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Entry-level media suite

Those seeking a basic multimedia editing and production suite will find a solid, attractive studio in Corel Digital Studio 2010.

Those seeking a basic multimedia editing and production suite will find a solid, attractive studio in Corel Digital Studio 2010. The four main applications include the photo studio, video studio, DVD-burning app, and WinDVD 2010, Corel's video player. With these apps, you can open media from just about anywhere, edit videos and photos, and fashion a whole lot of photo and video projects, like collages, cards, calendars, and photo books. The video studio has a built-in movie maker that looks good and is approachable for novices looking to get their feet wet. There are a few templates (but a few more wouldn't hurt) for automatically creating videos out of video clips or photos, or both of them together--you'll have an opportunity to tweak transitions and other details later.

When you're done, you can save photos, movies, and other projects, burn them to a disk, e-mail them, copy them to any number of external devices--including your mobile phone--and upload them to Flickr, Facebook, or YouTube. The DVD player has some neat additions, like the ability to capture the screen, bookmark a spot on the timeline, and adjust audio and picture levels while the movie plays.

Since the suite is intended for home users and not for enthusiasts or professionals, the tools are, however, somewhat limited. Those looking to fine-tune video or work more closely with audio, for instance, should seek a more advanced suite. We'd like to see more templates and photo-editing effects, and the software speed could use a little kick in the seat. That said, Corel Digital Studio 2010 has been fashioned with some nice visual touches that make the tools practical and comfortable to work with. One last word to the wise: pay attention to those system requirements. Computers with lesser abilities many not be able to handle video.

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