Roxio releases Popcorn 2; your movies on DVD and Apple iPod

Roxio, a division of Sonic Solutions, today released Popcorn 2, which makes it easy for Mac users to transfer their favorite personal video entertainment to DVDs and portable devices such as an iPod, PSP or mobile phone. These innovations enhance the already highly regarded features for creating backup copies of non-copy protected personal DVDs. Popcorn 2, a Universal application, is available in retail stores across North America and direct at for a suggested price of US$49.99. Popcorn 2 is also being simultaneously released in Europe and Asia. Previous owners of Toast and Popcorn may be eligible for special upgrade pricing direct from Roxio.

“To keep pace with the growing demand for portable media devices, the new mobile capabilities of Popcorn 2 provide an excellent solution for those who want the flexibility to enjoy personal video wherever and whenever they choose,” said Stan Wong, general manager, Roxio division, Sonic Solutions in the press release. “Now consumers can make the most of their players by easily creating mobile-friendly versions of their video.”

Popcorn 2 enables users to create portable compatible versions of all popular formats including non-protected DVD-Video, QuickTime movies, MPEG files, iMovie projects and other popular video formats. Popcorn 2 includes predefined settings optimized for standard or high-quality video output, or users can define their own custom DivX, MPEG4, or H.264 levels for bit rate, frame rate, and image size.

Popcorn 2 features custom video compilations allowing users to choose the specific video and audio content to duplicate, while at the same time optimizing video quality and maximizing disc space. Built on the widely-acclaimed Toast burn engine synonymous with dependable, compatible recording, Popcorn 2 ensures high-quality results – whether watching on the couch, or on-the-go.

More info about Roxio’s Popcorn 2 here.

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  1. Just what I needed, something that will take my Handbraked DVD movies and squeeze them down to single sided DVD and iPod format.

    I’m too poor to buy a dual layer DVD burner.


  2. “Doesn’t Handbrake have the ability to downsize the video so it fits on a single layer DVD?”

    Hand brake can turn out just about any size that you want, so it’s good for going straight from DVD to iPod for example.

    “I tried different ways but iDVD player always seems to make it too big.”

    The problem is that iDVD ONLY encodes audio in LCPM format, so 2 hrs of audio takes up more than 1 GB of data on you 4.2 GB DVD. That leaves only about 3 GB for video, which would be ~3.3 Mbps. That’s about the minimum quality that iDVD will allow for video, so you can’t go longer than 2 hrs b/c there is no audio compression in iDVD.

    Programs like Popcorn and DVD Shrink compress the video, but they also do not compress the audio. The upshot is that most commercial DVDs use compressed audio to begin with and less compressed video (depending on total DVD length etc), so Popcorn or DVD shrink can compress the video a lot and it will still look OK (or you can use them to drop extra features, etc). Still they are limited to how much video compression that can be done. I suppose there is a minimum Mbps for video that the DVD standard must comply to.

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