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The primary aim of this website is to assist you in your digital video production endeavours especially if you are new to digital video production.

You will find on this website many tutorials, software reviews and articles relating to the production of digital video.

This website is here in conjunction with my YouTube channel.  and most of the pages on this channel have a video associated with it on my channel which are also embedded on the page.

Feel free to navigate through the many sections of this website but if you are new to digital video production then I recommend that you start with this page.

AVS video converter review - Everything you need to know...

At a glance...

"AVS video converter is a one stop solution for your video conversion & editing needs.  The converter can convert 19 different video file types including all the most popular & even much less popular video file types.  The converter also has some basic video editing functionality.  If you decide to download it, you will also get access to four other software apps (video editor, video remaker, audio converter & an audio editor!)"

  1. Introduction
  2. How to use AVS video converter
  3. Pros & Cons
  4. Final verdict
  5. System Requirements & supported read/write files

1. Introduction
Hello & thank you for taking the time to visit my website and read my review of AVS video converter.  I have been using this converter since 2014 and have been pleased with the results that it has produced.  Although there are many different video converters out there the main reason that I chose this particular converter was that it was the only one that could convert a specific type of video file i.e. AMV.  Also, the converter converted video files that were optimised to play on my Chinese media player.  And on top of that the converter allowed me to produce videos that were optimised for uploading to my YouTube channel.  As mentioned at the start of this review the converter can:
  • Convert to/from 19 different common & uncommon video file types
  • Optimise your converted file to play on specific devices tablets, smart tvs, mobile phones, consoles etc.
  • Optimise your converted file for uploading to the most popular video sharing websites
  • Allows you to edit your converted video file i.e. cropping, adding visual/audio effects, file splitting, DVD/Blu-ray title & chapter making

2. How to use AVS video converter
AVS video converter is very easy to use. If you are in any way tech savvy you will find that the software is intuitive to use but if you aren't that's fine, as I will briefly walk you through how to convert a video file in this section.

Ok, so once you have visited the download page, downloaded the converter, installed and opened it you will see the interface as shown in the image below.

To begin converting a video file click the blue icon at the top left of the interface, then click "+ Add file(s)...".  Then just browse for your video file that you want to convert.

Then select the file save location & the output file type, which is the file type that you want your file to be converted to.  This can be done by selecting any of the thumbnails located across the top of the interface.  There are more file options located in the drop down menu.

If you are converting a video that's to be played on a specific device then you need to select the "Devices" tab and then select your type of device from all the available options.  You will then need to be more specific & select the actual device from the "Profile" drop down menu.

Also, if you are converting a video for uploading to a specific video sharing website then select the "Web" tab and choose the website from there.  Then choose the output video profile from the "Profile" drop down menu.

As I mentioned before, this converter also has some video editing functionality.  Shown in the image below is the interface that appears when the "Edit" button is clicked.  The layout of this editor is typical of other video editors.

I have listed its features below:

3. Pros & Cons

  • Can convert all the most popular video file types & even much less popular file types
  • Built in editor can perform basic video editing
  • Reasonably priced with free trial with multiple payment options available
  • This converter has been on the market for over 10 years with over 20,000,000 satisfied customers
  • 30 day money back guarantee
  • Price includes full customer support
  • When you purchase AVS video converter the company will throw in a video remaker, audio editor, video editor & an audio editor for free (full versions too)
  • The lifetime and one-year licenses usually cost 199 & 69 USD respectively but every now and again they are offered at a huge discount (up to 70% off!).  Click here to check for current prices.
  • Not the fastest converter on the market but it does the job well

4. Final Verdict
I am quite pleased with my purchase.  I have been using AVS video converter for a number of years, not everday mind you, but I'm still glad that I purchased it.  The only problem that I had with  it was that one of the updates (a couple of years ago) kept crashing.  Turned out that it wasn't anything wrong with the software just a  setting on my PC.  The AVS company were very helpful in helping me at that time.  The converter cost me about 60 USD and was well worth the price considering how much it has helped me and  I got full versions of 5 other multimedia software which sealed the deal.  I would recommend purchasing this software and it gets a thumbs up from me.

5. System requirements & supported file types

Minimum System Requirements

Processor:  Dual core (Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD equivalent)
RAM:  2 GB or higher
Video:  Intel HD GraphicsNVIDIA GeForceAMD Radeon Graphics
Sound:  Windows compatible sound card
DVD recorder:  for importing from DVD and creating Video DVD
Windows Media Player 11 or higher for WMV video playback
DirectX:  Microsoft DirectX 9.0c or later
Administrative permissions for program installation and activation
Internet connection to activate

Windows 10/Windows 8.x/Windows 7 Recommended System Requirements

Processor:  Quad core (Intel Core i5 series or AMD equivalent)
RAM:  4 GB or higher
Video:  Intel HD GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce recommended for hardware acceleration
Sound:  Windows 10/Windows 8.x/Windows 7 compatible sound card

And for a full list of supported file types (read/write files) click here

Main features of the software that I used in this video tutorial: ► Converts video to any other video format (supported video formats) ► MP4, MPEG, FLV, WMV, MKV, MOV, SWF, GIF, RM, DPG, DVD, Blu-ray, AMV, TS, M2TS, WebM, 3GP, AVI, RM and MTV) ► Converts video that is optimised to play on a large assortment of multimedia devices including Apple iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7, Apple iPad Pro, 2018, 2017, iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy S9/S8/S7, Galaxy Note 9/8/5, Galaxy Tab S4/S3, Samsung UHD/SUHD TV, Sony PlayStation 4 Pro (PS4 Pro), Sony PlayStation Vita (PS Vita), Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X, Sony Xperia XZ3/XZ2/XZ1, XZ2/XZ1 Compact. Convert 2K QHD, 4K UHD and DCI 4K video using ultra new presets and enjoy high quality video playback on powerful smartphones, phablets, tablets and smart TV ► Converts any video format to video that is optimised for upload to the most popular video sharing websites including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Telly, Dropbox and Flickr

Thanks for reading and I hope that this review helped you decide if AVS video converter is right for you.

How to download any Dailymotion video, step by step, to your hard drive as an MP4, MKV, AVI, WMV etc. (43s read)

Hello & thank you for taking the time to visit this webpage. In this tutorial I will be showing you, step by step, how to download any Dailymotion video.  For this method you will need an internet connection, a Dailymotion video URL, some space on your hard drive/USB and the software that I recommend that you use. This works for PC & Mac users.

Step 1 - Get the software
Download, install & open the Dailymotion video downloader.  Next, open it and look to the top near the Convert tab of the user interface and then click on the Download key. Then, turn on Download then Convert Mode to Select MP4 format under Video Section.

Step 2 - Copy the Dailymotion video URL
Visit Dailymotion and find the video you want to download. Right-click on the address bar to copy the URL. You will need to paste this into the software in the next step.

Step 3 - Download the Dailymotion video
Go back to the software and click on “+ Paste URL” at the top-left corner. At this point, the program starts downloading the video, and you can monitor the download progress from the progress bar. When the download ends, you will see this report from a pop-up display at the bottom right side of your computer screen.

And that is all you need to do to download any Dailymotion video.

Thanks for visiting and happy downloading!

How to convert any video file type to any other video file type quickly & easily

Hello & thank you for coming view this tutorial web page.  You have probably just come from YouTube where you saw one of my tutorial videos that explained how to convert one video file to another video file type.  Since the upload of that video I have discovered a much, much faster way of converting video files.  So I thought it might be helpful to share this new method with you.  This method uses software, as in my video tutorials, but this new software has much better features:
  • Convert videos to 1000+ file formats.  30 times faster than the next fastest converter
  • Can perform basic video editing tasks such as cropping, adding effects and watermarks (without the need for a seperate video editor)
  • Download or record your favorite 4K/HD videos (as a video file on your hard drive e.g. MP4, AVI, MKV, WMV etc.) from popular video sharing sites e.g. YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion etc. for enjoyment without Internet connection; Or convert them to compatible formats for playback on TV, smartphone, or other devices.
  • There is a Windows and a Mac version available

Step 1
Visit this page to access the software that you will need to download.

Select either Windows or Mac version button and then click the "Try free" button.  You will be then asked to choose a location to save the installation file.  When you have done this & the file has finished downloading; double left click the installation file and follow all the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.  (At the time of the writing of this article the installation file is called video-converter-ultimate_setup_full495.exe. But this name is subject to change).  When you have done all that open the UniConverter software

Step 2
When you open the converter you will see the interface as shown in the diagram below.  It says "Add or drag files here to start conversion".  So you can either drag or drop a file(s) into the folder image or click the folder image to search for the folder where your input file (file that needs converting) is stored.

In the diagram below you can see that I have added my file.  The software interface displays technical information regarding the video file.  It reminds you that it is a MP4 file and also tells you the video length, the pixels and all that good stuff.  On the right (opposite the file preview thumbnail) you can see the "Convert" button.  Do not press this yet as you have some more things to do as will be detailed in the next step.

Step 3
Next, drop down the menu (red box) in the box where it says "Target".  See the diagram below.  The menu will drop down with the "Video" tab open as default.

The menu that drops down allows you to select the ouptut file i.e the type of file that you to convert your input file to.  There are multiple file types to select from.  If I wanted my MP4 file to be converted to MOV then I would select MOV from the first column.  The second column allows you to select the resolution.

Step 4
Next you may choose a folder in which to save your converted file.  Down at the bottom of the software interface you will notice the current save destination.  You can choose an alternative save destination or just leave it.

Next all you have to do is click the "Convert" button and the software will commence the conversion process.  My 30.38 MB MP4 file took less than 27 seconds to convert (to MOV) using the UniConverter compared to the software (AVS) that I used in all my conversion type videos which took 8.5 minutesUniConverter, in this case, was 18.9 times faster at converting my MP4 file to a MOV file than AVS video converter.

In the "Converted" tab you can see some details of your file conversion as shown in the image below.  Notice the folder icon.  When you click this, the software will open the save location for your newly converted file.  Also, the share button will allow you to directly upload it to YouTube or Vimeo.

And that's it.  That's how quick and easy it is to convert any video file to any other format.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and read this tutorial.

Happy converting!

Allavsoft Review 2021 - Everything you need to know about Allavsoft

At a glance...

Allavsoft’s software is the one stop shop for all your video/song downloading & converting needs.  Download all your favourite videos/songs from the top video streaming sites such as YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook & Vimeo (and many more) and all your favourite songs from music streaming sites like Spotify & Deezer (& many more).  Allavsoft can also convert or merge any video/audio file type into any other video/audio file type very easily & quickly.  This software is available for both Windows PC and Mac users


Hello and thanks for taking the time to stop by to read my personal review of Allavsoft.  I most probably don’t know you personally and probably haven’t ever met you before so if you would like to introduce yourself in the comments section below this post that would great and also if you have any questions at all then please ask and I will answer them promptly.  My intention with this blog post is intend to explain all the features of Allavsoft and also give my own opinion of the software and how it will benefit you and how it could save you hundreds of dollars/euro/pounds every year.  There is a free trial available and all purchases come with a “no questions asked” money back guarantee.

  1. My Story – How I stumbled upon Allavsoft
  2. Benefits of Allavsoft software
  3. How to use Allavsoft software
  4. Pros & Cons
  5. Final verdict
  6. 10% discount
  7. System Requirements

1. My story – How I stumbled upon Allavsoft

I first came across Allavsoft about a month ago when I had a whole pile of movie files (.mov), that I had taken with my digital camera, which I needed to convert to .mp4.  These were for YouTube and they recommend uploading in .mp4 format.  I had scores of videos to upload!  So, I asked my friend who, by the way, is a hardcore tech guy, if he knew how to do this quickly.  He sent me a link to the Allavsoft website and said that this software would quickly do the job for me and as a bonus the software could download videos from any video streaming site & songs from any music streaming site anywhere on the internet.  So, I downloaded it and installed it and it worked brilliantly!

2. Benefits of owning Allavsoft

The benefits of owning Allavsoft’s software are many.  The video/audio converting feature is very useful in its own right but it is the ability of the software to download any video or any song from any music streaming site is why I continue to use Allavsoft every day.  I used to pay ~$120 per year for YouTube Premium and then another $120 per year for Spotify Premium, which totals ~$240 per year!!  So I thought screw this and I bought the lifetime license which cost only $59.99 (less expensive licenses are available), which will save me ~$180 dollars per year.  It could very well save you money too.  I certainly have better ways of spending $180 rather than fork it over to companies like Google and Spotify who are already worth billions & billions of dollars.  (For your information, there is a free trial available but it is limited to only download 5 downloads, which is ok as it will give you a taste of what the software is capable of)

Below I have listed all the main benefits of owning Allavsoft:

  • Rip music from any video on any video sharing site and save the song as an MP3, WMA, FLAC or any other popular audio format
  • Batch rip music from videos on any video sharing site
  • Download and convert any video (in HD or lesser quality) from any video sharing website e.g. YouTube, Dailymotion, Vimeo, Twitch, Instagram, Yahoo Videos, Facebook, eHow, Udemy, Lynda, Veoh, Break, Byte, LBRY and 100 more
  • Batch download & convert videos (in HD or lesser quality) from any video sharing site
  • Download and convert any song from any music streaming sites e.g. Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, Last FM, AccuRadio, Soundcloud, ShoutCast, iHeartRadio and many more
  • Batch download & convert songs from any music streaming site
  • Convert video, in any video format, to a video (or audio) in any other video (or audio) format
  • Merge videos/audio files into one video or audio file

Get your own copy here ►

3. How to use Allavsoft software

In this section of the review I will give a very brief run down on how to use the main features of the software.  Don’t worry, it is very simple to use the software, just a few clicks usually.

How to download a video/song

Below is a snapshot of the software interface which appears when you run the software.

  1. This is where you paste your video/song link e.g. YouTube video URL or Spotify song/playlist link
  2. When you have decided where you want your download to be saved on your harddrive/USB click the download button and that’s it!

You have some other options:
  • If you want to download multiple songs videos then click the “For multiple URLs” button and paste the video/song links one underneath the other.  The software will then download the videos/songs in the order in which they were pasted.
  • Download quality – If you choose the default “Best available” option then the best available quality of the video/song will be downloaded e.g. if 1080p is the highest quality available of the YT video you want to download then the software will download the 1080p version.
  • Conversion quality – When the video/song has been downloaded then the software will automatically convert it to your desired video/audio file format at a particular quality assigned by you.

Converting video/audio files

This is the feature which made me download Allavsoft’s software in the first place.
  1. Browse for the file that you want to convert
  2. Select the output format
  3. Select the conversion quality
  4. Click the convert button

Note: The converted file will be saved to the same location as the original file.

Merging video/audio files

This feature will allow you to merge multiple video or audio files together into a single video or audio file.

Below is a snapshot of the “Merge” tab.  As you can read below you may add as many files as you like and delete ones of the list if you change your mind.  The software will merge the listed files into any video/audio format you like.  Note the merged file will be of the same quality as the lowest quality file.  For example if you want to merge 5 videos that are at 1080p and 1 video that is at 720p then the merged video will be at 720p.  Just something to keep in mind.

You just add the files that you want to merge in the order that you want and click the blue "Merge" button and then wait.  Simple!

Screen recording

This feature will allow you to drag a box around whatever you want to record yourself doing on your computer.  For example if you want to record a software tutorial.  This feature is very basic compared to other screen recorders available.  You just drag a box around the area you want to record and press “REC

Pros & Cons

In this section of the review I will tell you what I love about the software and also what I don’t like.

  • Quick to download, install and run
  • Free trial available (albeit for 5 downloads)
  • Very reasonably priced at $29.99 for a 6 month license, $39.99 for an annual license and $19.99 for a monthly license. And these are licenses for up to 2 PCs/Macs.  So you could use one license and give a license to another person!
  • No questions asked money back guarantee
  • Multifunctional software – Saves buying separate video/audio downloader/converter/merger
  • Great all-round video/song downloader, converter, merger which is priced very reasonably.  If you were to buy a separate piece of software for that could perform each of the mentioned features it would cost a hell of a lot more than Allavsoft.
  • Very easy & intuitive to use.  Anybody with even basic computer knowledge will be able to use this without any difficulty.
  • Doesn’t require much in the way of computing power or hard drive space.

  • Sometimes the software takes a long time to start downloading the desired video/song.  It usually starts working instantly but very rarely it gets “jammed” may take a minute to start downloading. But at the same time I’m not 100% sure if this has anything to do with the software or other external factors as in issues with the websites it is downloading from.
  • The screen recording feature leaves a lot to be desired.  It records the screen well but doesn’t allow you to directly modify the aspect ratio of the recording area.  So if you want a 16:9 ratio video you have to guess the shape!  It is a feature but a pretty much useless one if you want to record in HD at a certain aspect ratio.  Just seems like an afterthought to me.

Final verdict

I recommend this software to anybody who is sick of paying expensive monthly subscription fees to multi-billion dollar corporations.  The software is completely legal and is inexpensive to purchase.  I fully intend to keep using this software in the near and far future.  I am lucky to have stumbled across it and have not regeretted my purchase in any way.

I highly recommend that you at least take advantage of the free trial that is on offer so that you can see how useful it is and how easy it is to operate.

10% Discount
At the start of this review I promised a 10% discount but I have been able to find a 30% off coupon that you can use!! (edit Nov '20)
When you have downloaded the software, through using any of the links in the review above, run the software.  Then, click "Help" then "Buy" and then you will be brought to the allavsoft website order page.  Then use the 30% off coupon code to redeem your discont.  So, the license that would have cost you $39.99  would then only cost you $27.99!  A saving of $12.00!  The license that would have cost you $29.99 would now only cost you $20.99.  A saving of $9.00! And finally, the license that would cost $19.99 would now only only cost you $13.99.  A saving of $6.00.  And remember that any purchase provides you with two licenses so you may split the purchase cost with a friend!

30% off coupon:   30%OffInSpecial

OK, this is the end of the review.  Thanks and I hope this review has cleared everything up for you and that yopu are not fully aware of all that Allavsoft has to offer you.   If you have any questions at all then ask them in the comments below.


Minimum System Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8, or Windows® 10
1GHz Intel®/AMD processor or above
512MB RAM or more
31MB free hard disk space for installation
Super VGA (800 x 600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher

Mac OS:
Mac OS X v10.4(Tiger), 10.5(Leopard), 10.6(Snow Leopard), 10.7(Lion), 10.8(Mountain Lion), 10.9(Mavericks), 10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan), 10.12(macOS Sierra), 10.13(macOS High Sierra), and 10.14(macOS Mojave);
PowerPC® G5 or Intel® processor;
512MB RAM or more;
50MB free hard disk space for installation;
Super VGA (800 x 600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher