Last night I made a 22minute DVD is less than an hour, from capture to final burn. And I am amazed.
This experience serves as another reminder to me that it’s important to have good entry-level media creation tools if we’re seriously going to democratize the media. A person shouldn’t have to spend weeks in a classroom or reading manuals to communicate effectively. Any tool that makes the process of communicating through media easier and more intuitive is a good thing.
For some time now I’ve been saying that true DIY DVD creation isn’t ready for prime time. Burning DVDs isn’t new to me. I got a burner at work last year and I’ve struggled along with learning the ropes of MPEG2 compression (which takes forever on a dual P-III machine), authoring, making menus, etc. etc. On the whole it’s been a frustrating pain-in-the-ass experience. Especially when you wait 20+ hours for your video to compress only to find out that it ended up being a few megabytes over the size limit of a DVD-R.
But a few weeks ago I got a new computer, an off-the-shelf HP from Best Buy (24 months of 0% financing, woo hoo!), that got my attention because it includes a DVD+RW drive. …