Any evaluation at this time is too premature. The product looks like it will have lots of features once I am more familiar with the product. But I do have some preliminary beefs.
When I first received the product it was not clear to me that it would burn a Blu-ray disk altho the promo materials indicated such. However, the accompanying print materials made reference to a BD plug-in which I interpreted as necessary to burn a BD. I ordered the plug-in but had difficulty with the installation. I sought support from Roxio and they confirmed that the plug-in was not necessary for to burn a BD disk. I have yet to follow the installation instructions for the plug-in as they are far short of routine.
I tried to disk copy an 8GBs video I had produced in Premiere Elements 7. The procedure stopped about a third of the way through.
At this point that is the extent of my experience with Creator Pro 2011. Needless to say it has not been positive; however, I am reluctant to say that the product is a bust, but it certainly has not met my expectations so far.
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77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
NOT the ROXIO of Yester Year!Dec 17 2010
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Okay, up front, I am a VERY EXPERIENCED Computer Technician and have used ROXIO since Version 5, thus, I am an experienced ROXIO user and know what I am talking about; this version however is a little disappointing. Currently I have a HIGH-POWERED Workstation, AMD 955 64-Bit CPU, 8 GB of RAM, LG Blu-Ray Burner, Plextor Burner, Windows 7 Ultimate, lots of "Goodies" installed, system is tweaked to perfection and has been running flawlessly since March of 2010. I installed ROXIO 2011 and immediately started having problems with my system ... and I NEVER have problems with it! The program loaded fine, but then it would absolutely NOT recognize my "LG Blu-Ray" Internal Burner. Then sporatically it would, then would not, recognize my PLEXTOR Burner. Then I started getting all kind of Windows 7 Operating System ERROR messages. Had to UNINSTALL the product and now everything is back to normal. By the way, I used "REVO Uninstaller" to remove ALL REMNANTS of ROXIO on my machine in the System Registry ... I recommend that all folks on PC's have that product to completely remove any non-functioning software systems (it's a GREAT REGISTRY Clean-Up Tool). Finally, if you are bound and determined to have ROXIO, then I would highly recommend setting a RESTORE POINT prior to loading it. Look, I am NOT against ROXIO products, as I've said initially, I have used their products since Creator Version 5.0, but something has gone wrong here, either they are NOT TESTING their products better prior to releasing them into the market, or just plain BAD DESIGN in their coding, either way, this release needs serious HELP; the product itself promises great features, but if you can't access DVD/CD Drives, it's pretty much useless. The SUPPORT situation with ROXIO is another situation, sometimes difficult to reach and followup via their Email System and it needs help as well; they send you an Email asking you if things were resolved, you enter your support ticket number, you see what has transpired, then you can't REPLY and send them any followup issues, it just keeps repeating the same previous support information, it's just like endless Email "Jail", I sinceley hope that they RE-REVIEW their product and get it back on track.
69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Great, But A Bit "Heavy" For Some ComputersOct. 18 2010
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As someone who has consistently used Roxio Creator (going all the way back to it's original "Adaptec" days) I have to say I'm quite impressed with Creator 2011 Pro. Still, there are several reasons why some users might want to steer clear. As some have noted, because it's an all-in-one solution the package might be considered bloated. The full installation on my Windows 7 x64 system required nearly 5GB of disc space. It's not so surprising when you realize how many "full-featured" apps are integrated into the package. Still, if only a handfull are of value, there are countless "standalone" alternatives to be found. Before purchasing this massive suite, users should realistically consider the capabilities and overall health of their computer. Simply put, with so much complex code involved in the makeup of Creator 2011, installing the package on a problematic or underpowered PC is definitely not recommended. Be aware that "custom" installation options aren't available. In other words, you can't choose which apps to install. Basically it's all or nothing. The only exceptions are the "Sonic Fire" and "Sound Soap" apps which are included only in the "Pro" version.
So all of that being said, Creator 2011 runs perfectly on my Win 7 machine and the latest Blu-ray features are excellent. If you have a BRD drive but are lacking a Blu-ray disc viewing app, the down-loadable CinePlayer BR upgrade (additional $30) is less costly than similar standalone solutions from Cyberlink or Corel and the image quality is awesome. I haven't spent too much time with the new "3D" features but they're included (along with tutorials) for those who want to explore this area. Overall, Creator 2011 Pro offers a high quality solution for most any music, video, or digital imaging needs you may have. In spite of it's "weight", most of the apps are quite responsive and have a surprisingly light feel to them. For those who run into problems or just need some advice, the Roxio forums are very active and helpful opinions aren't difficult to find. So keeping the above caveats in mind, I would recommend Creator 2011 (Pro or Standard) to most users who enjoy the full range of multimedia creation.
BTW, before purchasing the ESD (download version) be sure to search the web for Roxio discount codes. I found one for 15% that knocked nearly $25 off the total price when purchased directly through the Roxio Store.
68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
Glad I DIDN'T read the reviews BEFORE purchase!Nov. 22 2010
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Given so many bad reviews I would normally forgo purchasing, but I was desperate to edit a video converted from my parents 8mm/Super 8 home movies and didn't have much time to research. I had spent almost $400 converting the film to video and at $89/hr for editing, I figured I didn't have anything to lose attempting to do it myself. The program loaded fine. Wave did lock up once, and I received one "real time" error message. My 4-yr old computer was adequate but slow--no surprise there--I just played Wii golf with hubby while it was processing. I was able to edit the video, add a menu, a sound track, and burn a DVD all without so much as watching a tutorial (I was too impatient--probably could have done it faster if I had). The project turned out GREAT. Now I just need to burn copies for the family--this is going to be the best Christmas present ever! And I'm already planning a slide show of my daughter's wedding photos.
Suggestion: It would be great if they offered some free sound effects--the ones I previewed were ridiculously expensive.
73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
TerribleOct. 5 2010
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I bought Roxio Creator 2009 only two years ago and I was happy with it. Just bought a new computer and found out that Creator 2009 is incompatible with Windows 7. Disappointing. I waited a few weeks for Creator 2011 to come out and bought it. I had no problem loading Roxio Creator 2011. It just wouldn't work once I installed it. VideoWave kept crashing. The program would shut down while encoding movies. When I would try to copy DVDs, I would get an error message saying my disc may be dirty. (The discs I was trying to copy were pristine). The online support forum suggested some fixes, but nothing worked. I returned the software and got my money back.
90 of 102 people found the following review helpful
Avoid Roxio like the plagueDec 7 2010
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If I could give zero stars, I would. I have been purchasing Roxio creator products for years simply because when they work, they are pretty easy to use. Unfortunately, they only work for a few weeks and then develop problems. Roxio has now figured out that if they produce a product that cannot be updated when your computer changes over time (with necessary Windows updates, security updates etc.), Roxio will simply stop working. Then customers will become beyond frustrated and simply purchase the next version of Roxio so that they will have a copy that works. This means that Roxio now releases a "new" more bloated version of Roxio every year now. This "new" version is always exactly like the old version that now no longer works, but with "new" functions that you will never use but that will serve to slow down your system and make it all but impossible for even the fastest computer chock-full of memory to run. When Roxio stops working, and it will, don't bother to email tech support. No matter what your trouble ticket reports to be the problem, the only response they ever give is for you to do a full uninstall and clean reinstall of Roxio. Sounds easy right? Well it's not. First you have to individually remove each and every program associated with Roxio in the Control panel. I just had to do that and there were 10 programs in addition to just the Roxio program, and I probably missed some. Then you get to individually remove about 11 pieces of programs still on your computer. Then you get to go into your system registry (something you really should never do unless you have advanced knowledge of how to do so), and remove yet more tiny pieces of anything listed as "Roxio" or "Sonic." All told, it usually takes over two hours just to do a "clean" uninstall of Roxio. Even then most cleaner programs will find fragments in your system. Now here comes the fun part. You then get to wait while the entire bloated Roxio suite of programs reinstalls. So far, my brand new Windows 7, 64-bit system has taken about an hour and a half and still isn't finished. This is the third "clean" uninstall and reinstall I've had to do in the last week. Hmm, that adds up to 3.5+ hours each time. So for this week alone, I've spent 10.5 hours dealing with Roxio. Since I've had to do this at least every month for the last year, sometimes several times per month, I would estimate that I've spent at least 60 hours just this year uninstalling and reinstalling Roxio. Now if you add that to all the uninstalls and reinstalls I've done in the past few years with each version of Roxio, well the hours really add up. Every year I tell myself I just won't buy the new version, and every year I give up and buy it because I don't want to have to learn how to use a new suite of software. Don't be sucked in. Avoid Roxio like the plague it is. If you think I'm exaggerating, just read a few reviews online. The people who have positive things to say simply haven't had their program stop working yet. I'm betting these same people also rarely use this program. If you actually do a big project, say authoring a DVD or importing a number of cds, your Roxio program will inexplicably stop working at random and will likely never function properly again.