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First Look: Corel VideoStudio 11

By John Virata

Corel VideoStudio 11 is the first iteration of this entry level video editing application since Intervideo/Ulead was acquired by Corel. While the application is still targeted at first time consumers as well as those who occasionally enjoy making creations out of their video clips, the application has become more robust, while still retaining its familiar tab style editing workflow. The workflow is logically set up, with the Capture, Edit, Effect, Overlay, Title, Audio and Share tabs laid out in order. Within this first look, we'll take a look at some new features to the "Plus" version of VideoStudio 11.

VideoStudio 11 features three capture tools, all of which can be sued to create a video; VideoStudio Editor, which is the full fledged editing tool, Movie Wizard, a tool that enables you to quickly create an opening intro for your video, and DV to DVD wizard, which enables you to burn your movies straight to DVD.

The VideoStudio timeline can be expanded so you can see your overlay tracks.

There have been enhancements to each of the modules within VideoStudio 11 Plus. The templates in the Movie Wizard range from single wedding style templates, to travel style, to templates with multiple videos, straight cuts, and mixed fades playing on the screen. The Theme templates include templates for both videos as well as slide shows. They give you a cool opening intro to your video project. After you've chosen your template, you can title your movie, add background music and set the volume of the music file. You then create your video file, create a disc, or edit in Ulead Video Studio 11's editor.

At left, Movie Wizard templates

Movie Wizard Templates in Plus have also been enhanced. Wizards are by far the easiest way to get your videos into a form that is ready for playback. With templates, you capture or insert the video that you want to use, and then you choose a theme template. The templates in Movie Wizard range from general themse, to wedding and theater themes, to multiple display themes.

DV to DVD Wizard

The DV to DVD Wizard enables you to scan your tapes (at 1X, 2X or maximum speed) to quickly locate just those scenes that you wish to burn to DVD. It is really a simple process whereby the software selects the capture device that is connected to the computer, you choose if you wish to capture either DV AVI or DVD format video, and determine if you wish to burn the entire video tape or just specific scenes that are on the video. This greatly reduces not only the time you spend capturing the video, but also the disk space required to store the video.


New in the Plus version is the capability to add DV date and timestamp information to your clips as you capture the video. This automatically adds a date and time stamp directly on the video. After you've selected the clips you want to burn to disc, click next and you'll arrive at the burn window. This is where you give your clip a name and title, select a theme and burn the disc. Click the burn icon and the software does the rest, rewinding the camera, capturing the video, and burning it off to DVD.

Some of the big features to the Plus version, in addition to full 32- and 64-bit Windows Vista support, are the capability to burn HD DVD projects to HD DVD, support for the new AVCHD camcorders available on the market, and real time editing of HDV files. This puts Ulead Video Studio in line with other similar video editing applications with the widest format support.  

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