Corel's new VideoStudio X6,
introduces 64-bit and multi-processor support
The recent update for Corel's VideoStudio
Pro naturally includes a few new features, and addresses a couple of issues
reported by its users. Yet, for my money, the biggest step forward has been the
introduction of a 64-bit version, with full multi-core processor support. So
what else is new?
Well, to start with, Corel's added Motion
Tracking which, as its name suggests, allows you to track a moving object while
the movie runs, creating an editable path that follows the action. The idea
being that you can use the resulting track to overlay another video clip,
object, graphic or text, that will automatically keep station with the original
subject. You can also use this feature to create a mosaic pattern over a car
number plate or face for example, just like they do on programs like
Pro X6 Ultimate
If you want to quickly create moving
picture in picture, or titles, you can use the same feature, but rather than
using the tracking option you can create the path manually Another new option
called Match Motion takes this a stage further, by matching the new object
you've created to the on-screen action. Let me explain: if the subject is
moving towards you in the frame, it will naturally appear larger. So using the
Match Motion dialogue you can slowly increase the size of the overlaid object
to match. This is quite a powerful feature with quite sophisticated controls.
For example you can add a border or shadow, change the opacity and size as I've
just mentioned, even ease the motion in or out to make it look more natural.
If you have a DSLR camera, the new Stop
Motion feature allows you to control your camera while it's connected to your
PC or Windows-based Pad. In this mode you have control of all your cameras
features, from the normal aperture and speed, to the various effects that most
cameras include these days.
This allows you to create stop motion or
animations using the Video Studio editor in real time. It's a more fluid method
than capturing the video footage first, and then transferring it to your PC for
can import from just about ant digital source
Without doubt, video tutorials are becoming
the accepted method of teaching people how to use applications, particularly
those that are complex, multi-faceted and difficult to fully describe in a
manual. The addition of a screen capture utility in this package means you can
easily create these yourself. You could also use it for creating offline
webcasts or video presentations.
Another useful and potentially time saving
facility is the import of multi-layer graphics. At the moment this only caters
for PSP (PaintShop Pro) files, but will split the layers within the file into
separate tracks on the timeline. Very useful if you want to create animations,
or stop motion videos where the subject would possibly need to be animated over
the existing background.
Video Studio Pro now has a dedicated
Subtitle editor, capable of automatically detecting speech. It has to be said
that this needs to be clear speech, without any invasive background noise, or
it simply cannot cope. Nevertheless, it will create a list of subtitle
timeframes, so rather than scrubbing through the whole video you can find the
appropriate point where the subtitles should be inserted.
the ultimate version reviewed here includes a Premium Special Effects Pack
that's not included in the standard Pro package.
Finally, the program now supports Ultra HD
images up to 3840 x 2160 resolution. Which caters for users of the latest high
end DSLRs. It also includes a new variable speed feature, that creates slow or
fast motion effects to suit the style and content of your video.
Incidentally, the ultimate version reviewed
here includes a Premium Special Effects Pack that's not included in the
standard Pro package.
Required Spec: Windows XP or newer, Intel Core
Duo 1.83 GHz, AMD Dual-core 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM (4GB recommended), 128 MB VGA
VRAM (1GB recommended)