iVCD Reviewers Guide

iVCD™
Reviewer’s Guide
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The Right Software For The Job™
Table of Contents
Product highlights ........................................................................................... 2 Getting started ................................................................................................ 4 System Requirements ....................................................................................................4 Other Requirements for running the demo ................................................................4 Installation .......................................................................................................................5 Points of interest ............................................................................................. 7 The iVCD™ Interface.....................................................................................................7 Burning a Simple DVD .................................................................................................7 Burning a Simple VCD .................................................................................................9 Converting to MPEG ...................................................................................................10 Exploring other iVCD™ Features ..............................................................................10 Other iVCD™ features ................................................................................................11 Summary ....................................................................................................... 12 Facts at a glance ........................................................................................... 13 Contact information ....................................................................................... 14 1
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Product highlights
iVCD™ is video authoring software that allows you to easily make a DVD, SVCD (Super
VCD), VCD (Video CD) and more from avi, divx, wmv, xvid, mpg, mov, iMovie or
Quicktime movie files on Mac OS X. iVCD™ can be used to make DVDs, VCDs, SVCDs,
KVCDs, XVCDs, XSVCDs or to encode generic MPEG. It supports both NTSC and PAL
broadcast formats. It also burns discs with menus (playback controls), hybrid
movie/music CDs, VCDs that will Autorun on Windows, and makes looping discs for
use in Kiosks and retail outlets.
With iVCD™, each movie you make is stored in a separate project folder, so you can
easily make additional copies of your home movies or corporate training videos. As
added conveniences, it also plays .mov files, previews encoded MPEG, and erases CDRWs. It also has other special features for lightening video and rescuing video cropped
on the TV screen, as well as advanced features for Expert users encoding generic MPEG.
Features include:
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Burns DVD, VCD, SVCD, KVCD, XVCD and XSVCD
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Converts from AVI, Divx, WMV, Xvid, mpg, iMovie & iMovie HD, Quicktime
and .mov source files
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Easy-to-use "drag and drop" interface and one-step “convert+image+burn”
operation
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Encodes MPEG - MPEG-1, MPEG-2 or generic MPEG
Flexible operation
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Use the convenient one-step “convert+image+burn” operation, or use the
converter/MPEG encoder standalone
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CPU Usage Control allows you to manage the amount of CPU used by iVCD
during the Convert process
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Support for CDR Disk At Once (cdrdao) in additional support iVCD provides for
drives not supported by Apple's Disc Recording APIs
Convenience features
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Convert & burns with the push of one button
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Keeps a project folder so you can easily make another copy of a disc
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Erase CD-RWs
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Plays movies (.mov) and previews encoded MPEG
Video Rescue features
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Lighten video slider to rescue video that's too dark
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TV Safe Border effect for rescuing video that appears cropped on the TV screen
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Burns Specialty disc
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burns discs with play lists and menus (playback control)
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burns looping discs for use in Kiosks and retail outlets
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burns hybrid movie/music VCDs
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burns VCDs that will Autorun on Windows and
Advanced options
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variable MPEG encoding quality
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Pixel Aspect Ratio selection (1:1 – for computer display, 4:3 – for standard
television, 16:9 –for widescreen television)
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Interlace option
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Supports NTSC and PAL broadcast formats
Version 3.3.4 (September 2012) added the following:
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Added support for Mountain Lion Mac OS X 10.8
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Getting started
System Requirements
To run iVCD™ you need
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Macintosh G3 or later
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DVD authoring requires Mac OS X version 10.4 or later and a SuperDrive capable of
burning DVD media
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VCD authoring requires Mac OS X version 10.2 or later and a CD Drive capable of
burning CD media
To convert AVI (Xvid, DivX, other MPEG4 derived formats) you need the following:
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For Mac OS X 10.4 or later - The Perian Quicktime Component. Pre-compiled, easy to
install, version of this component available here:
http://www.perian.org/
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For Mac OS X 10.3 or earlier - AVI Import Component, XVID Component, FFusion
Component. Pre-compiled, easy to install, Universal Binary version of these
components are available here:
ftp://ftp.burningthumb.com/avicomponents.dmg
To convert other proprietary AVI formats you need the Quicktime
Component developed by the producers of the proprietary format. If the
developers do not provide a component for Quicktime it may not be
possible to convert that format and you will need your source video reencoded in a standard format.
To convert WMV (Windows Media Video) you need the following:
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Flip4Mac WMV Studio available from
http://www.mireth.com/rd/rda-flip4mac.html for $49.00 US.
To preview MPEG2 or to convert from MPEG2, you need the following:
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the Quicktime MPEG2 Playback Component available from
http://store.apple.com/ for $20.00 US.
Other Requirements for running the demo
To run iVCD™ demo included in this Reviewer’s Guide, you will also need the
following:
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1 DVD-R or 1 DVD-RW
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1 CD-R or 1 CD-RW
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Make sure you have at least 700 mb of free disk space since you’ll need room to
create your work files. If you run out of disk space during the process of making
the disc, you may be able to re-start from the last successful step in the process.
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Some short .mov files to burn to DVD and VCD (for your convenience, four short
.mov files have been included in the Sample Folder included with this
Reviewer’s Guide)
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To play the DVD, use a DVD Player software or a component DVD Player. To
play the VCD, use a VCD Player software or a component DVD Player. (You can
download MacVCD X, our VCD Player from our site)
Installation
There are 3 steps to getting this walkthrough started:
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installing iVCD™
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registering iVCD™
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retrieving the sample videos.
Step 1: Installing iVCD™
1. Drag the iVCD™ folder to wherever you keep application software.
2. Double click the iVCD™ icon. The Registration dialog will appear when you launch
the program, displaying four buttons:
Quit – to quit the program, click the “Quit” button
Run Demo – (Downloaded version only).
Buy Now – (Downloaded version only)
Register – To register the program now, follow the instructions below.
Step 2: Registering iVCD™
1. To register the program.
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Enter the License Type, Purchaser’s Email ID and Registration Key supplied.
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Click the “Register” Button
If you have entered the Registration information correctly, the “Registered” message
will be displayed.
If there is a problem with the registration information, the “Invalid Registration
Information” dialog will appear. To correct the problem, refer to the “iVCD™
FAQ” in the documentation folder.
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Step 3: Accessing the sample files
1. From the Mireth Technology Media Kit CD, drag the “iVCD Reviewers Guide
Samples” folder on to your desktop.
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Points of interest
The iVCD™ Interface
Figure 1: iVCD Main Screen
The iVCD™ screen consists of seven parts,
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the Menu tabs for making VCDs with menus or without
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the Capacity indicator bar for avoiding overburning the disc
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the Movie window for viewing the movie
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the Movies/music list for adding movies, playlists and music to your project
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the Project settings tabs for configuring the settings for each project
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the Title and Author Text boxes for adding identification information to the disc
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the function buttons
Burning a Simple DVD
This walkthrough starts with burning a simple DVD, since this is what iVCD is most
used for. (A simple DVD will just play all of the videos on it sequentially.) If you
haven’t already done so, install iVCD™ as documented in the "Getting started" section
of this document. For your convenience, we have provided four short movies to serve
as content for your DVD during this demo. They are in the “iVCD Reviewers Guide
Samples” folder you dragged on to your desktop.
1. If you haven’t already done so, launch iVCD™
2. From the Project Folder Dialog, select “Create Project”.
3. Name the new project folder. (we suggest the folder name end with DVD).
4. Make the following changes to the settings for this project:
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Media Type: Select “DVD”
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Broadcast Format
North America (NTSC)
Select NTSC if you plan to watch your DVD on a television that uses the North
American standard. This includes the USA, Canada and many countries outside
of Europe.
or
Europe (PAL)
Select PAL if you plan to watch your DVD on a television that uses the European
standard. This includes the England, France, Germany and other European
countries.
5. Using the finder, open the “Reviewers Guide Samples” Folder included with this
document. Drag the four movies into the iVCD™ Movie Files List. As you add
movies to the Movie List, pay attention to the Green/Amber/Red indicator bar at
the top of the iVCD™ screen which indicates how full the disc is. Try to keep the
indicator below the red area to prevent overburning the disc.
6. Click the one-step “Convert + Image + Burn” button.
Because converting to MPEG takes a long time, (at least four times as long as the
movie length and even longer on slower machines), we suggest you use the short
.mov files provided.
7. Insert a blank DVD-R or DVD-RW.
8. Once the “burn” process has completed successfully, play the DVD to test it
Using iVCD™ to burn a simple DVD allows you to observe how easy it is to use. Notice
the following features:
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Ease of Use. With a standard “drag-and-drop” interface and one-button “Convert
+ Image + Burn”, iVCD™ is very easy to use.
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Project Folder. For each project, iVCD™ stores all the input information, the
settings and created files in a project folder. Storing all of this makes it easy to
pick up where you left off if you don’t have to finish your project in one sitting
and it also makes it easy to create more copies of a disc once you have perfected
your project.
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The Capacity indicator Bar. The capacity indicator is provided to avoid
overburning the disc. As you add movies to the Movie List, pay attention to the
capacity indicator bar, which indicates how full the disc is. Try to keep the
indicator below the red area to prevent overburning the disc. Once you’re more
familiar with iVCD™, you’ll have a better idea of how many minutes you can
put on a disc, given the type of video you are burning.
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Preferences. iVCD’s default settings are factory set. You can change them to the
settings you use most often using the preferences panel. For more information,
refer to the “iVCD Read Me” included in the documentation folder.
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Versatile. For this first simple project, we used very few of iVCD’s settings. In
the rest of this walkthrough, we’ll explore some of the many other features that
make it such a versatile video utility.
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Burning a Simple VCD
This walkthrough starts with burning a simple VCD, since this is what iVCD is most
used for. (A simple VCD will just play all of the videos on it sequentially.) If you
haven’t already done so, install iVCD™ as documented in the "Getting started" section
of this document. For your convenience, we have provided four short movies to serve
as content for your VCD during this demo. They are in the “iVCD Reviewers Guide
Samples” folder you dragged on to your desktop.
1. If you haven’t already done so, launch iVCD™
2. From the Project Folder Dialog, select “Create Project”.
3. Name the new project folder. (we suggest the folder name end with DVD).
4. Make the following changes to the settings for this project:
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Media Type: Select “Video CD”
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Broadcast Format
North America (NTSC)
Select NTSC if you plan to watch your DVD on a television that uses the North
American standard. This includes the USA, Canada and many countries outside
of Europe.
or
Europe (PAL)
Select PAL if you plan to watch your DVD on a television that uses the European
standard. This includes the England, France, Germany and other European
countries.
5. Using the finder, open the “Reviewers Guide Samples” Folder included with this
document. Drag the four movies into the iVCD™ Movie Files List. As you add
movies to the Movie List, pay attention to the Green/Amber/Red indicator bar at
the top of the iVCD™ screen which indicates how full the disc is. Try to keep the
indicator below the red area to prevent overburning the disc.
6. Click the one-step “Convert + Image + Burn” button.
Because converting to MPEG takes a long time, (at least four times as long as the
movie length and even longer on slower machines), we suggest you use the short
.mov files provided.
7. Insert a blank CD-R or CD-RW.
8. Once the “burn” process has completed successfully, play the VCD to test it
Using iVCD™ to burn a simple VCD allows you to observe how easy it is to use. Notice
the following features:
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Ease of Use. With a standard “drag-and-drop” interface and one-button “Convert
+ Image + Burn”, iVCD™ is very easy to use.
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Project Folder. For each project, iVCD™ stores all the input information, the
settings and created files in a project folder. Storing all of this makes it easy to
pick up where you left off if you don’t have to finish your project in one sitting
and it also makes it easy to create more copies of a disc once you have perfected
your project.
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The Green/Amber/Red capacity indicator Bar. The capacity indicator is provided to
avoid overburning the disc. As you add movies to the Movie List, pay attention
to the Green/Amber/Red indicator bar, which indicates how full the disc is. Try
to keep the indicator below the red area to prevent overburning the disc. Once
you’re more familiar with iVCD™, you’ll have a better idea of how many
minutes you can put on a disc, given the type of video you are burning.
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Preferences. iVCD’s default settings are factory set. You can change them to the
settings you use most often using the preferences panel. For more information,
refer to the “iVCD Read Me” included in the documentation folder.
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Versatile. For this first simple project, we used very few of iVCD’s settings. In
the rest of this walkthrough, we’ll explore some of the many other features that
make it such a versatile video utility.
Converting to MPEG
Although iVCD™ makes it easy to convert and burn video in just one step, you can also
use it to just convert video to MPEG.
If you haven’t already done so, install iVCD™ as documented in the “Getting started”
section of this document. For your convenience, we have provided four short movies to
convert during this demo. They are in the Samples Folder included with this Reviewer’s
Guide.
1. If you haven’t already done so, launch iVCD™
2. From the Project Folder Dialog, select “Create Project”.
3. Name the new project folder. (we suggest the folder name end with MPEG).
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Media Type: Select the type you want to convert to. For this demo, choose
“DVD”
4. Using the finder, open the “Reviewers Guide Samples” Folder included with this
document. Drag the four movies into the iVCD™ Movie Files List.
5. Click the one-step “Convert to MPEG” button.
Because converting to MPEG takes a long time, (at least four times as long as the
movie length and even longer on slower machines), we suggest you use the short
.mov files provided.
Exploring other iVCD™ Features
In addition to burning discs and converting MPEG, iVCD™ has many other features.
(For more information on these features, please refer to the “iVCD™ Read Me” included
with the documentation)
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Makes most types of discs. Using the Settings Tab to configure iVCD™ to author
DVDs, VCDs or SVCDs. To create KVCDs, XVCDs and xXSVCDs, use the Expert
Settings tab.
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A accepts almost any source file. iVCD works with avi, divx, xvid, wmv, mpg, mov,
iMovie and Quicktime movie source files. (For avi, divx, xvid, wmv, mpeg-2
source files, refer to the "System Requirements" section of this document)
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iVCD™ is easy to use. Easy-to-use "drag and drop" interface and one-step
“convert+image+burn” operation makes burning discs easy. Just drag in the
source files, and click the "convert+image+burn" button and you're done.
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Encodes MPEG. Converts to MPEG-1(VCD), MPEG-2(SVCD) or generic MPEG
(using the expert settings) The advantage of creating a generic MPEG is that it is
cross-platform and high quality. Variable Encoding Quality slider allows you to
reduce the time it takes to encode an MPEG.
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Makes looping discs for use in Kiosks and retail outlets
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Video Lightness Feature. Sometimes encoded MPEG video appears darker than
your original movie. If the encoded movie is too dark, you can adjust the
lightness and re-encode the video so that the resulting MPEG appears brighter.
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TV Safe Border effect for rescuing video that appears cropped on the TV screen.
Unlike computer monitors, televisions do not display the complete picture.
Television defines two areas, called the Action Safe Area, which occupies the
middle 95% of the screen, and the Title Safe Area, which occupies the middle
90% of the screen. Action on the edges of the screen may be cropped if they fall
outside the Action Safe Area. Similarly for Titles.
If you did not take these safe areas into account when you made your video, you
may see come cropping of action or text on some TV screens. Rather than going
back and redoing your movie, tick the iVCD TV Safe Black Border effect and
iVCD will shrink your video into the Action Safe Area. For most video this will
result in acceptable display on a television.
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Pixel Aspect Ratio selection (1:1 – for computer display, 4:3 – for standard
television, 16:9 –for widescreen television)
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Supports NTSC and PAL broadcast formats
Other iVCD™ features
Like all Mireth Technology products, iVCD™ also features:
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Outstanding Support. Mireth is well-known in the industry for providing robust,
well tested products and outstanding customer support.
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Free Demo. All Mireth products come with a free demo mode so you can try
before you buy.
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Comprehensive Documentation. All Mireth products come with comprehensive
documentation that covers how to install and use the product. As well, online
tutorials are available.
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Summary
iVCD™ is the easy-to-use video authoring software that can turn your plan to produce
your own movies into reality. Whether it’s corporate training videos, kiosk videos, a
school project or home movies, burning your own disc is the low-cost solution, and
iVCD™ is the easy way to do it.
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Facts at a glance
Product
iVCD™ for OS X
Price
$34.95 – download only
$44.95 – on CD
Availability
From the Mireth site at www.mireth.com
Languages
User interface is available in:
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English
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French
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German
Documentation is available in:
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Target Market
English
iVCD is a utility that is targeted to consumers and
businesses who want to produce their own DVDs or VCDs
Typical users for iVCD include:
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Corporate users looking to produce low-cost
training videos in-house without having to invest
in additional equipment.
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Corporate users looking to produce a continuallylooping promotional video for a kiosk.
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Multimedia professionals requiring a generic
MPEG converter.
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Consumers distributing their home movies to
friends and relatives.
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System Requirements
To run iVCD™ for OS X you need
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Macintosh G3 or later
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Mac OS X version 10.4 or later
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Contact information
Corporate Headquarters
The Mireth Technology Corporation
P.O. Box 96010
3080-11388 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC V7A 1N0
Canada
www.mireth.com
Donna Johnson
President, Mireth Technology Corp.
marketing@mireth.com
Tel: (604) 448.1366
PR Contact
support@mireth.com
Mireth Technology Customer Service Center
P.O. Box 96010
3080-11388 Steveston Hwy
Richmond BC V7A 1N0
Canada
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