Roxio Creator 2010 Does Everything Disc-Related

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ROXIO’S CREATOR SUITE for optical-disc burning lets you produce professional looking disc menus, labels, and the like without a lot of artistic eff ort. But the $99 Creator 2010 does more than just burn discs; it also im proves on its predecessor’s interface and feature set, though perhaps not enough to justify the up - grade cost for current users. When augmented with the separately sold Blu-ray plugins (a $20 add-on), Creator 2010 is as comprehensive a burning suite as you can find. It covers all aspects of video/ audio capture and editing, disc authoring, and everything else disc-related. The most noticeable change: The launch screen has a Learning Center option hosting tutorial videos covering some of the more-complex tasks that Creator handles. Otherwise, appearance and workflow are much as in Creator 2009. A major convenience is the new smart-encoding feature, which re encodes only the parts of a video you’ve edited and changed. This makes encoding much faster and may help preserve image quality. All versions of Creator 2010 can save Internet audio and video, back up AVCHD video to DVD and Blu-ray, perform BD-RE editing on disc, and support nVidia CUDA and ATI Stream video conversion acceleration. The $130 Creator 2010 Pro includes the Blu-ray plug-ins and adds bundled apps such as LightZone, which corrects lighting problems in images. If you have the most recent previous version of Creator, the $60 upgrade price may be too high. Upgrading from an older version will cost $70. And if you want Blu-ray playback, count on paying another $30 for Roxio CinePlayer BD. The suite costs significantly more than the equally powerful Nero 9 ($70 without Blu-ray playback); and even Cyberlink’s DVD Suite 7 Ultra with Blu-ray playback ($130) is competitive, although the plug-ins included with Roxio Creator 2010 Pro help make it good value.

Many free programs can handle basic burning and even audio/video chores, so spend your dollars carefully on any soft ware that aims to make video editing, disc authoring, and Blu-ray playback easy. Creator 2010 shines in those areas, but so do a host of less expensive individual competitors.

Source of Information : PC World November 2009

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