Sonic MyDVD is the worlds first DVD recording
and editing application. It allows you to record
in real time from a video source such as a camcorder
or VHS deck, and create DVDs or VideoCDs that will play
on set-top and PC-based players. MyDVD also allows you
to create photo slideshows.
MyDVD is template-driven. That means you select a style for
the menus, buttons and text, and this sets up the look for the
entire DVD or VideoCD. Buttons and text appear in fixed positions
on the screen, and MyDVD automatically arranges objects in the
menus so that they look great without the need for "creative
input" from the user. MyDVD also sets up the menu navigation
for you, and exposes none of these complexities. MyDVD allows
simple capture, in MPEG format, to hard disk. Perhaps the coolest
feature of MyDVD is that it allows you to edit your DVD or VideoCD
without having to keep the original video and audio on the hard
disk. I create a disk with MyDVD, put it in my PC-DVD drive
and start MyDVD. The DVD opens up as a project which I can modify
however I want - add video, delete, change style, change text,
add menus etc. Then, I can burn it back to the same (rewritable)
DVD. In short, you get a dynamically updatable disc. No other
company has this technology right now.
DVDit! allows you to create a different look for each menu,
and enables you to place menu objects wherever you would like
on the screen. More control is given to you to assign navigation
commands manually. DVDit! PE supports DLT, allowing users
to professionally replicate their titles; and also supports
Dolby Digital. We know that users of DVDit! will typically
want to encode their video using other tools, and so DVDit!
does not burden you with the cost of a hardware encoder.
MyDVD 5.0 is a very different product from Version
2.3, and is designed to meet the entirely new set of applications
made possible by the new generation of low-cost, re-recordable
DVD technology. The user interface is substantially different,
and it's designed to provide the fastest way to create
DVDs or VideoCDs, with minimal authoring required.
We believe that most MyDVD 2.3 users will not want
to "upgrade" to Version 5.0, but would most
likely use both products side-by-side.
MyDVD 5 is restricted to running on Windows XP and is currently only available in English. To make it easy to decide, Sonic has some special offers you may want to take advantage of:
-Existing users of MyDVD 2.x running Windows XP will be able to purchase MyDVD 5, MyDVD 5 Deluxe, or MyDVD Studio Deluxe 5 at a special upgrade price on the Sonic eStore. If you are using earlier versions of Microsoft Windows such as 98SE, or a language other than English, you can upgrade to MyDVD Plus 4, or MyDVD Video Suite 4 which supports these environments.
-You can upgrade to DVDit! 2.5.5 today through the Sonic
eStore. This path truly is an upgrade, and provides
you with significant additional authoring functionality,
using an interface with which you are already familiar.
We expect that many people will want to preserve their
treasured family memories on DVD. For most people, that
may mean transferring video content currently saved
on short-lived VHS tapes over to more permanent DVDs.
For others, it may be quickly recording content directly
to DVD from their camcorder or creating cinematic photo
slideshows. MyDVD makes the DVD medium a very effective
replacement for VHS, and significantly expands the range
of applications for video. Thats because content
created with MyDVD is easy to edit, change and update.
- It is the first DVD recording product. That is, it allows
you to record directly from video, in real time, direct to
a DVD or VideoCD.
- It is the first and only product to offer OpenDVD.
It makes use of special technology, in the form of an egg
that is stored on every DVD or VideoCD, to allow DVDs or VideoCDs
to be re-opened within MyDVD, or other Sonic Powered
applications, and change the content on the disc.
- It is the fastest way to create a DVD or VideoCD. A title can
be created literally in minutes.
With MyDVD you can use almost any type of video and audio
file to create your DVD. See the following table for a list
of the different supported file types:
- AVI -- Audio Video Interleave (.AVI)
- Audio for Windows (.wav)
- MPEG-1 Layer II Audio (.mpa .abs)
- MPEG-1 Layer III Audio (.mp3)
- WMA - Windows Media Audio (.wmv, .wma)
- AVI -- Audio Video Interleave (.AVI)
- MPEG-1 elementary video streams (.mpg .mpeg .m1v)
- MPEG-1 program streams (.mpg .mpeg .m1v)
- MPEG-2 elementary video streams (mpg .mpeg .m2v)
- MPEG-2 program streams (.mpg .mpeg .m2v)
- WMV - Windows Media Video (.wmv, .wma)
- Quicktime movies to export (.mov .qt . avi .mpg 2) (these
require the free Quicktime Player version 5.x or later
can download the latest
(recommend)* install option
Graphics (for use as custom backgrounds)
- Bitmapped graphic (.bmp .rle)
- Macintosh PICT (.pct .pic .pict)
- Joint Photographic Expert Group (.jpg .jpeg)
- Portable Network Graphic (.png)
- Tagged Image File Format (must not be LZW compressed)
- Targa (must not be LZW compressed) (.tga .vda .icb .vst)
- Photoshop file (must be flat) (.psd)
It's official - the world is moving to DVD! And MyDVD
is the only application that makes it easy to create interactive
video presentations that you can share with friends and families
on either DVD or CD media. DVD has much better video and audio
quality than VHS or Internet video. and the on-screen menus
that MyDVD creates enable viewers to jump to any point in
their home videos quickly and easily.
No. If you own a camcorder or VHS deck and a PC, you are
already familiar with most of the concepts used in MyDVD.
But in case you get stuck, the MyDVD software comes complete
with a manual, online help guide and interactive tutorial.
Registering your software is important for several reasons.
It gives you access to technical support, and allows you to
correspond with a support representative to resolve any technical
issues you may have. In addition, registering allows you to
create, upload, and download MyDVD backgrounds or styles.
You can create these in Photoshop and then share them. Click
here to find out more. You will also receive information
on product updates and enhancements, allowing you to keep
your copy of MyDVD in tip-top condition.
If you choose, Sonic can also send you information about online
offers that are exclusive to our registered users. Above all,
registration allows us to serve you better by providing information
and access to all Sonic resources.
MyDVD is the fastest and easiest way to get video onto DVD.
But it doesn't do its job alone. MyDVD is the software
component of an overall system that includes a computer, video
capture hardware, and disc recording drives.
The following should give you an idea of everything you need
to get the most out of MyDVD:
Windows PC with:
Windows XP (Home, Professional or Media Center Edition)
800 MHz Pentium 3 or compatible (1+ GHz Pentium 4 or compatible recommended)
128 MB (256 MB for video capture/editing)
10 GB free hard disk space
Video card and monitor supporting at least 16-bit color at 1024 x 768
Windows-compatible DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, or DVD-RAM drive (required for DVD/CD burning)
Windows-compatible sound card
Microsoft Direct X 8.1 (Microsoft Direct X 9.0b or later recommended)
Windows Media Player 7.1 (Windows Media Player 9.0 or later recommended)
DV camera or capture device (via IEEE-1394/FireWire/i.Link interface)
If your PC meets the minimum requirements, you should be able
to run MyDVD.
Performance improves considerably with higher CPU speeds and
larger amounts of system
Note: Windows 98 does not support IEEE 1394, Firewire,
DVD Editing refers to the ability to take a recorded
DVD - one that has been "burned" - and change the
contents on the disc, re-recording the new content onto the
same disc. Any disc created with MyDVD can be opened and edited
using any Sonic Powered authoring application. Sonics
unique AuthorScript® and egg technologies
make this possible.
Note that, though your version of MyDVD may not support
DVD Editing, you can upgrade to a version that has this feature.
You can use CustomFlix
to take your DVD creation, host an eCommerce site, collect
the funds for you and print your DVD product on demand.
Go to the CustomFlix site for more details. Sonic customers
get a $10 discount on your first time set up fees. Alternatively,
you can purchase a CustomFlix Starter Kit, which contains
all the setup fees and mailing envelopes needed to get
started on the Sonic eStore.
A new online class for MyDVD 5 and earlier versions is now available at sonic.mediaschool.com. Sign up and learn how to make a better DVD. If you would like to get video training, DVD 101 for MyDVD is available on the sonic estore along with several books on DVD production.