Blaze Media Pro – A Swiss Army Tool for Audio/Video

Blaze Media Pro is really an all-in-one audio powerhouse. Anything you wanna name to do with audio, it seems to do it. Blaze Media Pro offers conversion, ripping, editing, recording, burning, playback, etc. My issue with audio/video files is that there isn’t a set of file formats you can rely on. They are available in a mind boggling number of formats and everyone at some point needs to convert them to fit their needs.

The features it supports are mind boggling and I am going to try to list a few important features in this list based on the type of media you are editing:

Audio Features

  • Supports conversion, ripping, burning, editing, rerecording
  • Burn audio CD, copy music cds
  • Media management, Audio merging, MusicID recognition, etc.
  • Supports lyrics search, audio tag editing, FreeDB support, etc.
  • Extract audio from video files and save to sound files
  • Visual audio editing allows you to choose the part of the track you want to edit, apply effects, etc.
  • Play & edit any portion of the audio file, insert noise or silence, apply various filters.
  • You can also add album information into audio files
  • Supported audio formats: WAV PCM, Compressed WAV (ADPCM, GSM, DSP, A-LAW, U-LAW, ALF2), MP3, MP2, OGG Vorbis, WMA, AC3, AAC, FLAC, AU (Unix Audio), AIFF (Apple Audio), RAW, CDA (Audio CD Tracks), and ALAC, WavPack.
  • Drag & drop ability, interface skins lets you customize it to your liking.

Video Features

  • Supported video formats include – MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVI, MWV, ASF, SWF & FLV, PSP, 3GP & MOV files
  • You can compress videos back into the same format or any other format of your choice
  • You get the same functionality as DVD Shrink with BlazeMedia Pro
  • You can use it as a DVD ripper and convert to AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and WMV for output
  • Comprehensive video options are available including delete frame, delete selection, crop, resize, rotate, mirror, flip, trim, adjust volume, etc.
  • Plus, you can apply almost 30 different effects and color adjustments to enhance your videos.
  • Video – Video capture, creation, extraction & editing.
  • Burning – Audio, video in VCD, SVCD & DVD formats as well as data CD/DVD.
  • Extract frames from video in batch mode and save as images.
  • Create video from still frame images.

Now comes the hard part. This software costs $50. As a reader here, you may know that I am a huge proponent of free software and write regular reviews of such software. There are definitely other free alternatives such FooBar for audio and other software alternatives for video.

But, Blaze Media Pro brings all that features into one powerpack that just makes me say that it is definitely a swiss-army knife of audio/video tools. If you are looking for some powerful features and do a lot of advanced editing with audio or video files, mass convert files from one format to another, this tool could be the best $50 you have spent.

When I was asked to do a paid review for this product, I downloaded the 14-day free trial and gave it a whirl and was absolutely impressed. One thing I noticed is that the product does so much and all that information has been presented in very short area and it could actually overwhelm someone first landing on it. The product page could definitely use a overhaul make it visually appealing and present the information in an easy to digest way.

You don’t have to take my word on Blaze Media Pro. You can try it for free and see it for yourself. I’d definitely appreciate it if you could share your impressions on it in teh comments so anyone reading this would benefit from another pair of eyes looking at this software.

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4 Responses to “Blaze Media Pro – A Swiss Army Tool for Audio/Video”

  1. olly@cheap computer parts September 24, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    It is a good review and I can certainly see the benefit of having all these tools in one location.

    $50 is not a huge amount of money to spare – especially when time = money and you could quickly justify this amount if you regularly hunt around between tools

  2. John @ Maryland Real Estate September 24, 2008 at 3:19 pm #

    I’ve been using Blaze Media Pro for a while now and it is great. I got tired of always searching around for different programs to do one thing or another.

    This program absolutely does it all and has saved me a ton of time. The convenience it offers was definitely worth the investment.

  3. Martin @ Mp3 to Midi February 15, 2009 at 4:41 pm #

    Blaze Media Pro is a nice software for editing and playing media files. Our company is using it for fun and business. So.. thumbs up!

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