Capture Pictures from DVD Movies in Windows Media Player

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Graphics, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

digital inspiration has instructions on how to Capture Pictures from DVD Movie Scenes in Windows Media Player.

Note: if you have trouble with these instructions, check the comments where some people also had trouble and worked out some solutions.

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How to use DVDShrink… The Right Way

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , |

Dave’s Computer Tips Newsletter – Issue #52 has this section on using the freeware DVD ripper/backup DVDShrink.

This explains how to maximize your compression, which is especially helpful for long videos.

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Copy Cat – Copy scratched DVD’s n CD’s

Posted on March 1, 2010. Filed under: backups, CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Copy Cat can Copy scratched DVD’s n CD’s.

Copy Cat 2.0 actually skip the bytes which are not readable from file and copy all other bytes therefore it extracts max data which is normally not done by windows copy operation. Copy Cat can be helpful at times when you want to copy a CD or DVD which is scratched,when you want to copy data from harddisk area which is partially not readable , when you want to copy data from floppy which is currently not being copied by windows .So download and enjoy.

  • Copies your oldest collection of CDs and DVDs
  • It even tries to copy a highly damaged media byte by byte
  • It gives you the option to skip the bytes if bad area found
  • It is a very fast data recovery tool
  • It also tries to copy damaged files on your hard disk
  • Unlike Windows copy operation it does not stop the copy if bad area found

Freeware. Windows XP and Vista.

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Data Crow – book & media cataloger

Posted on February 21, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Data Crow – Cataloger “is the ultimate media cataloger and media organiser. Always wanted to manage all your collections in one product? You want a product you can customize to your needs? Your search ends here! Using Data Crow allows you to create a huge database containing all your collected items. You can use the excellent online services to retrieve the information instead of typing all the information yourself.”

According to the site:

  • Platform independent and completely portable
  • Highly customizable and feature rich.
  • Audio, software, book, movie and photo collection cataloger.
  • Retrieve information from services like,, Softpedia and MusicBrainz.
  • Optional internal web server and web GUI.
  • Import file information (mp3, divx, xvid, ..)
  • Loan registration.
  • PDF and HTML reporting.
  • Create new modules to, for example, maintain your stamp collection.
  • Available translations: Italian, German, Dutch, English, Spanish and French.

    Data Crow is 100% free and 100% free of ads, viruses and spyware.
    Data Crow runs on any system where Java 1.6 (or higher) from Sun is installed.

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    OurShelf to track your stuff online

    Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

    MakeUseOf has a post about OurShelf which is a “cataloging application which lets you catalog all your personal items (CDs, DVDs, Books etc) online and share this information with others. You can add items to your shelf and organize them by different labels, borrow and lend items with your friends and create and share wishlists.”


    • Online cataloging tool for your personal CDs, DVDs, books and other stuff.
    • Search and add items to your shelf.
    • Organize different items by labels.
    • Share, borrow and lend items with your friends.
    • Create and share wishlists.
    • Join and form groups with other people around similar interests.
    • Firefox plugin available.
    • Free, sign up to get started.
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    DVDx freeware from labDV lets you convert DVDs for your computer

    Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Video | Tags: , , , , , |

    DVDx freeware from labDV lets you convert DVDs for use on your computer.

    This is freeware, but donations are accepted.  Please use this ONLY for your own DVDs and convenience, and respect copyright law.

    DVDx copies DVD movie to VCD, SVCD, DivX, AVI or WMV in one step.

    DVDx has been designed as a simple and intuitive program especially for unexperimented users.

    DVDx produces high quality MPEG and AVI movies and advanced features provides smart settings for experimented users.

    DVDx Ultra Edition can copy protected movies while standard version can’t. If you’re allowed to copy commercial or protected movies, we strongly recommend you the Ultra Edition.

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    Disketch CD Label for discs and cases for CDs and DVDs

    Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, printing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Disketch CD Label Software “is a free CD and DVD disc labeling software for Windows. It allows you to create CD and DVD disc labels as well as cover images for CD and DVD jewel cases. You can import your own art work, or set a simple background colors and organize artist information along with track lists.”

    For Windows 98/2000/XP/2003/Vista.  Use at your own risk.

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    DVD Flick creates your own DVDs

    Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Video | Tags: , , , , , , |

    DVD Flick is freeware which “aims to be a simple but at the same time powerful DVD Authoring tool. It can take a number of video files stored on your computer and turn them into a DVD that will play back on your DVD player, Media Center or Home Cinema Set. You can add additional custom audio tracks, subtitles as well as a menu for easier navigation.”


    • Burn near any video file to DVD
    • Support for over 45 file formats
    • Support for over 60 video codecs
    • Support for over 40 audio codecs
    • Easily add a menu
    • Add your own subtitles
    • Easy to use interface
    • Burn your project to disc after encoding
    • Completely free without any adware, spyware or limitations
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    HandBrake for converting DVDs

    Posted on April 22, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Music, Sound, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

    Need to convert a DVD to a computer format?

    HandBrake can convert video from a number of sources, including a DVD and a DVD image, and audio too, including MPEG audio tracks. It can convert to a digital file in a variety of formats, including MPEG-4, AVI, OGM for video, or AAC, MP3, and Ogg Vorbis for audio.

    You can select individual DVD chapters, get subtitles, and have plenty of control over your recording, including selecting the bit rate, maximum file size for video, and bit rate and sample rate for audio.

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    Virtual CD/DVD drives

    Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, File conversion, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

    Does anybody really like fumbling with CD cases and DVD cases? Especially when traveling? But if you want to while away the evening with a game or a movie (or even a long, boring meeting — turn the sound off first!)…

    Basically, you need to be able to load the contents of your CD/DVD onto the hard drive — which will also be likely to speed up response time — so you can run the files as if they were on the CD/DVD drive. You need a virtual CD/DVD drive. Of course, since you already paid for the CD/DVD, it would be nice if the virtual (or clone) drive software were free. Here are some examples.

    MagicDisc is freeware. “MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM is a utility designed for creating and managing virtual CD drives and CD/DVD discs. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM emulates audio, data, and game CDs and DVDs with ISO image, CD and DVD images. MagicDisc Virtual CD/DVD-ROM offers 200x speed and noiseless CD/DVD access without a physical drive. It supports creating up to 15 virtual drivers. You can run games, software, see movies (VCD, SVCD, DVD), and hear music directly from your hard disk without inserting and swapping CDs and DVDs. MagicDisc allows you to use almost all CD/DVD image without burning them onto CD or DVD in order to easily access your favorite games, music, or software programs. It works like a real CD/DVD-ROM: You can run programs, play games, or listen to music from your virtual CD-ROM. It can compress ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can encrypt ISO CUE MDS NRG CCD image; can make ISO image from CD/DVD; It can mount UDF only CD/DVD image and multi-session MDS/MDF and CCD/IMG image. Version 2.6.93 can set DVD Region Code.” Windows 98/Me/2000/XP/2003 Server/Vista.
    DAEMON Tools Lite is freeware.
    ” DAEMON Tools is an advanced application for Microsoft Windows which provides THE best optical media emulation in the industry. !! THIS VERSION SUPPORTS 32 AND 64 BIT OS (Microsoft Windows XP, Windows2003, Windows 2000, VISTA) !!”
    Microsoft Virtual CD Control Panel (warning: direct download link) Microsoft Virtual CD-ROM Control Panel is a free CD-ROM emulator that allows you to mount ISO images of CDROMs in a virtual drive. It is a rudimentary program that does not support copy-protected discs such as the game disks supported by commercial CD/DVD emulators. Note that the Virtual CD Control Panel link is a direct download link. It came from a Microsoft KnowledgeBase entry on an unrelated subject, which contains some instructions on how you can install the driver, add a virtual CD drive and mount your images. (If you are visiting that link for instructions about the Virtual CDROM Control Panel, simply ignore references to “Windows PE”.) You will also need to use a third party program to make your ISO images (if you don’t already have it). This is a Windows program. [this entry from]
    Alcohol 52% Free Edition is freeware. “There are no limitations on this version, other than the ability to create only 6 virtual drives. Our retail version still supports 31 virtual drives. Remember you can not run Alcohol 52% if you have Alcohol 120% installed on the same drive. [Alcohol 120% is the pay version with more capabilities.] This version of Alcohol 52% is for private, non-commercial, single home computer use only.The license is provided personally to you and for that reason it does not allow you to make any duplicate (copy) to be sold, borrowed, assigned, leased or transferred. Emulation software allowing users to play CDs DVDs without the need for the physical disc. Notebook users and PC Game players would benifit the most from Alcohol 52% Supports 25 plus languages Can handle up to 6 virtual CD DVD-ROM drives, all at once. The reading speed of a virtual CD-ROM is 200X. This means you can play a CD from the virtual CD-ROM with 200X reading speed. Supports normal CD DVD and CD RAW sub-channel reading methods: RAW reading method enables to emulate all CDs. CD formats supported: CD-DA, CD+G, CD-ROM, CD-XA, Video CD, Photo CD, Mixed Mode, Multi-session CD DVD formats supported: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio Support for all current (ATAPI SCSI) drives: CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW Full support for IEEE-1394 (Firewire) and USB protocols. Winner of the 2006 Epsilon Award at the sixth annual European SharewareConference. Windows NT 3.x, Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista.

    SlySoft Virtual CloneDrive is freeware.


    • Supports all common image formats such as ISO, BIN, CCD
    • Supports up to 8 virtual drives at the same time
    • Easy to use – just double-click an image file to mount as a drive
    • Virtual CloneDrive is freeware, you may use it at no cost.
    • Windows 98/98SE/ME/2000/XP
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    Best freeware alternatives to Nero for burning

    Posted on March 4, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Freeware/Shareware, Hardware, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

    If you have a popular program such as Nero for burning CDs/DVDs, great.  But if you don’t, and you’d rather not spend the money…

    MakeUseOf compiled a list of the best free alternatives to Nero.

    These included:

    • CDBurner XP
    • InfraRecorder
    • DeepBurner
    • many more
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    BurnAware also does Blu-Ray

    Posted on January 29, 2008. Filed under: CD, DVD, Files, Utilities, Video | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

    BurnAware Free Edition is a freeware program, comparable to Nero, that burns CDs and DVDs including Blu-Ray (BD-R/BD-RE), disk images, allows for multiple burn sessions so you can add successive backups to a disk or new software to a backup of your collection and it supports all current hardware.

    The reviewer on Clif Notes Newsletter has set aside Nero in favor of this software.

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