CyberLink PowerDVD 7.0 is easily the best DVD player on the market. The crispness and high quality of the video rivals some of the best high-definition televisions you can purchase.
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Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder makes it fun to create slideshows of your photos with features that let you add music, animations, and transitions. You can also create DVDs and files in a variety of formats that you can transfer to various handheld devices.
CloneCD 5.0 copies CDs, any CDs, and it copies them well. So what more is there to CloneCD? Plenty.
InterVideo WinDVD 8 gives you a killer movie experience on your personal computer. With advanced playback technologies and intense audio features, WinDVD 8 Platinum lets you be in the control room. Grab some popcorn, kick back, and enjoy your favorite flick with WinDVD 8.
Morphing is about fun, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for a more serious art form. I love the dynamic real-time previewing environment when making a morph. A well-done morphing clip in the middle of a movie project can do wonders for it. Fun Morph, despite its shortcomings, can create what you need.
CinePlayer Surround is a very basic video playback program that won’t offer you plenty of features, but does allow you to play DVDs without any trouble.
This utility’s surprisingly broad feature set and functionality are useful for typical home users as well as web designers and developers.
NTI CD & DVD Maker provides a quick and easy way to create data, audio, video, and picture discs. Most of the software uses a split window, drag-and-drop interface, which makes it immediately intuitive. Most operations take only two steps.
Nero 7 Ultra Edition is one of the best known multimedia packages and Nero adds in almost everything but the kitchen sink. If Nero 7 Ultra Edition doesn’t have it, chances are you don’t need it.
If you like applications that feel like they were written for Windows 3.1 you will love this Slideshow Pro. Otherwise, spend your $35 elsewhere.
Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder is a solid slideshow creator with many output options, including HD DVD. My only concern is its apparent lack of online technical support.
Photodex ProShow Gold is a solid application that allows beginners to quickly make slideshows and more experienced folk to create impressive layouts and effects. With multiple output formats to choose from, ProShow is a great product.
Ulead CD & DVD Picture Show 4 is a straightforward, simple-to-use photo slideshow creation package. To my disappointment, however, it was unable to run fully on either of my test machines. Do not buy this product without first trying the trial version to test compatibility.
CyberLink PowerDirector 6 offers a unique starting point. Double-click the CyberLink icon on your desktop and a hot girl points a video camera right back at you. It’s true. They beamed her in just to open up your app for you. What follows her is hotter yet–a nimble, robust, Herculean video editor.
ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD 2 stands at the back of the line of entry-level video editing software. The user interface and effects library are dated and sparse, respectively. It will capture, edit, and produce video, but at a price.
Roxio’s Easy Media Creator 9 gives you exactly what the name says: an easy way to create virtually any type of media you could want. Packed with features, it offers a lot of functionality for the price.
DVD Cloner 4 is fast. Really fast. It combines a simple UI for beginners with an advanced interface that will suit even the uber-est of users. With its built-in decrypter, this really is the only software you need to begin copying DVDs.
1Click DVD Copy 5 is another DVD copying software. Users new to the world of DVD ripping and burning will find 1Click DVD Copy 5 easy to set up and use. 1Click DVD Copy 5 also has a unique user interface. But putting ease of use and a cool UI aside, 1Click DVD Copy 5 lacks a key feature.
CloneDVD 4 is a powerful program for advanced users hoping to efficiently copy DVDs in a number of different ways. But it’s not for beginners who simply want to copy their favorite discs.