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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 right (“before”) and the “new” one with the applied filter on the left (“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!

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.

 

 

Safeguard your memories: backup & restore your pics

 

You do know that the ton of photos that are on your phone/PC/camera are at risk of being deleted/lost if they’re not backed up, right? So instead of saying “I’ll do it later”, act now and save those memories for good!

Backup

Among the different methods, the DVD is still the most reliable storage solution! (the cloud puts your content at risk of pirating, and external hard drives are just too fragile).

To make a backup copy of those images, use our CopyTo and burn them to DVD ! Use the “Create a data disk” option:

CopyTo is free for 3 weeks after installation!

You can also use our PhotoDVD to create a slideshow of your photos,  complete with transitions, music and text. The program lets you add all original pictures onto the DVD as well for extra backup (if there’s enough room). Here is how to set this:

When you reach Step 3, make sure the option “Burn result to DVD is checked, then on the right side of the DVD burner selection, click on the disk icon.

That’s it!

Restore

If it’s too late and you have lost your photos (and also videos and audio files) from accidental deletion, corruption, or formatting, don’t panic! Use a program like Stellar Phoenix Photo Recovery to  restore your files. Its impressive features allow image recovery from digital cameras, memory cards, external storage, USB sticks, and even from hard drives!

If you’re interested in buying it, here is a 20% discount coupon for you: VSOSOFTWARE (offer valid until Apr, 15th)

If you cherish those memories, make sure you back them up!

How to download videos from Facebook?

If you want to retrieve the videos that are posted on Facebook, you can now easily do so with our VSO Downloader,  a great tool that downloads streaming videos from the Internet.

It’s very easy, but there is a special trick (VSO Downloader will not simply pick up the video if you play it, like for other streaming content).  You  need to:

  1. Do a right click on the actual video, then click on Show video URL

2. Highlight and copy the video URL from the space that opens:

3. Open our VSO Downloader, click on Detection, then Download URL

4. Paste the URL (or click on “Paste”), then click on Download

5. The video is detected and downloaded automatically by the software!

6. After being downloaded, the video is saved on your PC, in “Documents”, in a folder called “VSO Downloader”

You can play it whenever you want, transfer it to another device (phone, tablet, etc)… Make sure you always have those videos available when you need them (especially the recipes!)

This is it!!

PS: Please note that  it may not be possible to download certain video types from Facebook. If you encounter any issue with some videos, please let us know.

 

How to download Audiobooks for free!

Whether you don’t have the time or the ability to read actual books, then Audiobooks are made for you!

Downloading audiobooks is super easy.  Check out our website selection below, then:

1. select the book of your choice,

2. open our free VSO Downloader software

3.  play the file: it is downloaded in seconds onto your PC.

Great to listen to on the go, audiobooks files can easily be transfered onto your phone or Ipod/Mp3 player: simply copy and paste the file onto the “music” folder of your Android phone, or use Itunes or CopyTrans to transfer them to your Iphone.

You can also burn them to CD with our CopyTo program (select the Audio CD or MP3 CD option) to enjoy in your car or home stereo!

Here is our pick of websites offering free audiobooks:

Fiction, thrillers, romance, classics, science fiction….: Both Librophile and Loyal Books  offer tons of free audio and e-books. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on either of those websites.

For kids:  Lit2Go  features a comprehensive collection of downloadable short stories and poems, organized through reading level.

Educational: On Learnoutloud you can browse through 10,000 free educational audio and video titles (courses, documentaries, talks, interviews, speeches, and many other great resources.)