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Two new articles added to guide section

Written by James Delahunty @ 29 Oct 2005 1:48 User comments (2)

Two new articles added to guide section Two days ago, I added two new articles to the AfterDawn guide section. Firstly there is a guide/review for PhotoDVD 2, VSO Software's solution for creating DVD sideshows. This review was an update of an older article we had for a beta version of PhotoDVD over a year ago. Hopefully my walkthrough and conclusions will help some of you get a good idea of PhotoDVD now that we approach the holiday season and the demand for this kind of software rises.
The second addition I made was a quick review of the TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Author Pro software title from TMPG Inc. This is only a review and should NOT be used as a guide for using the software. It has many improvements over the older versions of the TMPGEnc DVD Author software and is a good solution for professionals and new users alike. Within a few days there will also be the addition of a full guide for the software that some users might useful or interesting.

Here is a short look at each...

VSO PhotoDVD 2

PhotoDVD can make excellent, professional looking slideshows for DVD. It accepts many different types of digital photos including the usual suspects JPEG, GIF, PNG etc. It comes complete with animation effects that can be set automatically by the software, or manually by the user. It also allows the addition of up to 3 subtitle streams, which you completely create and edit using the software. This feature is good for adding comments to your photos.

It also adds transition effects to make the switch between displayed photos look better and not dull. The user can also add up to 3 audio streams, which you can create in the program using your digital audio files (supports MP3, APE, MPC, WAV, Ogg & WMA formats). It outputs a VIDEO_TS folder to your HDD and can also burn it to DVD for you automatically when the process is finished. It supports NTSC or PAL output, 4:3 or 16:9 and can burn to DVD+/-R(W) & Dual Layer media.

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Released late last month, the TSUNAMI MPEG DVD Author Pro software has a nice set of features and support. It's main purpose of course is for authoring DVDs from pre-encoded files. It accepts input of MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 video, VRO, DVR-MS and pre-authored DVD Video. It supports input and output of MP2 and AC3 audio as well. See the review for a more detailed set of supported input files.

It includes the cut-editing capabilities that TMPGEnc DVD Author does, allowing easy cutting at frame level. It has excellent support for adding chapters. It can also create slideshows and gives the user lots of options for effects to use. It has several pre-built menu's and has great menu editing capabilities. It also has a fit-to-disc transcoder, it's own separate DVD writing tool and can burn to Dual Layer discs.

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2 user comments

129.10.2005 10:24

Nice Guide AD, this is the best tech forum in the world

230.10.2005 10:05

I would have to agree

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