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First Look: Roxio Popcorn 2

NR
Not Rated

Company: Roxio

Website: www.Roxio.com

Model: Popcorn 2

Price: $50

Compatible: Mac/iPod 5G

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This new Universal Binary format video disc duplication and conversion program allows Macintosh owners to transfer the contents of a video file or DVD to another DVD, or onto an iPod, PSP, or similar device. Using a simplified version of the interface from Toast (the company's disc-burning software), Popcorn 2 asks you to insert a disc or choose a video file, then allows you to convert or copy it with minimal additional interaction - unless you want to dive into file size and quality settings. You can even shrink 9GB dual-layer DVDs down to 4.7GB single-layer size, or import files directly into iTunes for easy syncing to your iPod.

The only problems: like many other utilities of its type, it can’t do anything with commercial DVDs unless another program has de-encrypted them, and its importation of video file formats isn’t quite universal.

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Editors' Note: iLounge only reviews products in "final" form, but many companies now change their offerings - sometimes several times - after our reviews have been published. This iLounge article provides more information on this practice, known as revving.

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