Video editing 02 May 2006 11:50 am

Ulead introduces VideoStudio 10 – worthwhile enhancements

Regular visitors to this site will know that the Nerd not only flies — he edits video (for fun, not money).

I have two video editing programs on my PC at present — both from Taiwanese software house Ulead.

For heavy-duty editing with maximum versatility and control (and complexity), I use MediaStudio Pro 8 (MSP). As I’ve said before, I reckon that MSP is the best value prosumer video editing software available. It doesn’t have ALL the capability of (say) Premiere Pro, but it is significantly cheaper. And if you’re not editing for broadcast, MSP probably does just about everything you could possibly need. It’s available for download from Ulead for around $A550 (new purchase). Upgrades from earlier versions of MSP or VideoStudio cost less. By comparison, IF you can find it in local shops, the RRP is around $A650. (Buy MSP from Ulead here).

For quick editing, yet with a surprising amount of flexibility, I use and recommend VideoStudio (which has just been updated to Release 10).

There are now two versions of VideoStudio:
* VideoStudio 10 (VS10)
* VideoStudio 10 PLUS (VS10P).

The base version (VS10) is a good tool, but this product really gets wings and starts to fly with with PLUS version (VS10P). New features in VS10P include:
* support for new high definition camcorders (able to edit and output HD content)
* multiple overlay tracks (this is a BIG enhancement, allowing a high degree of editing flexibility — multiple overlay tracks have, until now, been the preserve of high-end products with high-end price tags!)
* fully steerable Dolby 5.1 support (you can very easily define where you want a sound to come from in the suroound sound field)
* anti-shake filter (allows you to minimise shake in your hand-held videos — but do yourself a favour and buy a tripod!)
* full (enhanced) DVD authoring (the ability to save your videos onto a DVD with menus, just like a bought one — and with DVD burners available for under $A60, why wouldn’t you?)
* MPEG 4 support (allows you to save videos for iPods, PSPs, etc.)
* enhanced slideshow creation tools (turn your digital pictures into advanced DVD slide shows with customised pan and zoom).

To be honest, I’m stunned by the level of functionality Ulead has built into VS10P. My own use of the product has been limited so far, but I can easily see myself doing an increasingly large proportion of my editing with this tool.

And I’m amazed by the low price! By download from Ulead (access the site here), the ‘new’ (not upgrade) version costs just $A133 (RRP in stores is $A199). If you have an earlier version (there’s a good chance you got an earlier version with your camcorder if it was purchased in the last couple of years — versions 6, 7, 8 and 9 qualify) you can upgrade (by download from Ulead) for just $A80!

As Dan would say: RECOMMENDED.

[Disclosure: the Ulead links in this article and on this site are referrer links. If you use these links to visit Ulead and buy product, I will receive a small commission (you won’t pay any extra).]

6 Responses to “Ulead introduces VideoStudio 10 – worthwhile enhancements”

  1. on 02 May 2006 at 17:26 (Sydney) 1.Zog said …

    Thanks for the review, FN. Thinking seriously about this – I’ve got Ulead 7, so for $80, it sounds too good!

  2. on 03 May 2006 at 12:13 (Sydney) 2.Richard said …

    Feel free to come on over and give it a try first. Or just download the (time-limited) trial version. I think you’ll find that while many thinngs are similar, much has changed since version 7.

  3. on 14 Jun 2006 at 7:45 (Sydney) 3.The Flying Nerd » Blog Archive » Ulead video editing software still cheaper on line (VideoStudio, MediaStudio Pro) said …

    […] Comments on the differences between the two packages can be found here. […]

  4. on 16 Jun 2006 at 2:51 (Sydney) 4.The Flying Nerd » Blog Archive » Gliding at Southern Cross Gliding Club (great short video) said …

    […] (For the tech heads: the camera used was a Sony HDRHC1, and the video was edited with the Ulead’s low-end editing product VideoStudio 10 Plus. I have a few comments about VideoStudio 10 Plus here. […]

  5. on 30 Apr 2007 at 0:41 (Sydney) 5.Dissapointed said …

    This software crashes incessantly. Absolutely dissapointed with it.

  6. on 30 Apr 2007 at 8:25 (Sydney) 6.Richard said …

    Hmmmmmm — well, that’s not my experience. I have run VS10 on WinXP and (now) Vista and find it to be stable.

    Sadly, many factors impact the stability of video editing software. All the tools have small numbers of people who find them to be unreliable or unstable — you can see it on the fourms for Adobe, Ulead, Pinnacle, etc.