Corel Studio Videostudio Pro X3 Intermediate Editing Software  Reviewed

VideoStudio Pro X3 makes editing easy-it handles well and is designed to become a one-stop-shop for beginning editors. The idea is to jump right in and start cutting your footage, without any headaches. User friendly operation can be hard to come by when we want to create a professional looking project. However, with plenty of new features and smooth operation Corel hopes to change that.

Looks Easy

The opening screen prompts editors with four user friendly editing applications for enthusiasts. Amongst them, Advanced Edit, Easy Edit, DV-to-DVD Wizard and DVD Factory Pro for burning and authoring DVDs. The main function of the user interface seems to be getting the idea across that editing can be fun and easy while also maintaining the ability to edit video efficiently. Corel believes the key is in making the editing process basic, which in turn helps user complete projects faster. This holds true throughout the work flow of each application provided, which makes the interface design feel like a breeze for newcomers. The screen centers around the timeline, which rests at the bottom of the frame with a monitor in the top left. The effects sit directly above the timeline with the filter selection built around thumbnails that show you what the specific effect will do. Which is a great feature, especially while editing on the go.

Corel’s tagline, Edit Like a Pro, is a tad bit misleading unfortunately. The Advanced Edit application is easy, but shouldn’t be compared to the likes of advanced industry standard programs. The layout is quite user friendly, which makes editing a breeze especially when it comes to the user’s first experience with the program. The timeline makes the process simple with its detailed inscriptions for each video track. This allows editors to navigate where titles, voice-overs and additional video clips should go and simplifies the overall editing process, saving lots of time in post-production. However when it comes to customization, the options seem a bit stalled. This does present a problem if there is a need for multiple video tracks layered on top of one another, or more multiple pieces of audio within a timeline.

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Export Away

Capturing and exporting is as easy as can be. With a nice layout and design for each potential scenario users might run into, Corel really hit one out of the ball park here. Exporting to online sharing sites, video sharing and even mobile phones is a breeze. VideoStudio Pro X3 allows for full Blu-ray burning capabilities as well as VCD and SCVD. It even provides options for burning in HDV and AVCHD. The best part about the exporting features, are that they follow the same UI layout as the Advanced Edit design which makes burning a very simple and effective process. VideoStudio Pro now includes DVD Factory Pro and DVD MovieFactory 7 as well. This makes life easy when it comes to integrated DVD and Blu-ray authoring and burning. Again, everything is very user friendly here. DVD menus and layouts are provided by stock and template website Revostock, which means less time spent figuring out how the authoring process works, and more time devoted to creativity and DVD design for family, business and presentations.

That’s a Wrap

After all is said and done, VideoStudio Pro X3 does its job and is definitely on par with programs like Adobe Elements and other entry level editing programs. It never crashed, it handles AVCHD files like a champ and was very easy and simple to pick up. You can purchase VideoStudio Pro X3 alone or bundled with Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3, which we found worked just as well and integrated with VideoStudio nicely. Overall, VideoStudio is an excellent choice for newbies who may not be able to decide on which editing software program would suit them best and are looking for the easiest solution out there. And it’s a solution that will take the least amount of editing time due to its user friendly nature and design.

Burning DVDs, editing photos, making slide shows, cutting together videos and creating memories are all now possible with ease and VideoStudio Pro X3 makes it easy and fun.


Tech Specs

Trial Version Available: Yes

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP with latest service packs installed (32-bit or 64-bit editions)

Minimum CPU: Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz, AMD Dual-Core 2.0 GHz or higher recommended

Minimum RAM: 1 GB RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)

Minimum Hard Drive Space: 3 GB

Capture Formats

Video: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVCHD, MPEG-4, H.264, BDMV, DV, HDV, DivX, QuickTime, RealVideo, Windows Media Format, MOD (JVC MOD File Format), M2TS, M2T, TOD, 3GPP, 3GPP2

Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, MP3, MPA, WAV, QuickTime, Windows Media

Audio Images: BMP, CLP, CUR, EPS, FAX, FPX, GIF, ICO, IFF, IMG, J2K, JP2, JPC, JPG, PCD, PCT, PCX, PIC, PNG, PSD, PSPImage, PXR, RAS, RAW, SCT, SHG, TGA, TIF, UFO, UFP, WMF

User Interface: Yes

Realtime Software Previews: Yes

Optimized for Dual Processor/HyperThreading: Yes

Encoding Formats

Video: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVCHD, MPEG-4, H.264, BDMV, HDV, QuickTime, RealVideo, Windows Media
Format, 3GPP, 3GPP2, FLV

Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, MPA, WAV, QuickTime,
Windows Media Audio, Ogg Vorbis

Images: BMP, JPG

Batch Render: Yes

DVD Authoring Software Included: Yes

Blu-ray Authoring Software Included: Yes

Strengths

  • User Friendly
  • Exporting for Social Networking Sites and Video Sharing Sites very quick
  • Nice and easy to use filters and effects

Weaknesses

  • Layering videos can be troublesome

Summary

Great editing program for beginners that should meet most of their needs. VideoStudio Pro X3 is a easy-to-learn alternative to other programs out there that may be a bit intimidating.

Corel Corporation

1600 Carling Avenue

Ottawa, Ontario

K1Z 8R7

Canada

www.corel.com

$100

Tom Skowronski has more than a decade of experience in the television industry as a producer, writer, director, and editor with an extensive background in documentary film and video instruction.

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