Pros:Produces professional looking videos in a snap, YouTube link built in.
Cons:A little slow at closing out of a disc burn.
The Bottom Line: THIS is the only video editing program I would recommend for those spending less than 1,000.00
I must admit, that after reading all the sad and down right poor reviews on Amazon, I was feeling a little sick that Id already ordered Easy Media Creator 10 Deluxe Suite.
I fully expected a complete installation failure and all the problems mentioned by others, that I would have to painstakingly work my way through. BUT, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience and wanted to share here.
Im a long time user of MyDVD software and had already been using Easy Media Creator 8 & 9 on separate systems. Prior to that, I was using My Sonic Suite and have always had great success. My primary purpose in purchasing EMC10, is that Im uploading short videos to YouTube and this program promised seamless formatted uploading of video pro-mos.
Here is the product and computer system information as a reference:
EASY MEDIA CREATOR 10 DELUXE SUITE P/N 235800 Rev A
First system I installed the program on is:
Dell Inspiron 1720
Windows Vista Home Premium
Windows Media Player for Vista came installed.
Intel Core 2 DUO CPU T7250 @ 2.00 GHZ
RAM 2.00 GB
32 BIT O.S.
DISPLAY NIVIDIA GeForce 8400M GS
F-Secure anti-virus program was left running during installation, had to defeat one alert during the 29 minute and 16 seconds it took to install the Standard (recommended) program installation.
Installation went without interruption and no errors
Shut down and re-start took 3 minutes and 47 seconds.
Performed Registration and checked for Roxio program updates.
Installed one critical update: 455.00 kb, Dated 2007-10-26
(open tools.. pick options
select check for updates) update download 2 seconds (broadband internet)
Opened program first time, after updates installed. Very slow first time around, but the more I used and experimented with the program, the quicker it became.
Created and uploaded a video to youtube. Smooth and trouble free.
Experimented with all texting/titling fancy functions and video effects.. added music tracks and overlayed/layered functions and effects. No problems.
Fantastic array of functionality. Burned one single layer DVD and then one double layer DVD. Fast and smooth. ***Performs a Disc Verification after burning a disc, this process takes longer than the burn, but I feel its worth it to have the disc integrity verified before I mail something out or give it to a friend only to find a functionality flaw.
NEXT INSTALLATION ON DESKTOP PC
As the installation and operation on my laptop was a success, I thought Id venture to running the program on my primary work horse desk top, here are the specs:
Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 (SP-2)
Intel Core 2cpu 6600 2.40 GHZ
2.39 GHZ, 2.00 GB RAM
Minimum requirement by program is Media Player 10 or better. I checked at the Media Player update center online and found that they recommend new Media Player 11 for my operating system. So, I did the update to Media Player 11 and after install, that had an update also.
Re-Started the system.
Uninstalled all prior versions of Media Creator and removed MySonic and My DVD programs. Re-Started the system
Inserted the ROXIO EASY MEDIA CREATOR 10 DELUXE SUITE (EMC10)
Installation chosen was the one recommended by the program (standard installation), this means that later some functions or add ons may require you to insert the program disk for them to load and be used.
Installation took 18 minutes and 29 seconds. Absolutely smooth sailing. As with the laptop, I left the antivirus program running (trend micro antivirus on this system) by the way, I prefer Trend Micro Antivirus to the F-Secure program.. smoother and quicker!
No bumps during installation.
Restarted computer and as the computer re-started, it went through a very lengthy cycle of re-structuring and arranging my files. This was a lengthy process, which took around 45 minutes before the processor and hard drive relaxed again. The pc ran at 25% capacity for this entire time. I left it alone while it aligned my files and sytem. My pc has around 175 gigs of photos and movie files on it, so this could explain the lengthy organizing phase.
Went through registration and updates as on the laptop. No problems.
Shut down and re-started the system.
The first time around, each program function is slow to start, but upon exiting and re-starting, the programs load faster as my PC recognizes them as frequently used.
For movie editing and receiving various files from digital equipment, this program is a winner for me! Im absolutely ecstatic not to have had the problems so many others posting have mentioned.
I think, with this program, slow and steady during initial installation can make the difference possibly, or, maybe REV A and the online Update, partnered with running the latest version of Windows Media Player can smooth out any potential problems.
So, I definitely recommend this program to anyone wanting to control everything on their DVD movies, or wants to organize and make presentations with digital media of any kind. IF, I find there is a bug in the system, I will certainly post another review of this version of EMC to let you know about it and how I managed the problem..
OH, also, there is a promise of a $30.00 rebate on the box. I couldnt read the fine print online
you must have a prior version, which I do
. Along with original purchase information/receipts
which I dont have
so, I could not claim the rebate.
For me, its still worth the investment! Hope this review helps someone make a decision.
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