Step by step to reduce video size on Windows/Mac

I often meet question about how to reduce video size. Question: I make a video with powerdirector and when I saved it, I saved it as AVI file, but the video is 4 minutes and it’s 900mb. I mean that is ridiculous, can you please tell me some way to convert the size?

I met the same situation before. I made a video about presentation of SnowFox total media converter. The video is 1 minute but the video size is 230mb. A file size that is very large will virtually prevent the video from being usable. It will be too large to email; it is not convenient to upload to video website; and it will slow download times if hosted on a website. So if you want to share your video online, it is a crucial step to reduce a video’s file size.

This article will show how to reduce video size step by step. I use SnowFox total media converter as tool to reduce my video size. Total media converter has Win and Mac version, here I will take the Win version as example.

Step 1 Add video to the total media converter

Click the “Add Video(s)” button on the upper left corner to add video to total media converter. Here , I import my video which size is 230mb to total media converter.

Step 2 Set up output settings

The size of AVI video usually is much large. Click the drop-down list of “Profile”, select “MP4 – H.264 AVC Video”. Because of high compression rate, MP4 format video size is smaller than AVI format video.








Tips: To reduce video size, if you set up the smaller resolution, the video size will smaller. You can click the “Setting” button to set up the resolution.

Step 3 Convert the video
Click the “START” button to begin to convert the video. After conversion, the video size is only 6.24mb. We can see the video size has reduced largely. And the quality of the video can be kept as good as original video.

Download and convert YouTube video to FLV, AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, 3GP with Firefox DownloadHelper

There are many ways to download YouTube video and enjoy offline. Using YouTube downloader software could download video from YouTube with high speed. If you don’t want to install downloader program in your computer, online video converter websites are also available to download YouTube video easily. For Firefox user, the plug-in DownloadHelper extension is very convenient to download video from YouTube.

First, you need to install Mozilla Firefox browser in your computer. Visit Mozilla Firefox website and download Firefox, if you have Firefox browser and skip this step.

Then run the Firefox browser and download and install DownloadHelper plug-in to Firefox. From the page, you can add DownloadHelper plug-in to Firefox with ease. Open the webpage and click the “Install” button of below picture.

When finishing installing DownloadHelper into Firefox, you will see DownloadHelper icon in the toolbar on top left corner of Firefox.

Let’s begin to download video from YouTube using DownloadHelper. Visit YouTube website and open the video you want to download. The DownloadHelper icon is running, click the drop-down list of icon, select the corresponding resolution and format of the video, waiting a while; DownloadHelper will download YouTube video to your computer folder.







Note: Comparing to Firefox plug-in, SnowFox YouTube downloader HD perfectly freely download video from YouTube as MP4 format with excellent quality. It is very easy-to-use and you don’t need to install Firefox browser.

Usually, DownloadHelper download the YouTube video as flv format. If you want to convert the YouTube video to AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, 3GP, WMV formats, the ConvertHelper complements Video DownloadHelper to convert your downloads to popular formats. You can visit the ConvertHelper help tutorial page. Or total media converter is optional tool to convert video to various formats including mp4, avi, 3gp, flv, m4v, mkv, mov, mpeg-1, mpeg-2, wmv, Xivd, Divx, flv, mkv, HD AVI Video (*.avi), HD WMV Video (*.wmv), HD MPEG-4 Video (*.mp4), HD MPEG-2 Video (*.mpg), HD H.264/AVC Video (*.mp4), AVI – H.264 Video, etc. What’s more, total media converter combines DVD ripper function. It can easily rip DVD to other format and enjoy on iPhone5, iPad 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, Windows Phone, PSP, etc.

Special Offer for Mother’s Day – DIY Sweet Greeting Card and Photo Collage

Happy Mother’s Day! Everyone is looking for the best gift to express our love to dear Mom. If you make homemade gift as Mother’s Day gift, don’t you think it is a meaningful idea? Special for Mother’s Day 2013, SnowFox Software will launch special offer – up to 20% off on SnowFox Greeting Card Maker, SnowFox Photo Collage Maker and SnowFox Total Media Converter from May 6th to May 13th 2013. Three hot products will help you make prefect DYI gifts for Mother’s Day and express love to great Mom. 

Design a sweet greeting card for Mom

An adorable greeting card for Mother’s Day is sweet and necessary. You can image how happy she is on the Mother’s Day morning when she receives the warm greeting card. SnowFox Greeting Card Maker is the simplest way to design a special Mother’s Day greeting card for dear Mom. You just need to pick a favorite photo and create a unique and beautiful Mother’s Day greeting card with this excellent greeting card maker software. 

Create an interesting photo collage for Mom

Tons of family photos are saved in computer, mobile phone, and camera. How about making a photo collage with all amazing pictures for Mother’s Day? What’s more, on Mother’s Day, we must take many memorable photos and want to share with family and friends. With SnowFox Photo Collage Maker, it is a good idea to make interesting photo collage with all pictures and share on your Facebook, Pinterest, etc.

Homemade video as surprise gift

Also, homemade video is so popular, right? Why not record a video and say your love to Mom? You could capture the happy time with your mother and make a wonderful video as gift for your mother. On Mother’s Day, you can put the video in her portable device and give her surprise. Maybe you will meet the unsupported video format problem; the SnowFox Total Media Converter can convert video to the right format for you. What’s more, with Total Media Converter, Let your Mom easily enjoy videos, movies and DVDs on her device such as iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S4, Android Tablet, etc.

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Design sweet Mother’s Day greeting card with greeting card template

Mother’s Day is coming! Mother is the greatest people in the world, she gives us everything. We group up day by day and she sacrifices all the time for us. Gifts have always been a precious expression of love. As children, we want to give the best gift to Mom on Mother’s Day. Compared with expensive gift, most mothers prefer to have a good time with family. And mother will have good mood when we bring followers with greeting card special for Mother on Mother’s Day. Here is easy way to design sweet greeting card for Mother’s Day with Greeting Card Maker.

The Greeting Card Maker is easy-to-use and interesting photo software. You can easily create extraordinary greeting card for different festival and themes.

Free download the greeting card maker software and install on your computer. The greeting card maker has Windows version and Mac version.


Open the greeting card maker; you will see the template window. Greeting card maker offer various beautiful templates for festival and themes. With the template, you will make a greeting card in a minute. Click the Mother’s Day panel and choose a favorite Mother’s Day greeting card template. Then click “ok” button, you will enter the design interface.

Add your own photo to design Mother’s Day greeting card

Select the “Photo” tab, add photo from your photo folder, you also can drag and drop photo from computer file. It is recommended picking a family photo or photo of your Mom to create Mother’s Day greeting card.

In the “Frame” tab, there are lots of beautiful frames. You can drag and drop different frame to right side and see the effect in real time.

In the “Cliparts” tab, all kinds of festive decorations are available. Add Mother’s Day decorations to make your greeting card full of cheerful atmosphere.

In the “Mask” tab, it offers various cut and dreamful masks. So your greeting card can be chanceful.

Greeting card maker supports to add text to your card. Select the “Text” panel; you can express your love to dear Mom. Text font, color and shadow options make effect of your words best.

When you are satisfied with the greeting card of Mother’s Day, next step is to export or directly print out the Mother’s Day greeting card. With Greeting Card Maker, Designing greeting card is funny and meaningful. Your mother must feel your love to her!

An article from Dailymail analyzes the public opinion result of 2013 Mother’s Day gift. 2013 Mother’s Day is coming, do you want to know what are best Mother’s Day gifts and worst Mother’s Day gifts?

• A lie-in would be best gift for mums on Sunday
• Quality time with family came second
• Diet pills and cleaning products are least favorite presents


Forget flowers, expensive jewellery, fancy dinners even iPads.
And don’t go anywhere near diet pills, cleaning products and plastic flowers.
What mothers really want this Mother’s Day is a bit of peace and quiet from the children with a nice long lie-in.
And only after they’ve had eight hours of uninterrupted sleep this Sunday, mums would love nothing more than to spend some quality time with the family, according to a new poll.
It asked 1,000 mums what they’d like on Sunday, other than a bunch of flowers or a pricey gift.
To feel well-rested came top of the poll, with a fifth of mothers saying they’d love a decent night’s sleep and a long lie in, with dad looking after the children.Learn more: Design a special Mother’s Day greeting card for dear Mom
Second was quality time with the family with 18 per cent of the vote, and though many mothers said they always make this a priority, some added it can be hard when juggling work and home commitments.
At the lower end of the results in joint sixth place was a piece of their own child’s artwork and the chance to drink a hot mug of tea or coffee before it went cold.
A clean house was chosen by five per cent, and a new techy gadget such as an an iPad coming in at ninth place with four per cent of the vote.
Finally, at the bottom of the poll, a stony-faced one per cent of mothers said they’d rather have the cash equivalent to a bunch of flowers.
One respondent said: ‘I love my toddler’s artwork – and a tantrum-free day would be bliss – but more than anything I’d adore a decent night’s sleep and a lazy Sunday morning curled up with my book or the papers.
‘Little things like this which you take for granted pre-kids become a luxury once you’re a parent.’
Another Mum with two teenage children said: ‘Quality time with my two where we can agree on where to go and have no falling-outs once we’re there would be heaven! Teenagers are very hard to please.’
A spokesperson from said: ‘We all love our Mums so making Mother’s Day perfect for her is the nicest thing you can do.
‘But remember, whatever she says, she would still love a gorgeous bunch of flowers and a big box of her favourite chocolates.’
Learn more: Make a photo collage with favorite pictures as Mother’s Day gift.

Meanwhile, diet pills, cleaning products and plastic flowers have been named the worst gifts mums could possibly receive this Mother’s Day’ in a survey conducted by
Kitchen aprons, oven gloves, unwanted exercise DVDs, cuddly toys, rubber gloves and ill-fitting clothing were also given the thumbs down – many considered worse than receiving nothing at all.
One mum who took part commented: ‘When my teenage son handed me a bottle of diet pills last Mother’s Day I hit the roof. I think it was his idea of a joke but needless to say I didn’t find it in the least funny.’
Another mother said: ‘Last year I received an exercise DVD from my children. I knew I had put on a tiny bit of weight but that was just cheeky. I took it straight back and brought myself some rather delicious chocolates with the money.’
Pollsters were told by another respondent: ‘I hate plastic flowers with a passion and so to receive a collection of plastic flowers from my husband was a nightmare. I may have left them out for a few days but after that they went straight in the bin.’

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Is it illegal to download YouTube videos: Piracy and copyright protection

With YouTube downloader, it is very easy to download videos from YouTube and enjoy them at your leisure offline. As we can download YouTube videos freely with free YouTube downloader software, many people are confused that it is illegal to download YouTube videos or not. See also: How to free download videos from youtube to computer?

An article from pcadvisor analyzes whether it is legal to download YouTube videos from the angle of piracy and copyright protection.

A major concern with downloading YouTube video is the ease with which you can fall foul of copyright protection. You might think it’s okay to download commercially available music or video for free, but media companies are not in the business of giving away their goods for free – and rightly so. The more people who follow your thinking, the less money they make, and the less money is awarded to the original content creators – often ordinary people struggling to make ends meet, just like you and me, who have spent both time and effort producing that content.

Google is hot on piracy. It encourages users to draw its attention to any videos that breach copyright and, where a video uses a soundtrack or other element owned by another person or company, it will award the original content creator any credit that arises from it.

We won’t go into depth over the ins and outs of online piracy here, suffice to say that in order to stay on the right side of the law, any content you do download from the web, for which you do not own the copyright, must be for your personal use only. You must not distribute or financially benefit from that content. It must also come with the express permission of the copyright owner.

See also: How to enjoy YouTube videos on iPad/iPhone/iPod.


Any way design special Easter greeting card easily and quickly?

After two days is Easter Day, everyone should be busy making Easter eggs, preparing Easter decoration, dinner, etc. Easter greeting card is also important to add festival atmosphere and express your wishes to others. If you have not prepared Easter greeting card for family and friend, so hurry now, right? But take easy, here will help you make Easter greeting card within seconds, what’s more, the method is simple and quick, the Easter greeting is special and beautiful. With the Greeting Card Maker tool, it is easily and quickly to design special Easter greeting card.

First, we need to download the greeting card maker software and install in your computer.
Click to download             

Run the greeting card maker, you will see the main window as below.

The greeting card maker offer various themes including Easter, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Graduation, Wedding and others.

As we need to make Easter greeting card, so select the “Easter” theme. You can see several designed templates and choose a template you liked.

Click the “OK” button, enter the design window. Three steps to get your Easter greeting card!

Step1. Import your photo, support drag and drop picture to design area.

Step2. Decorate Easter greeting card with beautiful frames, cute cliparts, dreamlike masks and it is available to write down Easter blessing text.

Step3. Export Easter greeting card as below. Or directly print out as image or email to friends and family.


How to convert HD video to other format without losing quality?

High-definition video or HD video refers to any video system of higher resolution than standard-definition (SD) video, and most commonly involves display resolutions of 1280×720 pixels (720p) or 1920×1080 pixels (1080p). Some DV or camera recorded video formats are also HD video such as TS, M2TS, TP, TRP, etc.

When you want to upload these HD videos to Youtube or play them on cell phone, you will meet this problem – you should take videos of one format into a format that works on Youtube or mobile phone, but why the output quality often gets bad after conversion? Is it possible to convert HD video to other format without losing quality? Actually it’s hard to convert HD video without losing any quality as the code compress process would destroy most of unimportant data, and what we can do is to reduce the quality losing as possible as we can.

With the SnowFox Total Media Converter, we make a test converting HD video with best quality.

First, this is original HD screenshot.

Download and install SnowFox Total media converter for Window. It is very easy for total media converter to convert videos/rip DVD with high quality.

You can import various formats video, such as MP4, MKV, FLV, MOV, AVI, 3GP, M2TS, MEPG, ASF, etc. And output options support vast video format and also many devices. It is available to convert video/rip DVD to MP4, AVI, 3GP, FLV, M4V, MKV, MOV, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, WMV, XIVD, DIVX, FLV, MKV formats. It is also very convenient to convert video/rip DVD to portable devices such as iPhone 5/iPhone 4s, iPad 4/New iPad, iPod, Apple TV, PSP, PS3, Android-Based Phone and Tablet, BlackBerry, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, LG, Smart Phone, many MP4 players, etc.

Open Total Media Converter, import videos and select output video format or output device, then click to start conversion.

Tips: select HD video format as output format, here you can quickly select HD AVI, HD MP4 or HD WMV. Or you can click the “Setting” button to custom parameters of HD format.

Have a look converted HD video screenshot.

Compare the two screenshots; we can see the converted HD video almost as good as original video.

Rumor: iPhone 5S and iPad 5 Special Releasing Event-‘Original Passion, New Ideas’

So many rumors about iPhone 5S/iPhone 6 or iPad 5, actually maybe most of us more care about if Apple give us more surprise as people’s passion is less than before.

According to Gizmorati, the event will carry the “Original Passion, New Ideas”  tagline, marking the transition from a Steve Jobs run Apple to one under the control of current CEO Tim Cook.

This year Apple will celebrate six years since the release of the first iPhone, on June 29, 2007. The Original iPhone was introduced to the public earlier that year by Steve Jobs, during a keynote at the Macworld 2007 convention, in San Francisco.

An inside source from Apple (also confirmed by a third party) told Gizmorati that its both devices, the iPhone 5S and the iPad 5 will be unveiled during a special event called ‘Original Passion, New Ideas’, on June 29, 2013. This event is intended to celebrate six years from the launch of the original iPhone, under the leadership of Steve Jobs and the release of the iPhone 5S and iPad 5, under the leadership of Apple’s current CEO, Tim Cook, as both of these devices are developed entirely under Cook’s authority (Businessweek reports that iPhone 5 was the last Apple device to get the Steve Jobs’ blessing before production).

A large part of Apple’s success is due to the vision and popularity of Steve Jobs and after the recent disappointments like Apple Maps, AAPL stock price going down, weak sales (as TheVerge and Mashable reported) and Tim Cook’s approval rating falling, the company is trying to reconquer the public and reassure the investors, showing that Jobs’ passion and vision regarding Apple are still contemporary within the company.

Do you think the ‘Original Passion, New Ideas’ special event will help Tim Cook and Apple, overall?


Hot Websites to Download Videos Free

YouTube is well known all over the world, thousands of users enjoy videos on YouTube. Besides YouTube, Metacafe, Dailymotion, Vimeo, IMDb are also hot website to enjoy video online. Watching free videos on the web is easy. Unfortunately, we don’t always have time to watch videos online when we find them. But we can download video from these websites, so we can watch them at our leisure.  As we know, it is hard to directly download videos from video websites, but many video downloader tools allow us to download video freely, such as snowfox YouTube downloader HD.

An article from real introduces five sites to download online video free.

1. YouTube

You’re probably already familiar with YouTube, the world’s most popular video-sharing site and the third most popular site on the entire Internet. YouTube racks up a staggering four billion video views daily. Any registered user can upload their videos to YouTube. The site has also become a popular source for official versions of music videos, movie trailers, and particularly crowd-pleasing TV commercials.

2. Metacafe

Metacafe is another video site specializing in shorter and more popular videos. Whereas YouTube is a giant, endless buffet of videos, Metacafe is more like the Chef’s Special of the Day – fewer overall videos that are well-organized and easy to find in genres like Music, Sports, and TV clips. Metacafe keeps an outstanding array of current movie trailers, and then pairs them with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes videos related to that particular movie. Metacafe’s “Trending on the Web” section curates and collects the Internet’s most popular viral videos of the day. It’s a great place to quickly find a certain popular viral video you’ve heard about.

3. Dailymotion 

One of the largest video sites in the world, Dailymotion makes finding videos easy with a nicely organized home page. Dailymotion visitors see a slew of the current videos in categories such as Funny, Geek Out, News, and countless others. Most videos on Dailymotion are less than four minutes. Registered “super users” can upload videos of up to an hour in length and in high-definition (HD), but you don’t have to register to download the longer videos. Some of the video categories on Dailymotion are a little racier than most YouTube categories, but family audiences can still enjoy categories like Animals and Games. Dailymotion is easy to navigate, and pulls up galleries of recommended videos that you’re likely to enjoy based on your viewing habits.

4. Vimeo

Specializing in HD, Vimeo is an amateur video site where the results are anything but amateur. Most of the videos available on Vimeo are user-submitted; it’s not a site to visit if you’re looking for popular music videos or movie trailers. What you will find, though, are big and beautiful HD videos shot by some of the most skilled up-and-coming directors and animators. The Vimeo video screen is far larger and has a higher resolution than any of the other sites mentioned here.

5. IMDb 

The Internet Movie Database has become more than just a tool for figuring out who’s that actress in the movie you’re watching. IMDb has grown into a site that offers movie trailers and clips from popular talk shows like “The Late Show with David Letterman” – all of which can be downloaded to your computer. There are also full episodes of TV shows that can be watched at IMDb. The site even offers a huge gallery of full-length movies and short films made by up-and-coming directors.

Many of the movies and short-films listed on the site are available for viewing, however, you’ll be given the option to go to another site such as Crackle or Amazon to watch the movie. Note: Those sites typically require a subscription. That said there are older video options on the site such as Paradise Canyon with John Wayne, as well that don’t require a subscription. Those videos are part of the Internet Archive Project and can be watched online for free or even downloaded from the site.