With the big brands like Adobe, Apple and Avid in the video editor marketplace, you wouldn’t think there’d be much breathing room for the small guys. And that is true to an extent when you’re talking about the editors that the pros use. However, there is still a huge need for those that don't require all the bells and whistles offered by the big guys. On top of that, many don’t have the need to invest in the more expensive options.
For all of you out there that need a video editor but don’t want to pay a monthly subscription or buy one for hundreds of dollars, consider VideoStudio Ultimate X10. Coming in at 100 dollars, Corel packs in tons of value for a small price tag. And if you’d like a more affordable option, VideoStudio Pro X10 has a few less options and is only 80 dollars.
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is not a revolutionary editor. It’s not packed with innovative new features and everything it offers, you’ve seen for a long time. Sure it supports 360 video, but only if you want to make a cropped version — more on that later. VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is a simple yet capable video editor. The application is based off of four tabs: the Welcome tab, where you can view a tutorial, choose a project template or create a new one; the Capture tab, where you can capture or import the footage you shot; the Edit tab, where it’s likely you’ll spend 90 percent of your time, is where you’ll find effects and controls, the timeline and preview window; and lastly there is the Share tab. In the Share tab, you can export or share your final product directly to the web.
The highlights of X10 are that it can edit HD and 4K, has over 2,000 filters and effects.
The highlights of X10 are that it can edit HD and 4K, has over 2,000 filters and effects. It can convert 360 video into a standard video, offers time remapping and if you need help, there are a plethora of video tutorials and resources accessed directly within program. As we went over the marketing materials that Corel offers, two capabilities of VideoStudio gave us a chuckle. Not because of what they do, but that they were highlighted. Those two functions are the ability to group clips and that you can control track transparency. We are happy they offer both grouping and transparency, but we would hope those types of functions would be a given. But, that’s where our expectations for an editor need to be in check. Let’s face it, this is a fully capable video editing program for just 100 dollars.
If you want the program to run right, you got to run it on a machine that can power it. So, let’s go over the system requirements. You will need the internet to install and register the program. You will also need it to receive updates. VideoStudo Ultimate X10 is for PC only, and you must be running Windows 10, 8, or 7 with a 64-bit OS being highly recommended. If you are using an Intel chip, make sure your CPU is an Core i3, i5 or i7. If you are using an AMD chip, use minimum of an A4 3.0Hz or higher. Some functions require a different minimum system requirement. However, if you have an Intel i7 or AMD Athlon A10 you will be able to run all functions.
Be sure to have four gigabytes of RAM or higher but eight gigabytes or more is highly recommended. You must have a minimum display resolution of 1,024 by 768. and must also have a Windows-compatible sound card and a minimum of four gigabytes hard drive space for the full install.
There is a long list of new features with VideoStudio Ultimate X10. Let’s start with a tool that is quintessential when needing extra control: Mask Creator. The Mask Creator will allow you to manipulate selected areas of video and apply effects to them. More than a junk mask, you can fine tune with a brush or shape tools. Next is ability to change track transparency within the timeline for custom time control. The support for 360 video is mostly in name only. Sure you can bring in 360 video, but only to crop it so it can be viewed on a TV or like peripheral. Why not allow you to do more? Maybe on the next version…
Corel packed in a lot of third party products in Ultimate 10X. You can create 2D or 3D titles and apply filters to them with NewBlue Titler Pro 1. It includes both NewBlue FX Video Essentials VI and VII that include gradient fill pro, picture-in-picture, quick pixelator, auto pan, color correction tools, turn day into night effect, the ability to create reflections and touch up skin. Furthering the NewBlue offering, Corel gives you FX Motion Effects and FX ColorFast that can shear, spin, zoom, and smear video. It also has rattle the camera and dream/ripple effects.
On top of NewBlue offerings you get a bunch of ProDad stuff as well, like Adorage Volume 9, which has over 300 particle and object effects. proDAD Mercalli SE that will stabilize video and proDAD Handscript Animation that creates animated handscript. proDAD VitaScene LE gives old film, ray and glitter filters and effects. Lastly, you’ll get proDAD RotoPen where you can animate pen effects to any path.
What can I do with it?
For one, you can edit multicam video. Switch between up to six cameras and combine and sync them. You can also expand your production with stop motion animation. Plug the camera in and create stop motion animation with camera controls, auto capture settings and tools. It can track an object and connect it to text, graphics or blurs, and it can key your green screen shots or any other kind of Chroma Key.
X10 can also remove fisheye distortion from a wide angle shot, import video from most cameras or mobile devices and balance audio levels through normalization to one clip or grouped ones. It also gives you automatic audio ducking and live screen capture. Record the screen and capture both camera and mic at the same time.
You also gain access to a royalty-free music library that automatically adjusts to the length the timeline. Then you can upload directly to YouTube and Facebook from within program. Lastly, because some still have a need for DVD authoring, VideoStudio MyDVD templates are included with more than 100 customizable music tracks, menus, submenus and chapters.
Final Thoughts and Recommendation
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is a great value for its cost. It might not be what the pros use, but it still can handle much of what an amature content creator can throw at it. It’s easy to use and offers some features long abandoned by the big brands, but that are still valuable to the beginner, like DVD authoring. Overall, it performed as expected.
- Easy to use
- Can edit HD and 4k
- Lots of included 3rd Party Options
- Can’t edit and export 360 video
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is 100 dollars. Packed with a lot of value, it gets the job done and is easy to use. Overall, its has the core video editing tools beginners and enthusiasts need.
- Home video shooters
- Action sports enthusiasts
- Let's players
- Internet connection required for installation, registration and updates. Registration required for product use.
- Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, 64-bit OS highly recommended
- Intel Core i3 or AMD A4 3.0 GHz or higher
- Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD & Intel Quick Sync Video support
- Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon A10 or higher for UHD, Multi-Camera or 360 video
- 4 GB of RAM or higher, 8+GB highly recommended for UHD, Multi-Camera, or 360° video
- Minimum 256 MB VRAM, 512 MB or higher recommended for hardware decoding acceleration
- HEVC (H.265) support requires Windows 10 and supporting PC hardware or graphics card
- Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 768
- Windows-compatible sound card
- Minimum 4 GB HDD space for full installation
- Digital download option available if DVD-ROM drive not available for installation
Video: AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, DVR-MS, DivX*, SWF*, UIS, UISX, M2T, M2TS, TOD, MOD, M4V, WebM, 3GP, WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles, MOV (H.264), MKV, XAVC, HEVC (H.265)
360° Video: Equirectangular format
Audio: AC3, MP3, MPA, MOV, WAV, WMA, MP4, M4A, Aiff, AU, CDA, AMR, AAC, OGG
Image: BMP, CLP, CUR, EPS, FAX, FPX, GIF87a, IFF, IMG, JP2, JPC, JPG, MAC, MPO, PCT, PIC, PNG, PSD, PXR, RAS, SCT, SHG, TGA, TIF/TIFF, UFO, UFP, WMF, PSPImage, Camera RAW, 001, DCS, DCX, ICO, MSP, PBM, PCX, PGM, PPM, SCI, WBM, WBMP
Video: AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, UIS, UISX, M2T, WebM, 3GP, HEVC (H.265), WMV*
Device: Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad/TV, Sony PSP/PS3/PS4, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox compatible formats
Audio: AC3, M4A, OGG, WAV, WMA
Image: BMP, JPG
Chris Monlux loves to edit video. He is also Videomaker’s Multimedia Editor.