capsule review

Cyberlink MediaShow

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Cyberlink MediaShow

MediaShow manages and merges both photos and videos to produce slideshows or movies for your PC or DVD. There are numerous prefab styles though the demo version I tested was limited to two. Using those, I managed to produce some pretty nice results, though the program crashed on me once or twice.

My biggest issue with MediaShow is its narrow file-type support. For instance, the program imported jpeg, bitmap, and ping files but it wouldn't import tiff, gif, or any type of EPS file. Even worse--the program wouldn't recognize DirectShow video filters such as the Real and Quicktime Alternatives, DivX or Xvid after I installed them. This means you're limited to playing and importing the Window Media and MPEG types that the program supports natively.

All in all, I liked MediaShow. If you don't deal with anything but the most common file types, it's worth checking out. However, I do wish the company had spent a bit more time broadening the file support and squashing bugs instead of thinking up gee-whiz interface FX.

Note: This link takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download the latest version of the software.

--Jon L. Jacobi

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At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Cyberlink MediaShow

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