“Digital photos are fun and easy to acquire and share, but one thing most people don’t realize is that, to be as good looking as possible, virtually every digital photo needs to be corrected in some way. To do this, you need software. On the Macintosh, check out Apple iPhoto 5, which comes as part of iLife ’05 ($79.99, or free with any new Mac purchase). Apple’s iPhoto 5 is super-simple to use, features automatic and advanced editing tools, and—best of all—can be used to make stunning photo books,” Paul Thurrott writes for Connected Home Media.
“On the PC, things are a bit more complicated, as usual. One of the best photo-management tools, Google’s Picassa, is free, so it doesn’t make for much of a gift. But take a look at Microsoft’s under-appreciated Digital Image Suite 2006 ($59.99), which features a handy task-based interface that makes editing and managing photos easier than ever. If you’re looking for a more advanced tool, don’t overlook Adobe PhotoShop Elements 4.0 ($88.99), which offers virtually all the features of its high-end cousin—without the cost,” Thurrott writes.
“As with digital photos, there’s no such thing as a perfect home video. In fact, the video that comes out of your camcorder is likely in far worse shape than your photos and in need of serious editing. The problem? Video editing is slow and monotonous, and no one wants to sit in front of a PC for hours, watching video render in real time. Fear not: Plenty of decent video-editing solutions are available, and real humans can use them,” Thurrott writes.
“On the Mac, your choice is simple: Simply use Apple iMovie HD, which comes as part of iLife ’05 ($79.99, or free with any new Macintosh purchase). This product is still incredibly easy to use, works with HD and widescreen video, and features the most full-featured editing tools I’ve ever seen in an entry-level package. Also available in iLife ’05 is iDVD 5, which is still the best DVD movie-making application on any platform. Mac users have it good,” Thurrott writes. “On the PC, unsurprisingly, things aren’t quite so clear-cut. There are a number of movie-editing and DVD-making applications available for Windows, but most are pretty horrible. Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 ($88.99) is an exception, and although it’s pretty complex because it’s modeled after the high-end Premiere Pro solution, it works with virtually every movie format on Earth and features exceptional editing tools. My favorite PC-based DVD maker is still Sonic MyDVD Studio 6.1: It’s no iDVD, but it’s the most consumer-friendly DVD maker on the PC, and it features a simple, task-based UI, photo slideshow features, 16:9 widescreen support, and TiVo compatibility. For an even simpler solution for home movies, check out Ulead VideoStudio 9 ($49.99 after rebates), which might just be the quickest way to get your DV videos ported to DVD movies.”
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