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This area is devoted to sites that offer information on viruses and how to combat them. Also here are firewalls that will stop hackers and intruders from entering your computer. DVD is rapidly becoming the medium for movies and copying . There are many specialist sites and here are some of the best. Finally there is an area devoted to CD Burning and general help on CD's.

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  • All 4 mats All-4-mats is both a company and a brand name. We buy from, brand and sell our products within the I.T. industry. Our media is sourced only from the finest suppliers. We import the majority of our products from all over the world. This is a good Media supplier

  • BHA Software supply the CD Recording software that is supplied with many drive units. Their Bs clip and Bs Recorder Gold are excellent products in their own right and give other products a "run for their money".

  • CD-Burner Faq is the definitive help FAQ on CD burning and Copying. This is maintained by Andy McFadden and thanks to him for the excellent tips offered on his site.

  • Burn World is dedicated to bringing you up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information on the expanding and exiting world of optical recording technologies. We will report, review and preview news that is relevant to the community. We would like to welcome you, who are new to the exiting world optical recording and we offer the veterans a fresh and new look at the industry and technologies

  • DVD Shop is a great source for low cost DVD/CD media. It stocks the highly rated Taiyo Yuden media at very competitive prices. A good shop for your burning media.

  • Emtec This is an excellent site for resources on CD Burning and general information on CD ROMs in general. There is a links site here>> that links to other very useful sites for software, drive firmware and general help.

  • CD Information Centre is a public service website from The CD-Info Company. Here you will find information about Compact Disc (CD) & Digital Versatile Disc (DVD) in all their forms (physical and data formats), especially how they are manufactured and used for electronic publishing. We also present links to other websites with more information on these subjects.

  • Fireburner: is a compact yet full-featured CD-R/W burning software package used by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world! FB allows users to easily burn custom data, audio or mixed mode CD's. FB can burn audio tracks from MP3 files with its on the fly decoding support. Fire Burner is shareware.

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  • Pure Motion is the home of Edit Studio software. The site has an excellent tutorial area to help you get started in movie production and editing.

  • Roxio Many of us have a collection of music that pre-dates Madonna by at least ten years (sometimes much more). But it's on vinyl LPs, cassettes, or even reel-to-reel tapes, so we can only listen to it in the living room, where our trusty old turntables and tape decks reside. But, with Easy CD Creator Deluxe, if you want to listen to classic rock while driving to work, you no longer have to be a slave to the whims of the local disc jockey: you can move your old music onto CD and have it your way. Version 6.0 also enables the creation of DVD copy's

  • Nero Burning ROM is the best friend your recorder could ever have. Fast, ultra-stable, powerful, and user-friendly. Nero is the complete answer to your recording needs. Since 1995, Nero's development has been guided by users like you. Now, with Nero 5.5, the world's premiere recording application has gotten even better! There are several sites recommended by Nero for specialist information. These links are here>>

Nero recommended links.

Blank Media
  • DVD and Media offer excellent prices an a very large variety of DVD and CD blank media.
Blank Media

DVD shop on line offers excellent quality recordable media. They have also the famous TAYIO-YUDEN disks.

 

Big Maggot is an excellent Media site

Tutorials and Fan sites
  • Afonic DVD guides is an excellent site with tutorials on all aspects of DVD copying, burning capturing etc. There is also a forum and tools section. A very good site indeed.

  • Ars Technica offers a huge variety of information including how to capture video and how to tweak NT for CD-DVD capture.

Burn World   is dedicated to bringing you up-to-date, accurate and unbiased information on the expanding and exiting world of optical recording technologies. We will report, review and preview news that is relevant to the community. We would like to welcome you, who are new to the exiting world optical recording and we offer the veterans a fresh and new look at the industry and technologies.

  • Barts way to create bootable CD ROMs is a great site giving all possible help in this task. An excellent site.

  • CD Rom Backup This site was initially created for CD-ROM discussion, but now has expanded to all types of digital storage. That includes CDI's, VideoCD's, DVD's, CD-RW's, and so on
    At the heart of our site are our discussion message boards. In addition, the site offers an excellent price comparison bot (Bargain Finder), and numerous links to other resources. We hope you will make this site your #1 resource to find information on digital storage. Please visit us often as you will see ongoing updates to the site. Don't forget to bookmark the site (press Ctrl+D)! We welcome your feedback.

  • Clone CD Net offer excellent tutorials and information on Clone CD. They say it is  the ultimate CloneCD Website. Here you will find everything you need to download and use this powerful free cd burning software program correctly and efficiently. This is a totally free site featuring a wide variety of topics and information that will allow you to crack Clone cd. Use this site for information, tips, tricks, advice, Clonecd Full Download and much more. The tutorial is here>>

  • Digital Director Make a home movie to be proud of by following these concise, easy to follow, beginners guides to digital video editing. Aimed at the beginner, most of the guides concentrate on budget and freeware software to minimise costs... but maximise the quality of your presentations. The guides are separated into a logical order - if you're a complete novice, start with the overview, then dive into the world of digital video! A very good guide to U-Lead Media Studio is here>>

  • DVDR Help has tutorials on CD Clone, Any DVD, and how to copy DVD's in general. This site will help you to make your own Video CDs, SVCD's or DVDs that can be played on your standalone DVD Player from video sources like DVD, Video, TV, Cam or downloaded movie clips like DivX, MOV, RM, WMV and ASF. We also have an extensive list of standalone DVD Players with compatibility information such as CD-R/W, DVD±R/W, VCD, SVCD, MP3 and more. CD Clone and Any DVD here>>

  • DVD Copy Software Review is a great starting point to check out the software.  DVD copying software is part of the DVD archiving solution! Want to backup your entire DVD library to protect your pricy originals? You may think copying DVDs is too technical, but new software has made the task fast and simple. This site is a tool to help you understand DVD copying issues and find solutions to suit your needs. We have developed a comprehensive report of the TOP 20 DVD copying software applications available.

  • DV Workshop is another excellent site offering tips and reviews on DVD, Video and other multimedia tools.

 

Tutorials and Fan sites
  • Doom 9 Tutorials and articles on DVD are second to none. There are articles on Digital TV and movie capture. An overall excellent site on the Digital media subject.

  • DVD Backup welcome to DVD-BACKUP.NET ! This site is dedicated to DVD and everything that goes with it. You will be able to get all the latest news here so keep coming by and spread the word about this new site ! We are also now the official support forum for DVD95Copy Just follow the link in this post for the DVD Forum Where you can talk about dvd95copy and dvd2one and all your other topics that you need help with VISIT THE FORUM HERE

'DVD Reviewer' is run by Reviewer Ltd, a company registered in England, and staffed by a group of people who share a love for the DVD format. This site has huge amounts of information on the DVD format, players, region hacks news and reviews. A great site.

  • DVD Guides offer very good help and tuition for DVD burning. They are are here to help you with DVD copying, ripping, authoring and burning! In their site you can find many easy-to-follow guides that will lead you to many successful copies! Don't waste more time, just find the guide you came for from the menu above and start making your backups in seconds!
    There is an excellent MPEG-DVD conversion tutorial here.

  • Minifest Technology  Web site is designed to help you make sense of computer and consumer electronics technology. Instead of providing product reviews or exhaustive feature comparisons of specific versions, the focus here is on providing the overall context and information you need to help make sense of what's available, and to understand whether it might be of use to you. Read the articles, check out the links, and enjoy! As of January 2004, this site contains over 110 articles and presentations, all freely available. Check out the excellent section on Digital video here>> and on Adobe Premiere Pro here>>

  • Nicky Page has a really superb site offering really useful help min the art of digital copying and movie making. In his words "Firstly, I’m not really an expert in either the Mpeg format or in DivX. Neither am I some kind of hacker or pirate in any sense of the word. I do not claim to have invented any of the major conversion methods. In fact, it would be hard for anyone to say they had invented them since all methods depend almost exclusively on the software and utilities that enthusiasts have produced for the purpose of both converting DVD's into another formats. I’m only explaining the things I have done so that you can try them. Great advice from a single site! Check out this guide to Virtual Dub here>>
  • Sefy's DVD and CD guide New in this release of the guide, the long expected DVD to DVDR media Full Backup. Using Freeware Tools and Shareware. You also have multiple Input Selections option, meaning, AVI/QuickTime/RM as sources and not just DVD movies, check the "What's New" page. When you use the guide, remember it is just an example, and so I won't need to take multiple captures of essentially the same image (e.g.: D2V/AVI or WAV/MP3 inputs) just make the correct changes with your sources.
  • Video Guys is both a fan site and a sales site. The sales side offers much more of a personal service than most similar sites and they also offer help and reviews on a variety of products. I found them when searching for info on Pinnacle Studio and they have a good review here>>

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  • DVD Demystified: On the DVD Demystified site you will find detailed descriptions of every facet of DVD. Over 200 information-packed charts and figures, including a quick reference section. Comprehensive comparisons of DVD to other media technologies. Clear and understandable explanations of DVD features and technologies.
    Includes a DVD with samples from Broadcast DVD, Dolby, DTS, Joe Kane Productions, Microsoft, Ovation Software, THX, Widescreen Review, and others, plus WebDVD HTML files, spreadsheets, and more.

    On the DVD Demystified site,  all (ok, most) of your DVD questions are answered in the DVD FAQ.
  • DVD Burning Software from Techworthy is a very large and comprehensive review of the leading DVD/Movie authoring packages. The site offers many more reviews on such as Audio, Desktops, Cameras, Printers etc. A great site well worth a visit.
  • DVD Inmatrix is a great site with discussion boards, news on software and DVD releases plus loads more. A  good site to while away hours.

  • BHA Software supply the CD Recording software that is supplied with many drive units. Their Bs clip and Bs Recorder Gold are excellent products in their own right and give other products a "run for their money".

  • Kiss DVD is the DVD player that has it all. DVD playback in all formats plus DIVX. The 5oo and 508 have Ethernet connectivity so you can link up to your computer,. All in all a superb range of players. The Kiss firmware is here>>  and the main info is here>>

    'DVD Reviewer' is run by Reviewer Ltd, a company registered in England, and staffed by a group of people who share a love for the DVD format. This site has huge amounts of information on the DVD format, players, region hacks news and reviews. A great site.

  • DVD Backup Net This site is dedicated to DVD and everything that goes with it. You will be able to get all the latest news here so keep coming by and spread the word about this new site ! We are also now the official support forum for DVD95Copy Just follow the link in this post for the DVD Forum Where you can talk about dvd95copy and dvd2one and all your other topics that you need help with Visit the forum here>>

  • DVD Digest: Digital Digest is a web site dedicated to the future - a digital future. This site will feature all information and downloads digital related. All of the latest news, information and downloads specific to enhance your digital experience. They have an excellent article on Regions and Region selecting here>>
  • DVD Help us is a really superb site. There are downloads, FAQ's, help, tutorials, reviews etc. This is an excellent site if you are interested in DVD and CD copying.

 

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  • DVD Region free is a really superb program that really does get round the DVD region problem. Multi-region is a problem for PCs and it's even more complicated than the issue with stand-alone players. Most DVD players can be hacked Quite easily, but with PCs there are several elements that can cause problems. The DVD drive can be region-locked, which can sometimes be solved with an unofficial firmware upgrade. The software DVD player can also be region-locked, and there are various hacks on the Internet for resolving these. On some systems, which include a hardware decoder card, there can be a third source for preventing region-free playback.
    There is one neat solution that can help you get round all these. Take a look at DVD Region-Free, a software program that is exactly what you are looking for.

    DVD Region-Free enables you to watch and copy DVD from any region on all DVD drives! It fully supports region-protected (RPC2) DVD drives, and does not require any firmware modifications. It will work, even if you can not change the DVD drive's region anymore. DVD Region-Free works in the background to make DVDs appear region free and unprotected for DVD player and copy software automatically. With the help of DVD Region-Free you can watch any region code DVD movies with a software DVD player like Power-DVD or Win-DVD! With DVD Region-Free's help DVD copy software like DVDFab, DVD X Copy, Pinnacle InstantCopy, InterVideo DVD Copy, etc. are able to copy CSS encrypted DVDs!

  • DVD X copy-321 Studios supply DVD X copy platinum, you decrypt and copy a DVD to your PC's hard disk. From there you can choose to watch them with the likes of PowerDVD and WinDVD or you can re-encode them to MPEG1 (VCD) or DivX. Advanced functionality can be found in the context menus.

  • DVD Decrypter DVD Decrypter is a free tool which enables you decrypt and copy a DVD to your PC's hard disk. From there you can choose to watch them with the likes of PowerDVD and WinDVD or you can re-encode them to MPEG1 (VCD) or DivX. Advanced functionality can be found in the context menus.

  • DVDR Help Glossary gives information on the basioc information and terms used in DVD writing. Things like DVD-R and DVD+R

  • DVD Software review Want to backup your entire DVD library to protect your pricy originals? Some think copying DVDs is too technical to tackle, but new software has made the task fast and simple. Just put in the DVD that you want to copy, add a blank medium, and a few hours later your copy is finished. This site, DVD Copy Software Review, is a tool to help you understand DVD copying issues and find solutions to suit your needs. We have developed a comprehensive report of the TOP 20 DVD copying software applications available. You can archive your DVD library easily by following our easy tips and selecting the DVD copy software that works best for you.

  • Movie Codec is an excellent site dedicated to help newcomers and experts alike, in the art of CD - DVD burning. The forums are very helpful as is the article in BIN and CUE files here>>

  • Nuevasoft DVD copy is the software you need to backup, copy and restore your own DVD Movies is included in DVD-XCOPY

  • DVD Direct offers that information we all need- "what is the difference between -R -RW +R +RW". There are also many other important facts on DVD and other formats.
  • DVD to CD is a great program that allows you to drag and drop DVD to CD ROM

  • DVD Box is a superb site offering programs, guides, news and information on DVD and Divx. A great site with some excellent goodies.

  • DVD Copy software at ask.com. With DVD Copy Plus you can backup Your DVD Movies with the same 74min or 80min CD-R’s you’ve used in the past to create audio CD’s. Our software compresses the large DVD files on your standard DVD to VCD, SVCD, and DivX much the same way the popular MP3 format compresses audio.

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DIVX

  • DIVX Main site. So you want to know a little bit about DivX®.

    DivX® is a lot of things. First and foremost, it is a patent-pending MPEG-4 digital video technology created by DivXNetworks, Inc. Videos encoded with DivX technology are among the highest quality digital videos available anywhere (and with a relatively small file size to boot).
    DivX is also a global phenomenon. Over 30 million people across the world have downloaded and used DivX technology since its launch, and hundreds of thousands of DivX videos are watched on the Internet every day. DivX is quickly becoming the format of choice for digital video professionals and amateurs who want to distribute their videos with premium visual quality at small file sizes, earning DivX the popular moniker "The MP3 of Video."
    In addition, DivX is the most widely distributed MPEG-4 compatible technology available today. DivX technology is compatible with the MPEG-4 video compression standard, allowing it to compress MPEG-2 video down to about one eighth of its original size. DivX is able to create fully compliant MPEG-4 bitstreams, so if you're looking for an MPEG-4 compatible video technology, we can help. Read the DivX Licensing Overview for more information.

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  • DIVX Video duplicator from BVRP is a collection of tools adding DIVX to give easy DVD duplication. A good site to purchase however is Novatech here>>
  • Kiss DVD player is the first DVD player to support DIVX technology. It is a very stylish unit and will also support multi-region (though not officially). The only down side is their painfully slow site. BE WARNED. Try Bliss Media as they sell them.

 

 

 

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Movie Utilities and Tools
 

  • Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the best movie editing suites available. It revolutionizes nonlinear video editing. Powerful real-time video and audio editing tools give you precise control over virtually every aspect of your production. Built for the exceptional performance of Microsoft® Windows XP® systems, Adobe Premiere Pro takes video production to an entirely new level.

  • Boil soft AVI Joining tool is excellent and does just what it says simply and efficiently.

  • Clone CD is the ideal tool to make backup copies of your music- or data CDs, regardless if they are copy protected or not! CloneCD's award-winning user interface copies almost any CD in just a few mouse clicks!
     

  • Clone DVD from ELBY is here. CloneDVD 2 copies movies in unparalleled picture quality. If it's only the main movie or a complete DVD - CloneDVD compresses even long footage in brilliant quality and at high speed:
    A special transcoding technology compresses your choice of DVD titles according to your audio and language selection automatically to a freely adjustable target size. Our unique Film Strip assistant will guide you step by step through all settings.
    With the help of the Video Preview you select the desired DVD titles and decide if you want to trim individual chapters. Quality bars show the direct influence of the title and language selection on the quality of the movie copy. Even beginners always keep track. Buy it here>>

  • DVD Decrypter DVD Decrypter is a free tool which enables you decrypt and copy a DVD to your PC's hard disk. From there you can choose to watch them with the likes of PowerDVD and WinDVD or you can re-encode them to MPEG1 (VCD) or DivX. Advanced functionality can be found in the context menus.

  • DVD Santa is not the best name for such a powerful tool.
    The user interface requires no technical knowledge whatsoever. Converts and burns video files directly into DVD movies so that you can watch them on TV. you can mix multiple video files into one DVD disc, Convert photo files into DVD movies, real-time capture camcorder tapes directly to DVD video format. You can fit 9GB double layer DVD movies into 4.7GB single layer DVD disc. Burns DVD ISO Image or DVD VIDEO_TS folders to DVD.
    It supports major video formats such as AVI, WMV, ASF, MPG, VOB., major audio formats such as WAV, MP3, WMA., supports DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW format discs and burners. It also supports output to hard drive and has an integrated High Speed DVD MPEG-2 Encoder. This is really the one that does it all and very cheaply.

  • DVD Shrink can copy a DVD with the added ability to remove subtitles etc so it will fit onto a standard DVD.
    You can use this software in conjunction with DVD burning software of your choice, to make a backup copy of any DVD video disc. DVD Shrink will also burn your backup DVD, if you have installed the latest version of Nero. If you already possess alternative burning software and prefer to stick with it, then you can still use DVD Shrink. The output from DVD Shrink can be saved as files on your hard drive, which you can then burn with software of your choice. DVD Shrink is free software. You should never pay for DVD Shrink. There are a number of help sites and forums to help with this brilliant program. DVD Shrink Info, Mr Bass guide, DV-DR Digest, Doom9, There is an excellent guide using DVD Decrypter with DVD Shrink here>>

 

  •   Edskes Codeks is the download site for QuickTime alternatives, Real Player alternatives, BL Player and codeks for most video formats from  can be found here>>. Watch out you don't also get a Russian bride with the codec's. Go past this header for the real software.
    This is also a superb site to download Kazaa, Win RAR, E-Mule, and loads of other software. The Mega Codek site is here>>

  • MPEG join M-Pack Ordix M-pack is a program to join and split multiple files. It provides an intuitive and user-friendly interface for joining or splitting of files. Although you can use Ordix M-pack to combine any types of files you like, it is specifically designed to combine MPEG files.
  • Softpedia is an excellent resource for codec's, games, drivers and much more. The MPEG2 codec from Stinky is also here. The K-Lite mega codec's can also be downloaded from here. Alltogether a great site. Also here is a great DVD to AVI and any other video converter.
  • MPEG join Pecks An excellent program that is very hard to find. At the time of writing it can be found here.
  • Streambox Ever notice that most streaming media content, such as .asx, .asf, .wmf, .rm and .ram files, can be played, but not saved? Would you like to save streaming media to your Hard Disk for future playing? Of course you would!. StreamBox VCR is an easy to use utility which allows one to save streaming media to ones Hard Disk for later playing.

    Streaming video - How to capture is a site that shows you how to Capture Streaming Real Video and Streaming Real Audio (Recording Real Networks Media Streams): record .rm, .ra, .ram rtsp, pnm or http protocols from web pages. There are also links for other types of web video, a good site.

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  • Remote Selector Region free DVD for all supported decoders and players with any DVD drive, even region protected ones. You will never have to worry about changing the region code or upgrading the firmware of your DVD drive, which can be difficult and dangerous!

  • Full documentation is available here>>
  • Sonic MYDVD is a really excellent video authoring tool.  Sonic has revolutionized DVD creation with a variety of easy-to-use, flexible applications that give you everything you need to create stunning DVDs on your PC desktop. If you have a camcorder or digital photo collection and want to create DVDs on your home PC, Sonic has the product for you.

  • Slysoft Any DVD Any-DVD is a driver, which descrambles DVD-Movies automatically in the background. This DVD appears unprotected and region code free for all applications and the Windows operating system as well. With Any-DVD's help copy tools like Clone-DVD, Pinnacle Instant Copy, InterVideo DVD-Copy, etc. are able to copy CSS protected Movies. With the help of AnyDVD you can watch movies with non matching region codes with every DVD Player Software you like!

  • T-Mpeg TMPGEnc converts *.AVI file to MPEG1, the format which is used in Video CD. Using variety of option in TMPGEnc, you can compress your video file in high quality. TMPGEnc enables us adjust bitrate, quantize matrix, GOP structure, Interlace and many other parameter so that you can create most appropriate movie file depends on your purpose. This was recommended in an article in PC Answers vol. 117.
  • Win Image is a powerful disk utility that enables users to make a disk image from a floppy, extract files from image, make an empty image, put the image on blank disk, etc... Win Image also supports many different standard and non-standard formats, including Microsoft DMF format.
  • Virtual Dubb is a video capture/processing utility for 32-bit Windows platforms (98/NT/2000/XP). It lacks the editing power of a general-purpose editor such as Adobe Premiere, but is streamlined for fast linear operations over video.  It has batch-processing capabilities for processing large numbers of files and can be extended with third-party video filters.  Virtual-Dub is mainly geared toward processing AVI files, although it can read (not write) MPEG-1 and also handle sets of BMP images. This was recommended in an article in PC Answers vol. 117.
  • VCD Gear: Gear is a program designed to allow a user to extract MPEG streams from CD images, convert VCD files to MPEG, correct MPEG errors, and more all in a single step.  Initially developed back in late 1997, the program has grown to do various extractions, conversions, and corrections on the fly.  Cross-platform support will allow different machines to process and generate output that is compatible between one another.  People requiring the need to transport their video materials will find VCDGear as a useful tool to assist them in getting the video to play on their computer or Video CD player.
  • VideoReDo is the perfect tool to edit your MPEG2 files. Whether you create digital video by capturing off-the-air programs, convert analog (VHS) tapes, or extract chapters from DVDs, VideoReDo makes fast work of trimming, cutting, and/or joining your MPEG compressed digital images. Download here>>


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  • Accessory Media Viewer will search your disk or CD-Rom and display some of the major file types such as pictures, sounds, music, and videos.
  • 3MB Mpeg Encoder is a total solution for encoding you AVI files to Mpeg1, Mpeg2, VCD, SVCD, DVD and VOB file formats.
  • AVI VCD DVD. Is a program thatcomes complete with numerous customizable video/audio controls that can deliver the highest quality viewing and listening experience. The site also offers codecs and advice on numerous subjects concerned with video authoring.
  • WinMPG Video Convert is a complete solution for video file converting. It supports conversion AVI to Mpeg1, AVI to Mpeg2, AVI to DVD, AVI to VCD, AVI to SVCD, all media format to DivX, and all to AVI. WinMPG Video Convert is a media file converter. It supports almost all video file formats, including AVI, Mpg, Mpeg, Mpeg1, Mpeg2, Mpeg4, VCD, SVCD, DVD, DivX, ASF, WMV, and QuickTime MOV.

     

     

     

     

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