Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Major Nelson's Xbox - Jun 19 2010

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Major Nelson's Xbox - Jun 20 2010

Dogs age seven years to a human's one. For consoles the ratio is more like FIFTEEN to one. When you have been ignored for 8 days, these are the kinds of things you think about.

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Major Nelson's Xbox - Jun 21 2010

Major Nelson decided to game yesterday and we rocked out like the three musketeers, except there were only two of us... 43,117 points of total gamerscore and counting... That is a profit of 15 points over last time! He opened up Alpha Protocol, and I thought Major Nelson injured himself in the process... but I was wrong... he lives to fight another day!

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Major Nelson's Xbox - Jun 22 2010

I was looking back through my notes and according to Major Nelson, we played some games yesterday... but that is just craziness. Sure our score is now 43127 which is a gain of 10 points, but I can't tell you from what. Maybe next time I will remember.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Major Nelson's Xbox - Jun 23 2010

Major Nelson is awesome! Just plain radical even... I say that because we played some games. Did you know our gamerscore is 43,137? That is an improvement of 10 points over last time! He rallied Split/Second gaining 3 achievements, and then I needed a nap. Don't judge me! It's a lot of work pushing all those pixels.

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YouTube Adds Easy Video Editor

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Categories: Other, VOD/Streaming

YouTube has quietly added a video editor to its site giving users the power to join together videos using clips already posted on the site to create a new video. FYI though, they have to be clips you have uploaded.

The editor is lacking some features, but offers just enough functionality to be useful to most YouTube users, especially ones without a high end PC designed for video processing.

YouTube says it may eventually add transitions and other common tools, but there has to be a demand for it.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

VideoLan Updates to Version 1.1.4 RC4

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Categories: Software News, Other, DivX/XviD

VLC (initially VideoLAN Client) is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats (MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DivX, mp3, ogg, ...) as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.

Playing back .MP4 H.264 encoded movies:

Use VideoLAN which has a built in .MP4 reader and H.264 decoder Use Media Player Classic or Windows Media Player and ffdshow For more information on how to play back, encode and convert MP4 files, please refer to our MP4 Usage Guide

Changes between 1.0.5 and 1.1.0-rc4:
Important changes for users:

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VSO PhotoDVD Updates to Version

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Categories: Software News, DVD Authoring, Recording

From the official site:

VSO PhotoDVD is probably one of the easiest programs to create an animated slideshow of your digital pictures to watch them on a regular home DVD player. Don't waste time on complex products when you can simply share your digital pictures on a DVD with friends or family.

VSO PhotoDVD takes your digital pictures and animates them to create a standard DVD movie. You can add optional soundtracks and comments to your pictures using DVD subtitles. The result is attractive and vibrant. The product is very easy to use and it is compatible with your DVD writer.

A wizard style interface lets you define the folders or files where to select the pictures. You can define multiple lists of music files to play in the background, and add up to 3 channels of DVD subtiles. The transitions and animations of your pictures are completely automatic and will enhance the experience of sharing your best memories. Use focus points to highlight the details of your pictures, like the sparkling eyes of your new born baby.

You can watch the results on a regular TV or computer using a DVD Player. This format uses the best quality available at the moment. A copy of your source files is stored in the DVD project and lets you keep trace of your digital pictures without quality loss using a computer.


Supported picture formats: JPG, GIF, BMP, ANI, PCX, EMF, WMF, and more... Supported audio formats for background music: MP3, WMA, OGG, MPC, WAV, APE Awesome pan and zoom effects Fullscreen (4:3) and Widescreen (16:9) output DVD output on DVD-R/RW and DVD

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

TMPGEnc XPress Updates to Version

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Categories: Software News, DivX/XviD, DVD Authoring, Recording

Convert Almost Any Video File!

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress excels at converting video from one format to another. Got a Media Center recording that you'd like to convert to DivX? Or maybe you have a DivX file you'd like to convert to DVD-compliant MPEG? TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress can do it all, and you'll have complete control over the output settings. You can even make your own custom output settings!

 Edit Your Video

TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress includes plenty of tools to enhance your video. Use the cut-editor to cut out unwanted scenes. Add filters to correct color, crop the picture, resize, sharpen, deinterlace, reduce noise, and more!

Convert Your AVCHD Footage!

The popular AVCHD video format is now officially supported as an input source! Easily take your AVCHD footage and convert it to other video formats such as DVD-Video!

Blu-ray Disc Encoding!

We've added a new output template for the Blu-ray Disc format! Convert your video into BDMV or BDAV compliant MPEG-2 video and maintain the quality of your high definition footage

The official change log for version is as follows:

Added CUDA - CUDA 3.0 support. (There is no functional difference in TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress when using CUDA 2.3 or 3.0). This addition corrects the impossibility to launch TMPGEnc 4.0 XPress when a NVIDIA® GeForce GTX400 series video card (with a Fermi architecture graphic chip) is present. CUDA 3.0 support is available only for the GeForce GTX400 series video card.

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DVDRemaster Updates to Version 6.3.2

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Categories: Mac OS, DVD Authoring, Recording

From the Official Site :

DVDRemaster is an utility for Mac OS X to recompress large (unprotected/unencrypted) DVDs so that they fit on standard DVD5. DVDRemaster can work in two modes.

It can either preserve all tracks (including menus, multiangle, commentaries, other languages, ...) or work in "Movie Only" mode where everything but the main feature is discarded, thus leaving more space for the main feature and a better quality of image.

Advanced users will appreciate the Pro version, which lets you choose exactly which video and audio tracks you want to copy.

The official change log for version 6.3.2 is as follows:

Introduced a help manual accessible from the Help menu Improvements to the Japanese translation


DVDRemaster Standard

DVDRemaster Pro

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Friday, June 25, 2010

LG Discounts 3D Blu-ray Player by $100

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Categories: High Definition (Blu-ray, HD DVD, HDTV), VOD/Streaming

LG Electronics is now shipping its 3D Blu-ray player, the LG BX580, for $100 less than its expected price bringing the final price under $300 at Amazon.

The price on the page says $399 but the moment you add it to the cart, it will drop to $299.

The BX580 comes with a several key features such as high-speed 802.11n Wi-Fi, DLNA media playback and streaming content directly from your PC.

It supports the latest HDMI 1.4  and is fully compatible with 3D Blu-ray, normal Blu-ray as well as DVDs.

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Dual-Band Wireless Media Router by Vizio

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Categories: Electronics, Hardware News, VOD/Streaming

Vizio just came out with a Dual-Band HD Video and Wireless Internet Router that can wirelessly stream movies, TV shows, music, and more media in HD quality directly to your internet ready TV.

The XRW100 works with simultaneous dual-band wireless (802.11a/b/g/n) and wired Internet devices to connect gadgets such as Blu-ray™ players, DVRs, smart phones, laptops, and game consoles.

The item will become available soon for about $100.

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blu-ray on Xbox 360: Never. Thank goodness for that

Woohooh! Glad to see we're not about to throw money into that particular pit and support that other HD format. Maybe, just maybe, the crazy rumors might stop now.

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How Do You Debug A Movie?

Before I get too old and forget, here is the story of one bug that I had to find when playing King Kong in the Xbox HD DVD player. It concludes with yet another reason I am so glad we’re not doing a Blu-ray player.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More HD DVD players than Blu-ray players in America. Still. In 2009.

In frankly amazing news even to me, a new Harris Poll shows that over a year and a half since the format war ended there are more Americans with HD DVD players than with Blu-ray players, and in fact 2009 was a pretty good year for HD DVD players, in 2008 6% of Americans had an HD DVD player and now 11% do! As the article says, "Interest in Blu-ray remains lukewarm" which put a big grin on my face.

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