CD-copy software converts home films

Roxio upgrade burns music and photos, too

May 16, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Platinum may or may not be the best advanced CD-authoring program, but it is the dominant one. And it works like a charm.

Platinum is an upgrade to the Roxio Easy Creator software built into most computers now sold with CD burners. Its modules handle a variety of tasks.

One module lets you place a newly purchased CD in one drive and make a perfect copy on a disc in the CD burner. Another module lets you create data CDs by dragging and dropping icons of the files.

The crown jewel of this $100 Windows title is a module, Video Impressions, that lets users put home movies and picture slide shows into MPEG-1 files that can be viewed on most DVD players on what are called VCDs.

Also in the mix is a module that lets users take all the digital photographs on a hard drive and burn them onto CDs that can either present slide shows on a computer or a television through a DVD player.

Another jewel is a module, SoundStream, that creates customized music CDs and allows those with collections of music on LP vinyl discs or cassette tapes to get that music into a computer just as with CDs.

The software uses the audio-in port on soundcards to import music played on a turntable or tape player and automatically creates each tune as a separate MP3 file. SoundStream boasts sound tweaking and equalizer features to let users clean up hisses and pops and rumbles on this imported music.

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James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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