Rating What's Hot:
Ulead has clearly taken the necessary steps toward making MovieFactory as absolutely simple as possible. The introductory interface exemplifies that quest, with four options of tasks on the left, and then no more than four sub-tasks within each of those on the right. As you go through each task, the blue row at the bottom describes exactly what the task is for.
This dedication to simplicity holds true as you begin your project. Graphical icons identify a given task, and in case that's not clear, there's always text nearby to help guide you through.
Ulead separates the DVD creation process into several easy-to-follow stages. First is the content aggregation step, where you can select which videos, as well as photos or other multimedia files, to add or import. As you add different media, you're given options on-screen that illuminate and allow you to control as you so choose. For video files, you can even cut and separate a file and create multiple chapters (and there's a little scissors icon to identify that).
The next phase in the creation UI is probably the most satisfying, as it's of the screen that will get shown and viewed more than anything--the DVD menu. Ulead has included some gorgeous pre-created menus you can customize with your media, or you can start from scratch with your own wallpaper. Either way, it's as simple as a menu click to do what you want. And at the bottom of the screen, there's always your notification of how large your project is. If you add a soundtrack but see it's too large, you can simply change it immediately.
The coolest part of the application is the Preview button, which allows you to view your work as if you had created it. This will save you a lot of wasted DVDs, as you can see if it looks and sounds as you had envisioned. I've tested other DVD creation applications where the DVD preview failed miserably, so it's nice to see a company do it right.What's Not:
The final step in the creation process is really the only negative aspect to the UI, as it jumps completely from all the other steps. There's not a single graphic on the page, and while the tooltip text with each option is nice, it's just odd that the page looks so different to the rest of the UI. I would have expected this type of page from an advanced interface, but considering the application is designed for novice, it was odd to see so many more options besides just a "burn disc" option.