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July 17, 2010
10:38 PM
xtnod
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Hey guys new here. I was just wondering if anyone here uses SnowFox Video Converter? If you do how would you stack it up versus the other bigger companies out there like Xilisoft, AVS, ect…

July 18, 2010
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I have used it but not extensively. It is very similar to the WinX and Wondershare video converters. Not surprising since most of these video converters are a front-end for a GPL (I think) video converter API.

July 18, 2010
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I prefer Xilisoft. On their twitter, their key code should still work by now. Last time I checked, it worked a few weeks ago.

 

Anyways… Xilisoft has a bit more functions than SnowFox does. One interesting function is converting video for the Nintendo DS. This really puzzled me at first, but when I realized when it said “for Moonshell V. (something something) or up”, I realized that the converting were for the DS homebrews!

 

If anyone's curious, “Moonshell” is a homebrew where you can listen to music and watch videos using a special DS Card not manufactured by Nintendo. On the top, there is a slot where you slot in your micro-SD where all your music and videos are stored. I'm not sure about this, but I think you can also view photos with Moonshell.

Here are articles about Moonshell and DS Homebrews if you your'e still curious:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MoonShell

July 18, 2010
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@Lasconnon – I really hope that this is a legit “key code” you are talking about!

July 18, 2010
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karen said:

@Lasconnon – I really hope that this is a legit “key code” you are talking about!


Of coarse it is! It's on their twitter page. Smile Remember back then Ashraf wrote a post about the giveaway? Or no wait… was it AskVG or Raymond.cc… I'm not really sure. :/
July 18, 2010
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Been doing a couple of test here and there. when converting to my iPhone 4 Snowfox actually did better and my Xilisoft Ultimate. Areas in the movie where I saw pixels and blocks with Xilisoft I didn't see in Snowfox… hrmm

@Lascannon yeah I am using Xilisoft for that one purpose, but since I've got my iPhone 4 now I jsut can't go back to the DS screen lol.

 

I guess a little more testing. Thanks for replys guys. Anyone else out there use Snowfox?

July 18, 2010
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Whoa no way… really? I guess the saying truly applies between the two softwares; quality is better than quantity!

July 18, 2010
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Just did another test this time with a couple of my animation videos with subtitles already on it.

Xilisoft couldn't show the subtitles, but Snowfox did. Now that's a plus for me since I have a lot of animation movies/videos that already have the subtitles on it.

I also realized that Snowfox's conversion for animation films are a lit smoother with the same settings as Xilisoft.

But I've got on more test to do, and that is a 3D film such as disney UP and Toy Story because I love those lol.

Will reply back with my findings, of course this is mainly converting with the H264 720P 30FPS  format since that's what my iPhone 4 is capable of.

July 18, 2010
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karen said:

@Lasconnon – I really hope that this is a legit “key code” you are talking about!


 

Yea it is legit; although I have never personally looked for it, I know exactly what key he is talking about.

@Lascannon: I believe the offer was running while I was on vacation so I didn't write about it.

July 18, 2010
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After testing various movies, I've come to the conlusion that SNOWFOX is better than my Xilisoft Ulitimate 6 for my iPhone 4 video conversions from MKV,AVI to H264 720P format for the iPhone 4.

Reasons:

1. Xilisoft will have blocks that are very visible here and there while snowfox was a smooth picture. 

2. Videos that have the subtitles embeded into the video xilisoft couldn't convert the subtitles over while Snowfox could. A big plus for anyone that loves fansubs.

3. The video size is smaller though only a 30-50mb smaller still a nice chunk.

All test were done with the same settings on both Xilisoft and Snowfox:

1280×720, H264, 30fps, 2000bitrate(I've tried all other settings and 2k ended being the best), 160kbps/48k audio.

Movies tested:

UP, Cars, Toy Story 1/2, The Hangover, FF7AC, Hot Tub TM, Iron Man, Transformers 1+2, Avatar, Sword of the stranger. All BD versions.

Unless someone else has another converter I should try for my iPhone 4 conversions I think I've found a good one and that is SnowFox.

Thanks Ashraf for the hookup!

July 19, 2010
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@Xtnod

Thanks for the detailed review! Nice nice… I'm going to download SnowFox and uninstall Xilisoft now. Besides… I have around 4 key codes since I mailed it them to 4 different emails I have. XD Lolololol.

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