ENDLESS ROXIO

Roxio Easy Media Creator is now in its 10th incarnation (will there someday be a Roxio 20?), and the price was recently dropped from $100 to $80 after rebate.

 

The drop makes a lot of sense since so many people have earlier versions of Roxio and those do most of what this one does. What’s been added is a three-Roxio Easy Media Creator 10step process that lets you automatically edit your video for posting to YouTube or to put it on a DVD. Also new in this version is a feature that lets you capture and edit high-definition video and add surround sound.

Easy Media Creator 10 is huge. More than 35 programs have been thrown together in an “everything but the kitchen sink” collection that lets you do just about anything in editing audio and video. Some of these programs are available in similar forms as part of Windows and Mac computers. But if you’re willing to spend some time learning the ins and outs, the Roxio grab bag can be a good deal. Tech support people tell us you get more consistent results if you use Roxio.

The Mac version of Creator 10 is called Popcorn 3, which lets you easily transfer video to portable devices, like the iPhone or iPod, Blackberry, and even the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. This includes a feature called TiVo ToGo, which lets you pull anything saved on a TiVo box and transfer that to any of the aforementioned devices.

Creator 10 was easy to use for recording Internet radio stations and equally easy to use for converting video footage between formats. Enhancing photos taken with a cell phone — often low-quality — was simple and gave good results. We could make a 50-hour DVD of songs, and their titles and other information scrolled by the computer screen as we listened.

On the downside, a feature called Live Share did not work. This is supposed to let approved viewers riffle through a picture collection and download full-resolution copies. Our approved viewers got nothing but “page not found” messages, and working with Roxio tech support did not solve the problem. You can use a service from SharpCast.com, instead, to share full-resolution pictures free for 30 days.

Roxio.com has a comparison chart that shows which features in Creator 10 are available in earlier versions. If those are the features you want, you can buy earlier versions on eBay for $10 to $15.

 

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