iDVD boosts Mac movie making

Summary:SAN FRANCISCO--Turning to the digital-video side of the Mac equation, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs used his Macworld Expo keynote speech here to unveil iDVD, a consumer-focused DVD-encoding and authoring package for the Mac. The software lets users burn DVD discs, encode data and lay out content via a single simple interface.

SAN FRANCISCO--Turning to the digital-video side of the Mac equation, Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs used his Macworld Expo keynote speech here to unveil iDVD, a consumer-focused DVD-encoding and authoring package for the Mac. The software lets users burn DVD discs, encode data and lay out content via a single simple interface.

In a nod toward the education market that forms a key piece of Apple's sales picture, Jobs touted iDVD as a multimedia tool for student filmmakers and educators who could record lectures or sporting events; he also suggested DVDs as a medium for home users to exchange digital photographs. Jobs said iDVD is compatible with iMovie, Apple's consumer-level video-editing package, as well as higher-end packages such as the company's Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere.

It will be bundled with the company's new SuperDrive Power Mac G4 systems, which feature Pioneer hardware for reading and writing CDs and DVDs. A retail DVD-authoring bundle will be available by the end of January for about $1,000, he said. -- See the full story on Jobs' keynote speech. Matthew Rothenberg and Daniel Drew Turner, ZDNet News

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Operating Systems

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