PROS / This application has more features and templates than most other products.
CONS / There are occasional video delays. It also isn’t the best web publisher.
VERDICT / A good product for anyone looking to make videos to share with friends and family.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
When looking into purchasing video editing software there are a few areas to keep in mind: importing, editing and exporting. While ShowBiz DVD does two of these areas fairly well, it is important to note that it lacks in the exporting area. If you are hoping for a program that makes digital copies for sharing online or through media devices like an iPod, you will be out of luck with this program. If you don't have a need for the mobile options then this application may be worth your consideration.
There are two different ways to import files for editing. The first way is to bring the files that have already been saved to your hard drive. This is the most common way for people to import their files. The other way consists of hooking up an external recording device (camera, cell phone, etc.) and recording directly from the device. Though this particular video software doesn't have support for all of the different devices, you can capture movies directly from an analog tape, or even a DVD, so long as you have the right hardware.
If you are concerned about working with a complex application then ShowBiz DVD can put your fears to rest. The application is set up so that anyone can use it without needing to watch tutorials or read through the manual cover to cover. It has three buttons across the screen that keep all the options neatly organized. The other nice thing about this program is how easy it was to install on our computer. We didn't encounter any difficulties when installing the application on the machine.
This application excels in the number of transitions available with over 330 choices; we especially like the "rain in the puddle" effect when changing between segments. All of the transitions are clean, smooth and very professional looking, and you can time them to fit your music. Additionally, ShowBiz includes 21 special effects filters and 62 menu templates, which is more than most of the other applications we reviewed.
The application has exceptional menu creation ability and even lets you create sub-menus. For example, if you want to put several video collections onto one disk, it can form a main menu then a sub-menu for each specific selection. Additionally, menus are customizable with themes, unique text, chapters, animated thumbnails, background music and images, as well as an introductory video clip. We were slightly disappointed with the occasional video delays we experienced as we panned through the footage, however.
Though there a lot of features for this application there are a few export options. The application is best suited for making DVDs of the files, but you can also use it to upload videos to YouTube. You can also save the files in WMV, AVI formats or even to a VCD. Even with the limited options available, you are sure to find the best way to share your final product on social media sites or any other type of platform.
ArcSoft provides a user manual accessible through the application. They also publish FAQs and tutorials on their website and provide an email address for technical support. This manufacturer does not have toll-free phone support or live chat for instant answers.
With ShowBiz DVD you get a lot of options when it comes to making interactive menus for your DVDs. It is also straightforward and comes with a good selection of transitions. The downside to this video editing software is in the lack of online distribution options. If you are hoping for an application that will let you easily upload a video to YouTube or another online format, then you will probably want to look elsewhere.