I'm moving this out of the Premium Member forum, and into the public forums, because I want to make a point.
Let's look first at who/what Aimersoft is:
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Be warned that most Chinese software is simply "ripping off" (stealing code from) open-source software. Once installed, it's often easy to see open-source library DLL files. Sometimes it's complying with GPL, sometimes not. Most of those Chinaware companies do little more than repackage code under a pretty new GUI. In many cases, the original open-source coding is found in command line utilities developed on Linux, therefore it's not something easy to use by the layman, even if tracked down. To make matter worse, the Chinaware makers often package conflicting open-source code that makes the software buggy. Furthermore, many of these Chinese makers don't really understand the world of video, and tend to pick some of the most lousy settings for encode quality, giving you low quality (often blocky) video.
Most Chinaware makes big boastful claims, yet little of it ever proves to be true. The most laughable one is the idea that anything they release is "professional quality", given how most of it is simply repackaged low-end open-source code developed by home coding enthusiasts.
When it comes to this Chinaware, understand that what you buy is often all you'll ever get. Amazon
is bound by studio contracts to make all attempts to make video content "secure" and to close up all loopholes. Hulu recently experimented with a change of their "handshake" method that rendered Hulu downloading impossible with the popular program "StreamTransport". Adobe sued Applian
(maker of Replay Media Catcher
), who then disabled the ability to download from certain sites to settle without fault. So software stops working. And when it comes to Chinaware, there are usually no updates. To me, $60 is a lot of money to spend on something that could quit working tomorrow.
Beyond that, most Chinaware, given that it's just a rip of freeware, is overpriced for the consumer. Chinaware is heavily supported by affiliate programs, thus explaining all those bogus "top 10" sites online. The #1 slot is always reserved for the highest paying commission. Aimersoft offers 50% commission, meaning that $59.95 software is really just $30. While Aimersoft could collect $60 from those that visit the site directly, it's more likely to have been discovered through an affiliate site. For the sake of comparison, a $500+ professional video program like Sony Vegas
or Adobe Premiere doesn't even get a $30 commission. Most of those sales are capped at about 4% on average (pro software ranges from 2% on low end, up to 15% from a few select software makers).
Because of security advancements made in the RTMP security protocols in 2009-2011, and suits like the one against Applian
, many streams are now near-impossible to physically "download" -- meaning you'll never get the original, unaltered quality stream. Companies hawking their "stream recording" software are now largely utilizing screen capturing techniques, which yield lower quality video, and vary in quality (in references to software bugs, rate of dropped frames, audio sync, ease of use, etc). You may as well output the computer screen to a DVD recorder.
I don't entirely know how Aimersoft works, in terms of downloading vs screen recording the video. Nor do I know what (if any) freeware it may be based on, or using in its base code. Nor can I test it, not having an Amazon
Prime account. If nothing else, it does have a free trial.
Download the trial: http://hotdownloads.com/trialware/do...filiate=571259
If you buy it, use this link, as it helps this site: http://www.regnow.com/softsell/nph-s...filiate=571259
As an added mention, I have nothing against China or the Chinese. My aggravation is completely against the shady software makers that (for whatever reason) all seem to come out of China. Many of these companies (or their affiliates) spam forums -- and that includes this site. The offenders includes Aimersoft, Cucusoft, Wondershare, Pavtube, OJOsoft, Xilisoft, etc. I've seen members of several forums reply to said spams, by giving this sort of reply:
Aimersoft doesn't work
Aimersoft won't burn
Aimersoft no support
Aimersoft ruined my computer
Which is rather amusing.