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Roxio Popcorn 2 Review

Your movies on DVD, Sony PSP and Apple iPod By Don Lee

Roxio Popcorn 2 for Apple MacintoshRoxio Popcorn 2 was designed to provide consumers with the ability to make backup copies of their unprotected DVDs as well as convert your personal videos to be playable on a variety of portable media devices such as your Apple iPod, Sony PlayStation Portable and even those cell phones with video playback capabilities.

Now there are programs out there that can handle these jobs individually, but I own a number of these devices and I wanted to find one product that could handle all of these tasks under one roof while still being affordable. Roxio Popcorn 2 looked like a good candidate so I gave it a shot.

Grab Some More Popcorn
Roxio Popcorn 2 lets users create backup copies of their unprotected DVDs (it does not work with copy protected or encrypted DVDs). The first thing you need to do after you launch Popcorn 2 is to select from the project tabs at the top of the interface. If you select DVD, then you will notice that the left side of the application will change to reflect the video source options.

If you select the DVD tab, the left side of the program will give you three options (DVD Disc, disc image and VIDEO_TS folder). The DVD disc is to have Popcorn 2 read from a unprotected DVD, disc image is for when you want to have the program read from the disc image on your hard drive and VIDEO_TS is if you already have a DVD compatible VIDEO_TS folder available. 
 


If you do work with an unprotected DVD, you will see that you are given a pulldown menu with optional video output selections. You can leave it as default, which is the entire DVD disc but you can also choose to only export the main movie or you can choose to customize the output. When you choose to customize (this is the Directors Cut mentioned on the packaging), then you can select specific videos, audio and languages to choose. Popcorn 2 even has a built-in video player so you can preview the videos and decide whether you want them in the final export.

Roxio Popcorn 2 for Apple Macintosh

There is also an audio pulldown menu where you can choose your audio preferences. As you make your video and audio selections, you will notice the video compression and quality gauge change. You can change your current settings to increase the video quality. Once you are set making changes to your project, just click OK to return to the main window and click on the large red button at the lower right of the window. This will begin the burning process.

Now even though the program does allow for customizing the DVD output, you dont have to. The default settings in Popcorn 2 will speed up the exporting process even more. Its great if you dont want to deal with setting up all of those options for each project.

In case youre working with an oversized DVD where the content is larger than the usual 4.7 gigabytes, there is a checkbox option where you can fit a dual-layer DVDs content onto a typical 4.7 single layer disc.

If you choose Player, then you can choose to export your source video to your Sony PSP, Apple iPod, 3GP mobile device, Divx player, MPEG-4 Player or a H.264 Player. Popcorn 2 has default settings for all of the devices mentioned above. Now you can either export your files directly to the device or to your hard drive. Now you can import multiple files to do a batch export of your files to a particular format. This is very good time saving feature. Similar to the DVD preview, you can also preview your video files here as well.

Roxio Popcorn 2 for Apple Macintosh

A feature that I thought would be nice would have been some sort of video marker capability. For example, if I had a one-minute video and only wanted to export from the 15-second mark to the 45-second mark, that 30-second video clip was the portion that I wanted exported. Maybe it wouldnt be possible for the DVD side of Popcorn 2 but it wouldve been nice to have for the video file side.

The Final Word
Roxio has done an excellent job building on the success of the initial Popcorn release. The new added features and the MSRP of $49.99 is a good deal whether youre looking for DVD backup software, convert video files or even make them compatible for your portable devices. Roxio Popcorn 2 does a good job handling either DVD content or video files.

Most of the popular video formats such as QuickTime, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, DivX and VOB are supported so you dont have to worry about compatibility. Roxio Popcorn 2 ships as a universal binary so it is native for Mac Intel but it will also run on older Mac PowerPC machines too. The program also utilizes the ToastAnywhere technology so you can share burners across a network.

I really liked the customizable options that youre given for DVD output. The program gives you the ability to maintain your video output quality by holding down the amount of compression used. By getting rid of some of the DVD extras, you can free up some disc space and eliminate the need to compress.

If youre looking for a quick DVD backup and video exporting capabilities in one program, then you should take a look at Roxios Popcorn 2 for the Macintosh. Roxios Popcorn 2 earns a 4.5 out of 5 star recommendation.

You can click HERE to purchase Roxio Popcorn 2 for Apple Macintosh systems.

About Roxio

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, is the world's leading provider of consumer digital media creation applications and produces innovative, easy-to-use products and media services that empower people to create, manage and share their digital media. You can visit them online at http://www.roxio.com.


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