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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.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ScanCafe Launches Video Transfer Service

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 10:30 AM

"ScanCafe has recently launched service for editing and transferring consumer video tape content onto DVD. This is not an automated process, the company says."

ScanCafe now offers some professional help to digitise and clean up your old videos. I know of at least a few services in my city, but not all will do the corrections, and certainly not at the price of US$15! That is more than half the price of a similar service I used once. More details of ScanCafe's service at the link.

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.

Monday, November 22, 2010

CyberLink Launches PowerDirector 9 – World’s First Native 64-bit Consumer Video Editing Software

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:07 PM

"CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) today released the latest version of its award-winning video editing software, PowerDirector 9. Designed with high usability for consumers and powerful, pro-like features for prosumers, PowerDirector 9 unleashes users' full creative potential with performance-driven technologies including CyberLink's new TrueVelocity Engine. PowerDirector 9 is designed to make the editing process not only easier, but also faster. TrueVelocity editing technologies take advantage of native 64-bit OS support and leading CPU/GPU components to significantly reduce video processing time, while powerful, high quality tools such as the new unified keyframe control and a greatly improved timeline editor allow users to create even the most demanding and complex video productions."

CyberLink's PowerDirector software has always been pretty fast, but with version 9 they upped the ante on optimization; this new version will use every core, every thread, every stream processor on your ATI or Nvidia GPU, and every scrap of RAM to accelerate video encoding. I just downloaded a press copy of the software tonight, and the timing is perfect because my first attempt at using Adobe Premiere Elements 9 to render a video resulted in a crash and a failed render. It truly blows my mind that Adobe is incapable of creating video editing software that doesn't crash at random - yet it's one of the few programs that easy to use and generates high-quality output at the resolutions, codec, and bit rate that I need. I'm hoping that PowerDirector 9 can do what I need!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Nero Goes HD With Two New Products

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:30 AM

"Nero Introduces Ultimate High Definition Solutions for Creative Video Enthusiasts: Nero Multimedia Suite 10 Platinum HD and Nero Video Premium HD. Nero offers complete HD experience with the introduction of Bluray playback, new HD effects, and the ability to seamlessly transfer content between any mobile device at an unbeatable price."

If you have been shooting HD video clips, but they are simply gathering dust on your hard drive due to the lack of a HD burning solution, Nero AG is introducing just the products you need: Nero Multimedia Suite Platinum HD (US $129.99) - an upgrade of their Multimedia Suite 10 - and Nero Video Premium HD (US $69.99), a new product that also adds Blu-ray Disc support to Nero's Vision Xtra software, but lacks the "BackItUp" and "Move It" Plug-ins featured in the suite. Both products are scheduled for release in mid-October, but are currently available for "Presale" directly from Nero. If the Platinum Suite appeals to you, pre-ordering it offers benefits: not only is Nero offering discounted pre-order pricing (US $109.99), but they will provide you with the existing Multimedia Suite 10, as well as MediaHome 4, to keep you busy until the new product arrives. Current owners of Multimedia Suite 10 can upgrade to the Platinum Suite for $29.99 (US).

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Freemake Video Converter

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:30 AM

"With all [the] video converting apps out there, it can get a bit overwhelming. Freemake combines almost everything you need into a clean, simple, one-stop-shop for all your video converting, editing, and burning needs . . . if you don't need a ton of control." reports that Freemake Video Converter (Windows only) provides fewer options than Handbrake, but is easier to use, with a simple drag and drop interface. The "easier to use" part might be enough in itself to qualify Freemake as an attractive download, but it also has a companion application, Freemake Video Downloader, which is designed to help you obtain videos you might later wish to convert - and both products appear to be under active development, with multiple recent updates that add features and / or implement bug fixes. (Note: While working on this post, I found that the Handbrake site was not available one evening. That proved temporary, but it might make Freemake an attractive download as a backup - while at the same time pointing out one of the dangers of relying upon freeware for anything beyond personal use.)

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hauppauge Offers Windows Media Center Some Love

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 09:00 AM

"If you're thinking about going the Media Center DVR route but can't or won't get hooked up with a CableCARD don't forget there's another option available to pull in those premium channels now that the $199 Hauppauge HD PVR is supported as a TV recorder in Windows 7."

For those of you that are not familiar with the Hauppauge HD PVR, it is an external video capture device that interacts with your Cable or Satellite box. The difference between the HD PVR and most other external video capture devices is that it captures in HD (720p, 1080i) where others typically handle SD. This includes channels normally protected by your cable or satellite provider. Support in Windows 7 is great since Windows Media Center is really friendly and easy to use, and being able to record shows in HD will make your life just a little less blurry. While many speculate that the future is in digital distribution, cable or satellite will probably be the video distribution platform of choice for many years to come, so it is nice to see that technology is keeping up so we can enjoy it better!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

MediaEspresso 6 Fits Videos For All Occasions

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:30 PM

"As a universal converter, MediaEspresso converts video, image or music files that you can enjoy on the device or social platform of your choice. Regardless of format support, or conversion processes, MediaEspresso makes your life easier and your viewing experience unique!"

Personally, I would like to have just a single copy of each video I own and be able to watch it across all the many devices I have. While more video players are supporting a wider range of codecs, it just is not practical to have a multi-gigabyte video in 1080p sitting on your SD card to be played back on a tiny phone screen. Video converters, like CyberLink's MediaEspresso, fill that need where it does not make sense to have one video rule them all. What I find handy about MediaEspresso is that it supports both Nvidia's CUDA and ATI's Stream. While CPUs can be blisteringly fast these days, GPUs can handle multimedia transcoding far quicker. I have always tried to stay away from transcoding as it used take more time to transcode a video than it would for BP to cap an oil spill. I have not tested how fast MediaEspresso can transcode a 2 hour movie, but it does sound like if you have a few moments before that weekend trip, you can quickly convert your videos and stash them on your PMP without much hassle.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Edit Your YouTube Videos With YouTube's Own Video Editor

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:30 AM,281...,2365226,00.asp

"YouTube's new video-editing feature comes at good time. Three years ago, there was a healthy choice of budding new online video editing sites, with names like Cuts, Jumpcut, and Eyespot. Today, most have been abandoned. Video editing is too processing intensive to easily serve a mass audience over the Web. It requires a compelling business model with an enormous audience to make the necessary investments over the long term. Google is one of the few players with the user base and the server power to overcome such obstacles. Google's YouTube is therefore an obvious place to offer basic editing capabilities...."

If you have a YouTube account, and want access to a simple video editor, you can give the new YouTube Video Editor a whirl - just bear in mind that it provides only basic functionality, at least for time being. To be fair, this is still an experimental application, and must be accessed via the YouTube TestTube page, where you will also find a number of other YouTube features that "aren't quite fully baked." Although the reviewer, Michael Muchmore, clearly supports the Google / YouTube effort in creating this new video editor, he also states that he thinks a locally installed application is preferable for most editing jobs, even those that are relatively simple. What is your opinion? Does an online video editor make sense? Or, if your prefer an installed application, is one of free options powerful enough for a video hobbyist?

Monday, July 12, 2010

YouTube Now Supports 4K Videos

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 02:00 PM

"We always want videos on YouTube to be available in the highest quality possible, as creators intend. In December of last year, we announced support for 1080p, or full HD. At 4096 x 2304 pixels, 4K is over four times the size of 1080p. To view any video in a source resolution greater than 1080p, select "Original" in the video quality pulldown menu:"

Sure, webcams, cameraphones and mini-camcorders are still struggling with smooth 1080p HD, but why wait for consumer recording technology to catch up when you can come out with support for resolutions that allow you to see the pores on your face? YouTube does seem to be growing up and has mostly shaken off its original feeling of being a provider of low quality, blocky videos. The addition of 4K may not make any difference to the typical uploader, but it shows that they are committed to supporting higher standards, pushing the envelope and providing formats that might be of interest to more commercial or business oriented interests. It seems like it is all part of a push to compete against other video providers from Vimeo to iTunes and NetFlix. Yes, I think that is where this is all going. A competition against all these companies to whom will become to dominant provider for video in the future.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Windows Live Movie Maker: "Wave 4" Beta Released

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

"The Windows Live team recently released the beta version of the Windows Live Essentials. I'm trying to go through and mine out/examine as much as I can on the best parts of the application and show the improvements in the latest version. And as much as some people will hate to hear this, this release of Windows Live Movie Maker [WLMM] is outstanding."

Microsoft has released the Windows Live Essentials "Wave 4" Beta, which includes seven applications, including Sync, Messenger, Photo Gallery, and Movie Maker, but removes support for Windows XP. As indicated by the quotation above, has written a very positive review of the Windows Live Movie Maker beta. The review covers - albeit briefly - some ten program features, which makes it worthwhile reading for anyone considering giving Movie Maker a go. The screen shot above is taken from an earlier release of Movie Maker (the beta adds a tab for "Music Tools"), which I have found simple enough to use, although seemingly with fewer features than Adobe's Premiere Elements (which, of course, is not free!). If you currently use Movie Maker, do the improvements promised for the "Wave 4" release sound promising? Or, if you do not use Movie Maker, do you see anything in the new release that might change your mind?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The H.264 License is Supposed to Scare

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 05:30 AM

"A recent blog post by Harvard Ph.D. student Ben Schwartz, including the provocative phrase "Final Cut Pro Hobbyist," put the spotlight on license terms in Apple's video-editing software by questioning when professionals may use H.264 video."

It is everywhere. YouTube uses it. Apple uses it. Chances are, your digital camcorder uses it. H.264 is the most popular high definition codec that seems poised to take over. However, as several other people have noticed, the licensing that comes with software programs that allow you to edit those videos seems very daunting. The good news is that for casual use and over the Internet, you are in the clear. However, if your sights turn to more professional endeavors, be sure to read what is required of you. You do not have to use H.264, but the competing codecs are not as widely supported which I find to be sadly disappointing. The good news is that at least until 2015, those of you who are aspiring to be Internet video stars do not have to worry!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Windows Live Helps You Share Memories

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 07:00 AM

"These trends remind us that even with tens of billions of photos being stored on social networking and photo sharing sites, there are hundreds of billions more photos and videos sitting on hard drives around the world. Infotrends reports as many as 210 billion photos on PC hard drives in the US alone."

Digital media has helped everyone preserve their memories much more easily. From digital cameras to camcorders to camera phones, there is a lot of media out there. The folks at Windows Live realize this and have developed a lot of tools to help you tweak and share this media. With all the options available, it is good to see Microsoft keeping current with the competition. What I am impressed with is that, there is actually enough storage either at home, or in the cloud, to handle all of our memories and then some! It almost makes me think one would never have to do anything like cleaning up our computers.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Daniusoft Media Converter Ultimate Review

Posted by Chris Sacksteder in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

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Product Category: Media Conversion Utility
Manufacturer: Daniusoft
Where to Buy: Daniusoft
Price: $59.95
System Requirements: Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (32- or 64-bit)
Specifications: Takes about 73MB of disk space


  • Does many different media chores;
  • Easy to use;
  • Supports many media types.


  • Sometimes options and choices aren't clear;
  • Technical support is prompt and courteous, but ineffective;
  • Documentation is incomplete for some functions.

Summary: So, you have a pile of great home video clips from that new digital camera. Wouldn't it be great to put some scenes of cute little junior on your cell phone to show off to friends, or on a DVD to send to Grandma? Or maybe The Kid has some favorite DVDs to watch in the car on a nice little netbook without a optical drive. Search the Internet and you find 100's of choices for "free" video conversion tools; a few hours or days later you've tried 10 or 12 kinds cripple-ware, ad-ware, and nag-ware , rebooted 18 times to install and un-install them, and had 3 crash your computer. And, none of them are really free OR do what you need. Time to get serious.

The Daniusoft Media Converter Ultimate claims to be a "multimedia processing Titan" that can " . . . remove DRM copy protection . . . , Rip DVD to most popular video files, Convert Video Music between different files, burn movie to DVD disc, directly transfer songs & video to your portable players like iPod, iPhone, PSP, Cell Phone, etc . . ." Is this Titan worth $59.95?


Saturday, March 13, 2010

CyberLink Media Suite 8 Ultra Review

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:30 PM,281...,2361195,00.asp

"CyberLink's latest media playing and editing suite gets not only a new name - switched from DVD Suite to Media Suite - but also, for the first time, a sound editor. It's also been updated with a spiffy new starter interface and Blu-ray playback in its Ultra version. These updates, along with the suite's excellent video editing, graphics card acceleration for faster performance, and a consistent modern UI across all modules, keep CyberLink at the top of the media editing and playing pile." has awarded CyberLink's Media Suite 8 Ultra an "Editor's Choice" award in the Media Playing and Editing Suite category. Although they tested the high-end "Ultra" version, Media Suite 8 is also available in "Pro" and "Centra" versions, all of which feature an impressive array of features, with list prices ranging from $130 down to $80. The review is worth reading not only for the overall comparison between Media Suite and its main "suite" competition, but also for the references it makes to other applications - commercial as well as free - that might handle particular tasks better than the suite does. Which, of course, raises a question: do you use / prefer a "Suite," such as CyberLink, Roxio, or Nero, or do you prefer individual applications which are targeted to specific tasks?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Digitize Those Old Tapes With Roxio Easy VHS to DVD

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 08:00 AM

Roxio's Easy VHS to DVD product is an affordable ($59.99 USD, Affiliate) video capture solution. I digitized my main family home video tape years ago, but I have a few VHS tapes still kicking around and I wanted to see what the current solutions are able to deliver. I contacted Roxio to ask to check out their Easy VHS to DVD product, and they sent one my way. Here's my experience using it. Read more...

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Making Windows Media Center A Better Ripper

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 03:00 PM

"I have a feeling Auto Rip n Compress is going to be everyone’s next “must-have” add-in for Windows Media Center. The add-in allows you to easily rip DVD or Blu-ray movies from your couch using only your remote."

By now, most people should have already converted their video library, but for those of you that have not, or are just starting building your digital library, you might want to consider Auto Rip n Compress. The program does not give you anything new that other programs such as Handbrake, already do, but it does make things really simple, and easy to do from within Windows Media Center itself. In truth, it actually uses Handbrake to do transcoding. The only part which I feel slightly apprehensive about is in order to pull metadata, like the movie description and cover art, you need to register an account with GD3. There are various free online sources for movie data that do not require registration, so why expose yourself when you do not have to? Still, it is great to have another option to archive your DVDs and BluRays.

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...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Handbrake Video Encoder Guide

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:30 AM

"Whether you own an iPod touch, Zune HD, Nintendo DSi, or any number of other portable devices, there's one tool that makes easy work out of ripping DVDs and converting incompatible video files into manageable formats: Handbrake. This wonderful utility has just about everything you could ask for, including robust compatibility, a slick interface, and snappy performance. And if that weren't enough, the developers have chosen to give the program away for free, no strings (or trialware) attached."

Paul Lilly, at MaximumPC, has written a detailed "Power User's Guide" for HandBrake, a powerful video transcoder which is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. The emphasis is on converting video for use on various portable devices, and there appears to be a lot to like about the application, beyond its being available at no cost. For one, the developers present a keen sense of humor, using a pineapple and a cocktail (Pina Colada?) glass as their logo, and promoting their application as coming "with 21 essential vitamins and minerals!" There is also an active support and discussion forum, as well as available documentation. Find myself tempted to run out and buy a suitable device simply in order to give this application a try!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Your life recorded, now in HD

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 08:30 AM

"The growth in video sharing (on places like YouTube) has ensured movie capture has long been a standard feature even on the cheapest compact camera. And now the increasing mainstream adoption of High Definition flatscreen televisions (and advances in sensor technology) has seen a new wave of HD-capable stills cameras appearing in the last year or so."

HD is the hot buzzword when it comes to technology sales these days. Televisions in HD. Media Centers in HD. If you will believe it, they even have sunglasses in HD. Digital Photography Review has posted a primer on what you need to know to start taking those family videos in high definition. From cameras to camcorders, many are now offering still or video recording in 720p or 1080p. Of course, just like how the megapixels are not the end all and be all of cameras, HD is not all there is to the newest generation of video recording devices. There are increased storage concerns, codec issues and typically, new software is needed. Confused? Check out the guide!

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