Main reason for 4 star - For $19.99 … it does not seem like a PRO application as stated in itʻs name, but can still do all of what it says in the description if you are willing to learn by trial and error. The finished product will not seem like a PRO did it, but if you are a beginner and just want to be able to create something quick with a couple of menus, you wonʻt mind. If you are intermediate, you will be able to find work arounds. I feel like this is overpriced, but would be worth it with a few more tweaks mentioned below. Currently, it should be a $14.99 with a sales price of $9.99 based on other available apps that do not do this much and charge those prices. (My opinion - those apps should be $1.99 to $2.99 at most)
Iʻve used this program for less than a 24hour period and have created/saved a project in both DVD and dvdmedia form on my work MacBook Air. Last year, when using the latest version of iDVD - it took me days and hours to create a DVD with three Menus. I had to spend hours consulting a friend to discover that the Themes used up most of the memory on a DVD. Once I scaled back to basics, I was finally able to import videos I had edited through iMovie. Because this application scales back to the very basics, I was able to create a DVD (Standard DVD set up) with over 30+ small video clips between 3 to 5 minutes. (Most of the videos are set at either 1080p HD at 60 fps or 720fps HD at 30 fps.) Using iDVD, I was only able to use my iMovie Videos compressed to 720 fps (3-4 minutes in length) and put on 15 small clips.
This application allowed me to create a SubMenu of a video split into chapters so I can practice segments of a hula dance. However, you can only have up to 12 videos per Menu Page. So if you split a video up into Chapters for a Sub Menu, donʻt forget you are limited. It will also not save the video in full form, so you will have to add it again to a menu.
Because most of the editing features are very basic, there are not very many choices in the Menu Background drop downs for me to use. If you have a small child and/or love holidays, you will have many to select from. This doesnʻt really matter, because the app lets you select photos from your computer or external hard drive. With smartphones today - you will have so many different choices for editing a background to make it work. I plan to create backgrounds using photoshops to make my future Hula Workshop DVD look sharper. Iʻd like to say more professional like current DVDʻs, but there are not moving parts in a Menu as an option. Thatʻs alright - it would have taken up too much memory. I havenʻt messed around with adding music. This seems easily enough, too. I did mess around with choosing the quality of the DVD. Because I selected “Standard” I was able to store many more videos. If I had chosen “Higher,” I would have had to delete videos.
My next experiment will be to record my videos at a higher rate now that I upgraded to an iPhone 8 two weeks ago (as well as turn more phone horizontal - rookie mistake). I noticed that videos that I added from this phone were much clearer at the Standard burning. Of course those were at 1080 fps while the other videos that I doctored with iMovie and iPhone 5 and 6 are recorded at 720 fps. More importantly, after trying to create a project with iDVD and then burn it last year - it would take me hours. This application will take between 1 1/2 hours and 2 hours to burn if the project has many menus and submenus as well as many videos. To me after last yearʻs adventure with iDVD, this was quick and let me know as Iʻm working if I have too many items.
Features that need to be added but I found a work around for now: 1. A button that lets you go back to the Main Menu. 2. An easier way to arrange the order of “Chapters” when creating a Submenu. The videos just randomly appear on the page, most stacked on top of each other but not in viewing order. My fix was to click on the “Edit” button of each video and then look at the start time in one of the options for editing the video. I actually didnʻt play around with that feature - so Iʻm guessing that is why I noticed a start time. 3. After viewing a “Chapter” in Play Mode in all formats there needs to be the ability to easily go back to itʻs menu page. Instead, with the DVD - I can only press the Top Menu and go back to the First Main Menu page. (I discovered this by trial and error.) Otherwise, if I want to go to the previous or next chapter then I have to select the “Next” or “Prev” button. When I used the dvdmedia format on my computerʻs DVD app - I could move and jump if I went to my menu bar at the top of the screen, Click “GO” and then select “Title” and pick a number - Guessing the order they were showing up in Menu View through this app. I look forward to an update on this app to fix these problems. 4. Iʻm pretty sure that if your chapters in a submenu go over the 12 video limit, the video might not burn. I didnʻt take a chance to figure this out because a warning comes up no matter what to remind you that each menu can only hold 12 videos. Therefore, I created a separate menu page for each video that would have a chapter submenu.
I really appreciated the more recent reviews to help me choose this app. Being able to use the lite version first helped me compare what I already knew from working with iDVD. The watermark was annoying when burning, so I tried out the lite of another one (I think it was Creator DVD Lite). I was basing my trial and error on ratings and price. The PRO versions both cost the same amount, but the second one did not add a watermark. After trying out both, I went with this one even though the other looks like it has more bell and whistles. This one was quicker to figure out without the help feature. (Past reviews warned that the help menu was not usable.)