"How can I easily get the
video off my camcorder, into the computer and produce a professional looking
DVD? Its so hard!"
Are you getting started with digital video and asking the exact same question?
Youve seen how others create beautiful home videos all stored on gorgeous DVDs
(with fancy DVD menus and all that) so it cant be that difficult can it?
Well, if theres a company that knows how to capture and edit digital video, its
Corel Corporation. Some of you might know Corel they are a leading provider of
software for digital media creation, DVD authoring, photo and video editing.
Over the years, their software products have
consistently garnered awards from places like CNET.com and PC Magazine.
One of Corels flagship video editing products,
Corel VideoStudio Pro X4,
is targeted at the beginner and intermediate level digital video enthusiast.
With this software, you will
be able to grab photos or video from any source, throw in great special effects
and produce a great looking DVD for sharing with friends and family. It has a
very simple to use, point-and-click interface so you dont have to trudge
through a thick manual to get something simple done.
1. What Can
You Achieve With Corel VideoStudio Pro X4?
Well, the simple answer is: A LOT. You can do a
lot with Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 and bring your digital video projects to the
Grab photos and video from anywhere
First off, you know how difficult it is to capture video off your camcorder and
get it into your PC? With
VideoStudio Pro X4, this is easy. With a simple user
interface, you can grab photos and video from anywhere - TV, camcorders and
cameras with great ease.
from all the video sources you can think of
Edit your movie easily
with cool special effects
And you know those cool special effects you see in your friends home videos?
How did they do that? Well, with VideoStudio Pro you can do all that and
more. You can easily add titles, music and other special effects to your video.
is easy and fun with VideoStudio Pro X4
With special built-in
wizards, the program guides you through the video editing process so that you
can create a professional looking digital video even if you never done it
Easily create movie and
And you know whats the other thing thats really cool about VideoStudio Pro X4?
Well, its the ability to easily create discs to share with family and friends.
Very often, I find that folks don't know how to do DVD authoring it remains
one of THE most common questions on my website.
VideoStudio Pro X4,
you no longer have this problem the package includes a simple to use DVD
authoring suite that allows you to produce professional-looking DVDs very
quickly. There are attractive theme templates and a nice wizard that help you
create the very movie or photo slide show you want.
There are loads of attractive
DVD menu templates in VideoStudio Pro X4
2. What Do You Get In The
Corel has been very generous in the stuff it includes in the VideoStudio Pro package. The amount of digital video capability you get in the software is
easily worth twice the selling price or more.
Here are just some of the things you get with the package:
Stop Motion Animation
create your own animated movie starring people, toys or objects
drag to resize and move panels, even across two monitors
easily and quickly create time-lapse sequences from photos or videos
have fun making movies with quick access to professional editing tools
Export in 3D turn
your 2D video into a 3D movie
Easy HD Sharing
author and burn HD movies directly to DVD and Blu-ray Disc
upload movies directly to YouTube, Vimeo®, Flickr®, Facebook® and other
3. Movie Making Made Easy
Does making a digital movie have to be hard? Nope! With
VideoStudio Pro X4 its
all easy. With the vibrant videos easier with the flexible user interface,
clearly defined icons and guided workflow, you can create one in minutes, not
editing screen in Corel VideoStudio Pro X4
You can also select from attractive theme templates and let in-built The
Movie Wizard create a professional-looking movie or photo slide show. You can
also cut the final digital video to a DVD using the DV-to-DVD Wizard simply
hook up your camcorder and in two steps you have a finished DVD. No kidding.
With professionally-designed theme templates and DVD menus in
VideoStudio Pro, youre not going to come up with boring, plain old DVDs.
You get professional level stuff.
And if you dont like the in-built effects, feel free to
projects with easy-to-use creative options, adding titles, transitions and music
tracks. Youll not run of ideas because there are literally 100's of effects
filters and content like overlay frames, objects and Flash animations to play
Frankly, I sat there and played with my version of VideoStudio
Pro for HOURS, just tinkering with the special effects its that good.
really need to tell youabout this one. You know those vacation routes you
see in videos which get traced on a map? Now you can do that, to show that you
went from, say, San Francisco to Hawaii.
You can do this because VideoStudio Pro
allows you to do paint, draw, or even write freehand on your
5. Share Your Video On YouTube Or DVD
And if you want in on the web video revolution, VideoStudio ensures youre no
left out. In VideoStudio Pro, you can cut your movie and upload directly it
to YouTube. Cool stuff and a great way to share your
videos with others..
YouTube or burning a traditional DVD - you decide.
If you prefer the traditional DVD format, you can simply choose to create
stunning animated Hollywood-style menus. They are all in-built and for you to
point and click. If you prefer, you can even send movies by email or share them
on mobile devices.
With Cameras, Camcorders And Cell Phones
Some video editing packages dont work with certain video sources. For example,
I know of packages which dont work with cell phones or digital cameras.
VideoStudio Pro works with the whole gamut of devices out there. Were
talking about the ability to import photos and video from
the internet, TV, digital cameras and cell phones. Everything.
7. Really Easy
You know, some folks I know get scared off by the complexity of video editing
packages. Some fear the video editing process so much that they leave out
video editing and keep the videos (unedited) in their camcorder! Or others
outsource the video editing to third parties.
The flexible user interface allows you to start editing in a matter of minutes
Let me tell you, dont be afraid to use the video editing package. Its loads of
VideoStudio Pro has a flexible user interface, clearly defined icons and
guided workflows. Produce professional-looking movies or photo slide shows with
the Movie Wizard. Burn video straight to disc with the DV-to-DVD Wizard - hook
up your camcorder and in two steps you have a finished DVD. Two steps! Nothing
could be simpler to use.
Creative Tools - If You Want To Experiment
If youre a bit more in-depth in your knowledge of video editing, dont think
that VideoStudio Pro doesnt allow you to grow and experiment with advanced
There are powerful tools like sophisticated picture-in-picture and
montage effects with transitions on overlay tracks, and audio/video cross-fades.
You can also create animated titles and add color backgrounds. Plus theres
solid support for Dolby Digital® 5.1 Surround Sound audio.
And what about creative tools? Lots of them! You can paint, draw, or write
freehand on video with the new Painting Creator. Make photo slide shows come to
life with Auto Pan & Zoom. You know those blue screen backgrounds you use in
your video to overlay a background? Use the Chroma Key tools to replace those
Gosh, I could just go on and on about all the neat stuff in there. Sophisticated
DVD menus with unique disc menu transitions, 100s of effects filters, and the
ability to make your video look like old film with NewBlue® Film Effects filters
(in the Pro X4 edition). See the old film effect on the right? That's what we're
9. End-to-end HD Support
Theres one more thing to say and thats concerning High Definition (HD). As
you might know, HD video is now all the rage. Want to watch your home movie on a
large flat panel TV? Youd better film it in HD to avoid a poor quality look.
The good thing about
VideoStudio Pro is that you can import video in leading
HD formats, including HDV, AVCHD and Blu-ray Disc®.
Editing HD video takes up TONS of computing power.
And I mean TONS. If you have a
powerful new PC, youll want to make full use of it by utilizing the dual-core
and quad-core CPU capabilities in your machine. VideoStudio Pro provides native
support for these CPUs so that editing HD content is fast and not agonizingly
And if you want to produce a shining new
Blu-ray disc instead of a DVD,
VideoStudio Pro can do that too! I really find it amazing how Corel can roll
out Blu-ray support so quickly it just shows the amount of research that these companies pump into their products.
10. The Shortcomings?
Well, there arent much that
I can think of. VideoStudio Pro is an excellent video editing package
perhaps the only shortcoming is the fact that it lacks the overall video editing
power that a competitor package like
Adobe Premiere Elements has.
However, you should remember
that Adobe Premiere Elements is a touch more complicated for new users to get to
grips with. What VideoStudio Pro lacks in in-depth video editing power, it
makes up for in its supreme ease-of-use.
11. It's An Award Winner!
Ok, I know Ive been ranting and raving about Corel VideoStudio Pro for quite
a bit. And saying how good it is and all that.
But you know what? The truth is, the product is really very good. Corel took
over this company called Ulead (which Ive been an ardent fan of), took one of
its flagship products (Ulead VideoStudio 11) and improved it to become
Corel VideoStudio Pro X4.
They obviously have done something right, because Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 has
garnered awards from CNET Download.com and PC Magazine.
Heres what CNET (5 out of 5 rating) says:
"We like the new paint feature which lets you draw or write freehand on your
videos making it easy to add thought balloons or draw your travel route on a
And heres what PC Magazine (4 out of 5 rating) says:
"This is a very good consumer-level video editor, and it's an especially fine
choice for users with less-powerful PCs who want to edit HD video."
Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 is really a very good choice for beginner
digital video enthusiasts who want simple-to-use features in their software but
yet want the option to grow into the product and try out advanced level stuff.
Some video editing software packages are too simple and dont offer any
creativity tools. Others are insanely complex and hard to learn. I think Corel
VideoStudio Pro X4 has hit just the right balance between ease-of-use and
complexity of its functions.
If youve just started out in
digital video or are an intermediate level user, Corel VideoStudio Pro is
hard to beat as a all round video editing tool.