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    ************************************************************** This issue of Digital Digest Live Update is sponsored by MP4Converter Software Studio and ImTOO
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      This issue of Digital Digest Live Update is sponsored by
      MP4Converter Software Studio and ImTOO Software Studio, professional
      providers of software for the latest and most popular MP4 Players
      like the iPod, PSP, Archos, Zune, iRiver and other portable devices.
      For more information, please visit www.mp4converter.net and
      www.imtoo.com

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      DIGITAL DIGEST - http://www.digital-digest.com
      DIGITAL DIGEST | LiveUpdate Newsletter - Issue 58
      19 December, 2006

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      TOP NEWS SUMMARY:

      1. Introduction

      2. iPod Video Converter for Mac

      3. DVD to iPod Suite for Windows

      4. News in Brief

      5. Holiday Greetings

      6. Bits and Pieces

      7. How to cancel/change your subscription email address/settings
      - how to maintain the subscription to this newsletter even
      if your email address has changed

      8. A simple thank-you and some concluding words

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      1. Introduction

      Welcome to another issue of Digital Digest's "LiveUpdate"
      newsletter, in what could be the final issue of 2006. Hope you've
      had a great 2006 and a brilliant 2007.

      -- DVDGuy

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      2. iPod Video Converter for Mac-- helps Mac computer users enjoy
      your beloved files on your iPod/ PSP/ Zune etc directly

      As more and more people are finding out, MP4Converter Software
      Studio is a professional provider of software for the latest and
      most popular MP4 Players like the iPod, PSP, Archos, Zune,
      iRiver ... We have released a new series of products - if you are
      confused about how to transfer DVD/ video files for your iPod on Mac
      or Windows , here are 3 tools you can try for FREE:

      iPod Video Converter for Mac
      - Professional tool for Mac users
      - rip and convert various video files to iPod MP4 directly
      - rip and convert all audio files to iPod M4A, MP3, AAC etc
      More info: http://www.mp4converter.net/ipod-video-converter-mac.html
      Free Trial: http://www.mp4converter.net/downloads/ipod-video-converter-for-mac.tar.gz

      iPod Video Converter
      - Special tool for windows users
      - rip and convert various video files to iPod MP4 directly
      - rip and convert all audio files to iPod M4A, MP3, AAC etc
      More info: http://www.mp4converter.net/ipod-video-converter-win.html
      Free Trial: http://www.mp4converter.net/downloads/m-ipod-video-converter.exe

      DVD to iPod Converter
      - Professional tool for windows users
      - rip and convert DVDs to iPod MP4 directly
      - rip and convert DVDs to iPod M4A, MP3, AAC
      More info: http://www.mp4converter.net/dvd-to-ipod-converter-win.html
      Free Trial: http://www.mp4converter.net/downloads/m-dvd-to-ipod-converter.exe

      If you own an iPod, a PSP or Zune/ iRiver/ Archos / Creative Zen at
      the same time, a comprehensive tool for all of them is recommended:

      MP4 Converter
      - For windows users
      - convert various video files to MP4 format for iPod, PSP, Zune,
      Archos, iRiver, Creative Zen etc
      - convert audio files to M4A, AAC etc
      More info: http://www.mp4converter.net/mp4-converter-win.html
      Free Trial: http://www.mp4converter.net/downloads/m-mp4-converter.exe

      DVD to MP4 Converter
      - For windows users
      - rip and convert DVD to MP4, AVI, MPEG4, DivX, XviD video formats
      directly
      - rip and convert DVD to MP3, AAC, M4A
      More info: http://www.mp4converter.net/dvd-to-mp4-converter-win.html
      Free Trial: http://www.mp4converter.net/downloads/m-dvd-to-mp4-converter.exe

      More software available at: http://www.mp4converter.net/

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      3. DVD to iPod Suite for Windows --- bring almost everything closer
      to your iPod

      ImTOO Software Studio is an outstanding multimedia software provider
      with a high reputation amongst users and the software industry.
      To thank all the customers' support, ImTOO have provided a 30%
      discount for ImTOO DVD to iPod Suite at $45.

      ImTOO DVD to iPod Suite
      - Contains DVD to iPod Converter and iPod Video/Movie Converter
      - Rip and converter DVD to iPod supported MP4 video format directly
      - Convert almost all video and audio files to iPod supported M4A,
      AAC, MP3 etc
      - Simple settings with fast speed

      Free Trial: http://www.imtoo.com/downloads/dvd-to-ipod-suite.zip
      Learn More: http://www.imtoo.com/dvd-to-ipod-suite.html
      But Now: http://www.imtoo.com/pay/pay.php?product_code=dvd-to-ipod-suite

      Besides this iPod suite, ImTOO Software Studio provides numerous
      other software as well,such as:
      DVD Ripper
      DVD Audio Ripper
      Video Converter (MPEG Encoder)
      DVD Copy Express
      DVD Creator

      ...

      High quality with discount price are provided!!

      Learn more from http://www.imtoo.com

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      4. News in Brief

      Ahead software, also known as Nero has updated their Nero Recode
      software to version 2.3.7.0. to include the ability of importing
      subtitles and more.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60310.html

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      Ahead software has updated Nero 7 to version 7.5.9.0 to help
      recording Blu-Ray and HD-DVD DVD's and it is also Windows Vista
      Ready.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60311.html

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      Elby software has updated the CloneDVD Mobile software to correct
      some bugs and fix some subtitle problems.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60313.html

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      CloneDVD updates to fix a problem with unicode characters not
      displaying properly and mild subtitle problems.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60319.html

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      Some XBOX 360 users are experiencing technical difficulties while
      trying to download available content from Microsoft's new XBOX Live
      service.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60314.html

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      Be the first to own Lite-On's new 20X DVD burner!

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60317.html

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      The program "FixVTS" underwent a update to allow it to run under the
      Linux operating system.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60318.html

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      Convert any video file to a .AVI with the Winff program!

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60320.html

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      HD-DVD hits the road on this tricked-out 18-wheeler, also known as
      the HD DVD Mobile Experience which is filled with all the latest HD
      hardware.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60321.html

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      Magic DVD Ripper has updated their software to version 4.3 to help
      ripping episodic DVD's and help converting new Sony protected DVD's.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60322.html

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      20 major TV networks and film studios have collaborated with YouTube
      to bring you High Definition content for free.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60325.html

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      Virus spreading through MySpace when users view a malicious embedded
      QuickTime video.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60326.html

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      DVD ReBuilder under goes a fairly lengthy update to cover supporting
      new output formats to fixing a rate control problem that caused
      jerking in the video .

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60327.html

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      Alive Software has a whole slew of updates to all of its software
      from the Zune converter to its 3GP converter.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60328.html

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      Nintendo is already getting sued for faulty game equipment that
      apparently is getting the blame for a lot of broken items and
      electronics.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60333.html

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      DVD2One has updated their software to include the much requested
      batch processing feature as well as the ability to check the file
      system of your destination drive.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60338.html

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      RipIt4Me goes through so many updates, its hard to remember all of
      the changes it has under gone! There has been at least 4 or 5
      updates since the last news letter!

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60339.html

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      Slysoft has updated their AnyDVD software to help over come some new
      Sony copyright protections as well added/modified the language files.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60340.html

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      DVD95Copy has also updated to handle these new copyright protection
      schemes coming out.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60341.html

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      Sony and Pioneer have both released a Blu-Ray player with shocking
      similarities! Perhaps someone copied off someone else?

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60342.html

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      Apple Computers is tossing around the idea of entering the game
      console market to compete against Nintendo and Sony, as well as
      Microsoft.

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60343.html

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      Nintendo will replace Wiimote controller straps after numerous
      reports of Wiimote related accidents

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60347.html

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      DVDFab Gold/Platinum/Decrypter gets another version update, now with
      ISO input/output support and several fixes

      http://www.digital-digest.com/news-60349.html

      -- jmet

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      5. Holiday Greetings

      Everyone at Digital Digest and the Digital Video Forums would like
      to wish you a happy and safe holiday period. We hope you've had a
      great 2006. 2006 for Digital Digest was pretty special, with the
      launch of our re-designed website and continued growth of our forum
      into one of the biggest digital video forums on the net, it's been
      full of up and downs. 2007 looks to be an interesting year, with the
      high definition DVD formats looking to make an impact on the PC
      market, and the many new challenges that will come with the release
      of Windows Vista.

      Have a great 2007.

      -- DVDGuy

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      6. Bits and Pieces

      Exciting news for HD DVD supporters and Xbox 360 gamers - the Xbox
      360's HD DVD add-on drive (retails for about $200) can be connected
      to Windows XP, Vista and even Mac OS X and will function perfectly
      as a HD DVD read drive, reading data disc and playing back HD DVD
      movies (software HD DVD player required). The add-on drive uses an
      USB connector so it's easy to connect to your PC. Drivers are
      supplied by Toshiba for Windows XP, but support within Vista and OS
      X is built in to these operating systems. This means for $200, not
      only do you get a standalone HD DVD player, you also get a external
      HD DVD drive for your computer as well. Looks like Microsoft has got
      this one spot on. If you want to find out more and actually see some
      screenshots of playback in action (as well as what the internals of
      the drive looks like), head on to this article:

      http://uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/11/8303/

      Still on the theme of console HD video, High-Def Digest (not related
      to us) has written quite a good comparison between Blu-ray playback
      on the PS3 and HD DVD playback on the Xbox 360 with add-on drive.
      The article points out some flaws in both players, compared to your
      average standalone player. For the Xbox 360, there's no HDMI output
      for one (although we don't discount the possibility of Microsoft
      releasing HDMI cables one day) and the noisy nature of the console
      itself (cooling fans), which goes against the usual "silent running"
      principle of home theatre components. There's also no internal True
      HD or DTS-HD decoding/analog output.

      For the PS3, the opposite occurs as there's no analog video output
      (component), and only HDMI (version 1.3, which is nice), but
      internal decoding of all the audio formats (except for DTS-HD
      Lossless) is present. The biggest problem seems to be the lack of
      upconversion for both games and movies, in particular upconversion
      of 720p content when connected in 1080 mode. In this situation, the
      720p content is downconverted to 480p, so you're stuck with that if
      your monitor does not support 720p inputs.

      These problems aside, both players are more than adequate,
      considering that they are really bonus features since people buy
      them for games first and movies second. The Xbox 360 add-on drive's
      computer support might just give it the edge it needs to win my
      vote. You can read more about the comparison and review here:

      http://www.highdefdigest.com/feature_ps3vsxbox360addon.html

      RipIt4Me's popularity continues to grow. I for one don't use any
      other rippers now, and you can all see that from the recent guides
      I've written. What's new recently is the support for Linux (running
      under Wine). Wine or natively, there are tons of Linux and Mac OS X
      software titles available (Linux software listing on Digital
      Digest : http://www.digital-digest.com/software/topcategory-17.html,
      Mac OS: http://www.digital-digest.com/software/topcategory-16.html)
      for anything from DVD authoring (a favourite on the Mac) to
      DivX/XviD encoding. I had a peek at the stats listed on RipIt4Me's
      download page, 1.3 millions + downloads and 2.3 million + page views
      is pretty impressive for a software that's not even 6 months old.
      Some useful RipIt4Me links:

      Download: http://www.ripit4me.org/download.html
      Guide: http://www.ripit4me.org/guide.html
      Animated Guide: http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/ri4me_guide_page1.html
      Quick and Dirty DVD Backup Guide (using RipIt4Me):
      http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/RipIt4Me_DVD_Shrink_Quick_Backup_page1.html

      I've also written a new guide for MeGUI. MeGUI isn't the most newbie-
      friendly converter around, but for everyone else, it's fantastic.
      Through Avisynth, it supports a whole range of input formats, and
      gives you lots of options to play around with. The guide I've
      written concentrates on H.264 encoding (from a DVD source, ripped
      using RipIt4Me of course), although it could easily be adapted to
      other encoding formats as well. You can read the guide here:

      http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/MeGUI_H.264_Conversion_Guide_page1.html

      -- DVDGuy

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      7. How to cancel/change settings/email address for your subscription
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      8. A simple thank-you and some concluding words

      Just a note to thank all the thousands of people, including you, who
      joined the Digital Digest LiveUpdate list. I've spent quite a bit of
      time developing this site, and making it what it is today, and
      really do appreciate your continued support.

      I hoped you enjoyed another issue of the LiveUpdate newsletter.

      Thanks!!

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