Reprinted from a NewSoft press release:

NewSoft, a leading provider of innovative business and consumer software, announce today the immediate availability of Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0. An enhanced video and data-burning software suite, version 2.0 supports the industry’s latest 16x DVD drives in addition to new double layer DVD recording. Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 also integrates the latest Intel IPP 4 technology for a nearly 30% improvement in MPEG-II decoding speeds, advanced deinterlacing quality, as well as automatic DVD drive detection for optimal recording speeds.

Adding support for the industry’s most recent introduction of double layer DVD recording technology, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 users can now burn up to 8.5 GB of data, up to four hours of DVD-quality video, 16-hours of VHS-quality video, or more than 2,000 songs on a single on compatible DVD+R DL disc. The value-add functionality afforded through the integration of Intel’s new IPP 4 technology expands PowerSuite’s support for audio and video codecs including: MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 result in optimized encoding and decoding speeds that are up to 30% faster than previous generation PowerSuite solutions. PowerSuitev2.0 also automatically detects installed DIVX and other MPEG4 codecs that follow Microsoft’s DirectShow mechanism. In addition, Presto! DVD PowerSuite 2.0 can automatically detect the DVD drive being used, and adjusts accordingly to the parameters that are most compatible with drives’ firmware for optimal recording speeds. The new features and upgrades provide consumers with a smooth playback, superior visual quality, and an overall superior consumer video editing solution.

Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0 also includes:

  • 16:9 aspect ratio support for DVD-Video
  • Transition effects for DVD slide show
  • Direct record support for DVD+VR discs
  • New 3-D text effects
  • High resolution VCD slide show playback
  • Disc and file slice support

    “NewSoft is committed to providing our customers with the tools needed to turn their content and creative ideas into DVDs they can share proudly,” said James Li, President of NewSoft Technology. “By integrating the most advanced technology in Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0, we are embracing a new era of DVD creation with the highest level of quality and performance. As a result, Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0 appeals to users of every level of experience and provides our customers with a solid, all-in-one solution for everything from capturing to creating to burning.”

    Presto! DVD PowerSuite v2.0 also implements an Internet music title and artist name tracking and retrieval feature that automatically displays the album title, song title, and artist information in real-time while listening through PowerSuite v2.0 on the PC. This feature enables users to create play lists with ease – just drag and drop music files from files to immediately record. This latest version of PowerSuite also includes even more menu templates; providing users with the tools to further personalize and customize their DVDs.

    A powerful video-editing tool, PowerSuite v2.0 features direct-to-disc video capture, step-by-step video editing, and real-time encoding. In addition to offering high quality video editing, PowerSuite users can also compile a music CD, create a photo CD/DVD, or burn data to a CD or DVD for an inexpensive data sharing/file back-up solution. A universal media player combines support for an extensive range of video and audio formats, and integrates the ability to create playlists and set parental controls. In addition to DVD, VCD and Audio CD playback, PowerSuite v2.0 can be used to watch WMV, MPEG, and MPEG-4 video files.

    Availability
    Compatible with Windows 98SE/Me/2000 and XP operating systems, boxed copies of NewSoft’s Presto! DVD PowerSuite V2.0 are also available through www.newsoftinc.com with an Estimated Street Price (ESP) of just $69.95.

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