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Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 - Corel VideoStudio Pro X2

By James Morris

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Corel VideoStudio Pro X2

Summary

Our Score:

9

However, VideoStudio Pro X2 does have one big new capability. It's called Painting Creator, and is a mini cut-down version of capabilities usually found in high-end compositing apps like Adobe After Effects and discreet Commotion. You get a selection of simple painting tools, including a regular brush and airbrush, crayon, charcoal, marker pen, and even a particle tool. You can draw static images with these tools, but the fun really starts when you press the record button. Then your painting strokes are captured as a macro, which you can play back, edit and augment.

The NewBlue film look effects can create all manner of old movie appearances.

When you have finished your paint animation, the macro is rendered out as a video file which is added to the video media library. You can then drag this to the timeline like any video file. Transparency is added automatically, so you can superimpose the files over still images or moving video. However, you can't directly edit these painting animations once they are rendered. They will need to be redone and re-rendered, although the Painting Creator applet does save each macro you record automatically, so you don't have to begin from scratch.

Painting Creator is quite limited in features. Brushes can only be round or oval, although you can use one of 38 different texture options. You can also choose a single colour or still image as a background, rather than simple transparency. So Painting Creator has lots of potential for video fun - such as animated map annotations. No other video editing app at this price has a tool quite like it.

Although Corel Video Studio Pro X2 is not fast with native AVCHD, its Smart Proxy system lets you work with low-resolution versions of your files more smoothly.

So that's the biggest innovation in VideoStudio Pro X2. The remainder of the additions are far smaller, but still useful nonetheless. You can add animation to your still image slideshows automatically with the Auto Pan & Zoom function. You can either apply this to a single image by right clicking on it, or select a whole series to animate multiple stills at once. The library of overlay graphics has been extended with 15 new Flash animations and 20 new object and frame combinations.

The only new filters of any note come in the shape of a bundle from NewBlue. This consists of five film-look presets, which produce much more professional results than the Old Film filter provided before (which is still available if required). There are numerous customisation options available for each preset, too, further extending the different effects you can create, such as shaky hand-cranked cameras. Or you can tweak the manual parameters.

adoniteINK

December 13, 2008, 11:59 am

I am a fairly advanced Adobe Priemere and After Effects user but regardless of how comprehensive these softwares are,I can never trade UVS's super-friendly interface, ease of use and getting basic functionalities just right. I have been using ulead since 2004 and honestly, this little video editing software is worth every penny because it caters to beginners to advanced users and does it very well.


Great review.





Oh..Merry Xmas & a happy new year to everyone...Escaping the winter "just like swallows".

Lon Bailey

December 13, 2008, 5:15 pm

By the way, it is version 12, in Corel's weird numbering system, X = roman 10. Hence CorelDraw X4 etc...

Alexa08

December 14, 2008, 12:15 am

arse, and I'd just forked out for adobe's software, too!

James Morris

December 14, 2008, 6:52 am

It's a great bit of software, but you won't be disappointed with Premiere Elements 7. They're both really good. VideoStudio is a tad easier to use, but Elements is that little bit more powerful.

Gopikanta

December 15, 2008, 10:39 pm

I recently bought a new Samsung digital camera (NV100 HD)which records video in HD using the h.264 codec. I thought the pro X2 accepted video files of this kind but I keep getting 'unable to open file'... 'file format mismatch'. Disappointed to say the least. Am I missing something?

James Morris

December 18, 2008, 1:57 am

That should work. I've tried H.264 files from other Samsung camcorders with Pro X2 and they were fine. Are these MP4 files?

Gopikanta

December 18, 2008, 6:34 pm

Yes they are .mp4 files. Running a file through gspot reveals...


Codec: avc1 Name: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC


Container:


mp42: MP4 v2 {ISO 14496-14}


- avc1: MP4 Base w/ AVC ext {ISO 14496-12:2005}


10250 kbps Qf: 0.371


1280 x 720


Audio: mp4a: MPEG-4 AAC LC 48000Hz 128 kb/s tot , stereo (2/0)


This is the highest HD setting (for video) that the camera uses. In the camera settings it is set at ... HDMI Size: 1080i Video Out: PAL


I downloaded a trial version of Adobe Premiere Elements 7.0 and it accepted the files. However I'm used to using Videostudio, and would prefer to continue using it if I could figure out how to import these files.


Thanks for your help.

James Morris

December 20, 2008, 1:42 am

I haven't tested the files from digital cameras so much, but have found in the past that the MP4s they produce can be troublesome for editing. If you could find a way to post a short clip for me to download I could try it out. I have all the latest editing apps installed on a test PC, and the last versions on another, so I can see where the file works - it's something I do with every camcorder I review anyway.

HDedit

August 30, 2009, 12:51 am

Having used a lesser and previous video editor from Corel (DVD Moviefactory6) this release essentially takes Moviefactory, adds several bells and whistles (good ones), tries to make it more intuitive (fails at it by removing the usefull stuff and slows down in spots) and then disappoints by stumbling badly at writing HD discs. Support is available, but because of the design they cannot assist. Too bad. I enjoyed using the older Moviefactory.

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