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Easy DVD creator

Burning your videos to DVDs is easy, right? You just convert them to a compatible format, create an ISO image, and... wait! Don't go: we found a program that actually gets your saved videos from your computer to DVDs without an engineering degree. You can watch the DVDs it creates on any DVD player. And you don't have to burn them to disks to enjoy the files ConvertXtoDVD creates; you can watch them just like DVDs on your computer. VSO ConvertXtoDVD automatically adds chapters, menus, play buttons, and other DVD features.

ConvertXtoDVD's compact console holds a tree … Read more

Play nearly any video file

As you probably know, the iPhone and iPod Touch make terrific video players--but they're limited in terms of the video formats they support. If you've got, say, Divx or MKV files you want to watch, you're out of luck unless you run them through a converter first--a time-consuming hassle, to say the least. If you're lucky enough to own an iPad, the VLC Media Player app enables you to work around this limitation by playing virtually all video formats, no conversion required. Even better news: it's now available for iPhone and iPod Touch as well. (… Read more

DivX plug-in does Flash video better than Adobe

Who says Flash video has to monopolize your laptop and drain its battery at scary rate? Aside from Steve Jobs, that is?

Divx, the video technology company whose software is in dozens of Blu-ray players and other devices, is releasing today a browser plug-in, DivX HiQ, that replaces the video engine in Adobe's own Flash player with what they say is its own, lighter, faster, better, stronger player. The pitch: now you can get a good video experience even on your underpowered old computer, or your Netbook.

Once installed -- it comes as part of the DivX Plus Web … Read more

VLC for iPhone plays nearly any video file

As you probably know, the iPhone and iPod Touch make terrific video players--but they're limited in terms of the video formats they support. If you've got, say, Divx or MKV files you want to watch, you're out of luck unless you run them through a converter first--a time-consuming hassle, to say the least.

Last month, the VLC Media Player app for iPad enabled users to work around this limitation by playing virtually all video formats, no conversion required.

I'm happy to report that VLC just went universal, meaning it's now available for iPhone and iPod TouchRead more

Zoomy player

Zoom Player Max from Inmatrix is an excellent example of PC/media convergence. It combines the full functionality and ease of use of a DVD player with the ability to play most file types, and it has enough extras to serve as your default media player as well as command central for a complete home theater and entertainment network.

Zoom Player's installer offers a Web link for additional interface skins, a side benefit of a large and active users' forum. In fact, the program's easily reaccessed Install Center offers many more choices than other wizards, such as file … Read more

Save 50 percent on DivX Pro, MPEG-2

Hi, it's Catherine Hwang again, and I'm here to bring you special offers from our developer community on CNET Downloads. As a Partner Manager, I reached out to our readers to see what kind of software deals you all wanted to see, so today, I bring you an exclusive offer from DivX, where you can get 50 percent off two of its most popular products, DivX Pro and MPEG-2.

DivX Pro unlocks the full version of the DivX Plus converter and the DivX Plus Codec pack, which lets you play your videos not only on your PC or … Read more

HD hero

With the advent of high-definition video, many people are finding that programs like Windows Media Player just aren't going to cut it for viewing HD content. HD video demands a player that can do it justice, and DivX Plus 8 for Windows is perfectly suited to handle this task.

DivX Plus 8 is a whole suite of utilities, including a desktop player, a converter, a Web player, and the necessary codec pack to handle the content. We put each of the applications through its paces and found them all to be intuitive and well designed. The player is specially … Read more

Download 'Terminator Salvation' for free (legally)

I've always been a fan of the "Terminator" movies, even the much-maligned third one. But having wasted considerable hours on the generally awful "Terminator" TV series, I never bothered to go see "Terminator Salvation." Just figured I'd rent it someday.

Well, I'm glad I waited. CinemaNow and Divx are offering the movie absolutely free. After downloading it, you can play it on your PC, burn it to a DVD, or watch it on any Divx-certified device (like a PlayStation 3).

To get your freebie, follow these steps:

Head to the "Termination Salvation" promo page. … Read more

HD hero

With the advent of high-definition video, many people are finding that programs like Windows Media Player just aren't good enough anymore. HD video demands a player that can do it justice, and DivX 7 for Windows handles this task formidably.

DiVX 7 for Windows is actually a whole suite of utilities, including a player, converter, codec, Web player, and DirectShows filter. We put each of the applications through its paces and found them all to be intuitive and well designed. The player is specially designed to maximize the appearance and audio of high-definition video, and the converter allows users … Read more

Cowon iAudio 9 first impressions

Some people just can't stand the iPod. Maybe an iPod Mini ran over their dog or burned down the family farm, or maybe they just feel fundamentally offended by the idea of using iTunes. Whatever the rationale for rejecting the iPod, companies such as Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, Creative, and others are all jumping at the chance to be your iPod rebound.

And then there's Cowon. A small company whose products are often available only through online retail channels, Cowon has maintained a niche following with customers who value sound quality and extensive format compatibility above all other concerns.

Cowon's latest portable media player, the iAudio 9, is the company's spin on the Apple iPod Nano. Sharing the Nano's same basic shape, with a 2-inch screen and 8GB ($129) and 16GB ($169) capacities, the arrival of the iAudio 9 probably won't be giving Apple any heartburn, but audio connoisseurs have good reason to take notice.

You can read up on my previous blog posts if you're looking for spec info. For the remainder of this piece, I'll just be giving my initial personal impressions.

Right out of the box, the first thing I noticed about the iAudio 9 was how light it feels. At just 1.4 ounces, you can barely tell this thing is in your pocket. Another impression I got right away was how much more masculine the iAudio 9 looks next to the latest candy-coated, rainbow-hued line of iPod Nanos.… Read more