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on 22 July 2010
Now this is a little bit puzzling. As you might have realised, Corel bought out Ulead and InterVideo in 2006 out so in theory, Corel should remarket this product as just Corel VideoStudio 11 Plus. So why, on this product, is it being marketed as Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus, as though Corel are being the producer of the software? Most puzzling, because the latter was dropped in the next version, Corel VideoStudio x2.
Anyway, this is a product review, not a buisness partnership discussion. What makes X2 different from 11 Plus is absolutely nothing, other than some features dropped and remade into X2. I would have thought as the new owners they would have hugely revamped it and made it a totally different editing experience. So much so, it's backwards compatible with 11 Plus. Must have been a transitional change between 11 Plus and X2, because they are a year apart.
11 Plus, to me, is more asthetically pleasing, a pleasent and easy on the eye blue and white interface, much nicer than what the X2 gives us, a drab grey and boring white. It's tidy, starts quicker than either X2 or even it's earlier editions, and is the most workable, most stable and easiest video editing experience than I've ever had. I praised the X2 for it's learning curve and stability and how responsive it was, but X2 has nothing on 11 Plus, and suddenly I realised how slow and sluggish the latter was.
But what makes it great, compared to the other competitors, is that it just works with no frills. Some people might be annoyed by the lack of features that are seen in more bloatware software like Sony Vegas, but for the average "Home video" editor, and marketed very well with a competative price. Nobody is going to need or care that these features are not present, no, it strips out the crap which noone is ever going to use and concentrates on usability, at being one of the most reliable editor which works, does what it's told to do, without problems.
Now, admittedly, the computer I'm using for this program is underpowered and scrapes over minimum requirements so I can't really complain about it being sluggish, but if your patient, then it will work wonders for you, and it is certainly much more responsive than X2, the delay time is only for a few seconds. I scarcely play video in the window for editing as it's so slow it's near enough unworkable. I always play back my video in the Multi-Trim editor, which works fluently and excellently with my video.
Video effects and transitions are excellent, as always from Ulead, as they offer a dizzing array of choices split into subcategories. Of course, for those wanting to be the next George Lucas some of these effects and transitions may appear limited and unpromising if you like, but they give a impressive selection to the home editor. I'm not heavy into effects, as other people might be, so of course, I don't need bloated, overstuffed software like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premier just to get going and do simple transition, cutting, et al.
Pick up and play seems to be the main key here, I don't like to learn software, I want to automatically just work with it, and for people with similar attitudes will be pleased this software doesn't have a learning curve, literally click click click, share, and your done, your movie is made, just like that.
Needless to say, 11+ Just works, which explains the awards it's won for being the best budget editor, and it hits it on the head extremely well. I no longer have to suffer intolerable crashes from Pinnacle, which was appallingly useless for editing, Sony Vegas needed a learning curve. I tried both of these to get it to work with my video, both of them pulled a sickie on my video which made it unworkable, 11+ picked it up straight away. These were AVI format files, and other editors failed to understand the audio syncing. Urgh.
Now, computer spec wise is unimpressive. Here is what I have:
Socket 478 Intel Celeron D 3Ghz
768MB DDR RAM
Integrated Graphics Card (SiS 678)
80GB Hard Drive
Running Windows XP
Now, the impressive thing about this is that despite these paltry computing specs, it runs, and it runs well. Other editors I tried were unusably slow. Must faster, leaner, and more stable than say Corel X2, which, now looking back, looks more like a bastardisation of VideoStudio. It's good, don't get me wrong, but Corel havent pumped enough innovations in the year gap to make it worthy of say another purchase, it's exactly the same other than a more drab, dull grey theme released over a year later. If it helps, think of Windows 98 and Windows ME. They do exactly the same thing, but isint innovative enough to wring £50 out of your pocket, Windows ME does exactly the same thing as 98... only a different theme, and just wasnt impressive enough for another £50 whacked on top of it's predecessor.
Marginally, the minimum requirements are marginally smaller than X2, but using a computer which is touching over the minimum any lesser requirements are inevitably going to be an improvement to my computer. It is one of the first editors to support HD editing - Although HD editing is still in it's premature stage and I never use it, so this doesnt really benefit me. But for those that believe HD is the be all and end all - make a start here. There are many options to produce to - WMV, MPEG, MP4, et al, and even audio files, so your not limited to what format you can do. Obviously don't expect quirky formats like FLAC and ogg, but the more streamline formats like WAV, etc are available.
During the battle for editing programs, Ulead is an excellent contender for just "working", and unlike the many programs I have had to work with... This one is fast, stable, and infact many home productions are done on Corel/Ulead products.