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Creating Your Own DVDs

Techstination feature for Friday, February 28, 2003

Creating your own DVDs. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Software maker Roxio, which has captured a 70 percent market share with its Easy CD Creator software, is out with a new version that adds DVD burning capability. Christi Wilkerson, senior product manager for Easy CD and DVD Creator 6... says the need has been growing...

"Consumers are buying digital cameras and camcorders and downloading music and actually saving some of the music from their personal CDs as individual digital files. They want to manage those on the PC. And so things like creating photos in a photo slide show, that type of thing, burning it to a video CD, capturing video from your video camcorder and making a DVD out of that that you can put your own motion menu with a menu background and that type of thing. So they're taking all these digital assets and kind of getting creative with them, but making them fun."

The package sells for a hundred dollars. Thirty dollars less for an upgrade. Increasing numbers of PCs are being sold with DVD burning capability. Toshiba is building drives that can create DVDs on some popular Satellite notebooks, and recently reduced prices. For desktops, the company's latest internal drive can burn DVDs at double real time speed... .and CDs at 16X. Shop around online and you can find it for under 250 dollars. Toshiba has plenty of competition, including new drives from Sony and Pioneer. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.