You no longer have to be a professional to make your own movies, especially with the constant improvements in quality and cost of software programs these days. Ulead’s VideoStudio has been a leading contender in the budget video software market for some time now, and with this latest version it promises to be even better for users. VideoStudio allows you to capture, edit, enhance, and share movies on tape, DVD, VideoCD, and even the internet.
With just a quick look, VideoStudio seems quite impressive. It has a host of exciting new tools for working with HD media, as well as a whole slew of pre-set templates, video effects, filters, and video capturing options. This suite is actually three different application bundles in one package that caters to users of all skill levels, including Movie Wizard and DV to DVD Wizard. The main tool, however, is definitely still VideoStudio Editor.
The program offers some nice editing features, like an extended storyboard that allows you to sort and view scenes along a timeline, an extra large scene preview window, customizable title and text templates, audio tracks for both voice narration and music scores, as well as the availability of pre-made instrumental scores that can fit the length of your movie. And even though there are a lot of options for usage, the user-interface does a good job at making all these features easily accessible. But keep in mind that it will still take the new user a little bit to get used to the program.
The one big problem users have experienced with VideoStudio is that the program is a strain on your computer system. Load times are exceedingly slow on occasion, and unless you have an extremely high-powered computer, the clips and audio can jump around and lag on a regular basis. There are also a number of more minor problems as well that Ulead has yet to address, along with not very great customer support.
But despite these flaws, VideoStudio offers enough features that allows you create nice videos, and it’s quite simple to use once you get used to it.