Roxio is almost an institution in itself and has been creating
authoring tools for almost as long as the PC has been around.
Okay... slight exaggeration but they have been around for quite some
time. Thankfully, their
latest authoring tool called Roxio Creator 2011 has hit our office
and we were quite eager to test out their latest version and
thankfully the quality of the product continued from previous
Roxio Creator 2011 is a collection of tools that not only allows you
to create media for music, photos and videos but there are a variety
of editing tools and templates to help professionalise your
presentation. However the biggest change to this series is the
inclusion of 3D and this program now allows you to create your own
3D projects which is actually quite exciting.
Add the magic of 3D to your videos and photos. Enjoy 3D movies on
your PC or TV - glasses included.
Video + Movies
Edit movies and create DVD's like a pro. New video stabilization
features make it fun and easy.
Music + Audio
Quickly rip music from a variety of sources and then convert radio
files to any format in seconds.
Photo + Sharing
Easily fix and enhance your photos. Create cards,
calendars, slideshows and more.
Data + Copy
Back up, copy and preserve irreplaceable data, photos, and videos to
CD, DVD's and Blu-Ray disc.
The installation process of Roxio Creator 2011 was a breeze and once
the PC detected the disc, it began the relatively quick
the installation was completed, we were treated to a rather
intuitive menu system for all the tools included in this package. With
that said, the system requirements of Roxio Creator 2011 are as
Minimum System Requirements:
connection may be required for product activation at
- Microsoft® 7 Home Premium,
Professional or Ultimate (32- or 64-bit), Microsoft® Windows
Vista™ SP2 (32- or 64-bit), Windows® XP SP3 (32-bit),
Windows®XP SP2 (64-bit)
- For data burning and copy,
audio capture and editing: IntelÂ® 1.6GHz Pentium 4
processor or AMD equivalent, 512MB RAM for windows XP and
1GB RAM for Windows Vista and Windows 7. For video editing
and conversion and DVD playback Intel Pentium 4 2GHz
processor or AMD equivalent and 1GB RAM. Multi-core
processor with at least 2GB RAM recommended.
- 1024x768 DirectX 9.0c
compatible graphics card with at least 16-bit color setting,
sound card, DVD-ROM drive
- ATI Stream® and CUDA™
acceleration only available with AMD ATI Stream and NVIDIA®
CUDA enabled graphics cards
- Hard drive with at least
3GB free space for the installation process. DVD and BD
copy, video editing and authoring may require large amount
of free disk space, up to 10's of GB
- Windows Media Player
version 10, 11 or 12.
- Internet Explorer 7 or 8.
- Internet connection
required for registration, product updates, and some
features. Any Internet charges are the user's
- QuickTime® player version 7
required for some functionality.
- iTunes® version 8 for some
- For video capture: OHCI
compliant IEEE 1394 FireWire card for use with DV camera or
Roxio Video Capture USB for analog sources
- Blu-ray authoring (included
Creator Pro) and playback require additional
plug-ins which can be purchased www.roxio.com.
- Setting up of media access
server capability requires and always on PC connected to a
- 3D red/cyan glasses
included. For other supported 3D formats, required hardware
is the responsibility of the user.
- 3D video input formats:
over/under full and half height, side-by-side full and half
width, anaglyph red/cyan, RealD, Fuji FinePix REAL 3D
- 3D video output formats:
anaglyph red/cyan, side-by-side and full and half-width,
over/under full and half height, RealD
For budding movie editors, Roxio Creator 2011 allows you to edit your movies
from clipping segments to adding soundtracks, voice over's and a
variety of effects. It does require some basic PC knowledge (e.g.
navigating software) and for
the most part, you could get away the wizards and templates. Another
interesting feature of Roxio Creator 2011 is that it allows you to create
your very own 3D movies which include imports from 3D cameras or
converting 2D video to 3D.
The conversion from 2D to 3D may not be
as good as native 3D movies but interestingly enough, it does a
decent job at the conversion. The program even supports YouTube and
Facebook uploads. While we're still on 3D, there is also a 3D
photo editor that allows you to convert existing 2D images to 3D.
There is a "ok" sense of depth but it's nothing like the native 3D
movies on 3D FULL HD televisions however.
To burn your movies, MyDVD is the tool in question which allows you
to import the files from VideoWave or some other format and then
burn to them to disc. MyDVD also allows you to customise the menus
and there's a great choice of templates available. Another
interesting feature is Roxio Streamer that allows you to stream
movies from one device to another over your own network. The program
even comes with 2GB of online storage as well. Did I mention
streaming to your iPhone... it sure can.
Apart from this, Roxio Creator 2011
offers a considerable amount of options to those with video cameras
such as video stabilisation and some amazing effects to help spruce
up your videos such as making them brighter or removing noise. Add
in a soundtrack generator and you have everything you need to make
your own Super 8 movies (probably better, unless your Steven
Spielberg). I must admit that the video stabilization option is
easily one of the better ones that I have seen. Although there is
some shake after using it, it someone used some magic to make it
Another cool aspect of Roxio Creator
2011 is that you can even transfer your TiVO shows to your PC and
then burn them to disc. You do need to download the TiVO desktop
application and have your TiVO connected to your same PC network but
I was quite surprised at how easy it was to use as all you do. You
can even convert these files for your iPhone or other smart device.
The downside to the program is that if
you didn't buy the PRO version, you need to purchase an additional
Blu-ray plug-in which is a shame as Blu-ray is becoming more and
more popular these days. But at the end of the day, this is your one
stop shop for authoring and allows you to create a wide breadth of
video formats, including directly uploading to YouTube and Facebook.
Have a glance of the video formats and outputs below.
- Video: AVI, DV, HDV, DV-AVI,
MKV, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, DVD-Video, IFO/VOB, XviD, DVR-MS,
TiVo, ASF, MOV, WMV, QuickTime, 3GP, MPEG2 Transport Stream, AVC
- Audio: Audio CD, MP3, WAV, WMA,
Dolby® Digital AC-3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, M4A, MP4, Playlists
(WPL, ASX, M3U, PLS, XSPF)
- Image: MPO, JPG, PNG, TIFF,
- Video: AVI, DV-AVI, HDV,
MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, , WMV, WMV HD, AVC (H.264), MP4, 3GP
- Audio: MP3, WAV, WMA, Dolby
Digital AC-3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, MPEG-1/2, M4A, M4B AAC,
Playlists (M3U, PLS, XSPF, WPL)
- Image: JPG, PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF
- Video disc formats: DVD, Video
CD(VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD), Mini DVD
- CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW,
DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL, DVD-RAM, BD-R/RE, BD-R/RE DL
- Disc image formats: read ISO,
C2D, BIN/CUE and GI; write ISO and GI
However to fully
maximise this program, a decent CPU is needed, especially if you are
editing video files not to mention a healthy amount of RAM. The
program has been optimized for encoding video files and is
considerably faster than the previous version, however if you don't
have the right system, this program will begin to chug.
In conclusion, Roxio Creator 2011 is a
thoroughly powerful and quite affordably priced program that offers
you the tools to edit videos, photos, music, stream, share files and
copy files from both local to shared environments. The interface is
quite straight forward and if you do get stuck, there are some
in-depth built-in tutorials and a wealth of support is also
available on the internet. Needless to say, this review has only
briefly touched on the powerful of Roxio Creator 2011 but after 2
weeks of thorough usage, it doesn't get any better than this.