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  Video Studio 7
Ulead® VideoStudio™ 7 is video-editing software that makes editing your movies as fun as shooting them. Use fast, cutting-edge technology that allows first-time users to easily create professional-looking video. And do it all in real-time! Share your movies with others on tape, DVD, Video CD and the Web.

The system requirements are quite high for this application with your computer requiring a Pentium III 800 or higher along with 128 megs of RAM. I am running the program on a Pentium 4, 2GB Processor with 1 GB of RAM and the program still does take some time to load up for some reason. But I have to tell you that once it is up and running it is well worth it! For the home video enthusiast this is the best video editing package I have come across to date. The program takes you through al of the steps in a logical order to make a professional looking video presentation.

I played around with the video samples that it was packaged with and had some fun, but I really wanted to test the capture capabilities as that is where I have found other programs to really fail. So I pulled out the digital video camcorder and gave it a good test. I was dissapointed that my brand new Digital Video Camera is not supported for the Batch Capture, as I would have really liked to have seen that in action. Nonetheless, I was indeed very impressed with the fact that the capture feature was able to pick up and let me choose from all of the video sources on my computer. You can capture to all of the latest video and audio formats. Myreview will be based mainly on experience using it with a Digital Camcorder as a source, although you may capture from TV, VCR, DVD and all other video and audio sources.

Some of the key capture features include the batch capture as I have mentioned, with scene detection for Digital Video and Auto transitions between captures. The capture featur in this application is very well done and in my opinion even better than many professional editing applications.

Next we move on to the edit feature - or basically the cutting room as they say in show business. This is where you will do all of your cutting, splicing and video touch ups and corrections. Video Studio uses InstaView which is a real time editor and viewer which allows you to see and make changes on the fly in real time without having to wait for the project to render each time. And the best thing about this feature is - it actually works and works great! This is also where you will ad your transitions and other great looking effects. There are over 100 predesigned, yet fully customizable effects to pick from. You can also ad animated titles easier than ever with the new drag and drop styles, which again are fully customizable should you choose to do so.

There is a complete video tutorial as well that takes you through all of the most widly used features. Everything in the edit section is very easy to use and very well placed and marked. Moving the mouse over any of the buttons creates a small pop up bubble explaining what the button is for and as an added bonus the undo allows up to 99 steps so you can create at will and not have to worry about messing up your work.

Once your work is done it is time to share it with friends and family. The final output stage of this program is very impressive. Users may create their very own DVD videos, complete with intors, chapters and interactive menus. Some of the output options are to output to CD, VCR, E-mail or even web site streaming video. The Instant Output feature allows user to record their creation directly back to a digital camcorder with having to render a final project.

Hey, what can I say, I loved this program! It does everything that any home user would ever do and much much more. Most importantly it does it well and it does it easily. What more can you ask for? Full marks to Ulead Software for this awesome video application!

Review ID Number: 308
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Review Date: 2003-05-09
Reviewer: Brad Lawryk
Rating: 10 out of 10
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