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Watch TV on your PC!

Need a second TV set in your household? Wanna watch your favorite TV program whenever you want?

Or are you living abroad and missing your TV programs from your home country?

Want to improve your language skills by watching international channels?

Then we found the right program for you: Online TV 13

Simply open it on your PC, select the channel, , and BAM! live feed is playing on your screen!

What we love about Online TV 13 is that it gives you access to foreign radios and newspapers as well as TV channels, so everything is in one place!

It’s a smart tool that enables you to record programmes even when you’re offline , so you can save and watch them later! Save your recordings and access them at any time!

Access to worldwide news and TV in just 1 click! Pretty neat, hey?

With Online TV 13 you can watch most channels from England (all BBS channels, ITV and Channel 4!), France, Spain, Germany, USA, Italy,Russia…

There is a 30 day money guarantee so give it a try!

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Clickbaits, phishing, toolbars: how to avoid internet scams

It feels like the Internet had become a real jungle nowadays, with scams at every corner.

Here are 5 tips to avoid those scams and make sure you stay on the safe side, (particularly if you’re browsing video streaming websites)

 

Number 1:If it’s too good to be true, ignore it! Don’t be gullible, there is no way a  perfect (dying) stranger would contact you to give you its millions as inheritance! Nope! Answer one of those emails and chances are you’ll be asked for money first to cover for the inheritance transfer, etc… of which you’ll never see a dime. Be careful as well with any emails from banks or any organization asking you to log in to your account under false pretencies. Those emails may look legit, but if you look closely, you’ll see small details that shouldn’t fool you: a fake sender domain, a corporate logo that’s not quite like the real one, approximative grammar, links that do not open the company’s website, etc.

Number 2: Avoid facebook quizzes  and stay away from anything with a dramatic title! If you don’t want to be spammed, or worse have your email account pirated, stay clear of those seemingly harmless quizzes you ‘ll find everywhere on Facebook. They could be used by hackers to infiltrate your personal data and mask malicious links… (never sign up for anything or enter your email address!)

 The Internet  is also full of “clickbaits”, fake news stories with sensational headlines. In addition to being a let down and a waste of time, those dangerous links can host malware and trojans or cause Clickjacking ( a malicious technique where you’re tricked into clicking on something different from what you think you’re clicking on, thus potentially revealing confidential information or taking control of your computerJust stay away from anything that wants you to “watch” or “see” something “unbelievable”…

Number 3: Be careful where you click when installing a new software or an update. At VSO we DO NOT add any toolbars to our installers, but, sadly, other software companies do. Be aware, especially when downloading a free program, where you click and what you agree on, or you may end up with unwanted add-ons or browser toolbars. Those toolbars are usually riddled with ads (installing additional banners, search engines, pop-up, pop-under, interstitial and in-text link advertisements). So, you’re safe with us, but if you install a software that’s not from VSO, make sure you deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place.

Number 4: Only buy from trustworthy, securized websites. Before making an online purchase, always check the “About us” page (does it look like a legit company?) Where is the head office situated ? Is the overall design professional enough (or does it look like a quickly/cheaply made website)? and most importantly, does the shopping cart have a URL that starts with https (the ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. It means all communications between your browser and the website are encrypted. And finally look for the “lock” icon  to check a site’s security, to the left of the web address,

When in doubt , google the website name and check ou the reviews.

Number 5: Know how to get out of tricky situations. You were minding your own business when a pop up  window suddenly appears, telling you your PC is at risk of being infected by a virus, and you need to call a number to get help?   And what’s more, you cannot close that window for the life of you? Sounds familiar? Those fake tech support pages are run by cyber criminals  in an attempt to make you pay for their malware removal “services”. They purposely make it difficult to close the browser window which then scares users into making the call to remove the supposed “virus”.

To close the invasive pop up, press CTRL + ALT + DEL on your keyboard to bring up the Windows Task Manager, select the browser’s name in the list and click on “End task”.

If you’re browsing streaming video websites,  you’re likely to encounter one of those pop ups… Read more about those in this post. You may want to install a free Adblocker to prevent unwanted ads from appearing, or subscribe to  a VPN service to surf anonymously.

Be smart!

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How to change a colour video to black and white?

Wanna give your videos the vintage look?

Turn them into Black and White!

With our video converters, it’s very easy:

In ConvertXtoDVD:

  1. Open software, load the video
  2. Click on the Image Settings tab
  3. Set the saturation to 0
  4. Check the preview: the video is in black and white. Now just click on “Convert”!

In ConvertXtoVideo, Blu-ray Converter and DVD Converter, simply load the video, then click on “Advanced Settings” on the right. In the window that opens, click on the movie clip icon, and set the third setting (saturation) to zero  in the Brightness, contrast… section:

If you only need to extract a black and white snapshot from a colour video, no need to convert the whole video, simply follow these steps:

  1. Open our free VSO Media Player then load the video
  2. Click on the little TV icon
  3. Set Saturation to zero (see below)
  4. Play the video and press the F9 key to make the screenshot of the desired scene (you can pause the video at the exact scene then click on F9). You’ll find the black and white screenshot in “Images” on your PC.

That’s it!

 

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How to improve video image quality ?

If you have an old video, VHS tape or footage with a bad or unstable image, then this tutorial is for you!

While no miracles can be made, our post processing engine can really improve the image quality of your videos.

It works like a magic wand, so not much to do on your side, apart from choosing the right filter that works for your video.

– Open our ConvertXtoDVD video converter (there is a full and free trial version, so no need to buy the program if you do not wish to)

– Load your video, then click on the “Image Settings” tab on the right, under the Preview.

  • Under Image Post Processing, you’ll see a drop-down menu of different filters:   Detail and contrast, one especially designed for VHS tapes (but works for other types of videos too), Sharpen and Blur.

  • Then click on the icon on the right with two movie films, this will enable you to see two screens in the preview: the original on the left (“before”) and the “new” one with the applied filter on the right (“after”).
  • Press play in the above preview. Both screens will be displayed so you can fully evaluate the filter and be able to choose the one that better enhances the image.

Here are some Before/After exemples, the difference might not strike you with these small screenshots, but it is definitely visible in the software preview and on  the TV screen !

Before/After with the “Details and contrast enhance” filter:

Before/After with the “VHS tapes” filter (here is how to import VHS content to your PC):

Before/After with the “Sharpen strong” filter:

  • Once you’ve made your choice, don’t forget to press “Convert” to convert the file and have the enhancement filter applied.                                                                                                                                                                 Insert a DVD to burn automatically , and you’re done!
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How to get (free) graphics for your menu templates?

With the new ConvertXtoDVD 7 and ConvertXtoHD 3 you can create your own amazing custom DVD and Blu-ray menus like this one:

Both software come with pre-made backgrounds and a selection of buttons and audios, but if you need extra graphic resources to match your projects, we’ve got you covered!

Here is a selection of great websites where you’ll find free stock images, icons, fonts and audio to add a personal touch to  your menus!

  1. Images:

Start by adding a custom image as background in your menu and unleash your creativity!

You’ll find great backgrounds on Freepik. This is definitely one of our favourie website for graphic resources!

For beautiful HD wallpapers, head to Pexels.com 

Pixabay is another top website for free, stunning background images and vectors.

  1. Icons

Then, why not custom the navigation buttons of your menu pages? Depending on which pages you choose to display, you’ll need up to 10 different icons for the following actions: Play, Previous/Next page, Home, Chapters, Settings, Audio, Subtitles, Bonuses and Back

We swear by Flaticon because they have a very large selection of  “transparent” icons (.png ) that you can choose in any colour!

There are also some nice icons on Freepik.

  1. Audio

You can add an audio file to play during the menu duration (usually around 30 secs, but you can change this value). Any Mp3 file will do, but for more “dramatic” effect, check out our own copyright free audio files (USA anthem, happy birthday, circus, waves, scary tunes…)

Youtube also has some great , short audio files like this rolling camera sound. To download the audio from the video, use our VSO Downloader and  convert the file to MP3 with the integrated converter.

4. Fonts

Using a custom font for your text makes all the difference! You can use any font that is installed on your computer: if you don’t know add to add fonts to your PC, here is a quick guide on how to do this.

Download free fonts from  dafont.com, Urban Fonts  or 1001freefonts

You will find more resources here  and on our forum as well.  We encourage you to upload your own template creations on the forum to share with everyone!

PS: while the resources form those websites are free, you may need to credit the autor with a copyright mention, please check each website guidelines.

 

 

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