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With today’s technology, we have a large variety of ways to enjoy multimedia. One moment we’re at school, on our laptop watching YouTube, and the next we’re on a bus listening to our iPod. However, our multimedia devices usually have a limited number of file formats they support. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could convert our multimedia so we can play it on whatever we want?

This week, we will be giving away 10 licenses for Video Converter Ultimate and 10 licenses for DVD Creator for Mac, worth almost $1100 in total!

Find out how you can grab yourself a copy.

Giveaway #1: Video Converter Ultimate (reviewed by Jonathan Bennett)

Throughout testing, Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate worked flawlessly. It supports an impressive amount of file formats, more than you will probably ever need. This software has the ability to rip and burn DVDs for backups, convert one file format into another, remove DRM licenses, and easily transfer files to media devices like the iPod or PSP.

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For this review, we devised three scenarios.

  1. Convert a YouTube video to Quicktime .MOV format.
  2. Convert a video to audio MP3 format.
  3. Rip a DVD and convert it to an iPod format.

Converting A Video To Another Video Format

The first test was to convert a YouTube video to another format. After downloading the “Will it Blend” YouTube video using DownloadHelper How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper How To Download Streaming Video with DownloadHelper Read More , the FLV was added to the queue.

UPDATE: A native YouTube Downloader has been integrated into the latest version!

You can view and change some options to suit your output preference.

Now all that’s left to do is click “Start” and let it go.

The software gives you an estimated file size and as shown above, the conversion is in process. It took about 20 seconds to convert this video on a relatively new computer, but these times can vary depending on your computer specifications.

As expected, the converted file worked great.

In case you’re curious – yes, the iPad will blend, so be careful where you place it down while in the kitchen.

Converting A Video To MP3 Format

Next, I wanted to convert the video to MP3 audio, so I could transfer it to my iPod and listen to it blend while I’m doing my semi-annual 15-minute jog outside. I followed the same procedure as before, but chose the MP3 format for my output.

Again, the software lets you change a number of settings that pertain to whatever file type you choose. Converting video to audio MP3 only took about five seconds, which is much quicker than converting it to another video format. The audio quality sounded just as good as the original video.

Ripping a DVD For The iPod

For my final test I wanted to backup a DVD. The movie I grabbed from my shelf was Casanova, which coincidentally is what I unsuccessfully encourage girlfriends to call me. Anyway, simply load the DVD into the software as shown below.

The software will scan the disk and ask which tracks you want to backup. You can also see a preview of the video, if needed.

After this, select the file format. I went with an iPod MP4 file.

Great! As shown below, the estimated file size for this 2-hour movie is 820MB, which will fit easily on a 8GB iPod.

Conversion of this movie took around 45 minutes, which is reasonable for a video of this length.

I highly recommend Daniusoft Video Converter Ultimate to anyone who is looking to extend the portability of their files. It has worked great for me and I’m happy it passed my tests. If you’re interested, give the free trial a go and see how it works for you.

Video Converter Ultimate has been through major upgrades and now boasts 5X faster conversion with NVIDIA CUDA. Click here for more information about NVIDIA CUDA.

Giveaway #2: DVD Creator for Mac

If you’re the kind of person who likes to burn your own homemade DVDs or create fun slideshows of your photos – Daniusoft DVD Creator for Mac has all the features you could possibly ask for, and then some.

Daniusoft DVD Creator for Mac allows you to convert just about any format video into a DVD. Using the software you can also burn videos from your AVCHD videos (MTS, M2TS), TP and TRP. Supported video formats include AVI, MP4, MPG, 3GP, WMV, ASF, RM, RMVB, DAT, MOV, FLV and MKV.

If you’re a photography enthusiast, and want to show off your photos in a larger than life slideshow, Daniusoft DVD Creator makes it easy to create a stunning slideshow of your photos. Supported image formats include PNG, JPG, TIFF and BMP. Just select all the photos you want included in the slideshow and drag them into Daniusoft DVD Creator. Editing the slideshow allows you to include music and add dynamic transitions.

The software will also come in handy when putting together home-made films, with a built-in video editor. The editing suite has a long list of features including trimming your files, adding effects, increasing brightness, contrast, cropping the size of your frame, rotating and adding a watermark.

Once your video is ready to be burned to a DVD, you can create a personalised DVD menu, adding your own text, frame and buttons.

Daniusoft DVD Creator allows you to select the background picture, video thumbnail, and music.

The software is easy to use, with its drag and drop interface, and is compatible with DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, DVD”“5 and DVD”“9.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.


STEP 1
Join our Facebook page by clicking the Like button or you can follow us on Twitter, if you prefer. If you’re already following us, you may skip this step.

If you can’t see the fanbox, click on this link.

STEP 2
Here’s our giveaway form. Please fill it in accurately. Be sure to enter your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.


STEP 3
You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

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And that’s it! You’re done!

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, 3rd September at 2100hrs PST. The winners will be selected at random and announced via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

MakeUseOf would like to thank Daniusoft for their generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

[update] Here are the winners for Daniusoft’s double giveaway Daniusoft Double Giveaway: Video Converter Ultimate & DVD Creator [Mac] Daniusoft Double Giveaway: Video Converter Ultimate & DVD Creator [Mac] Read More :

  1. Stephen Knooren
  2. Reid Sigmundson
  3. Linu George
  4. Rigoberto Garcia
  5. Damien Thorn
  6. Tristan
  7. Jeff Brisbois
  8. Devin
  9. Ahmad
  10. Dani Yott

DVD Creator for Mac winners.

  1. Vi Nguyen
  2. Daniel Rampelt
  3. Roderick Chu
  4. Gabriel Tam
  5. Donovan du Plessis
  6. John St.Clair
  7. Himanshu Dhaga
  8. Corin Grey
  9. Joshua Young
  10. Ari Arsyadi

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