Easy Media Creator 7.5 shows Sonic Influences - review
By Zack Bryce, Tech Lab Manager 05/01/05
we reviewed the all-new Easy
Media Creator 7 back in September
of 2004, we were giddy with approval over the great changes that
Roxio had made to the clear market leader in Windows CD “burning” and
creation. I was pretty surprised when I heard in March that there
was going to be a full “point” update again.
Roxio “EMC 7” was admittedly pretty damn complete, we thought.
What could Roxio want to change? Well there was that complaint of slow
component launching and we did suggest that there be a “floating
application toolbar” left on the screen after you launched a
component so you could still have fast access to another component.
Maybe they took us up on that wonderful idea!
Then in late 2004 it was announced that Roxio president, who really
was more interested in his Napster “toy”, wanted to sell
off the whole software side of Roxio to Sonic, a powerhouse in Windows
video applications. And so it happened, all the Windows and Mac (Toast
and Jam) Roxio goodie became part of Sonic.
Well it doesn’t take a genius to figure that Sonic would want
to make a couple statements after the merger of products. One would
be the “merger” of some of the well-known Sonic apps into
the extremely popular consumer Roxio killer apps – Easy Media
Creator; also doing it quickly to show the synergy of the two houses
can be productive now, not sometime tomorrow.
The other Sonic statement should be that Sonic / Roxio is still behind
the Apple Mac OS platform with the worlds most popular burning / creative
app Toast with Jam. We’re still waiting for that shoe to drop,
and we ARE nervous about it because Sonic is NOT historically a Mac
Enough Crystal Ball reading, lets look at what’s new in Roxio
Easy Media Creator 7.5. It looks like there have been some moderate
and some major changes to Roxio EMC 7.5 and the most prominent ones
are Sonic’s MyDVD Slideshow 6, which is a limited version of
the MyDVD authoring program and uses the same technology as Sonic’s
AuthorScript® employed in the production of the majority of Hollywood
DVDs. Sonic's rock solid CinePlayer also replace the original EMC 7
multimedia player module that some users complained about its reliability.
This is the "Home" base windows listing all component applications and
recent projects. Click any image to enlarge.
Also new are BackUp
MyPC Deluxe 6, an excellent Windows backup utility by Veritas and
a new LP and TapeAssistant that streamlines
the process of converting
your classic analog record or tape recordings to digital. And, one of
our favorite new module toys is DivX-to-DVD Creator, which quickly converts
your DivX video files into a VideoTS folder that you can then record
to DVD using Disc Copier.
MyPC 6 Component windows
new EMC modules include:
Audio Capture - capture to your hard drive.
Image Loader - mount disc image as a virtual drive
Pro - validate and test drive performance.
Direct Disc Labeling Technology Support - laser-etched CD labels
Center PC PVR Support - support for PVR file format.
"most amateur “prosumer” sound
editors will find it very fulfilling in most applications."
also made some needed improvements to existing modules. Sound Editor,
the waveform editing component now provides much better audio editing
with features like automatic silence detection for separating tracks
and improved audio restoration features as decrackling, dehissing, declicking,
and denoising; critical for converting those analog recordings like LPs
While Sound Editor is no Sound Forge yet, most amateur “prosumer” sound
editors will find it very fulfilling in most applications.
We very much liked Disc Image Loader which can emulate as many as 23
drives simultaneously and supports .iso, c2d, .cif, and bin/cue image
formats. This is something Mac users have enjoyed since the early versions
of Mac OS X.
Definition is in the Details –
We’ve always been big supporters of BackUp MyPC and this new version
Deluxe 6, is no less a good improvement and great addition to Roxio
Easy Media Creator 7.5. BackUp MyPC costs as much as $70 by itself on
store shelves and to include it as a module is a stroke of genius by
Roxio in the game of “one-upsmanship” with Ahead’s
variety of backup options are superior and you can backup to
virtually any media type.
BackUp MyPC is far easier to use than anything major cmpetitors have
completely comprehensive. It’s addition makes the full retail price
of EMC 7.5 worth it, twice over.
Sonic’s MyDVD is a superior product and another unquestionable
great reason to buy
EMC 7.5. A lot of time was spent by Sonic in its
user interface and you’ll find it easy to use right from the first
moment you begin . It frankly puts a DVD creation tool into Windows
users hands that’s as good as Apple’s iDVD.