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Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 - Corel VideoStudio Pro X2

By James Morris



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Corel VideoStudio Pro X2


Our Score:


Unlike Premiere Elements 7, Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 feels quite languid with native Full HD AVCHD footage, even on a fast quad-core PC with 4GB of RAM. The software does have a solution to this problem, however, in the form of its Smart Proxy system. This renders a low-resolution working file to take the onus off real-time rendering. We found this to be very effective, allowing the blending of multiple tracks of AVCHD. The only downside is you have to wait a little for each proxy to be made, although this is performed in the background so you can get on with things whilst it happens.

Neptune Mediashare output has been removed, but direct output to YouTube has been added instead.

That about wraps up the new and improved features of VideoStudio Pro X2, as very little has changed at the output stage. The HD-DVD option has disappeared, for obvious reasons. You can also no longer output directly to Neptune Mediashare, but this is no loss now either. It may have been ahead of its time - VideoStudio was the first editing app to offer direct upload to the Web, via Neptune, back in 2004. But this paid-for service has been superseded by the likes of YouTube, and now VideoStudio offers direct upload of properly encoded Flash Video files to this service directly from the editing timeline instead.


VideoStudio has always been a strong contender in budget PC video editing. It's one of the big three, alongside Adobe Premiere Elements 7 and Pinnacle Studio 12. Both offer stiff competition. Pro X2's Painting Creator is a particularly fun addition, and if you're an existing user of VideoStudio this alone could make this version worth the upgrade. However, now that Adobe Premiere Elements 7 supports AVCHD at long last, its superior editing power overall just gives it the edge.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Value 10
  • Usability 9
  • Features 8


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...


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.


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?


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


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.


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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