Roxio Creator 2011 review

£47
Price when reviewed

Fortunately, Creator 2011 isn’t only about 3D. Another major addition is the Roxio Streamer feature. This adds a DLNA-compatible server to your PC that’s tied into an online service, giving you the ability to stream content directly from one PC over your local network to DLNA-compatible devices such as games consoles and media streamers, but also over the internet to other PCs, with 2GB of online storage thrown in for free. You’ll also be able to access your files via Android smartphones and the Apple iPhone; alas, the latter feature is part of the premium service, and after 30 days you’ll be asked to pay a £15 annual subscription.

Video stabilisation and rotation has been added to the video-editing application, improving an excellent tool further, while iPad export presets have been inserted all round too. And, of course, you still get the audio editor, drag and drop media converter, simple audio editing and beat-matching, an online video capture tool, a revamped file backup utility and much more.

Opt for the Pro version and you get more advanced file backup, an automatic soundtrack generation tool for your home videos, the Bias SoundSoap audio noise-reduction plugin, and Blu-ray authoring tools. Surprisingly, the rather excellent photo editor, LightZone, has been removed this time around.

Roxio Creator 2011 - 3D photos

It’s an awful lot of software at an impressively low price, but we can’t shake the feeling that Roxio could have done a whole lot more with this release had it not concentrated on the frivolous 3D features.

Blu-ray playback still requires a £19 plugin, whether or not you buy the more expensive Pro version. And the user interface of the individual applications is in desperate need of an overhaul. Here, Roxio’s insistence on employing its own file open/save dialog boxes continues to baffle and annoy.

There’s nothing wrong with Roxio Creator 2011 as a whole. If you need video editing, audio, burning, conversion, capture and playback tools, and you want them all in one package then it won’t disappoint. But we don’t yet see the addition of the 3D tools as a compelling reason to buy (quite apart from the fact they don’t work brilliantly all the time), and with rival Nero introducing its Video Premium HD package soon, which includes Blu-ray playback and editing as standard, the reasons to go for Roxio are set to be eroded even further.

Details

Software subcategory Media software

Operating system support

Operating system Windows Vista supported? yes
Operating system Windows XP supported? yes
Operating system Linux supported? no

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