Roxio releases Popcorn 3

Almost two weeks after announcing Popcorn 3, Roxio on Wednesday released the new version of its software for transferring video content to DVD and portable device. Popcorn 3 costs $49.99; upgrades from previous versions of Popcorn and Toast cost $29.99.

Popcorn 3, based on the same engine that powers Roxio’s popular Mac CD and DVD burning software Toast 8 Titanium, Popcorn lets users convert digital video to DVD or for playback on the iPod, iPhone, PlayStation Portable (PSP) and other portable devices, or through the Apple TV. It also features presets suitable for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and BlackBerry smartphones.

New to this release, Popcorn 3 supports TivoToGo, making it possible to transfer TV shows recorded on a TiVo Digital Video Recorder (DVR) to the Mac and automatically encode them to take them on the go. Batch DVD-Video conversion is also supported, and Pause and Resume buttons have been added to the encoding window, so you can temporarily regain CPU control if you need to.

You can now preview converted video to check quality prior to a full encoding process, and you can also use Elgato’s Turbo.264 device to speed processing of videos. Popcorn 3 can create DVDs up to four hours long, and the software also includes a disc labeling application,

System requirements call for a G4 or later, Mac OS X v10.4.10 or later, 300MB of hard disk space to install, up to 15GB of free disk space during usage and QuickTime 7.1.6 or later.

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