Sothink HD Movie Maker
Create DVD, Blu-Ray or AVCHD Discs

HD Movie Maker


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Publisher:

Sothink Software

Date added:

File size:

26.9MB

License:

$35

Minimum requirements:

7, Vista, XP

Uninstaller included?:

Yes

Limitations:

Demo has watermak


Sothink HD Movie Maker Review.

 

Reviewed by: Rob Boirun
Review Date: 3/25/2012
Hardware used: Lacie D2 Blu Ray Burner | Vista | AMD 5000+ | 4GB Ram

Welcome to HD Land
As more and more HD video come into our lives we will need a way to manage it and create our own HD movies for playback on our new high tech toys such as new Blu-Ray players, PS3, and even upscaled DVD players. As most of us know by now creating DVD movies is almost a basic feature now since all 7, Vista and XP installs contain Windows Movie Maker which introduced to the masses an easy yet basic way to create movies with your existing video.

Thinking in HD
However what about those of us that have the new HD gizmos and demand only HD video? This year we are starting to see the first wave of HD video converter/editors for easy Blu-Ray or AVCHD creation. One such tool is from Sothink called HD Movie Maker. The first thing I notied about this software was the well laid out interface that didn't look to overly done. Everything is where is needs to be.

Basically here are the steps involved to create a Blu-Ray movie:

  • Load the videos you want on the final result
  • Choose your burner, disc size (DVD5, DVD9, BD 25GB, BD 50GB), Video Dimensions, and Frame Rate
  • Insert your Blank Disc and click the Burn Button

Now simply walk away or go to bed and when you get back to the computer you will have a disc ready to watch in your favorite player. Note: My first test took about 4 hours to burn a 2 hour avi upcoverted to AVCHD which took the full 4.38 single layer of the DVD. I am please to see that the quality from the original avi to the DVD was dramatic.

From the Developer:

Sothink HD Movie Maker can convert and burn various formats of videos to Blu-ray Discs (BD) and DVD (AVCHD), and play them on Blu-ray players (including Sony PlayStation 3). Almost all kinds of videos are supported by HD Movie Maker including WMV, MKV, AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, MP4, QuickTime Movie (MOV, QT), Real Video (RM, RMVB), H.264/AVC, M2TS, FLV, etc, which can be coded to the high definition videos. This HD Movie Maker can burn videos to BDMV on Blu-ray Discs such as BD-R, BD-RE, BD-25, BD-50, etc. Furthermore, it also can burn Blu-ray movies into high-definition AVCHD on regular DVD including DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD+RW, DVD-RW. The outputs, also called BD5 or BD9, can be only watched on BD players or Sony PS3.

The user interface of Sothink HD Movie Maker contains six parts: Menu, Toolbar, File List, Settings Panel and Status Bar.

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Main Features of HD Movie Maker

  • Support the importing almost all current video formats, including WMV, MKV, AVI, DivX, XviD, MPEG, MP4, QuickTime Movie (MOV, QT), Real Video (RM, RMVB), H.264/AVC, M2TS, M2T, MTS, FLV, etc.
  • Create high definition Blu-ray movies of different video resolutions: 1280x720p, 1440x1080p and 1920x1080p.
  • Burn high definition camera videos, like Sony (*.m2ts), Cannon (*.m2t) and Panasonic (*.mts), into Blu-ray Disc.
  • Support burning on discs like DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, BD-R, BD-RE, etc.
  • Burn videos into AVCHD on regular DVD discs (DVD-5 or DVD-9). The outputs, also called BD5 or BD9, can be only watched on BD players or Sony PS3. This is particular for users to make HD Blu-ray discs even without Blu-ray burners.
  • Support BD-25 and BD-50 (single layer with 25 GB capacity or dual layer with 50 GB capacity).
  • Support two world TV Broadcast Standards: PAL and NTSC.
  • Automatically calculate the video bit rate value according to the target disc's capacity.
  • Create chapters automatically when importing multiple videos, convenient for users to skip videos with remote control.
  • Support video trim function and 5.1 surround sound.
  • Automatically load external subtitles to get perfect enjoyment on high definition movies.
  • Support multiple CPUs and multi-core CPU, thus videos to be encoded into HD Blu-ray movies with fast speed.
  • Display thumbnails of the imported videos, and the thumbnailsí size is editable.
  • Preview source videos directly with the built-in video player in program.
  • Able to pause, resume and stop the task anytime during the conversion.
  • User-friendly, simple, and 100% safe guaranteed.

Final Thoughts

The ease of use and final video quality of the discs are what is impressive of HD Movie Maker. So far this is one of the easiest HD Video apps I have used this year.

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