Ulead DVD MovieFactory 3 Demo - Opinions?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Paul D. Sullivan, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. I posted about discovering the Ulead software that was included
    with my Pioneer A06U burner and I saw this post about DVD Movie
    Factory 3 being available, so I downloaded the demo.

    Does anyone else have opinions on this new release?

    It does have a few features that I kind of like, but on balance,
    it seems slower and more cumbersome than the version 2 release
    that I just started using.

    Version 2 has distinct apps for each item, which is pretty fine
    when you get used to it. You have Edit Video, Create Movie DVD
    and Create Photo/Slideshow DVD. That seems to make great sense.

    Then there is one option for Create Data/Music Disc, which
    launches Nero, which is also just fine. Then you have Play DVD
    and Copy Personal DVD Video, which are ok, but the last one is
    redundant, what with Nero built in.

    The interface is the "Digital Media Center" and is very fast and
    responsive. You click, the apps start, they run fine.

    But with the new DVD MovieFactory 3, there are 2 versions, the
    Standard and Disk Creator. What I'm finding here is that the
    menu interface for the launching of the apps is slow to respond
    to a click and when apps do start, they start very sluggishly.
    Create Video Disk & Create Slideshow Disk in particular start
    very slow compared to their Version 2 counterparts.

    Some apps don't seem to start right. Like when I choose "Create
    Data Disk" or "Create Music Disk", a box pops up asking what
    output format, then I select it, click OK and ..... NOTHING
    happens.

    I'm trying to figure out what is up with this new version. I
    can't figure out if they are going to fold DVD PictureShow into
    MovieFactory, or keep it separate, for instance. Seems that the
    version 2 apps are clear to grasp, but this new "integrated"
    thing is a bit confusing.

    Any opinions on it?
     
    Paul D. Sullivan, Jan 12, 2004
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  2. Paul D. Sullivan

    Jerry Jones Guest

    My impression is precisely the oppposite.

    With version 2.0, one cannot split and join MPEG clips.

    With version 3.0 one can.

    With version 2.0, one was confined to a single thumbnail MAIN menu and
    a secondary CHAPTER menu.

    That has been improved in version 3.0 so that the user can choose to
    put CHAPTERS on the MAIN menu.

    With version 3.0 "Disc Creator Version," one has full support for AC-3
    audio.

    Version 3.0 has expanded capture plug-in options to include MicroMV.

    Version 3.0 automatically detects FIELD ORDER of source video clips.

    Version 3.0 allows one to burn DATA DVD DISCS.

    The goes on and on:

    http://www.ulead.com/dmf/new.htm

    I'm finding it a pleasure to use.

    Jerry Jones
    http://www.jonesgroup.net
     
    Jerry Jones, Jan 14, 2004
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  3. Paul D. Sullivan

    Buy-N-Sell Guest

    Speaking of MicroMV, as a capture option for a DV Camera, how come there are
    several Capture Plug-ins available in MovieFactory 3 DC Edition, such as:

    Ulead DirectShow
    Ulead DSW
    MicroMV

    and also several Device Controls (MS 1394, TI 1394, MicroMV).

    How does one know which ones to use, or is it best to leave it on whatever
    it detects automatically. I am again referring to transferring DV video to
    the hard drive in particular, and not capturing TV or Line-In stuff.
     
    Buy-N-Sell, Jan 19, 2004
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  4. Paul D. Sullivan

    Jerry Jones Guest

    1. Ulead Direct Show Capture Plug-In

    This plug-in is designed for OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 PCI cards to
    capture to the DV .avi file format

    2. Ulead DSW MPEG Capture Plug-in

    This plug-in is designed for OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 PCI cards to
    capture to the MPEG file format

    3. MicroMV

    This plug-in is designed for OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 PCI cards to
    capture to the proprietary high data rate MicroMV MPEG-2 file format

    DEVICE CONTROLS

    - Use the MS1394 DEVICE CONTROL option in conjunction with the DIRECT
    SHOW and DSW MPEG CAPTURE PLUG-IN.

    - Use the MicroMV DEVICE CONTROL option in conjuntion with MicroMV
    camcorders.

    Jerry Jones
    http://www.jonesgroup.net
     
    Jerry Jones, Jan 20, 2004
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