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ArcSoft ShowBiz® DVD makes it possible for you to design and create your own DVD home movies. Make DVDs or VCDs in PAL or NTSC format. Incorporate slide shows right into your DVD. Capture video and burn a disc in one step. Create and edit video clips.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
All new interface — three easy-to-follow modules for capturing video, editing your movie, and creating a DVD disc.
Cooler text options— hundreds of new text effects, styles and animations.
DVD Slideshow Wizard— design photo slideshows to add to your DVD project - includes "pan & zoom" special effects for each slide.
Advanced file rendering — use constant or variable bit rate along with "ShowBiz Smart Rendering" for faster video compilation.
Customizable Storyboard— change the video track style to make working with your projects easier.

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Alternative to Arcsoft ShowBiz DVD:
Cyberlink PowerProducer
DVD MovieFactory
MPEG Video Wizard DVD
TMPGEnc Authoring Works

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I got this bundled in my HP. It took a little bit to figure it out without going through the whole help section: although the help section is very useful and easy to use/understand. I have been using this software since 2004 when I got the computer and it has worked great - for what it does. I could give it a higher rating, tho' I wouldn't want to mislead anyone. Overall, it's a great little program.

The cons are such: The audio track does drift if you forget to completely rewind the movie and then play it once completely through before burning! Ridiculous, but that is the way it works and if you do this, you will no longer have that problem. Ya don't have a lot of freedom when it comes to the titles. One suggestion, use a still at the beginning of the movie (first frame, it can be a half second) and that way you will have at least a picture there for your title. I have had a couple incidents of freezing. Only 3-4 times and it was on the same movie. You HAVE to burn your DVD in the advance mode only. It would get me madder than a hornet when after I would go through the whole process to burn and then it would simply say 'cannot burn to this disk' (something to that effect, anyhow). When ya click OK, it just dumps the whole thing! You have NOTHING!!! You will have to start all over again. Use The Advanced DVD Feature!!! That is the only way I have been able to burn a DVD movie that is longer than a Couple of minutes. DO NOT USE BASIC MODE! I have only been able to add audio media that I have ripped to MusicMatch. It will not recognize any other files! Huge drawback.
So, aside from all those problems, it works great ! Ha! Once you are aware of its hefty limitations it really is an OK tool. I get incredibly great audio and video products everytime I make a movie. However, with all the newer stuff out there, I would go another route - which I will do very soon.
Read the instructions, follow these guidelines and you'll do fine with this. If you are looking for your first or another DVD/movie maker, go another route.

Posted December 07, 2006 by . Tool version Showbiz using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

Junk! Won't do 16x9 only 4x3. Junk!

Posted May 24, 2006 by . Tool version latest using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

Bundled version with my Instant TV Deluxe capture card. Was able to capture MPEG2 video with audio. The resulting capture file works fine. I can convert it to MP4 for my IPOD with other tools. Tried to burn to DVD directly with ARCSOFT but NO AUDIO resulted. This was a direct burn of MP3 audio, which no DVD player will handle as a part of the video stream. I have two other choices of DOLBY audio or PCM audio in the ARCSOFT software. I have no idea if either of these would work, and I am not sure I want to experiment.

Posted April 19, 2006 by . Tool version 2.2.2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

I received Arcsoft Showbiz with my Liteon DVD burner as a bundle with Sonic MyDVD. I found the software very easy to use. DV capture from my camcorder went flawlessly, importing stills worked very well, the selection of transitions, text, and effects was very thorough for a basic consumer product, and I appreciated the inclusion of both a storyboard and a timeline mode. I rendered a 3.5 min. movie into MPEG2 for display at my church, and it was fine except for the audio getting about 2 seconds out of sync. That was good enough, so I packed it up onto my thumb drive and headed for the church. When I got there, I found that the audio codec in the MPEG2 was incompatible with WMP, Quicktime [b]and[/b] Real Player, making the movie essentially worthless. The only reason it got an overall score of 5 is because I haven't tried any of the other rendering formats to see if they are any better.

Posted July 10, 2005 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

I got this software with my Liteon dvd burner on MYDVD 5.2 I burned just 2 times but I tried to do it 20 more times and doesn't work cannot finished the work and frezze in the middle of the "produce the movie"....take a long time to do it also ,and I realized take a lot of space....I will removed soon of my Pc.

Posted December 16, 2004 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Easy to use, nice templates for menus. Very basic video editing - note, it can't do frame by frame so you'll need another program for that capability.

This program is great until you actually want to burn and/or create the DVD folders on your hard drive. I have gotten one successful burn out of many attempts. I think it's battling with other applications for use of codecs or something. It always crashes during the authoring process. I will be uninstalling this shortly.

Posted December 14, 2004 by . Tool version 2.x using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 2 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

This program Rocks, with a few minor tweaks, I have successfully converted/burned several of my MPEG2 files to DVD-r. This program is super fast & very easy to use.

Posted July 12, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Arcsoft Showbiz 2 came bundled on my HP a350n pc. I've downloaded and installed all the XP updates and patches, and all the HP updates, too - about 70Mb worth! I downloaded a roughly 9Mb upgrade from the Arcsoft site after registering my copy of the program with them.

Initially, it seemed to work very well. I made a test DVDs using a 630Mb avi clip captured using windows movie maker 2.0, and compared using the maximum variable bitrate setting for mpeg2 output with the program default fixed bitrate. The variable bitrate gave noticeably better reults, and transcoding was only about 10% slower.

I found the program very easy to use, and the finished DVD (variable bitrate) video quality was good - better than achieved by WinDVD Creator 2, and Roxio 6, for example. I did not experience the jerkiness during transitions that other reviewers have described, and the sound was fine.

I then tried capturing video from my JVC GR-DV3000 miniDV camcorder, and that's where things went bad. I only tried capturing a shortish clip, which resulted in an avi file of about 1.5Gb. From that point on, I could not get Showbiz to even play clips properly in the preview window. The program would lock up for variable periods of time, and the clips would play with intermittent or absent sound. It seemed that a loop track of sound from the first part of a clip would play, irrespective of what section of video was playing in the preview screen. Any encoded output had no sound.

To date, I have received just a single automated response email from Arcsoft. In that email, I am prompted to enter the text of any further questions between two specified underscored lines of the email - yet I am not able to do so!

Therefore, and sadly in view of the programs early promise, I have to conclude that Arcsoft Showbiz 2 is a bogus program, backed up by no meaningful support.

To date, I have found Ulead Video Studio 7 to give the highest quality mpeg2 output, though at the expense of speed, taking almost twice as long to transcode and burn a test DVD than WinDVD Creator 2.

WinDVD Creator 2 has been the fastest, but with only limited options for mpeg2 output quality. I've found it to be the best program by far to use for video capture from my miniDV camcorder.

A 30 day trialware version of Power Producer 2 was slower to encode than WinDVD, and produced inferior quality mpeg2 output.

The 30 day trialware version of Power Director 3 is so cut down and limited that it is not possible for me to be able to evaluate its strengths, if any. It does not allow me to encode mpeg2, for example... so it was a waste of a 22Mb download.

Posted February 23, 2004 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

I got this software as part of a Liteon bundle. First impressions were good and the interface intuitive. However soon after using it I realised it was 'fighthing' Ulead MovieFactory over MPEG encoders so the Ulead product had to go.

Now the fun really started. You can (and I have) waited hours for a AVI to DVD conversion and at the end -NOTHING. Yep, the MPEG file wasn't created. If there is something wrong with the soruce why can't the program check before wasting everybody's time.

I'm going back to Ulead as soon as possible. To be fair I got a response from Arcsoft but my patience threshold had already gone without confirming whether it worked with their sample files.

Posted January 26, 2004 by . Tool version 4.90 using OS WinME
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

Got this in a bundle with sonic DVD older version . Interesting combo. Showbiz would capture in MPEG and has decent editing feature but you cant burn with a menu title, Sonic on the other hand seem to have to have a good burning set up and authoring arrangement but would only capture in AVI which it did a poor job of re-encoding. Anyway, Captured with showbiz in MPEG II, authored and burned with Sonic and it seemed like I had a good thing going. A good quality picture resulted, Problem was after making a few DVD's I realized the audio was drifting out of sync toward the end of the video. This has originated in the Showbiz capture. Oh well. Sonics new DVD deluxe captures in MPEG II so you can do the whole process with one software with a good result. Good picture and good audio sync. Takes a long time to encode for burn. Looks promising.


Ati- all in wonder (MMC un-installed)
AMD 2600
560 DDR
Lite-on burner

Posted December 10, 2003 by . Tool version ?? using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

i like other users got this in a bundle with my hp computer. at first it was GREAT, i did a vcd that came out picture perfect. all transitions, effects, sync and all were perfect. lately it freezes, and stutters ALOT. i can't say i don't like this software because it's been a few months since i tried making another vcd, if i can get rid of the sync and stutter problem this is not a bad program to have. hopefully with a few updates, and other software from this site i will be able to create another good looking vcd. overall so far i have to give it a 3 - 4 overall score.

Posted November 26, 2003 by . Tool version 1.7 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

My copy of ShowBiz came with MyDVD bundled with Videoh!DVD break-out bax. Without it MyDVD would be very basic. Showbiz help and instructions are hard to find, and then describe useful tools that are not avialable e.g. Split is described in help index, but grayed out on the menu. The sound track overtakes the video; MyDVD and ShowBiz both claim this doesn't happen but it does and the only way to reduce the effect on a piece longer than 20 minutes is to capture in less than 15 minute clips. Like much in the computer world it talks a great promise, but doesn't deliver. At least not at these prices.

Posted November 13, 2003 by . Tool version 1.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

Easy to use but always produces a jerky finished mpeg file that is not worth burning. Very disapointed and until I read other similar comments thought that the problem was with my burner or media. This software came bundled with my HP200i and I will replace it with a reliable package.

Posted November 08, 2003 by . Tool version 5.1.2600 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10

Agree with earlier post. Very easy interface. However, renders jerky mpegs. The cross-fades, in particular, glitch. There are many other bugs; the metadata gets confused easily, so what you see on the editing screen is not what you get in the rendered mpeg. Odd, previously-deleted scene fragments show up in the results, requiring repeated editing cycles to clean up earlier errors.

Posted November 03, 2003 by . Tool version using OS WinME
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10

This new version of Showbiz came bundled with my PC. I have XP Media Center 2004.

This version has the capability to edit and burn dvr-ms files, which is helpful because the only other program that I've found can do this is Sonic MyDVD5.

The software is very straightforward and easy to use. The realtime preview window works very well for all transitions, color adjustment, etc.

The biggest drawback, however is that when it prepares a file, the software introduces jerks into the video. It seems to happen in the "producing" step because you can see it in the preview window. This is why I gave is a low functionality score. The software is great to edit with, but I have been unsuccessful in burning a dvd that was watchable.

Additionally, the encoder is pretty poor. It lets you select bitrates up to 7mbps, but that's it. The results were lower quality than with Sonic MyDVD5. I also tried encoding a clip w/ tmpgenc and burning it with this software. Although it didn't re-transcode the video, it did something to it that reduced the quality significantly.

Posted October 29, 2003 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

Bundled with my Sony writer,nice effects and transitions but won't allow you to change video or audio parameters.

Posted September 17, 2003 by . Tool version 1.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

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