Corel Bolsters VideoStudio Pro With HTML 5 Authoring, Screen Recording & More

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Corel on Wednesday rolled out VideoStudio Pro X5, a new edition of its popular consumer PC video editing package aimed at speeding performance while adding HTML 5 authoring, a new built-in screen recording tool, and lots of other new features for video creation and sharing.

VideoStudio Pro is aimed at providing both the simplicity needed by beginners and the advanced features that more experienced users want, said Greg Wood, senior product marketing manager, in an interview with NotebookReview.

Priced at $49.99, VideoStudio Pro X5 costs much less than Adobe Premiere Elements 10, for example, Wood noted. However, unlike Adobe’s product, which is available for both Microsoft Windows and Apple MacOS X, Corel’s offering runs only on Windows (XP and higher).

To improve responsiveness and reduce the time it takes to produce a video, Corel has added new “advanced multi-core acceleration” which takes advantage of the multi-threading capabilities of multi-core processors such as Intel’s x5 and x7 and AMD’s Fusion, according to Wood.

Key enhancements: HTML authoring & screen recorder

Among promiment new features, HTML 5 authoring capability — an industry first — lets users produce clickable points within Web videos that act as links to other content on the Web.

The videos authored in HTML 5 should work in just about any current Web browser, because they are output with both WebM and MPEG4 (H.264) Web objects.

The new screen recording feature, on the other hand, functions somewhat like a screen capture tool, except that users can record not just individual screenshots but all activity on their displays.

In a demo, Jan Piros, senior product manager, showed how you can quickly produce slide shows, presentations, and product demos from within a single program. The screen recordings can include animations, titles, transitions, and creative effects from inside VideoStudio Pro. Comparable screen recording software from other vendors would bring an extra expense. 

Piros pointed out that, for advanced visual effects and animation, X5 works with additional multimedia tools from Corel, including MotionStudio 3D for titles and animations, and PaintShop Pro X4 and CorelDraw for multi-layer graphics.

UI is improved, but not “disruptive”

In terms of the overall user interface (UI), though, X5 is designed to be more evolutionary than revolutionary, Wood suggested. Corel didn’t want to be “too disruptive” to users already familiar with the “1-2-3” workspace UI in the previous X4 edition, he explained. Still, X5 contains a number of enhancements geared to greater ease of use. For example, Corel has now added the ability to adjust the main window in the workspace.

Also with the new release, Corel has opened a new online “trading commmunity” for downloading free and premium movie templates, along with Corel MotionStudio 3D animations. 

X5 also incudes an enhanced Corel Guide with new “Learn” and “To Do” tabs. The Learn tab offers 24-7 access to online Help and to instructional videos from the CorelVideo channel on Vimeo. Do More provides a selection of downloadable tempates, tiles, fonts, editing tools, and creative effects.

In addition, Corel has added a new Instant Project tab to the VideoStudio Pro library, meant to ease the process of finding a template, previewing it, and dragging it into the TimeLine to start using it.    

Also in X5, you can add up to 20 overlay tracks to the main video track in your video project.
 
Videos created in X5 can be output to the Web, specific mobile devices, and DVD and Bu-ray disks, for example. The software now supports import of 3D video in MPO and MVC formats and 50p/60p video from digital cameras which use that format.

For professional-level users, Corel is offering an Ultimate edition of X5 (priced at $99.99, or $79.99 for an upgrade) which includes plug-ins from proDAD, Boris, and NewBlue for high-end titling, special effects, and stabilization.

 

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