Free Mac DVD ripper giveaway!

This isn’t the giveaway I promised, but it seems more important. For the rest of this month, WinX is giving the Mac version of their Platinum DVD Ripper for FREE. That’s right, you don’t have to pay a CENT to get all those crunchy episodes of LOST you ordered on dvd right onto your iPod! The ripper is insanely fast, insanely easy to use, and insanely  adaptable, as you will find in my review of the software (the PC version, at least). Even Cnet likes it. You can’t go wrong with this software. And did I mention it’s free until July?

All you have to do to get it for FREE is:
  1. Download the installer here and run it.
  2. Register with this license key: WINXMC-2010-3721-GIVEAWAY
  3. ???
  4. Profit!

You can visit the site for instructions, features, and more here.

Visit the WinX Homepage

Visit the giveaway page

WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

Hey, everyone. Summer’s here, school’s out, and there’s nothing to do but chill. And blog. So, I though I’d do a nice review and then do a giveaway right after. So, here’s my review. Expect the giveaway in a day or so.

Check back soon for a giveaway!

I was asked to do a review of “WinX DVD Ripper Platinum” by WinX as a joint promotional attempt, of sorts; In exchange for reviewing their software, I was given 10 copies of the software to give away to you folk. I’ll write up that giveaway later, but for right now, I want to do a review of the software, because I was actually thoroughly impressed.

Ta dah!

Functionality

First off, function, the most important part of any bit of software. To rip a DVD, all you need to do is launch the program, pop a DVD in the drive, and wait a second. The software automatically detects the video files on the DVD and chooses the one most likely to be the movie that you want to rip (as opposed to trailers, extra scenes, etc.). You additionally have the option to manually select the source drive or Video_TS folder (dvd video folder) by clicking the “Disk” or “Path” buttons at the top of the screen.

Selecting the video output format for your video is as simple as choosing a tab at the bottom of the screen. The software comes with a lot of pre-configured settings optimized for any output device. You additionally have the option to customize these settings manually. You have manual control over many aspects of the finished rip; the software allows you to  choose quality rates from drop-down boxes, select sample/frame rate for the audio and video, tweak the gain (in decibels) for the volume, select audio and video filetypes and containers, and adjust the resolution and aspect ratio. A large “Start” button allows you to start the conversion process.

The pre-configured outputs are as follows:
  • Direct, lossless backup
  • AVI
  • MP4
  • MPEG
  • WMV
  • FLV
  • MOV
  • iPod/iPhone
  • iPad
  • Apple TV
  • PSP
  • 3GP
  • Zune
  • Music (Just the audio from the DVD)

Extra Features

The software includes a few extra features to enhance the conversion process.

Advanced De-Interlace Accelerator – When recording video, some cameras use “interlacing,” when twice the required frames per second are shot, the heights of the frames are scaled in half, and the two frames are meshed into one frame. This can cause individual frames to be blurry (to see what I mean, check this out). The software uses the De-Interlace Accelerator to quickly remove interlacing from videos.

High-Quality Engine – Using a specialized rendering engine, the software can create high-quality rips, lengthening the time it takes to rip a DVD but increasing the quality of the final product.

Intelligent A/V Synchronizer – When I had previously tried to rip DVD’s, I had always encountered issues with synchronizing the video and the audio of  the films. WinX included an automatic A/V synchronizer into it’s software so that people like me don’t have to fuss with video files and audio files just to see a movie as it’s supposed to be seen.

Things to be desired

The software, despite the fact that it works, smoothly and without error, is ugly. Its gui looks like it was designed in the ’90’s, complete with a serif-typeface splash screen. The buttons are rather gawky, and the icons for buttons and the actual buttons themselves don’t match. For example, in it’s main window, it lists 3 steps to get you started, but provides different images to represent the buttons than what they use for the buttons themselves. Just look at the screenshot above.

Besides the crummy visuals, there is no option to convert a standard video_TS folder or something like that. You must select a drive physically attached to your computer, which is limiting. It’s not the biggest of deals, but it would certainly help.

Overall?

After spending a good 2 weeks with a working copy of this software (I had initially tried running it on my desktop, which currently has a faulty optical drive), I can honestly say that there has yet to be a DVD that I haven’t been able to rip easily. I’ve successfully ripped and played back in almost every format, from full resolution to the “iPod” configuration, with no issue. I tried playing a movie on my brother’s psp, which worked fine. Seriously, I can’t see anything wrong with the software, bug-wise.

Cost: $30, includes 2 years of free backup downloads.
Check back soon to find out how you can get a copy for free!

Check out WinX DVD Ripper

I want to start a new contest…

To make an incredibly long story short, I’ve decided to promote my blog with a contest of sorts. I’ve been looking for prizes and have only been able to manage to scrape up some user accounts for demonoid.com, the exclusive torrent community, and a card worth 10 free song downloads from essentialplaylist.com, the “best of the best selections” music site.

If anyone can think of or has some prizes they’d be willing to donate to my giveaway, please contact me either by comment, via the contact link in the upper right hand corner of your screen, or through twitter (@techno_heads).

Cheers, Salem

Free Rapidshare Pro Accounts!

Update:

CLICK HERE for free rapids.

This stuff is old and no longer works:

Yeah, I’ve found a website that gives away Rapidshare Premium accounts through its ad revenue. In addition to rapidshares,  premium accounts for Filefactory, Hostgator, Filefront, Megashare, Sendspace, Fileplanet, Megaupload, and Gamespot are also regularly given away. And best yet, its not one of those shady, under-the-counter faked accounts either. These accounts are perfectly legal. Check it out here:

clamocracy.com


First of all, this isn’t a scam. Its perfectly legitimate, and requires no credit cards, money, or other annoyances. All it asks you for are a username, password, and email (and I have yet to receive spam emails from them). You just have to click a link, which generates a random number. If your number is in their range of numbers, you win an account. They pay for the accounts via advertisements, and as long as they have a cash flow, they can buy more accounts. So, what do you have to lose?

Oh, and if you aren’t satisfied, how about this; every time I win an account, I’ll put it on the site and raffle it off. Sound good? It is. I promise. Try it out.

Congratulations to the CA Antivirus winners

The winners of the CA Antivirus Giveaway, chosen at random, are…

“Michelle” and “Jessica P”

Expect to receive emails with download links and product keys, both of you. The keys are good for one and only one computer, and is are good for a year from the date of activation. 

If you don’t get emails within the next week or so, please email me and I’ll make sure you get the keys directly. Thanks for commenting, and stay posted for future giveaways!