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Corel VideoStudio Pro X3

Packed with features that set it apart from the others in its class By John Virata

It has been more than five years since I looked at any version of VideoStudio. In fact, what was my go to application for a long time was supplanted by the other applications on the market that compete with it. So, I consider it new to me again. What has Corel done to enhance the capabilities of VideoStudio? From a speed perspective, Corel has made all the right additions to the application to take advantage of the latest in both GPU and CPU advances, including support for both NVIDIA CUDA parallel processing technology as well as Intel Core i7 optimization. This is ideal, because the newer video formats, such as AVCHD take a lot of horsepower to edit, and having large resources available only makes the editing process, and especially the HD editing process more enjoyable.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 includes the main VideoStudio application as well as a DVD authoring application in DVD Factory Pro 2010, VideoStudio Express 2010, which is a quick editor without the bells and whistles of the advanced editor, and DV-to DVD Wizard, which is a direct capture to DVD application. These applications can all be accessed via the new Quick Launcher, which opens when you first launch Video Studio Pro X3. This enables you to choose which tool is right for your job. If you just need a quick edit, choose VideoStudio Express.

Startup screen
If you need full featured capabilities, choose Advanced Edit. For the purposes of this review, the focus will be on some of the new features in the advanced editor.  Keep in mind that video editing can be a resource hog, so be prepared to have plenty of disk space for your video files, as well as a fast computer with NVIDIA CUDA graphics to take advantage of the application's acceleration capabilities. Recommended system requirements are a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo or AMD dual core 2GHz CPU or higher, Windows 7, Vista or XP, 1GB RAM (2GB recommended),  128MB VGA VRAM, 3GB free hard disk space (the appllication requires more than 2GB), and a dedicated media drive if possible.


Startup screen

The Interface
VideoStudio Pro X3 offers a three step program that you can follow to complete your projects. Each step performs specific functions in the editing process. Step 1 is Capture, which is where you import your video footage from a capture device such as a video camera. You can also import your media from a mobile device such as a camera phone, or via other means such as removable storage. VideoStudio Pro X3 gives you the choice of editing in Storyboard mode or Timeline mode. While Storyboard mode is a more visual way of editing, the more professional way is Timeline mode, which is the same way that the professional applications are setup.

Timeline mode

Storyboard mode


From within the VideoStudio Library, you can view thumbnails of the videos, music, and still images that you've imported into VideoStudio. You can preview the audio and video files as well

The special features in the editor have been broken out and are now tabs between the preview window and the media library. Here you will find the Media Tab, which is where you'll find all your audio, video, and still image files; The Transition tab is where you can find and preview all the transitions, in categories such as 3D, clock, effects, film, mask, peel, NewBlue FX, and more; Under the Transitions tab is the Titling tool, where you can create titles to add to your projects. The graphic tab follows, where you can add backgrounds such as images, and Flash animations, and then the Effects tab, of which there are many in 12 categories, including 2D mapping, 3D texture mapping, adjust, camera lens, Corel Effects, Darkroom, Focus, Nature Painting, NewBlue Sampler effects, NewBlue Video essentials, special, and title effects.

Batch convert

Import from camera


The audio tab rounds out the tabs. Here you can locate the audio files that ship with VideoStudio Pro X3 as well as import those in your Windows media library. The effects and transitions can be previewed within their own library. For example, select the 2D mapping effects and each effect auto plays in its own thumbnail, showing you its characteristics before you commit them to your project. You can also drop them onto your clip and preview it there, and if you don't want to use it, you can undo it.

Next to the Storyboard/Timeline buttons are another set of tools that include undo, redo, Record/Capture, Batch Convert, a neat tool that enables you to batch convert video files to other formats, Painting Creator, (which enables you to create custom graphics by recording your actions on screen, then saving what you've created as a separate overlay file to add to your project), Sound Mixer, and Instant Project.

Roto Sketch. Double click in box above to play video

 

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