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Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4.0

£30 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Ulead

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

With DVD burners - including dual-layer models - cheap enough to be fitted in new PCs as standard, DVD-authoring software is a rich seam. It can be divided into two main camps: professional applications, which can be difficult to use but provide complete control, and home-user packages where simplicity is key.

With DVD burners - including dual-layer models - cheap enough to be fitted in new PCs as standard, DVD-authoring software is a rich seam. It can be divided into two main camps: professional applications, which can be difficult to use but provide complete control, and home-user packages where simplicity is key.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory falls into the latter category, promoting itself as a program that can get footage from camera to DVD in three steps. In most cases, you'll want to follow a couple of diversions, but in general it is slick and simple to use.

The program is available in two versions - a standard package that provides basic editing and burning to disc, and the Disc Creator edition for an extra £20. The latter supports additional features such as creating music and photo discs.

Quick discs

For those who wish to produce a disc as quickly as possible, the latest version of MovieFactory includes a number of improvements. Most useful are the features for capturing Mpeg-ready video from your DV footage, as well as enhanced chapter points for easier navigation.

With Auto-Fit to Disk, MovieFactory 4.0 calculates how to fit your video on to one disc at the best possible quality. Considering the proliferation of dual-layer burners - also supported by this release - this is probably less of an issue than it was, but it's still useful. On the other hand, the ability to capture digital video broadcast (DVB-T) on the fly is less so. If quality matters so much, you should be using a professional application.

Easy - not simple

Previous versions of MovieFactory were criticised for sacrificing a little too much complexity in pursuit of ease of use. This is something that seems to have been addressed in the latest version - or in the Disc Creator package at least. Anyone who purchases this title will also be able to create music CDs or DVDs including MP3 and DVD-audio discs. You get some of the new features mentioned above, such as Auto-Fit, as well.

For home or occasional users, one of the factors that can make or break a program like this is the quality of bundled templates such as menu layouts and navigation presets. The material here is usable and will give your disc a superior finish.

Ulead DVD MovieFactory 4.0 Expert Verdict »
800MHz Pentium II processor (1.8GHz P4 recommended)
Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP
128MB RAM (512MB recommended)
950MB disk space (5GB recommended for authoring)
DirectX 9.0 graphics card
USB or FireWire port for video capture
  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 7 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

MovieFactory 4.0 is a product for the occasional user. Despite the extra features, its straightforward interface could be frustrating for authors who wish to experiment. Ulead has made considerable improvements, although the two editions could be slightly confusing. Our recommendation is for the more expensive Disc Creator package.

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