Kworld DVD Maker 2 USB
Posted by: Jim on: 01.08.2009 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Coincidentally, soon after I received the KWorld DVD Maker 2, a friend asked if I could help him copy a VHS video onto DVD. I thought this would be a great way to test the DVD Maker 2, not only for quality, but also ease of use – which is a very important thing in today’s technology market where anyone and everyone can buy anything – even your grandparents (as mine have just got the internet!).
Installation of the DVD Maker 2 and included software is quite straight forward, there is nothing worth noting here.
After opening the included software – Cyberlinks “PowerDirector”, you’ll be presented with this screen – as long as it has picked up the DVD Maker 2 dongle correctly, all you need to do is press record! (If you cannot see the feed you have put in through the dongle, try clicking the TV icon just above the live feed screen).
Here you can see the feed from the VHS – whilst quality will be limited by the VHS tape in this instance, the actual limits of the dongle are 720 x 576, or to put simpler – DVD resolution quality. This is reassuring if you wish to rip DVDs for portable use etc.
One thing worth noting is how much hard drive space you should have free before recording – as you can just about see in the above photo, the quality profile is set at “DVD HQ” and I have 5GB of HDD space free. The recording was forced to stop 80minutes-in when it ran out of space – I therefore recommend you have at least 10GB free before attempting to record anything in the DVD HQ setting, as it is a pain to miss the last 10mins of a 90minute video/DVD.
Of course I then moved the recording location to my D drive, which has about 30GB free, the trouble here is that I now have two separate recordings. Hopefully the software included will allow for an easy attachment of the two.
By clicking the “edit” button at the top of the screen, you are presented with this window. If you’ve just recorded something, it should appear in the box, however, if it isn’t there it is as easy as clicking the “Import Media File(s)” button, and telling PowerDirector where your video files are.
You can then drag and drop, trim & split video clips and audio clips until your video creation is complete. It was easy to combine the two clips I recorded. I also created some appropriately placed chapters to allow for easy DVD navigation.
Once complete, to burn your video to DVD/CD, you click “Create Disc”. (if you want to create a video file rather than a DVD/CD, just click “Produce”)
Under the “Create Disc” screen, you’ll have the option to create a DVD menu, in this instance; a DVD menu was not required for my final production, so I clicked the “Create a disc without a menu” checkbox.
At this point I noticed the disc-image in the bottom left corner, showing that it required 5644MB of space, whilst my DVD-R could only take 4700MB. This was of course a worry for me, as I don’t want to have to split the video across two discs. Thankfully, PowerDirector includes various quality options, including DVD HQ, LP and a few others.
The one I would recommend using (and will be using myself) is the “Smart Fit” option – this will change the quality of the video to enable it to fit on the DVD-R disc (or CD-R etc) regardless of video length.
As you can see, after using the “Smart Fit” option, the video takes up a much more suitable 4629MB, which will easily enough fit on a 4.7GB DVD-R disc.
Common DVD burning options are present within the “Burn” screen, including (some via option menus) burn speed, number of copies, disc-name, the option to create a local DVD folder, and the location of the temporary files.
Upon clicking “OK”, the burn process will start, the time this takes will vary depending upon your DVD drive, and in some cases your CPU speed.
Overall, the DVD Maker 2 and included software seem quite user friendly. However, I found that at times whilst using the editing side of the software, it felt a bit clunky and slow. I assume this is down to my CPUs limited performance (at only 1.6Ghz), however it is well within the minimum spec. Due to the fact that most laptops these days have 2Ghz CPUs, this shouldn’t be a problem for the majority of users.
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