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Take Control of Your Videos with DivX Converter

By Marcio Dirickson

Everything is being recorded. Not in a Big-Brother-is-spying-on-you way (although that may also be true), but in a everyone-has-a-recording-device kind of way. Most of us record video on an almost daily basis with our smartphone and action cameras to semi (or fully) professional DSLRs. In addition to recording family with my phone and diving excursions on my GoPro, I also use a dashcam and have captured some great footage along the way. 

So we all have tons of content recorded on our devices … now what? 

To truly enjoy our content, we want to watch it how and where we want. This is where DivX Converter (part of DivX Software) and the easy-to-use advanced features come in handy. The converter can encode your videos into a format you want and eliminate the need to understand a variety of video formats, audio codecs and more. 

The DivX Pro version of the DivX Converter has some powerful editing capabilities that are simple to use even if you have no experience with video editing. The main three features that I’ve found useful are the ability to trim, crop and add a watermark — and you can also rotate and resize the video you are looking to encode as well.

TRIMMING YOUR VIDEO:
One of the advanced editing tools of DivX Converter is the ability to trim your video just to include the portion you want. This is done by selecting the clip duration of exactly what you want to keep through setting the start and end time using the timeline and handy buttons. The timeline to the right of the video will also show a preview of what the selected clip will look like, as well as show what is selected in blue, while what is being discarded is shown in black.

DivX Converter Advanced Features

DivX Converter Advanced Features

CROPPING VIDEO:
You may also want to crop your video to focus your recording. This allows you to remove any unwanted parts of the video — on either side of your video, by any desired amount. Once you set your crop, you’ll see a preview of what is being cropped out in the converter preview window on the right. In this example, we are only showing how to crop and will not actually crop any of the video.

DivX Converter Advanced Features

ADDING A WATERMARK:
If you want to personalize your video, you can add a watermark (of your logo, name, etc.). You can use the handy presets for each corner, or you have the choice to set an X Y coordinate, if desired. Using a .png or any other image format with transparency is recommended, as you can see with the DivX logo example below. 

DivX Converter Advanced Features

DivX Converter Advanced Features

Hopefully this helps you take control of your video. If you have any questions about DivX Pro (and DivX Converter), head on over to our Support site and find some answers or submit a new question. Enjoy and happy converting!

Not-So-Scary Halloween Comedy Movie Trivia

It’s the time of year when everyone embraces the dark and frightening themes of Halloween. Every TV show, candy brand and TV commercial features something creepy. For those of us that don’t love scary things, we can’t wait for November 1 to roll around and be done with the frights. For you fellow scaredy-cats  — and everyone else, really — we present Halloween Comedy Movie Trivia. We may have been a little ‘fast and loose’ with the definition of a “Halloween Movie”, but it’s not like we’re calling Die Hard a Christmas movie. (We can debate that another day…)

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Scroll down to find the correct answers (and the movie’s trailer). Grab yourself a cup of coffee and GOOD LUCK!

Coffee with ghost

  1.  Say his name three times and he appears, but it’s not the Candyman … although he was the Batman.

 

  1. Of all the experiences at Disneyland, they made a movie out of this one? Even Eddie Murphy in his prime couldn’t get this movie above a 14% Rotten Tomatoes score.

 

  1. There are many zombie apocalypse movies, but this one is the funniest (and the best use of a cricket bat). He needs to straighten his tie, straighten out his life, and get things straightened up with his ex before … you know … zombies eat his friends and family. 

 

  1. A story of “Fleshies” vs ghosts sounds like it’s going to get gruesome, but this 1995 ‘friendly’ film will still allow you to fall asleep … even if your bed brand name is the same as the title of this movie. 

 

  1. There was another movie about reviving a dead pet that still freaks me out (Pet Sematary, yikes). Fortunately, this tale of reviving Sparky is much more fun. Yes it’s Tim Burton, it’s Halloween-themed and it’s stop-motion animation … but which movie is it? 

 

  1. If you’re going to name your kid after a day of the week, you better make sure she’s as calm, cool and confident as the daughter in this movie. Although they’re creepy and kooky, I always wanted to be in this family. 

 

  1. Apparently all the classic monsters (mummies, Frankenstein’s monsters, vampires, wolfmen/women, etc.) need a place to get away now and then — especially when the resort owner’s daughter is celebrating her 18th (checks notes …) make that 118th birthday! 

 

  1. Inventors creating creepy living creatures is a staple of monster tales (thank you Dr. Frankenstein), but sometimes they die before the project is complete. It could’ve been worse — he could’ve used rocks or paper to finish the job.  

 

  1. Puberty is challenging for everyone … but it’s even more interesting when you start turning into a werewolf. And who knew that werewolves were so good at basketball? (Just realized that a Fox turned into a Wolf in this movie.)

 

  1. If it’s about ghosts, does it kinda make it a “Halloween movie”? Much like the immortal question of “Who let the dogs out?”, this movie posed the powerful question, “Who ya gonna call?”

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1. Beetlejuice (1988)

2. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

3. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

4. Casper (1995)

5. Frankenweenie (2012)

6. Addams Family (1991)

7. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

8. Edward Scissorhands (1990)

9. Teen Wolf (1985)

10. Ghostbusters (1984)

How’d you do? Did you get them all? And, yes, I know some of these aren’t technically “Halloween” movies (Teen Wolf and Ghostbusters … and Beetlejuice and probably Hotel Transylvania), but close enough.

Header photo by cottonbro from Pexels
Coffee photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Halloween Movie Trivia

With Halloween around the corner, we thought we’d test your skills at Halloween movie trivia. Below are ten clues to ten of the top scariest movies of all time. Scroll down for the answers and see how you do. (FYI: The answers are linked to the movie trailer.)

Halloween Movie Trivia

  1. Call me a dull boy, but I’ve never tried Red Rum, and I’m not interested.
  2. The top three things to consider when buying a new home are location, location, location … and ensuring that location is not on an old cemetery. Also, make sure you get a good cable provider. You don’t want your TV to have a bunch of static.
  3. “After school got out we, ya know, worked on our tans, went to some parties and, like, may have killed a guy.”
  4. As if hockey goalies weren’t scary enough, this movie kinda sealed the deal.
  5. At least Brad Pitt didn’t sparkle in the sunlight.
  6. No map, no tissues and clearly no tripod.
  7. For sale: A lovely 2-story tract house in a nice San Diego neighborhood. This house features crown molding, a walk-in closet, and a tortured demon.
  8. Is it a Halloween movie? Is it a Christmas movie? Is it TimBurtontastic? Definitely.
  9. This movie is why I don’t go to motels. Or use a shower curtain. Or shower at all, for that matter.
  10. Sadly, this may be when many people first heard of fava beans. And why we get the chills if we see lotion in a basket.

Answers Below….

No cheating….

  1. The Shining
  2. Poltergeist
  3. I Know What You Did Last Summer
  4. Friday the 13th
  5. Interview with the Vampire
  6. The Blair Witch Project
  7. Paranormal Activity
  8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
  9. Psycho
  10. Silence of the Lambs

How’d you do? Not sure if you should be proud or a bit frightened if you got them all correct.

Happy Halloween!

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