by Alan Sheckter, Videomaker news editor

In addition to the recently released VideoWave 5, MGI’s new version of its popular video editing software, the company is also demonstrating Cinematic at the COMDEX expo in Las Vegas. Admittedly an entry-level video editing software package, Cinematic’s selling point is its ability to automate the video production process, thus allowing users with limited creative ability or inclination to spice up their movies.


The software is designed to accept video from analog and DV sources, and users, MGI said, have the ability to output movies to computer, back to tape, the Web, Video CDs or DVDs.


Cinematic offers three different editing modes. CineMagic, for the complete novice, automatically creates a fully edited movie from the users’ raw video footage and music of choice.
For those who want a little more hands-on involvement with their productions, Cinematic’s StoryBuilder mode contains step-by-step wizard guides (with templates such as Birthday, Wedding and Christmas) to help facilitate production.


Finally, more advanced users, with a library of transitions and effects, can create their own productions from scratch or tweak the video that the software automatically produced.


Cinematic comes with a $89.99 MSRP; VideoWave 5 is priced at $129.99.

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