Ulead Announces DVD MovieFactory 4

Reprinted from a Ulead press release:

Ulead Systems, Inc., a 15-year industry leader in video, image and DVD software, announces Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator, the latest version of its all-in-one consumer-level DVD creation software for the PC. DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator offers useful digital media tools such as the ability to burn audio DVDs, fit dual layer DVDs to a single layer disc and quickly sync music to an MP3 player. At the same time, it enables consumers to turn videos and photos into DVD movies and slideshows to watch on TV with a professional-looking DVD menu. DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator is the right fit for anyone who wants a variety of tools to handle their digital media as well as the ability to create polished home movies, slideshows and business presentations.

DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator offers new quick-drop desktop icons to let consumers burn and sync digital media by simply dragging and dropping media to task icons located on the desktop without having to fully launch the software. A fine-tuned interface, which incorporates Flash animation, makes it easy to navigate and locate DVD burning and creation tools. Enhanced DVD menu design technology enables consumers to fully customize DVD menus by simply resizing chapter points, objects and text, and dragging and dropping them anywhere on the menu.

Ulead also offers a standard version of DVD MovieFactory 4, which provides the core DVD authoring and creation tools that are included in the Disc Creator version. DVD MovieFactory 4 is for consumers who are focused mainly on preserving their video and photo memories on DVD and CD.

"As many consumers now have access to DVD burners, we wanted DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator to be so intuitive that basically anyone can use them without having to know anything about DVD technology," says Ian Andes, video product manager at Ulead Systems, North America. "Coupled with the improved interface and enhanced design tools and menu templates, the software provides the perfect mix of DVD tools and ease-of-use to appeal to mass market consumers."

New Features in DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator
In addition to a fine-tuned interfaced, quick-drop task icons, and drag & drop DVD menu creation, other new features include:

  • Full 16:9 Video Authoring & Menus — Preview, edit, add menus, and author 16:9 movies and slideshows to DVD.
  • Make audio-only DVD discs — Use Dolby Digital to pack 45 hours of music onto a single disc to play on a DVD player.
  • Burn DVD Audio discs — Burn 6 hours of high-quality uncompressed music on a DVD Audio disc.
  • Auto video enhancements –Lighten dark video clips to improve final production.
  • Pan & zoom effects –Highlight details in photos with pan & zoom motion.
  • Multiple background music — Add multiple audio files to video with audio fade-in/fade-out.
  • Format DVDs/CDs to act like a hard drive — Conveniently drag and drop files on and off of discs.
  • Fit to Disc — Import a DVD, select the content, language and subtitles, and convert to DVD-video or fit double-layer to single-layer DVDs.
  • Burned disc verification — Compares burned data to sourced data to ensure proper burn.
  • Pricing and Availability
    Both DVD MovieFactory 4 Disc Creator and DVD MovieFactory 4 are currently available for $99.99 and $49.99 respectively at www.ulead.com. DVD MovieFactory 4 will be available in North American retail stores, catalogs and at www.ulead.com for $49.99. Previous users of DVD MovieFactory Disc Creator and DVD MovieFactory can upgrade at www.ulead.com for $64.99 and $34.99 respectively.

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