By Michael Burns | on July 13, 2005
Price When Reviewed: 297 . 118 . 765
Pros: Supports HD DVD, and the compressor is enhanced by HD and AC-3 codecs and distributed processing. Strong integration with Motion and Final Cut Pro.
Cons: Most new or notable features are targeted at professional DVD production rather than the desktop DVD creator, and a large amount of space is required for templates.
Faced with competition from Sonic’s product line in particular, Apple has gone straight for the Hollywood quality authoring studios with its new version of DVD Studio Pro.
The most obvious enhancement here is support for authoring DVDs that conform to the new HD DVD standard. This covers the variety of high-definition video sources that can be burned to either red laser or blue laser (double the capacity of SD) drives and played by the latest software-based Apple DVD Player.
It’s possible to author an SD project and an HD project on the same red laser disc, allowing the disc to play SD video on traditional DVD players and HD video on supported drives.