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Review Date: October 2008
Reviewer: Toby Strong
Roxio Creator 2009
Roxio Creator 2009
is one of the most powerful digital authoring tools available and
Roxio continue to be a leader market which is still evident in this
current version. Whether your backing up data on CD, DVD or Blu-Ray
discs, creating multimedia (photos/videos) or making backups of your
own discs, Roxio Creator 2009 adds a variety of new features to
the software suite and is still one of the easiest burning programs
The installation of Roxio Creator 2009 was a breeze and it simply
auto-installed once the disc was detected by out PC. it should be
noted that the installation process is quite lengthy and does take
up quite a bit of room on your hard drive. A small price to pay for
what some may say perfection?
Once the installation was
complete, we were greeted to a rather impressive graphical interface that has a strong Windows Vista feel behind it. Although
the interface is perfect for novice users, it still gives the more
professional user, a variety of high-end options, ensuring that this
program caters for a wide variety of users.
The interface is neatly divided into two panes, a small icon pane on
the left and a workspace pane on the right. The icons available to
user include "Home", "Data - Copy", "Video - Movies", "Music -
Audio", "Photo" and "Online". By pressing these icons, it gives the
user access to more options, however most users will generally stay
in the "Home" area which allows for ripping, copying discs, backup
files, batch convert and transfer, browse and manage media and
finally burn audio CD's.
Without continuing to be verbose, see
screen shot 1. The program even contains some great tutorials for
the novice user and the revamped interface is definitely a benefit
to all users.
The most noticeable feature of the new version of Roxio Creator 2009
is integration of Roxio Online into the product which allows you to
share files with your friends and family. For lovers of YouTube,
Roxio Online even allows you to create content for this popular
movie sharing media. It should be noted that there is a cost for the
premium service that is well worth it in my opinion as it's a great
option for backing up important photos.
While we're on the topic of "online", Audiobook Creator is
also included in this
software package which allows users to convert MP3 files and even CD's into the
iTunes M4B format which truly simplifies this process and even
allows for chapters and bookmarks. The audio capture function of the
program even gives you the option of recording internet audio such
as radios, podcasts and like.
and the like
Ripping music from a CD is quite simple, all you need to do is click
on "Rip" from Home area, select the files you want to turn into MP3
files and then click on the green "GO" button. As opposed to some of
the other ripping programs that I have used in the past, this is by
the easiest that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.
Backing Up files is
almost as easy and by clicking on "Backup Files" from the Home area,
you then need to select the files or directories you want backed up.
It's that simple!
This does require a little more fiddling then ripping and if you get stuck, the
program will assist you. You can even add compression and encryption
to your files, ensuring that they remain totally private.
part of the program is
a nifty little feature for users wishing to modify music in their
audio projects that include modifying the tempo and the like. It's
like a mini DJ aspect and is an interesting program for those who
wish to create unique music tracks.
Lovers of Blu-Ray discs will be pleased to know that Roxio Creator
2009 supports this popular new format and the program also captures
high definition video and AVCHD video. The only issue is that
Blu-Ray owners will need to download and pay for this privilege. The program also
contains a variety of templates available for video menus that
supports both standard and high definition video. Although some of
these templates are a little desktop publishing in appearance, there
are a few impressive ones as well.
Although the simple
wizards are ample for most users to create impressive Home Video
discs, the program is quite powerful and you virtually have total
control over all aspects of the creation. For instance, the timeline allows for
the creation of chapters, special effects and background
audio or even commentary.
Roxio Creator boasts a rather impressive photo editor and gives
you the option of touching up photos and creating some flawless
slideshows which is great for watching them again on a high
definition TV. We had a photo that did contain some Red Eye" and is
was only just a matter of clicking on the photo edit button and
selecting "Red Eye". Even the more vain person will be pleased to
know that you can even remove wrinkles and blemishes, it's almost
like having Photoshop light built into the program.
SyncIt! is a great program for users of portable devices such as
mobile phones, iPods or even the PlayStation Portable to name a few
which is great for copying and converting files to these devices.
For movies, you can even lower the resolution and frames per second,
allowing you to copy more files onto these devices. Depending on the
quality you have chosen, the conversion was rather good, although
there were a few syncing problems, however this was quite rare.
At the end of the
day, Roxio Creator 2009 is a very impressive software suite that
also contains Blu-Ray capabilities. The presentation of the program
is flawless, although some aspects of the program are a little more
complicated to user than others but thankfully Roxio allows for
online help and video tutorials to assist in this process.
Definitely one to consider if
you create CD's, DVD's and Blu-rays!
Minimum System Requirements
Microsoft® Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows XP SP2 or SP3 (32 or
with 1 GHz processor and 512 MB RAM
1024x768 DirectX 9 compatible graphics card with at least 16 bit
color setting; 24-bit
or 32-bit true color recommended
Windows compatible sound card
Hard drive with at least 3 GB free space
Windows Media Player 10
Internet Explorer 7
Internet connection required for registration, product updates,
and some features. Any
Internet charges are the user’s responsibility.
Intel or AMD dual-core processor
2 GB RAM
DVD recordable drive
Hard drive with at least 10 GB free space
Optional device support: DVD recordable drive
Windows Media Portable Device
3GP Mobile Phone
TiVo® requires a TiVo® Series2™, Series3™, TiVo® HD DVR or other
compatible DVR connected to your home network, and TiVo Desktop.
Does not work
with DirecTV-provided TiVo DVRs. See www.tivo.com for more
For video playback: AMD graphics processor with Aviv support or nVidia graphics
processor with PureVideo support
For video capture: OHCI compliant IEEE 1394 FireWire card (for use
with DV camera)
or analog video capture device
Blu-ray video authoring requires the High-Def/Blu-ray Disc Plug-In
which can be
purchased at www.roxio.com
Blu-ray recordable drive required for Blu-ray authoring.
Supported Input Formats: Video: AVI, DV, HDV, DV-AVI, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, DVD-Video**,
DivX, DivX HD, XviD, DVR-MS, TiVo, ASF, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, 3GP,
Transport Stream, AVC (H.264), AVCHD
Audio: Audio CD, MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital AC-3, AAC, Ogg
M4A, MP4, Playlists (WPL, ASX, M3U, PLS, XSPF)
Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Supported Output Formats: Video: AVI, DV-AVI, HDV, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, DivX, DivX HD, WMV,
HD, AVC (H.264), MP4, 3GP
Audio: MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby Digital AC-3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC,
AAC, Playlists (M3U, PLS, XSPF, WPL)
Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
Video disc formats: DVD, Video CD (VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD),
Supports all popular recordable formats: CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW,
DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL
Supports popular disc image formats: read ISO, C2D, BIN/CUE and
GI; write ISO
** Does not copy encrypted or copy-protected discs or media