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    Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Tue Apr 21, 2009 10:43 pm

    We've been experiancing a few spam problems lately. And whilst I do my best to get rid of these topics and posts as soon as I know about them, I wanna make sure you're all aware of this incase myself or another member of staff isn't around at the time (for whatever reason).

    Said topics/posts are usually about movies, music, and such. Usually claiming to give you advice about how to watch, listen, or edit certain things. From what I've seen so far, it's usually stuff to do with iPod, but not always.

    These topics/posts always have clickable links in them which send you off to another site where you an apparently download certain problems. Most of us know never to open any links unless we trust the poster (and the link) anyway. And I suspect these programs to be unsafe and I'm advising you all NEVER to click any of those links.

    I've deleted all the topic again this time, but next time I'll copy and paste one (without the active link) in here just incase anyone's unclear or needs to see an example.

    Be safe.


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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:07 pm

    Here's an example of a post I deleted just now (the links have been removed, but you can see they were as I've underlined the text bold):

    Now iPod and iPhone have become main entertainment tool, so they take an important role in people’s life. Almost everyone has their lots of favorite DVDs in their hands, but the questions is iPod/iPhone can only accepts H.264 and MP4 video formats.
    Don’t worry. A professional DVD to iPod Converter and DVD to iPhone Converter can help you resolve this question.
    This guide shows you how to convert DVD to iPod/iPhone supported video formats. It includes two parts.
    Part 1: How to enjoy DVD on iPod Touch/Nano 3/Classic.
    Part 2: How to enjoy DVD on iPhone/iPhone 3G.

    Part 1: How to enjoy DVD on iPod Touch/Nano 3/Classic.

    Step 0: Download Tipard DVD to iPod Converter. The interface is seen as follows:



    Step 1: Load DVD.
    Click "Load DVD" to add your DVD contents..
    Step 2: Set output video format
    Click "Profile" button from the drop-down list to select the exact output video format that is the most suitable for your iPod. You can click the "Settings" button to set parameters of your output video such as such as Resolution, Video Bitrate, Frame Rate, Audio Channels, Sample Rate, etc. to get the best video quality as you want.
    Step 3: Click the "Start" button to start the conversion.

    Tips:
    1: How to join your selected chapters
    If you want to merge several chapters into one file you can choose them and click the "Merge into one file" to do it.
    2: How to split your video
    The "Trim" function also servers as a video splitter for you to get any time-length video episode. You can set the "Start Time" and "End Time" to set the time of the clip or you can directly drag the slide bar to the accurate position.



    3: How to crop off the black edges and adjust the size of video play region
    By using the "Crop" function you can crop the black edge of your video and you can also drag the line around the video image to adjust the video play region to fit for your mobile devices.



    4: How to save your favorite picture
    If you like the current image when preview video, you can use the "Snapshot" option. Just click the "Snapshot" button the image will be saved and you can click the "Open" button next to "Snapshot" button to open your picture.

    Part 2: How to enjoy DVD on iPhone/iPhone 3G.

    Step 0: Download and install Tipard DVD to iPhone Converter.



    Step 1: Run this DVD to iPhone Converter and load your input DVD files.
    It allows you to load DVD, Load DVD Folder and Load IFO File.

    Step 2: Set up the output profile and the output file path.
    Tipard DVD to iPhone Converter can convert DVD into iPhone MP4, MOV, H.264 video formats and iPhone audio MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV.

    This converter provides more video and audio parameters for you to get the perfect video quality for your player. Click “Settings” button to set it.
    Click “Browse” to choose the path for you to save the converted file.

    Step 3: Start conversion
    After you set all the settings, you can click “Start” to start conversion.

    Tips:
    Some powerful and professional editing functions are also available such as effect, trim, crop and so on. You can refer to the tutorial of Tipard DVD to iPod Converter above.

    Recently Tipard Studio has released Tipard iPod Transfer Pro and Tipard iPod Transfer Pro for Mac. The Pro version has more functions and more powerful. Besides Tipard iPhone Transfer are also available now. The usage of it is similar to the iPod Transfer.

    DVD to iPod


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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:09 pm

    And another one:

    This article is divided into four parts separately introduce what is iPod Compatible Video, which video format is better for Apple iPod Video, is my video iPod compatible and how to make the video compatible with your iPod.

    Part One: What is iPod Compatible Video?
    Part Two: Which video format is better for Apple iPod video?
    Part Three: Is My Video iPod Compatible?
    Part Four: How to make the video compatible with your iPod?

    Part One: What is iPod Compatible Video?

    Firstly, I will introduce you what is iPod Compatible Video, iPod Nano Compatible Video such as iPod Video MP4, iPod Video H 264, the specifications page lists the following:
    Apple iPod video specifications from their official website:

    H.264 video, up to 1.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Low-Complexity version of the H.264 Baseline Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

    H.264 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Baseline Profile up to Level 3.0 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats;

    MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats

    That’s a little confusing, but there’s only a few numbers you’ll need to remember for each format.

    The highest video bitrate with the H.264 codec is 768 kilobits per second. The biggest picture size for your H.264 movie is 320 pixels wide by 240 pixels high, the exact dimensions of your iPod’s screen. Your iPod can play H.264 video at framerates up to 30 frames per second. Every one of the applications that we’ll be using encodes with the Baseline Profile. Your audio needs to be encoded as AAC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48 kHz, and it can be in either stereo or mono. As long as you follow all the guidelines, your movie can be a QuickTime movie or an MPEG-4 movie file.

    Your other option, MPEG-4 video, supports a much higher bitrate than H.264 video - 2,500 kilobits per second. Using higher bitrates will also create larger files. The result: you’ll have less space for additional songs and movies. The biggest picture size for your MPEG-4 video is 480 pixels wide by 480 pixels high - three times as many pixels as your iPod’s screen is capable of displaying. Your iPod will shrink the picture proportionally so that everything fits on the screen. Again, the iPod can play videos up to 30 frames per second and our audio and file format options are the same as H.264 video.

    Part Two: Which video format is better for Apple iPod video?

    That’s a tough question. H.264 is arguably better because it offers high quality and a much smaller file size when compared to MPEG-4. However, both formats look quite good when you encode your video at the higher supported video settings. One thing that most people will agree on is that H.264 video takes longer to encode than standard MPEG-4. This means that converting a two hour movie to iPod video can take considerably longer using the H.264 codec (especially with QuickTime Pro’s pokey Export: Movie to iPod video option). Still, I prefer the H.264 codec in most instances.

    Part Three: Is My Video iPod Compatible?
    Some of the video files that you download from the web or from file sharing networks like BitTorrent may be iPod compatible - even if they’re not marked as such.

    The easiest way to determine whether a video can be played on your iPod is to open the file in QuickTime and select Window: Show Movie Info. In most cases your video should be iPod-ready if the format is H.264 or MPEG-4, the audio is AAC, and the size of your video is 320 x 240 (or smaller) for H.264 or 480 x 480 (or smaller) for MPEG-4. Also, look at the data rate and make sure it’s not over 900 kbits/sec for H.264 or 2600 kbits/sec for MPEG-4.



    Part Four: How to make the video compatible with your iPod?

    If you have QuickTime Pro ($30 and worth every penny) or the latest version of iTunes (free!), this is, by far, the easiest conversion that we’ll talk about.
    In iTunes, after you’ve added your video to the library, right click it. Select Convert Selection for iPod. iTunes will let you know if your video is already in the correct format. If it’s not, your video will slowly be converted to an H.264 video.

    UPDATE: I’ve heard several complaints of iTunes creating iPod videos without sound. You should probably avoid using iTunes to convert your videos.

    In QuickTime Pro, open your movie and, in the file menu, select Export… and in the export drop-down, select Movie to iPod (320 x 240) and click Save. QuickTime will create an optimized H.264 video with AAC audio.

    You may want to go pour yourself a cup of tea or take a nap. If your file is large, QuickTime’s slow conversion process can take several hours.

    If you’re an inexperienced user, I recommend using QuickTime Pro or iTunes because they’re absolutely foolproof. However there are other much faster, more powerful applications for converting your videos. Read on!

    Don’t have QuickTime Pro? Aiseesoft iPod Video Converter!

    Aiseesoft iPod Video Converter supports so comprehensive video formats including converting MPG, MPEG, MPEG2, VOB, MP4, M4V, RM, RMVB, WMV, ASF, MKV, TS, MPV, AVI, 3GP,3G2, FLV, MPV, MOD, TOD to iPod Video MP4, iPod Video H 264. You can customize your own output video by the settings function. For example, if you want a high quality video you can raise the values of Video Biterate, Audio Biterate and Audio Sample Rate, if you want a smaller file you can reduce the value.



    If you want to make your DVD compatible with your iPod and even transfer your iPod video to Computer, you can choose Aiseesoft DVD to iPod Suite which is an all-in-one solution to convert DVD to iPod Video MP4, iPod Video H 264 and convert video to iPod Video MP4, iPod Video H 264. Moreover, it can transfer video from iPod to computer. You don’t need to worry about losing anything.

    For Mac user, you can choose Aiseesoft iPod Video Converter for Mac and Aiseesoft DVD to iPod Suite for Mac.


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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:16 pm

    As you can see (especially in the first example), there are quite a few links in these posts, and one of them was even accompanied by a poll!

    Please stear clear of these topics/posts and their links.

    Staff are asked to copy and paste the content, along with the username responsible, into a PM to myself, and then to delete all such topics/posts.


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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Oxide on Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:57 am

    Some people are d*cks. ¬_¬
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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Tue Aug 11, 2009 7:52 pm

    Anyone who makes these topics/posts will be banned.


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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Kifu on Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:12 am

    Hmm . . . I had these kind of posts on AB. For the time being, have you banned their IP address?
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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Chojin on Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:47 pm

    We've got another one, now, as well. Why do they bother doing it? Idiots ¬_¬

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    Re: Warning - Unsafe Topics/Posts

    Post by Fizzie on Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:51 pm

    Kifu wrote:Hmm . . . I had these kind of posts on AB. For the time being, have you banned their IP address?

    Nuh, I don't ban IPs because they get recycled and I could end-up blocking new or current members later down the line.

    Chojin wrote:We've got another one, now, as well. Why do they bother doing it? Idiots ¬_¬

    Tell me about it. They really are idiots because no one here is stupid enough to fall for their crap, and we delete them and their posts as soon as they're dicovered anyways.


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