Pinnacle Studio 18 By Ko Maruyama Pinnacle has been around for a long time, and, as the version number implies, Pinnacle Studio has undergone several changes since it was first launched. Pinnacle Studio 18 is a robust consumer editoral system for anyone who is interested in getting into video editing. Moreover, it contains other tools to help create and publish your editorial content. ...Read More »
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 By David Hague While it is still fair to say that Corel has struggled in the video editing market, I suspect the latest carnation of VideoStudio Pro X5 will change all that. And oddly enough, I say this not because of any improvement over its standard video editing approach as this retains the 3 step approach that many programs of this type use - Capture, Edit, Share. No, not at all. This version has some truly ground breaking features. ...Read More »
DVD Burning Software - Free vs Paid? By Rob Boirun, BurnWorld When you are evaluating the very best free software for DVD burning on Windows it's important to understand what is offered inside a free version over a paid version. While this article will explain several free burning apps and their benefits, I'll also explain a few paid options as well, as to what they offer over the freeware counterparts. ...Read More »
Roxio Creator 2010 By John Virata Roxio Creator 2010 is a jack of all trades suite of media creation, archiving, and management tools all hooked in via a single launch point. The Swiss army style software has been around for many years, and seems to be one of the last integrated suites of its kind standing. ...Read More »
Pegasys, Inc.'s TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress with Leadtek SpursEngine Hardware accelerator By John Virata TMPGEnc 4.0 Xpress is a video encoder application along the lines of Sorenson Squeeze, Apple's Compressor, and Adobe's Media Encoder. It has been around for quite a while, but doesn't seem to get the press that the other tools get, despite the output quality being very good. The application offers support for NVIDIA's CUDA technology as well as Leadtek's SpursEngine hardware accelerator. ...Read More »
Mercury On-The-Go By Ko Maruyama There are tons of reasons to check out this lightweight drive. The OWC Mercury On-The-Go drive is a little powerhouse in your pocket. If you're going to run out an purchase an external drive for your Mac laptop, you already know what you want in a drive: FW 800, USB 2.0 for those other connections you may need to make, and bus powered (no external power supply). ...Read More »
Call Box's DVD Studio Pro: Special Edition Training DVD By Heath McKnight DVD creation is still going strong, and two of the best tools to get the most out of your DVD authoring is Call Box's DVD Studio Pro: Special Edition training DVD (for advanced users) and the Xerox CD/DVD Duplicator to help burn and copy those discs. ...Read More »
Roxio Toast 10 Titanium By Kevin Schmitt In what has become something of a Macworld tradition, Roxio once again used the annual gathering of Apple faithful as the backdrop for the unveiling of version 10 of its stalwart Toast Titanium media management product. As in past years, more features have been added and the upgrade price is still terrible, but this year there's a new wrinkle. Let's dive in to see what's changed this time around. ...Read More »
Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher and Roxio`s Toast 9 Titanium By Heath McKnight Anyone involved with video editing will appreciate just how fast and convenient the Primera Bravo SE Disc Publisher that supports burning Blu-rays/DVDs/CDs really is. Using the onboard software (Discribe for Mac, PTPublisher for Windows), it's the perfect set of tools for those looking to burn multiple discs. A perfect complement is Roxio's Toast 9 Titanium, which now supports Blu-ray Disc (BD) creation and burning. ...Read More »
Roxio's Toast 9 Titanium By Kevin McAuliffe A few weeks ago, I was approached to take a look at Roxio's Toast 9 Titanium (T9T), and what first jumped into my head was that my Mac can already burn DVDs and CDs so why would I need a program to do it for me? Needless to say, I really didn't have high expectations for what I was going to be looking at, but let's put it through its paces and see if Toast can impress me. ...Read More »
Sony BWU-200S Blu-ray disc drive By John Virata The PC has become a home entertainment system in its own right. Not only can you stream music from it, watch internet videos, and hook a TV tuner up to it, you can also watch Blu Ray DVDs with the appropriate drive. And with many display manufacturers shipping with wide screen HD-capable displays, why just relegate that real estate goodness to spreadsheets, email or Word docs? Play some movies on it and take advantage of that HD capable display. Sony offers up such a drive with the BWU-200S. ...Read More »
Sony Vegas Pro 8 By Heath McKnight Sony Creative Software recently announced the latest version of its very popular, professional editing program, Vegas Pro 8. Some features include working with AVCHD and XDCAM video files, among others, along with a more powerful titling application, ProType. Another interesting feature/function is the capability to work in 32-bit floating point video processing, giving it a more aggressive way to cut and finish video. ...Read More »
Dazzle Video Creator Platinum By John Virata With VCRs soon going the way of the cassette tape, what are you going to do with all those videotapes that you've shot over the last two decades? Take them to a video service bureau to have them converted to DVD? Now why would you want to do that when there are plenty of solutions available that enable you to do it yourself on your PC? Pinnacle Systems' Dazzle Video Creator Platinum offers to tools to get turn those video tapes into DVDs with just a few clicks of the mouse. ...Read More »
Make your compressing jobs easier with Droplets in Apple's Compressor By Kevin McAuliffe One thing that always bothered me about Compressor (and really any compression tool on the market) was that it was always a tedious pain-in-the-butt process to set up all your QuickTimes to create DVD ready files (m2v & ac3). Thankfully, that is no longer the case! Apple has added a handy feature called "Droplets" into Compressor that will make your DVD (and other) file creation process a breeze. ...Read More »
Final Cut Pro 6 By Heath McKnight At the 2007 NAB show in Las Vegas, Apple introduced several new pro video products, including Final Cut Server and Final Cut Studio 2, with new versions of Final Cut Pro, Motion, Soundtrack Pro, LiveType, Compressor, Cinema Tools and a new product called Color, which is a high end color grading and finishing application (DVD Studio Pro wasnt updated, however). ...Read More »
Drobo Storage Robot By John Virata I have all kinds of external storage devices, from USB flash drives, to 12GB pocket drives, to hard disk based external hard drives in eSATA and USB/FireWire configurations. My system drive is a 120GB model with a 500GB Seagate drive as my media drive, which is a fairly decent amount of storage space for most uses. Since it is a Media Center PC, I've got all kinds of external storage connected to the back of the box, one via eSATA (500GB), and three others via USB at 160, 320, and 750GB capacities. ...Read More »
ONE SIX RIGHT By Ko Maruyama The title of the documentary DVD is "One Six Right: The Romance of Flying" - it's a love story as told by those with a passion for general aviation. As the first independent film on HD DVD, the first documentary on HD DVD and the first aviation film on HD DVD, it's a beautiful look at the underrated Van Nuys Airport. ...Read More »
First Look: Corel VideoStudio 11 By John Virata Corel VideoStudio 11 is the first iteration of this entry level video editing application since Intervideo/Ulead was acquired by Corel. While the application is still targeted at first time consumers as well as those who occasionally enjoy making creations out of their video clips, the application has become more robust, while still retaining its familiar tab style editing workflow. ...Read More »
Sony DRX-830UL-T External DVD burner By John Virata While computer users still wait for HD DVD and Blu-RAY drives to come down to realistic price levels, DVD burners continue to get faster. Sony's latest line of external DVD burners includes the DRX-830UL-T, a multi-format drive that supports speeds that are so fast that the media can't keep up. ...Read More »
CustomFlix By Heath McKnight I first heard of CustomFlix and its DVD on Demand service in late 2002 or early 2003 in the pages of Mac Addict magazine (now Mac Life), and was intrigued. I had directed a low budget, digital video (DV) independent feature film, ?Skye Falling, that was in some local theaters in Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2001. I was looking to do a DVD release, but didnt want to spend upward of several thousand dollars to have a minimum 1,000 DVD copies made. ...Read More »
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