Video Game Review: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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EA Sports soccer game dribbles past next-gen consoles to give old-school gamers a kick.

Maybe those old consoles still have a few tricks after all.

We’re firmly in the Xbox One/PlayStation 4 era here in 2014, with most developers releasing titles on the next-gen machines, then doing simpler versions for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. But in advance of this summer’s World Cup, EA Sports takes a unique tactic, delivering 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil on last-gen machines only.

And it’s a surprisingly good game. Instead of throwing together some sloppy World Cup game or delivering a product that could easily have been a DLC pack for FIFA, developer EA Canada actually tries to pour new energy into this product. The result isn’t a blockbuster by any means, but it is a solid product for World Cup fanatics on last-gen consoles.

The entire game celebrates the pageantry of the Cup in appropriate fashion. A wild international soundtrack serves as an apt (and fun) backdrop, and bright colors outline the menus. Get into the games, and EA makes a nice attempt to again replicate that Cup feel, showing nicely rendered stadiums and trying to create a nice big-game atmosphere. Xbox One this is not, but it’s all decent-looking enough, with little details such as anthems playing in the background and cutaways to people watching matches in their “home” countries, complete with flags. The only jarring thing, and reminder of last-gen, is that blocky crowd cheering in the background.

EA Canada goes the extra mile when it comes to rosters especially, honing its collection of players to perfection. All 203 FIFA teams are here, from dominant teams such as Brazil to complete unknowns like Malaysia. It’s an extensive roster of clubs and players.

You’ll take these rosters into a plethora of modes — and while none break the mold of what we’ve come to expect in a sports video game, there’s certainly fun to be had. Captain Your Country serves as the role-playing aspect in this game, placing you in control of one player, while Road to the World Cup lets you take a team from the start of qualifying all the way through to July. Naturally, you can play the Cup itself, too.

When the Cup itself starts (just two weeks away, folks), you’ll be able to play out various scenarios from the actual tourney and rewrite history via Story of the Finals.

None of this would be any good, of course, if the soccer itself wasn’t fun, and EA keeps that clean and fun. By and large, this is your standard FIFA template, although it’s been tuned and tweaked heavily toward offense. Passes have such pinpoint precision that any off-kilter ball has your jaw dropping and long shots are more effective. Goalkeeper A.I. is solid, and you’ll easily beat lackluster A.I. defense so often that you’ll learn that. World Cup games, apparently, are meant to be a high-scoring affair.

Mostly, though, they’re meant to be fun. FIFA World Cup Brazil isn’t a game you have to have, especially if you already have a soccer title. But it’s not a mere cash grab, either. It’s a solid take on the World Cup, with just enough TLC to be worth a diehard soccer fan’s time.

Reviewed on Xbox 360

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Change Multi-track MKV to AVI with Subtitles for Playback freely

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This guide will show you how to convert MKV file to AVI format on Mac without quality loss and with preferred embedded/plug-in subtitles.

Why need to convert multi-track MKV to AVI with subtitles?

MKV stands for Matroska Video, which is an extensible file container format that holds innumerable numbers of audio, video, subtitle tracks or picture in a single file. If you have downloaded some MKV HD movies that you would like to put them on players like HD TV, PS3 or Xbox 360, encoding MKV to AVI with subtitles contained is necessary, too. In this case, you need use a MKV to AVI Converter (subtitles support) to convert MKV to AVI with preferred subtitles and without video/audio loss.

Which is the best Multi-track MKV to AVI converter?

The purpose can be fulfilled accurately with the help of Multi-track MKV to AVI converter. In fact, there are many MKV file converter on market, but a few of them can fully support different MKV media and convert MKV to AVI with desired subtitles remained.  If you are a Mac user,  here Pavtube MKV to AVI converter for Mac is developed for running on Mac-based computer (Mac Mountain Lion and Mavericks included). The program enables you to convert MKV to AVI video for playback on any AVI-compatible players like PSP, Zune, etc. Besides, the video conversion is ensured with no video and audio loss.  Most important is that you can choose a default audio and subtitle tracks when multiple audios and subtitles are present.

If you are Windows user who also want to convert MKV file format to AVI with ease, Pavtube MKV to AVI Converter is a good choice (Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 supported).

Free download the best Mac Multi-track MKV to AVI converter

How to convert multi-track MKV movies to AVI format with subtitles on Mac?

The screenshots in the tutorial below are taken from the MKV to AVI converter for Mac. The procedures to convert MKV video to AVI on Windows is here. Just download the one that suitable to your computer operating system.

Step 1. Import MKV files to the converter

Run the Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac, and click the “Add video” button to import multi-track MKV file that you want to convert. There is also another easy way to import files. That is to directly drag and drop the files to this program.

From the drop-down list of “Subtitles” tab, choose the desired language you want to show in converted AVI movie. You are allowed to choose audio track as well.

Step 2. Choose AVI as the output format.

Click “Format” option, choose “DivX AVI – Audio Video Interleaved(DivX)(*.avi)” from the “Common Video” list. If you prefer high definition video, you can choose “AVI HD Video(*.avi)” from the “HD Video” list.

If you like, you could adjust profile settings including video codec, bitrate, frame rate, etc. to get better video and audio quality for watching MKV movies on your Samsung player.

Step 3. Edit video files (Optional)

This is an optional step. If you want to keep the original video, just skip to the next step. If you want to change the video visual style, click the edit button. In the window that comes up, you can split the video into small segments, rotate the video as per needs, adjust the video aspect ratio, add watermarks, attach subtitles and more.

Tips: switch to the “Subtitle” tab. Just select “Enable” checkbox, and then you can add plug-in subtitles to MKV files. The supported subtitle files are .srt, .ass, .ssa.

Step 4. Begin converting MKV to AVI on Mac with a simple click.

When you finish the settings above, click the big “Convert” button to start converting multitracks MKV to AVI format on Mac with subtitle immediately. The conversion will be done in a few minutes, which depends on the loaded movie size. Look, the step is very easy. Why not download or buy this converter to try by yourself now?

Once it completes, get the created AVI movie file with subtitle you are ready to watch them on your TV and media players.

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Rip and Stream Blu-ray/DVD files to UPnP server
How to Put DVD onto Zune/ Zune HD for Playback with best A/V quality
Stream stored movies on a USB stick to Roku 3 for playback

Get Movies from Blu-ray/DVD discs into UPnP Sever for Streaming

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Description: If you are still searching for a solution to rip and backup your Blu-ray/DVDs collections to your UPnP server for streaming everywhere, hope my own experience can provide a choice for you.

The UPnP Media Server can turn your NAS into your home’s multimedia streaming server. As long as you have devices that support UPnP or DLNA (for example, SONY BRAVIA TV or PlayStation3R), you can directly browse and stream the pictures, music and videos stored on your NAS. Additionally, you can use UPnP/DLNA compatible applications on your mobile device (for example, a notebook, iPhone or iPad) to stream multimedia files from your NAS.

Many users have successfully streamed the videos from internet, like youtube via UPnP server. However, they were failed while trying to transfer Blu-ray/DVD movies to UPnP server. It is announced that UPnP only supports FLV, M2TS, MKV, MOV, M4V, MP4, MPG,VOB, WMV .etc media files, it is clear to find that the Blu-ray/DVD movie is not among the supported media file range at this stage.

To transfer Blu-ray/DVD to UPnP server and portable devices for watching, the first step is to remove commercial Blu-ray/DVD discs protection from film studio, and then do the conversion. After several trials, we recommended this Pavtube BDMagic– the best BR Ripper which does a great job in quick decrypting the protected discs within a few clicks. I choose it as it’s really ease of use with providing clear user manual. Besides, the most important thing is that it can handle the latest BD/DVD discs and is capable of backup Blu-rays/DVDs into digital folder so that you can save them on external drive for future use.

You are free to try free trial version (Pavtube BDMagic for Mac is for Mac users).

Now let me show you how to get Blu-ray/DVD movies into UPnP Sever for streaming.

1. Import Blu-ray/DVD to Pavtube BDMagic.

Insert your Blu-ray disc into your BD drive, run the Blu-ray Ripper for UPnP and click “Load disc” icon to import Blu-ray/DVD movies into program.

2. Choose MKV/MP4 format for watching.

Under “Format” menu, there are lots of video formats. Go to find “Common Video” option and choose “MKV(Matroska) Video (*.mkv)” or “H.264 Video(*.mp4)” for UPnP server.

If you want to convert Blu-ray/DVD to other video formats or portable devices, just choose the video format you need or select portable devices in the dropdown list.

Tip: Click on “Settings”, you can customize the video and audio settings if necessary.

3. Start conversion.

Click big “Convert” button to start conversion. It won’t take much time for conversion and then you will get the converted mkv/mp4 once completed. Hit “Open” button you will go to location of generated files.

It is time to stream your Blu-ray/DVD movies through UPnP server and then go to fully enjoy your favorite Blu-ray and DVD movies on your mobile devices whenever you wanna.

More features in BDMagic:

* Full Disc Copy can 1:1 backup the whole Blu-ray/DVD disc with original structure including chapter markers.

* Directly Copy will backup 100% intact Blu-ray main movie with all the multiple tracks excluding menu.

* Rip and convert latest Blu-ray/DVD to various video formats for playback or editing, edit the video before conversion including trim, crop, effect, etc, add *sst and *ass subtitle into video part and so on.

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Pavtube Release a New Site:

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Pavtube Studio unveils its new official website – recently and transfer all disc ripping tools to with new product names.

Pavtube Studio announces its new official website – release, and at the same time, moves its best sellers with brand new names. At the meantime, major upgrade and debugs are made in Pavtube disc ripping tools: BDMagic (originally Blu-ray Ripper), DVDAid (originally DVD Ripper), ByteCopy and Video Converter Ultimate. With the newly upgraded software, users could easily restore, edit, create and eventually watch BD/DVD copies on almost all multimedia devices without limits.

This new website,, is a corresponding yet separate site from, which aims to focus on handling BD/DVD relevant issues. On this site, you would experience a fresh enjoyment while surfing and looking for stuff.

The standout modification of major upgrade this time helps those Blu-ray/DVD fans to be able to import, edit or play Blu-ray/DVD movies on any multimedia players and also so much more with their Blu-ray/DVD collections.

“I get several customers’ complaint for the restore process of Blu-ray Star trek series with Pavtube ByteCopy recently, which is a general issue in other Pavtube software as well.” said Sally Lee, one of Pavtube’s customer support professionals.

Sally continued, “Then our developers decided to fix this issue which was caused by wrongly title selection and release this new upgrade with two major bugs including title selection correction and bus key modification resolved altogether.”

With the upgraded BDMagic, DVDAid, ByteCopy and Video Converter Ultimate, Blu-ray and DVD fans are able to freely create BD/DVD backups on computer hard drive or directly save source movies to MP4, MKV, M4V, MOV, AVI and more video types for iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Samsung, HTC, Surface, and other iOS, Android and Windows devices.

About Pavtube Studio

Founded in 2007, Pavtube creates expert multimedia software applications that help consumers access, transfer and share their digital content across different devices that range from PC, Mac, tablets, smartphones, to HD media players, game consoles, and home theatre systems.

On the basis of computer OS, Pavtube products are divided into two categories – Windows solutions and Mac solutions, spanning across BD/DVD backing up, BD/DVD video trans-coding, and BD/DVD conversion.

With creativity, expert knowledge as well as cutting-edge technology, Pavtube helps consumers throughout the world enjoy more in a digitally connected audio-visual world. See for more.

Android TV Box Media Player – Dual Core ROOTED Smart

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Android TV Box Media Player – Dual Core ROOTED Smart Internet 1080p HD WiFi Streaming Player Running Android 4.2.2 FULLY LOADED with XBMC for FREE Live Football, Sports, Movies, Kids Content

  • Android 4.2.2 for your TV – enjoy all your favourite Android Apps on the big screen.
  • XBMC Full HD 1080p Media player, stream and play Movies, TV Shows & Sports etc. from the internet, supports subtitles.
  • Powerful DualCore 1.5GHZ A9-MIII Neon Cortex CPU & Quad Core Mali400 Graphics Processor.
  • Supports Airplay, Miracast, Wifi, DLNA, files directly from USB drive, SATA drive or SDHC cards, or stream from the internet.
    Worry free 1 year extensive device warranty with lifetime support & free updates.


Experience Android and XBMC on your HDTV with this Droidplayer Android digital media receiver. Enjoy all your favourite Android Apps on the big screen. The pre-loaded XBMC media player and entertainment hub enables you to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media and the internet. XBMC runs smoothly with 1080p hardware decoding from local media as well as your favorite XBMC streaming add-ons with subscription free on demand Movies, TV Shows, UK Networks, Sports and International Channels with 1000’s more streaming add-on channels to choose from.


– Amlogic A9 Dual Core Neon HD CPU
– Mali400 Quad Core High Performance 3D GPU
– 1GB RAM (DDR3)
– 8GB Total Internal Storage
– USB Storage Extendable (Flash Drives/HDD)
– SD Storage Extendable (Up to 32GB!)
– 802.11b/g/n internal Wifi
– HDMI v1.4 video output
– 10/100 Ethernet Port
– Coaxial SPDIF Digital Audio Output (Surround Sound)
– Composite Audio/Video Out
– 4x USB 2.0 Ports
– Android 4.2.x Jelly Bean installed
– Supports Wireless USB Keyboard/Mouse
– 4.22 Android Jelly bean installed
– Google Play Store installed

Droidplayer Support:

This device is manufacturerd by Sunwire and features a 1 year extensive device warranty with lifetime support and software updates including our newly developed XBMC installer Android app for extra assurance. Support is available online from Droidplayer UK.

Take 30% off ByteCopy as 2014 Mother’s Day Hottest Gift

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Description: Haven’t figured out a strategy or got any plan to show as well as tell your mom how much you love her at 2014 Mother’s Day? Take a look at up to 40% off Specials and Deals from Pavtube Facebook!

Good news: 2014 Mother’s Day is just around the corner, have you got something unique and special for Mom? A bunch of flowers? It droops easily. A Mother & Baby Pendant, a bracelet, or a pair of earrings? Sounds nice but first you have to pick out the right style. LOL. Anyway, they can be easily lost too. So this Mother’s Day, let’s give mom a super surprise!

To thanks for your faithful support during the past years, Pavtube now offer 30% off ByteCopy, 40% off Ultimate Converter and 40% off DVD Ripper as 2014 Mother’s Day specials for your beloved Mom. It starts from May 8th to May 12th, five days in total.  Time-limited! Never Miss these promotion items!

This is 2014 Mother’s Day best Gift Idea from Pavtube Facebook

1. 30% off Pavtube ByteCopy Windows/Mac

A magic Blu-ray/DVD ripping software (Pro version), it’s not only capable of ripping Blu-ray/DVD to desire formats (MP4, MOV, M4V, TS, MKV, AVI, WMV, MPG, VOB, etc), but also offer a Multi-track preset to enable you backup movie to lossless MKV or MP4/MOV/ProRes with multiple audio tracks and subtitles, so that you can free choose wanted languages during playback. Now start watching your favorite BD/DVD discs with your deal mom.

2. 40% off Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate/iMedia Converter for Mac

The best deal of Ultimate Converter ever! With this tool at hand, you’re not only able to rip Blu-ry/DVD movies, but also convert footages of  your Mom and make a easy-to-watch video to put on portable devices, computers, to video editing programs or uploading to your YouTube channel.

3. 40% off Pavtube DVD Ripper Windows/Mac

It has outputs for almost all the mobile devices, so you can start getting DVD movie library ready for your various Apple/Android/Windows Tablets and Smartphones like Kindle Fire HDX, iPad Air, Galaxy Tab Pro, Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy S5, Google Nexus 7, Google Nexus 10, Nexus 4, Google Nexus 5, Sony Xperia Z2, Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, etc… This is definitely a good gift for frequent travelers. If you already bought a tablet or a smartphone for your mom, begin your journey with wonderful movie entertainment.

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What is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?

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Google has recently released its budget TV streaming service, the Chromecast, in the UK. A lot of people are now asking the question what is better “Apple TV or Chromecast?” Here’s where we try and help you decide for yourself in this Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

Buying a new smart TV is expensive business, and to be quite honest, it’s probably not a great idea, as once you have spent hundreds/thousands of pounds on a new TV then you are locked in to its onboard hardware for the TV’s lifetime – which may well be out of date in a year. A great option to experience the best of an internet connected TV without the expense of buying one is to opt for an external streaming TV service. Two of the best of these are Apple TV and Chromecast, here’s where we put the two up against each other in what we call an Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review.

On the face of it both the Apple TV and Chromecast do largely the same thing, and this is stream video and audio content straight to your TV. However, there are significant differences on how the two streamers go about doing this. Keep reading and we’ll cover all of this for you.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: price and steaming services

Perhaps the biggest difference here is the price of the two steamers. As you would expect, Apple is the more expensive of the two, coming in at £99. Chromecast is less than a third of the price at £30.

Things get a little more confusing when you look into what you can and can’t do on both streamers. The best and most concise way we can put it is: on paper you can access more apps and media files with Chromecast than you can on Apple TV, but the things that Apple TV does let you do, it does so flawlessly. Form our experience with the Chromecast, we have found there to be issues with media playback from time to time.

Local media

What do we mean by this? Well, in terms of locally stored media, Apple TV only lets you play Apple approved media file formats through channels through iOS devices or a computer iTunes installed.

Chromecast does let you do the same thing, but it is a little more confusing. If you have bought a movie, TV show or piece of music from the Google Play store, then you can stream it from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. This is a bit of a cheat though, as Chromecast is actually playing the file from Google Play’s media servers and not your Android device.

If you want to play actually media stored on your Android device, then you are going to have to buy a £2.98 Plex for Android app, and then set up a Plex Media Server account, and only then can you “fling” media from your Android smartphone/tablet to your TV via Chromecast. Far from straightforward.

The flipper is that you can play more video/audio file types with Chromecast than you can with Apple TV. So the question you need to ask yourself is what file format is most of your media, and where did you get it from? Once you’ve answered that you should be in a better position to know whether to go for Chromecast or Apple TV.

Third party content

Neither of these streamers cover themselves in glory when it comes to the compatible streaming apps on offer. From a UK point of view, the Chromecast probably edges it in terms of usefulness as it gives you access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer, whereas the only mainstream popular on demand video player Apple TV has access to is Netflix.

There are too many options (of questionable use to the average UK user) to list here. So the best advice we can give to work out which one is best for you is to go to the official What’s On/Now Casting pages for both streamers and take a look for yourself. Here is the links for Apple TV What’s On and Chromecast’s Now Casting.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: controls

Controlling Apple TV is pretty easy as it comes with a remote, you can also operate it via an iOS device that is connected to the same network as Apple TV, from here you can simply mirror app/video/music content from your iPhone/iPad/iPod straight to your TV by pressing on the mirror icon.

Failing that you can also control Apple TV via iTunes on a Mac or PC providing it is connected to the same network. You can then use the provided physical remote control to navigate around your local media library and/or access the steaming apps such as Netflix.

Chromecast is a little different, there is no single physical remote that comes with it in the box. It relies on you controlling it from your Android/computer/iOS device that is connected to the same network. You then need to download the Chromecast app for the initial set up, from there you need to use a supported app – i.e. BBC iPlayer – to your device and press the Chromecast button in the app.

Apple TV vs Chromecast comparison review: design

Both the Apple TV and Chrome cast streamers connect to your TV via a HDMI port. The main difference is that the Chomecast is a dongle device that is key sized and slots straight into your TV where it stays – there is also a mini HDMI lead you can use if your TV is pushed up tightly to the wall. Apple TV is more of a mini set top box that will need a surface nearby to sit on.

Apple TV requires as 6-watt universal power supply (from the wall plug socket), whereas Chromecast has to be powered from a USB lead (designed to work with the USB ports on your TV).