- Platform: Windows 2000 / 95 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
- Media: CD-ROM
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Video Studio 6 is already a powerful video-editing package with professional features such as capturing video from FireWire digital camcorders as MPEG so you don't have to convert it again later. The SMPTE time counter shows you elapsed time in hundredths of a second so you can apply the huge range of effects and overlays precisely where you want them and you can see how your effects are going to look as you work with SmartRender.
You can combine two video clips by overlaying them and setting the transparency. You can also place 3-D graphics in the overlay track to create special effects and create your own in Cool 3D You can work with text, existing graphics or geometric objects, and you can draw 2-D objects and turn them into 3-D, or trace photos and drawings to work with.
There's an excellent range of effects in Cool 3D and it's easy to apply them the way you want, because the Easy Palette shows the tree structure of your objects. That means you can work on just the bezel, the overall lighting or anything else in the scene.
A few professional images and video clips can add the finishing touches to your project, but they tend to be expensive. The Pick-a-Video, Pick-a-Photo and Pick-a-Sound collections included in the box are all royalty free so you can use them anywhere.
The last tab of Video Studio's step-by-step interface lets you create DVD and video-CD discs in a cut-down version of DVD MovieFactory (if you have the full version installed, Video Studio will use that instead).
This bundle is a bargain way to get two powerful packages: you can use Cool 3D for creating Web animations, so it's more than just an add-on to Video Studio. Plus you get some good-quality clips, images and sounds to use in your next video masterpiece. --Mary Branscombe
Full DV and FireWire (IEEE 1394) support offers greater control, better quality and improved ease-of-use. Plug-and-play support allows you to plug in your camera at anytime (No need to restart program). Automatic scene detection recognizes where you started and stopped your DV/D8 camcorder and splits video into separate easy-to-manage files. Batch capture lets you scan your DV tape, select the sections you want, then capture them all at one time with one mouse click!