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Corel VideoStudio Pro

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The latest release of Corel Studio focuses on building up its consumer-level video-editing and production suite. Version X6 of VideoStudio is essentially Corel's response to the rise of HD content on affordable consumer gadgets. Corel has diligently kept up with consumers' pace when it comes to supporting such file types.

Using VideoStudio Pro as a primary editing program was a mixed bag; as someone who frequently produces videos on both a casual and professional basis, I had trouble envisioning the audience that Corel is targeting with VideoStudio. But first let's cover the core features.

Editing videos clips in Video Studio takes place in two workspace modes: storyboard and timeline. Here is where personal preference comes into play. On one hand, Corel's workspace layout is tailored to getting users quickly into the video workspace. To edit videos, simply drag and drop your clips into an area at the bottom of the interface. On the other hand, more-conventional editors use a tree-view library structure with folders that allow for better management of large projects. VideoStudio Pro lets you get to work quickly, but it can become a hassle as you work with more media clips.

Corel approaches video editing with a concentration on individual clips and moments, primarily on a single video track. The result is a workflow that forces you to focus on incremental production if you want to create a higher-quality product for longer movies. The workflow should be fine for a homemade movie trailer or 5-minute video sequence, but it is far less than ideal for bigger projects that deal with multiple takes, angles, and sound clips on one track.

Layering is limited to one main video track, with up to 20 "overlay" tracks, one main "voice" track, and up to three additional music tracks. You can easily make picture-in-picture effects by layering videos in the timeline and track. It's also a good way to sync multiple clips together of the same scene. However, I found myself getting the main and overlay tracks confused as more and more clips piled on.

Adding transitions and effects are also as simple as dragging and dropping -- navigate to an effect or overlay on the upper-right panel, then drag your selection onto the clip in your storyboard or timeline. Rendering preview animations from the menu caused noticeable slowdown of my machine, so you don't want to spend too much time with this option running. In my test setup (Core i7 processor, GTX460 GPU, and 8GB RAM), the program seemed to struggle when rendering dSLR footage at 1080p resolution shot with a Canon 600D; however, rendering 1080p footage taken with a Galaxy S3 worked flawlessly. Your mileage will likely vary depending on your specs.

Another major addition to version X6 is the ability to set motion tracking and define paths for overlay objects. Corel's VideoStudio comes packed with a few stock patterns and paths, but I can hardly think of many scenes or casual videos that I'd shoot that would be appropriate for those. Instead, I'd rather focus on the custom path or tracking tool. You can select a person or object in each clip, and VideoStudio will attempt to follow that person in the footage by scanning each frame. The result is an automated path that can also be accompanied by simple text or graphics, like a floating name, identifier, or even a silly face. A more practical application would be sports footage, where a bike racer or speeding downhill skier could be tracked and identified by name.

Though it's not perfect, you can edit and adjust motion paths to smooth jagged points and create more-polished effects. There are many variables that will affect the quality of your results, but overall it's a neat feature if used sparingly and correctly.

Corel has many interesting features to its base unit, with added bonuses and effects in the Ultimate package. Though VideoStudio X6 can certainly handle footage from more-advanced machines, professional users will probably prefer alternative options even if the price tag remains higher, because of the limitations of the workflow within X6. VideoStudio X6 is much better for casual or hobby users using nondedicated gadgets like smartphones and point-and-shoot cameras. At its reasonable price, X6 is close to hitting that attractive sweet spot for the right low-to-mid-end user.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very intuitive, easy to operate"

    September 19, 2013  |   By rrochefort

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    Performs all of the basic operations that I require now, plus a lot more that I may eventually use.

    Cons

    Some screens are very small and hard to read

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good product for the Money, but terrible support."

    August 3, 2013  |   By HoosierforGod

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    Did everything I wanted and more.

    Cons

    I tried their free version and decided I would buy the full version and by another software for pictures. I tried paying using Paypal, something happened and I was unable to finish transaction. Paypal said that they paid Corel. I could not download nor was I sent any email confirmation. This was a Saturday morning, they only have customer support Monday through Thursday. Contacted them on a that Monday following via chat. Long story short three phone calls and a week and a half later, I received a refund and an email with a new link to down load the package. This after me throwing a fit. They then to add fire to the mixture the link was for the product was higher than my original transaction!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Beware. Corel Videostudio support is not good"

    July 14, 2013  |   By jpulickal

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    Easy to use.
    Even beginners can learn quickly.

    Cons

    AV sync is bad

    Summary

    Insert a one minute video on to time line.
    Mute audio every other 10 seconds for an experiment.
    Insert music from the auto music insert.
    Compensate muted audio of the video. Reduce level where original audio is present. Leave music where original audio is muted.
    Preview is excellent. Original audio for 10 seconds, music for 10 seconds and so on.
    Share the timeline to convert to MPEG4.
    Audio sync is no where same as you heard in preview.
    Contacted on-line tech who identified as Chris B.
    Walked him through to demonstrate. He put me on hold for 20 mintues, talked to some one else, and finally took my email ID and promised to get back. Never heard from him.
    Bugs are expected but I wouldn't release a product with broken main feature. Besides, the support sucks.

    My recommendation is to hold on until they fix the bug and ensure timely support.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Avoid: "Twentieth Century" Customer Support"

    May 19, 2013  |   By rwladaeplur

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    An inexpensive and comprehensive video/audio edit system

    Cons

    I began with Video Studio Pro X3

    Jerky, cumbersome interface - difficult to set precise edit points

    Warning Video Studio Pro converts video to a .vsp extension. When my video studio pro software went corrupt I was unable to access the converted video.

    Do not fail to back up your video before using.

    Despite the fact Corel's offering an uninstall tool, VSP failed to uninstall properly. Over the next year I made over a dozen failed attempts to reinstall.

    At last I reached an on line service rep. I explained I wanted to reinstall pro X3 and upgrade. He crisply informed me Pro X3 was out of support and that he must end our conversation.

    After reformatting my C drive I was able to reinstall Pro X3, still planning to upgrade to Pro X 6. However, my activation code had been invalidated and Corel had blocked me from all avenues of contract and left holding the bag.

    Summary

    I am a television producer/reporter experienced with operating high end, but not top of the line edit software. I bought VSP for hobby/experimental work because of it diverse features and low cost.

    I thought the Video Studio interface was OK and had no serious problems with the software, apart from its going corrupt.

    Clearly while other companies like Microsoft learned in the late 90's and early 00's that they would have to shrug off the kind of swaggering arrogance that treats customers like serfs, Corel is still stuck in the Dark Ages and has not re-learned the art of customer support.

    So, while the product was "acceptable" in terms of functionality given the hassles created by its proprietary file extensions and shaky customer support, I'm going to go and find the free editor I installed when Video Studio Pro crashed in the first place. In the meantime I have the 30 day trial version installed and will be converting my .vsp video files back to .wmv

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect for homevideos"

    April 11, 2013  |   By fhansson999

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    - Easy to learn user interface
    - Support for many new formats (including 60/50p AVCHD)
    - Fast rendering
    - Nice pre-sets
    - Stop motion, motion tracking and speed shift
    - Stable

    Cons

    - Large projects can be hard to get an overview of
    - Does not work on older graphics cards (anymore?)

    Summary

    This is the perfect home/action-video editing software for them using the new camera gadgets flooding the market. Action cameras, smartphones and compact digital cameras is what this is aimed for. Up to 1 hour footage is okay but longer projects tend to be hard to overview and clumsy to edit. It is not a "movie maker" like Photoshop Premiere but perfect for 10-30 min clips editing. Motion tracking, stop motion and speed shift is cool new features that will make action videos look very professional. The performance is good and it renders faster than competitors, specially if you have multicore CPU and a modern GPU. Talk about GPU, older cards from 2006 and like can not take advantage of the new features and therefore an upgrade from X5 is pointless on an older computer. For the price this is a very good software, easy to use and full of cool features. It is stable and renders fast. Get it if you are into home editing.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Couldn't open my capture device."

    March 29, 2013  |   By chatins

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    30 days left on trial so I didn't loose money.

    Cons

    Program crashed with error message on installation. Will need a Mac to finish my video project.

    Summary

    Don't waste time on this low quality software.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "You guys have to try this out"

    March 22, 2013  |   By ffleader1

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    Nice program, a lot of features, and it DOES accelerate your GPU (I love it because Sony Vegas cannot accelerate my HD 7770 GPU), nice rendering video quality,...

    Cons

    Honestly, there is not much templates available for this program.

    Summary

    I give this program 5 stars :D

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Can't Beat the Price for what you get!"

    March 12, 2013  |   By terrystephens16

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    Many features. The Program is one of the easiest video editing software's you can ever hope to work with. Not only is it a fairly nice editor, but the fact that you can pick up the full version for $100 can't be beat. By for a version I mean VS 6 Ultimate.

    Cons

    There are a number of things that could have been designed differently. Some features that make for a good editor are missing.

    Summary

    Anybody relatively new to video editing will find this program surprisingly easy to work with compared to the other high-end ones out there. It's by no means the best video editor. But some of the best of video editors are very difficult to learn how to use. As a starter video editor you can't go wrong with this one. It does the majority of the things that the very expensive programs do. And you can purchase the full-featured version for only $100. If you punch in freedomearthmoon 1 on a YouTube search you will find some of my tutorials dealing with Corel VideoStudio. I've only uploaded 2 so far for the new version 6.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "not bad its good for its working"

    March 10, 2013  |   By bhar123456789

    Version: Corel VideoStudio Pro X6

    Pros

    its best in its working...

    http://www.allinonestudentscorner.blogspot.com

    Cons

    not having anything much to say

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