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Hi, Can someone tell me a bit about why someone would want to consider DVD Studio Pro over iDVD, which I have been using? What can it do that its cheaper sibling cannot? It would seem logical that Apple would have some sort of comparison chart between the two products, but I have not found one on their site. I would be extremely appreciative if anyone can spend some time to tell me where the two products differ. I know from reading on DVD Studio Pro 1.5 vs 2.0 that it seems to have made great strides in ease of ...

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    Default DVD Studio Pro 2.0 vs iDVD 3.0

    Hi,

    Can someone tell me a bit about why someone would want to consider DVD
    Studio Pro over iDVD, which I have been using? What can it do that its
    cheaper sibling cannot? It would seem logical that Apple would have some
    sort of comparison chart between the two products, but I have not found one
    on their site. I would be extremely appreciative if anyone can spend some
    time to tell me where the two products differ. I know from reading on DVD
    Studio Pro 1.5 vs 2.0 that it seems to have made great strides in ease of
    use, but it doesn't clearly say "Here are its strengths over iDVD"

    Thanks for all replies,
    -Will

    Will Guest

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    Default Re: DVD Studio Pro 2.0 vs iDVD 3.0

    Will Mulloy <invalid> writes: 

    A heck of a lot.

    You may want to go look at the feature list:
    http://www.apple.com/dvdstudiopro/specs.html

    Some of the key features (at least key IMO) include:

    - Better MPEG encoding, including different algorithms with
    different compression ratios
    - Support for PAL and NTSC formats
    - Support for 16:9 aspect ratios
    - Can generate Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
    - Multiple soundtracks, subtitles, multiple angles
    - Pre-mastering features (for making commercial discs) including:
    - Region encoding
    - CSS and Macrovision
    - Output to CMF format
    - Can produce content for dual-layer discs
    - Can output to DLT (for sending to a duplicator)

    DVD Studio Pro is a product intended for professional moviemakers.
    It provides the ability to create just about anything you might see
    on a studio-published DVD.

    iDVD is a very simple product intended for home users to be able to
    quickly burn their home movies onto DVD, but doesn't provide much
    more.

    -- David
    David Guest

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    Default Re: DVD Studio Pro 2.0 vs iDVD 3.0

    Adding and amending to what David C said -

    David C. wrote in message ... 


    With iDVD you have NO control over compression. If artifacts appear - too
    bad. With Studio Pro you can spend lots of time trying fidderent
    compression routines to get the best image. The two-pass VBR makes it well
    wroth the cost under some cirstances.
     


    Plus the ability to toggle sub-titles on/off if you want to add closed
    captioning or some other sub-titles.
     


    Plus, iDVD will only work with the built in Apple superdrive (and maybe, at
    your own risk, some other Pioneer drives). Studio Pro will work with any
    DVD-R.




    Jeff Guest

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