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PeteF
11-05-2007, 06:27 AM
Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite version 9 (REMC)
Review by Pete...

The Box
~~~~~~~~~
The retail version box of REMC is impressive, with all sorts of pictures
and text describing all the wonderful features of this product. It gives
the impression that it will handle all your media needs from data backups
to importing data from any device to burning CDs and DVDs.


Installation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Installation was relatively simple using the Program CD (Disk 1 of 2),
HOWEVER, it took about 20 minutes or so to complete. It never asked for
the 2nd CD which is labeled "Content", so I really don't know what's on it.

After installing REMC, I took a look at my Add & Remove Programs list and
was horrified to see about 15 or more new applications listed instead of
a single entry for REMC. For this reason, I'd highly recommend setting
a Windows restore point *before* installing REMC in case something goes
wrong during installation or if you decide to abandon the product.


The Suite
~~~~~~~~~~~
I'll be direct to the point, REMC is a big bloated program that consists
of 25 or more applications, many of which are half-baked. To operate
efficiently, REMC requires the most powerful modern computer. I was
testing REMC on an older 1.2GHZ PC with 768MB RAM and often found myself
waiting, 10, 20, 30 seconds or more each time another applet was needed
as I switched from one task to another. Very frustrating. :(

Link below is a pic of REMC's "Home" menu showing
about 25 applications included in the suite...
http://images.digitalmedianet.com/2006/Week_36/5cjd07kw/story/creator9home.jpg


Practical Usage
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I believe that most people will be impressed with what's listed on the
box for features, but when it comes to executing a simple thing like
editing out commercials in a video the small booklet provided and the
program's help system won't be much use. I spent a very long time
searching HELP, Googling, and posting on public forums before I
finally found out how to do it.

Here's how to edit the commercials...
http://forums.support.roxio.com/index.php?showtopic=19619

Editing out commercial is quite easy once you know how, but
I found the HELP system in REMC not very useful. I suspect that
the info is in there, but the help INDEX or SEARCH were useless
to me for finding the info I needed. As I said, I had to ask in
a public forum to find out how to remove commercials from a video.
Not good! :(

To test the capabilities of REMC I recorded a 5 minute video and
edited out a few small segments, leaving about 3 minutes remaining.
I took that video (*.meg2 format)and 2 other videos, 3 minutes or
less in length (both *.wmv format) and converted/burned them to
DVD video format on a DVD-R disc. This process took about an hour
to complete so I'm thinking it's not very practical to use REMC
to convert/burn an hour long TV show file in *.MEPG2 format to
DVD-R disc in DVD format because it would probably take all day
long.

For my own use, I found REMC to be a collection of programs, most
that I'll never use and now I'm thinking that a better approach
might be to find shareware versions of just the applications I
need most and abandon REMC all together.


Uninstalling
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The clincher for me in deciding to abandon REMC is when I found
it broke my data backup system!!! As REMC installed itself, it
added some very long PATH specs into the Windows environmental
variables and this broke my backup system. Why would any modern
software need to add PATH specs in order to operate? This is
an indication of some very poorly designed software!!!

As I mentioned earlier, REMC installs 15 or more items into
the "Add and Remove Programs" applet in Control Panel.
Uninstalling REMC is a nightmare! It's worse that removing
AOL software because it takes about 15 separate uninstall
operations and a couple or reboots to get it all out. This
difficult task is compounded by the fact that all the programs
are not identified as Roxio components, so you have to know
your "Add and Remove Programs" list intimately in order to
pick out the ones that belong to REMC as they are scattered
all throughout the listing. This has been the worse uninstall
I've ever encountered!!! Worse than AOL, McAfee and Norton!

After uninstalling REMC my Windows Security Center was
also broken and I had to so a System Restore to get things
working properly again.


In summary
~~~~~~~~~~~~~
No doubt that REMC has some useful applications and some people
will love it, but for me, it's another example of a company
over-developing an application to the point where it becomes
a giant bloated program with features that most people will
never use. REMC is NOT a well designed suite because it broke
my backup system and is so difficult to uninstall. To me, REMC
is horrible program and I now classify it in the same category
as AOL9, and McAfee & Norton Internet Security suites as being
big bloated programs that I'd never install on my own computer.

I think I'll try to find some shareware applications that do
Video editing and burning to CD or DVD discs. I'll place all
the Icons in a folder on my desktop and that will be my Suite.
If you have any suggestions for suitable applications, I'd sure
like to hear them.

---pete---

Dan18960
11-05-2007, 08:05 AM
Thanks for the update Pete. I know I had a run in with Roxio "lite" with a client a few weeks ago when she was trying to burn dvds and cds. I suggested she get the full version of Nero and have it installed.

She followed my suggest and I installed Nero and she has been very happy with the burning and editting that the full version of Nero provides.

So she went from extreme frustration to a happy camper with the migration to Nero.

PeteF
11-05-2007, 06:40 PM
So she went from extreme frustration to a happy camper with the migration to Nero.

Thanks Dan, I'll keep that in mind.
I guess I ought to begin at square one and see what the Windows
Movie Maker progam can do and what its limitations are. I've been
wanting to sharpen my Video editing skills for some time.

---pete---

Guest117
11-05-2007, 06:45 PM
Nero has always been easier for me.......ALWAYS. IMHO only.:)

dbarrow
11-05-2007, 07:05 PM
Had my full blown Roxi experience long while back when I built this machine. Not that I had not used and fought with Roxio previously with other versions on other machines and should have just known better...
So, when I built this machine, I just had to have this brand new Plextor SATA DVD/CDRW burner. The fact that I couldn't boot with it is another saga but, it comes packaged with the brand new full release Roxio suite.

As you said, installs a whole bunch of stuff and makes a whole lot of changes ... all over the place.
Roxio refused to recognize the Plextor burner that it came with!
Neither Roxio, which I recall having dismal support, nor Plextor, who had excellent support and really tried hard, could figure out how to make it work.

As you said, like the curse of Norton, getting Roxio out of a system is a lot harder than getting it in! I think I still have a few stray remnants laying about.

Funny thing was, after all the aggravation, I installed it on another machine where it worked just dandy but I don't think I ever used it much anyway. I believe it still resides there.

Among the numerous versions of WinDVD, which always seem to come free with something you buy, it always seemed to work just fine for the simple tasks I used it for.

casey
11-05-2007, 07:17 PM
I have the "Lite" version of Roxio 9 and using it in Vista. It seems okay for the everyday copy and saving files but I don't believe it has the ability to burn an ISO file. I then go back to an XP machine and use an old copy of Sonic that works well..

Guest11
11-05-2007, 10:14 PM
I have never had any luck with Nero or Roxio and have used Sonic which of course is now Roxio. Fortunately the last version of Sonic which I believe is 7.0 works fine in Vista ans I have always used Alcohol 120% for iso burning which also works fine in Vista.