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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Corel Releases VideoStudio Pro X5

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Talk" @ 05:00 PM

"Today Corel announced the release of Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5, the most comprehensive version of the company's award-winning video editing software. VideoStudio Pro X5 breaks new ground with the introduction of screen recording and HTML5 authoring capabilities, multi-core acceleration, and advanced video compositing while still maintaining the key elements that users have come to know and love. With outstanding speed, a robust collection of creative tools, and its user-friendly approach, Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 continues to break down the barriers to video editing, opening the door to truly inspired and diverse productions."

Wow, this is a significant upgrade. If you are into PC-based video editing then you should check out the latest edition of Corel VideoStudio Pro X5. For about $79.95 (US), this software offers some very nice features, including HTML5 authoring capabilities. As VideoStudio Pro X5 outputs HTML5 videos in both WebM and MPEG-4 (H.264), videos can be displayed in any compatible browser. The software also has screen recording tools with which users can create screencasts complete with animations, effects, music, titles and voice-overs. VideoStudio Pro X5 also has new multimedia track handing, supporting up to 21 video or graphic tracks, two title or subtitle tracks, and four audio tracks. Among the other new capabilities are advanced multi-core acceleration, the ability to import multi-layer graphics, and Canon DSLR support for stop-motion animations. The Corel site has the full details of all the features and enhancements.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Corel's Re-introduces Bibble as AfterShot Pro

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

"The crew in Ottawa is now taking square aim at Aperture, Lightroom and other similarly situated products with its new product called AfterShot Pro. Available for Linux, Macintosh and Windows, the software retails for $99 and promises to deliver a complete workflow for RAW files, including file management, batch processing and non-destructive editing capabilities."

Remember Bibble? One of the earliest after-market RAW software, Bibble has been around for a long time, and was bought by Corel a year or so back. Now the software is back as Corel AfterShot Pro. Since I have not used Bibble, I am not sure what the differences are present, but long time Bibble users can check it out. Like Bibble, Corel has maintained a Linux version, so those of you on Linux will be happy for an alternative to Lightroom.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Corel Releases VideoStudio Pro X4 Software

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 02:00 PM

"Corel today introduces Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X4, the new version of its powerful video editing software that lets anyone create and share professional-quality videos. With outstanding speed and easy ways to bring great-looking movies to the screen, VideoStudio Pro X4 combines power and simplicity to break down the barriers to video editing."

Corel has released a new version of their popular VideoStudio Pro software. So what's new? Here's the list, straight from the Corel press release:

  • New! Stop Motion animation: Have fun making movies that bring inanimate objects to life. Capture images from webcams, camcorders and DSLR cameras and use the automated tools and settings to simplify the stop-motion animation process.

  • New! Speed/Time-lapse: Easily create time-lapse effects from a series of photos or video clips and give your movies the professional look of speeding up time. With the ability to handle full-resolution files and very large-size image sets, this is a perfect tool for HD-DSLR photographers.

  • New! Processor optimization: Offering exceptional power and speed, VideoStudio Pro X4 is optimized for the new 2nd generation Intel® Core™ and AMD Fusion processors.

  • Enhanced! Integrated HD authoring and burning: Ideal for upgrade customers, it's easier than ever to author HD movies to DVD and Blu-ray™ Disc with tightly integrated disc creation tools.

  • New! 3D export: Convert 2D video clips into 3D files with presets for 3D output on DVD, Blu-ray™, and AVCHD discs, as well as WMV 3D formats for mobile. Box versions also include a pair of 3D glasses.

  • New! Customizable Workspace: Set up your workspace the way you want – including across dual monitors.

  • Enhanced! Web sharing: With presets for YouTube™, Vimeo®, Facebook® and Flickr® in both HD and SD formats, it's easy to upload directly to your site of choice.

  • New! Import/Export Movie Templates: Make your own templates and effects that you can upload and share with other VideoStudio Pro X4 users.

  • Enhanced! Corel Guide: Get the tools you need to make great movies with free in-product training videos delivered through the Corel Guide. Click on the Corel Guide inside VideoStudio Pro X4 to access an array of useful information, Help, product updates and add-ons, downloadable media packs, and more.

  • Enhanced! Smart Package: Automatically gather your entire project – video, photo, and audio files – into one folder you can take with you while choosing a custom compression method and secure with password encryption, powered by newly integrated WinZip® technology.

Looks like a solid list of new features - I'm definitely interested in taking it for a spin! You can grab a free demo version to see for yourself.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Enter the Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate Giveaway

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 07:00 PM

Hey everyone - just a quick reminder that our give-away of three copies of PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate closes tomorrow. Right now there's only a handful of entries, so your odds of winning are quite high. The contest closes tomorrow, so enter now!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Win a Copy of Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Events" @ 08:00 AM

Last month, Corel released the newest version of their flagship photo editing suite: PaintShop Pro Pro X3 Ultimate. This $99 USD suite has a lot to offer, and new in this version is an enhanced photo organizer, enhanced raw support, easier batch processing, improved multi-core and multi-threading support for faster performance, new and improved tools (Smart Carver, Vibrancy, Object Extractor, On-Image Text Editing), HD video slideshows - and bonus tools like Corel Painter Photo Essentials 4 and Kai's Power Tools Filters. Anyone else remember Kai's Power Tools? I have some seriously fond memories of that software...

The kind people at Corel have offered me three copies of this $99 USD software bundle to give away - if you win, you'll get a digital download version of the software. So how can you win? Post a reply telling me what you're using now for photo editing, and how Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 Ultimate would be better than what you have now - tell me which feature(s) you're looking forward to using. Check out the list of features and well me what catches your eye. That's it!

I'll randomly select three posts on October the 13th at noon (GMT -7), so make sure to have your post finished before then. One post per person, and the contest is open to anyone in the world. Have fun!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Feel Creative? Enter Corel's "Quest for the Best" Contest

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 04:30 PM

"Corel's Quest for the Best Creativity Challenge is looking to discover and showcase some of the extraordinary and inspiring work made in Corel software every day. Whether you're someone who makes a living from your creations or you create art for the love of it, you're invited to enter your best work created using Corel software! If you simply want to enjoy what others have created, just visit the site and vote on your favorites for a chance to win."

Corel is celebrating their 25th anniversary with a contest that features prizes ranging from an "Ultimate Design Studio" to ten HP 210 Mini Netbooks. Follow the link for complete contest details and entry rules, but here are several important points to bear in mind: 1) You must use one of Corel's products for your creation; 2) the contest is open in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany; and 3) the Final Date for submissions is August 31, 2010. And if you do not already use one of Corel's applications, the contest site includes a link for Free Trials that may be used for the contest. If you create an entry, be sure to post a reply here so the Thoughts Media community can view - and possibly vote for - your submission!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Corel Paint it! touch Released

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:25 PM

"Corel Paint it! touch puts creativity right in your hands. Perfect for parents, kids and anyone who wants to have fun with digital art, this touch screen software brings new meaning to the word fingerpainting. Get in touch with your creative side by drawing or painting right on your touch screen monitor. Turn a photo into a painting with a just few quick finger taps and a lot less mess! You'll enjoy hours of doodling, sketching and enhancing images to make your digital art and photos come alive. Corel Paint it! touch-digital painting with your own special touch."

The only skill I have with my fingers is typing on a keyboard and playing bass guitar, so I'm not the target market for this program, but it's nice to see Corel investing resources in making touch-focused applications. Touch on a computer is a classic chicken-and-egg problem; the hardware guys won't invest in making touch everywhere until there's software to use it, and the software is slow in coming because there's not enough hardware out there. Corel has moved the bar forward a little with this new app - looks like fun!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Corel VideoStudio Pro X3: Perhaps the Video Editor You've Been Waiting For?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:05 PM

"Corel Corporation today announced a dramatically enhanced version of its powerful consumer video editing software, Corel VideoStudio Pro X3. Offering great value at a new price of $99.99, Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 combines video editing, media authoring, real-time effects and DVD and Blu-ray burning, enabling video enthusiasts to create professional-looking productions in a simplified and streamlined environment that offers maximum performance. With industry-leading speed and lowest-in-category rendering times, Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 now performs many common tasks more than twice as fast as the previous version with optimization for new, high-powered chipsets including the Intel® CoreTM i7. The software also offers multi-core and GPU parallel processing with support for new technology including NVIDIA CUDA to offer impressive performance and an improved end-to-end production workflow."

Jan Piros from Corel gave me a demo of Corel VideoStudio Pro X3 yesterday, and I have to admit, I was quite impressed. VideoStudio has always been a capable product, but the enhancements I saw in X3 made me want to take it for a spin to see if it could replace my angst-ridden experience with Adobe Premiere Elements 8. Here are my notes from the demo I was given. Read more...

Corel Releases PaintShop Photo Pro X3

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:44 PM

"Corel Corporation today announced Corel® PaintShop Photo(TM) Pro X3, the latest version of its renowned photo editing program, that brings advanced photo management, editing and creative tools together to deliver everything the photo enthusiast needs in one package. Combining professional quality tools for organization and photo editing along with burning, sharing, and for the first time, high definition (HD) video capabilities, Corel PaintShop Photo Pro X3 has been developed to meet the evolving workflow needs of today's digital photographer."

PaintShop Photo Pro X3 - probably still better known as it's original name PaintShop Pro - is the latest version of this program, and X3 adds some interesting features into the mix. I had a chance to speak with Craig Copley from Corel and get a demo of the software recently and jotted down some impressions about what I thought was noteworthy. Corel built a new organizer to enhance workflow - various preview modes are available, which reminded a bit of ACDSee. ExpressLab is a quick editor that allows you to make basic fixes quickly and easily, whereas RAW Lab is their raw editing tool - it looks a bit crude compared to Adobe Camera Raw, but seems to have most of the basic functions. In the organizer you can pick up settings on images - so if you have a group of images and you adjust one of them, you can apply the changes to the other images. Adobe Lightroom has a similar feature, and it's a huge time saver. Copies of the original image are kept so you can restore it if you really muck things up. Read more...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Corel's WinDVD Pro 2010 Reviewed

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

Here's the scenario: I have a computer in my office connected to a Dell 26" LCD TV, and I use it as my master media computer, including handling the task of recording standard-def TV shows. I often watch movies on it while I work on editing photos or videos. It doesn't have a Blu-ray player on it, but since I still have the dv2 on loan from HP I decided to connect the USB-based Blu-ray drive. It worked like a charm, but even with Windows 7 installed, I can't play Blu-ray discs without added software. I asked the nice folks at Corel to let me take WinDVD Pro 2010 for a spin. I tested this software on a machine with 4 GB of RAM, an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU at 2.4 Ghz, and an Nvidia 7950GT video card.

WinDVD Pro 2010 sells for a hefty $99 USD; it seems anything related to Blu-ray is expensive, from discs to players to software. It's likely in no small part to the royalties and codec licensing required to play that juicy 1080p video, but when entire computers cost $299, $99 seems a bit steep for software to play movies.

After downloading the 110 MB installer, I ran it and was surprised to see it had to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package and Microsoft DirectX 2008 package. Really? A C++ package from 2005? On a Windows 7 computer? The EULA was a bit different than normal - the first paragraph was in bold text and it stated that the install was good for one copy on one computer only. That's not something I normally see, but given the expensive Blu-ray licensing fee involved, I can see why they do this. Next it asks for a region selection, and after the install is complete, it offers to be the default player not only for Blu-ray discs, but also for AVCHD and M2T/MTS files - and audio CDs as well. I said yes to the former, no the latter, and was then prompted to install the QuickTime player. It seems every MPEG4-based product out there leans on Quicktime in some way, which is frustrating if you don't want Quicktime installed on your computer. Read more...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Corel Releases Digital Studio 2010

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:38 AM

"It's your story to tell, so make it unforgettable with Corel Digital Studio 2010. Taking a revolutionary approach to photo editing and movie making software, this new multimedia software gives you all the applications you need in one box. And they all work together. Organize all your digital media in one place, effortlessly edit photos, burn music and turn your video clips into movies in just minutes. Got the latest technologies? Digital Studio also supports HD video and Windows® 7. The best part is sharing your memories with the people you care about-on popular websites like FacebookTM, Flickr and YouTubeTM, on professional-quality CDs, DVDs or high-definition AVCHDs, and on your favorite mobile device, including iPod®, iPhone® and PSP®."

I look at a lot of software used for editing digital photos and videos, and much of it is either too complex to recommend to friends and family, or it's too limited to be of any use to me. Corel walked me through a demo of this software last week, and I have to admit, I was impressed - based on what I saw I can see my family using this, and some of the functions are so quick and easy I can see myself using it as well. The suite is actually four different applications: Corel PaintShop Photo Express 2010, Corel VideoStudio Express 2010, Corel WinDVD 2010, and Corel DVD Factory 2010. This page has all the details, but suffice it to say that it's a very full-featured package - you can edit and organize photos, edit videos (including AVCHD), and create photo books, calendars, and more. It's been certified compatible with Windows 7, and can be purchased for $99 USD/$99 CAD. There's a free trial, so check it out. A few screen shots of the software are after the break, and watch for a review coming next week. Read more...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Announcing Corel WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray

Posted by Tim Williamson in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:00 AM

"The DVD playback picture just got much clearer with the introduction of WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray. Video lovers can stop worrying about formats thanks to the newest release of the world's number one DVD and video playback software. With the inclusion of All2HD -- the most advanced upscaling technology available -- standard-definition videos and DVDs play back at near-HD quality. For users who desire the ultimate experience, WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray can play back HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc movies with the latest features and tools including BonusView (picture-in-picture), Advanced Navigation and HD audio from Dolby and DTS, as well as support for AVCHD and H.264 formats. Either way, WinDVD 9 Plus Blu-ray provides a superior video playback experience."

WinDVD has added the ability to playback Blu-ray and HD DVD video on your PC (as long as you have the required hardware/software components). Conveniently, Corel offers a useful downloadable tool that examines your system and will tell you if any components aren't up to par for Blu-ray/HD DVD playback. WinDVD also includes a proprietary technology called "All2HD" which claims to upscale standard and DVD video to near HD quality (I'll have to see it to believe it!). I just have a plain old DVD drive in my PC, but how many of you have a Blu-ray/HD DVD player in your PC?

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