New tricks in its bag include animation overlays, controlling DSLRs for stop motion animation, free-form motion editing, layer swapping, motion tracking, support for 2K and 4K video, and variable speed. One cool new feature for subtitling is a form of audio beat detection that allows you to sync subtitles to speech more easily. There's even a whiteboard capture for animation overlays. Creatively, the VideoStudio X6 is very well-rounded. The VideoStudio X6 interface isn't revolutionary, but because it doesn't overload you, it's easier to use than those it might resemble. Most video editors have dark, paneled interfaces that rightfully focus your attention on the video. It helps tremendously that Corel hasn't sized the icons for microscopes and has used them sparingly. VideoStudio X6 also has a nice simple storyboard view that makes adding and arranging items a more intuitive process. You then use the timeline to tweak location and lengths, and add audio, multi-tracking, subtitles, and the like.
Great selection of video creation tools Clean and simple interface Support for 4K Ultra HD Cons A bit slower rendering than some rivals Not a full bit app No search for effects or media Doing fun things with the videos you shoot: Isn't that what it's all about? Corel has a tradition of delivering video editing software that's easy-to-use yet powerful, including all the latest fun effects and techniques.
But do all these goodies make VideoStudio the editor for you? Read on to find out. Installation Like any powerful video editor, VideoStudio takes a bit of disk space: The installer program was a 1. I tested on a 3. The installation took longer than most programs at a solid 20 minutes. On first run, a dialog tells you that you have to sign into a Corel Community account to use Corel Guide, the splash screen offering tips and tutorials that appears whenever you start the app.
New features As I noted, VideoStudio is a pioneer in offering innovative tools that let you create cool new video effects, and the X6 version only builds on these. Before digging into the program's interface and features, let's take a look at what's new: Motion tracking. If you've seen high-profile sporting events that show players with on-screen identifying labels that follow them, or even just seen any show that's had to cover up some moving body part or license plate, you've seen motion tracking effects like those VideoStudio X6 now makes possible.
You don't need to dig into menus: Just click the Track Motion icon on the toolbar, and move the tracker pointer to the object you want to track. The program then creates a path to which you can apply an overlay that follows your moving object.
There are two tracker types — point and area — the latter gave me better results for following a face. Once you have a motion track in place, you can fine tune it manually, name it, and save it. So how do you use the track?
The easiest way is to apply a mosaic overlay by clicking a button right in the Motion Tracking dialog; this is good for those body parts or license plates. For more sophisticated overlays, look to the Match Motion tool. This lets you add not only text or objects that will follow your motion track, but even another video clip! A simple right click choice from the text or object gets you there, and lets you position it relative to the track.
What impresses me is that Corel didn't just toss in a rudimentary motion tracking tool in this first introduction of the feature, but rather a sophisticated one with deep customisation. You can even have multiple motion tracks with different overlays following them.
Variable speed with key frames. With a clip selected and the Options panel showing, a new choice is Variable Speed. This displays a two panel window in which you mark key frames to indicate where you want speedups or slowdowns.
But note that these speed changes remove the clip's audio. There's no simple freeze-frame effect, though, but you can have a clip but not a selected part of a clip play in reverse. Even more stop-motion. VideoStudio was the first major consumer video editor to offer a built-in stop-motion tool, and with X6 this gets even better.
The really nifty thing added is the ability to actually control a DSLR from within the software, for hands-off-camera stop-motion shooting. In my testing I found it was actually a little difficult to get the desired results with autofocus using this remote control, but manual focus is also available.
These unmatched tools let you create really high quality stop-motion movies. Sure, there aren't many video cameras that record at this resolution — the most popular is the GoPro Hero3 Black, the next one up in price is a four grand model from JVC. Performance of both preview and program actions slows down considerably, though, when you're editing 4K footage — not surprising, given the very large file sizes.
You can also output to 4K with this program. Captions with voice detection. VideoStudio X6's new Subtitle Editor can detect where speech occurs in your video, and prompt you to enter subtitle text. You can also manually mark in and out points where the subtitles should appear, or add a time offset for them. The editor shows waveform to help you know where to add the subtitles.
Maybe even cooler is its ability to ingest a subtitle text file and add the subtitles automatically. However, the program doesn't tell you how to create one of these in either UTF or SRT file format , and it doesn't automatically match captions to audio using speech recognition and accept plain text files, the way YouTube's editor does. HTML5 support. Still the only major consumer video software with this capability, VideoStudio X5 actually added HTML5 web code creation for your movies.
X6 lets you add interactive controls to a web page display of your video so that a viewer using an HTML5-capable web browser can click on linkable overlaid graphics and DVD-like chapters. There are five templates for HTML5 projects four of which require downloading , if you don't want to start from scratch.
Once you output to an HTML file, you can tweak the page with your own web editing tools. Interface The interface of VideoStudio is modal — three main modes govern all your actions: Capture, Edit, and Share. I like this interface design because it guides you through the workflow process of adding, editing, and outputting your digital movie.
The modes are accessible from prominent buttons that are always visible at the top of screen. VideoStudio X6's pleasing dark grey interface uses the familiar three pane view with content and effects and video preview sharing the top half of the window, and the timeline taking the whole bottom portion of the screen. VideoStudio Pro X6 lets you move these panels around wherever you want, though, and you can even pull them out to separate windows of their own.
Unlike previous versions of the program, you can now resize its window — previously it only ran in full screen. The editor now lets you add up to 20 overlay video tracks in addition to your main video track, along with two title tracks, a voice track, and three music tracks. Sure, that's less than CyberLink and Adobe's tracks, but I can't really see a consumer video production and even most pro ones needing more.
The timeline can be zoomed in and out using the mouse wheel, which works well. It also displays frame time codes for fine-grain control. You can also switch the timeline to a Storyboard view, which lets you drag transitions between clips but otherwise offers little benefit. Importing and organisation The Capture mode, which you enter by clicking the large Capture button at the top, lets you record from a connected camera, scan a DV source, import from digital media, or a mobile device.
The process of simply trying to get a video on disk into VideoStudio was not quite as simple as with CyberLink PowerDirector. But there's a nifty workaround for this: You can simply drag a clip from a Windows folder directly onto the timeline! See the new features section above for a discussion of the now even cooler Stop Motion importer tool. Getting media into VideoStudio is simple, but once it's there, the app offers no tagging or search capability as you get with Premiere Elements, let alone the latter's face detection or analysis for shakiness and exposure problems.
This can make finding a clip troublesome at times, as can the interface's lack of a search box, whether you're looking at clips or effects. You can, however, sort source content by name, type, or date. And I did like how buttons make it easy to view just video clips, just photos, just music, or any combination of those you like. Instant movie making Corel's Instant Project feature is different to the "magic movie maker" features in most consumer video editors. It's more of a template tool with some prefab effects for you to manually build out with your own content.
You can insert an Instant Project template either before or after whatever's in your timeline, but it's up to you to populate the template with content manually. From the timeline, you can split all tracks at once if you need to insert media or move a section. Audio Another "instant" option is the Auto Music feature. This lets you select from Corel's included canned music, choosing things like mood and variation so that the sound track fits with your movie.
It also fits the length of the track to your clips. Alternatively, you can use your own music files or buy more sound files from Corel directly from within the program. A nifty sound mixer lets you choose any track and adjust its volume relative to the others, and you can split audio out from a video clip to its own track, but I miss the draggable level line offered by other programs.
The voiceover tool makes narrating any section of your movie simple, adding another sound track. Basic video editing As with all modern video editors, in VideoStudio you simply drag and drop a clip from your source tray to add it to the timeline. If you double click on a clip in the source tray, it opens in the Single Clip Trim window.
This provides a handy way to set the start and finish markers of the section of the clip that you want to display, with precision to the individual frame level. For real editing power, I chose the Multi-trim Video tool.
This let me set multiple in and out points, so I didn't have to create a lot of separate clips if I just wanted to remove some dead space in the middle of a clip. It also let me detect ads in TV content. PowerDirector matches this multi-trim capability, but most other editors lack it. Both Corel trim tools offer easy and clear navigation, including a jog wheel, and zoomable selection scrubber — this is way more than you get with Sony Movie Studio Platinum.
Video corrections and effects Corel VideoStudio offers over transitions in 16 groups, ranging from the basic fades and wipes to 3D, peels, pushes, and stretches. Adding them to the timeline is a very simple drag and drop operation, and doesn't require figuring out where you have to position a transition relative to the preceding and following clips, as you do in Sony Movie Studio. Also, if you drag a clip to overlap its neighbour, the default transition will be inserted.
But I miss the trick employed by some editors, which let you drag a dog-eared corner of a clip to create a crossfade — the most used and most tasteful kind of transition. In my test movies, the transitions were smooth and well-rendered.
VideoStudio's text tool is very capable, letting you choose among 34 pre-formatted title and subtitle animations. You can customise these by font, size, duration, rotation, and more, and save your new style as a preset. Some 78 special effects can jazz up your clips with effects such as diffuse glow, mosaic, and water flow.
Among these effects, too, are image correction tools like anti-shake, colour balance, noise reduction, and light enhancement. The anti-shake tool smoothed out small bouts of shakiness, but wasn't as effective as PowerDirector's, and at times even introduced an unwanted swipe effect at the side of the image.