12 Effects

Some great new features in Pinnacle Studio 12:

Boris Graffiti: really nice titles and graphics animation, including 3D.

Montage: automatic creation of stunning multi-layer visuals for your video project.

Magic Bullet Looks: easily change the mood of your video with film styles, color choices, black/white, sepia, etc.

proDAD VitaScene: change the lighting, glows, and mood styles of your video

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Total Recorder - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Having trouble with a laptop running Windows Vista and Sigmatel audio drivers not allowing you to use stereo mix or "what you hear" for recording? Here's the solution:

Download and install Total Recorder here (sorry, it's not free). During the installation allow Total Recorder to install it's own audio drivers and you will once again be able to record "what you hear" using the Total Recorder program. So far, it's the only solution we've found that doesn't involve majorly messing up your registry with registry edits.

Many times in doing video to dvd transfer, editing is necessary first. Being able to record audio from a file while you are watching it and later adding to to a video edit is now possible again, even though Dell and Sigmatel don't make it easy!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

mp3DirectCut - Video to DVD Transfer Service

mp3DirectCut is a freeware program that allows you to edit mp3 files without any loss of quality. Cut, splice, shorter--whatever you need for your video to dvd transfer or video editing project. You do not need to decompress the file. Records mp3 direct to disc.

You can download the free program from the author's homepage:

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate Upgrade - Video to DVD Transfer

Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate will be released in early June 2008 and is available for pre-order. In addition to the video to dvd transfer capabilities and video editing capabilities Pinnacle Studio is known for, the new edition features the following:

New Plugins: new title plugins that allow for much more professional titles; new lighting effects; new transitions.

Pinnacle Montage: built in templates that allow photos and videos to appear on the same frames--looking at the demo, it's very impressive.

Simplified web publishing to upload your videos to Youtube.

Ability to output movies that you create to Sony PSP, iPod, DivX, 3GP, Flash.

Custom markers that enable you to make easier navigation of your project as well as precise timing.

New Audio Controls: you can create your own soundtrack for your project using digital audio controls.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Digital Media Converter - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Digital Media Converter allows you to convert DVD, VCD, CD, AVI, DivX, MPEG4, MPEG, MPEG2, MP3, 3GP, MOV, WMV, WMA, and WAV files. It also enables batch conversion.

Good program if you need to convert between video files for your video to dvd transfer project.

Unfortunately, it's not free.

Video Caster - free - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Video Caster is a freeware program that allows you to publish and share your videos and photos on the internet. You can capture the video footage from your camcorder, create video and photo slideshows of your photos, and convert any of your previously imported or transferred video footage to formats appropriate for uploading to the internet.

Video Caster has an automatic setting which will create a video slideshow of your photos, including many different visual styles, and allows you to add any music you wish to your photo slideshow.

The program will import your video footage from any digital video camera (through firewire) and allows you to convert MPEG, AVI, MP3 and WMV files to streaming video.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Vista Codec Package - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Vista Codec Package includes filters and codecs that help you play your video and audio files. If you've ever had a message that says your computer is unable to play a video or audio file, this should take care of the problem. It will also help in your video to dvd transfer projects and works with your dvd creation software.

The Vista Codec Package gives you the choice of what is and is not installed, so you can just install what you need. There is no media player included with the download.

Only for use with computers running Vista. You can download the Vista Codec Package here:

FFDSHOW Codec - Video to DVD Transfer Service

FFDSHOW is a filter for decoding that decompresses the most popular video formats. It works with DivX video, XviD video, WMV video, MPEG-1 video and MPEG-2 video files. The filter also takes care of decoding the most popular audio formats such as AC3, DTS, and MP3. It assists greatly in your video to dvd project and video editing files.

This codec also assists in the processing of your files into MPEG-4.

You can download the latest FFDSHOW filter here (make sure you choose the most recent STABLE verstion):

Saturday, March 29, 2008

New Cyberlink Video and DVD Software - Video to DVD Transfer

Just purchased these--decent so far. Here are the software packages and what they do:

1. PowerDVD Ultra: basically it's software used to play dvds on your computer (like Roxio's Cineplayer). Good for playing High-Definition Video on your computer:

HD DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
Hardware acceleration for high-definition graphics processors
Playback of high-def file formats H.264, HD MPEG-2, and WMV-HD
Support for widescreen monitors
Overlayed menus, movie bookmarks, and zooming
Movie commentaries displayed in Picture-in-Picture
High-definition audio technologies with Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS-HD
8-channel surround sound and support with true 7.1 channel Dolby Digital EX and 5.1 channel DTS
Advanced audio effects from Dolby, DTS, and CyberLink
Auto dialog looping
Move subtitles from the movie screen
Power saving and auto-adjusting playback speed

2. PowerDirector 6: for editing and creating video presentations and slideshows, fixing and improving videos, 300 special effects and style, importing of high definition content (including AVCHD), web publishing to YouTube and Streamload. Includes:

29 dvd template designs
Custom dvd template designs
slideshow wizard for your photos
PIP designer
Movie wizard that automates the video creation process
MagicFix that enhances and stabilizes your video production
MagicClean that helps clean up the lighting in your video project
Transitions and effects
Balloons, titles
Burn to dvd, output to iPod or PSP, write to HDV tape, or upload online

3. MediaShow4: enhances and edits videos and photos automatically, make animated slideshows timed to the music you select, burn your projects to dvd, and upload options for Flickr and YouTube.

4. Power2Go: basically disc burning software.
Burn data files to Blu-Ray and HD
Make video and photo dvds
Burn audio CDs
Rip MP3s
Allows you to add disc encryption for you data dvds

5. PowerProducer 5: produce your own dvds from regular or high-def video, author regular or blu-ray dvds, edit and enhance videos and photos

Capture regular and high-def video to your computer
DVD menus and themes
Edit, trim and add special effects, button, titles, etc. to video and dvd menu
Burn to dvd, blu-ray

6. DVD Suite 6 Ultra: a combination package that includes PowerDVD 7.3, PowerProduer 4.2, PowerDirector 6.5, Power2Go Deluxe, PowerBackup, InstantBurn, MediaShow3, PowerDVD Copy, LabelPrint, and PhotoNow

The only bad part is that with the DVD Suite 6 Ultra, not every program included is the latest version available (pretty dumb on their part). We upgraded to the latest PowerDirector and PowerProducer.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express - Video to DVD Transfer Service

The new free online photo editing service Adobe Photoshop Express can be used on photos that you are going to include in your video production, whether it's for titles or to add still images to your video production.
If you sign up you get 2GB of free storage. After you join, upload your photo. Once your photo is uploaded, double click on the photo in the album, then click on "edit photo". On the left side of the screen you can choose between crop and rotate, auto correct, exposure, red-eye removal, touchup, saturation, white balance, highlight, fill light, sharpen, soft focus, pop color, hue, black and white, tint, sketch, and distort.

Once your photo is ready, click on save and then download it to use in your video to dvd project, video editing project or video project.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Jumpcut - Free Online Video Editor - Video to DVD Transfer

Jumpcut was a free internet service that allows you to upload video clips directly from your computer or your video camera. On the main menu of Jumpcut you simply click the Upload button and pick the files you want to upload.

The site them makes a movie from the files that you have uploaded, and then takes you to a browser-based video editor. From there you can arrange the clips, add photos, create titles, and insert special effects.

When you register you also get a free personal uploading email address. You can send emails to this address with attachments and they will be added to your library on the site.

If you use flickr's photo site, you can also import your photos from there as well as facebook.

From the video editor, you can drag and drop photos from your video/photo/media library on their site using "Add". You then simply drag and drop the files in the order that you want them to appear. There is a trimming tool, a button to add audio to your video project, an "add transitions" button, and "special effects".

Unfortunately, jumpcut is no longer in business.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 Suite

Roxio vastly improved their creator suite over version 9. If you order the download version so you can use it right away, either purchase the extended download option OR burn the two files (program file and extras) to a CD or DVD.


Some of the features included in the software package:

-Create movies with CineMagic and skip the editing
-32-track timeline editor
-Much improved Hollywood-style DVD menus
-Create custom on-screen dvd menus with background audio
-Correct photo exposure, sharpness and color saturation
-Turn photos into black & white, sepia or watercolor
-Create video clips on iPod, PSP, and mobile phone
-Transfer music, photos and video from your mobile phone to PC and back.
-Back up photos, video, music and data to CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, HD DVD discs, external or network drives and shared devices
-Scheduled backups
-Secure data with encryption and password-protection
-Create large files or projects across multiple discs
-Copy data, audio, photo and video CDs and DVDs including Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.
-Copy DVD movies from 9 GB of video to a standard 4.7 GB DVD

More details:

- Convert audio files to various formats (batch files also)
- Rip CDs from multiple drives
- Capture internet radio or PC audio (Vista)
- Copy audio and video from an iPod to your PC
- Convert audio and video files to different formats
- Use your hard drive as a playlist
- convert LPS and cassette to digital formats
- Audio track identification
- CD audio transitions
- CD compilations across multiple CDs
- VST plug-ins
- Organize photos
- Edit video on a timeline
- Auto-fix video color, contrast and brightness in photos
- Add multiple 2D and 3D effects to photos
- Adjust photo duration and speed
- Overlay multiple images, text or video clips with photos
- Picture-in-picture effects
- Photo slideshows with music (standard or high definition)
- Add SmartSound soundtrack to slideshows and movies
- Capture and edit HD video
- Auto-fix cell phone photos
- Mobile phone photos without borders or bars
- Upload video to YouTube
- Advanced DVD Creation
- Create compilation DVDs from DVD-Video, DivX and WMV files
- Produce DVDs with motion menus, buttons and text
- DVD menu styles for many occasions
- DVD menu options
- Text editing with motion, rotation and 3D controls
- Menu-to-menu and title-to-menu transitions
- Camcorder video to a DVD in one click
- Play commercial DVD-ROM movies, DVD and VCD titles
- InterActual content support
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
- Pro Logic
- VGA Optimizer
- Burn data to HD DVD disc
- Copy discs in one click including Blu-ray and HD DVD discs
- Back up your digital media files and secure them with encryption
- Catalog the contents of your CDs and DVDs
- Create virtual disc drives
- Integrate with Windows Vista media folders
- Transfer digital media from cell phone to PC via Bluetooth or USB
- Send audio mixes to iPod, PSP and other players
- Convert audio and video files
- Disc Label Creation
- DVD case inserts and booklets creation
- Calibrate your printer for label creation