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CyberLink PowerDirector Giveaway Weekend

Video editing has made great leaps in recent years, thanks to more powerful personal computers. No longer the domain of studios, professional-quality video creation is now accessible to all.

That is why, for this weekend only, CyberLink is offering free licenses to its widely-praised PowerDirector 11. A robust video and audio editor, PowerDirector offers the tools you need to create professional quality movies in full HD. Get this special free edition of PowerDirector now by signing up on the Giveaway Page with your email, using the code PDR4CNET.

PowerDirector 11 Special Edition's highlights:

Free to use: Completely free video … Read more

8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

You prefer subtitles to big Hollywood titles, Japanese anime to American animation, and Gérard Depardieu to Gerard Butler. If you hunger for more international programming but don't want to rely on pricey cable add-ons or out-of-the-way art-house theaters, then check out our software picks for streaming the best foreign cinema and TV.

1. Netflix ( iOS/ Android)

Video-streaming giant Netflix boasts an extensive catalog of foreign shows and movies. Netflix sections off its library by region, but with an easy-to-configure VPN like Hola (Android), you can check out programming that might not be available in the US.

Price: $… Read more

Freemake Video Converter review

Freemake Video Converter combines video editing and conversion into one well-built application. It features an attractive design, a large amount of supported file types, and a modest video editing tool that is engaging and enjoyable. You will not find many faults with this application.

Pros

Friendly, appealing interface: Nothing about this program is complicated or unattractive. Large banner buttons and step-by-step guidance make using Freemake Video Converter a breeze. We found that the contrasting color scheme was beneficial for locating key objects.

Excellent conversion: We converted a wide selection of files and observed that the average video conversion only took … Read more

Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac review

Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac provides you with professional tools for creating special video effects and making complex video edits. This subscription software comes with a free trial and is the current industry standard. Because of the sheer amount of features it includes, it requires a powerful Mac in order to run smoothly.

Pros

Large installer and slow installation: Installing Adobe After Effects CS6 for Mac may take a few minutes since the app weighs 1GB. The need to obtain an Adobe ID if you don't have one already further slows down the installation.

Plenty of features: This … Read more

Free AVI Converter review

Free AVI Converter converts various forms of media to different formats with its fast and attractive software. It does not contain many features aside from conversion, but this application gives you reliable performance when you need it.

Pros

Sleek design: The dark color scheme and light buttons are appealing and helpful. There are not many items contained within this application, so you should have no hiccups in finding and using the available tools.

Fast execution: We observed that Free AVI Converter takes a few seconds to generate new audio and video files that are of small size, but larger video … Read more

VideoPad Video Editor for Mac review

Designed to make video editing quick and easy, VideoPad Video Editor for Mac offers a range of professional video editing functions that enable the creation of decent enough videos. It works with most Mac OS X versions in current use, including 10.4.4, and comes with great audio tools and optimization functions.

Pros

Drag-and-drop interface: Working with VideoPad Video Editor proves to be quick and easy, thanks to the intuitive drag-and-drop interface. It looks just like most other good video editors, with multiple panels in the middle and the timeline at the bottom. The interface is generally minimalistic, with … Read more

KMPlayer review

KMPlayer has evolved from a video player to a leading source for content discovery. The app's record-breaking viewership and the use of its flagship media is most visible on the gaming front, with a successful casting of Season 3 of the League of Legends World Championship. Alongside other forays into e-sports, like GOM and Starcraft 2: Hearts of the Swarm, KMPlayer has established strong viewership that's created a whole new layer of interaction beyond being a standalone video player.

Pros

Unobtrusive layout:Dark colors and a pop-out settings menu give you clean, uninterrupted access to features like subtitle … Read more

Leawo Video Accelerator review

Leawo Video Accelerator allows you to download videos through a custom browser interface, organize them in a separate folder, and convert them to the formats you need on your devices, all within a single tool. While the smart-response video detection doesn't work perfectly, the tool does allow you to download videos from a single space relatively quickly.

Pros

Offers numerous tools in one interface: Leawo Video Accelerator offers a number of powerful tools in a single interface, allowing you to both download and convert your videos in a single step, even providing conversion tools from within the download interface. … Read more

Sothink Web Video Downloader review

Sothink Web Video Downloader is a versatile and customizable program that gives you the ability to download your favorite videos with ease. Through browser integration, this program provides a quick-download option that makes downloading videos as convenient as possible.

Pros

Highly customizable: This app provides multiple options for choosing which browsers you want it to monitor and which types of files you'd like to download. That means that you don't have to deal with the download buttons when you don't want to, and you can adjust these settings at any time.

Cons

Failure to capture: During testing, … Read more

BlazeDVD review

BlazeDVD lets you play DVDs on your computer anytime you want, and it offers a full set of controls to enhance your viewing experience. With the app's streamlined navigation, all you have to do is pop in your movie and press play. It also lets you save and convert your DVDs into a format compatible with your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or PSP.

Pros

High-quality playback: The image that this program produces is great, and to go along with it, you also get 7.1 audio channels and picture in picture. Of course, the viewing experience will only be as … Read more