Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6 - Worth The Money

6/12/2013 9:07:35 AM

We find out if the new tools in the latest version of Corel’s video-editing software are worth the money

For the third consecutive year, Corel has hardly touched the design of its latest VideoStudio software. This may please regular users, who prefer to stick with the familiar, but it makes the program look increasingly dated.

Many common tools were hidden away in menus in the previous version and this has only been marginally improved in X6. The timeline toolbar has more icons, and you can easily enable and disable tracks at the click of a button. However, the dark color scheme makes icons appear greyed out, so it's not always clear which ones can be applied to selected clips.

Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6

As in previous versions, VideoStudio X6 is cluttered with distracting sample videos, pictures and effects. You can file them away but we’d rather they were hidden by default, or removed.

One improvement is the range of new tools. You can now control your DSLR camera via VideoStudio X6, to create stop-motion animation, for example, and edit Ultra HD 4X clips.

Also new is Corel’s built-in motion tracking, and the ability to add tags to moving objects. This automatically blurs number plates and faces, so you don’t have to work on them frame by frame.

You can also customize the movement of graphics using Motion Paths. This vastly improves the professional look of VideoStudio’s graphics, and is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint’s easy-to-use Animation editor.

Elsewhere, the brilliant new Subtitle Editor scans videos using voice recognition and highlights sections that need subtitling. You can then import subtitle files, or type them manually, and customize their appearance. We also used this tool to quickly add captions and titles to videos.

The Screen Capture tools added to the previous version have been enhanced in X6, with animated mouse clicks and extra frame rates. This feature doesn’t have the advanced options of dedicated screen-capture programs but it's a worthwhile addition if you’re thinking of creating video tutorials.

Unfortunately, all these tools were let down by the software’s performance. On our PC, there was often a delay of a few seconds before playback started, and the program regularly stopped responding. Rendering an HD WMV file took an agonizing 17 minutes 40 seconds, which is twice as long as other software we’ve tested previously.


VideoStudio X6 has in-built motion-tracking tools that let you add tags to moving objects

Our Verdict

It’s a shame the VideoStudio X6 software performed so slowly on our PC, because it has a wide range of top-notch editing tools that produce great-quality videos. It isn’t the easiest video editor to use, nor is it the cheapest, but you get a lot of tools for your money, which makes it good value.

The Pro and Ultimate versions have the same built-in tools, but Ultimate also comes with new colour correction and animation bonus packs, for an extra $32. Turn to page 31 to win a copy of VideoStudio Ultimate X6. Discuss this review at

Videostudio ultimate X6


§  Price: $48

What You Need

§  Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz processor or better

§  Windows XP, Vista, 7 or iOS

§  2GB of memory

§  Advanced motion tracking and subtitle tools

§  Professional-looking and customizable graphics


§  Dated design

§  Tricky to use

§  Sluggish playback and

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