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"The Easiest Way to Create Hollywood-Style Movie Discs"
Yeah, right.
Hollywood-style movie disks have menu options for special features, and have separate tracks to pick from in a sub-menu. If you can only put one track on the menu, it is not a hollywood style movie disk. And if you can only have one track, what's the point of having a menu? And why would someone pay $50+ for this?

Review by Jimmy.Bob on Feb 24, 2013 Version: 5.5 OS: Windows 7 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

I have used Power Producer for a year or year & a half. First problem I had was installing software. Drove me crazy. You need to shut down all Virus software to install. Customer Nonservice never replied to my request. You are prettty much on your own.
I think I paid about $60 or $70 for the Suite.
PP3 does not let you choose screen formats that I have found.
It also doen not have Blu-ray Disc choice.
I have had very good luck with the Video Sound synch. Never had a problem. I have put VCR on DVD by using a DVD+RW recorder.(ILO). In the 2 hour mode it looks good. I use DVD Decrypter to rip to hard drive. I edit with Power Producer.
If you splice one or more files together you need PowerDirector Express to edit out the chapters. It will leave you with 1 chapter. This is helpful if you put more than 1 movie on A DVD. It takes about 30 seconds to do this. The biggest problem is the menu's. Depending on how many Chapters and other factors, some menu's will not work. It get's really fustrating when you have to reprocess several times to get the menu's right. You can also use your own background pictures if you like. It is picky about the size of the jpg's though.
I have never been able to produce one without a Menu.
You can use PowerDVD to look at the saved final output after you have processed and before you burn it to disc.
I usually use the smart fit video quality to fill a disc.
I create a DVD folder, then use Roxio 7 Disc copier to burn to DVD.
Roxio 7 can re encode 4.6GB in about 3 minutes before it starts burning. If it is larger it can take about 15 minutes. Still one of the fastest programs I have found.
Overall a pretty good program with a pretty long learning curve that improves with trial and error.I just wish there were better help files and customer support.

Review by redneck572 on Jun 30, 2007 Version: 3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 6/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 6/10

I started to use this software when it was in version 2.

The versions 3 and version 4 add great features to the product.

For example, version 4 allow to encode Blu-Ray and HD-DVD disks.

The great problem with this software is the encoder.

It encodes movies using Codecs of DirectX and needs to have Internet Explorer installed on machine. No problem until you
have a great number of codecs installed on machine (like KLite Codec Pack)

With a great number of codecs don't even think to use version 3 or 4.

It will freeze and/or create poor quality videos (videos appears to be in slow motion - frames are missing).

The great number of codecs doesn't affect video quality in version 2, but it is so basic and doesn't have a great number of features present in version 3 and 4.

In all versions of PowerProducer, the user doesn't have control in the creation of the DVD menu. Almost all things of menu are created automatically and, generality, you need to use third part software (like PGCEdit) to re-edit the menus created by the software.

For example, if you create chapters in the DVD, the software will create chapters menus and you can't avoid this without exclude all menus of disc project.

A positive aspect of PowerProducer is the edition of video source (file or captured video) used to produce DVD.

You can add, split, combine, remove parts and do another things with video directly in the software.

The creation of chapters in PowerDVD is too more precise than other softwares.

Until recently I was using PowerProducer to produce my DVDs and was solving the problem with the menus using PGCEdit.

After compatibility problem with codecs appears I decided to change to another tool, since I can't solve this bug with Cyberlink support.

Review by Ilanio on May 4, 2007 Version: 4.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 4/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 6/10

Came as a software package with my LG 4167 DVD burner. All I got to say is that this 'junk' software almost made me want to return the burner alltogether. I tried to install it 6 times and it would not run even once. It shows that the process for it is started in the task manager and that's as far as it goes. Their support has no solution for me except "You have to try and reinstall it and if it's still does not work you have to fix your system and it is not our problem".

5 hours of frustration and no result at the end. Hopefully I find a better tool. Any recommendations ?

Review by molodoi on Jan 29, 2006 Version: 3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

This software requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or later. I therefore find it unsuitable, especially as part of the application suite for the LG GSA-5163D Firewire/USB2 DL burner. Software for this external burner needs to be installed on each computer with which it is used, and thus should be as streamlined as possible. The only remark I was able to find was from a German guy who noted that the Cyberlink installer required IE 5.5, and provided a version which also installed the deprecated Outlook Express, in order to further install not only PowerProducer 2 Gold (which does require IE 5.5), but also PowerDVD and Nero Express (which don't require IE). His comment: "Ack!" translates easily.

This software attempts to connect to the internet, then provides a message "Please download the IE 5.5 above" (sic), then crashes (PowerProducer has generated errors and will be closed by Windows...). XPlite / 2000lite really did protect me from allowing IE to complete its installation. The behaviour is identical with both the patched and unpatched versions.

The vendor's system requirements do not mention IE, though IE is mentioned in regard to the PowerProducer 3 software. The same page says that the software requires a 450 MHz P II minimum to do anything, so I plan to uninstall it from my 366 MHz laptop. I may try installing it in a desktop machine, but there again the requirement of having IE is a disincentive.

Review by jbellies on Nov 25, 2005 Version: 2.0.1630d OS: Win2K Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

You can buy Powerproducer 3 and a capture card on ebay for $20. Not a bad price for good basic software and a card.

Review by ktjensen on Jul 5, 2005 Version: 3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

For quick and dirty jobs V3 was a great tool - enough features to make it useful without being overly complex to use. V4 bring with it a few more features and a better user interface and while it still won't suit someone wanting to do compex editing it is good for basic works and manages to render quite quickly.


Review by russellw on Jun 13, 2005 Version: 4 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 7/10

As I understood, it's atool for video capturing from digital tapes, right? I've never used it, but I would like to ask if anyone knows anything about converting VHS tapes to DVD.
Do I need any software? If yes, white kind of?

Thanks in advance.

Review by recorderer on Jun 9, 2005 Version: 3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 5/10

For the price, and the ease of use this can not be beaten. This is the product from the same company who makes the player PowerDVD 5 and you all know that works.

Capture your file to an *.MPG file first (happens automatically). Then burn it to a standard play (2 hour) or extended play (4 hour) disk format.

Review by ktjensen on Jun 9, 2005 Version: 2.x gold OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

Would not run at all.

For starters, I have a normal computer; 1.4 GHz with 640 MB of RAM, running Windows XP. The program went through a normal-looking install but refused to run at all - ever. I installed it 5 times. It also refused to uninstall; either using it's own uninstall feature or with Windows Add/Remove Programs. I had to do a System Restore to get rid of it. Their tech support department eventually sent me instructions on how to edit the registry to get rid of it. Arguably the most useless program I've ever purchased.

Review by lefty1 on Mar 14, 2005 Version: 3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 1/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

2 words: slow, re-encode-no-matter-what.

Review by fanbanlo on Feb 19, 2005 Version: 2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 4/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 2/10

There seems to be 2 serious limitations with this software.

1. Where is the option to preserve a 16:9 widescreen Aspect Ratio (ie. if that is the Aspect Ratio of your source file)?

The program seems to automatically author all output to 4:3, irrespective of the source file's aspect ratio ... which would be ludicrous if that is the case.

Read this Review of v2:

The comment of particular concern is:
"Another thing that surprised me was that you don't seem to be allowed to flag your recordings as 16:9 so that widescreen recordings can be made to play in letterbox mode."

... which means that any DVD created by this software from a 16:9 (widescreen) source file will be squashed horizontally and stretched vertically.

2. This Software doesn't seem to allow elementary streams (ie. .m2v files etc.) to be imported - which is the basis of any good authoring application.

If anyone has solutions to these issues with this software, please post.

Review by MavDVDR on Feb 6, 2005 Version: 3 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 2/10 Overall: 2/10

I recently bought an LG GSA-4160B dvd burner and PowerProducer Gold came with it. I wanted software that would work with DVD-RAM and was compatable with the drive I purchased. However, PowerProducer Gold was too limited for my uses. So... I upgraded to 3.0

Big mistake.

The features are far richer, but it is the most unstable piece of software I have ever used.

I'm running windows 2000 on an 800mhz PIII with 256 megs of RAM. I don't expect speedy performance with this setup, but I DO expect well-tested software that won't crash EVERY time I try to import a video file and 1/2 the time I click "OK" after doing some edits. I have contacted tech support, but I'm not crossing my fingers.

If anything changes, I'll post it. For now, I'd say stay away from version 3.0 of this product. Yech...

Review by seporym on Dec 24, 2004 Version: 3.0 OS: Win2K Ease of use: 6/10 Functionality: 1/10 Value for money: 1/10 Overall: 1/10

The updates from 2.x are fantastic but am having a lot of trouble getting it to work, working with comapny to get this resolved. I'm new to video editting/dvd creation and have found this a great package to introduce me to what can be done

Review by teperth on Dec 9, 2004 Version: 3.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 5/10 Overall: 8/10

I bought this for $10 from the message posted in this thread from It was crashing at first like one of the other posts in the thread mentioned but after downloading the LATEST update patches for powerproducer 2 gold from cyberlink's website, it worked quite well. For $10 and what it enables you to do, it's a really good deal.

Review by garcia1511 on Dec 6, 2004 Version: 2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

This can be had for under $10 so I decided to check it out a trial. Unfortunately, a lot of authoring apps assume you have no idea what you are doing and insist on making you choose an encoding option. This happens to be SP, EP or LP (I think). I already know how to make DVD compliant streams. I just want something to author what I tell it. Nothing more, nothing less. I also need a program that will accept elementary streams, I didn't see a way to accomplish that either. Given the price, if you are an inexperienced user, check it out. If you know what you are doing already, use something like DVD Lab.

Review by fmctm1sw on Aug 9, 2004 Version: Gold OS: Win2K Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 5/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

Well, having tried to produce dvd's from avi,them tmpg to encode etc etc, getting great results,but oh so slow.
tried this, only one problem, identified by support, that PP does not like Messenger loaded, or as seems to be usual with capturing/encoding, no anti-virus or anything else loaded.

I have captured hours via my ADVC300 using this software, and guess what it converts pal/ntsc, how?It won't let you "capture" pal as NTSC, but capture it as whatever it is, save the file,which it does automatically anyway once its finished encoding,then exit, re start the software, use the wizrad to state which format you want, then import the video file you've saved, use the create a dvd folder ONLY, make sure burn to disk is unchecked, it takes about 2 hours to re-code pal to ntsc, all done.

May be not as good quality as Tnpg, but I cannot shade th difference.

Great software.

Review by victoriabears on Jul 20, 2004 Version: 2.05.1126 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

I recently came across Power Producer for under $10 here: ... _Code=4410

I've never ordered from there, so I'm passing this along.

Review by BobK on Jul 12, 2004 Version: 2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

After playing with Power Producer 2 Gold for a few months, I've discovered a few things in converting VHS tapes to DVD.

If I capture video using the highest quality (60 min ) setting in PP2 and Dolby Digital sound and then use TEMPGEnc Express 3 to create and edit a final MPEG-2 file I get very good results before using TEMPGEnc DVD Author to create to final DVD product.

Using the HQ setting in PP2 results in a very large MPEG-2 file in PP2 that, once imported into TEMPGEnc Express 3.0, edited and set to use 100% of the DVD and the Motion Search to Highest , results in bit rates of about 5.3 K for a 90 Min VHS tape... of course it also takes about 12 hours to complete the encoding, but the end product is very good quality.

Adding the AC-3 Plug-in gives me some very good DVDs as a result.

PP2 breaks up large captures into 2 MPEG files when using the HQ capture setting, but setting TEMPGEnc Express 3 to output as one file keeps audio and video in sync just fine... after doing 20 or so VHS to DVD conversions using this method, I have yet to have any that had audio/video sync problems.

If you don't want to or can't capture to .avi (and end up with huge .avi files) this method of transferring VHS to DVD may work for you.:)

Review by Harold7 on Jul 12, 2004 Version: 2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 9/10

Simple to use; easy to learn.

Very limited in ability to edit video. Best for "quick and dirty" captures and disk output. For this purpose, it works well.

Software company states that the AB Cut function doesn't work and to use the Split function instead and delete the unwanted portion.

Because of limitations, I wanted to capture and "burn" with this program and edit with something else. I was advised by software company that it cannot output MPEG files directly, therefore I cannot easily use it for my desired use. However, they did say to output SVCD disks and copy back in the MPEG 2 files (audio will be MPEG 1).

Very simple and easy to learn. Functions well for limited uses.

Currently using old VideoWave 4 to capture and edit and output MPEG 2 files and using PowerProducer Gold 2.0 to "burn" DVDs.

Review by CrazyOldMan on Jul 11, 2004 Version: 2.0 Gold OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value for money: 6/10 Overall: 4/10

I agree- this is the only program I've found that virtually never has a problem with audio-video sync. The only thing I don't like is the limited control over the menu. I usually create a DVD with no menu and then import it into TMPGEnc DVD Author to create the menu- but occasionally DVD Author creates sync problems that weren't there on the PowerProduced DVD files.

I would give it a 9 because of the menu, but for the price it's a 10 anyway.

Review by bobk on Jul 2, 2004 Version: 2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I have gone through many weeks of frustration trying to transfer VHS tapes to DVD, mainly due to A/V synch problems. The first step I made towards solving that issue was to replace my capture card with a Canopus ADVC-50 that has locked audio. That still did not solve the problem though - most of the authoring packages I tried still messed up the synch. I finally found Power Producer 2, and now I am authoring DVDs with perfect A/V synch. The package is extremely easy to use, but it does lack some of the features present in other authoring packages. It has the 1 feature I need and that's what matters to me - it works and doesn't screw up the DVD output!

Review by davewadd on Jul 2, 2004 Version: 2 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

I've had very good results capturing VHS to DVD using a Data Video DAC-100 with Power Producer 2 Gold.

One of the few programs I've used which keeps sound and video in sync on the finished product. Very limited and somewhat confusing editing capability, but for copying VHS tapes the video quality is excellent for me. Doing captures using the 60 min. mode (8 kbs rate) gives me video that looks like the original and the option to have Dolby Digital output on the DVD actually works well. If you don't need the extensive editing and menu creation capabilities of more expensive programs (Ulead VS 7, Nero Vision Express 2, etc.) this could be a cost effective solution to VHS or DV camera capture to DVD.

For me this program is fast... an 84 min. VHS (Hondo) capture to DVD took only 5 hours from the start of capture to a completed DVD that plays on every DVD player I've tried so far.

One nice feature is the option to include an auto starting DVD player (a Power DVD version) on the burned DVD for use on computers that don't have a software player already.

The biggest drawback I've found is the slim documentation, lack of tutorials and sometimes confusing instructions in the users manual.

The user's hardware my determine how well this program works for them... I use a P4 3.06 ghz with 1 gb of ram and (2) 120 gb SATA HDs and have had no glitches.:)

Review by Harold7 on May 6, 2004 Version: 2.0 Gold OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 8/10

It's Simple and straightforward. Agree with this: "My only gripe: Menus are all or nothing (you are forced to have chapter sub menus if your title has chapters)" and indeed it is extremely slow at building the DVD files.

It also crashed while building the DVD image many times. I do like the software but I don't like this many crashes.

Review by frison on May 6, 2004 Version: 2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 5/10

For the price I don't think it can be beat. Simple, intuitive, straightforward. If this is what you want, this will deliver. My only gripe: Menus are all or nothing (you are forced to have chapter sub menus if your title has chapters) and even though I was able to pass through video without re-encoding, it was extremely slow at building the DVD files.

Review by texneus on Feb 17, 2004 Version: 2 OS: Win2K Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

I downloaded the trial version to see if it would work for me and unfortunately, it did not.

Everything worked OK in the software, but nothing would play on my computer or standalone players. It also crashed while burning a DVD-RW after doing the right-to-disk capture.

While I may have some OS issues with the crashes, it basically didn't produce a usable VCD, SVCD, or DVD for me.

Review by lgh529 on Jan 15, 2004 Version: 2 OS: Win98 Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 2/10 Value for money: 4/10 Overall: 3/10

While missing many features of higher priced software.. it does a fine job of the money spent on it!

Many features that should be in the users manule are missing.

Only less than $100 program to support user created custom "BUTTONS" after finding the hidden support page on how to create them.

Review by DavidEC on Sep 4, 2003 Version: 2.0 OS: WinXP Ease of use: 10/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 8/10 Overall: 8/10

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