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Corel's VideoStudio Pro X4
A lot of people now own cameras with video capabilities. Some are new D-SLR's and some are point & shoot cameras. Most of the new ones are capable of High Definition video that can be played back on large screen TV's or shared on the web. Even Google's You Tube can now play HD videos. Vimeo is a better choice for quality and faster, smoother playback.
Some of the older cameras were only capable of VGA or 640 X 480 video. Still some of these cameras produced good quality video. If your not using the video on your camera, then it's time to give it a try, the results might surprise you.
If you have Windows 7 or own a Mac computer then chances are you have a free video software already in your computer. And there are other options as well, quite a few in fact. Adobe has one called Premiere Elements that can be purchased with Elements for example. Now these all work nicely for basic video work. But if you want a more complex video software with more options, and more free templates, and music then you should really consider VideoStudio Pro.
So what other options would you possibly need? Why spend $100 on software for video work? The simple answer is, more control over the outcome. FX effects, transitions, Text, Titling, slow motion, stop motion, time lapse photography, blending multiple videos, adding free included music, adjusting volume, adding overlays, video in a picture, adding photos to your video, and much, much more.
Having a good fast work flow is also an outstanding feature of VideoStudio. You can create folders and save your projects as a smart package, ready to continue with more changes or updates to your final product. You can work using Smart Proxy. This is a great feature that allows you to work on smaller files (your computer doesn't work as hard or slow down) and then when you're done it'll make all the changes to the original files. When you're done you can easily upload the movie file to You Tube, Vimeo, Facebook or Flickr in a number of different formats and file sizes. You can also create a disc, for computer or TV or just save the files to your computer in any number of formats. Very versatile. So let's look at the program and what it can do! Many of the features shown here are still available in their newer versions.
Text, video in a image, graphics, transitions, and more. What does the final outcome look like? How easy is it to get what you want from the program. Here's a quick and easy answer. Never having any experience with videos before, we made a video with 2 time lapses included, image capture from video, added music, and split the audio to adjust it and in some cases get rid of the audio. We've changed the duration and speed and added a template..
See for your self ----
The settings above are controlled by your video software. The software will allow you to control the size, both dimensions and file size, and will allow you to upload the video to almost any hosting service you want to use, including You Tube, Vimeo and Facebook, the three most popular. Here is a simple video that was made to be viewed only at a smaller size. Full screen viewing will distort the images.
Just to see how easy this software is to work, I gave Larry Schaibley 208 photos for a time lapse video and ask him to put it all together in his VideoStudio Pro X4 and get it back to me ASAP. Within a few hours this is what Larry came up with. Larry is a computer guru but not as versed in imaging or video software as I've become. If your already good at this kind of thing then this will be easy. It was easy for Larry without any prior experience. Larry doesn't even have a video camera, yet. He did an excellent job the video.
Their newest software is now version X7. However there are still many features shown here that pertain to their latest software.
Corel has a large number of video tutorials available for this software.
We use their latest version for making slideshows, videos and educational video captures. This is not something we take lightly, and we do recommend you try their trial software to see for yourself. About the video hosts -- Vimeo is clearly the best for quality, YouTube is the easiest, and Facebook is alright. Each has it good qualities.
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