Rating What's Hot: Video
Easy Media Creator has nine functions for working with video: regular and express DVD creators, video capture, a DVD from DivX feature, two video editing functions, a video conference feature, and a converter to create video files for several portable devices.
Both DVD creation packages allow you to choose from a wide variety of backgrounds and menus and button styles. More can also be purchased from the Roxio website.
A large variety of formats can be used. If one of these formats isn't what you need, I'd be surprised.
The quality of the burned video can be set to: Fit to Disc, Extra Long Play, Long Play, Standard Play, or High Quality. All the normal formats are here unless you choose Fit to Disc quality--aspect ratio, NTSC and PAL, interlaced and progressive, and a choice of Dolby Digital AC3, MPEG, or LPCM audio with adjustable bitrate.
One feature I was unable to find in the MyDVD Express application was a background color selector, which I found strange. You're forced to use a graphics file for the background.Audio
One of the most interesting audio functions for me is the ability to convert LPs (remember those?) and tapes to a digital format. While you could do this manually if your PC has a microphone, it was interesting to see included. You can capture to MP3, WAV, WMA, AC3, FLAC, M4A, OGG (nice to see, a rarity) and iPod AAC formats. It also includes track detection so you can just push Play and Record and sit back.
Another nice feature is the decent sound editor. It doesn't have anywhere near the capabilities of a full-featured package, but it gets the job done. What's Not:
Not being able to set the background to a solid color in the MyDVD Express application is the only fault I could find, other than the seemingly tacked-on My Media area.