MyDVD With A Fast Computer & Editing TiVo Recordings
Updated 06/19/2005: Here’s parts 1 & 2 of this post.
Wow! My new computer only took two hours to transcode and record four Thomas & Friends shows (two hours worth of programming) using MyDVD. This same task use to take six hours with my old 800MHz Pentium III. I guess that a fast computer really makes a difference!
On another note, I spent a little bit of time working with MyDVD’s ability to remove sections of a TiVo recording. Fortunately for me, Thomas & Friends does not have any commercials during the show. Even though there are no commercials, I still wanted to remove some of the junk at the beginning of each show as well as some nonsense at the end. Removing content was extremely easy. All I had to do was drag the little scissors to indicate what I wanted to cut out. As a number of people have said, the scissors were not very accurate. It was somewhat tough to be exact. Fortunately, this problem was solved by clicking on the scissors and using the left or right arrow keys to fine tune the cropping. By using the arrow keys, I was able to adjust the cropping down to the second.
All and all, I’ve been extremely happy with MyDVD. Editing and recording TiVo programs is very easy using this program. If it weren’t for the problems I had early on, I would probably give this application 9 stars. One thing to keep in mind is that I really don’t have much experience when it comes to creating DVDs. To be perfectly honest, MyDVD is really the first DVD creation app I have ever used. That being said, I think that I am going to spend more time investigating other apps. I’ll let you know if I come up with any useful information.