Using a 5-step wizard-style workflow and customizable templates, users can create VCD, SVCD and DVD titles with scene menus, navigation buttons and video introductions. The GoDVD! Plug-in also creates a Project Database to store user projects for editing or to be used at a later date. This software add-on even allows for direct burning from VideoStudio 5.0 to CD-R and CD-RW hardware. When DVD burning hardware becomes more widely available this year, support for direct burning to DVD will be added. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, sales of DVD players totaled 8.5 million units in 2000 and camcorder sales reached 5.8 million units. Cahners In-Stat Group, a market research firm, forecasts worldwide shipments of DVD recordable drives to reach 22 million by 2004.
The GoDVD! Plug-in for VideoStudio 5.0 is now available for $39.95. The GoDVD! Plug-in for Media Studio Pro 6.0 will also be available for $39.95 by the end of March. DVD authoring technology will be included in future boxed versions of Ulead's video software later in the year.