Writing for Time, Wilson Rothman says that making movies is easier than ever with Apple’s forthcoming iLife package. Rothman’s review is available online.
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iLife is Apple’s US$49 retail package combining iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto and iDVD — the company’s solutions for uses who want to play music, edit digital video, arrange digital photos or burn their own DVD-R discs respectively.
Three of the four applications will remain available for free download from Apple’s Web site, but the fourth — iDVD 3 — is only available in the iLife package, forcing users who have the older version of the DVD mastering software pre-installed on their systems to pay for iLife if they want the new features.
Rothman said that “Apple has something real to offer” by integrating the iLife applications together — use iMovie to capture video from your digital camera, for example, and seamlessly blend in MP3 music from iTunes as your soundtrack, then build a DVD. Rothman called the process of building a DVD using iDVD “terrific fun,” which is praise you’d be hard-pressed to find from reviewers of Windows DVD editing applications. He said that Apple’s iMovie interface “makes it easy to master tricky moves quickly,” as well.
Rothman concluded by saying that the movie he created with iLife “was the best looking film I’ve produced so far.”