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In this pack, you get photo and video editing software. I don't need photo editing software, but I do need video editing, because each month or so I post videos on my blog talking about, of all things, "Doctor Who." I'm entirely self taught (using an earlier version of this software), so something that helps make videos look good and is easy to use is a must.
Fortunately this product is both easy to use and enables me to make decent, professional-looking videos. It's not quite as intuitive as I'd like it to be, and even after using the previous version of the software as long as I have, there's still bits that confused me, but overall I found it very easy to get into and my most recent video looks much better than my former videos.
However. There are some bugs that must be addressed. First, I've often spent quite a lot of time getting everything just so, only to have the software crash. We're not talking about a small crash once every few weeks. No, I had the software crash out completely *five times* during my efforts to edit one five minute video. This was usually when I was trying to add a new element to the editing area or when I hit "play" to see how it all looked. This used to be a problem with the previous version of the software, but then stopped. I imagine there was a patch issued that fixed the problem, and hopefully there will be here, too.
The other major issue is that the gallery won't display thumbnails of my various clips and photos and the like. This is a real serious problem, as it's hard to move something down to the editing lines if I can't see it. I did find a way to "force" it to let me view everything, but it's a real pain and not something I should have to deal with. Again, I'm assuming this will be fixed at some point, but for now it's annoying as all get out.
For those two reasons, I give this software, which I would have given four stars, a mere three. Once those issues are fixed, I'll come back and update the review.
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