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Turning That Vacation Video Into a DVD

Techstination feature for Thursday, July 8, 2004

Turning that family vacation video, into a DVD. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. If you have a fairly recent PC….and a digital camcorder…you may have all the equipment you need to create your own DVDs. What seems like a pretty intimidating, time consuming task…has been simplified by some of the newer video editing software packages on the market. Sonic Solutions makes a range of products that can help everyone from beginners to pros. Senior Product Manager James Manning says the easiest to use package, MyDVD, is bundled with some DVD burning drives and PCs…

"I can hook up my video camcorder and press the record button and record a DVD in a single step. If I want to get a little more fancy with that, I can record different sections of video onto the hard drive of my computer and then I can import those videos into a project, create all kinds of nice looking menus and navigation. And really create kind of a presentation of my video that I can pop into my home DVD player and play for my friends and family."

While Sonic Solutions also makes professional software used in Hollywood and is one of the most experienced makers of DVD creation tools…it has plenty of competition. Other good choices are made by Ulead, Roxio and Pinnacle….

"The time is really right for people to get into this sort of thing. I mean PCs are becoming enabled."

Sonic's MyDVD sells for under a hundred dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.