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Learn a new language with VSO!

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With the “Back to school” season in full swing, now is a great time to start learning a new language, (we recommend French, of course!).

To become fluent (or simply be able to buy some croissants next time you’re in Paris), you’ll need  motivation and practice (lots of it). This is where we, VSO, step in!

Our first advice:

Watch foreign movies with subtitles

That’s a great way to improve your listening  skills, so no excuse! Get your head out of your textbook and start hearing the real language that is spoken by native speakers.

  1. Use our free VSO Downloader to download the movie on this streaming website (there is a selection by country)
  2. Download the subs on Subscene
  3. Insert movie in our ConvertXtoDVD or ConvertXtoVideo, and add subtitles this way:

In ConvertXtoDVD (to convert to DVD only):

add subtitles with ConvertXtoDVD

In ConvertXtoVideo (to convert to any format):

convertxtovideo add subtitles to video

Both program have a live preview and editing features for the subs!

Enjoy free language lessons and podcasts on the go

With our VSO Downloader, you can also download 100s of online courses on Youtube (and other websites) and podcasts for free! (Podcasts are perfect if you don’t have a native speaker around to chat with)

Transfer the videos/audios on your phone for instance and watch/listen to them in your own time, even without an internet connection!

Check out our selection below:

French:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK6TzBHhEUCKa6dgjlsVHEw

Podcast: http://www.jefrench.com/basic-french-lessons/

Spanish:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9yudInUYzMh9H4gJs4DrHg

Podcast: http://audiria.com/index.php

Chinese:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb_VywVZDG2TWhVh-2mwqeQ

Podcast: https://chinesepod.com/

Now, repeat after me: “Je voudrais deux croissants, s’il vous plait”!

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Transfer, edit, convert, burn or share videos

 Give your personal videos a second life!

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We all have special videos on our phones, camcorder, GoPro or Dashcam waiting to be saved… or lost if you don’t act now!

Yes, it’s time to safeguard those videos of your kids’ graduation, school play, or a wedding, or your Dashcam eventful footage… : any important event that needs to be transferred from your mobile device into a safer place: PC, external hard drive, disk or even shared on social media!

In the tutorial video below, learn how to transfer, trim, convert and (optionally) share your videos on facebook and Youtube:

And because those precious videos deserve to be burnt onto disk so you never lose them , so you can watch them on the big TV screen or pass on to friends and family,  this video tutorial will show you how to edit,  customize (make a custom menu) ,trim, convert and burn any video format to DVD or Blu-ray:

Don’t forget your photos: they deserve the best too! With our easy to use program, PhotoDVD, keep and treasure them forever!

Your family will thank you, so get started!

 

 

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All you need to know about 4k

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4k TVs are the new craze, and they’re here to stay… Good news! Because our ConvertXtoVideo can now convert to 4k!

With four times the resolution of standard HD, 4K Ultra HD delivers the clearest, most realistic video possible.

Here is all you need to know about it.

What is 4K?

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Almost 20 years ago, people started watching DVDs (which have a resolution of 720 pixels). Then Blu-ray arrived, with 1080 pixels (official in 2006).  The more pixels, the bigger the size which explains why optical disks sizes have also increased from DVD 5 and 9 GB to Blu-ray disk 25 and 50 GB. And now, we’ve moved on to 4K!

That there are different 4k resolutions but the two major ones are  4096 x 2160 pixels and 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. Cinema industry has opted for 4096 x 2160 pixels whereas Television (UHDTV) and YouTube have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels.

Where can I get/watch 4k video? 

4k videos are available for buy, rent, and stream from various free and paid services. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon both provide 4k streaming content, and more will follow!

You can watch 4k videos online, (see YouTube example below), but you might not get the full effect unless you have 4k screen resolution, the image might seem sharper to you nonetheless:

(make sure to click on the settings button in the bottom right of video and switch to  get YouTube to display in 4k)

Should you convert to 4K ?

A 4K display reveals so much more nuance and detail – the difference can be astonishing, but ONLY if you own a MASSIVE screen (at least 65 inch)…  Without a screen that big and the resulting room needed to sit back and watch it, the human eye will not see the difference with HDTV. That’s because, as the screen size shrinks, the advantage of having such a pixel dense display starts to diminish.

Video  professionals and photographs will however definitely enjoy the enormously enhanced resolution, as you can see from the exemple below (from 4k.com)

4k comparison

What do you need to play 4k videos?

To play 4k videos you need at least 2 things: 4k videos + Ultra HD TV (also called UHD TV, otherwise the contents will be downscaled to the real resolution of your TV)

4k and VSO products:

4k videos are supported as input files in all of our products.

If your files are already in 4k, you can convert to 4k resolution by using any of those generic profiles: avi, mp4, mkv.  (those will keep the same resolution as the input file).

With ConvertXtoVideo, Blu-ray Converter and DVD Converter) you can convert non 4k videos to 4k resolution! You will need to create  a custom profile, see below.

1: Select “Custom Profiles” in the list of output formats, then “Click here to add a custom profile”

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2: Name your custom profile (you will save it and use it again whenever needed, once created!), then select any of those three formats: Avi, Mkv, Mp4, then click Next.

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3: In this window, you need to select   4k in “Video Resolution”

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You’re done, click on “next” until you reach the final window and save your profile. Then insert your video and click on “Start”. That’s it!  (more info on custom profiles in this guide).

To play your resulting file on your TV, you can stream it from a media center or transfer it to a USB stick (make sure your 4k TV accepts 4k videos through USB and check which video format (Avi, MP4 or Mkv).

You can download 4k streaming content with VSO Downloader. Nothing special to do, just open the software and play the streaming content in your internet browser.

We’ll add more support for 4k in the future!

Check out http://4k.com for more info, TV guides, etc.

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How to transfer videos or music to an Ipad/Iphone

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Anyone who has an Ipad knows how nightmarish it can get to simply put a video on their device…. But it’s vacation time, and these videos need to go onto your Apple tablet /phone if you don’t want to get bored… we’re here to help!

 Here is how to transfer your videos to your Ipad/Iphone in two steps.

 

1- First you need to make sure your video is in MP4, which is the only format accepted by those devices. If it’s not in MP4, then yes you can use our (awesome) ConvertXtoVideo to convert it: insert the video, select the Ipad or Iphone profile, and click “convert”.new ConvertXtoVideo

2- Then, you’ll need to transfer the video. That’s when it can get tricky if you’re using Itunes and if you’re not a rocket scientist.

Instead, you can use the FREE CopyTrans Manager. This lightweight iTunes alternative allows you to quickly drag and drop music and videos from PC directly to your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

Copytrans is a great idea if you’re away from home and need to put some videos on your tablet from someoneelse’s  PC/Mac, as it takes seconds to install, unlike Itunes!

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Simply plug in your phone/tablet, open the program and drag and drop all your videos/music into the main window, then click on “Update”. That’s IT!

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itunes alternative

NB: you can use both Itunes and CopyTrans alternatively, simply know that the content transferred by CopyTrans will not show up on Itunes.

Now go and download those series you need to catch up on and transfer them straight onto your Ipad!

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What is a VPN and why do you need one?

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Is online security a concern for you? Do you wish you could access websites from all over the world? Then you need a VPN!

A VPN encrypts your connection and provides you with an anonymous IP to protect your privacy. Your IP address (the number assignated to you device to access the Internet) gives information about your location. It’s what makes websites appear in your language for example. However, it also gives hackers and snoopers access to your personal data.

So what are the advantages of using a Virtual Private Network?

  • It prevents people from seeing who and where you are.
  • It boosts your security when you’re on an untrusted network.
  • It protects your personal data from prying eyes.
  • It secures your online payments.
  • It allows you to watch videos usually unavailable in your country and have an unrestricted access to them.

All you need to do is open the VPN program and  choose from a list of servers (countries) anywhere in the world: once connected, you will appear as being located in this country. The websites data will be received by the server you’re connected to  and  will  be forwarded to your real location.

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There are many different VPN services around, we can recommend HideMyAss (with such a name, how can you not trust it?!), a safe and efficient tool that’ll turn the web into your personal network!

HideMyAss works great with our VSO Downloader , making it a perfect companion to download videos from those foreign websites that block access from outsiders!

Its main features are:

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Possibility of using two devices at once
  • More servers in more countries than any other VPN

 

You can buy the VPN package for a single month (or more) and there is a 30 day money back guarantee!

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