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.
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.
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.