CyberLink DVD Suite 7
By Terry Currier
If you have CyberLink DVD Suite 5 or 6 and just read the features for version 7, you would probably think the only changes between them was that they added support for Blu-ray discs. Well that is partly true, but they have improved many of the things the product does and did a good job of modernizing the interface.
My favorite part of the suite is PowerDirector now 7.0. It makes editing your videos easy. There is a picture-in-picture (PiP) feature which makes the video more interesting. It’s also very easy to create a slide show disc of digital pictures you’ve taken. There are wizards to help you clean up video (lighten, color fix), or audio (background noise.) Want help with editing? There is a wizard for that also, including putting a style to it. Output it to DVD, iPod, iPhone, PSP, tape, MPEG, AVI, or even YouTube.
The Slideshow Designer has been enhanced with more styles to choose from. PhotoNow will let you edit images (stills.) You can resize, crop, rotate, remove red eye, adjust color, brightness and more. They show you the original and new image side by side so you can decide how it compares. Magic Motion will add a motion effect to the photos.
Once you’re done burning the movie watch with the PowerDVD DVD (including Blu-ray) viewer. It will also work on other video formats such as MPEG, or WMV and others. With it you can speed up, slow down, or pause viewing of the video, and also do screen captures.
CyberLink DVD Suite 7 allows you to create backups of your (non-copy protected) disc. It will manually or automatically shrink large amounts of content into a set disc space. You can also create a label for the disc, with paper label or it supports LightScribe and Labelflash compatible discs.
There is a module for music. It helps you rip CDs, or create standard, MP3, WMA, or WMA CDs. To backup up your data you can easily create data disc onto CDs, DVDs, or even Blu-ray disc.
Their PowerBackup was one of my favorites (I still use it.) It is a simple four step process to back up your hard drive.
The backup can be password protected. You also have the choice of an drive image back up.
Testing was done on a computer with Vista Business and 2GB of RAM.
The Ultra version is $109.95 (includes HD support). The Centra version is $79.95.
You can get it at http://www.cyberlink.com
P.O. Box 9804, Newport Beach, CA. 92658
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