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Very nice consumer level package

  • May 19, 2008
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I've had a love/hate relationship with Ulead products in the past when they were an independent company. The products were generally good, but usually had quirky interfaces and relatively poor documentation. I used to use their photo editing program, but finally gave up on it. It had lots of nice features - but, overall, the programs had a steeper learning curve than I felt was necessary.

Corel purchased or merged with Ulead. I know that Corel had seen some hard times, but having recently tested their CorelDraw package, I knew their products were still pretty good. So I elected to test the Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus.

What a pleasant surprise. Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus installed on an XP machine without a single hiccup. The user interface is aggressively simple and they even include a pretty decent printed user manual, though the type is small.

The interface can be fairly described as intuitive and even the newest user will soon figure it out, particularly if they consult the online help or manual.

There are storyboard, timeline and audio views. This is not intended to be a heavy duty video editing program. Everything is designed to be as easy as possible and the designers have succeeded in reaching that goal. Chromakey, automatic editing and some other reasonably sophisticated features are available and don't require a knowledge of rocket science.

VideoStudio accepts all the ordinary inputs and AVCHD, one of the first programs to do so. Multiple output formats are available, including to iPod (H.264) and YouTube.

Overall, VideoStudio 11.5 Plus seems to be aimed at the video editor who needs enough power, but not so much that they have to surmount a steep learning curve. I found the program to be very stable under Windows XP. I performance and response were crisp.

On the whole, this program is on a par with Adobe Premiere Elements for a lower price. Not a bad deal at all.

Jerry

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Ulead VideoStudio 11.5 Plus is video editing and DVD authoring software for anyone who wants to easily produce professional-looking videos, slideshows and DVDs. Capture video from the latest HD camcorders and create amazing High-Definition HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Work quickly with timesaving template-based Wizards, or express your creativity with powerful hands-on tools. Fix common video problems with one-click corrective filters, generate Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround audio tracks, and add pro-quality titles and transitions. Share your movies everywhere, from iPod to DVD to YouTube to the latest Home Theater systems. Award-winning VideoStudio sets the standard for powerful features and ease of use.

End-to-End Consumer HD Production

The Most Complete HD Solution Available
The first complete HD solution, no matter what camcorder or playback format users choose, VideoStudio 11.5 Plus lets them capture, edit and output their video.

Practical HD Production Is Here
VideoStudio 11.5 Plus of producing HD video on standard DVD media, which can be played back on PCs or players like the Sony PlayStation 3 and the Microsoft XBOX 360 add-on HD DVD player.

Real-world AVCHD workflow:

  • Capture from AVCHD camcorders
  • Edit in VideoStudio Editor or Movie Wizard
  • Author & burn to standard DVD
  • Play on PC, PS3 or Blu-ray Disc player

Real-world HDV workflow:

  • Capture from JVC HD or HDV camcorders
  • Edit in VideoStudio Editor or Movie Wizard
  • Author & burn to standard DVD
  • Play on PC or HD DVD ...

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