Reprinted from a Software Architects press release:

Software Architects, Inc., the world’s first and leading supplier of disk drive utilities that use the Universal Disk Format (UDF), announced its release of GreatVideo! DVD Video File Converter v2.0 for Apple PowerMac systems running OS X.

Using Consumer DVD Video Recorders with Mac OS Systems
GreatVideo! provides everything you need to download, convert and use video files recorded from consumer DVD video recorders and camcorders on an Apple computer system. DVD video recorders record live video to the VR file format (a slightly different format than the DVD Movie format that is incompatible with the Apple UDF reader). The VR format is specified by the DVD Forum for video recording on consumer recordable DVD devices.

GreatVideo! is the first software application in the world to mount, read and copy recordable VR formatted DVD discs on a Mac system, and convert the contents to QuickTime video formats for editing, authoring and mastering on a Mac system. The software is compatible with all Apple editing and QuickTime compatible third party editing software.

Three Useful Functions:
GreatVideo! provides consumers with three useful and easy-to-use functions:

  • Input of recorded DVD video to Mac OS systems
  • Conversion from the VR format to more usable video formats using QuickTime
  • Output of video and audio files by masting out DVD video discs that are playable on consumer DVD video players, on all types of recordable DVD devices and media.

    Powerful and Easy to Use
    GreatVideo! performs “drag & drop” conversion of VR format DVD video files to 21 industry standard video file formats, including Sorenson, Motion JPEG and Intel Indeo Video, plus many more. The software uses QuickTime as a conversion platform to convert files to traditional video formats readable by most popular video editing, authoring and playing software, including Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier.

    Advanced features include selecting the compression rate, number of key frames per second, bit rate, and color as allowed by specific video formats.

    Master DVD video discs Quickly and Easily on third party recordable DVD drives
    Great Video! supports all types of recordable DVD drives, including DVD-RAM/R, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W and the new DVD “Multi” combination drives. It also supports writing out data files with the same “drag & drop” interface.

    Version v2.0 supports Apple, Hitachi, NEC, Pioneer, Panasonic, Ricoh, Samsung, Sony, Teac, Toshiba and other recordable DVD drives, using DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM discs. Video is recorded in DVD Forum compliant mpeg-2 compressed “.vob” format.

    Compliant with Industry Standards
    GreatVideo! is compliant with DVD Forum specifications for Real Time Recording DVD Video Files (VR video files) & DVD Video Files (.vob format), and the OSTA(Optical Storage Technology Association) specifications for UDF formats. Version 2.0 supports DVD Forum specification drives, media and formats.

    System Requirements:
    Supports all Apple PowerMac systems running Mac OS 9.0 or OS X; 128 MBytes RAM required; 256 MBytes recommended. 5 GBytes free hard disk space required. QuickTime v5.0 or QuickTime Pro v5.0 required; v6.0 recommended.

    Pricing & Availability
    Price: $99.95 US. Available July 2003

    For further information
    For more information, please visit our web site at: www.softarch.com.

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