Make Movies with Windows Vista Movie Maker

Professional movie makers make movies using a specific procedure. You can follow the same procedure when you are going to make your own movie using Windows Vista Movie Maker.

These are the steps you need to follow:

-Import a video, photos and music for your movie in Movie Maker.

-Remove bad parts which you don't want to use.

-Order the good material which is left.

-Add some cool things like photos, titles, special effects, background music, spoken text and sound effects.

-Publish the finished movie to DVD.

In the left pane of Windows Vista Movie Maker you find all the 'Tasks' for the movie you are going to make. Right near the word 'Tasks' there are a few buttons where you can switch between 'Tasks' and 'Collections'.

Program options

Before you are going to work on a video you should walk through the options of Windows Vista Movie Maker. Please do the following:

-Click 'Tools' -> 'Options' in the menu.

-Click on the 'Advanced' tab.

-In the 'Video Properties' section you should choose for the option NTSC if you live in the United States. If you live in Europe or in another country that uses PAL, choose PAL.

-Choose as Aspect Ratio 4:3 for a normal television and choose 16:9 for a widescreen television.

-Click 'Ok'.

Now you have set the standard options and now you can import a video in Windows Vista Movie Maker to work with that video.

You can work with all kinds of video files, music files and image files. The following formats are compatible with Windows Vista Movie Maker:

-Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, .wmv and dvr-ms.

-image files: .bmp, .dib, .emf, .gif, .jfif, .jpe, .jpg, .png, .tif, .tiff and .wmf.

-Audi files: .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .sf, .au, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .snd, .wav and .wma.

Collection folders

There is no restriction which says that a movie can consist only material from one video tape, one folder, etc. Every movie you make can contain material from a combination of media files. To keep everything ordered well, you can create collection folders in Windows Vista Movie Maker. A colletion folder is the same as a normal folder.

The collection folders you create in Windows Vista Movie Maker will be displayed in the left pane by clicking the 'Show or hide collections' button.

To create a new collection folder, do the following:

-Right click 'Imported Media'.

-In the menu which appears click 'New Collection Folder'.

-Typ the name of the folder.

Import material in Windows Vista Movie Maker

If you want to use something in your movie, you have to import a copy from an existing folder on your hard drive into a collection folder in Movie Maker. You can do this by dragging photos and videos from the Photo Gallery to a collection folder.

Import photos and video from Photo Gallery

- Open togehter with Windows Vista Movie Maker the Windows Photo Gallery.

- Make sure you have opened both these windows next to each other to make dragging files more easy.

- Select the photo(s) and video(s) you need for the video in Photo Gallery and drag them on the collection folder you want to place them in.

Import photos, video and music from folders

- Click on the collection folder in Movie Maker where you want the files in.

- Click on the button 'Import Media' on the toolbar.

- Browse to the folder which contains the photos, video and music and click on the file or hold Ctrl down to select multiple files.

- Click on the 'Import' button.

Import video from tape and DVD

If you click in the menu on 'File' you see the option called 'Import from digital video camera'.

This option only works if you have a digital video camera connected to the IEEE 1394 port or to a USB 2.0 port of your computer. There has to be a tape in the camera and the camera has to be powered on.

If all this is true then the tool 'Import Video' will be opened. Follow the instructions on the screen to import the video from your camera.

If you want to import a video from a DVD, you have to copy the .vob files from the disc to a folder on you hard drive. Then you can often rename the .vob files into .mpg files so you can import the .mpg files in Windows Vista Movie Maker.

Now you have material where you can work with. The video, photo and music files you import in Windows Vista Movie Maker will be displayed a icons which are called 'Clips'. Each collection folder has its own unique clips collection. To watch the clips you first have to click on the name of the collection in the left pane.

You can also play a little with the view (small icons, details, etc.).

Split Clips

Sometimes there are bad parts in a clip which you don't want to use anymore and which have to be cut out of your movie. If this is in one of your clips you can split the clip in more parts, so you can select which part should stay and which part can be deleted.

To split a clip you do the following:

- Click on the click you want to split and play that clip by clickin the play button.

- Pause the click on the place you want to split the clip (just before the bad part begins).

- Use the buttons 'Next Frame' and 'Previous Frame' to navigate to the exact frame where you want to split the clip. The frame that is being displayed on the screen will be the first frame in the new clip.

- Click on the 'Split' button.

- As you wish you can give the clips a different name or you can delete the bad part of the clip.

This can be done exactly the same with an audio clip.

Make a movie automatically

If you have a few clips in your collection, you can make an automatic movie. This function doesn't give you a lot of control of the clips order, special effects or titles, but it is a quick and easy way to make a simple movie.

This is how it can be done:

- Select the clips you want to use in the automatic movie or press Ctrl + A to select them all.

- Click on the button 'AutoMovie' in the toolbar.

- Select an AutoMovie editing style.

- Click on the link 'Enter a title for the movie' to add a title to the movie.

- If you have selected an audio clip in the first step, then click 'Select audio or background music' and pick an audio clip from the list.

- Finally click on the 'Create AutoMovie' button. This can take a few seconds.

In the storyboard you see the title, the clips and some special effects. Choose Play -> Play Storyboard in the menu to play the automatic movie. If the automatic movie looks fine then you can save the movie by clicking 'File' -> 'Publish Movie' in the menu.

If the movie doesn't look fine you can always edit it to make it look better.

Succes making your own movies!

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For the movie fanatics out there that have to have all the latest movies or the oldest of classics, is finding the movies you want hard to find and is it getting downright expensive to build your DVD collection? Is there an alternative way of buying movies without having to search all over the Internet or having to break into the piggy bank to get your next movie DVD? The good news is, yes, there is a way of finding those movies that you gotta have and movies that you were not sure of but didn't want to go over your monthly budget to risk buying a dud of a movie. You can now Download Full Version Movies without breaking the bank and you have thousands of titles to choose from.

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Ten Great Vampire Movies

I'm a big fan of horror movies, and especially of a good vampire movie. While there are tons of cheap crap vampire movies out there, there are is also a wide array of great movies that, best of all, vary in style from one film to another. The trouble with making a top ten list for vampire movies is that some people like comedies, others like the strange surreal films, while others want blood and guts and the scariest movie they can find.

So my top ten movie list is focusing on ten great, diverse vampire movies. This list is the top ten for variety in this genre. This list will show you the wide variety of options directors have when using vampires as the subject of their films.

Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Gravens (1922)

This is the grandfather of all vampire movies, a movie that never should have been made. This film is a black and white silent picture that stars Max Schrek as the creepy Count Orlock. This film was an expressionist film that remains extremely popular today, but because of a weird way: half the people who still watch this film find Nosferatu extremely creepy and scary, while the other half find it campy and hilarious.

This is one of the earliest vampire films, and after it's release, Bram Stoker's widow sued the director, saying this was a blatant rip off of her late husband's novel: Dracula. The court found in her favor, and every negative of this film was supposed to have been destroyed, but pirate copies kept cropping up all over the place. Once the copyright to Dracula wore off (copyrights last 70 years after the author's death), the movie was re-released in DVD format and is now available on DVD. Whether this movie hits you as very creepy or hilarious, it's worth seeing.

John Carpenter's Vampires (1998)

John Carpenter's Vampires is one of the better recent vampire movies that actually takes the effort to be a vampire movie, and not an action film disguised as a vampire movie. James Woods plays the role of the main protagonist, a vampire hunter who is obsessed with wiping the mall out with his team after he witnessed his parents murdered by the blood sucking undead when he as a child.

He discovers that a group of vampires are searching for a powerful doom for mankind. The Vatican then secretly enlists a team of vampire-hunters, led by Jack Crow, to hunt down and destroy all of them before they find a crucifix that would give them the power to walk in the day.

After destroying a nest of the evil monsters, Valek, the vampire master, comes after Jack and his team, leading to a fast paced action based movie that still focuses mostly on vampires against the human undead hunter. A great action paced film that is mostly action based, but definitely has its moments of out right terror.

Lost Boys (1987)

This is a favorite among many vampire movie fans, and will almost always pop up on a top ten list of vampire films. This Joel Schumacher film is also pop culture famous because it featured the two Coreys at the height of their teenage heart throb popularity in the late eighties.

Don't let this scare you away, this is a good movie, and it is a very traditional story in a modern setting, mixing the two well without bastardizing either. A single mother and her two sons move to a small coastal California town. There are some mysterious deaths, as well as a pesky motorcycle gang. The younger brother makes friends with imaginative boys who claim to be vampire hunters. The older brother falls for a beautiful girl and then begins acting stranger and stranger while exhibiting all the classic signs of vampirism.

Wanting to save his brother, the younger one joins his friends to search for the head vampire and to destroy it in order to return his brother to normal. An excellent modern vampire movie that is sure to delight all fans of the genre.

Interview with a Vampire (1994)

Interview with a Vampire is based on the best selling novel by Anne Rice. This novel, and the movie that follows it rather closely. This is what you would consider the "high end" or "high art" type of vampire movie. Literary, and based on story and theme rather than general genre considerations.

Interview with a Vampire is about a plantation owner named Louis who lost his brother and his will to live, but Lestat likes the man and offers him the chance to become a vampire. Louis accepts, but finds that he hates being a vampire and he refuses to take human life. The two of them end up turning a little girl into one of them, and she becomes the reason for Louis to continue to live, as the two live together as family through the centuries that follow the 1700s.

The interview comes as a young journalist finds a man who tells him he is a vampire who is over 200 years old, and he tells his story. The movie is like the novel, following the philosophy and reflections of this vampire who refuses to take human life. This is a very different, change of pace film that will find its fans, and was critically acclaimed for good reason.

Dracula (1958)

The 1958 version of the film Dracula was ground breaking in many ways, and is the first of eight movies in the "Hammer" series. Christopher Lee plays Dracula in nearly all of these films, and the "Hammer Series" of Dracula films remain classics among vampire fans. In this first film, the protagonist, Jonathan Harker, attacks Dracula at his castle (apparently somewhere in Germany). He fails, and Dracula travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. Van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow vampire hunter.

This movie was directed by Terence Fisher, and it is a British film that was released n the United States as "Horror of Dracula." While fairly tame by today's standard, this film was ground breaking for its combination of romance/sexuality, and what was an unprecedented amount of gore.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

This film reintroduced Dracula to a modern Hollywood audience, and is one of the first vampire films to have a huge Hollywood budget. With an amazing cast of actors and a great director (Francis Ford Coppola), this film won a large number of awards, especially for technical achievements. This is a visually stunning movie, and even Keanu Reeves' iffy acting can't bring down the overall film.

This version of Dracula is closely based (for a Hollywood film) on Bram Stoker's classic novel of the same name. A young lawyer (Jonathan Harker) is assigned to a gloomy village in the mists of Eastern Europe. He is captured and imprisoned by the undead vampire Dracula, who travels to London, inspired by a photograph of Harker's betrothed, Mina Murray. In Britain, Dracula begins a reign of seduction and terror, draining the life from Mina's closest friend, Lucy Westenra. Lucy's friends gather together to try to drive Dracula away, and a final confrontation is inevitable.

This was the ninth highest grossing film worldwide in 1992, making over $215 million dollars, and it was not just a U.S. success, but worldwide. This is one of the best vampire movies ever made,

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

Robert Rodriguez directs this vampire movie, which was co-written by Quentin Tarantino. This is celebrating one of the best "pulp" vampire movies, complete with sexy half naked women undead, a modern situation, a "nest" and a mass feeding, with the innocent heroine who you know will somehow make it through, but only after kicking vampire butt!

Seth Gecko and his brother Richard are in hiding after a bloody bank robbery in Texas. They escape across the border into Mexico and will be home-free the next morning, when they pay off the local kingpin. They just have to survive 'from dusk till dawn' at the rendezvous point, which turns out to be a strip joint that, unbeknownst to them, is also an active vampire nest.

The Gecko brothers are fugitives, and are on the run after a very interesting bank robbery. They kidnap the Fuller family, and drive to a Mexican bar to meet with other on-the-run criminals. The two fugitive brothers at gunpoint get an ex-minister and his two children to take them across the border into Mexico. They drive to a Mexican biker bar to meet with the other crooks, but the vampires go nuts, and the survivors must fight their way out to morning. This is the epitome of a pulp vampire film.

Blade (1998)

Blade is the first transition of a comic/graphic novel into an action based series. This is as much an action film as a vampire film, and shows where the next evolution of the modern vampire film may be going, as the later film Underworld proves that the trend is likely to continue.

The movie begins with a pregnant woman being admitted to a hospital, bleeding from the neck. Paramedics think she was attacked by some type of animal. Doctors perform an emergency C-Section, and her baby (a boy) is born alive just as she dies. This is the birth of Blade, played by Wesley Snipes, who is half vampire and half human, so he can walk during the day, and hunts vampires.

Blade works with his mentor, Whistler, to hunt vampires. With the help of a young woman, bitten, who Blade saves from a vampire attack, Blade is forced to fight a vampire Deacon Frost, who is attempting to unlock an ancient ceremony in order to turn from a vampire into La Magra, the Blood God.

Blade fights La Magra, and the battle takes place to see whether the day walking vampire can defeat the blood god or not. This is a great action flick, and there are plenty of very good vampire scenes throughout the film. The success of the first led to two sequels.

Underworld (2003)

This movie embraces the idea of the Vampire-Werewolf rivalry, and in this film this rivalry is an all out war, with the werewolves finding new weapons to attack the vampires, and the vampires realizing they need to catch up. This war is brought into the modern day, and this is once again a comic book based movie that is as much action movie as it is a vampire and werewolf movie.

The vampire Selene, who is also one of the top werewolf (called Lycans in the film) hunters, finds out about a terrible secret hidden from most of the vampires by the elders, and after finding a legend about a human who can somehow be both werewolf and vampire, making it a nearly unstoppable power, she must decide where her loyalties really lie and what this means for the war and her people.

This film has a very modern dark and gothic feel to it, with every single scene taking place at night. This is a great action flick that has some really good werewolf to vampire combat taking place. This is a very quick moving film that will find fans even among viewers who generally don't like vampire films.

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

This movie is another spoof from the mind of Mel Brooks. This time he's out to poke fun at the Dracula myth and vampire films in general. Leslie Nielsen, master actor of spoof films, is in this one as Dracula, with Mel Brooks playing his greatest nemesis, the famous Dr. Van Helsing. This film has the usual Mel Brooks spoof, with plenty of singing and dancing while poking fun at vampire movies.

Mel Brooks fans tend to like this film, while vampire movie purists don't, but as far as having a list that shows the wide variety of vampire films out there, the list wouldn't be complete without this one, and a laugh is a good way to end a terrifying marathon.

Online Movie Download & Watch - A Review Of Top Sites Providing Unlimited Movie Downloads Online

Watching movies is a very common hobby that I too have. I love watching movies and I usually watch nearly 5 to 6 movies per week. Earlier, I have tried many monthly DVD rental services promising to deliver unlimited DVD's to your home. But later I find a catch in those services. In all DVD rental services, you have to first choose the movie that you like, return your previous DVD, and then after a delay of 3-4 days movie comes to your address. By this time you will surely loose your interest from the movie you liked that day.

In place of subscribing for such DVD rental services again, I would rather prefer some service where I should be able to download and watch movies of my choice instantaneously. I have now unsubscribed from my monthly DVD rental service provider and have joined one of the best unlimited movie downloads service on the internet.

There are lot of other such unlimited movie providers on the internet who provides similar services for just one time fee. In this article, I am sharing my experience with the best three websites which provides great unlimited movie downloads service.

Before we begin with rating these top websites, below is the criteria that I have chosen to rate them:

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A better site would be the one where we can find any movie that we want in just a few clicks. This is our first criteria where we would be rating these movie websites.

2. Download Speed:

Movie should be downloadable in a few minutes and we should also be able to start watching them while download is still in progress. Slow download speed is very annoying.

3. Pricing:

The movie downloads site should give flexible pricing options and let subscriber to choose the one which fits his/her budget.

4. User Interface:

The site should provide easy interface for managing our movie library and also provide an interface to schedule the movie downloads and parallel downloads.

5. Money back Guarantee:

If you do not like the service, they should return back your money without asking any question.

6. Customer Support:

They should provide 24/7 customer support and any customer queries should be responded quickly.

Based on the above tips, following are the top 3 unlimited movie downloads website that we have identified.

Net Movie Downloads:

They provide access to over 100 million DVD quality movies, TV shows, games, music videos & more. Downloading of movies can be carried out safely without the risk of attack by harmful adware or spyware. Net Movie Downloads also provide you with the software to burn each movie to CD or DVD. Lifetime membership is also available. We love this site for its vast and constantly updating database of movies, games, music videos, etc. You can almost find any movie you are looking for here. The movie downloads are fast and safe. The whole process of searching for a movie title, downloading and burning the movie file is easy and guided. Another plus point is the free unlimited ring tones they provide. This bonus alone is worth the price you pay for your membership.

Shared Movies:

This is one of the oldest, established and most popular site for downloading unlimited movies. We have rated it at the second position because the collection of movies at this site is 80 million in contrast to 100 million movies provided by Net Movie Downloads. The downloading is secured and protected from adware and spyware. The picture and sound quality of movies at this site is awesome. Picture quality is their best part. Their interface is also very easy to operate.

Movie Advanced:

This unlimited movie downloads site offers a large selection of DVD quality movies, full episodes of TV shows and music videos. It offers comprehensive tutorials on how to get started in finding, downloading and playing the media files on your TV, PC, or home theater system. You can download and print out the relevant CD and DVD covers as well. We liked this site because we were able to find almost any movie that we searched for. Their registration is very quick and just takes about 2 to 3 minutes. You should prefer this site if you want instant access to unlimited movie downloads.

Top 5 Methods To Find Good Movies

Movies are wonderful pastime. Movies are enjoyed by people around the world. There are thousands of movies made each year, and millions of movie fans. It's easy to find a movie that you haven't seen already, but it's hard to find a good movie that you'd want to watch. Fortunately, there are several ways to find movies that you might enjoy watching. Below is a list of several ways to find new movies to watch.

1) Newspaper film reviews - This is an old approach to finding which movies to watch. And yet it still works! Well, not always, The challenge is for you to find a movie critic that has a taste in movies that is similar to your tastes. This takes time and effort on your part. You might find a good critic right away, but it generally takes time. The critics are only people, and they make mistakes too. The strategy is for you to read a critic's reviews and judge how well their opinion matches with yours. After a while, you'll get a good sense of which critic agrees most with your tastes. Once you find a critic that you like, stay with them! It's hard to find a good one.

2) RankAMovie.com - RankAMovie is a web site that allows anyone to add movies and rank movies in various categories. We all know the classic categories: best horror, best comedy, best drama, etc. Well, this web site helps you find recommendations for the best movie to watch at 2 o'clock in the morning when you don't feel like sleeping. It's a good way to find a recommendation for a good Baseball movie. Simply view a category that interests you, and read the description of any movies that you have not already seen. Once you do see a film, go back and rate it with a happy or sad face, to help tell others whether it's a good film to watch.

3) Netflix - The netflix web site has revolutionized the modern day approach to renting movies. You can browse their vast stocks of movies, and add movies to you queue. As you watch movies and return them, they'll mail you the next movie in your queue. Your account type determines how many movies you can have rented at any one time. You can rent a movie and then rate it on a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the best. The web site has a tool that will acknowledge which movies you have enjoyed in the past, and it tries to match your interests with other movie fans. Based on other people's ratings of movies, you'll get recommendations of what you can watch next.

4) Fan sites - This is not necessarily a way to find new movies to watch, but can help you find other movies fans with similar tasts to yours. Of course, you'll need to be a fan of some actor or type of movie first. Let's say you love horror movies, then you could find a horro fan site and read the site for recommendations. Sometimes the fan site will help you find good movies. But, sometimes these sites are not so helpful.

5) Friends -Yes, your friends are a great way to find new movies to watch. Simply ask them during lunch for a recommendation. You could send them a quick email to ask for recommendations. Better yet, pick up the phone and ask them for recommendations. And, of course, ask how they are and say hello. They'll thank you for calling.

Your free time is limited. Use these various methods to find good movies. Don't waste your free time with bad movies. And remember to visit these web sites or contact friends to help others find good movies to watch!

Life is Tough - Getting Movies Should Be Easy

Although the aroma of fresh popped popcorn and a darkened theater with a towering wide screen lures us to new released films, most of us still view far more movies at home than at the theater. With the introduction of online movie rental and movie downloads nearly ten years ago, the selections offered by the local video store are not the only options viewers have for their home entertainment.

Aside from the improved affordability, movie fans enjoy watching movies at home because of convenience. With busy lives that keeps us at work and on the road, time spent relaxing at home is at a premium and any service that allows us to enjoy that time without additional complexity or effort is highly prized. With this in mind, which of these movie services provides the most value for the home viewer?

Traditional video stores can be convenient for some last minute movie picks; or at least convenient if a person lives within a few blocks of the store. If someone suddenly decides at 5:30 pm. that there is time to squeeze in a showing of the most recent Harry Potter flick with the kids, then it is certainly easy to get to and from the store and be ready to view within a half an hour. This assumes of course that the store will have a copy of the DVD available in house at the time it is being sought.

If Harry isn't at the local video store, then browsing through the remaining films and examining the DVD cases may provide a hint as to what the family might enjoy. After the movie, the viewer will then have at least a couple of days to shuttle back to the store and return the movie before incurring any late fees.

Movie downloads are one of the newer options. Certainly, downloading a movie can allow viewers to decide at the last minute to view Harry Potter, or some other movie, as well. Just a quick 5 minute visit to the download site on line to select and initiate the download allows viewers to remain at home throughout the process. Most films require approximately an hour to download depending upon connection speed. The good news however is that many movie downloads are capable of allowing viewers to begin watching the movie only a matter of minutes into the download process.

There is no worry about returning rented movies that are downloaded or any late fees. Upon download, viewers have a specified period of time in which to watch the movie before it expires. Movielink for example allows movies to be stored for up to 30 days. Perhaps the one drawback for many movie downloads is that they often must be viewed on a PC rather than a television unless viewers have a connection between their PC and TV. The future however, may provide greater flexibility as legal movie download services may be better positioned to allow burning movies to DVD as some of the digital rights management issues are being addressed with movie studios.

Online movie rental services can certainly ease the process of selecting and obtaining movies. Users can go online and select from over 75,000 titles, nearly five times the number of titles offered in a local video store. Here users can create a list of movies in advance that will automatically arrive at their door. Movies requested generally arrive within 1 to 2 business days after they are requested. Users merely stick the DVDs in an envelope for the mailman to pick up when they are ready to return them; and only when they are ready to return them. There are no due dates and no late fees either. The most evident drawback to this system is for those viewers who don't decide they have the time to view a movie until earlier that same day. Mail delivery does not allow such last minute decisions.

Online movie rental services are evolving however to better accommodate those last minute choices. Netflix, the largest online movie rental service, announced in early 2007 their service can now provide a "Watch Now" feature which allows customers to stream movies directly to their PC rather than waiting for the DVD in the mail. Although not all movie titles are available for streaming at this time, it does provide a potential solution for the occasional last minute movie craving.

One of the final conveniences of online movie rental is that the sheer number of movies offered makes it more likely that a movie of choice will be available. In situations where viewers aren't sure what they want to see, the Netflix service is even able to provide recommendations based on the comments and ratings of other viewers and the actual viewing pattern of the user. The accuracy of the Netflix recommendations has been applauded within the industry and certainly offers a better option than merely reviewing the information provided by production studios on the sleeves of a DVD.

Each movie service offers different convenience advantages for home movie viewers. Determining whether movie downloads, online movie rental, or use of the local video store is best, may be dependent upon the preferred viewing patterns of a user and their access to a computer or the proximity of a local video store.

Movies at Home - Getting More for Less

Certainly enjoying movies at a theater is a unique experience. From the towering screens to the Dolby Digital DTS sound systems, the wow factor of a theater can't be matched. However, due to convenience and affordability, enjoying movies at home whether on a PC or a big screen plasma display is the more typical scenario for the majority of movie fans. The options for obtaining and viewing movies at home have certainly expanded in the past decade with the introduction of online movie rental and movie download services in addition to the more traditional offerings provided by local video stores as well as live and pay-per-view television.

For film fans on a budget, enjoying more movie viewing per dollar justifies a quick look at some of the options.

Hands down, enjoying movies on live television, whether cable, broadcast, or satellite TV, is the most economical option. The selection viewers have to choose from is significantly limited by the programming schedule but there is no cost beyond the typical monthly fee for any premium packages. Another cost free method of enjoying movies is as simple as a visit to the local library. Public libraries loan out not only books and CDs but movies on VHS and DVD as well. Although the selection is somewhat limited, the price is right.

Coming in second, online movie rental has the potential to provide more movie entertainment for the dollar than other paid services. As an example, Netflix offers numerous plans but their most popular plan allows users to have up to 3 movies out at a given time for $17.99 per month. If a typical user views only 6 movies in a given month this would average out to $2.99 per movie. The price per movie could potentially be less for those who view more movies throughout the month; for instance the price per movie would drop to $1.99 if 9 movies were watched throughout the month. Making the value of online movie rental services even greater is the huge selection offered; in the case of Netflix, users can select from over 75,000 titles.

Movie download services and renting at the local video store are probably equivalent in pricing. Movielink rental pricing for instance starts at $1.99 and goes upward to $4.99 while many video stores have rentals from $2 to $5. The selection of movies is currently somewhat greater at local video stores; perhaps 10,000 to 15,000 titles to choose from versus fewer than 10,000 with most legal movie download services. However, the future may hold a different picture as online movie download services are providing larger libraries over time as they acquire more films.

A bit more expensive are the pay-per-view movies made available by most cable and satellite TV providers. With costs averaging around $3.99 to $4.99 their pricing is reasonable but can become significantly more costly than other services if more than one or two movies are viewed over the course of a month. In addition, the pay-per-view offerings are often restricted to one or two dozen movies at any given time based on the programming schedule for a given month.

Luckily whether considering movie downloads, online movie rental services, use of the local video store, or pay-per-view, movie fans are able to enjoy the services risk free. Movie download services, video stores, and pay-per-view are charged on a per movie basis with no ongoing commitment to purchase more movies. Likewise, although online movie rental programs charge a monthly fee, services such as Netflix require no commitment to continue the program and no cancellation fees to discontinue.

From live television and pay-per-view to movie downloads, online movie rental, and video stores, movie lovers should be able to discover a movie service that offers the films they love at a price they can afford. Which option best meets their budget will depend on the number of films they tend to view per month and how wide of a selection they need to find the entertainment they want.

Online Movie Rental - What Movie Viewers Want

Consumers have a number of options when it comes to viewing movies at home. Two of the most popular are renting movies at the local video store and renting movies via an online service. An informal survey was recently conducted on a home electronics/entertainment site regarding the movie viewing habits of website visitors. The results pointed to some of the misconceptions that still exist about online rental of DVDs by consumers that have not yet tried the service.

Participants in the survey were asked a number of questions, including how often they watch movies at home, whether or not they rent movies online, and if not, why. Nearly 28% of those responding indicated that they rent movies online. Of the remainder, the most frequently cited reason for not using an online movie rental service was concern which centered around the perception that online movie rental would be more expensive than the local video store. When looking at a couple of scenarios it becomes evident which method tends to be more affordable.

For individuals who indicated that they watch only 1 to 3 movies per month the savings from renting online are small. Renting 2 movies per month at the local video store would average around $7.40 whereas renting from Netflix for example, if they chose the plan that has a limit of 2 movies per month, would run $5.99. After getting a video at the local store the user would have overnight or perhaps one week to return the movie but an online rental would allow them to keep the movie for an unlimited period of time.

For those individuals who responded that they view 1-3 movies per week, the savings would be more significant. For instance, renting 8 movies per month would run around $29.55 at the local store and as low as $14.99 online if they chose the "2 out at a time" plan or $17.99 for the "3 out at a time" plan. As viewing increases so does the likelihood of experiencing greater savings.

For those who responded that they view 4 movies per week (averaged out to 16 per month) the average cost at the local store would be $59.04 while online rental would be $23.99 allowing the user "4 out at a time". Renting through a service like Netflix generally does not limit how many movies a person views but rather, how many movies they can have out at any given time. Therefore rentals are more or less unlimited with many of the plans.

The second most frequently cited reason for not utilizing online movie rental services was that the individual rented movies on the spur of the moment and did not plan ahead. Certainly renting movies online and receiving them through the mail would not allow someone to decide at 6:00 p.m. that they want to see The Queen and receive it so that they can be viewing the movie by 8:00 p.m. However, the delay for receiving movies selected through the mail is only 1 business day which would seem sufficient in most instances.

The future of DVD rental may be changing however as Netflix announced in early 2007 that customers would now have the option of watching movies instantly via a streaming service that is now available for some movies. The service should be quicker than most download services as streaming allows viewing of the movie as it is streamed rather than waiting until download is complete. Although a full transition from the current mail delivery system to a download type of service will take time, it is clear that immediacy will only continue to improve. It would seem that other online movie rental services would follow suit in coming years in order to compete.

Consumers who have not been initiated into the online movie rental world also may be unaware of other benefits/features of such services.

* Greater selection- A typical video store has 10,000 to 15,000 titles available whereas the Netflix online movie rental service has over 80,000. This would seem to eliminate the problem of consumers arriving at the store only to find that there is nothing there that they really want to see.

* There are no fees related to the delivery and return of DVD's; and there is no traveling to and from the store as movies are delivered to their door or to their home via streaming.

* Movie selection is assisted by user reviews through online programs like Netflix.

* Trials of online movie rental services are generally risk free as there are free trials available and no cancellation fees.

* There are never any late fees nor restrictions on how long a movie can be kept.

Misconceptions about online movie rental services appear to limit the participation of a significant number of consumers. Online movie rental probably offers the services that most consumers want, even if they don't know it yet.

Unlimited Movie Downloads - Even My Grandma Downloads Movies

Unlimited movie downloads are available to us nowadays through online movie stores. Being able to download movies at the click of a mouse has opened up our 17 inch monitor into a movie theater, one that never closes at night, and screens any movie we desire to watch at our beck and call. Such is how far our technology has advanced. We will see why unlimited movie downloads online stores have revolutionized the whole movie industry and what you are missing out if you are still stuck with your VCDs and DVDs.

It wasn't so long ago when we were still relying on VCRs, acronym for video recorders to watch movies on tapes. If you are born after the 80's, you probably might have a very vague idea or mental image about what those gadgets are. Perhaps you have sat beside your grandma on the couch watching a recorded TV show or movie from one of those little black boxes, or you have come across one of those in the junkyard or even museum. In the 90s, the arrival of those small little discs called video compact discs or VCDs took the movie industry by storm. Compact by the standards of those days, these still have its place in the home of many Americans. However, fast forward to today, downloading and watching movies online is gaining such great speeds that we simply cannot ignore.

You may wonder what's the big deal about being able to access unlimited movie downloads. After-all, your VCD and DVDs are working well and not giving you problems right? Let's see what you are missing out as your neighbor next door is quietly downloading his favorite TV show.

1. Convenience of Movie Downloads

Buying a VCD or DVD is easy if you know what title you are looking for. However, if you are like me who simply want to grab a good show so that you can relax and watch it during the weekend, imagine with me then that you could be doing a little searching at the movie store reading reviews and thinking which movie is good and worth your bucks. You cannot be buying everything you like because they are costly right? Next, you would be queuing with the rest of the folks for your turn to make your payment. Compress that image and envisage you sitting in front of the computer, and with a few clicks, the movie is ready for viewing. Isn't that cool?

Whether you want to watch a movie or TV show at 4am, or on an off day, the movie sites are there round the clock, ready to serve you with unlimited movie downloads.

2. Cheaper Alternative

Movie VCD and DVD prices have dwindled over time owing to lower costs of production. If you have studied economics, you would understand about fixed capital costs and why mass manufacturing would eventually bring costs down. Nevertheless, to cough out $10 or more for a VCD/DVD is still too expensive to me. Well, after all, you probably would only watch it once and then chuck it aside to collect dust. Download sites however run on a lifetime membership model where you can gain access to virtually unlimited movie downloads. And the best part is you don't pay for per movie download, but one low payment for lifetime access. We are not even talking about thousands or hundreds of dollars, but the cost of one or two good DVDs.

3. Movie Downloads Are Safe & Legal

People are concerned about downloading movies online. That is totally understandable for two reasons. Downloading a file online can expose your computer to harmful adware or spyware. Worse still, if you are downloading a movie illegally, this could land you in big trouble with the law. But these two problems are well taken care of at these unlimited movie downloads sites. Firstly, they ensure secured downloading and protection against attacks of adware and spyware. Secondly, many of these sites have made agreements with the original producers of those movies such as studios, etc to release those movies online for downloading. With these two worries behind us, it becomes clear that having access to unlimited movie downloads is a strong proposition for us not to ignore these download sites.

These reasons are probably the push factors for more people flocking to their sites instead of heading to traditional movie stores or cinema theaters for a movie. Read a review about those unlimited movie downloads sites at my blog to find out which are the hot favorites among movie viewers nowadays.