powerful video converter and DVD Ripper software: 5/1/10

How to convert dvd and video to play on iPad, iPhone, Nokia, MP4, AVI,etc.

With the development of technology, several of media portable players emerged and have enriched our daily life greatly. We enjoy our favorite movies and music with all kinds of portable players such as iPod, iPhone, Zune, PSP, mobile phone and so on. Now, several of the most popular players are:
iPad - is an unprecedented device. It doesn't shoot rainbows or make puppies, but this roughly 8x10-inch tablet computer melds your laptop, smartphone, gaming console, and iPod into a single, affordable, unfortunately named thing. If you've ever used an iPhone or iPod Touch, the iPad will feel immediately familiar. Out of the box, you get many of the iPhone's capabilities, including Apple-designed applications (apps) for Web browsing, e-mail, maps, photos, music, video, YouTube, and more. More apps can be installed using the built-in App Store software or by connecting the iPad to iTunes via your computer using the included cable. If you already own apps purchased for an iPhone or iPod Touch, you can transfer these apps to the iPad, as well.

iPhone 3GS - In many ways, the 3GS is a mirror image of the iPhone 3G; externally there's no difference. It's inside where all the changes have happened, with Apple issuing a beefed-up CPU, new internal compass, larger capacities for storage, and improved optics for its camera. More to the point, the release of the 3GS coincides with the launch of iPhone OS 3.0, a major jump from previous versions of the system software featuring highly sought after features like cut, copy, and paste, stereo Bluetooth, MMS, tethering, video recording, landscape keyboard options for more applications, and an iPhone version of Spotlight. It's important to remember that real-world use will be a better judge of the iPhone 3GS' endurance. The large color display, frequently switching between different applications, and heavy 3G or GPS use will drain the battery faster than just making a call. As it's difficult to develop an accurate benchmark for testing battery life while multitasking, your experience will vary widely depending on how you use your iPhone 3GS. There are quite a few things you can do to maximize battery life, but we recommend using Wi-Fi over 3G whenever possible, limiting GPS use, and dimming your display's brightness. The 3Gs is the first iPhone to show the percentage of battery charge on the Home screen.

Nokia N900 - Nokia has equipped the N900 with decent hardware: it has a 600Mhz processor that integrates a PowerVR SGX 530 graphics processor. Finally, the N900 runs Maemo, a Linux-based operating system that is backed by major players like Intel. At the moment, the best way to enjoy the N900 as an entertainment device is to copy media files to it. There's ample room (up to 32GB internally+16GB via micro-SD) and that's how you'll get the best image quality for the videos. Music is pretty easy to acquire, but videos formatted to the optimum size and bitrate is another story. As a voice device, the Nokia N900 does very well, and as a communication tool, it is very good too. With Maemo, Nokia's smartphone future seems a lot brighter than it is with Symbian OS. In additional, the Web experience is the most complete: the vast majority of sites work perfectly. All the functionalities are there, including Flash and Ajax support, but in some situations (Flash heavy sites).
And other players, etc. I am not list one by one.
It is really wonderful that we can enjoy our movies and music with smart portable players anytime and anywhere. But you may also get confused with the problem: how to get movies and music into your favorite portable players?
Now I will introduce you an all in one solution. Only one program will help you solve all your questions, that is Nidesoft DVD Ripper Suite. This program consists of two wonderful software: Nidesoft DVD Ripper and Nidesoft Video Converter. Nidesoft DVD Ripper is an excellent software with powerful functions that can convert DVD files to almost all popular video and audio formats including MP4, MP3, AVI,WMV, 3GP, AVC, AAC,etc. Nidesoft Video Converter can convert between almost all popular video and audio formats so that you can get movies and music from any format files. The quality is high and the speed is super fast. Also it is easy to use, only a few clicks were needed.
You can download the Nidesoft DVD Ripper suite by this link: http://nidesoft.com/downloads/dvd-ripper-suite.exe
And you may get more information about this program here: http://www.nidesoft.com/dvd-ripper-suite.html

Then I will introduce you how to get movies and music from DVD and other video files with this powerful program.
How to get movies and music from DVD?
Step 1: you may open the Nidesoft DVD Ripper and load DVD movies first.
a. Open the Nidesoft DVD Ripper Suite you have just downloaded, click “DVD Ripper”, then you may get the software Nidesoft DVD Ripper.
b. Insert the DVD disc into the DVD Drive
c. Click the Open DVD button, browse your computer, find the DVD folder of the movie and open it.
After add your movie, you can click any title or chapter to preview it in the preview window on the right. Then you can choose any titles or chapters you want to convert by click the check boxes before them. In this way, you can choose to convert DVD with the entire movie or just convert one or several chapters.

Step 2: Nidesoft DVD Ripper has powerful functions that enable you edit your video during conversion. You may use the functions below to make your perfect video.
Merge: A regular DVD movie has several chapters, you can convert several chapters into one by click the blank box before merge into one file. Click the check box before any chapter you want and merge them into one file.
Crop: you can cut off the black edges of the DVD movie to watch in full screen by click the crop button. A window will be opened and you can customize the size of screen by your will.
Effect: Click the Effect button you can set special effect including gray effect and negative effect.
You can also set the brightness, contrast, saturation and volume.
Trim: as you have selected the clips to convert, you can trim any segment of the clips by clicking the trim button. You can move the slide below the screen or set the start time and end time to trim any segment.

Step 3: you may customize the output video with its full functions.
Audio Track: Select an audio track from the available audio tracks of your DVD movie.
Subtitle: Common DVD movies have several subtitles such as English, Chinese, French, etc. You can choose one language you prefer or select “None” to delete subtitle.
Profile: Click the button and show the list of profiles, you can select the profiles you want. For example, if you want to convert your DVD movies to your iPod video player, click the “iPod video MPEG-4 (*.mp4)”.
Note: If you don’t know which format to convert, you may choose the profile according to your portable player. For example, if your portable player is PSP, choose the profile “PSP Video MPEG-4 (*mp4)”

Step 4: now you can start your conversion.
After the settings finished, you can just click the convert button to start the conversion. You can view the conversion speed at the bottom. The conversion will be completed in few minutes.

How to convert video or audio files to some formats which your player supports?
For example, you have downloaded a file from YouTube is in “flv” format and you may follow the way below to convert the flv files or other video files in your computer into your portable player.
Firstly: open the Nidesoft Video Converter and load files.
a. Open the Nidesoft DVD Ripper Suite you have just downloaded, click “Video Converter”, you may get the software Nidesoft Video Converter.
b. click "add Files" button and import the videos from your computer. Nidesoft video converter supports batch conversion so you can import multiple files at one time.
c. EDIT the video with the function button:
Crop, Effect, Trim, Options
(1) Crop: Remove the undesired area or just convert part of the video area from your video file by dragging the frame around the video or setting the crop values: Top, Button, Left and Right.
(2) Effect: You can select gray effect or Negative effect from Special Effect or tune the Brightness, Contrast, Saturation and Volume to get special effect movie.
(3) Trim: To get your favorite segment by setting the “Start Time” and “End Time” or dragging the Start Time slider to set the start time and dragging the End Time slider to set the finish time.
Set video Resolution, video Bitrate, Audio Channels, and Audio Bitrate to customize the output video's quality.
Note: You could click the white box besides "Merge into one file" to merge your selected titles into one video before starting the conversion.
d. Select the out file format
Click the “format” drop-down list to select the output format. If you don’t know what formats your device supports, you can just select the format according to the device name.

e. Click the "Convert" button and start the conversion. Please wait a few minutes before the conversion succeeds!
Ok, now you have got music from videos and next what you need to do is enjoying it. If you have any questions, please email to: support@nidesoft.com. It’s my pleasure to help you solve your problem.

Microsoft Kin mobile phone review

After have manufactured more smartphones for the enterprise users in many years, Microsoft finally launched own-brand Kin (Kin.com) for consumers, and released Kin tow and Kin two models. These two mobile phones by Verizon Wireless exclusive sales finally published on May 13. With stripped-down interfaces, deep social networking integration, and a focus on very particular type of user, Microsoft is aiming for something altogether different with Kin. Now, below is a brief introduction about them.
The Kin One and Two should look a little familiar -- they come off like mutated cousins of the Palm Pre. The One is short and squat, sort of disc shaped, with a smaller display that slides down into the center of the handset; the Two, meanwhile, is a larger, elongated device with a wide landscape keyboard. Both devices feature capacitive touchscreen displays (a 2.6-inch, 320 x 240 QVGA screen on the One and a 3.4-inch, 480 x 320 HVGA version for the Two) with thick, plastic coatings. Around the sides, the phones both feature the same complement of buttons: volume rockers, a dedicated camera key, a sleep / power button, plus a "back" button on the lower faces of the devices. The phones use a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, take micro-USB cables, and have cameras equipped with LED flashes on their backs.
Both the One and the Two sport the Tegra APX2600 CPU -- the same as in the Zune HD, so you've got plenty of horsepower -- and have 256MB of DDR RAM on-board. The One has a paltry 4GB of storage for your pics, music, and video, while the Two ups the game to 8GB... Neither of the devices support microSD. The devices have light and proximity sensors, an accelerometer, and GPS chips inside, along with 802.11b/g, EvDO Rev. A, and Bluetooth 2.1 (which supports A2DP and AVRCP profiles).
Now Microsoft has been making a big deal out of the cameras on these phones, having equipped the One with a 5 megapixel shooter, and the Two with an 8 megapixel version that does wait for it... 720p video. For starters, just the act of trying to take a photo with the hardware buttons on these phones is really quite uncomfortable; somehow, both the One and Two seem to force your hand into a position where you're blocking the lens with a finger or two. On the One, it's usually good for taking a picture after a firm press, but sometimes there's no reaction at all, while on the Two, it tends to focus in and out and then never snap a photo. Both the One and Two are equipped with autofocus lenses, though the One seemed to struggle much less with focusing in on subjects. On the other hand, its images looked more washed out to us. To sum up, taking still photos with both Kin devices was a frustrating, unrewarding affair that yielded more bad than good.
On the video aspect, as we mentioned, it's capable of shooting 720p video. With a Zune Pass subscription and Zune software on your PC, you can listen to millions of songs from Zune Marketplace on your KIN while on the go, or load from your personal collection. What is worth mentioning, Kin One and Kin Two become the first mobile phones support Zune player in global. But what should I do, if I don’t have Zune videos? I search this question on Google and I find good software –Nidesoft video converter which could convert video or audio files between all popular formats to convert AVI file to MPEG-4 format. Detailed process is as follows:
Firstly, you could free download and install Nidesoft Video Converter from: http://www.nidesoft.com/downloads/video-converter.exe.
When you finished the download process, run the .exe file to install it.
Step 1: Click “Add File” button to import your videos from your computer.
Tips: Click a file in the list and you could use the preview control buttons to play the file.
Step 2: Click "Format" combo box to select the output format, such as to “Zune Video –MPEG Format (*.mp4)” for Zuen.
Step 3: Click “Convert” button to start conversion. The conversion will be completed in a short time.
Ok, now you have converted your video files to some formats which Zune player supports and you may use it more convenient. Another I also find Nidesoft DVD Ripper could rip DVD to multimedia phones’ video and music: 3GP, AVI, WMV, MP4, WMA etc. So, it is not a problem to watch your favorite DVD on mobile phone. I think these two Nidesoft software are necessary additional software for mobile phone users.
Kins are labeled as a Windows Phone, but bear little resemblance to Windows Phone 7, and none at all to Windows Mobile. The interface is heavily paneled, but the panels can be all kinds of things. Feeds! Shortcuts! Twitter, MySpace and Facebook items! Contacts! Throw your screen from side to side and you move between a homescreen with links to obvious functionality, The Loop, which is a collection of social networking feeds combined with RSS feeds, and you’re Favorites. In addition, the Kins are messaging phones centered not on texts, but around the services young people actually use nowadays. It prompts you to sync with Twitter, Facebook and Myspace immediately, which it (fairly) intelligently gleans for contact information. (It's like WebOS in this respect.) Once you've got everything loaded up, your entire phone is basically overrun with social chaff, be it Twitter updates, friends' Facebook albums, or items from the surprisingly competent RSS feed reader. And beyond the features you can see and interact with on the handset itself, there's the Kin's killer app: Studio. It's basically a blown-up version of your phone, with all its contents, accessible via a web interface. Uploads are automatic and nearly constant, so when you log on, your stuff is just there.
Battery life
Microsoft told us that its goal was for users to be able to take off for a weekend road trip with these things and leave their chargers behind. In particular, the One was left off the charger quite a bit, yet still managed to go for more than two days with sporadic use.
Microsoft finally introduced own-brand mobile phone, which means it has position in the aspects of hardware and software. The two Kin series of phone looks very small, no good spot, but we can see Microsoft for mobile phones and music market value, and the two mobile operators will bind sales, service and mobile terminal market price don’t so high, also fit young consumers' demand. Just feel strange, Microsoft's first mobile didn't use WP7 operating systems, even the two Kin series are not smartphone. Why do Microsoft? We can only continue to focus on its further development.