Compiling a DVD project isn't the easiest task in the world. For the newcomer, or for those who'd rather not waste hours mastering a few basic tools, Roxio's MyDVD 9.0 Studio Premier offers a user-friendly interface that makes it simple to pick out the right tool for the job.

For editing and enhancing images to use in your menus, labels and slideshows, PhotoSuite 9.0 is just the ticket. It features a large clip art library to liven up label designs, quick-fix solutions, touchup and cloning tools and a decent variety of special effects.

VideoWave 9.0 is equipped with a reasonable selection of effects, transitions and overlays. It uses the simplicity of drag-and-drop with a Storyline Editor thumbnail view very similar to Premiere Element's Sceneline. Plus, you can add narration to videos and edit footage that was taken using a mobile phone.

However, when you're ready to produce your finished project, the selection of just three styles of menu and the bare minimum of buttons is disappointing. More styles are available to download, but at a further cost. And the selection found within Label Creator is similarly uninspiring. However, there is the option to download or scan images directly for use in your label composition.

MyDVD's compatibility with Vista, widescreen DVD-creation capabilities and ability to burn to Blu-ray Disc are all welcome. And although we found it a bit slow at encoding when burning to disc, a user-friendly interface makes it a decent choice for novices.

Roxio MyDVD 9.0 Studio Premier: Specs

  • 1.6GHz Intel Pentium 4
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 1GB hard disk space
  • 1.6GHz Intel Pentium 4
  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • 256MB RAM (512MB recommended)
  • 1GB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

With MyDVD it's easy to compile video files, stills and audio into a project, or to edit standard- and high-definition video formats. However, the software falls short in terms of templates and styles when creating menus, creative projects and labels and is sluggish when encoding and burning projects.

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