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Finally Roxio takes on Nero and wins!
on 25 October 2008
Firstly, prior to use, make sure to put the kettle on as this is one mother of a package taking up to 35 minutes to load onto your PC (not to mention close to a gig of memory)!
I've never been a fan of Roxio, opting for Nero, however at long last Roxio have beefed up considerably theur interface which has been given a far more user-friendly look, with icons now being used to identify and highlight the main applications of Home, Data-Copy, Video-Movies, Music-Audio, Photo and Online. In addition the suite of programmes are initially displayed in a "Home page", which allows you to instantly access basic tasks, such as copy or burn CD/DVDs without having to search through additional menus.
The interface is pretty clear (helpful for beginners), with links for Tutorials and "Do More", which helps you get the most out of the package and also makes it easier to get to grips with the basics however I'm not sure I'd recommend this package for absolute beginners as the more experienced enthusiast will definitely gain more joy and usage from what is a pretty comprehensive suite of programmes!
To me, at first glance and basics aside most of the features here are designed for audio, which is great news for those with basic home recording studios, or those who like to add music to home movies (ripping CDs and transcoding audio files are excellent features). In addiiton, Roxio has added Beatmatch, which allows you to blend tunes together (fancy a go at being Sasha for a day?!), while Automix tries to draw similar tempos together from your music collection so you don't need to trawl through them manually. On the whole, these are quite creative tools and a good place to start your DJ, digital editing career!
Videos can be cut and trimmed, scenes cut (ideal for the 2hr long holiday vid) and a timelime and story board added. One other great feature is drag and drop - your final edited media can now be dragged and dropped from the PC straight to your portable player and Creator will transfer it to the correct formatting.
Bearing in mind that some of the features here would have cost twice as much on their own less than a few years ago - Roxio have come up with a great value and entertaining package for anyone with an interest in audio and audio visual production - As a former Nero deveotee, the fact that I'm now using it as a standalone product says it all - great improvement on previous versions and pretty much feature packed. Home movies are about to get better and very personal!