Friday, November 13, 2009

Review: Corel Video Studio

I bought a copy of Corel VideoStudio for a video that I was doing as followup to a company marketing event that we had done.

I was looking for a quick and easy editing suite that would give me the flexibility for some creativity but that wouldn't bog me down in the details.

I shopped around a bit and read some reviews and decided on the Corel VideoStudio product.

Overall I have been happy with the product. I've found it quiet intuitive and pretty easy to find my way around.

Here are the things I really like about the product:
  • Price - At $70 you can't complain.
  • Audio level editing - very intuitive and flexible
  • Exporting - It has a ton of export functions
There were some things that I really don't like about the product:
  • The library doesn't let you add descriptions for the video clips. This would have been very helpful given the hundreds of clips that I had for this project.
  • The story board doesn't let you leave blank spaces in the main video line. This was a serious problem for me in the project since I needed to customize 50 different copies of the same video. 
  • The transition effects are cheesy.
  • The "Painting Creator" is pretty well useless.
Overall I am happy with the product and I would recommend it for small projects.

------- Update -----
Here's a sample of a vid I did with it:

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