The Motherloot Blog: Product Reviews

Roxio Easy VHS to DVD

roxio_vhs-dvd_packagingMy family has quite the collection of home movies. It became an annual tradition to gather around the television and relive all of those moments on New Year’s Eve. There were tears shed for the loved ones we had lost and giggles over our rowdy childhood behavior. Of course, the most infamous video in our family is the dance rehearsal where I do everything exactly the opposite of what I am supposed to be doing and the teacher is calling out to me, “Other foot, Amy. Wrong way, Amy” At the end she says, “Nice smile, Amy” and the laughter erupts. Oh, how could I live without replaying that precious angst over and over again? Or that eighties hair? Or the way I held my head to one side to flick my hair in that way only a thirteen year-old could.

No longer do you need to worry about figuring out how the heck to play those videos when your family has upgraded to the DVD system. Roxio has a handy little program out called Roxio Easy VHS to DVD where you can transfer those old home movies over to DVD.

I have had the good fortune to try out the Roxio easy VHS to DVD product and I have to say that it really lives up to it’s name.  You just plug in the small USB video capture device, load one disc of software and that’s it for installation.  The software is simple and you will find that quickly you are transferring your memories from VHS tape to DVD.  I would highly recommend the Roxio easy VHS to DVD  to anyone.

The ease of use, after reading other reviews, will depend on what updates are installed on your computer. The majority of user complaints have been from the difficulty with the initial set-up. As outlined above though, those moments of effort will pay off in the end so you can endure those painful adolescent moments over and over again.

You can use the same program to also convert LP’s and tapes to CD. I haven’t gotten a chance to try this yet, but I can’t wait to burn those great Karaoke mixes I made of myself singing my favorite Madonna songs from my youth. My parents may have not appreciated it then, but I bet they will love it as a Mother’s Day & Father’s Day gift.

Suggested Retail Price: $48.99

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Kirby Super Star Ultra

Up on the block this time is another great Nintendo DS game for kids called Kirby Super Star Ultra. Yeah, I think it needs some more adjectives on the end of it too, but I digress. This is actually an old game that’s been made new again with some new things thrown in just for the DS. The game is pretty straightforward. You’re this pink ball with red shoes that can jump and fly. That’s not very exciting, but there’s one more thing you can do that makes this game so interesting.

You see, Kirby has some serious lung power because he can suck up various creatures in his way and assume whatever special powers they have. That’s where the real action lies. Kirby can go from an unassuming huggable balloon to a sword-wielding, fire blowing, yo-yo throwing beast of destruction.

To make things even more fun, you can spit that creature back out. When you do, they’ve apparently had a change of heart while hanging out inside Kirby because they now follow you and help you out on your adventures. This is a great thing for beginners or younger kids because they can always have a little helper tagging along to make things a little easier on them.

And easy this game is. It’s not one long challenge that takes a 20-hour-straight marathon to complete. Instead, it takes a much more approachable path by splitting the game into 6 different adventures. The first is a gentle intro to help you learn the controls that can be finished in about 10 minutes. From there on, the difficultly and length of the games ramp up. There’s several unrelated mini-games that are mixed in for variety where you compete against yourself to continue to improve your best score.

From a parent’s point of view, this is a great game. All the characters are more cute than scary. There’s no graphic violence and the controls are pretty straightforward, though younger ones may need some help at first. If you have more than one DS, you can even join in and team up with them.

After daddy gave the game a test drive we handed it to our 6-year-old for his opinion before we wrote a review. That was over a week ago and we’ve been unable to tear him away from it since. He declared yesterday “this is my favorite game EVER“. That’s pretty impressive for a kid who’s the product of two gamer parents and has 7 video game systems at his disposal. Kids these days!

Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

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