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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Win a Lenovo A70z All-in-One Desktop Computer: Enter Now!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 11:30 AM


I'm giving away a Lenovo A70z worth $729 USD, courtesy of Lenovo. It's a great all-in-one desktop computer that I did an unboxing and first impressions video of, and you can win it in a random drawing. You'll be winning a brand new A70z, still in the box, not the one I used in the video. I'll be selecting a random comment posted on this YouTube video telling me why this A70z is better than the computer you currently have, or how you'd use the A70z as a secondary computer. To win, that person has to be subscribed to my YouTube channel and has to have marked the video as a favourite. I forgot to mention that you should also Like the video, so that's not part of the official rules - but doing so would be the nice thing to do. :-)

The contest starts today, and runs until midnight on the 12th (GMT -7) - I'll be randomly selecting the winner on the morning of the 13th. One entry per person, and the winner must be located in the USA or Canada. Don't forget too that this is part of a much bigger giveaway ($15,000+) so be sure to check out all the of the other sites that are giving away their own A70z's. Good luck everyone!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Zune & YouTube

Posted by David Tucker in "Zune News" @ 04:21 AM


“The former lets viewers of freely available clips, such as from Barack Obama and home-made movies, download permanent copies of those clips in their higher-quality but standard definition 480x270 versions in an H.264 format playable on modern portable devices such as all modern iPhones and iPods, Sony's Walkman line and Microsoft's Zune series.”

The only thing better than watching YouTube at home is watching YouTube...anywhere. Now, according to Electronicsta, you can do just that. While not all videos will be available for download you can at least get your favorites most likely. Now you won’t have to spend all that time finding those videos to show your friends. You can download them and take them with you!

Tags: youtube, download

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Zune 'Masks' Stats Revealed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Articles & Resources" @ 04:31 PM


"Hey, remember that Zune Masks spot? Feed Company, which seeded it on YouTube and elsewhere, sent us metrics on how well it fared. No word on whether it improved Zune sales or even people's opinions about it. Just a lot of hype about the number of views and compliments about the animation. From the report (stats refer to the spot's popularity on YouTube):

- Over 6,500 users marked "Masks" as a "favorite"
- The video gained "highly positive" rating from over 4,000 viewers
- 561 users subscribed to Zune Arts channel
- 50 users responded to "Masks" with their own video
- The video was featured on the YouTube homepage during the first week of January, bringing "Masks" and "zune-arts.net" front-and-center of the site's immense audience for a period of one week, thus increasing awareness of Zune Arts and driving traffic to the micro-site
- It was featured as a film and animation feature on all 18 international YouTube sites"

The article goes on to say that the video was viewed 850,000 times - that's quite a bit of brand boosting for the Zune! The ads may have absolutely nothing to do with the Zune itself, but they sure are catchy...especially this one, which gave me a shades-of-thriller chuckle.

Tags: youtube, masks

Tip: Download YouTube Videos in Zuneable Format

Posted by Adam Krebs in "Zune Media" @ 01:30 AM


I know what you're thinking, but hear me out. This isn't another "use three different utilities and several different websites" to get those YouTube videos you've been lusting after. Actually, it's quite easy, since YouTube carries a copy of every one of its videos in Zune-friendly H.264 format. Though this feature was originally introduced to support AppleTV, we Zune owners get to benefit from it as well.

Go to vixy.net/rawvideo and enter the URL of the YouTube video you want to download. Make sure MP4 (H.264) is selected in the dropdown menu and then click the Download button. Follow the instructions on the next page and right-click the link that appears to save it to your computer. Change the name of the file to whatever you want the video to be called, but make sure to add ".mp4" at the end of the filename or else it won't save correctly. Once the file has finished downloading, drag the video into the Zune software. It'll recognize it and allow you to sync with your Zune device. Zune 4/8/80's don't even need to convert!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

The Z-Phone, Now Just $9!

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Talk" @ 07:00 AM


Here's a funny short someone cooked up showing their concept of a Zune Phone with a giant receiver and running various different things like Windows Paint, DOS (or at least the command prompt) and Reversi on what looks like WM5. Yikes. While I might agree that the concept of a Zune phone is a little absurd in the first place, I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it's quite that absurd.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Makayama Releases Movie Studio for Zune 1.0

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


"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.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

IE Plugin to Convert YouTube, Google Video to Zune

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Zune Content Creation & Management" @ 10:00 PM


"ZuneIEPlugIn allows users to install an Internet Explorer plugin that aids in saving YouTube, GoogleVideo and SoapBox videos to [their] video folders. User can view them on WMV compatible portable devices."

ZuneIEPlugIn boasts the ability to download and convert the .flv file to .wmv - ready for the Zune. The software installs a toolbar button in Internet Explorer that allows access to one-click conversion. I have to say I'm skeptical that it would be that easy. Has anyone tried it? I'll try downloading it later, but in the meantime feel free to share any results you may have.

Friday, December 22, 2006

Even the Packaging is Fun

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 02:00 PM


Here's a funny video someone on YouTube cooked up. He took an hour's worth of footage of opening the Zune packaging and compressed it to less than a minute and a half. Very clever. Some people just have too much time on their hands. ;-) Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

YouTube Videos on Your Zune

Posted by Damion Chaplin in "Thoughts Media Off Topic" @ 12:00 PM


"While involving a few steps, it is very simple to put YouTube videos on your Zune. First, you will need a couple of utilities to accomplish this. You will need one utility to download the video off of YouTube (the FLV file) and another to convert the file to a Zune compatible video."

Awesome. Now you can share all those old G.I. Joe commercials with your less tech-savvy friends, coworkers and family! They don't know what they're missing. Check it out. :-)

Friday, October 6, 2006

Zune Video Transcoding: Why it Matters

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Talk" @ 11:32 AM

In the discussion regarding Zune video transcoding (or lack thereof in this case) there was a comment from first-time poster covert (I hope I don't scare him away with this!) that I thought was worth discussing in more detail on our front page:

"I know it's disappointing to not have DivX support on the Zune itself or the desktop software, but couldn't a third-party program on your desktop encode your DivX files to compatible .WMVs anyway?"

Sure, it's entirely possible - I have a lot of programs that transcode - but the question is, why should I have to do that? The Zune desktop software should deliver the most seamless, hassle-free experience to the end user as possible. That's the whole reason for the Zune, right? Video transcoding is part of that solution - no one wants to think about video transcoding, they just want to be able to play their videos on their device. Period. I watch a lot of video on my Zen Vision:M when I'm travelling, and it can be a real hassle to get it all into the right format. I have to use one program for ripping a DVD to DivX, another program for getting DVR-MS files into WMV format, and sometimes I have to crack open a file in Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0, export it to MPEG, then encode it with Windows Media Encoder to get what I want. It's a hassle from end to end.

DVR-MS files from a Windows Media Center Edition 2005 PC are a particular pain: almost nothing will transcode them properly (or easily). Windows Movie Maker won't open them (the registry hack is unstable for me), and Windows Media Encoder won't either. Windows Media Player 10 will transcode them only if you've sacrificed a chicken and done the proper voodoo dances - I tried getting an short AVI file off my Casio camera onto my Gigabeat S the other day, and WMP10 puked on it with no error (it just sat at 0% for a very long time). Video transcoding causes everyone frustration, and it's really unfortunate that the Zune is actually going to be less helpful in this regard than previous PMC and PlaysForSure devices. Video, especially social/viral video, is becoming increasingly popular with the advent of sites such as YouTube, so I believe Microsoft is missing a great opportunity here. Here's hoping Zune v2 will have an integrated Flash player, direct-to-Internet WiFi access, and a YouTube will create a Zune-optimized portal complete with downloading. I can dream right?

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