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    Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6 Has Amazing Features and High-end Plug-ins

     

    I've been using Corel VideoStudio Pro X4 for sometime now. While I've used other video editing software over the years, I always return to VideoStudio Pro X4 because it's what I'm very comfortable with. It does what I want to accomplish, and I don't have to struggle when I use it.
    Being out of the loop for awhile, I missed that Corel kept upgrading VideoStudio, releasing Pro X5, Pro X6 and VideoStudio Ultimate X6. The new capabilities are quite amazing, but they do require a bit of a learning curve. That's OK, because if software is too easy (like the free-but-awful Windows Movie Maker), then it's not worth using.
    VideoStudio Pro X6 is the standard version, so let's see what it can do. Then we'll touch on the extraordinary capabilities of VideoStudio Ultimate X6.
    There's so much new stuff in Pro X6. You've probably seen moving objects with graphics, such as NASCAR races identifying specific drivers. It's called motion tracking, and now you too can do this, and look like a pro. You can also customize the motion path.
    With a DSLR camera, Pro X6 lets you use the camera to create stop motion animation. It emulates your camera's viewfinder and settings right on the screen. And if you've upgraded to an Ultra HD/4K camcorder [I haven't yet], you can both import and export 4K video in AVC and MGPG-4 formats.
    Pro X6's Subtitle Editor detects speech in your videos automatically. Then it creates a list of subtitle moments to help you do the subtitles.
    The Variable Speed feature is cool. It's especially useful for action videos, and when shooting 50/60p video footage. If you like to do screen-capture video, like tutorials, this has been upgraded. And the program supports all the new AVCDH specs with the newer camcorders.

    Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6 plug-ins

     

    Some super plug-ins are provided by proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue. According to Corel, these are valued at over $500. Boris Graffiti 6 lets you create animated titles with built-in text paths, filters and 3D effects. NewBlue ColorFast offers advances in color correction and grading. NewBlue Video Essentials adds more filters and transitions, and they are easy to apply.
    The new proDAD Handscript Animation lets you do fun on-screen handwriting effects. And you can fix shaky video clips with proDAD Mercalli SE, with improved image correction. I tested Mercalli's video stabilization with footage I shot while walking on a pedestrian suspension bridge in San Diego. The results looked great.
    For more transitions, filters and movie file effects, you get proDAD Vitascene V2 LE. And proDAD Rotopen allows you to add animated pen effects for maps, graphics and photos.
    You can get Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X6 as a download at www.corel.com or boxed versions from select Corel resellers. Besides English, it's available in Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Suggested retail for VideoStudio Ultimate X6 is $99.99 or $79.99 for an upgrade (for those owning X4 or higher). But look on the Corel website for discounted prices.
    Suggested retail pricing for VideoStudio Pro X6 is $79.99 (US and Canada). Users of VideoStudio Pro X4 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing of $59.99.
    If not yet ready to buy, you can download the free, fully-functional trial version of Corel VideoStudio Pro X6, at www.corel.com/videostudio. Also, you can schmooze with VideoStudio users on Facebook (www.facebook.com/corelvideostudio), and get Twitter updates at @videostudio.

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