Product Review (November 2003)
InterVideo - WinDVD Creator 2 Platinum

Do you have old video tapes lying around that you wish could be viewed on your DVD player? With so many older video formats it becomes a concern for those priceless memories sitting on the shelf or in boxes on aging analog tape. If you're like most camera owners, you probably have an older model that produces decent-quality tapes, but the tape format is inherently limited and susceptible to dropouts. Many of these recording should really be transferred to DVD as a backup and as a convenient way of watching the movies. In addition, the DVD format offers the capability to add menus and provides random access. InterVideo has introduced WinDVD Creator 2, an easy to use application that captures video, allows editing and menu creation and burns the content to CD, DVD or your hard drive. The four step process (capture, edit, author and burn) is easy to follow and is very intuitive for those who have some experience with similar software CD/DVD creation products.

Capture
WinDVD Creator 2 is designed to recognize most DV camcorders or other A/V capture hardware installed in the computer. Content can also be directly recorded to DVD or CD without hard-disc buffering, saving a tremendous amount of time. The real-time video encoder produces impressive results depending on the format. Most of the content that we tested came from our JVC camcorder via the IEEE-1394 cable. However, we did do a fair amount of testing with the analog A/V inputs.

Edit
Scene breaks can be automatically created by setting the sensitivity of the Scene Detection algorithm. Manual or timed scene breaks are also possible. Split Cut editing allows users to remove sections of video from a clip such as commercials or not-so-great moments captured on video. A variety of Transition Effects between scenes give presentations a professional look. The Undo/Redo feature makes it easy to make a modification and preview the video before accepting it.
Still pictures can also be inserted into the video.

The software supports Storyboard and Timeline editing. Much like making Hollywood movies, the Storyboard gives the user a visual timeline of the events as well as the transitions and effects that occur. It works well and provides virtually instant feedback without having to wait for the rendering process. Voice narration and/or background music can easily be added using the Audio Mixer feature. We particularly liked the transition and effects that give the presentation a professional look. Once the project is ready, the user can simply preview the content to make sure it looks correct.

Author
This area covers the menu creation process that gives the presentation a stylish look. Several predefined menus are available. Still picture can be added as background for the menu panel. Much like big Hollywood DVD releases, users can also add motion menus. Full customization of the menu buttons (size and position) and text can give each presentation a unique and professional appearance.

Make Your Movie
The user can select from VCD, SVCD, DVD-on-CD, DVD (1 or 2 hour) or VR on DVD. The on-disc editing features offered on DVD+R/-VR formats allow users to add or change chapters and titles after the content has been burned on the disc. This flexible format is great when editing commercials out or creating custom movies of your home videos.

Conclusion
InterVideo's WinDVD Creator 2 is a simple to use software package which has a nice set of features that help users create powerful looking DVD presentations. The design of the software makes it easy for virtually anyone to create impressive videos from content captured on their own camcorder. The software performed well during our review and appeared to be stable. A fast machine will help reduce the long wait time required during the rendering process. The direct recording capability greatly reduces the process time normally needed to render a disc, but does so at the expense of a glossy user interface. WinDVD Creator 2 is a great product that comes highly recommended.

- Kevin Nakano


Review System

Lapto PC - Sony Vaio PCG-K23, 2.8 GHz Pentium 4
Desktop PC - Sony Vaio PCV-RZ22G, 2.4 GHz Pentium 4
Display: Spectre G810
21" Monitor


Review - At a glance
InterVideo - WinDVD Creator 2 Platinum

Recommended System Requirements:

  • 1.6 GHz Pentium® 4 (for direct DVD support)
  • Windows® 2000 or XP
  • 256MB RAM
  • 70 MB for installation
  • 620 MB for every hour of VCD MPEG-1 video
  • 2 GB for every hour of DVD MPEG-2 video
  • CD or DVD burner

  • Company Information
    InterVideo Inc.
    47350 Fremont Blvd.
    Fremont, CA 94538
    Phone: 510-651-0888
    Fax: 510-651-8808
    Email: sales@intervideo.com
    Website: www.
    intervideo.com

    Customer Support:
    Phone: 510-651-0888
    Email: support@intervideo.com

    MSRP: $99.95
    Source: Manufacture Supplied
    Supported Platforms: Platforms: Windows 98SE/2000/Me/XP

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