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Friday, October 9, 2009

Blu-ray Digital Copy: Only a Good Experience for iTunes Users

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Talk" @ 07:00 AM

There are a lot of things that I don't like about Blu-ray as a format, but as the industry has settled on it as the physical standard for HD discs, things have slowly started to improve. One such improvement is the increased proliferation of Managed Digital Copy on Blu-ray discs. It works like this: in many new Blu-ray packages, you'll have the Blu-ray disc, a regular DVD, and a small card with a code on it. When you insert the regular DVD in your computer, you'll typically get an auto-loader (pictured above) for the movie, and it will give you the ability to transfer a DVD resolution (or lower if they offer a portable device version) copy of the movie to your computer in one of two DRM-laden formats: iTunes MPEG4, or Windows Media Player WMV. In each case, the code you're provided is used to authenticate the WMV and MPEG4 versions of the movie. The neat part is that you can get both the iTunes and Windows Media Player versions of the movie - I did this with four Blu-ray discs I purchased. Read more...


Thursday, January 4, 2007

Makayama Releases Movie Studio for Zune 1.0

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Software" @ 09:09 AM

http://www.makayama.com/dvdtozune.html

"Makayama introduces 2 new software packages Makayama Interactive today introduces Movie Studio for Zune® and Mobile TV Center for Zune®. Two innovative software packages that allow Zune-users to watch any movie, video or TV show on the Microsoft Zune device. With Movie Studio for Zune®, only two clicks are needed to put a DVD, (home)video or YouTube content on the Zune. Mobile TV Center for Zune® is a Windows Media Center extension that allows automatic recording, conversion and transfer of TV-shows to the Zune. Movie Studio for Zune® can be installed on a Windows computer, users select a DVD, or any video file from their PC and the the software turns it into a compressed movie file, which will play on the provided video player on the Zune, with stereo sound. Subtitled and foreign language DVDs are also supported. Movie Studio for Zune® not only provides direct DVD-to-Zune transfers, it also support FLV files, the video format used on YouTube. A menu item connects to a website that allows downloading of YouTube content. The software also supports video in numerous other formats (AVI, MPEG, DivX, XVID, VOB, ASF, WMV) on all drives (harddrive, CD, DVD, removable) and encodes it to Zune compatible WMV-files. The software runs on Windows XP/NT/2000/Vista. The online download price is USD 29.95 (EUR 24.95) ex. local tax."



I've been waiting for some of the reputable companies in the video conversion marketplace to release Zune video conversion software, it it looks like my wait is over: Makayama has been making video conversion software for quite a while now, and I've heard good things about their product (I haven't tried it lately myself). The $29.95 USD price point is reasonable, assuming it does all it says it can - the addition of transcoding YouTube content is very cool as well. There's a free trial available - I've asked for a copy, so I'll let you know what I think when I check it out.


Friday, September 15, 2006

Getting Ready for Mobius 2006: DVD Ripfest!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Off-Topic" @ 08:21 PM


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Tonight, I'm heading off to Microsoft's Mobius conference...only this time, instead of going to Seattle, I'm headed to Thailand. It's still a bit surprising because it's such a departure from the norm, but Microsoft had opted to do two Mobius events this year, one in Boston, and one in the Phuket area of Thailand. I'm in for 39 hours of travel, so having some portable entertainment is in order. Thankfully, my lovely wife is also coming along for the journey (at my expense of course) so that will make the travel easier. Sadly, since no Pocket PC vendor has made a device with a nice big hard drive, I'm using a mixture of devices: my Zen Vision:M, a Toshiba Gigabeat S, a Zen Micro, and my laptop. I have no Zune yet you see... ;-)

I've been ripping DVDs and converting TV shows to WMV for about a week now, and I'm simply in awe of how fantastic CloneDVD Mobile and AnyDVD are. Every developer could stand to learn from these applications in terms of ease of use. Software that works - go figure! I emailed the developer and raved about how much I liked the software, and he gave me a promotional code to share with all of you. If you use the promotion code digitalmediathoughts in the Slysoft store [affiliate], valid through 2006-09-30, you'll save $5 on a single product (such as CloneDVD Mobile), $10 on a two-product bundle (such as CloneDVD Mobile and AnyDVD), $15 on a three-product bundle, and $20 on a four-product bundle.

I'm hoping to have some connectivity at the resort in Phuket where the conference is being held, so you'll hopefully see me online here and there. I'm off to the airport - I have 39 hours of travel time to kill!


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