Media editing made easy

Media editing made easy

Formerly known as DVD Solution, DVD Suite 5.0 Pro is the latest software multitool from CyberLink. Boasting 10-in-one functionality, the suite allows users to play, author, burn, archive, copy and rip various media, in addition to editing video and photos. You can even create slideshows and disc labels.

Thankfully, navigating the suite's sizable ensemble has been simplified with a centralized application browser. This slick interface extends to the applications themselves, although the heavy reliance on icons can lead to some impatient mouse hovering.

The meat of the suite lies in its video capabilities, where the basic but efficient PowerDirector Express lets you edit footage and experiment with the automated effects and transitions. On the upside, the suite is both HD and Blu-ray friendly.

The suite's PhotoNow application offers little to get excited about. But providing you're not expecting Photoshop functionality and can live without such features as layers, there's enough to keep you busy.

Unsurprisingly, a copy of the justifiably popular PowerDVD 6.0 is thrown in for viewing masterpieces in all their glory. Another highlight is the inclusion of PowerDVD Copy, which allows 1:1 copying of DVDs and comes with the handy ability to shrink content from 8.5GB DVDs on to 4.7GB discs.

VERDICT: There's plenty to see and do in CyberLink's DVD Suite 5.0 Pro and, with the exception of a few rough edges, it's a steady improvement over its predecessor. If you're looking for a gentle introduction to media editing you could do a lot worse.

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