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DVD MovieFactory

Platform : Windows NT, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 95
20 customer reviews

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Burning your movies onto CD and DVD is quick and easy with Ulead's DVD MovieFactory and its simple, wizard-style authoring process. Create interactive scene-selection menus using professional-looking templates that you can customize using your own photos as backgrounds. Capture and trim video with the Ulead Video ToolBox. Detect video scene changes and automatically create chapter thumbnails. Then burn your home movies as a DVD, VCD, or SVCD for playback on home DVD players or computers with DVD playback software.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • ASIN: B00005Q3SB
  • Item model number: E768579
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 1, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,503 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ben Harris on December 18, 2001
Format: CD-ROM
I am quite impressed with Ulead DVD MovieFactory. As a programmer I am harsh when evaluating software. To pass my litmus test, a program has to

1) Do its job
2) Not interfere with other programs trying to do their jobs
3) Have just enough user interface so it can be used
4) Not crash
MovieFactory was the first DVD authoring program that I have tried that passed all three of these criteria. The other authoring programs that failed include the bundled software that come with my DVD burner, PrimoDVD and MyDVD (formerly DVDit). I found MyDVD particularly flakey. I have also used Ulead VideoStudio, the Tsunami encoder and other open source tools to capture and encode software. At this point I feel MovieFactory can replace all of these programs.
Also, a word on elegance. MovieFactory is an elegant program. The minimalistic user interface gives you enough control to create a DVD or SVCD or VCD, without burdening you to click on thousands of little hidden menus and buttons. It is meant for someone like me who has a DV camera and a DVD burner, and who doesn't want to invest money and effort learning a complex DVD authoring package. You don't need a separate program to capture DV. You don't need a separate program for MPEG encoding. MovieFactory can do all of these things, from capture to encoding to authoring.
I would have given it a 5 out of 5 but for a few minor glitches in the interface. For example, when you edit the menus sometimes the text is white on a white background. Also the MPEG encoder does not seem to utilize dual processors when available.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom Voigt on May 16, 2002
I'm two days into the thirty day free trial.
The download and install went smooth as silk. I got an immediate connection to my Canon Optura PI thru a previous Firewire board and imported my video.
I created an SVCD on my first try, burned it to CD-R and played it in my Apex 1500 ...DVD player. The quality was great! Far superior to VCD which has low resolution and all kinds of blocky compression artifacts. The SVCD was DVD quality. I created an XSVCD using MPEG2-High Quality files I created using DVD Factory, but I couldn't tell any difference from the SVCD output. ...P>Why not four stars? The program is really an amalgam of two programs, the Video Toolbox for capturing and trimming the video, and the DVD Factory for authoring menus and creating the disks. Once you go forward from editing to export, you can't go back without exiting and restarting the program. And while the Video Toolbox does remember what files you have on the timeline, you can't save the project by name and open a new one.
I needed help to understand how to set cut-in and cut-out points and to trim the video. Also there is a right-click menu to allow you to "join" separate "scenes" but it is not in the online manual and I couldn't figure it out. I have just created a 35 minute, 690 megabyte SVCD which will not play the final MPEG file. Is this a bug in DVD Factory? A problem with my player? Or a limitation of the SVCD format to a standard 650MB CD? Inquiring minds want to know.
There is no editing available beyond trimming and reordering your imported video clips, and no titleing. It would be useful to be able to create very simple titles to identify clips in an assemble edit, but for that, you will have to step up to a real editing program.
Download it and give it a try. ...SVCD is video for the masses, at least until DVD-R media and drives are the same price as CD-R.
Recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2003
Format: CD-ROM
If you are just getting into the often frustrating world of hobby video, this program will help you get started. However, you won't learn much in the process. Basically, you run a wizard, and a few hours later you've got a (S)VCD/DVD. The menu is somewhat customizable--you can add your own backgrounds and music--but leaves a lot to be desired.
The biggest problem I have with Movie Factory is it's built in encoder. It just takes way too long and the quality isn't always that great. There is also a problem with audio becoming async when converting DivX/XVid to MPEG2 with Movie Factory; just test burn to a DVD-RW first, so you won't end up with a bunch of expensive coasters. To be fair, this can be a problem with many other authoring programs, and is a pain to fix.
Personally, I prefer DVD-Lab, though it costs more and is a tad harder to use. For $80 you get an authoring program that is fairly easy to use, yet is capable of producing professional quality DVDs, complete with fully customizable menus. Similar programs can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars and won't be nearly as easy to use.
It also lacks an encoder, so you would probably want to look into TMPEGnc Plus (another $30.00) or Flask MPEG (Free). Actually, it's not a bad idea to use TMPEGnc instead of Movie Factory's encoder. Both DVD-Lab and TMPEG have 30 day demos available.
Regardless of which authoring program and encoder you go with, you'll definitely want to download a copy of Virtual Dub. This is probably the most useful piece of software you will ever use for video editing. It's also free. You'll also want to bookmark dvdrhelp.com; if you can't find a solution to your problem there, it probably can't be solved.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Larry H on January 3, 2002
Format: CD-ROM
The functionality and price of this product were very appealing. However, I was extremely disappointed to find that this Version 1.0 product was very incompatible with 2 different capture cards and computers I own. Worse yet, the Tech Support leaves a lot to be desired - - hard to reach and even harder to get solutions. I had to eventually return the product. After several e-mails to their support people (unanswered) and long distance phone calls to their California sales office, it was eventually learned that it did not support either of my hardware devices. I will buy it again after the bugs are resolved, but it really needs work.
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