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 Software Architects announce GreatVideo!™ v1.5
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Message Text: Software Architects, Inc., the world’s first and leading supplier of disk drive utilities that use the Universal Disk Format (UDF), announced the commercial release of GreatVideo!™ DVD Video File Converter v1.5 for Apple PowerMac™ systems.

Fast & Easy Recorded File Conversion & DVD Video Disc Creation Version 1.5 provides everything a user needs to download, convert and use video files recorded from DVD video recorders and camcorders on an Apple™ computer system. Great Video! now includes one step mpeg-2 compression, file conversion to DVD Video Player format (.vob files), and mastering to recordable DVD discs on any third party recordable DVD or CD drive. The mastered video discs are playable on both consumer DVD video players and on Mac’s or PC’s running DVD video player software.

Powerful and Easy to Use

In addition to one step DVD video disc creation, GreatVideo! performs “drag & drop” conversion of “.VRO” format DVD video recording files to 21 industry standard video file formats, including Sorenson, Motion JPEG and Intel Indeo Video.

Until now, converting video files recorded on DVD camcorders and video recorders into Mac OS friendly formats used by most video editing and authoring applications has been a problem. The Mac OS UDF file system reader does not support .VRO formats. Apple DVD mastering software such as iDVD™ only supports Apple Superdrive™ versions of DVD-R/W drives.

Great Video! supports all classes of third party recordable DVD drives, including DVD-RAM/R, DVD-R/W, DVD+R/W and the new DVD “Multi” combination drives. It also supports writing out data files with the same iconic “drag & drop” interface.

Great Video! uses QuickTime™ as a conversion platform to convert files to traditional video formats readable by most popular video editing, authoring and playing software, including Apple Final Cut Pro™, Sonic Solutions’s MyDVD™ and Adobe Premier™.

Advanced Features

The GreatVideo!™ Converter Utility allows the user to convert to any of the 21 video formats including Sorenson™, Motion JPEG, Intel Indeo Video, and raw video formats. Advanced features include selecting the compression rate, number of key frames per second, bit rate, and color as allowed by specific video formats.

Compliant with Industry Standards

GreatVideo! is compliant with DVD Forum specifications for Real Time Recording DVD Video Files (VRO video files), and the OSTA(Optical Storage Technology Association) specifications for UDF formats. Version 1.5 supports all DVD Forum specification drives, media and formats.

System Requirements:

Supports all Apple PowerMac™ systems running Mac OS 9.0 or later. 128 MBytes RAM required; 256 MBytes recommended. 5 GBytes free hard disk space required. QuickTime v4.0 or QuickTime Pro v4.0 required; v5.0 recommended.

Pricing & Availability

List Price: $99.95 US. Available Now.
 
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