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Day: September 27, 2018

Video Formats: A Quick Guide to Understand Them Better

Trying to understand video formats can be a bit tricky, especially since most people have the wrong idea about them in the first place. To clarify the extensions that you see in video files (i.e. MOV, AVI, MKV, and MP4) are just one part of the video format – known as the container.

The actual video format consists of another part as well, known as the codec. Both the container and codec have a part to play in the video format – and it is important that you understand their roles.


Think of a container as a wrapping that is used to hold together the various parts that make up a video. Typically two of the parts in modern videos are the video data and the audio data, but there may be other parts as well such as data regarding captions, menus, and so on.

Because it needs to contain all these various types of data, the container is also what determines the features that the format supports. Some containers support a wide range of features, while others are much more limited.

It should be noted that some containers are only able to contain video or audio data that is stored in specific codecs.

Video Codecs

In contrast to containers, video codecs are the part of the format used to organize the video data. It basically processes the video and stores it digitally by using algorithms to shrink its size by arranging it more efficiently and (in some cases) discarding data that is deemed ‘unnecessary’.That is why video codecs determine the compression that is used by the video format. If data is discarded then the compression is ‘lossy’ and will be able to reduce the file size of the video more. However if no data is discarded the compression is ‘lossless’ – but will normally have a larger file size.

The video codec is responsible for both encoding and decoding the video, i.e. it compresses it for storage and then reconstructs the video and displays it when it needs to be viewed. Modern containers store video codecs internally, but there may still be compatibility issues at times.

How it Fits Together

Now that you’re aware of how containers and codecs work – you may be starting to appreciate how they fit together. To put it simply the ‘format’ consists of a pairing of both – and you should select it based on:

* Compatibility with the device or platform you want to view the video on, as well as between the container and codec you want to use.
* Compression that the codec is able to provide in order to reduce the file size of the video.

* Features that the container supports, to ensure that you’re able to store all the data that may be required.

It is important that you consider these three factors when deciding on a container, codec, and ultimately video format. In some cases the converter you’re using may have presets that simplify the options somewhat, as is the case with Movavi Video Converter ( for example.

By this point you should understand video formats a whole lot better – which is good. The better your understanding of video formats, the better you’ll be able to figure out which one you should be using if and when you need to. Video Formats: A Quick Guide to Understand Them Better

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Valpak and Susan G. Komen has Joined Together in the Race for the Cure against Breast Cancer

My name is Tracy and I want to let you all know that my cousin had thought she had breast cancer after having breast reduction. Back in  June 2009, when she said she felt a small lump in her left breast. She said at first she didn’t think nothing of it. She owns a daycare center and was works as a daycare provider and neglected to do anything.

On December 31 – 2009 my cousin said, the pain was kind of bad so she had scheduled herself for a mammogram test on the first week of 2010, to see what was going on.

And my cousin said she was so scared, not knowing what was going on, still she was hoping that there was a glitch in the x-ray test. Then a few days later she received a letter telling her the test was normal, it was not breast cancer, it was just a cyst.

She said she’s very grateful that she doesn’t have breast cancer and she wishes all of the women and or men that are suffering from this deadly disease that they be cured someday of this deadly disease of breast cancer.

I am dedicating this blog post to the co-survivors and caregivers in our lives. I’m sure there are many definitions of the term “co-survivor” out there but they are the family and friends who are there with you through it all. And I know that a cancer patient have the hardest job in the fight for their life, but their family and friends are facing the possibility of losing them. Whether it’s your parents who face losing a child, a spouse who faces losing their partner or children who face losing a parent. I first saw the term in a magazine years ago and as I read it I had an a-ha moment. Of course I knew that my family and friends were also going through a tough time during my treatment but hearing the term co-survivor really gave them the respect they deserve.

Valpak has formed a partnership with Susan G. komen

Valpak is the official sponsor of the Susan G. Komen. To amplify awareness around this common vision, Valpak will turn its Blue Envelope pink this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month while also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer. (Valpak is a great company that sends you an envelope full of coupons in the mail each month!) Valpak’s pink envelope will highlight celebrity chef Sandra Lee, a breast cancer survivor and advocate for women’s health, as a “More Than Pink® Hero.” The pink envelope will introduce a related sweepstakes, inviting you to nominate a hero who has taken action in the fight against breast cancer. Throughout the month of October, Valpak will share the submitted stories and ultimately 25 lucky winners will each receive a set of pink KitchenAid appliances in support of Cook for the Cure®. The set includes a stand mixer, blender, 2-speed hand blender and a 5-speed hand mixer with a total retail value of over $800. The nationwide October Valpak envelope will also feature a special surprise for 500 lucky recipients, who will instantly win an immersion blender courtesy of KitchenAid by looking through their pink Valpak envelopes and finding a die-cut certificate shaped like an immersion blender. (Please let me know if you win!!!)

And also, Valpak supports the hero’s that champion the cause, to spread awareness and fund breakthroughs for a better tomorrow. They are involved with the ” More Than Pink®  “movement which celebrates the heroes who have made a significant impact in the fight to end breast cancer. Whether you’re the doctor who won’t give up on a patient, the volunteer who gives their free time to ensure the Race for the Cure® goes off without a hitch, or the child who sells lemonade in honor of his or her mother; More Than Pink® provides inspiration for everyone to act, donate, and get involved.

Join the Valpak team and Race for the Cure in your community while celebrating survivors and honoring those who have lost their battle with the disease.

Save $5.00 off a race of walk registration with code DealPro.

About Valpak

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a disease that starts in the breast with a malignant tumor. A malignant tumor is a mass of cells that grows out of control. The cancerous cells can also metastasize, or move to other tissues or parts of the body.

The cancer can develop in any of the three types of breast tissue: lobules, ducts, and connective tissue.

Most cancer begins in the lobules (the milk-producing glands), or in the ducts, along which milk travels to the nipple. (1) But tumors can also develop in the fibrous and fatty connective tissue that surrounds the lobules and ducts.

Several different types of breast cancer exist. The type of breast cancer and its stage, or how far it has grown, determine the treatment for it.

Breast cancer that spreads into normal tissue is called invasive breast cancer. Noninvasive breast cancer stays within the breast lobule or duct.

The largest risk factor for breast cancer is simply being a woman:

It is stated that an estimated 12 percent of women who have an average risk of breast cancer will develop it at some point in their lifetimes. A variety of factors can increase that risk.

The age is another factor

The risk of breast cancer increases as women age, particularly after age 50 and between ages 60 and 69. Approximately two-thirds of all invasive breast cancer occurs in women at least 55 years old. Half of all cases are diagnosed after age 62.

Your Family and Personal History

Your risk of breast cancer increases if you have close relatives with a breast cancer diagnosis.

The risk is twice as high if your mother, sister, or daughter has been diagnosed with breast cancer. If you have a personal history of breast cancer, your risk of developing a new breast cancer is 3 to 4 times greater, aside from any risk of the previous cancer returning.


Women also have a substantially increased risk of breast cancer if they carry a mutation in one of two genes called BRCA, which are known to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer.

The History of Radiation

Past radiation to treat a previous cancer outside of the breast or to treat acne in adolescence increases your lifetime risk of breast cancer.

History of Diethylstilbestrol (DES)

Use Women who took DES, a drug that was prescribed between 1938 and 1971 to help sustain pregnancies, have a higher risk of breast cancer. Those exposed to prenatal DES may also be at a higher risk.

Increased Weight

Women have a higher risk of breast cancer if they are overweight or obese, particularly after menopause. The risk of recurrence (the cancer coming back) is also higher in overweight women ).

Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding

History Women have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer if they do not have a full-term pregnancy before age 30. However, breast-feeding reduces the risk of breast cancer, especially if done for a year or longer.

Menstrual History

Women’s risk of breast cancer is higher later in life if they got their first period before age 12 or did not enter menopause until after age 55.

The Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy

These drugs increase the risk of breast cancer.
Drinking Alcohol Beer, wine, and liquor all raise the risk of hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer.

Dense Breasts

Women with dense breasts may have up to 6 times greater risk of breast cancer. Mammograms may not detect breast cancer as easily on dense breasts.

Insufficient Physical Activity

Women who don’t engage in regular physical exercise are at an increased risk.


Tobacco use increases the risk of breast cancer when women are younger and premenopausal. Though the research is not certain, regular exposure to very heavy secondhand smoke may increase postmenopausal women’s risk of breast cancer.

Race and Ethnicity

White women have a slightly higher risk of breast cancer, followed closely by black women, compared with Latina, Native American or Alaska Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander women. (3)

Among women under 45 years old, black women have the highest risk of breast cancer and tend to develop more aggressive, advanced cancer than other diagnosed women under age 50. Black women are also more likely to die from breast cancer than women of other races or ethnicities, due at least in part to unequal access to care.

Environmental Factors

Scientists are continuing to explore other possible risk factors that have weak or mixed findings in research. These include a low vitamin D level, light exposure at night (such as from shift work), and an unhealthy diet.

Breast cancer may also be linked to various chemical compounds in cosmetics, food, lawn care products, plastic, sunscreen, water, and grilled meats. Many of these chemicals are not avoidable, and it would take very high exposure over a long time for these chemicals to affect breast cancer risk. Research is unclear on how much or how little these compounds may increase risk.

The Goal for Susan G. Komen: I would like for you all to get involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation by participating in an event, fundraising, volunteering and/or advocating. Susan G. Komen has plenty of things that you can do to get involved. They have their annual race and walk. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Series is the world’s largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The series of 5k runs and fitness walks raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. And the Komen Race Series welcomes people of all ages and fitness levels, from walkers to elite runners.

But, joining a race is just one of the ways you can get involved and be apart of the Komen family. For more information on how to get involved, just click on the link below.

Also Susan G. Komen has added an exclusive $5 off registration promo code specifically for the DealPro Network. Please use the code DealPro during your registration (it is case sensitive).

Get Involved with Local Events

2018 Miami/Ft. Lauderdale More than Pink Walk

Saturday, October 13, 2018
Miami, FL
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale Affiliate
(954) 909-0454

2018 Chattanooga Race for the Cure

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Chattanooga, TN
Central Tennessee Affiliate
(423) 499-9155

Georgia Race for the Cure

Sunday, October 7, 2018
Tbilisi, Georgia
Women Wellness Care Alliance HERA

Did you know:

1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime?

On any given day Susan G. Komen helps to provide 582 breast cancer screenings and 114 diagnostic services to people in underserved communities.

You know, when someone is first diagnosed with breast cancer, the person might not know how having cancer will change their life. They may think it’s just a dent in the road and they’ll return to “normal” when treatment is done. But, on the other hand, some people fear that they will never feel normal again. And also, having had breast cancer—no matter the stage—will change their life. There will be lots of challenges they hadn’t anticipated. And they may realize that the tiredness that they once complained about was nothing related to cancer fatigue. But there will be positive changes as well.

We are actually learning that many people who go through breast cancer treatment experience what’s been termed “post-traumatic growth.” In other words, having cancer has changed them in good and positive ways as well. And while everyone experiences cancer differently, there are some changes that are nearly universal. Knowing what changes you might expect at the onset may help you learn to deal with it just a little bit easier as you begin your journey through your breast cancer treatment.

Valpak has joined the community of bold companies that share in the vision of Susan G. Komen for a world without breast cancer. To amplify awareness around this common vision, Valpak will turn its Blue Envelope pink this October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month while also working to raise local awareness within the communities that they serve and funds in support of the fight to end breast cancer.

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