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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.)

 

 

 

 

How to stream a video (and download it), the ultimate guide!

The internet is a wonderful thing, especially when it allows access to great video content, for free! Yep,  nowadays, no need to pay for expensive cable tv or video on demand subscriptions: all new TV series or movies are available in streaming on the net!

In this quick guide I will show you the ropes to learn how to watch videos in streaming, avoid the pitfalls and retrieve the video content on your PC for playback in your own time.

Step 1: Find a great streaming website

There are quite a few video streaming websites out there, here are the ones we can recommend:

For TV shows:

http://onwatchseries.to/

http://watchseries.cr/

http://www.primewire.ag/

For movies:

http://viooz.ac/

http://www.watchfree.to/

http://www.iwannawatch.to/

NB: These websites very often change names and url,  we will try to update the list above as often as necessary, let us know if you need alternatives.

Step 2:  Be smart

The one thing to know about streaming websites, and that is true for all of them: they’re riddled with all kinds of ads. That’s the rule of the game: you want free contents, but these websites still need revenue, so they’ll annoy you with ads. Fear not, with this warning and a little practice you’ll be able to identify and close ads and quickly download only the content that you want.

Remember: don’t fall for those pop up contents. Sometimes you’ll get a pop-up just by entering the series name in the search section!

Do not sign up for anything, install any program or believe anything those deceptive ads tell you (your pc is at risk, you need to update a plugin, a virus has been detected, etc). Also be aware that some of those pop ups display “adult content”… Simply close them as they appear, and if they won’t go away, insist!

Step 3: Find the right streaming link

Let’s use  onwatchseries.to for our quick guide:

It  hosts a very comprehensive catalogue of TV series , usually the episodes are available minutes after they’re aired on TV. Select the Tv series, season and episode you want to watch.

You will get a list of hosting links:

Some of these links will yield more ads than others, and some of them will have dead links. The rule here is to insist: if one link doesn’t work, pick another one! We usually get less ads with the daclips, vidzi and openload links.

You may land on “transition” pages, asking you to wait/ click on another link, so go ahead, and always be wary that they do not lead you to pages unrelated to the video itself, or to “fake” download/watching links.

And then you’ll finally land on the actual streaming page! Yay!

 Step 4: Watch or retrieve video

If you want to download the video onto your PC, this is when you need to open our free VSO Downloader. This little tool is simply amazing as it will automatically detect and download the video in seconds onto your PC.

So now you have your VSO Downloader open, you just have to press Play on the video:

One last warning: you may have a “fake” play button or yet another ad in the middle of the video. Look for the grey X icon by the side of it to close it and make the “real” play button appear.

The video might buffer a bit or take a few seconds to actually start playing, BUT the VSO Downloader has already retrieved it : you can close the video player! Yep, no more buffering!!!

The video will be downloaded in seconds and saved in the “VSO Downloader” folder in “Documents”!

Step 5: Enjoy!!! 

Catch up on those TV series everyone ‘s talking about, get the latest episodes without spending a dime, watch the videos whenever /wherever you want (the Ultimate version includes a video converter for playback on many devices)!

No more excuses for not being up to date with the latest movies or TV shows!! And keep reading this blog (subscribe here) to get the latest info on what to watch!

Play videos on your TV with a USB stick

 

usb movie

Stop wasting time and money on DVD burning! If you have a (recent) TV or a DVD player with a USB pendrive, then you may be able to play your videos directly from the USB stick!

The first thing to know is that, depending on the brand and model of your device, different video and audio formats will be accepted.

For instance, as strange as it may seems, if you have a DVD player with a USB slot, you will not be able to play a DVD video from this device, eventhough you’ll plug it into a DVD player. The same is true for Blu-ray.

playusbvideo

So the first thing to do is to read your device instruction manual or google your TV or DVD player reference to check the supported formats of the USB playback. Most user manual are available on the manufacture webpage. Supported video formats may include Avi, Mp4, Xvid and audio formats are usually MP3/AAC.

Then, once that you know the compatible  format, use our ConvertXtoVideo to convert the file accordingly!

The list of outputs is on the bottom right:

convert avi

Each video format offers “sub formats” so you can use the one with the right combination of video and audio:

convert-avi-divx-mp3

Then press “Start” to start the conversion. Once it’s done, the software will open the “destination” folder where the conversion is saved. Simply copy the video file and copy it onto your USB stick.  Then connect the USB device to the USB port (usually on the front of the unit), select the device and video with the remote control of your DVD player and press Play!

That’s it!

video on usb

If you’re unsure of which file formats will be accepted by your player with a USB device, let us know and we’ll check it for you!

NB:  Few TV screens (only some recent ones) actually accept video through the USB slot. Most of the time you’ ll only be able to view pictures and not videos.

NB2: Your USB device must be formatted in FAT 32.