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Walkthrough: Corel VideoStudio Pro X3  (4/2010)

    by Douglas Dixon

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3


Summary

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3, released in early 2010 for $99, is intended as a complete video editing program, to import, edit, burn and share standard or HD video.

However, since even consumer video editing tools like VideoStudio have added a wide range of features and options for more experienced enthusiasts, Corel has actually split the product into four separate applications, for easy vs. more advanced editing, and for video and DVD:

  • VideoStudio Express 2010 - Easy Video Editing and Sharing
  • VideoStudio Pro X3 - Advanced Video Editing
  • DVD Factory Pro 2010 - Easy Disc Authoring and Burning
  • DVD MovieFactory 7 SE - Advanced Disc Authoring and Burning

(Yes, the product names are somewhat inconsistent, with two DVD "Factory" products, and using "Pro" for the entry-level DVD tool. In addition, DVD MovieFactory was a late addition to the product after it shipped, so it's a separate download, and not as well integrated with the other tools.)

The product also includes SmartSound Quicktracks for creating customizable, royalty-free audio tracks.

Key Features

The key features of the new VideoStudio Pro include new templates and filters, broader support for high-definition file and disc formats, and faster editing and rendering with support for multi-core processors and graphics acceleration.

  • Create
    • Video editing, media authoring, real-time effects, DVD and Blu-ray burning
    • Express movie making in minutes in new Express Edit mode, fine-tune with advanced editing tools
    • Start with new professionally designed templates and content
    • Creative workflow with real-time previews, new studio-quality effects, polished titles, smooth transitions
    • Faster editing and rendering with new GPU acceleration and multi-core Intel CPU support
  • Share
    • Blu-ray disc authoring & burning with Hollywood-style DVD menus, DVD, AVCHD
      • New HD authoring to DVD discs, new advanced Blu-ray menus
    • Share online enhanced - on YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo; download to iPod, PSP, more
General Design

The entry-level tools included in the product, VideoStudio Express and DVD Factory Pro, share a common design built around a Media Organizer hub. You can import, view, and organize clips directly in the Organizer, and assemble a list of clips to be edited further.


             Media Organizer in VideoStudio Express 2010

But somewhat confusingly, much of the Media Organizer interface is not designed for actually doing the kind of video editing or disc authoring project that you might expect from the name of the application -- Instead VideoStudio Express and DVD Factory Pro are two-in-one tools that allow you to directly edit and share individual clips within the Organizer, or to move to separate interface to actually step though an editing or authoring process.

For individual clips, you can import, edit, and share clips directly in the Media Organizer, including trimming and enhancing the video in a built-in Express Edit mode. Then share individual clips by exporting in a variety of video file formats, sending as an E-mail attachment, or uploading to online sharing sites including YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Flickr.

And for full projects, you can use the Create tab in the Media Organizer to launch into a sub-process for editing a movie or authoring a disc. This changes the interface to step through choosing your project format, assembling media, video or menu editing, and then outputting or burning the final project.

In comparison, VideoStudio Pro has a more traditional video editing interface built around operations on a timeline. And DVD MovieFactory uses a three-step process to assemble your media, edit and preview the menu design and navigation, and then burn the resulting disc

The three newer tools (but not DVD MovieFactory) also the Corel Guide component instead of a Help menu for access to updated information and content for the applications. You can access the online Help and other tips and tricks, download new styles and content for your projects, and find the latest updates.

Interestingly, you can only run one of these applications at a time. They still retain a consumer look with bright colors and fun icons (albeit on a dark background), and default to running full-screen (and VideoStudio Pro only runs full-screen).

Free Trial Downloads

Corel offers free trial versions of its products as downloads from its website. These are full versions, so you can fully explore the software, to get a feel for how it works, and benchmark how it runs on your particular system and with your specific kinds of video clips.

More information:
Corel Products and Pricing
  • Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 - $99.99, $79.99 upgrade 
    • HD video editing with DVD and Blu-ray authoring
    • Includes VideoStudio Express 2010 and Corel DVD Factory Pro
    • Plus Corel DVD MovieFactory 7 SE
  • Corel VideoStudio Express 2010 - $49.99 / $39.99
    • Easy movie making and video sharing
  • Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 - $99.99, $79.99 upgrade
    • Photo editing software for Photo Enthusiasts
  • Corel Photo & Video Pro X3 Bundle - $149.99
    • Enthusiast Photo and Video Software
    • Complete photo- and video-editing package
    • Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 + Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3
  • WinDVD Pro 2010 - $99.99 / $59.99, Upgrade $49.99
    • Video and DVD playback
    • The world’s #1 video and DVD player software
  • Corel Digital Studio 2010 - $99.99 / $59.99
    • Organize. Edit. Create. Burn. Share.
    • Photo editing, video editing, DVD burning and DVD playback in one simple multimedia suite
    • Includes PaintShop Photo Express 2010, VideoStudio Express 2010, WinDVD 2010, DVD Factory 2010

Find Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 on Amazon.com
Find Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 on Amazon.com
Find Corel Photo & Video Pro X3 Bundle on Amazon.com

Find Corel VideoStudio Express 2010 on Amazon.com
Find Corel WinDVD Pro 2010 on Amazon.com
Find Corel Digital Studio 2010 on Amazon.com

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What's New

Summary of new and enhanced features in Corel VideoStudio Pro X3.

  • Start with professional content
    • New - RevoStock professionally designed HD templates
    • Enhanced -Studio-quality music, titles, transitions and real-time effects
    • New - Customizable audio tracks with SmartSound and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
    • New - NewBlue Effects Pack, including 3D movement
  • Enhanced interface
    • Enhanced - Redesigned interface for a faster video-editing workflow
    • New - Launcher – quick access to express or advanced editing modes
                  Start express editing, advanced video editing, DV-to-DVD wizard, DVD MovieFactory 2010
    • New - Express Edit mode - Make quick edits, combine video clips, photos, music, voiceover
    • Attribute and media copying
                  Copy modifications between video clips, photos, titles, transitions, effects
                  Copy and paste media in Project Timeline.
  • Enhanced creative tools
    • New - Visual effects for compositing and video animation
                  RotoSketch, AutoSketch - Transform images into animated clips and hand-sketched drawings
    • New - GPU-accelerated high-speed filters with real-time preview
                  Corel FX effects (7 new)
                  3D transitions (on GPU: 3D- Folding Box, 3D-Flying Flip / Box / Cube / Fold / Board)
                  Trim, Multi-trim in real time
    • New - Multi-track overlay effects, multi-layered graphics compositing, titles and images
    • New - Multi-track filters - add effects to each of your tracks
    • Enhanced - Title effects for easy compositing
    • New - Two additional audio tracks
  • Speed up workflow
    • Performs many common tasks more than twice as fast as previous version
    • Enhanced - Optimized for new multi-core processors including Intel Core i7 CPU
    • Enhanced - GPU acceleration / parallel processing including NVIDIA CUDA
    • Enhanced - Smart Proxy editing in lower resolution, faster and smoother HD editing
                  Edit HD content as smoothly as standard def, even on midrange PCs.
    • New - High-Speed Filters - Preview effects in real time
  • End-to-end end HD video editing
    • Enhanced - Import HD from HDV, AVCHD, Blu-ray Disc, JVC HD camcorders
                  Import standard video from DV and analog camcorders, Web, USB and still image cameras
    • New - HD authoring to standard DVD media
    • New - Web-ready files – save HD MPEG-4 files for Web with H.264 compression
    • New - Blu-ray authoring with Hollywood-style menus, titles, transitions and effects
                  Blu-ray Disc with BD-J activation
  • Share everywhere—from Blu-ray to Web
    • Enhanced - Save to more file formats
                  Including AVI, FLV, MP3 encode, AC3 5.1, AVCHD, HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4
    • Enhanced - Online sharing - Now also in HD
                  Upload directly to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Flickr
    • Enhanced - DVD authoring – output to CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc, AVCHD discs
    • New - Burn HD video to standard DVD media to play on a DVD or Blu-ray player
    • Enhanced - Send to more devices, including iPod, iPhone, PSP, MP3 players (USB)
  • Content and Third-party Tools
    • Enhanced - Creative Content - Click Get More button to access new content online
                  Title and movie templates, music and effects, updated regularly
    • RevoStock: High-quality project templates
    • NewBlue FX Filters with key framing
                  Detail Enhancer edges and detail, Active Camera camera jitter
                  PiP Animator customize and animate picture-in-picture window
    • SmartSound Quicktracks - Customizable, royalty-free audio tracks
                  Mood Mapping music generator: Fine-tune individual instruments in music tracks

Requirements / Formats

System requirements, device support, and supported media file formats in Corel VideoStudio Pro X3.

Minimum system requirements

  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, XP, with latest service packs installed (32- or 64-bit editions)
  • Intel Core Duo 1.83 GHz, AMD Dual-Core 2.0 GHz or higher recommended
  • 1 GB of RAM (2 GB or higher recommended)
  • 128 MB VGA VRAM (256 MB or higher recommended)
  • 3 GB of free hard drive space
  • Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 768
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • Windows-compatible DVD-ROM for installation
  • Recordable Blu-ray drive required for creating Blu-ray Discs
  • Internet connection required for online features

Input/Output device support

  • 1394 FireWire cards for use with DV/D8/HDV camcorders
  • Support for OHCI Compliant IEEE-1394
  • USB Video Class (UVC) DV
  • Analog capture cards for analog camcorders (VFW and WDM support for Windows
    • XP and Broadcast Driver Architecture support for Windows 7 and Vista)
  • Analog and digital TV capture device (Broadcast Driver Architecture support)
  • USB capture devices: Web cameras, and disc/memory/hard drive camcorders
  • Windows-compatible Blu-ray, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-RAM or CD-R/RW drive
  • Apple iPhone, iPod Classic with video, iPod Touch, Sony PlayStation Portable, Pocket PC, smartphones

Input format support

  • Video: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVCHD, MPEG-4, H.264, BDMV, DV, HDV, DivX, QuickTime, RealVideo, Windows Media Format, MOD (JVC MOD File Format), M2TS, M2T, TOD, 3GPP, 3GPP2
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, MP3, MPA, WAV, QuickTime, Windows Media Audio
  • Images: BMP, CLP, CUR, EPS, FAX, FPX, GIF, ICO, IFF, IMG, J2K, JP2, JPC, JPG, PCD, PCT, PCX, PIC, PNG, PSD, PSPImage, PXR, RAS, RAW, SCT, SHG, TGA, TIF, UFO, UFP, WMF
  • Disc: DVD, Video CD (VCD), Super Video CD (SVCD)

Output format support

  • Video: AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, AVCHD, MPEG-4, H.264, BDMV, HDV, QuickTime, RealVideo, Windows Media Format, 3GPP, 3GPP2, FLV
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, MPA, WAV, QuickTime, Windows Media Audio, Ogg Vorbis
  • Images: BMP, JPG
  • Disc: DVD (DVD-Video/DVD-VR/AVCHD), Blu-ray Disc (BDMV)
  • Media: CD-R/RW DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R Dual Layer, DVD+R Double Layer, BD-R/RE

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Quick Launcher - Start Project


Installing VideoStudio Pro places only one entry in the start menu, and not separate links for the individual tools. Instead, starting VideoStudio Pro displays the Quick Launcher interface, which explains your options for the different tools.

(One exception -- since DVD MovieFactory was added to the suite after the product was released, it is not listed in the Quick Launcher, and instead can be run directly from the Start menu.)


        VideoStudio - Launcher

Launcher options:
  • Easy Edit: VideoStudio Express 2010 for easy editing and quick assembly
    • Combine video clips, photos, music, and voiceover
  • Advanced Edit: VideoStudio Pro X3 for advanced video editing and movie creation
    •  End-to-end video production in one complete package
    • Advanced editing, professional templates, filters, powerful real-time effects, online sharing
  • DV-to-DVD Wizard:  Transfer digital video from camcorders to DVD
    • Capture video from DV camcorder, add theme template, burn directly to DVD
  • Burn: DVD Factory Pro 2010 to author and burn to SD, HD or BD, or transcode to file or device
  • Check for Widescreen (16:9) video format

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Corel Digital Studio Gadget Launcher -- Corel Digital Studio Applications


The product also includes the Corel Digital Studio Gadget Launcher for quick access to the full suite of Corel Digital Studio applications for photo, video, disc-authoring projects and to play movies and discs:

  • Corel PaintShop Pro
  • Corel VideoStudio
  • Corel DVD Factory
  • Corel WinDVD

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VideoStudio Express 2010 -- Easy Video Editing and Sharing


VideoStudio Express is the "easy editing" option for users who just want to do some quick editing, without the more advanced features for enthusiasts in VideoStudio Pro.

And VideoStudio Express itself is actually two editors in one: You can make quick edits to individual clips in a few steps, or combine multiple video clips, photos, music, and voiceover to quickly create a video project.

To work with individual clips, use the Media Organizer to organize and view your clips. Use the Import tab in the top Action Bar to import additional clips, and double-click on a clip to display the Express Edit mode to edit that individual clip. Then use the Share tab to export individual clips, and the Print tab to print photos and disc labels.

To edit a movie, use the Create tab in the Action Bar to step through the movie creation process, to assemble, customize, and output your project.


VideoStudio Express / Media Organizer

The Media Organizer is the hub for working in VideoStudio Express. You can import, view, and organize your media files, including photos, videos, and music. Also edit, create, print, and share your media files. (The Organizer is also used as part of the Create process, and shared as part of the separate DVD Factory Pro application.)

You can organize / merge folders, apply tags, and organize in albums. Also set clips as the desktop background, or as a screen saver.

View the clips as thumbnails. Click the Quick Show button (play icon) in the main work area or in the Media Tray to play the clip thumbnails in place.

Double-click a clip in the Media Organizer to display the Express Edit window and edit individual clips.

Then drag clips into the bottom Media Tray to assemble the clips that you would like to edit.

Media Organizer Interface


             VideoStudio Express 2010 Interface - Media Organizer

  • Navigation pane (left)
    • Library - Videos, Folders; My Stuff - Albums, Projects
    • Filter by All Media, Photos, Videos, or Music
    • Display flat folder view of files
  • Action Bar (top)
    • Tasks - Import, Create, Print, Share (top bar)
    • Search box - Tags, caption, file name
  • Main Work Area - Clips with thumbnails
    • Zoom slider
    • View buttons (Names, Dates, Rating)
  • Media Tray (bottom - can be closed)
    • Collect media files from one or more folders
    • Edit files, create album or folder, start project

VideoStudio Express / Import - Video clips and images

Use the Import tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to import additional clips into the Media Organizer.

Double-click a clip in the Media Organizer to display the Express Edit window and edit individual clips.

Then drag into the Media Tray to assemble the clips that you would like to edit.

Import options

Import options:
  • My Computer - local hard drive
  • Video Disc - DVD and Blu-ray discs, including DVD-Video, BDMV, BD-J, BDAV, AVCHD
  • cameras / media storage - Camera/Memory Card, Mobile Phone
  • local video input - Webcam, TV Tuner/Capture Card
  • camcorders - Camcorder - Tape, Camcorder - Memory / Disc
  • Other Devices - portable storage devices, such as USB memory sticks or media players

VideoStudio Express / Express Edit: Double-click video clip

To edit individual clips (videos or photos), just double-click a clip in the Media Organizer to display the Express Edit window.

You can trim frames, add captions, and enhance and clean up the video. The modified video clip is than saved within the Media Organizer (*.vsx).

Express Edit Interface


             VideoStudio Express 2010 Interface - Express Edit

  1. Work area - Preview Window and associated controls.
  2. Preview Window / Viewer - Playback controls on right
  3. Timeline - Movie frames with scrubber (below)
  4. Media Tray - Photos and videos selected for project
Tools:
  • Preview and play
  • Rate (stars)
  • Rotate Left / Right
  • Tool bar (top) - Trim, Split, Snapshot, Rotate, Revert, Delete
  • Add Caption (top)
More Tools (side panel):
  • White Balance - presets
  • Brightness
  • Reduce Noise
  • Reduce Shake
  • Add Tag
  • Details
Photo editing:
  • Zoom and Pan, Rotate, Straighten, Crop, Red-Eye, Color and Brightness

VideoStudio Express / Share - Individual Clips

Use the Share tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to export individual clips while viewing files in the Media Organizer. (The Create process for actually editing a movie has its own separate Output step with similar options.)

Share options

Share options:
  • File - Export as video file
  • E-mail - Send as attachment
  • Upload online - YouTube, Facebook, Flickr

VideoStudio Express / Print - Photos, Disc Labels

Use the Print tab in the Action bar of the Media Organizer to print individual photos or disc labels.

Print options

Print options:
  • Photos - Print photos and snapshots from video clips
  • Disc Label - Create and print disc labels for video, backup, audio discs

Create - Apply style, Modify clips

Use the Create tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to move beyond working with individual clips and actually create, edit, and share a full movie project.

Create options

Create Movie moves you step by step though the movie creation sub-process by clicking on the tabs on the bottom right of the screen: First choose the project style and output format, then select the clips to use in the movie (back to the Media Organizer if you have not already selected your clips), and then output the result.

Create Movie steps:
  1. Create Movie - Chose movie style and output format
  2. Select photos and videos - (Media Organizer): Drag (more) clips to the media tray
  3. Go to movie - Main Movie editing window: Apply transitions, Customize styles, titles, soundtrack, voice-over
  4. Output - (Output Movie): Export as file, burn disc, transfer to portable player, upload to online site

Create / Create Movie Step

Begin creating your movie project. Chose the video style and output format.

Click Select photos and videos to move on to the Media Organizer.


             VideoStudio Express Interface - Create Movie options

Create options:
  • Project name
  • Output format - Standard (4:3), Widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio
  • Project Type - Standard Definition, High Definition resolution
  • Select Style - Preset theme for movie - Fun, Simple, Slideshow (download more)

Create / Select Photos and Videos Step

VideoStudio Express then steps you back to the Media Organizer to import clips and drag the elements for your movie into the Media Tray, if you have not yet organized all the clips for your movie.

Click Go to movie to move on to the main Movie editing window.


Create / Edit Movie Step

Edit and customize your movie. Use the tabs at bottom to arrange clips, apply styles, and add text titles, audio soundtracks, and voice-overs.

Click Add more media to step back to the Organizer for additional clips.

When done, choose Output to export and share


             VideoStudio Express Interface - Create Movie - Edit step

Edit tabs:
  • Media - Arrange clips, re-order
  • Styles - Re-apply styles
  • Titles - Add titles/captions
  • Soundtrack - Add audio files
  • Voice-over - Record from microphone
Settings (right side):
  • Transitions
  • Photo Duration
  • Sound Mix (video / audio)
  • Output Format (4:3, widescreen)
  • Adjust Duration (show to music or vice versa)

Create / Output Movie Step

Output the final movie project: export video file, burn disk, transfer to portable device, post online, or send to Corel VideoStudio Pro for more advanced editing.


             VideoStudio Express Interface - Create Movie - Output step

Output options:
  • File - Share movie as a video file
  • Disc - Burn video disc of the movie
  • Device - Transfer movie to mobile devices including iPod, PSP, mobile phones
  • Facebook - Upload photos and videos to Facebook
  • Flickr - Share photos and videos to Flickr
  • YouTube - Upload movie directly to YouTube
  • Vimeo - Upload movie directly to Vimeo
  • Advanced Edit - Launches Corel VideoStudio Pro application

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VideoStudio Pro X3 - Advanced Video Editing


VideoStudio Pro is designed for more advanced video editing and movie creation beyond VideoStudio Express. It provides end-to-end video production in one complete package, including advanced editing, professional templates, filters, powerful real-time effects, and online sharing.


VideoStudio Pro Interface

The VideoStudio Pro interface is built around a traditional storyboard / timeline editing interface, with associated editing tools and options. It open full-screen and cannot be resized.

The Step Panel at the top center steps through the three editing steps: Capture, Edit, and Share.


             VideoStudio Pro X3 Interface

  1. Step Panel (top center) - Capture, Edit, Share steps
  2. Menu Bar - File, Edit, Tools, Settings menus
  3. Preview Window (left) - Play current project or clip
  4. Navigation Panel (below Preview Window) - Playback and trimming controls
  5. Toolbar (above Timeline) - Storyboard and Timeline View, quick settings
  6. Project Timeline (bottom) - Displays all the clips, titles, effects used in project
  7. Library (left top) - Stores and organizes all media clips - Video, Photo, Library Organizer
  8. Library Panel (left of Library) - Filters library by media type - Media, Transition, Title, Graphic, Filter, Audio
  9. Options Panel (left middle, slide up) - Controls to customize the selected clip

VideoStudio Pro / Capture Step - Import Clips

Click back to the Capture step when needed during editing to capture or import video, photo, and audio clips.

Capture options:
  • Capture Video - Capture video footage and photos from camcorder
  • DV Quick Scan - scan DV tape and select scenes; Split by scene
  • Import from Digital Media - Add media clips from disc, hard drive, camcorders
    • DVD-Video/DVD-VR, AVCHD, BDMV discs
    • Import video directly AVCHD, BD, DVD camcorders
  • Import from Mobile Device - Add photos or video from mobile devices

VideoStudio Pro / Edit Step - Edit on Timeline

Use the main Edit step to arrange, edit, trim, and add effects on the Timeline.


       VideoStudio Pro - Editing with Timeline

Features:
  • Smart Proxy - Smoother editing of HD video using lower resolution working copies
  • Make Movie Templates Manager - Creating custom movie templates
  • Options - Color correction, keying, filters, grid lines
  • File > Smart Package - Save project with clips for backup or transfer
Views
  • Storyboard View - Arrange thumbnails
  • Timeline View - Tracks for video, overlay, title, voice, music
Library tabs:
  • Media - Assemble videos, photos, audio clips to use in project
  • Transition - Apply transitions between visual elements
  • Title Tab - Create, animate, apply effects to titles
  • Graphic Tab - Add backgrounds, including solid colors, images, Flash animations
  • Filter Tab - Apply effect filters
  • Audio Tab - Add audio clips
Toolbar - Frequently used features:
  • Storyboard / Timeline View
  • Record/Capture - Import clips from camcorder, PCs mobile device; take snapshot of a frame; record voiceover
  • Batch Convert - Converts a collection of videos to common file / format
  • Painting Creator - Record painting, writing, drawing strokes as animated overlay effect
  • Sound Mixer - Access audio setting controls
  • Instant Project - Create movie based on a project template

VideoStudio Pro / Share Step - Export Movie

Finally, use the Export step to save and share the finished movie to files, tape, disc, or online.

Share
  • Create Video File - Exports video file of project with specified project settings
  • Create Sound File - Save audio segment of project as sound file
  • Create Disc - Starts Corel DVD Factory Pro 2010 to output project as AVCHD, DVD, BDMV
  • Upload to YouTube - Share videos online on YouTube
  • Upload to Vimeo - Share videos online on Vimeo
  • Project Playback - Displays project against black background, output to videotape
  • DV Recording - Record video file onto DV tape using DV camcorder
  • HDV Recording - Record selected video file onto DV tape using HDV camcorder
  • Export to Mobile Device - Export to external devices including iPhone, iPod, Sony PSP, Pocket PC, smartphone, Nokia mobile phones, Windows Mobile, SD cards

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DV-to-DVD Wizard - Direct Transfer from Camcorder to DVD


Use the DV-to-DVD Wizard to quickly transfer video from a DV camcorder to a DVD. You can capture video from DV camcorder, customize with a theme template, and then burn directly to DVD.

Transfer options:
  • Burn whole tape or Scene detection
  • Scan DV tape - Scan for scenes - from Beginning, Current position
  • Mark scenes in storyboard
  • Save DV Quick Scan Digest as HTML
  • Apply style template, burn to DVD - Title, dates

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DVD Factory Pro 2010 - Easy Disc Authoring and Burning


DVD Factory Pro is the simple DVD and Blu-ray authoring tool included in the VideoStudio product, similar to VideoStudio Express for video editing. In addition, since the product includes the more advanced VideoStudio Pro for more experienced users, Corel has updated the product to also include DVD MovieFactory for more advanced disc authoring.

Use DVD Factory Pro to author or burn DVD or Blu-ray discs, with standard-definition or high-definition video -- or to convert and export or upload clips. Like VideoStudio Express, DVD Factory Pro is actually two tools in one. You can make quick edits to individual clips and then transcode them to different file formats or upload online, or you can combine multiple clips into a disc project with navigation menus.

To work with individual clips, use the Media Organizer (as in VideoStudio Express) to organize and view your clips. Use the Import tab in the Action Bar to import additional clips, and double-click on a clip to display the Express Edit mode to edit that individual clip. Then use the Share tab to export individual clips, and the Print tab to print photos and disc labels.

You also can use the Copy tab to transfer individual clips to portable devices, or to perform a direct disc to disc copy.

To author a disc project, use the Create tab in the Action Bar to step through the disc creation process, to assemble, customize menus, and burn your project.


DVD Factory / Media Organizer

As in VideoStudio Express, the Media Organizer is the hub for working in DVD Factory Pro. You can import, view, and organize your media files. Also edit, create, print, copy, and share your media files. (The Organizer is also used as part of the Create process.)

Organizer Interface:
  • Action Bar (top): Import, Create, Copy, Print, Share

DVD Factory / Import - Video clips and images

Use the Import tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to import additional clips into the Media Organizer.

Double-click a clip in the Media Organizer to display the Express Edit window and edit individual clips.

Then drag into the Media Tray to assemble the clips that you would like to include on the disc.

Import options

Import options:
  • My Computer - local hard drive
  • Video Disc - DVD and Blu-ray discs
  • cameras / media storage - Camera/Memory Card, Mobile Phone
  • local video input - Webcam, TV Tuner/Capture Card
  • camcorders - Camcorder - Tape, Camcorder - Memory / Disc
  • Audio Disc - [not in VideoStudio Express]
  • Other Devices - portable storage devices, such as USB memory sticks or media players

DVD Factory / Print - Photos and Disc Labels

Use the Print tab in the Action bar of the Media Organizer to print individual photos or disc labels.

Print options

Print options:
  • Photos - Print photos and snapshots from video clips
  • Disc Label - Create and print disc labels for video, backup, audio discs

DVD Factory / Copy - To Portable Device, Disc to Disc

Use the Copy tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to copy video and audio files from the Media Organizer to a portable player or external data storage device, or to duplicate an existing disc directly for backup or sharing. To allow playback on DVD players, the copy can transcode DVD-VR as DVD-Video.

Copy options

Copy options:
  • Portable Devices - Copy To Apple iPod/iPhone, To Sony PSP, To Mobile Phone
    • To MP3 Player, To Data Storage Device
  • Disc to Disc - Duplicate disc

DVD Factory / Share - Individual Clips

Use the Share tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to export individual clips while viewing files in the Media Organizer. Upload online, send as e-mail attachment, or save as a video file.

Share options

Share options:
  • File - Export as video file
  • E-mail - Send as attachment
  • Upload online - YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Flickr

DVD Factory / Create - Video, Audio, Backup Discs

Use the Create tab in the Action Bar of the Media Organizer to actually create a Video, Backup, or Audio disc.

Create options

Create options:
  • Video Disc - DVD or Blu-ray
  • Backup Disc - Data files
  • Audio Disc - Audio CDs or MP3 Discs

Create / Backup Disc - Data files

Use the Create > Backup Disc option to burn files to data discs.

Switch the view from the Media Organizer to the File Explorer to see all file types.


     Create: Backup Disc

Backup disc formats:
  • CD-R, CD-RW
  • DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD- RAM
  • BD-R, BD-RE

Create / Audio Disc - Audio CDs or MP3 Discs

Use the Create > Audio Disc option to burn music files to audio discs, in standard Audio CD or MP3 disc formats.

Audio CD - Standard Compact Disc-Digital Audio (CD-DA) format:
  • Import variety of audio file types
  • Burn to CD-R or CD-RW, up to 99 tracks or songs
MP3 Disc - Play on computer, CD player that supports MP3 playback:
  • Large number of compressed files
  • Import only MP3 files
  • Burn to CD-R, CD-RW
  • DVD - DVD+R, DVD+R DL, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW
  • Blu-ray - BD-R, BD-RE

Create / Video Disc - with Menu

FInally, use the Create > Video Disc option to actually author and burn DVD and Blu-ray video discs.

This moves you step by step though the disc creation sub-process by clicking on the tabs on the bottom right of the screen: First choose the disc type and format, then edit the menu, and finally burn your disc. (Unlike VIdeoStudio Express, there's no intermediate step to select the clips to use on the disc back in the Media Organizer).

Create Video Disc steps:

  • Create Video Disc - Select disc type and format
  • Go to menu editing - Edit menu style and design
  • Burn - Burn the final disc

Create Video Disc Step

Begin creating your video disc by selecting the disc type (DVD, Blu-ray) and format for that type.

Select Go to menu editing to edit the menu style and design.


    DVD Factory Pro: Create Video Disc

Create options:
  • DVD - DVD-Video, AVCHD
  • Blu-ray - BDMV, BD-J, BD-J Calendar

Menu Edit Step

Edit and customize your disc menu design. Use the Preview button to preview the playback of your disc, including the look and menu interaction.

Click Add more media to step back to the Organizer for additional clips.

When done, select Burn to burn the final disc.


    DVD Factory Pro: Edit Menu

View options (top right)
  • Normal View - Edit project menus
  • Title Sorter - Organize clips on disc
Tool buttons (top center)
  • Create Chapter - Manually set chapter points
  • Auto add chapter by scene or fixed interval - Scene changes, Minute intervals
  • Add Text - Text box, font type, size, color, style, orientation
  • Save menu as style in My Favorites
  • Preview / full screen

Tabs (bottom)

  • Titles - Titles before menu
  • Play each / all titles, return to menu / continuous loop
  • Soundtrack - Add background music to disc menu
  • Styles - Menu template
  • Menu Transition - Entrance and exit effects, Animate objects
  • Decorations - Images
  • Background - Menu
Settings (slide-out, right side)
  • Drive, Format
  • Create video folders, Normalize audio
  • Screen format - Widescreen, standard
  • TV format - NTSC, PAL
  • Video quality - Best, Better, Good, Customize
  • Video format - MPEG2, Video data rate
  • Audio format - Dolby Digital Audio, LPCM
  • Audio bit rate
  • Two-pass encode, Smart proxy, Uniform all files

Burn Video Disc Step

Burn your authored project to disc, using your DVD or Blu-ray writer hardware.

DVD Factory does not provide the option to write a disc image to hard disk to check out your project before having to burn it to a physical disc.

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DVD MovieFactory 7 SE - Advanced Burning and Disc Authoring


Corel DVD MovieFactory 7 SE was a late addition to the Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 product, and so is downloaded separately and not as tightly integrated with the other applications.

It offers a three-step authoring interface: Add Media, Menu & Preview, and Output.

Compared to the simpler DVD Factory, the Add Media Step in DVD MovieFactory has options to import from existing discs, create slideshows, join and separate and multi-trim video clips, and edit subtitles.

The Menu & Preview step has options for editing main and chapter menus, menu backgrounds, layout, transitions, text, and graphics.

The Output step has options for burning multiple copies to disc, and for writing the DVD/Blu-ray folders to hard disk and creating a disc image. (Unfortunately, it appears that licensing issues prevent DVD player software like WinDVD from playing Blu-ray folders from hard disk, so you can experiment instead by burning to re-recordable BD-RE discs.)

However, DVD Factory actually offers more sophisticated BD-J menus for Blu-ray discs than the SE version of DVD MovieFactory, with pop-up menus appearing over live video, instead of stopping video playback and jumping to a separate menu screen as with DVD.

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Corel Applications


Enthusiast / Advanced Editing

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 -
HD video editing
with DVD and Blu-ray authoring

Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 -
Photo editing software
for photo enthusiasts

Corel Photo & Video Pro X3 Bundle - Enthusiast Photo and Video Software

Consumer Editing and Media

Corel VideoStudio Express 2010 -
Easy movie making and video sharing

WinDVD Pro 2010 -
Video and DVD playback

Corel Digital Studio 2010 -
Photo editing, video editing,
DVD burning and DVD playback

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