SO far I love this program and plan to buy it. Fully working demo for 30 days, not too expensive to buy.
All my experience so far is using mpeg2 files I have already captured with an ATI capture card, though the program does others also, I have not. Program does not do video capturing.
Good, fast, easy to use program. Lot's of options.
Not counting the time I spent editing and deciding various options, the program created a full DVD from an mpeg2 file to the hard drive in less than 14 minutes and 30 seconds on a XP2000 system with 768mb ram.
Burning time depends on your burner and disks. You don't want to know my burning time, I was using 1x disks :(
I have not had any problems at all with this program! Very simple to use, but also has more advanced options too.
I beleave a child could use this program to make a working DVD the first time, and a professional looking DVD very quickly.
Start program, click new project, click add file, add as many files as you need, I've done 6 already. Edit your files, here you can cut the parts you don't want and add chapter points. I do alot of that. Sometimes I manually set chapters for certain parts, often I use the auto set and make chapters for skipping through the movie. You can choose how often to insert the points, I often do 5 minutes, Works good.
Then make menu's. Choose format, you can select the chapters that should be shown and hide others. Click on thumbnails and you can choose the scene from your file to use as the thumb picture. Enter titles, pretty much standard text stuff, fonts, size, color, etc...
You can set the background for the menus to any scene in the movie, also I think you can make your own and import them, though I haven't tried that. Also supposed to be able to do motion menu's, something else I have not tried yet.
Once you have your menus the way you want, make the dvd files. I create them on the hardrive as video-ts folders, but you can choose other options. If your DVD size is too big you'll get a warning, but you can ingore that if you want and make an over sized DVD. I have and then shrunk it with another program later.
Once you have created the files on the hard drive you can use the program to burn them to disk also. I have a Toshiba SD5002 -R burner, using cheap 1x disks. Never been a coaster problem with this program or my setup.
Has to be the easiest program to use, and best results I have gotten to date. Many features and options I haven't tried yet too.
You can play the file your working on, like durring cutting, that way you can hear if people or music you want to keep is in that blank area you are about to cut :)
There is a bar that shows what your DVD size will be. I accidently captured a 6gig mp2. Instead of capturing it over, I made a 6gig dvd. I got a warning about the size, but no problem making it. I shrunk it using another progam, then used DVD Author to burn it to disk. No problem!
Of course it makes no changes to your original files! So if you cut something by mistake, your orginal file still has it! I have not cut anything in error, so I have not looked for any type of undo features.
I have used the same file several times. Like 3 videos in the wrong order. First time cut all but the last video, it's now the first one on the DVD, second time cut all but first video, now it's the second on the DVD and so forth.
Review by overloaded_ide
Aug 13, 2003 Version: 1.5
OS: Win2K Ease of use: 10/10
Value for money: 8/10