ArcSoft MediaImpression

ArcSoft MediaImpression

Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    39,657
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 29, 2009
  • Price:
    Free to try (Some features disabled); $79.99 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    Not available
  • Downloads Last Week:
    13
  • Platform:
    Windows
  • Product ranking:

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1 stars

"Terrible software. Buggy and locks up constantly"

January 10, 2011

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

can be uninstalled

Cons

nothing about this software works correctly.Came with my Kodak Play Sport Video Camera, when editing or watching videos has lots of menu bugs and will only show the video once in edit mode then freezes the video even though the time line starts over.

Summary

Sad that a company like Kodak would package this with a product. I am very disappointed with the purchase and will never buy Kodak again because of this software.

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1 stars

"Absolutely worthless"

December 27, 2010  |  By marlinmat

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

There's absolutely nothing positive I can say about this as it never worked and was VERY difficult to remove.

Cons

Does nothing but freeze/crash. Even WORSE...unable to cleanly uninstall. Google anything about removing this thing from your pc and you'll see others having issues. Possibly the worst thing I've ever installed on my pc.

Summary

DON'T install this as once it starts freezing and crashing, it's a pain to remove it from your pc.

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1 stars

"The Absolute WORST Product on the Market"

September 13, 2010  |  By CadenJo

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

There is nothing to like about this product.

Cons

Reviewing your video footage. Editing your video footage. Locking up your computer. Extremely slow to operate. Crashes about 90% of the time.

Summary

Stay Far FAR away from this program. You cannot avoid having this program if you purchase the Kodak Zi8 HD camcorder however please take my advice and many others and use a different program for making movies and or uploading to youtube. This program is Extremely buggy. It freezes 90% of the time, Locks up your computer and has extreme difficulty playing back your created videos. Voice overs are almost unapproachable and adding and editing footage whether it be pictures or recorded footage can be a dead end hassle. Please, avoid this product like the plague. Kodak really needs to find another company to represent their product.

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1 stars

"Don't do business"

August 17, 2010  |  By goodguy1234ass

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

Find something else...

Cons

You have to uninstall the demo and install a full version so they can always hold a download over you, and if you loose it you have to pay them money to download again (WHY?!?). They don't help their customers. They CHARGE YOU for tech support.

Summary

ArcSoft is a shady company!!! Send ArcSoft a message, boycott their products until they stop being greedy and actually help their customers. Find another product to do what you want, and save yourself a lot of trouble.

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1 stars

"DRIVES ME CRAZY"

August 15, 2010  |  By robertegby

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

It looks neat and practical.

Cons

It had difficulty finding my Kodak HD video clips. I put clips on desktop and put them into the media impression frame. I used title modaility and assembled nine clips for a 54 minute movie. Took five hours to save. Then failed to find it.

Summary

It does not work. Sorry I purchased it. Windows movie maker doesn't handle the Kodak HD clips either. They were jumpy, crackly sound and intermittent. Why can't we have a simple system that WORKS!

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4 stars

"I love it. It's so awesome"

July 16, 2010  |  By rebelroyg

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

I can combine my pictures and music

Cons

So far there's not much

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1 stars

"Worst software I have ever used"

June 29, 2010  |  By greg981

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

It's free is the only pro I could come up with and that's being generous since you can't use it

Cons

Video processing takes forever and locks up pc. Tried different pcs and same result. Error messages to send to microsoft, etc. When you are finally able to make a movie after several min/hours waiting, video is choppy voice and video are not in sync.

Summary

The product is not very functional in any respect and as said earlier, a waste of space on your hard drive. I got this software with my purchase of Kodak Playsport video recorder and it is totally useless and I am going to have to buy another 3rd party software package to work with my video files. Discusted in Chicago. I hope Kodak sees this so they know what they are marketing with their product which is very good. They need to find a new partnership and stay away from Arc Soft. Total crap.

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1 stars

"Absolutely Infuriating!"

May 03, 2010  |  By MrDownload0101

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

None. Not a single one.

Cons

It takes more than an hour to safe a five minute file. There is no clear saving or help function. Not intuitive at all.

Summary

Avoid at all costs (unless you like wasting hours of time for one five minute clip). Grr.

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3 stars

"Reasonable performance - slow on winxp. Not intuitive."

February 12, 2010  |  By gr33nman

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

It comes as an autoinstall when you buy a kodak Zi8. It's a solid application that does what it says it will do - edit video and make a movie. It will edit Full HD. On a windows machine it has a decidedly Itunes look and feel. It's not crash-prone.

Cons

The interface is not entirely intuitive, but with a little patience, it can be figured out, even without reading a manual. It's frustratingly slow on large files - anything longer than a few minutes. Get out a book while it's rendering.

Summary

It allows for hardware acceleration. It performs surprisingly well on a seven-year-old Centrino/Dothan/ATI Radeon 9700 Mobile/WinXP laptop with 2MB RAM - albeit slowly. You can download a few extra themes/transitions from the arcsoft website. Real-time preview is not possible for 720p or FullHD on a slower machine like mine, though it performs fine at 480/360p. I've been able to at least edit 720p video without problems, though I have not tried 1080p.

Themes/Transitions: Themes in this application mean transitions with stuff happening during clips too. Some are fairly clever. Others are standbys you'll likely use the most. There's one called 'rain' that puts ripples between images and then shows 'drizzle' during clips. If you select 'rain' it will show 'drizzle' through every single clip. If it were just the ripple transition, that might be useful, but drizzle throughout an entire show? No thanks. Similarly with 'snow' and 'old photo'. These can be cute when you're nine, but they quickly lose charm when you're an adult. You can only choose one theme/transition per project. So unless you want your viewer to get tired of that 'blinds' transition or 'snow' theme or zoom, there are only three real choices here: random transition, crossfade and none. There is no granularity to the controls here. Fade-in and -out are fixed, but reasonable.

Theme terminology: The term 'Theme' implies a templated system where you can save the color scheme, background, type family, size, etc. with one setting so you can quickly apply it to new or existing clips/frames/projects elsewhere. This understanding of 'themes' does not exist in this version of MediaImpression. So it's just some good and some whacky 'transitions' for now.

Captions: You _can_ add captions - for instance if you want to translate something or introduce a speaker. Captions are added one at a time and, unlike text frames can have multiple consecutive/coexisting captions on one clip. You cannot add fancy color bars or image overlays or any transparency options to the captions - just straight text in your selected style and color. You _can_ have multiple text styles, sizes and colors in one text box. There is no scrolling caption capability, so, there will be rolling credits at the end. There is some degree of granularity here, which is helpful with regards to ADA considerations.

Image Frames/Clips/Text Frames: You _can_ import images the same size as your video instead of using single-color Text Frames. You could probably come up with a fairly creative title page and credits page with some well-edited images or video clips. As suggested before, there are no frames, borders, transparency or other types of image overlays except text. There is no way to duplicate a text frame or image frame from within the timeline. You can selectively show, cut or trim parts of an existing clip for use in your movie.

Audio: There are no audio loops included with the system. If you select only one sound file, it will repeat however many times are necessary to complete the video. The only way to selectively create silent areas and multiple sound fades is to edit these into one new audio file the exact length of your video in a separate audio editor. There is no way to 'punch in' audio to create a running commentary. Granularity of control is lacking on this front too. There is no way to fade in or fade out on audio. As a video clip audio gets louder, your audio clip fades into the background. So if you were thinking about making an audio commentary with clip audio faded, that won't work here. Clip audio will have to be turned off.

Accessibility factor: Control keys, right-clicking and standard text selection capabilities are entirely inaccessible in this software. That can be frustrating if you are used to being able to select a text box to copy it and paste it somewhere else. You'll have to manually configure every... single... text... consideration... each... time.

Manuals: There are some html help files available from the one pulldown menu labeled 'Extras' in the top right-hand corner of the main window bar next to the minimize button -- entirely non-mac, non-windows, non-linux intuitive. There should at least be a pdf editing manual. Even better, they should have some links to video tutorials of how to actually create movies on line. In about ten minutes of video tutorial, a lot could be cleared up.

Regardless of its shortcomings, this solution is better than many other similarly-priced solutions available. It might seem odd to repeat, but doesn't crash like most video editing software usually does on Windows machines. If you buy a Kodak Zi8, it comes preinstalled on the camera, and will attempt to install on our computer when you first plug in via USB in Windows. (Mac Users rely on the excellent iMovie.) Until I can afford a Mac or Adobe CS4 Master Collection, this will remain a standby in my system.

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4 stars

"Used a few times and very good"

November 02, 2009  |  By triking123

 |  Version: ArcSoft MediaImpression 2.0

Pros

Used a few times and very good, quick and easy to use

Cons

Used the whole Arcsoft bundle and not all of use to me..

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
Version 2.0 adds some new features.
General
Publisher ArcSoft
Publisher web site http://www.arcsoft.com
Release Date March 29, 2009
Date Added March 29, 2009
Version 2.0
Category
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Media Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows Vista, Windows, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
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File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 39,657
Downloads Last Week 13
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License Model Free to try
Limitations Some features disabled
Price $79.99

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