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1.0 out of 5 stars MyDVD was once great software, now it's the usual Roxio junk, December 29, 2006
This review is from: MyDVD 9 Studio [OLD VERSION] (CD-ROM)
This product is among the worst products I have ever used. The software is buggy, extremely fussy, and produces incompatible DVD's. I've tried this on three different Windows XP Pro computers, ranging from my home PC to my work laptop. All had similar problems.

I purchased this product because of the extremely positive experiences I had with Sonic MyDVD 6; that product was the easiest to use and most feature rich product in its price class. I expected the same from this product.

Pros:

* 16:9 widescreen support

* Customizable menus

* Many tools can be accessed outside of MyDVD

* Cheap

Cons:

* Very buggy and crashes a lot

* DVD's are not compliant

* Poor compatibility with DVD writers

* Extremely slow at generating/encoding DVD's

I purchased Roxio MyDVD 9 to produce a three 40 photo slideshows and drop in 3 movie clips from my Canon camera. The main selling points of MyDVD 9 Premiere were wide-screen support, Pan & Zoom Effects for slideshows, and customizable menus.

I spent over 4 hours trying to setup a single 50 picture slideshow; it allows you to crop photos using its built-in wizard. Unfortunately, the software would freeze up after 10 crops and required me to force quit the software (losing my crops). The work around was to crop 7-9 photos, save the project, quit, and then start over. Each time I did this, I lost about 5 minutes waiting for MyDVD to load, and then the slideshow wizard to load.

The Pan Zoom Effects are mostly automated and cannot really be customized. Plus, when using PZE, it refused to put chapter marks to each photo. That means you have to fast-forward through the entire slideshow to get to a particular photo, or rewind to go back a photo. Very irritating.

Titles and text annotations on slideshows (i.e. a title screen) refused to save on 2 of my 3 computers. Project files would not safely copy from one computer to the next.

When it came time to add the movies, it added 1 of the movies just fine, adding the vertical letterbox to the 4:3 video for display on 16:9. The second movie it "stretched" to 16:9 even though the movie was 4:3. And the last movie it refused to add, claiming it was not a valid movie file. All three files were pulled from the camera unmodified and play just fine in WMP and Quicktime. I ended up using Quicktime to reconvert the movie to another format before MyDVD would accept them.

When it came time to burn the DVD, it gave me cryptic error messages. Their online help system did not have any info on the error messages and live customer support was closed around Christmas. I eventually found some forum recommendations that told me to apply a seemingly unrelated hotfix. That fixed the problems on one of my computers (other 2 kept getting the same errors).

I had to burn the DVD three times before I got a sort-of-working DVD. Each time I tried to burn the DVD, I had to wait for MyDVD to re-create my DVD (30 minutes). Unlike MyDVD 6, MyDVD 9 is unable to re-use the results from a previous burn. So that means you blow the full 30 minutes on every attempt.

The DVD-writer software in MyDVD always burns at 0.33x speed despite clicking the 2x so 5 minutes of DVD content took over 15 minutes to burn. other DVD software is able to burn at full speed.

The first attempt resulted in an empty DVD. Neither my PC nor DVD player could see any content on the DVD. Desperate and running out of time for Christmas dinner, I tried burning it again. I waiting another 45 minutes and ended up with a seemingly valid DVD; try to play it on my computer and DVD player--neither recognize it as a valid DVD (depsite having the Video_TS folder + VOB's).

I encoding again, this time to a "folder" instead of a DVD-R (another 30 minutes). I manually burned that folder to a DVD-R using Nero; Nero complained about the DVD-VIDEO folder being non-compliant, but I could not see anything wrong with it. Burned it anyway and ended up with a DVD that'll play on some Windows XP machines, but not on any Sony/Pioneer/Toshiba DVD players. It did play on my $25 Memorex blue-light special. All of these DVD's players have read DVD-R's produced by prior versions of MyDVD.

All subsequent attempts continue to produce non-compliant DVD-Videos that will only play on a few DVD players. Still haven't figured out what's not compliant about this DVD.

The icing on the cake was when I eventually got the DVD to play. The menu items were out of order. When I pressed "down" on my DVD remote to advance to the next menu item, it would jump around to random items. Even though the menu items visually showed it in order, the "down" buttom would jump from 1 to 6 to 3 to 2 to 5 to 4, etc.

Do not buy this software! My recommendation, find one that has a downloadable demo. My guess, Roxio discontinued Sonic MyDVD and rebranded some horrible Roxio product as MyDVD.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2007 11:45:10 AM PDT
G. Frazier says:
Thanks for the review. I was considering which software to buy to use with TivoToGo and you just helped me make my decision. I'm getting Sonic MyDVD 6.2

In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2007 5:22:22 PM PDT
Lost My Mind says:
One of my friends has strongly recommended Adobe Premiere Elements. I have not yet tried it myself.

I used the full version of Adobe Premiere about 2-3 years ago and was quite satisfied. If Premiere Elements is anything like Photoshop Elements, it should be a decent product.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 10:47:11 PM PDT
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