2006年3月8日 星期三

New Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 announced

Today Ulead announced the new Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5, an new release of the consumer DVD authoring package offering easy disc authoring, an expanded range of creative options and the first disc authoring package to provide future-ready support for both HD DVD and Blu-ray disc formats. If anyone is interested in detail information, check the news release.

It will be available in late March in US.

I remember when we were trying to do the MTBF process for DVDMF 5 in just 2 days before the Chinese New Year Eve, we stayed in office over-night and wait for the Quality Assurance engineers as real end-users to use DVDMF 5 to author meaningful DVD/HD/BD disks and test all the functions of DVDMF. An usual MTBF process time in Ulead for a software package like DVDMF will be 6 hours, that means the program cannot fail the function or crash and should work properly as we defined for at least 6 hours. But if any step in the process takes longer than 10 minutes then the step will be counted as 10 minutes only (for example, the transcoding step might take 30 minutes but we will only count it as 10 minutes). If any QA engineer see any major function failed or crashed then RD engineers must find out and fix the problem ASAP and the counting time might be restarted, so we might finish the MTBF process in about 8 to 12 hours in the end (that's why we stayed over-night). The longest MTBF time record in Ulead in my memories (for the past 5 years) is made when we were testing DVDMF 3.5 Suite 2 years ago. I think the record is 15 hours?

Finally we finish the MTBF process for DVDMF 5 before the Chinese New Year so we can have a very good vacation during the Chinese New Year period. Well-done, the whole DVDMF team! :)

I do not know the software developing process in other companies, but I think in Ulead the process is good, which makes Ulead products to be more stable. But that does not mean they will not have problems in some cases. Just as I say in many forums: "Nothing is perfect but we can try our best to find the solution for the problem." Wish you guys would like this new DVDMF version. :D