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101. Screen Shot 4 Deluxe (Jewel Case)
$9.99 $3.88
102. Video deLuxe SE (Jewel Case)
$99.99 $96.62
103. Adobe After Effects Standard 6.5
$19.99
104. Hijaak Image Studio
$66.99 $30.58 list()
105. ADAPTECSonic MyDVD Video Suite
$299.99
106. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition
$59.95
107. STUDIO AV V8 VIDEO EDITING FOR
$4.89
108. COSMI Perfect Video & Photo
list($29.95)
109. ImageWolf
110. IMSI HiJaak Pro 5.0 ( Windows
$29.95 $29.86
111. Disney Magic Artist Ulead Pictureshow
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112. PhotoImpact XL Corporate
$69.99
113. Pinnacle Systems Studio DV V8
$1,187.95
114. Adobe VIDEO COLLECTION PRO V2.6
115. ADOBE ENCORE 1.5 WIN ( 22030054
$5.70 list($39.95)
116. HiJaak Image Manager
$199.99
117. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition
$89.88
118. PINNACLE MEDIACENTER 100i PCI
$409.99 $347.95 list()
119. FREEHAND MX MAC FULL COMMERCIAL
$589.99 list($599.99)
120. Adobe Encore DVD

101. Screen Shot 4 Deluxe (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B00007LV6X
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Broderbund
Sales Rank: 5224
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Darn Handy
This software has done everything I have asked it to do. You can capture a whole screen, a window, part of a window, a geometric shape and many other options. I have found it extremely helpful in documenting steps I have taken when I have encountered a problem with other software to capture error messages that you would not normally be able to capture. I have also used it to verify transactions I have made that have later needed documentation for verification. Worth all that I paid for it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Screen Shot 4.0 Works!!!!!!!!!!
this is really an easy program to use.
It also captures stock market charts, so I don't need to print them all out. and does photos as well with only 10-12K size. ... Read more


102. Video deLuxe SE (Jewel Case)
list price: $9.99
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Asin: B000092P3O
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Magix Entertainment
Sales Rank: 6645
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103. Adobe After Effects Standard 6.5 Upgrade from 6.0 Standard
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00021XJ2S
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 11564
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Features

  • Essential tool for motion graphics and visual effects
  • Core 2D and 3D compositing, animation, and visual effects tools
  • OpenGL support; disk caching; unmatched Adobe integration
  • Comprehensive masking and color correction tools
  • Integrated vector paint tools; keying and matte tools

104. Hijaak Image Studio

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Asin: B00005V13C
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Atari
Sales Rank: 8202
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't write technical docs without it
This is much more than a simple screen capture program, although it does that function exceptionally well. It is an image management program that allows you to capture screen shots that are useful for documentation, brouchures and training material, as well as manage the impages that you already have as well as those that you capture.

Among the features that I like are:
- handling of all major graphics types, including animated GIFs and Photoshop files
- ability to create image catalogs that display your images as thumbnails - this makes finding what you need easy, especially if you have thousands of images (which I do)

It has a built-in image editor that allows you to crop, rotate and color-enhance your graphics, and it does an impressive job of converting images from one type to another. Prior to using this program I used SnagIt, which did an excellent job, but lacked the cataloging features and ability to handle Photoshop files.

If you do any kind of technical or commercial documentation this is an essential tool that you'll find yourself using often. ... Read more


105. ADAPTECSonic MyDVD Video Suite 4 (Windows)

our price: $66.99
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Asin: B000087NBD
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adaptec
Sales Rank: 5910
Average Customer Review: 1.62 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Import your digital recording directly from any camcorder or digital camera
  • Work with your footage and photos with a host of new features -- slideshow options, motion menus and much, much more
  • Use the powerful video-compositing engine to add full-motion video to backgrounds & buttons
  • Add transitions, effects and voice-overs with just a click
  • Design your own photo slideshows and photo archives, complete with sound

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Worthless
I managed to capture 1 video clip. Now it hangs everytime I try to get another one. I cannot even kill the process. I have to reboot.

Absolutely worthless. I cannot believe Iomega bundles this garbage with their DVD burning hardware.

Don't buy it, do not waste your money. And don't buy Iomega products that bundle it either.

3-0 out of 5 stars Crashes too much.
When I select an MPEG-2 file to import (for DVD creation), the program immediately crashes (and messes with my MPEG-2 codec, so the codec needs to be re-installed). So I restart the program, open the folder containing MPEG-2 files, and before I even select the file the program crashes again!

At first I had MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files in the same folder, so I had to separate them in order to use the MPEG-1 files to create a VCD. MPEG-2 is still too much for MyDVD to handle.

Got this as a bundled program with Screenblast Movie Studio. While Movie Studio has worked out so far, MyDVD is far from meeting any expectations. I can understand if the program is hard to use, has bad interfaces, and does not create great DVD menus, etc., but for it to crash just because I opened a folder with MPEG-2 files in it is beyond my comprehension.

1-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware!
I am an happy user of version 5 and I have gone back to it after many hairpulling hours with the Microsoft techs getting my system back after version 6 crashed my machine. It is a bulky, slow, bug ridden mess. Save your money and wait for them to clean this dog up before buying. beware!

1-0 out of 5 stars BAD NEWS IS RIGHT
This program is full of bugs. The UI is actually OK, but the program just does not work. Error after error, coaster after coaster.

1-0 out of 5 stars BAD NEWS
I completely agree with the other reviews of this software.

I received MyDVD bundled with the Sony DVD burner I purchased. I thought I was getting a great deal but MyDVD has turned out to be nothing but problems. Buggy, inconsistent, poor support, a big pain in the butt. No wonder it was free.

Avoid it! ... Read more


106. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition 6 Competitive Upgrade ( Windows )

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Asin: B00067R3PW
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
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Features

  • Combine multiple formats and standards in the same timeline through the SmartEDIT - -work with a variety of popular codecs, all uncompressed
  • Powerful new audio effects engine provides a new audio mixer, surround sound support, VST plug-ins and effects like Timewarp
  • CX Color Correction for both secondary and selective color correction with a host of other broadcast-quality effects
  • Multicam support makes editing multi-camera support a breeze

107. STUDIO AV V8 VIDEO EDITING FOR ANALOG CAMCORDERS CARD INCL

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Asin: B00006HYYF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 39676
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Introducing Pinnacle Studio version 8: the total video-editing solution for your desktop or laptop PC. Simply capture your video footage and then use the professional editing features like scene transitions, title effects, and fast/slow motion to create compelling movies. After you've edited your video, you can output to tape or burn your movies to a CD or DVD that will play on most living room DVD players.Studio version 8 makes editing movies on your PC or laptop easier than ever. Pinnacle Studio software allows you to drag-and-drop your captured video footage onto the editing timeline and assemble a movie in mere minutes. Then add professional 3D scene transitions, some background music, a couple of title effects, and get ready to show the world your finished masterpiece. Share your special moments with family and friends on DVD! With Studio version 8, you can burn a disc with your CD or DVD burner that will play in most set-top DVD players. Plus, there are advanced authoring features that allow you to create multiple linked menus, motion menus, and motion buttons. Now you can turn hours of home video into Hollywood-style movies on CD/DVD that no one will want to miss. Pinnacle Studio AV version 8 includes Studio version 8 software and an analog capture card for owners of analog video camcorders. ... Read more

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works for me
The card and software installation went smoothly. I burned my first test cd within 30 minutes. (about 10 minutes in length)
There is a few seconds pause when I click on a drop-down box, but other than that everything worked fine. My machine is a 1.73 ghz Athlon, 640 mb ram, Windows XP Home. I would suggest reading the manual and using a pretty fast computer.

1-0 out of 5 stars waste of money
stay clear.it is the worst software I have ever purchased.

2-0 out of 5 stars Lots of potential, little results
I was really excited to try this product, but after hours and hours of frustration, I finally gave up.On the surface, the GUI interface is very slick and it seems like Studio 8 could do everything I wanted (record analog video, edit, and create VCD's).It has nice editing features that are fairly intuitive.However, the application locked up or crashed regularly (I installed v8.8).You can use the auto-save feature to help minimize loss of work.When it was running, I was constantly encountering little quirks and made the user's experience frustrating.Plus, it was painfully slow on my PC (P3, 1GHz, 384MB RAM, WinME).Pinnacle should reduce the GUI 'fanciness' and work on making it run faster and smoother.It seems that it would be a great product, if it worked as promised.My recommendation:Wait for Studio 10!

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Clear
Simple, let's cut to the chase...this product stinks. Stay clear and do not purchase. I cannot vouch for Pinnacle's other products but do not buy this one. In addition to their buggy software/hardware, their customer support is poor.

You've been forewarned, look elsewhere for your analog needs.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy, never really worked
The editing features are good and it is easy to learn and use.But it was difficult to install, the tech support is poor and after many tries I could never got it to work right.It crashed constantly, and would not produce some of the file types listed.I really wanted to use this software, so I spent a lot of time trying to get technical support.My problems were never resolved. ... Read more


108. COSMI Perfect Video & Photo Editor (Windows)

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Asin: B00009MDAS
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Cosmi
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Features

  • Import your own audio & video and easily enhance, retouch and compile your digital video
  • Editing your digital video is as simple as dragging and dropping into a timeline -- add and arrange video by clicking a mouse
  • Choose from a variety of fonts to add titles & captions to your personal creations
  • Turn your digital photos into a complete album
  • Add transitions, zoom in for a closer view, and fade in & out

109. ImageWolf
list price: $29.95
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Asin: B000056V4R
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Trellian LTD
Sales Rank: 11869
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

ImageWolf is a search tool that locates picture and movie files on the Web. It explores Web rings, looking for files based on a given query, and can locate thousands of pictures per hour and deliver it all to your browser for display. The search parameter screen gives you full control over numerous search parameters. You can filter out small images, and download files and images automatically to your hard disk. ImageWolf maintains a library of image and movie file links that can be rescanned in subsequent sessions to quickly locate updates and new files. You can add your links, or let the library be created dynamically based on previous search results. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars Does not work as advertised
This product has yet to yeild any possitive results. The company has poor online support for its product. Don't waste your money - the internet works better. ... Read more


110. IMSI HiJaak Pro 5.0 ( Windows )

Asin: B00022FU10
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Imsi
Sales Rank: 11505
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Features

  • Design your own picture-perfect images as simply as pointing and clicking
  • Powerful 3D engine powerful by TurboCAD
  • More than 115 unsupported formats, including raster, vector, 3D and CAD formats
  • Simple drag-and-drop batch processing, for faster image processing
  • Animated GIF filters make it easy to create fantastic moving pictures

111. Disney Magic Artist Ulead Pictureshow
list price: $29.95
our price: $29.95
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Asin: B00062VOVG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ULead Systems
Sales Rank: 2112
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112. PhotoImpact XL Corporate
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B0000E2Y6X
Catlog: Software
Publisher: ULead Systems
Sales Rank: 4778
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Image editing software for digital photography, graphic design, and Web page creation
  • Allows digital photographers to edit, manage, and share digital photos
  • Offers Web and graphic designers powerful tools without a high learning curve
  • Includes digital photography tools, filters and effects, and learning resources
  • Includes Ulead GIF Animator 5.0; box version offers bonus value features

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful addition
This is my favorite photo editing program. I own this, Jasc Paint Shop Pro, and Adobe Photoshop Element 2.0. All of them are great, but I just love this one.

I found it easy to make cool effects, use the tools, and even make websites. If your looking for an all-in-one program this is the one to get. It comes bundled with software to organize photos, make animations, websites, and images, and it's under $100. One of the best purchases I've ever made.

5-0 out of 5 stars PhotoImpact XL rocks!
I agree with the above reviewer. This is an excellent graphics tool! My ONLY advice to potential customers would be to purchase the boxed version, not the download (even though its delivery is immediate.)

I am buying a new computer and will now have to re-purchase the PIXL program and I could have avoided the re-purchase had I been patient enough to wait on the boxed version's delivery by post. Ulead built a real keeper in this product! I use it for nearly all of my commercial graphics clients and there are on-line classes available, as well, which I HIGHLY recommend. Just a hint in the right direction (not an advertisement, but this is my instructor), look up Stephanie's Tutorials in your search engine for the best instruction I've come across. She also holds 6 week on-line classes.

Check some of PhotoImpact's results on my own website, if you want to see some of the things you can do with this package:
www.ofaolaingraphicdesigns.com

Needless to say, I LOVE this package!

5-0 out of 5 stars 100 Stars For This Product!..
If you love Adobe PhotoShop you will love even more PhotoImpact, I have both and I create all my work on PhotoImpact and I use PhotoShop for little retouching sometimes, this program is no expensive and do all the same work as PhotoShop and others programs and even better is fast, easy to manage, a very understandable environment. This is a Great Ulead product and the price is even better. I give an Oscar, a Grammy and a Gold Dove to this Program of year. ... Read more


113. Pinnacle Systems Studio DV V8 Video Editing

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Asin: B00006HYYK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 22072
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars What a relief
I had already ordered Pinnacle Studio DV from Dell when I started reading all of the horrible reviews. I bought the program after seeing some DVDs that my boss made of his son's football games & he said he had no problems. When it arrived I decided to try it and hope for the best & I'm glad I did. I captured about 90 minutes of video that I had shot using a Sony TRV-350. The capture process when very smoothly. Editing confused me at first (I didn't want to read the manual) but I caught on quickly and edited the video down to about 30 minutes of scenes that I wanted to burn to DVD. The rendering process did take a while: 30 to 45 minutes but when it was done my dvd drive spit out a completed dvd with the titles and transitions that I added and it looked great when I played it in by DVD player. I had no problems at all during the entire process including installation. I did follow Pinnacle's recommendations and bought a separate hard drive for capturing and I made sure no other applications were running in XP. I am very pleased with the product. I do have a new system: Dell 4600, 2.6ghz P4, 512 RAM, 40 GB internal, 80GB Western Digital firewire external hardrive (I used the card that came with Pinnacle for the firewire connection as the Dell 4600 didn' have one - the Pinnacle card comes with two connections one of which you must use for your digital camcorder). I am very pleased with this product.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great when it works, Can be really frustrating
I bought this software over a year ago to edit video from my Sony Digital 8 camera.

Installation:
It took me close to 3 months to setup because of issues between Windows ME and the included FireWire card. I actually had to hack the Microsoft drivers .INF file to get the card to work properly on my system.

User Interface
The software is amazing easy to use. The user interface is very intuitive.

To capture, hookup your Digital camcorder to the Firewire card with the included cable. You just say you want to record and up to 15 minutes of video is transfered at a time. This is due to a limit in the size of AVI files.

The system is capable of automatically sensing scene breaks, so when it captures, it automatically organizes scenes.

For editing, it just have to arrange the scenes. You can also shorten the scenes through again a very good UI.

The software has 3 voice tracks. You can easily add music from MP3s or CDs to your video. You can also do voiceovers ( I haven't tried this yet ).

If you are making DVDs, you can add chapters and menus. The UI for doing this is pretty good as well.

You can also add stills. I've made many videos which are combination of video and stills pictues from a digital camera

The software comes with many transitions. You can do fads and other cool effects.

You can output your movie to DVD, S-VCD, VCD, RealNetworks, Microsoft Media Player Format, or MPEG ( No Quicktime support ).

Now the bad: The software has been very unreliable, at times, I lost hours of work. Anyone who looks at the message boards will see that the user base of this software is generally unhappy. I seem to finally have a patch that has made the software reasonable reliable. I can honestly say that I love the software but have never been so frustrated with the qauality of a piece of software before. When it works its really good, but it doesn't always work.

Because of the unreliability of the software, I would not recommend it to a computer novice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sarcastic customer service and flaky card
I tried to pair the card in this package with the new Maxtor 5000DV. The Pinnacle card toasts the Maxtor drive every time. Maxtor customer service can replicate my error and has been very helpful. Pinnacle customer service has been sarcastic, irresponsible, and completely unhelpful.

The Pinnacle software only offers minor improvements over my existing software, so I'm out [$$$] and have a worthless Pinnacle package sitting in the closet.

Don't buy from Pinnacle until they get their customer service reps up to snuff!

4-0 out of 5 stars Best program for home edition
Its easy and simple to use, dont have to especifie many entries like in adobe premiere, you only have to be a little clever and that's that, incredible easy

1-0 out of 5 stars Poor quality hardware and non-responsive customer support
It's been about two weeks since I first received my Studio DV V8. Installation was fairly straight forward. I notice the quality of the IEEE-1394 PCI card was more on the low cost side and the IEEE-1394 6-pin/4-pin cable fit very loosely into my Sony DV. When I start the capture, computer lock-up and I have to cycle the power to get out of it.

- There are no 800 numbers for phone tech support and tech support hours are 10-7 EST M-F; which can't be utilized by me.
- I had logged this problem with them twice via web support in the last two weeks and had not heard anything from them.

(I will update the review if I ever get an answer back from them.) ... Read more


114. Adobe VIDEO COLLECTION PRO V2.6 WIN ( 23160085 )

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Asin: B0009JEAVM
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Adobe Systems
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115. ADOBE ENCORE 1.5 WIN ( 22030054 )

Asin: B0002376WA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe Systems
Sales Rank: 11206
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116. HiJaak Image Manager
list price: $39.95
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Asin: B00005U5B1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: IMSI
Sales Rank: 4051
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Amazon.com Product Description

Organize, capture, edit, and convert photos and images with HiJaak Image Manager, a tool for handling all your graphics tasks. Capture single images, animations, and entire Web sites. HiJaak commands are added to the local menus that appear when you right-click on a file. These commands allow you to view, convert, thumbnail, copy, print, or view the file's properties.

Easily browse or archive your favorite digital photos, graphics, and images from your hard drive, intranet, or local network with ease. With HiJaak Image Manager, thumbnail images appear inside the application for supported graphics formats so you can spot the image you're seeking. HiJaak Image Manager also lets you capture almost any image you can find, regardless of the image's original file format. And you can save time by using the HTML parsing feature. Extract every image from a Web site just by dragging and dropping the URL.

HiJaak Image Manager allows you to convert graphic formats for placement on Web pages, banners, multimedia CD-ROMs, digital video, printed projects, and more. Choose from 14 file formats, or convert any supported vector file format to a raster format, including BMP, GIF, TIF, and JPG. You can also convert any raster-formatted image to any of the other supported raster formats. ... Read more


117. PINNACLE SYSTEMS Liquid Edition 6 Version Upgrade ( Windows )

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Asin: B00067R5W8
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 8331
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Features

  • Combine multiple formats and standards in the same timeline through the SmartEDIT - -work with a variety of popular codecs, all uncompressed
  • Powerful new audio effects engine provides a new audio mixer, surround sound support, VST plug-ins and effects like Timewarp
  • CX Color Correction for both secondary and selective color correction with a host of other broadcast-quality effects
  • Multicam support makes editing multi-camera support a breeze

118. PINNACLE MEDIACENTER 100i PCI ( 210100419 )

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Asin: B0002XHAWG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 124377
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Product Description

Pinnacle Systems (210100419) Pinnacle MediaCenter 100i ... Read more


119. FREEHAND MX MAC FULL COMMERCIAL

our price: $409.99
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Asin: B00008JOMP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Macromedia
Sales Rank: 6018
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120. Adobe Encore DVD
list price: $599.99
our price: $589.99
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Asin: B0000AJXWX
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 4327
Average Customer Review: 1.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Import and convert source files automatically
  • Create and edit menus in Adobe Photoshop format
  • Output projects to all recordable DVD formats
  • Streamlined DVD workflow with integrated transcoding
  • Integration: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Extremely buggy
I use & love many Adobe products, especially Photoshop. But Encore 1.01 is by far the worst quality Adobe software I've ever seen. I find it almost impossible to finish a project, at some point it will eventually hang opening the project file and my work is lost. Also there are many obvious & "dumb" bugs which are really annoying, problems with transcoding & video import etc. It's as if nobody even tried to build a few DVDs with this before they released it.

To give you an idea, I had a dollar for every time this has hung and I've had to kill it from Task Manager, I'd have paid for the software by now (i.e. hundreds of times).

The nice feature is integration with photoshop, but that is not enough to compensate for the terrible software quality. For a product at this price point it's criminal, and very unlike Adobe.

I completed one project with this and then gave up using it. I'm hoping 1.5 is better quality, I don't care if they add ANY new features I just want them to fix the bugs!

1-0 out of 5 stars buggy
This is a buggy product.

I tried to create a DVD with menus and subtitles. The menus worked fine. But when I added some subtitles, Encore started to crash with "Out of Memory" error.

When it crashed, not only did it corrupt the current project, it somehow corrupted an earlier saved project as well. Perhaps it was already corrupt but did not manifest itself until later.

I then tried adding subtitles on another computer with more memory (512MB), but it crashed just the same.

I checked the support forum at Adobe and realized that I'm not alone on this issue.

Eventually I resorted to using a freeware to create subtitles and then import them into Encore. But eventually I ran into another error: "disc in inconsistent state" while building the DVD. Fortunately, someone on the Adobe support forum pointed out a workaround.

This review applies to version 1.0.1.

Version 1.5 has just been announced.

1-0 out of 5 stars Ouch! Home users beware...
Unfortunately I have to disagree with any positive review of this product. I've been using trial versions of several "prosumer" class DVD authoring packages before deciding on a final buy, and this product stands out as the worst of them all by far.

When used on a Dell dual P4 2.6GHz Xeon workstation with 2GB of RAM (not your average home PC by a long shot!) the product sort of kept up with doing some very simple editing on VOB files imported from a DVD produced by a set-top DVD recorder. However, I found the product difficult to use - if you're not an Adobe afficionado (and I'll admit I'm not), rather stay away. The kicker was trying to dome some simple editing on a new Dell 8300 Dimension desktop (3GHz P4, 512MB RAM, high performance video card) - just forget it! The performance is unbelievably poor. The audio got out of sync by several minutes.

By comparison, Ulead's DVD Workshop 2 works very well on the same computers, and for me had a more functional and intuitive user interface - maybe without some of the more obscure features of Encore, but good enough for what I want to do.

Bottom line: on paper this product seems to offer most of the features missing from the cheap "home video" DVD authoring offerings available today, but you'd better have VERY sophisticated computer hardware and a lot of time to fiddle around with it. For the life of me I cannot figure out who Adobe's real target audience for this piece of software is. Not recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars very flexible; poorly written help; somewhat buggy
Adobe Encore DVD might well be the most flexible DVD authoring software in its price range. It allows you to do about anything allowed by the DVD standards - menus of any complexity, subtitles, multiple language sound tracks, you can make menu references to individual chapters, add clips which will play before the main menu, you can determine what will happen at the end of each clip, etc. It has a built-in MPEG encoder which can be configured either manually, or you can instruct it to calculate how mich room you have left on DVD and choose the encoder settings automatically to make sure that everything fits on the disk. Since it uses Photoshop files for menus, the user can take advantage of all that Photoshop is capable of to make the manus visually attractive.

And yes, Encore does only DVD authoring, i.e., it can encode your AVI files in MPEG (if necessary), create menus and links to individual video/audio tracks, and burn this all on DVD. It is not a program for editing videos; for this, Adobe has Permiere Pro.

I tried demo versions of several other products. My first impression was not in Encore's favor - Sony DVD architect, Sonic MyDVD, etc. all allow the user to put together a simple menu within a few minutes using a wizard, whereas in Encore I could do NOTHING before I got and read a book on it (poorly written help files are of little use). However, once I understood several key concepts, I discovered how endless are the possibility to make menus in Encore as compared to other similar programs. As a matter of fact, after all those trials I could not think about any other consumer-grade product which gets anywhere close to Encore in terms of its capabilities.

Adobe offeres a fully functional demo version of this product on its web site, which expires after 30 days. Downloading this demo might be a good starting point if you shop for a program for DVD authoring. Do not miss this opportunity to find out what you can do with it and to verify its compativility with your DVD recorder. However, you should simultaneously either buy a book on Encore or find tutorial movies on the web to be able to use the program. Although Adobe tried to make Encore very easy to use, and it certainly is once you understood how it works, but at first glance the meaning of some palettes and menu items is less than obvious and may even be totally confusing. Help file included with Encore is of little help. There is no wizard to help you get quick results, and attempts to get anything working without understanding of Encore's logic can only lead to frustration. However, once you grasp the picture of how it works and how to link clips and menus, everything becomes simple and clear. While all Adobe products require some time to learn due to their complexity and miriads of possibilities available to the user, one could certainly - at least - provide better explanations in the help. I hope Adobe will address this issue in the future releases. Retail (but not demo) version comes with a nice tutorial on a disk; additionally there is a tutorial movie on DVD that comes with the Video Collection.

It may be somewhat disadvatageous, for some users, that Encore heavily relies on integration with other Adobe products. Encore's own image/text editing capabilities are rather weak, and the users who do not have access to Photoshop would feel lack of means to make their own nice-looking menus within Encore (unfortunately, the number of standard templates in the standard installation of Encore is quite limited).

The only real problem with Encore is that it is unusually buggy for Adobe, which usually takes great effort to carefully test the software before its release. This is the primary reason why I rated this software four stars. The first release was known to crash regularly on the encoding/burning stage; Version 1.01 fixed a number of bugs, but even this version has some problems. For instance, I found it hard way, after damaging several blanks, and with the help of the User Forum on Adobe web site, that an antivirus program may interfere with the DVD burning process (nothing on this is the manual!); just the other day I found that I ccould not import an MPEG file encoded in Premiere into Encore and had to encode it again in Encore. Little by little I developed my own ways to avoid problems: I encode all AVI files in MPEG in Encore rather than in Premiere, create a DVD image (folder) on the disk, and only then turn off the antivirus and burn this image on DVD. I hope Adobe will eventually fix the rest of the bugs - in the meantime, the demo version is a good starting point to see how if program works for you.

Pricewise, it does not make sense to buy Encore as an along-standing product. Adobe Video Collection 1.0 offers much better value for nearly the same money as it includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Audition - a full suite to import digital video, edit it, mix the sound files, and burn it all on DVD. A higher priced video Collection 2 (Pro) additionally includes Photoshop and the Pro version of After Effects. ... Read more


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