• Price When Reviewed: 400

  • Pros: Blu-ray and HD video support. Easy to use, and supports a wide range of formats. Up to 32 subtitle tracks and eight streams of uncompressed PCM audio supported during Blu-ray authoring.

  • Cons: Fairly expensive. Limited content supplied. DVD authoring needs 10GB of available hard drive space, and 75GB free for Blu-ray Disc projects. Windows XP only.

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With DVDit Pro HD, Roxio is hoping to corner the market for early adoptors of HDV camcorders. It’s a DVD authoring tool that supports Blu-ray disc creation.

The menu-creation tool is the heart of any DVD authoring package, and DVDit Pro HD offers a slick interface packed with task windows. It’s essentially a tool aimed at consumers, so everything is right there in front of you. Pressing keys 1 to 5 lets you cycle through the default presets, offering support for movie editing or menu design workflows.

If you’re more used to the aesthetic minimalism of Adobe Encore DVD, it’s easy enough to customize your workspace and save it as a new preset layout.

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DVDit handles the ground-level authoring functions with ease – open the application and select the basic layout, drop in a preset menu from the browser, import your media, then drag-&-drop media into the correct order. You can easily add a few chapter points or subtitles, preview your work, and burn when you’re ready. 
DVDit provides for a selection of 1080p, 1080i, or 720p output on writable Blu-ray discs. We tested it using Pioneer’s BDR-101A drive (reviewed in Digit 101). The software can transcode MPEG-2, AVI, DiVX-AVI, QuickTime, and Windows Media video into Blu-ray compatible output. Warnings pop up to give advice if video is not Blu-ray-compliant during import.
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