Roxio Easy Media Creator 10

There's not much you can't do with Roxio's Easy Media Creator 10 Suite, although we'd dearly like to see more of the applications play nicely with each other.


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There's little doubt that in the digital multimedia suite space, there's an arms race going on. At the turn of the decade, it was enough for companies such as Roxio, Nero and their ilk to just offer a simple optical disc burning solution; if you were lucky, you might get some kind of MP3 ripping/re-encoding utility thrown in for laughs.

That's in stark contrast to the massive media suites that are on offer today, and few come with meatier options than Roxio's Easy Media Creator Suite 10. It isn't even easy to list all of the applications that install: BackOnTrack, CinePlayer, Creator Classic, Label Creator, Media Manager, Music Disc Creator, MyDVD, PhotoSuite, Sound Editor, Video Copy & Convert, VideoWave, Audio Converter, Audio Tag Editor, AutoMix, CineMagic, Create Panoramas, DVD Music Assistant, Disc Image Loader, LP and Tape Assistant, Media Import, Multi Photo Enhance and finally MyDVD Express.

Within that little lot, you're bound to find one or two applications that should suit your multimedia needs and presumably if you're looking at a suite, more than one. On a purely fiscal note, if each application were of equal worth to you, you'd be looking at AU$7.22 per application, which is pretty cheap in our books.

Installation of Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 was fundamentally simple, but even on a high-end PC, remarkably slow. Don't look to install Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 if you need some encoding done quickly; instead we'd suggest a short walk in a nearby park. The sunlight (in moderation) will do you good.

Like most suites, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 comes with a central command console -- labeled just as the Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 Suite -- which gives you access to all the applications and utilities, as well as a simplified, task-driven interface based around either media types or frequently used tasks. It's also entirely possible to launch each application by itself if the guided Suite approach doesn't suit your needs.

With so many different sub-applications, it's a tough call to give an overall assessment, especially given the wide range of applications on offer. No doubt the basics -- especially video editing -- will appeal most to many purchasers, and in the wide pantheon of consumer video applications, Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 stacks up well, with plenty of easy to use predefined templates and a nice wizard-driven interface for timid users.

As with most Windows consumer video editing software, we also encountered the odd bit of instability with the Roxio Easy Media Creator 10 package. Sometimes this was just a program component that would flash up a splash screen, only to vanish forevermore. More annoyingly, we did attempt to render a few files to DVD, only to have the package lock up mid-encode, after more than an hour's rendering time. As always with Windows -- and seemingly even more so with Windows Vista -- it's tough to say if this was an application or an operating system problem, as it took the system down with it. At the end of the day, though, our encoding didn't work and we'd wasted some time.

There are also some pitfalls present in having so many programs available; until you're aware of the differences between, say CineMagic and VideoWave, you might pick an application that either lacks the features you're looking for, or is pitched either at novices or experts, leaving you annoyed or in the dark respectively. It's also worth noting that Roxio Easy Media Creator 10's Blu-Ray/HD-DVD support only extends to data backup; it can neither play back nor create high definition video discs for external playback. We were also rather annoyed that for something that pitches itself as a "suite", there's often not much interplay between individual applications.



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slojoe posted a review   

does mexico make any of this stuff?

lots of wasted time

 

PoopyPants posted a comment   

The Good:Packaging, the box is apealing!

The Bad:Program is UNSTABLE with Conflicts, Error Codes Frequent!

Unstable Conflicts between apps. Time Consuming do to instability. This is not want anyone wants when working with such programs. The package boast of a do-all, but Error Codes A Flying makes the box to be A Lying.
Doo-doo!

 

Bob in Phoenix posted a comment   

The Good:Lots of choices one yu learn how to use it.

The Bad:Locks up sometimes

I've been taking 10 year old Hi8 tapes and making DVDs. Seems as there is some quality lost in the transfer from the old Sharp 8mm camera to my Sony AR870. Kind of time consuming as the tape to hard drive is realtime, so if you have alot of old taps, welcome to your new pastime. You will want to watch and label as you transfer anyway to make file- plucking easier once they are on you computer. About 20 minutes to chapter up a 4.7 GB DVD and another hour to encode and burn. I notice itss faster to outright copy the newly made DVD than it is to choose the "make anoter DVD" choice when yur project is still open. Heve Fun!

philb
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philb posted a review   

The Good:nil

The Bad:throws up error messages on boot up despite re-installation on a number of occasion. I did my money cold.

Very disappointed. Big fat application that does nothing well and sits and gobbles the PC resources.

Laurie Mac
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Laurie Mac posted a review   

The Good:Easy to follow and use
Quick to capture Video convert to DVD and Burn

The Bad:none

I found the program to install well on my vista PC and easy to use for capturing HD video from my Sony HS3 and then converting to DVD and Burning

Larry Carter
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Larry Carter posted a review   

The Good:None Yet

The Bad:I've spent two full days...over 12 hrs trying to get the program downloaded (Web). In making a DVD I either get one minute of a 20 video (Movie Maker Video) or no burn at all...each attempt an hour..Maybe the download disc will work... I lost Roxio 9 during the install and now have nothing for my $70

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  • slojoe

    slojoe

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    "does mexico make any of this stuff?

    lots of wasted time"

  • PoopyPants

    PoopyPants

    "Unstable Conflicts between apps. Time Consuming do to instability. This is not want anyone wants when working with such programs. The package boast of a do-all, but Error Codes A Flying makes the..."

  • Bob in Phoenix

    Bob in Phoenix

    "I've been taking 10 year old Hi8 tapes and making DVDs. Seems as there is some quality lost in the transfer from the old Sharp 8mm camera to my Sony AR870. Kind of time consuming as the tape to har..."

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