|Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus [OLD VERSION]
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VideoStudio 11.5 Plus is video editing and DVD authoring software for anyone who wants to easily produce professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs. Create amazing High-Definition videos. Work quickly with intuitive wizards, or express your creativity with hands-on timeline editing. Share your movies everywhere, from iPods to the latest home theater systems.
Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus is video editing and DVD authoring software for anyone who wants to easily produce professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs. Capture video from the latest HD camcorders and create amazing High-Definition HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Work quickly with timesaving template-based Wizards, or express your creativity with powerful hands-on tools. Fix common video problems with one-click corrective filters, generate Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio tracks, and add pro-quality titles and transitions. Share your movies everywhere, from iPod to DVD to YouTube to the latest Home Theater systems. Award-winning VideoStudio sets the standard for powerful features and ease of use.
End-to-End Consumer HD Production
The Most Complete HD Solution Available
The first complete HD solution, no matter what camcorder or playback format users choose, VideoStudio 11.5 Plus lets them capture, edit and output their video.
Practical HD Production Is Here
VideoStudio 11.5 Plus of producing HD video on standard DVD media, which can be played back on PCs or players like the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft XBOX 360 add-on HD DVD player.
Real-world AVCHD workflow:
- Capture from AVCHD camcorders
- Edit in VideoStudio Editor or Movie Wizard
- Author & burn to standard DVD
- Play on PC, PS3 or Blu-ray Disc player
Real-world HDV workflow:
- Capture from JVC HD or HDV camcorders
- Edit in VideoStudio Editor or Movie Wizard
- Author & burn to standard DVD
- Play on PC or HD DVD player
Real-world AVCHD workflow
Real-world HDV workflow
VideoStudio 11.5 Plus is video editing and DVD authoring software for anyone who wants to easily produce professional-looking videos, slideshows, and DVDs. Work quickly with intuitive wizards, or express your creativity with hands-on editing tools. Share your movies everywhere, on iPods, YouTube, or the latest HD home theater systems, with full support for AVCHD, Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.
Users of the new VideoStudio 11.5, enjoy the following:
- The latest HD formats
- The latest in online sharing
- More creative content and templates
- Bonus media management software
Author HD content (from AVCHD or HDV camcorder, or any other HD source) and burn to a standard DVD, using a standard burner.
- AVCHD discs with menus play back pristine HD video on your PC, Blu-ray Player or Sony PS3, or from disc based AVCHD camcorders.
- Supports standard screen sizes from SD to HD, 1280x720 to 1920x1080 as well as PAL and NTSC systems
- Audio formats include LPCM and Dolby 2.0 or 5.1.
New--M2TS (MPEG-2 Transport Stream) Import
- Import video files directly from AVCHD hard drive or memory card camcorders.
- Use the "Insert Video" function to preview clips and easily import to hard drive
- VideoStudio 11.5 Plus opens M2TS files that have been copied to your hard drive using other utilities.
New--Blu-ray Disc (BDMV) Authoring
Now users can author HD productions in MPEG 2 HD format, with High Definition motion menus, and burn them to Blu-ray Disc.
- BD supports standard screen sizes from 720 to 1920 as well as PAL and NTSC systems.
- Compliant video, (such as HDV) isn't re-rendered, ensuring shorter encoding times and excellent picture quality.
- Supports Dolby 2.0 and 5.1 audio formats
- Both single- and double-layer discs are supported.
Blu-ray Disc Authoring
New--H.264 High Profile (HD) Encoding
- VideoStudio 11.5 Plus incorporates the new MainConcept H.264 codec, offering fast encoding with superior quality.
- Supports 1440x1080 and 1920x1080 output frame sizes.
- Encoding is optimized for multi-core processors, including Intel Core 2 Quad.
Enhanced--HD DVD on Standard DVD Production
Users can author HD DVD productions with motion menus, and burn to standard DVDs.
- There is now a dedicated workflow for producing such "3X DVDs".
- Choose a disc size and the capacity indicator will show how much space is available on the disc.
- HD DVDs play on set-top or PC HD DVD players, Xbox 360 HD DVD players, or standard PC DVD drives with appropriate software.
New Movie Wizard templates
New DVD menu templates
New--Native .TOD format (JVC HD Camcorder) Import and Editing
- VideoStudio 11.5 now offers support for importing and editing native .tod HD video from the latest JVC HD-7 camcorders. No conversion is required.
- Fully supports all frame sizes offered by this camera, including the "FullHD" 1920x1080i frame size.
- MPEG Optimizer works with TOD video and VideoStudio will SmartRender it for more efficient performance.
Enhanced--New Menus, Templates and Overlay Graphics
Even users who have not made the jump to HD yet, are always looking for fresh content. The 11.5 Upgrade adds a set of rich, professionally-designed templates and graphics to the VideoStudio 11 Plus library:
- 8 New Movie Wizard templates for Home Movie and Slideshows, including powerful, eye-catching multiple-overlay sequences.
- 20 DVD Menus in text, thumbnail and unique One-Scene styles.
- 5 video frames for custom openings or segues.
- 19 Animated Flash overlays to enhance video.
- 5 Overlay mask frames for transparent overlays.
New--Direct YouTube upload
Sharing videos online has become one of the most popular activities in the wired world. The leader of this revolution is YouTube, and now VideoStudio makes it easier than ever to create and upload cool videos.
- After completing editing, users can select from a range of quality settings before video is encoded and uploaded directly to YouTube.
- Logging in and uploading all takes place from within VideoStudio.
Bonus--Manage and Edit Your Media with Corel MediaOne Plus*
With the proliferation of photos and video on consumers' desktops, an efficient tool to organize and retrieve content has become essential. The Power Pack includes a full version of Corel's complete digital media management suite.
- Now users can keep track of all their digital media. Import, tag and sort photos and video, and find any image fast.
- Create virtual groups, or "Smart Collections" to keep photos and video organized.
- Add descriptions and tags, to retrieve images individually or in groups.
- Prepare photos for slideshows by correcting exposure, fixing red-eye, and other essential photo-editing functions.
*DVD Maker not included within MediaOne Plus
- Easily produce professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs
- Capture video from the latest HD camcorders and create High-Definition HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs
- Work quickly with timesaving template-based Wizards, or express your creativity with powerful hands-on tools
- Fix common video problems with one-click corrective filters, generate Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio tracks, and add pro-quality titles and transitions
- Share your movies everywhere, from iPod to DVD to YouTube to the latest Home Theater systems
- The dreaded "Unspecifed error 5:0:0" error
Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus [OLD VERSION]
This software has some great features, once you get used to the quirky combination of three Ulead Products. But, one of these integrated products has some serious defects. When you create a DVD (by Share) inside VideoStudio you are taken to a scaled down version of Ulead Movie Factory. For the first several home-video DVDs I made this seemed to work, though discounting the "quirky" interface. But, then I ran across the dreaded "Unspecified error 5:0:0" error that seems to have no resolution. I tried removing one of the videos, converting it and so forth, but nothing seemed to work. I might add that the videos were TV captures from a high-end Hauppauge DVR card that has not had any issues with any other software I've used, such as DVD Movie Factory 4.0, Vegas Studio and so forth. Unfortunately, when you hit this error during encoding you've reached the end of the line. The software just won't create a DVD, so I went back to my really old copy of DVD Movie Factory 4.0. Money wasted. Buyer beware....more info
- Not fancy, but works
As a software developer, I like it when a product is easy to use and does what it is designed to do. This software does just that.
Out of the box, no reading the manual, I was able to clip videos, string them together and overlay a soundtrack. Pretty neat for the $$$. I have not played with the more 'advanced' functionality, as I have no wish to make production quality movies. ;-) I just wanted a way to take video clips and put them into a compilation video that worked. For this, the software works quite well. The output is usable on the computer, on cd's or dvd's, and can be transferred to others and it will work. You can't ask for much more on an inexpensive piece of software. For my purposes, it works very well.
Since I have not tried much of the program, I give it 4 stars instead of 5. For my purposes, it is a 5, but I cannot give it the highest rating without trying other parts of it.
- great product
This was purchased for my 13 year old son who has been able to do some increadible things with our home movies....more info
- Professional Quality video, Powerful Editing and DVD Authoring software << Great Buy for the Price!!>>
First of all, I want to say that the quality of videos published with this software is amazing! Also, I want to say that my purchase was worth the price. I bought VideoStudio 11.5 Plus for about 50 dollars for my Windows XP Inspiron 8600 and my Windows XP with Vista and it was a great buy, and produces EXCELLENT quality videos.
Now, as for the program itself, there are bugs. And help is slow, or non-existant. The first problem I had with VS was that it wouldn't install automatically on my Windows XP, so I had to do the manual installation, which wasn't hard, but sometimes I couldn't even do the manual install because the computer would not "find" or read the disc when I put it in. Other times, Installation went perfectly, and setup was automatic, with no "choppy" sounds during installation. To manually install I put the disc in, went to "My Computer" and you right-click on the disc Icon, click explore, and click on the Auto-Run Icon, or Ulead Icon, then, Setup for installation will follow.
I should also mention that at those times when installation did not work, restarting the computer, or re-inserting the disc did not work most of the time, and I found that leaving the computer off for a couple of minutes and trying the installation later would serve more a efficient method.
However, I didn't have the same problem installing it on my Vista. The program would run itself automatically for setup. And I had no concerns during the installation.
Another, which would occur is that when I open the program I will see white boxes with X's on them, under the the "Video Tab" (an alternate location in the program itself, where videos can be stored for easy access instead of loading it from somewhere else on the computer) where the thumbnails for my saved videos would usually be. And some of the video clips I saved for editing were unaccessible. The program would then cease to repond, and close itself upon notifying me of its error. Again, closing the program and shutting off the computer for a few minutes, or a restart would be needed for the program to go back to normal.
Finally, I found it extremely helpful to use the "repair" option (available by selecting the Ulead software under the "Add/Remove programs" option in the control panel) if these quick fixes don't do the job. It's faster then reinstalling the entire software, and it works.
Aside from these two very rare (only happened once each) problems, the only common program I found is that it does not work well on a slow computer, so it is reccomended that your computer have a good amount of free Gigabytes (although it's not necessary if your computer works up to speed, but mine doesn't so I had to do some cleaning up) to work with and rid your computer of programs that slow it down. Right-click on your hard drive, and click on properties to find your free space versus used space. My computer gets slow sometimes when I'm on it for a long time, but mostly, it works seamlessly.
The result is lagging of the actual software during editing -so much so that previewing videos or music on the program, and clicking to specific timecodes take longer than normal. When this happens, my computer actually gets hot, and I just close the program and let it cool off and it goes back to good.
Finally, this is not to exclude the normal (yes -normal) delay the program goes through between buttons. Yes, there is a short delay in clicking between buttons, and while it annoyed me initially, I got used to it as I worked with the program more and more. Small, but noteworthy detail.
That's all of the bad...now for the good!!
What I like most about the program is that you can go to general parts on a clip, and then to very specific points from then on in a short amount of time. It has a frame by frame display of the video if you need it, called "multi-trim". Where you use a dial to jog to a general area on the clip, and then you can use the timecode arrows to move along the clip more specifically. The timecode box displays Hours-Minutes-Seconds, and milliseconds.
For this reason, Multi-Trim is my best friend when editing with Ulead, allowing speedy location to a part in a clip, to extract, or save parts of that clip for furthur editing. I love this feature because it just saves so much time. Other than that, it's got all the other features of your basic editor, with lots of transtitions, effects, and titles. Like other editors, you can also use images in your videos or slideshows, and even create images from your video clips.
You can find out more about all of the features of VS11.5 on the Ulead site -just go to the product's online manual. Overall, Video Studio comes with all the basics and more. The program is easy to use, with lots of customizable specifications, and provides high quality sound and video editing with the ability to publish HD DVD, AVC HD, and Blu-Ray Discs, as well as Tape, mobile devices, and Online sites.
Storyboard, Timeline, and Audio view; Hundereds of effects, transitions, and templates; comes with audio filters, and audio editing tools; and even chroma key (blue/green screening) capability.
It's compatible with DV, DVD, HDV, Hard Drive, and Analog Camcorders; VHS tapes and personal dvds; Pc's with Tuner Card, or Personal video recorders (dvd recorders);and digital camers and hand held devices such as iPod, PSP, Zune, and Mobile phones. Best of all, you can upload directly to Youtube, and other online sites without loosing the quality or sound of the video.
Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus's strongest point is that it delivers High quality videos, providing full-featured dvd authoring and editing for the Intermeadiate to Advanced user. It's both a powerful, and professional editor with the quality to back it up. Although it can be a little buggy at times, I was excited at the quality and the amount of features that came with it. And I was not surprized to learn that the origianl retail price of the software was over $139 USD!
Great buy for the price! Get it!...more info
- Decent Low-end Video Editing
First and foremost be warned that VideoStudio is a memory hog. Make sure your system exceeds the minimum requirements.
The install feels a bit bloated and cumbersome, but once it is up-and-running VideoStudio 11.5 is a viable option for basic editing and quick video conversions. If you are mixing home movies or editing class projects, odds are that VideoStudio will have everything you need to produce the final product you are hoping for....more info
- Wish I'd read David Carlin's review...
Boy, I wish I'd read David Carlin's review before buying this thing. I also have a hi-def camera and was hoping to find a decent piece of editing software to do just some basic tasks -- trimming video, splicing a couple of clips together -- nothing too fancy.
Unfortunately, while Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 says it supports being able to import .m2ts files, I think you have to interpret "supports" as "opens the file without crashing." If you're hoping it means, "opens the file in any way that might be usable," you're going to be severely disappointed. Even doing something as presumably simple as moving backwards 5 seconds in some of my movie clips would take a ridiculously long amount of time to process, and this is on a pretty darned good machine.
In the end, I also decided to switch to Sony's Vegas product; the only software that seems to be able to import my video files in any useable way. While it's got its own issues (if you actually want to output any video in AVCHD format, you've gotta buy the $600 professional package), it seems to be the only real option available for me at the moment.
- Very nice product
This product is far superior to Microsoft Windows Movie Maker! I used Movie Maker for several projects and finally gave up on it crashing all the time and just the lack of options it provided. I really like the quality and control I get from VideoStudio. Very nice for the price. Strong recommendation....more info
- Ulead Has Turned Me into a Pretty Complexual Girl
I've got several videos saved on my computer, but I've never ventured into the world of video editing, thinking it was beyond me. Well, I don't guess it is after all. I installed Ulead without a hitch and found it to be pretty stable on my system. That means I didn't crash my computer, something I seem to be good at doing, so that's a big plus for Ulead right off the bat.
I was able to create a pretty good DVD, with transitions after only a few tries and it would have been easier if I'd bothered to read the manuel. You can create simple or complex edits and I find that I'm getting to be a complexual girl. I'm just loving this program.
There are plenty of advanced tools which I'm not familiar with yet, but I'm getting there, in no time at all, I'm going to be editing up a storm, making DVDs of all my old videos, which I'll send to friends, probably boring them to death. Sometimes it's more fun making them than watching them, I think. Well, it is for me thanks to Ulead....more info
- Seems to work well for a newbie like me...
I've been trying out the Corel Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus software package I received as part of the Amazon Vine program. Based on the basic things I wanted to do, it works fine. I come at this from the viewpoint of a complete newbie in all things video, so I won't even try to pretend I can speak to the intricacies of the advanced features. I'll let you refer to other reviews for that.
In my case, I wanted to be able to take my video from my Sony HandyCam, download them to the PC, edit the contents to add titles/trim scenes, and to author it to a DVD for storage. On all counts, the Corel package worked fine. I did see significant differences in processor usage between trying it on my desktop vs. my laptop. As other reviewers have mentioned, more is better when it comes to working with this. Lots of RAM, plenty of processor power, and hi-end video cards all determine whether this software flows or whether it tends to drag its feet.
I'm happy with the software, as it works better than MovieMaker for what I wanted to do. And the deeper I get into it, the more I think I'll find additional capabilities that I can exploit....more info
- wonderful program
I was very impressed with this program. It took me about 2 and half hours to open the program and end up with a finished product without even opening the manual. The animations and menus provided in the program are impressive and helped me make professional looking DVDs. The only problem I had was when the program came, the disk couldn't be found by my computer, I called Corel (After trying to find a phone number for support for 20 minutes) they were helpful and sent me a replacement disk that arrived in about a week. I would have been more than happy with the program if I had paid full price, but the Amazon.com exclusive price at $40 has me raving about not only the program, but amazon for supporting quality products....more info
- This item is not working for Vista at all!!!
I strongly recommend Amazon to test whether it works for Vista before claiming it!! I ordered one and it did not work, then exchange for another one, and did not work in Vista either, though it worked for XP. Definitely, my DVD-drive is working since it can install other softwares correctly.
Just waste time and money. ...more info
- Do a lot with various video editing software packages
I have used many software packages for video editing and I do like this one. However, of all the features in this package I really like the slideshow feature. I was able to assemble a slideshow in record time with fades and music. Great...more info
- Basic video editor -- cheap; stable; functional but missing key features
I'm using Ulead exclusively for AVCHD files 1920x1080 files shot with a Canon Vixia HF100. Ulead is installed on both a quadcore 2.6g HP Pavilion media center desktop and Dell XPS dualcore 2.4g laptop, both with 4mb ram, vista home premium, 7200 rpm hdds.
- Cheap. $40! Holy cow.
- Absolutely stable. Unlike many other reviewers, I've had no system hangs, crashes or any other problem.
- Reads and works with AVCHD format with no problems. Importing files from the SD card into the Ulead library appears to take roughly the same amount of time as doing a copy-and-paste from the SD card.
- Smartrenders, so to create another mts or mpg file from the same format takes a fraction of the time.
- Very poor documentation. If you buy this software, you better be prepared to learn by doing, and not rely on searching the Help files.
- Interface is not at all intuitive.
- Library management options are limited. When working with a whole bunch of shorter clips, I like to keep things organized within windows subfolders. But that doesn't automatically translate into the ulead library, so i end up having to manually move my clips around every time i render or capture a new clip. Very annoying and duplicative.
- Audio filters lacking. I was very disappointed with the inability to adjust the audio recorded with the video beyond volume levels. I have to save the audio as a separate sound file, then add it as an audio track in order to apply filters. Also, you can save audio as a separate sound file (Wav, etc) but not in the most popular MP3 format, so if recorded a concert you want to save as mp3, be prepared to use other software.
- Changing aspect ratio on a clip from 16:9 to 4:3 is mindbendingly complex. It's easy enough to crop a 16:9 file down to the right aspect ratio, but Ulead wants to either add a colored fill for the "cropped" portion or expand the remaining portion to fill a 16:9 screen. One would expect that just changing the Project Properties to 4:3 would fix this, but NO, if the original clip was 16:9, ulead appears to completely ignore the Project Properties setting. The only method I've found to get ulead to change a clip's aspect ratio is to first "crop" the sides, then use the cumbersome "Distort" option to manually drag the handles of the resized clip to get rid of the colored bars at the sides. Rather than go thru that brain damage, i've found it simpler just to export the finished 16:9 video into Avi format, and then use freeware VirtualDub to do the cropping to 4:3. There should be a one-click automatic option to crop and resize a clip from one aspect ratio down to another.
I've only worked with 20 minute videos, so I can't speak to longer recordings. I haven't had need to use the smartproxy setting, which is supposed to speed up the process of working with high def files (my computers are powerful, but are definitely not cutting-edge). After editing, I usually render files into either a high res mpg or std def XVID compressed AVI. Rendering time on the desktop is, as expected, much faster compared to the laptop, so it does appear as though the software takes advantage of the quad core.
Also note, the bundled WinDVD Silver is useless for playing AVCHD files, and must be upgraded to handle AVCHD files. ...more info
- Direct to YouTube ... Best Choice for Parents ...
This program is still the best program on the market for amateurs and other levels of the everyday user and maybe even a few `pro-sumers' like me. If you're a parent and your goal is to just very simply create some nice looking home movies to burn on DVD and distribute to other family members or even upload directly to Youtube (which is a very nice feature), then Ulead Video Studio is looking like the best program out there for doing so. It's also, by far, the easiest to use and understand while not forfeiting presentation quality and features doing so. The learning curve on this is very fast and dedicating a mere ten minutes to the manual will yield pretty impressive results.
Some folks might think that you'll have to invest thousands of dollars on a new Mac so you can have a new version of iLife and do all this without having an intimate knowledge of video editing or processing, but this really is a much better and a much cheaper alternative. While buying a Mac is always a cool prospect, you may not have to do that just yet.
The only drawback I could find was in using the built-in `Movie Wizard' which is a bit restrictive, even though it's `drag and drop'. Creating movies this way, renders your footage faster and gives you a much grainer, or lower resolution end result. If you can avoid using this feature, I would, as having the ability to fully control the output settings is an absolute must.
- Wished I would have bought something else
I have worked with a lot of video programs and this is a complete waste of money!! ...more info
- The best reasonably priced video editing software on the market today
I've long looked to Ulead VideoStudio as the best amateur video editing software out there, so I'm happy to finally get the chance to compare this package to those I've used in the past, namely the ubiquitous Windows Movie Maker and Roxio Easy Media Creator Suite 10. I have to make clear here that I'm wholly an amateur when it comes to video editing (as anyone who has seen one of my YouTube videos could tell you), so all of the technical specs of software such as this are quite over my head. The beauty of this product, though, is that it meets the needs of the newbie just wanting to edit his home movies as and offers up a huge buffet of options for advanced amateurs who know all of the acronyms, like to argue with other gurus about formats and resolutions, and produce darn-near professional quality videos for any and all occasions. The software may initially look difficult to learn and use, but it doesn't take long to learn the basics - and then you can learn more advanced features at your own pace.
It goes without saying that you're going to need a pretty powerful computer if you want to use this software without tearing your hair out. The system requirements are, in my opinion, something of a joke. There's no way I would try running this with a mere 512 MB of RAM (or, in the case of Vista, even 1 GB); I would recommend at least 1 GB of RAM on Windows XP and 2 GB on Vista - anything less, and you're just asking for problems. Memory becomes even more of an issue if you're going to be taking advantage of the wealth of HD capabilities this package boasts. Those HD capabilities really are a big selling point, by the way (as you can tell just by a quick perusal of the box cover or product summary). You certainly aren't going to be saving any HD videos to Blu-Ray using Windows Movie Maker.
The package comes with an impressive number of templates, filters, effects, etc., and the complete novice can rely on wizards to help him/her put together an impressive project. Once you've mastered the basics, you have all kinds of enhancement options to choose from. If you've thought about paying someone to put together a slideshow using old family pictures, forget about it. It's easy to create a slideshow of images in VideoStudio, and you can basically control every aspect of the production, from inserting music to specifying the transformation settings from any one image to another. It's almost as easy to create a video and truly customize it to your desires. One particularly nice feature is the ability to add a voice track as well as a music track rather than limiting the user to one "audio" track. You can also insert multiple overlays, which is another powerful feature. And you can export your finished projects all sorts of ways: to your PC, to DVD, to online sites such as YouTube, and to iPods and a number of other portable devices.
VideoStudio isn't perfectly intuitive. For example, you have a plethora of formats in which you can render a given file, but the rendering option is by no means prominent on the display. I would also like to have seen some kind of cheat sheet for basic operations included alongside the manual, but I have to say this product manual itself isn't all that bad (although, as with most such software, your best source for information and guidance can probably be found in online forums and the like). The manual is especially instructive in terms of setting things up and connecting to different digital and even analog video sources.
As far as the installation goes, I had no problems whatsoever (for the record, I'm running Vista with 4 GB of RAM). Right off the bat, it came up saying I needed Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable SP1 Package and Microsoft DirectX Feb2006 Runtime, but the setup program installed those for me. From then on, it was smooth sailing, including the extras that come on the bonus CD: WinDVD 8, MediaOne Plus Photo & Video Manager, and ULead Disc Image Recorder.
The bottom line in this: Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus is, in my opinion, the best and most economical video editing program for amateurs on the market. Even if you're only interested in making the most basic of videos for any purpose, I would definitely recommend that you take a look at this package. ...more info
- great video software
User friendly and easy to use. You'll be creating your own videos in no time. You'll also be able to edit them and make them look professional....more info
- Same Old Ulead but Edits AVCHD
Like most Ulead products there are still some stability issues. When playing raw AVCHD video through the preview window during editing it maxes out the CPU on a Core 2 Duo T7200. Sorry, I thought that would be enough. It is so bad that when I am sorting through video segments I have to use the player that came with my camera (which plays perfect with little CPU usage), remember the file name and then go back to VideoStudio and load the clip into the project. What a pain!
Typical set of editing tools for a low-mid range video editor. Contains quite a few transitions standard. Rendering time to create a DVD from raw AVCHD shot in 1080p, 30fps on a Canon Vixia HF100 is supper fast (20 mins of video in about 3 mins). However, if you add one of VideoStudio's stock DVD menu screens it can take close to an hour just to render the menu.
Unlike Sony Vegas Studio (which to my knowledge still only handles Sony and Panasonic AVCHD), it will handle Canon's AVCHD format which is great considering Canon makes them too. What gives, Sony?
Overall a good product for the price especially when it was a Gold Box Lightning Deal for $30. Easy to navigate and learn for the novice editor. If Ulead would just fix their pesky stability problems I would give it 5-Stars....more info
- Sadly does not support 3g2 file formats
About the only video I'm interested in working with is the video that I get from my cell phone. I have Motorola RAZR so it isn't some obscure model no one ever heard of. I was surprised to see that there was no support for the 3g2 file format in Ulead.
I contacted Corel to make sure that they did, in fact, not support this file format. They don't--at least not yet. They may support it in the future as patch update (no time line was given)....more info
- Oldie but Goodie
I needed to produce a video for the web within a two-day timeframe. I couldn't pass up the deal on this software ($90 off for the non-current version).
After a short while, I was editing with ease and was able to ouput the format needed for YouTube and a contest website. My ONLY gripe would be the audio editing window ... you are not able to expand the view vertically enough (for my tastes).
Other than that flaw ... I can't complain at $39.99.
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- Great Product
This product is easy to use, has more functions than I know what to do with as of yet, and does the job better than expected!...more info
- Very Good, Powerful Editor
This is a very good and powerful editor. It has all the effects that I need for an awesome video. The only other video editor recomended by me would be Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9.0 Platnium Pro Pack. Those are the two most powerful editors that I know of. If you have a Xp, and want to make video editing easy, yet effective, this is your editor. If you don't mind doing some reading or watching videos on YouTube(tm) to figure out how to do every thing, then Sony Vegas is your best choice.
Pros: Very good editor, many effects, YouTube Compatabilaty.
Cons: Installs slow (Around 3 - 5 Hours)...more info
- A wonderful mid-level product
Video editing is one of those tasks I'd like to get better at but have never gotten around to actually getting better at. My experiences in this have been enduring constant frustration with Liquid Edition 6 and then some video editing solace with Sony Vegas. With my recent upgrade to Windows Vista I not only was one of the few absolutely delighted with the switch I also found a nice, extremely user-friendly video editing program in the new Windows Movie Maker. Of course, Windows Movie Maker is also rather limited. What it does it does well. But if a person wants to go beyond that they had to take a rather big leap to the next levels of programs.
With Corel Ulead VideoStudio I find an amazing progression from absolutely basic/entry level to highly functional and flexible. Again and again recently I have found Corel to be the master of designing programs that are both highly capable and highly oriented towards the user experience. Meaning their programs do a lot and are always surprising how easy they are to pick up and use. This video software is no exception. It has the user friendliness of Windows Movie Maker with substantially more capability and options.
The learning curve is very slight. Not because everything can be picked up quick but rather because Corel has approached this program understanding that not everyone can spend the hours and hours learning about software before getting to a real project. Instead, they have built in different modes of working. From the really basic Wizard that is a lot like movie maker to a more robust editing context that allows for a whole lot of creativity.
And within that more expansive creativity they have made for a very wonderful ease of use, with the layout and the functions quite easily recognizable and quite easily applied. The arcane qualities of most video software are pushed aside for very clear, very obvious tools.
At each step I found myself easing my way into more and more knowledge. And that's another quality I've noticed with Corel. The software itself is a teacher in a way. And not a boring one. Rather, unlike so much headache inducing software (Liquid Edition) this Corel was actually fun. Again the emphasis on the user came out.
No this is not as robust as some other programs. But it is also significantly less expensive and significantly less resource demanding. I used it on my high quality Dell XPS 710 quad processor, 4GB, up to date video card, Windows Vista desktop (noticing it was faster than other video programs). Of course it worked well on that. I also used it on my Dell e1405 XP laptop, bought for battery life, that has no video card, sound card, and only 1GB of memory. It didn't run as fast, of course, but it still worked great. Surprisingly great.
I'm absolutely pleased with VideoStudio and will be heartily recommending it to friends and family. I've not gotten even to the full extent of learning this program--I'm excited about applying Flash to future video projects--and yet I don't feel like I'm missing anything.
This is an ideal mid-level video software meant for people who want to step up in their production but don't want to, or need to, invest in the higher level programs. It's very user friendly, very processor/memory friendly, while offering a wonderful progression of capability for any level user--whether the absolute beginner or the master wanting to do something quick and without bother.
Love this and look forward to a lot more video work in coming months and years. Corel has made it actually fun. And that is a huge thing for those of us who don't particularly love sitting in front of the computer all the time. ...more info
- making Moviemagic
Filmmaking and video editing are not strengths of mine or applications I plan to spend a great deal of time with in the future, but I would not consider myself a neophyte either. I have authored DVDs with other software programs, created titles, added subtitle tracks to movies, combined sources from multiple input media. I have tried Roxio Creator 10, Windows Movie Maker and a range of freeware applications. My objective in this case was to capture, contrast and compare a specific group of scenes from three versions of the same film and burn the files to DVD with menuing and commentary. I tried to duplicate the same procedures in each of the software packages, starting with WMM and concluding with ULead. My impressions were ULead was not any more difficult to comprehend than the others but it did offer more flexibility and enhanced features that resulted in what I consider to be a superior end product. I cannot discount that `practice' with the other packages may have rendered this software more intuitive however, I found the GUI as easy, or easier to understand and follow than WMM or Roxio, and I elected to use video editing in lieu of the wizard feature.
While I only gave it a cursory overview, I happen to be a stickler in some areas like documentation so the inclusion of what I consider to be a thorough user manual - albeit in miniscule type size- rather than requiring the user to log on to a website and download huge PDF files is a big plus in my opinion. On the other side of the ledger however, I could not register the product as I received a pop-up error message informing me I had attempted to register a `legacy version' that is no longer supported.
I did have some installation issues, not with the process itself but rather with outcomes. Installation procedure automatically hijacks default status for copying/playing DVDs, all image display, and contributes to performance degradation by installing at least three start-up applications InterVideoDVD (and this is WinDVD8 while 9 is the current standard), CorelPhotoshop monitor and calls Quicktime, if it is already on your hard drive. It is not an uncommon practice among software creators, what is uncommon here is I do not recall seeing an option during the install to maintain my current default programs. This application seems precariously close to bloatware in my view. I have 4GB of memory, or 3Gb or relevant memory with Vista but when this application is open I cannot run any other background activities that require higher resource allocation like Outlook. One major sidenote, any program that starts off with the advisory you may want to double cache size is by definition a resource hog. While the system requirements indicate this software will work in a 512mb environment, I think anything under 1Gb is just asking for frustration.
- A smooth-running all-in-one best buy!
Wow! This software is easy to use, doesn't stall or freeze like many Adobe products which shall remain nameless (Premiere) and simply does what it is supposed to do almost effortlessly.
It does tend to run a bit slow, but if you are an amateur and don't have to maintain a rapid workflow, it should be just about perfect.
At the price it is more than a best buy--and it is fun to use....more info