Formac Devideon
Formac Devideon
2.6.3

3.0

Formac Devideon free download for Mac

Formac Devideon

2.6.3
05 November 2004

DVD authoring software.

Overview

Formac Devideon superdrive is a DVD-R/RW & CD-R/RW combo drive that comes with Formac's DVD authoring software for Apple Mac. The Devideon software allows you to convert iMovies and QuickTime files into the format required for DVD creation. Burn your projects to a DVD that plays in almost any consumer DVD player. Formac Devideon superdrive is OS 9 and OS X compatible, and works with Apple's FireWire G3, G4, iMac, PowerBook and iBook.

What's new in Formac Devideon

Version 2.6.3:
  • DevideonBurn Support for Pioneer A08 and DVD+R DL

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Anonymous
20 June 2003

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don't touch it with a shitty stick! Buy a Pioneer 105 or A05, much cheaper. (Excactly the same drive inside the Formac) The devideon software is crap, cheap looking, and doesn't give a finished off look to your project. Devideon DOESN'T work with iDVD. So get a Pioneer 105 or A05 (same thing) and install into your mac as a superdrive. P.S - all macs are fitted with Pioneer 105's. Devideon doesn't work with OS9.2 either, even though they say it does. I'm selling mine now for a pioneer. I am not a Pioneer salesman!!!!!!!
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Version 2.1
Pam Baigent
09 August 2005
I want to burn CD's on this. Am I able to and if so please send me simple instructions on how to do this.
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Version 2.6.3
Anonymous
27 May 2005
Total "crap".
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Version 2.6.3
Anonymous
06 November 2004
Great for the price!
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Version 2.6.3
Mac-mac
13 September 2004
This company needs to go out of bussiness. I do not understand whole is still putting up with thier games? I bought the DVR and burner. Both had problems. I sent one back just owening it for 1 week. It took them 2 months to get it back to me. The problem was still there! I hope someone gets a lawery and does a class action lawsuit. No tech help and no emails sent back. Call your creditcard company. That is the only way I got my money back.
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Version 2.6.1
Anonymous
15 April 2004
I purchased the Formac/Devideon DVD Burner (Toshiba drive version) with Devideon DVD software v2.6.1 about a week ago. I'm not particularly impressed so far. There was a hassle with registering the product on-line and I had to FAX them my bill of sale so they could "verify" the purchase date. Even then they got it wrong, and after several e-mails I still can't get any on-line support because they show that I have not registered the product. The DVD authoring software is OK, once you figure out, mostly by trial and error (the manual is sketchy and inadequate). However, trying to use the Devideon software to actually burn the DVD, produced a nice set of 5 coasters. Wouldn't play in my Panasonic S35 DVD player nor in my iMac's combo drive. I finally got a DVD burned successfully by using the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS files created by the devideon authoring software and burning the DVD with Toast 5.2. It burned faster, too.
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Version 2.6.1
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Anonymous
Anonymous
05 September 2004
I’ve been using the Fromac/Devideon DVD burner since January, and with a LOT of trial and error. I’m managed to burn a lot of DVDs, however, I use Toast and am able to use DVD blank media from Meritline.com. I do not use the DVD-R 54 cent blank media with the Devideon software as it will only make coasters. The only time I can use the Devideon software is with the 2X rewritables, but why both since Toast 5.2.3 works well in Panther. Patt
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Version 2.6.1
Curt
26 January 2004
I've used the Formac burner for a year now, and have gone through three iterations of the Devideon software (2.4, 2.5, 2.6.1). Each version has been an improvement, and the capabilities are great! I'm still stuck on a G3 iMac, so I couldn't run iDVD if I wanted to. This is an ideal substitute for older hardware setups. My only problem with 2.5 and 2.6.1 is that it occasionally drops chapter markers. To the earlier reviewer with audio and video synchronization problems, this isn't Formac's fault. It's a little-known problem with the whole DV/iMovie/QuickTime set-up, and even iDVD users have the problem. See the discussion over at Apple's message boards (http://discussions.info.apple.com/WebX?50@147.MbusaRm8cRJ.3@.599e9e04).
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Version 2.6.1
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Anonymous
Anonymous
05 September 2004
I did learn that in order to use the high quality with the 48khz audio, I have to save my QT movies using the 48khz audio setting. I don’t have any audio/video sync problems doing it this way. I would sure like to find a different DVD authoring software priced between the the DVD Studio Pro and the free Devideon. The iDVD will only work with the iMovie I think, but I’d rather stay with Adobe Premiere until I can afford the money and time to work with Final Cut Pro.
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Version 2.6.1
Anonymous
15 January 2004
Do not buy the Formac devideon! There are major problems with this burner and tech support offers very little info/help. Check out what the Better Business Bureau posts about this company.
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Version 2.6.1
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Anonymous
Anonymous
19 January 2004
I would be grateful if Aaron or somebody else could post the relevant url. I've searched through BBB all I get is "unknown" when I search for Formac.com or .net or .org etc, etc
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Version 2.6.1
Anonymous
Anonymous
06 November 2004
I just searched for formac in CA and found this: http://www.goldengatebbb.org/common.html?location=/home/common/www/bindr/report.php&bureau=oak&compid=35853
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Version 2.6.3
Anonymous
11 January 2004
Hi, I have a G4 1.25 DP, OS X.2.8, Adobe Premiere 6.5 and have had my Formac Devideon which incorporates the Pioneer AO 6 mechanism and the 2.6.1 software for about 3 months now. During this time on the whole I have been very pleased with it's performance and overall quality but as you can see by reading some of the previous posts it has not been without it's problems. It saddens me that such a fine product is left sitting on a shelf gathering dust because the associated problems have not been overcome, so it may be helpful for me to recount my own findings. I also have a iMac 800 with Superdrive and iDVD 3 so I am in the unique position of being able to carry out comparisons between the two systems. The reason I bought the Formac was that I wasn't happy with the iDVD 3 quality at it's high quality setting and I wasn't going to be blackmailed by Apple to invest in overpriced software namely DVDPro. My first problem with the Formac was when I first tried to encode a .mov with the v2.6.0 software. The software told me I was running a beta version that had expired, I duly (politely) e-mailed Formac with the problem and recieved the next day an e-mail from Formac enclosing the 2.6.1 upgrade and it was a simple matter to trash v2.6.0 and drag and drop the newest version into the Applications folder. I won't go into the process of producing my first DVD as it is quite well documented above and the procedure is very well documented in the downloadable pdf manual obtainable from the Formac site, other than to say I used the DV-PAL High Quality preset. (video@6.5 mbps and audio@192 kbps). I had used a couple of text fields for titles on the menu page. The finished DVD-R was placed into my domestic DVD player and it successfully loaded. The first thing I noticed was that the titles I had created were not very good quality and were wavering, like no anti-aliasing. This problem is not unusual as I have noticed this on commercial DVD's, Terminator 3, Lord of the Rings, The Brotherhood of the Ring and The Two Towers. So my conclusions were that MPEG encoding doesn't like alpha channels very much. My workaround now is to choose the frame I want to use as the pic at the beginning of the chapter and create the title in Photoshop or the Premiere Titler. This avoids having to use compression on an alpha channel and the titles look really good on the finished DVD. The next thing I noticed was that the sync had drifted and like the chappy above my heart sank. I double checked the sync in the Premiere project, that was OK, I double checked the exported movie, that was OK, I double checked the MPEG2 encoded preview and that was OK as well so I came to the conclusion at that time that the multiplexing goes adrift during the burning process, how wrong can you be! I then decided to burn the project on the iMac by comparison and when I ran the finished DVD on my domestic player guess what, that was out of sync as well. I have three operational computers each with a DVD player mechanism so I decided to play both the Formac generated DVD and the iMac generated DVD on each of the computers. WOW everything is OK, the sync is perfect on each of the computers by each of the DVD's. I went back to the domestic player and each of the DVD's played out of sync again. So the sync drift MUST be caused during the MPEG decoding function in my cheap and cheerful domestic DVD player. It's like a friend said you get what you pay for. I have yet to test the DVD's on other computers and domestic players but I shall let you know next week. It's pretty conclusive to my mind though. BTW I bought a Proline domestic DVD player and 5-1 sound system, speakers included for £89, about $120, so a cheap and cheerfully out of sync player! Just another couple of points, the Formac does use the Mac DVD Player for previewing and playback, this is normal. The pdf manual specifically warns about encoding at too high a quality will cause misplay in some domestic players so if someone encodes an hour movie at top quality may have something to do with the fact it won't play in a domestic player. Some domestic players won't accept DVD-RW's, mine plays them once but if they are erased and re-burnt it doesn't load them, this is something else to watch for. I have successfully burnt at a customised (video@8.00mbps audio@242kbps) and apart from the out of sync problem with my domestic DVD player, the quality is superb. I have burnt one DVD+RW and this looks promising, it's a lot quicker to encode and burn than a DVD-R but I need to buy some more blanks as like the DVD-RW it only plays once. For the gentleman above, it's not a case of the Devideon not working with iDVD, it's iDVD that doesn't work with anything else. Stevie is obviously trying to do what Gatesy did with IE. I'll be back with my full conclusions next week, in the meantime I have no hesitation in recommending the Devideon system 5 stars, it's a gem for the money.
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Version 2.6.1
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Ketley-muir
Ketley-muir
06 June 2004
I am something of a computer novice, with an I-mac that has no internal DVD drive.I bought a Formac Devideon superdrive and updated my system to OSX10.3. Although when a DVD is inserted in the Formac an icon appears on the desktop, I cannot play it! Do I need to download some extra software to enable a "Play" function to be utilised? Someone suggested that the I-Mac may not recognise an external drive but the Formac says that it IS compatible. Can anyone help, please?...
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Version 2.6.1
Anonymous
24 December 2003
I have owned a Formac Devideon for about 3 months now and have never had a 'toaster' disc!! I have to admit I have never used the authoring software that came with the drive, as I bought DVD Studio Pro at the same time, but I have also tried Sizzle (a freeware program) and had excellent results. This is on a G4 1.25GHz mac!! For ease of use with Toast for burning discs and general quality this product deserves 5 out of 5!!
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Version 2.6.1
al v
09 December 2003
this has got to be the worst junk I have ever bought. It doesnt seem to play any of my dvd's on my home player, I get 5 secs of video and it stops?? If I plug the dvd into my laptop it will play the dvd's in Apple dvd player?? I have downloaded the new 2.6 version and the same crap happens all the time. I have read the manual 10 times and burned a lot of dvd blanks without much success. I guess I should have bought the factory installed Superdrive with iDVD, I am going to try Toast as suggested by someone else and see if it encodes better. Does anyone else have headaches with htis unit??
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Version 2.6.1