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How to burn a DVD with Freemake Video Converter freeware

Freemake Video Converter logoEventually, this post will include an idiot-proof How-To set of steps showing how to burn a DVD that will play in a normal DVD player.

I had wrongly assumed that burning to DVD by default implied that the burned disc would play on a DVD player. I wasted plenty of blank DVDs before I realized the error, blaming all the failures on faulty freeware, bad blank DVD discs, etc.

Not every video burned to a DVD will play on a home DVD player. For that you need to reproduce DVD-Video structure consisting of VOB, IFO, BUP files. Freemake Video Converter is an easy solution to create DVD videos. Follow the below steps to burn DVD video for your home DVD. (Source: How to burn DVD video: Freemake)

Earlier today, I used Freemake Video Converter to create two DVDs that played satisfactorily on my DVD player by following the instructions on the Freemake page, How to burn DVD video. The results were not perfect, but then again I have not yet seen a perfectly burned DVD of downloaded video. There are occasional bad spots.

Step one: Tap +Video
Click the +Video button

Step two: Select files
Browse your hard drive(s) or other storage media for the video(s) you’d like to burn to DVD

Step three: Set parameters
Click "to DVD"; use the default settings or change aspect ratio, title, menu type, video system…

Step four: Burn it
Make sure that the output destination is your DVD drive; insert a blank DVD disc and click "Burn"…

Test results: Most reliable DVD burning freeware yet

After 48 hours of testing, I am pleased to say that Freemake Video Converter is the best DVD burning freeware I have tested yet! So far I have burned about 15 discs — and there have been zero failures! This is outstanding in comparison to the others I’ve tested recently.

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Windows XP backup freeware

Here are some of the free Windows backup software applications I briefly read about on CNET:

  • Cobian Backup
  • SyncBack Freeware
  • Free ISO Creator
  • Macrium Reflect Free Edition
  • EASEUS Todo Backup Free

On a similar note: Recuva, Windows file recovery freeware

While looking around for backup freeware, I ran across Recuva, which was categorized as backup software even though what it really does is recover deleted files from Windows systems. The review was pretty good, so if I ever need any kind of file recovery utility I’ll give this one a try.

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article started on Friday, June 17, 2011

Excel to PDF conversion: Freeware options

For years I’ve used Microsoft Excel to create invoices (which I then send to clients, as an email attachment, for website services performed); Excel use is widespread, so this has worked out pretty well. PrimoPDF logo - free Excel to PDF conversion However, PDF seems to be the preference, so I’m in the process of looking for a quick, simple, and free way to convert a small Excel spreadsheet to PDF (Portable Document Format) document.

Nitro logo - free Excel to PDF conversion

It seems PrimoPDF by Nitro PDF Software has won me over.

I downloaded and installed PrimoPDF, then all I had to do in order to convert my Excel spreadsheet to a PDF document was drag the file from Windows Explorer and drop it onto the PrimoPDF icon, and boom: instant, idiot-proof conversion of the Excel document to PDF format.

I don’t think it could possibly be any easier.

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PrimoPDF logo - free Excel to PDF conversion