Want a quick entrée into Corel VideoStudio Pro X9? It's easy: Just choose FastFlick or Instant Projects and jump into moviemaking even before learning the ropes. But for those who want to delve deeper into multiple-camera techniques, the $79.99 VideoStudio takes a cue from the pro circuit while making video editing accessible to all.
VideoStudio's new multicamera editing feature (like the one in Pinnacle Studio 19) lets you load clips shot at the same time from different angles and sync them on an independent time line that also supports picture-in-picture.
FastFlick, a slide-show maker that ships with VideoStudio, moves you into the video groove.Audio improvements include boosting the number of tracks to eight (up from four in X8), easier audio normalization and ducking. Enhanced motion-tracking adds moving titles or blur to up to four points in your video.
We tested the program on an HP Spectre x360 laptop running Windows 10 Home. Its 64-bit Intel Core i5 processor with a 5200U CPU runs at 2.2 GHz on an HD Graphics 5500 system with 8GB of RAM. We combined six clips into a 2.5-minute video shot at 60 frames per second and rendered the projects to MPEG 4 at 720p. We timed rendering at both 60 fps and 30 fps. Most operations were speedy in VideoStudio, from creating a project to adjusting the time line and working with transitions.
Rendering was respectable for both 30 fps and 60 fps, with speeds of 2:52:63 and 3:31:24, respectively. Those were on par with both Adobe Premiere Elements, which clocked in at 2:23:69, and CyberLink PowerDirector, which came in at 2:49:24; both at 30 fps. However, with the help of Intel's Quick Sync setting, CyberLink pulled out front for both 30-fps and 60-fps render times, at 1:34:37 and 2:10:85, respectively.
I ran into a nasty bug while testing the multicam editor, which continually crashed the program. Corel is aware of the issue and said it is planning a patch for both VideoStudio and Pinnacle that should be available in the next couple of weeks.
The multicam editor in VideoStudio is easy and should delight users who are shooting scenes from different angles.
Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X9 ($99.99), the more advanced version of the program, is similar but enhanced.
VideoStudio is among the friendliest video editing tools. The drag-and-drop interface and the basic edits in the timeline make the app intuitive.
The multicam editor has six cameras instead of four. Ultimate also offers some special effects packages that are not available in the basic version, and additional import support for the MXF (XAVC) format.
VideoStudio is among the friendliest video tools available. The drag-and-drop interface and basic edits in the time line make the app intuitive. You can trim clips within a visual layout and even trim and split clips based on the scrubber position.
A huge number of animated transitions give your video creative flair.A toolbar right above the time line gives you all the essentials for viewing, previewing, adding effects and backgrounds, and using sound files, including immediately inserting a narration. A right-click on a clip quickly accesses a huge array of options.
Correcting color is quick and intuitive.The app caters to the social media set, comparable to its competitors in supporting YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. It saves movies in the optimal format for those services. You can also render video specifically for viewing on mobile devices and game consoles such as Xbox and PlayStation, something VideoStudio has in common with Sony, CyberLink, and Pinnacle. It now supports HEVC (H.265) import and export for higher compression, better quality and smaller file size, and Intel Quick Sync to accelerate rendering.
Despite its many sophisticated features, Corel VideoStudio X9 is dead-simple to use, an enjoyable experience that rivals the much different though equally easy Adobe Premiere Elements ($99.99). Features like multicam editing and motion tracking are great for people who want to advance and refine their projects. VideoStudio works with Windows 7 or higher, but it doesn't work with Mac.