PROS / There is a full version and an expression version of this DVD authoring software.
CONS / You'll need 1GB of hard drive space to install this application.
VERDICT / Roxio MyDVD is overly large, but it gets the job done well.
Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about DVD Authoring Software here.
Roxio is a well-known name in multimedia software. There are two versions of Roxio MyDVD – a full version of MyDVD and an Express version. Although we really like Roxio's product and many of the included programs, we do have a few difficulties with Roxio MyDVD that ultimately keep it out of a top spot on our lineup of DVD authoring software.
Because MyDVD includes so many different applications, it takes a very long time to install, and you have little choice in which of the bundled programs will be installed on your system. In the end, we feel that the final DVD we created with MyDVD was just not as good as the DVDs we created with our top products.
Roxio MyDVD includes many additional applications and features such as video capture, copy and convert for mobile devices, a DVD player, a basic photo editor, a label maker, support for data discs, a CD ripper and more.
One of the most interesting DVD authoring features is Roxio's CineMagic Assistant. The CineMagic Assistant is kind of a cross between a DVD maker and slideshow creator. If you add your videos and photos to the program, select your favorite scenes and images, add background music and choose a transition style, CineMagic will create a video slideshow based on your selections and desired duration. You can easily adjust the duration of your production.
MyDVD also includes VideoWave, which is a small video editor in which you can cut and split video clips, and add audio, text effects, narration and transitions. You can use VideoWave in conjunction with MyDVD to edit your DVDs without leaving the main DVD creation software.
Roxio also includes its popular copy-and-convert program. Here you can import your home videos, your self-created DivX videos or saved CineMagic projects to convert them to popular file formats that are compatible with mobile devices such as iPods and PSPs.
To complement the fancy additional applications, Roxio MyDVD also has most of the features commonly associated with DVD making software, including a built-in previewer, burner and video player. However, we'd like to see MyDVD include a little more drag-and-drop functionality.
Roxio MyDVD is a large, comprehensive DVD authoring software bundle that provides you with an enormous amount of control over the look, feel and general design of your DVD's menus. In addition to its DVD menu creator, MyDVD also has dozens of other multimedia applications. This software is great if you want to do just a little bit more than create menus for your DVDs.