A user of Ulead DVD MovieFactory 5 called WiFi-Spy had released a HD DVD demo disk image file in March 30th to let anyone who may interests to test the disk on their HD DVD players. WiFi-Spy claimed he shot the content in the International Consumer Electronics Show 2006 with a High-Definition camcorder, Sony HDR-HC1 and is eager to know if anyone can play the HD DVD demo disk on a real HD DVD player. Soon, a Japanese user found the disk image file and gave it a try on the newly released Toshiba HD DVD player HD-XA1 yesterday and he has found the HD DVD demo disk can be played very well.
The Japanese user has burned the HD DVD disk on a DVD-R and play the disk successfully on his new Toshiba HD DVD player. He has recorded the playing as an video and you can check the video in his blog.
I think it's a good news to Ulead and the HD world because now users can use DVD MovieFactory to author their home-made videos as HD DVDs and play them on a real HD DVD player!
At the present time, there is still no other consumer HD DVD authoring programs available and Ulead is the company that can say we have HD DVD supports that works and the price for DVD MovieFactory is acceptable for home users. I know there is still some more steps Ulead needs to do, but it's already a good sign to us. :)
Note: Toshiba HD DVD player HD-XA1 now can be purchased in Japan since 2006/3/31. If you have friends in Japan, you can ask them to buy one for you from Amazon Japan. If you do not have such a friend in Japan, you can wait till April 15th or pre-order in Toshiba and ChannelIntelligence.