Uleads DVD Workshop Offers Advanced Authoring

by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

With Ulead’s release of DVD Workshop, a new DVD authoring program, the company builds on DVD MovieFactory, which it released last year.

While MovieFactory ($50 MSRP) users are locked into non-customizable templates, DVD Workshop users will have precise controls over all creative aspects of their DVDs, a Ulead spokesperson said. The program offers the ability to include high-end effects such as motion backgrounds, buttons and scene thumbnails.

In addition, DVD Workshop includes Ulead’s MPEG-Direct capture, which is designed to capture video directly to the MPEG-2 format via IEEE 1394 (FireWire) and analog capture boards. The program also supports video captures beyond the problematic 4GB-capture limit.

DVD Workshop outputs video to DVD, VCD and SVCD. Before committing their projects to DVD or CD discs, users can preview their work in real time. DVD Workshop is available at a suggested retail price of $299.

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