Corel VideoStudio Pro X2 review

Editing down your videos doesn't have to be complex, thanks to Corel's simple software

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Our Verdict

For first time buyers, Corel's software is fun and easy to use with some nifty tools


  • Simple interface
  • Good set of features


  • Not enough here to justify an upgrade

VideoStudio initially existed under the Ulead brand, but this is the second release under its new owners, Corel.

The name change isn't all that's changed as there are a number of new features in this latest edition; but for the most part, it consists of updates rather than major changes to the core skills.

The package is made up of a number of different tools with the VideoStudio Editor being the main tool. This latest version has full support for HDV and AVCHD, as well as Blu-ray, so you can create high-definition (HD) movies from start to finish.

Beginner's choice

The interface remains largely unchanged with a heavy emphasis on being easy to use. In comparison to rival software from Pinnacle and Adobe, Corel clearly aims this package at novice users.

HD is incredibly resource-intensive, so video editing is often reserved for high-end machines. However, lower-specified machines can edit video using the Smart Proxy editing tool. This creates a low-
resolution fix of your footage, allowing you to edit and pull together all your clips in a less power-hungry format. Then by applying Smart Proxy the HD footage is dragged in to create the finished film.

Corel has optimised this version for use with quad-core processors, as well as for more mobile specific chips. However, if you're running in HD mode, especially AVCHD, you'll see the system slow to
a crawl, so you'll still need a powerful machine to finalise your movies.

User-friendly software

Output features remain the same, largely due to the previous version having full support for burning to Blu-ray as well as disc. To play your videos back there is also a full version of Corel WinDVD 9 and WinDVD Copy 6 bundled with the package.

Overall, Corel hasn't changed too much in VideoStudio, so those tempted to upgrade may feel a little cheated. However, this is a great set of tools that have an easy-to-use interface that is ideal for the first-time user.