Ulead Systems Inc., a leading developer of image editing, video editing and Web graphics software, today introduced Ulead DVD PictureShow, slideshow generating software that lets users share pictures on television by saving their projects onto CDs and DVDs.
Assembling a project is easy with DVD PictureShow's intuitive drag-and-drop interface, and users can include up to 99 slideshows on a single CD or DVD. By using a standard DVD player to watch slideshows, sharing pictures with friends and family becomes a comfortable living room experience.
``The days of hauling out a bulky slide projector and setting up the white screen are over,'' said Rachel Hess, product marketing manager at Ulead Systems Inc. ``With the popularity of DVD players rising, Ulead DVD PictureShow lets people use common entertainment equipment to share and watch collections of photo memories in a fun, new way. It's also a great way to archive photos, and the discs are cheap, durable and convenient to travel with or mail.''
According to leading marketing information provider NPD INTELECT Market Tracking, almost 4.3 million DVD players have been sold between January and July 2001, compared with 6.7 million units in all of 2000. NPD INTELECT analysts suggest DVD player sales for 2001 could reach 13 million units, double last year's sales figure.
Cahners In-Stat Group, a market research firm, forecasts worldwide shipments of DVD recordable drives to reach 22 million by 2004, while worldwide shipments of CD-RW drives reached 35 million in 2000. Ulead DVD PictureShow creates discs using CD and DVD recording devices on computers that will play on the majority of DVD players.
Creating slideshows with Ulead DVD PictureShow is quick and intuitive. A step-by-step workflow gives users guidance, as well as many customizable options while assembling projects. It's simple to customize photo order and rotate pictures.
Timing is flexible so users can specify display duration between photos. As a final touch, users can add a different music sequence (.MP3 or .WAV files) to each slideshow. Slideshows created in Ulead Photo Explorer 7.0 Pro can be imported into DVD PictureShow as well.
Ulead DVD PictureShow will output slideshows to either Video CD (VCD) or DVD for playback on stand-alone DVD players and CD or DVD drives on personal computers.
VCD is a video format that can be recorded onto CD media and then played on home DVD players with navigation menus similar to those found on studio-produced DVD movies. VCDs are a cost-effective way for people to share photo collections using a CD-R or CD-RW recording device.
Ulead DVD PictureShow can record up to 99 slideshows with 99 images per slideshow on a single CD or DVD. When preparing the menus for a CD or DVD, users may choose from a wide range of ready-to-use menu templates available in Ulead DVD PictureShow, including holiday, vacation, business and romantic templates.
Users can also add descriptive slideshow titles. Customization of templates is also possible using personal images for backgrounds, as well as adding music to menus. Users can preview an entire project by using the included DVD emulation controls.
When a Ulead DVD PictureShow project is complete, the software will automatically detect the recording device on a user's computer (CD-R, CD-RW or DVD-R) and burn as requested. Users may also save project files as disc images to re-burn at any future time. Ulead DVD PictureShow is available online at www.ulead.com for $29.95 for a downloaded version or $34.95 for physical media.