has confirmed plans to expand the Macintosh version of its Toast CD and DVD burning software with support for High Definition (HD) video. The company is also showing Macworld Expo attendees its latest release Popcorn, which allows users to back up and duplicate unencrypted DVDs.
With HD support, future versions of Toast will enable Mac users to import HD program files created by HDTV capture devices, automatically creating anamorphic widescreen DVDs that display video in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Anamorphic DVDs can display a sharper image on a widescreen TV.
Popcorn, released in November, 2004, uses the Toast engine to provide users with a simple interface to back up unencrypted DVd-Video discs. It automatically extracts and compresses video to fit on a single-layer DVD if necessary.
At this week’s show, Roxio’s Adam Fingerman will demonstrate how to use Toast 6 Titanium to convert analog audio like cassettes and LPs to digital form. His presentation takes place at the “Special Attractions” main theater in the Exhibit Hall at 2:30 PM on Tuesday.