Easy Media Creator 7 (Full Product, PC) - Security Camera User Rating
Manufacturer: Roxio
Model: 213100
Average User RatingAverage User RatingAverage User Rating: Number of User Reviews: 25

Reviewed by: likes2create from OR on Sep 18, 2004

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: Very easy to use. Robust product features. Excellent customer support.

Weaknesses: Would like to see overall speed improvements when switching between components/modules.

Summary: (Edited September 20th by likes2create) Not only is Easy Media Creator 7 easy to use with all the features you need, it is rock solid. It does what it claims it will do, it is a very stable and mature product that doesn't crash, and it comes with excellent support. A co-worker of mine uses a competitive product and he cries the blues about how often it crashes and locks up his system. He is so frustrated about paying to be a ¡°beta tester¡±. Thankfully that is not the case with Easy Media Creator 7, it performs great and best of all allows me to create some first-rate DVDs. I swear by this program.

Reviewed by: SeattleBuzz from WA on Mar 3, 2004

Experience: 7 Days

Strengths: 13 different applications in one box! And .. they all rock.

Weaknesses: No printed manual in the box :(

Summary: I've been playing with Easy Media Creator for about a week, and as somebody who's hard to impress, I've let out quite a few Wow!s already. Last night I decided to take some new photos and create a slide show. It was very easy to just hightlight the photos from my friend's birthday party, and select Send to Storyboard from the menu. Hey presto they are already in Storyboard as a simple slideshow. The sheer number and variety of transitions is amazing .. I spent ages just sampling them. Even TV like 3D transitions. I tried their Motion Pictures editor, which allowed smooth zoom and pan motions as pictures are shown - worked very well. I then applied some video effects, and suddently my flat pictures were transformed into a mirrored room with the image all around. And all i had to do was pick up the effect and drop it on the image. I added some music then saved the whole slideshow as a DivX file, which I have emailed out to friends. Next I tried out burning. I have been using Nero before this, but I was tempted by the new photo and video apps in Creator. So far I've been blown away, there is too much to write here. Even the basic burning seems faster than Nero - they even prompted me to create a disc label while it was burning ... like I had time to get bored ;-) Anyway it's been a long time since any software got me excited like this. I've just joined Napster too, and downloaded about 10 songs .. I wasn't able to find an artist they don't have in their library which was my biggest fear. I hope to go on to create a DVD soon of all my slidshows, I'll write more about that when I get to it. So far, apart from the lack of a full manual in the box (come on Roxio) I am very very happy with my choice, especially for $79!

Reviewed by: BYUgrad92 from UT on May 22, 2004

Experience: 37 Days

Strengths: Delivers a lot of functionality for the price

Weaknesses: I would have preferred a printed manual

Summary: I polled all my friends on what was the best media software for working with digital photos and videos, and they all recommended Roxio's products. So I trusted their opinions and now I too am a believer. This product worked great, I didn¡¯t have to work long endless days learning how to become an video editor, it was easy to work through and understand. Powerful tools and ease of use made it possible for me to produce polished videos and slideshows in no time. Tell your friends, it's an awesome product.

Reviewed by: BillRogers from ID on Aug 26, 2004

Experience: 3 Months

Strengths: The interface makes it easy to use and explore the breadth of features. Good documentation and video tutorial how-to-videos.

Weaknesses: Sometimes it seems sluggish switching between components.

Summary: Easy Media Creator 7 works with all forms of digital media -- data, music, photos, and video. I was amazed at how quickly I was able to capture my digital camera photos, and digital video footage, and then edit and create finished slideshows and videos. It was then easy to create some great looking DVDs. It runs just fine on my 2 year old PC running XP. If you don't already own it, go buy it, you'll be glad you did.

Reviewed by: KaraSings from TN on May 22, 2004

Experience: 5 Weeks

Strengths: Robust features, very stable under XP, easy to use, amazing output, plus the outstanding value!

Weaknesses: None, I've used it for 5 weeks and it works great!

Summary: All components are well integrated and easy to learn how to use. I liked how easy it was to mix the media types, such as: still photos, video, transitions, and music, all into the final product. Burning the final project to CD or DVD worked fine.

If you don't believe me, do as I did before I bought the product, I read the editorial reviews by the print and online publications. They all agreed that Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 was best in it's class. I agree and thank them for not leading me astray. Great product!

Reviewed by: HenryFranklin from MI on Jun 4, 2004

Experience: 10 Weeks

Strengths: Is easy to learn the breadth of features. They offer good support. It is very affordable in price.

Weaknesses: I wish I had even more time to play around with this software.

Summary: Easy Media Creator 7 offers an easy to learn and understand interface that enables you to quickly use any of the applications that make up this integrated software suite. There¡¯s many powerful tools available that I can¡¯t possibly mention them all here. Here¡¯s a couple of my favorite tools: (1) DISC COPIER ¨C Last night I used it to copy a DVD of my daughter¡¯s recent high school band trip to Europe that was made by one of the chaperones. The DVD copying feature worked great and I mailed the high quality DVD copy to her Grandma this morning. (2) VIDEOWAVE ¨C I also enjoy using the timeline video-editing feature to edit my videos like the professionals.

PC World gave it 4 out of 5 stars in its review. It is so good I think it should be rated 6 out of 5 stars. Therefore, I compromised and gave it an Overall Rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by: SunOnBeach from FL on Jun 2, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: This product delivers the goods -- Loaded with features that are easy to learn and use, plus you can edit and create great DVD projects, and it is modestly priced.

Weaknesses: It would be nice to have instant chat-room tech support, but 1 day turn around on email questions wasn't bad.

Summary: It's mind-boggling all the features and capabilities packed into this one product for under $100. In Jan. I paid over $50 just for a basic photo-editing program that couldn't even automatically stitch together my digital photos to create a seamless panorama picture. That¡¯s easy inside this program and it's just the tip of the iceberg of some of the things you can do with Easy Media Creator. The slideshow creation tool allows you to drag and drop and mix photos and videos with transitions and audio tracks all together to make your media projects come to life. This is a great product and would be a great gift idea ¨C Father¡¯s Day, Graduation, Birthday, etc.

Reviewed by: SHakken from MN on Aug 19, 2004

Experience: 8 Weeks

Strengths: Easy to Learn. Outstanding Product Features. Great Service and Support.

Weaknesses: Sometimes performance is sluggish moving between components.

Summary: Roxio's Easy Media Creator 7 was easy to learn thanks to the single view "Home Page" interface that gives you simultaneous access to all program components. This product has pretty much all the features you'll need for working with your digital media files. What has also been impressive about Easy Media Creator 7, is the great support materials and customer tech support. It comes with lots of materials to assist you in finding the answers to your questions. From the Help Center you can easily search the files for what you are looking for, or you can choose to go directly to the user guides and how to video tutorials. Roxio also provides many customer support materials on their web site, such as the knowledgebase where you can search on keywords and phrases and then it gives you some choices. Each of these choices then explains what to do. Their customer support email response time is very respectable, getting answers back to you in usually a day. Once, I called to talk to a live tech support person, and was fully prepared to pay the $30 per call. Not only did they help me resolve my issue, but they also waived the $30 fee. Talk about great service and support!

Reviewed by: GinaO from WA on Aug 19, 2004

Experience: 10 Weeks

Strengths: Easy Media Creator 7 integrates several full-featured applications together to create a software suite with a consistent user experience.

Weaknesses: Although the PDF versions of the user guides are good, I'm still a paper person and would have liked to have the printed versions included in the box.

Summary: In no time, I was using it and creating projects with it. I use Creator Classic all the time to burn data and music to CD and DVD and appreciate the automated backup feature. Even though I use those features all the time, I really bought Media Creator 7 for all the great digital media creation tools.

Photosuite is a wonderful photo-editing product. Since I am a casual point and shoot digital photographer, I use the autofix option all the time to clean up my pictures, plus of course the red eye removal tool and the clone tool (to remove the date/time stamp I forgot to turn off in some of my pictures). I use VideoWave to transfer/capture my video to my PC, and then edit it down to remove unwanted video clips. I also use it to add text using different fonts, styles and effects, plus add transitions between clips, and background sound tracks. When complete, I then send the output to DVDBuilder for authoring to DVD.

I could go on and on how I use it, but the bottom line, this product is outstanding. It is loaded with excellent features and is a must have product for transforming your digital content to marvelous DVD movies or slide shows.

Reviewed by: DaveRichards from CA on May 14, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Must have product for anyone working with digital photos, digital video and burning CD/DVDs.

Weaknesses: Every digitial camera or digital video camera should bundle this product with it

Summary: It delivers all the features and performance I expected at a modest price. It handles all forms of digital media -- music, photos, and video. The interface is easy to use offering two ways to do things -- as Tasks or Applications. I¡¯m able to quickly convert my digital camera photos and digital video into slides shows and edited videos complete with fun transitions. Then create CDs and DVDs. Worked great on my Windows XP system. I highly recommend Media Creator 7.

Reviewed by: LakerGurLiz from CA on Jun 22, 2004

Experience: 5 Weeks

Strengths: Lots of great features integrated into one program.

Weaknesses: Moving between applications can sometimes be slow.

Summary: Have been using it steady for just over a month and it works great on my 2.8 Ghz Dell with 512MB RAM and XP. User interface is easy to learn and I was creating video productions in no time. Plain and simple, it does what it said it will do, and it does it well. I recommend it to all.

Reviewed by: BossHog from TX on Jul 10, 2004

Experience: 7 Weeks

Strengths: User Interface. Easy to learn to use. Powerful suite of tools in one package. Great customer support.

Weaknesses: Slow installation process

Summary: I originally purchased this so I could use it to create multimedia slide shows using my digital pictures and home video clips. Now I find myself using all the features. This package has all the features I need for messing around with photos, video, music, backing up my files, creating fancy labels and burning my creations to CD or DVD. If you don't have it yet, you're missing out.

Reviewed by: Driftwood_RW from OR on Jul 29, 2004

Experience: 9 Weeks

Strengths: Ease of use, good support materials, strong creation and editing tools, and overall value

Weaknesses: Slow install process, be nice to have a printed user guide in addition to the PDF file included

Summary: Installed and runs fine on my 3-year old PC running XP Home. The media library management tools is nice to have for organizing all my digital files. The automated backup tool and basic burning tools are fast and tools I use all the time. Storyboard is a great tools for quickly creating slideshows of my photos. Using DVD builder I was able to create nice looking DVDs. My decision to buy Creator 7 was a solid one and I recommend it to others.

Reviewed by: sharkbread from FL on Aug 7, 2004

Experience: 4 Weeks

Strengths: Best value of features and functionality

Weaknesses: I agree with many other reviewers, it was a slow install

Summary: I purchased Creator 7 so I could produce DVDs of my home movies and digital photos. All aspects of the product, including burning DVDs works fine for me. I¡¯ve created and mailed DVDs to my parents in New York and they enjoy watching the DVDs of their grandkids and comment how professional looking they are. As far as support, I have no complaints there either. When I did need some help learning how to use Creator 7, I explored the Help Center, which had video tutorial guides which showed me how to do it as well as PDF user manuals. Creator 7 is money well spent.

Reviewed by: DarbyWhaler from CT on May 25, 2004

Experience: 6 Weeks

Strengths: Tightly integrated product suite delivers on it's name "Easy Media Creator".

Weaknesses: Like the hundreds of provided transitions and overlays, but maybe the next version they can include even more.

Summary: (Edited May 25th by DarbyWhaler) I chose this product because it offers many video and slideshow capture, creation and editing capabilities not found in some of the competing products. Some of these include: The Storyboard allows you to mix photos and videos with transitions; Applying Pan and Zoom Effects to videos and photos; and SmartVideo Capture where you can preview video scenes and only import selected scenes.

It works great on XP and I've found the Help Center & Tutorials very useful in helping me understand concepts, by watching the tutorial video guides. If you own a digital camera or digital video camera, this is a must have product.

Reviewed by: plattspud from ID on Oct 23, 2004

Experience: 6 Months

Strengths: Very versatile software used by the entire family.

Weaknesses: Even though it comes with lots of templates, I wish it had even more.

Summary: We have been using Roxio Easy Media Creator 7 since April. My daughter (14) taught herself how to use it over a weekend, and for a class project back in May, she created a slideshow and mastered it to DVD. My son (12) also taught himself how to use it, and uses it all the time. He recently finished touching up all his photos from summer camp and created a slideshow with his friends with their own commentary audio tracks. I have used Creator 7 for everything from regular scheduled backups to editing my digital photos, to building DVDs. It runs perfect on our HP Pavilion computer with 512 memory, 40GB HD and XP. We have had a great experience using it and tell all our friends to use it as well.

Reviewed by: Slugger40243 from KY on Jun 3, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Very capable software for creating and editing digital media content and burning it on to CD or DVD media

Weaknesses: So far so good

Summary: This powerful user-friendly software allows you to quickly access and run any of the integrated programs from within the master ¡°Home¡± menu. It allows you to create and burn all kinds of digital media on to your choice of CD or DVD media, including: audio CDs, Video CDs, Video DVDs, photo slide shows on CD or DVD, data CDs and DVDs, etc. The editing and creation tools are very powerful and if you are having difficulty using them, try the helpful how-to video tutorials or user guide documents. Their tech support isn¡¯t too bad either, they replied to my email question within a day. This is very capable software at a very reasonable price. :-)

Reviewed by: D.Richards on May 13, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Breadth of functionality; easy to use; good editing, authoring and burning tools; integration of multiple applications into one product.

Weaknesses: I'll let you know if I discover any

Summary: The product caters to users at all levels, providing a user interface menu providing you with more than one way to find the command/program you need. It also has a StoryBuilder wizard to assist with your video projects. I'm no Quentin Tarantino, but I was able to doctor up my raw video footage and create a much more polished video that I burned on to DVD to show to my friends and family. I give 2 Thumbs Up for Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.

Reviewed by: christi12 from CA on Mar 4, 2004

Experience: 10 Days

Strengths: Video component, amount of features, value, ease of use

Weaknesses: Long install process, large size

Summary: I used Creator 5 and was not that happy with it. I skipped 6, but recently purchased 7. What a difference 2 years makes! Can't believe the change. This is a well integrated suite that allows me to do all media activities in one place. I'm especially impressed with the video component, which alone is like have four products in one (Timeline, Storyline, and two automated video creation tools). I have also burned some audio/mp3 cds which worked well, and even tried out the Napster service that's also included. Took a look at the photo app, but think for now I'll stick with Photo Impact. All in all Creator is a tremendous value.

Reviewed by: OlympiaBill from WA on Nov 6, 2004

Experience: 4 Months

Strengths: The interface made it easy to learn how to use, plus the excellent support materials helped me when I had questions. Very responsive email tech support.

Weaknesses: For the latest fixes and best performance you'll need to download the 7.0.1 update, which is about 52MB. No big deal on broadband, but if using a dialup, you may need to do this overnight.

Summary: I am a thorough shopper and hate to pay more than I have to, or buy a product that does not deliver on its claim. Before I buy technology products, I read all the reviews, both the professional editorial reviews, and those from us folks who work for a living. I also asked friends and family what program they preferred. When I tallied up all the reviews and personal recommendations it came out to about 8 out of 10 rating/recommendation for Easy Media Creator 7. So I bought the software and after using it for the last 4+ months I can confidently tell the world it is an outstanding program. A couple of times when I did get stumped, their tech support responded back to me with answers both times within 24 hours!
Conclusion: For the price, I¡¯ve been very impressed with what the software and support delivers. If you want a program for burning CDs/DVDs, capturing and editing photos and videos, and creating slide shows and mastering DVDs, you can¡¯t go wrong with this.

Reviewed by: harrym33 from OH on Apr 28, 2004

Experience: 2 Months

Strengths: Features, stability, ease of use

Weaknesses: slow install

Summary: I'm amazed at what is included in the package. Top notch video, photo and DVD/CD burning all in one package. This is a steal for $99. What's important to me is that my kids, and even my wife can use this product because it is so easy to use.

Reviewed by: rjmoose from CA on Aug 29, 2004

Experience: 1 Months

Strengths: does everything

Weaknesses: I seriously can't stand that you have to have your video card in 1024x768 for the main program to run...I am not going to change my video settings for one silly program...my eyes are already bad!!!!!!

Summary: Roxio has really improved their software and everything has been included in the suite, but as I said I hate the fact that you have to change to 1024 by 768.

It is very user friendly

Reviewed by: biresch from PA on May 18, 2004

Experience: 21 Days

Strengths: Lots of features

Weaknesses: none of the features work

Summary: I know of at least one other person that can't get this program to work well. You have to reboot almost every time you try to use it, even after downloading a major patch. It screws up Microsoft Explorer badly. It chews up blank CD's by error after error. DO NOT BUY VERSION 7 AND there is no tech support unless you want to pay $32 per hour to find out they have problems unresolved.
This version is a complete ripoff.

Reviewed by: jephillips from IL on Mar 1, 2004

Experience: 20 Days

Strengths: Media Library Management is great

Weaknesses: Not very good for burning sorted .mp3 files

Summary: After many hours of trying to figure out why .mp3 playlists did not play in the order I arranged with my play list on my .mp3 player and my .mp3 car player I finally found out why. Roxio sorting procedures do not like/use alphabetical characters in file names.

I meticulously name my .mp3 files so that they always sort (on the computer) in the proper order for play back. For example, I used the file name "JCA-CD101" for "Johnny Cash American Series", CD1, Song 1; and similarly, "JCA-CD102" for song 2, etc. When you sort these names on your computer and in a play list they are shown in the proper sorting order. Unforunately, Roxio jumbles all this filename (information) together and comes up with some numeric equivalent, and definitely not in the alphanumeric order I want.

When I was (not easily) able to contact someone at Roxio their only suggestion was for me to not use alphbetic characters in my file names. Now isn't that silly. I almost started renaming all my .mp3 files starting with numbers, but decided just to try something else.

I tried using (Ahead) Nero Express and dragged/dropped my alphanumeric named .mp3 files into the project area. What do you know -- Nero does not have any problems accepting/sorting alphanumeric (named) files. So now when my .mp3 file(s) name(s) appear on the display area of my .mp3 player and my .mp3 car player, I not only get the files played in the order I want but I also get a pretty good description of the file playing from the alphanumeric names I gave to the fles.

I like Roxio. I have used it for a long time; but until they can solve the "numbers only" file sorting limitation I will not be using Roxio to burn my .mp3 files in the order I prefer them.

Reviewed by: freeafrog from CA on Mar 27, 2004

Experience: 3 Weeks

Strengths: Full suite of media products

Weaknesses: Most products don't work as well as previous versions

Summary: Classic creator defaults to data cd so you have to continually remember to change to audio cd which is what I use most. The track title has been changed to the title field, not the name field as in previous versions and is incompatible with my recording product. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to use the new label creator but after I finally got a decent looking label I couldn't get it to print. PhotoSuite no longer supports scrapbooks as in previous versions. There is no way to select a default disk for drag-to-disk so you have to re-select each time you boot up if you want other than the first drive available. Previous versions retained the one last selected. I haven't used the VideoWave, which is what I bought this for, but have gone back to using version 6 platinum for all products I can since they were simple to use and very functional. Unfortunately I can't restore the old drag-to-disk. If you have a previous version think twice before you spend the money.

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