Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 and Ultimate X10 Review Part 2

VideoStudio X10 Splash Screen

So now let’s get into the nuts and bolts of VideoStudio itself and how it performs.

First up let’s establish clearly here that my computer is definitely not something designed for high end video editing or testing.

It is a seven year old Intel i5 processor computer running Win 10 64 bit that was automatically updated from Win 7.

I installed the VideoStudio Pro X10 Ultimate version on this rather messy, un-defragged, junk all over the place computer that also has about five other video editing programs on it as well.

Whilst I wouldn’t advise anyone else to do this I think it is a pretty good way of giving the program every opportunity to fall flat on its face!

The software came in the form of an installer program which then runs the download and installation of the main program and other components.

Whist the download took a while because of its size the installer offers the ability for you to: download and install, just download then install later or stop the process and resume at a later time.

The actual installation took about 8 minutes flat and the extra stuff took another 5 minutes after which the program was loaded and ready to go.

I don’t generally consider the speed of an install to be of that much importance because you only do it (hopefully) once but in the case of VideoStudio it is worth noting.

In years past the program used to be woefully slow to install but this new version sailed through the process very smartly.

Before you read the rest of this review take a look at the video below to get an idea of how it looks to move around the software and get things done.

User Interface

The software has always had a pretty good user interface in my opinion and given the enormous number of features and functions it needs to provide access to, I think they have done a very good job.

As you can see in the image below the program has a pretty standard layout that can be altered to suit your needs and consists of the usual three sections of the Timeline, the Preview Window and the Library.

VideoStudio User interface

The beauty of this layout is that it keeps your screen clutter free while you are working and it is only when you want to go into something more advanced does the fun begin!

When you choose to work on some kind of special effect or similar a NEW interface opens to allow you clear access to those features and once done, it packs away again.

The image below shows the interface with a clip loaded and the Boris FX filter dragged on to it. Note the Customize Filter button?

customize-filter

This is what happens when you hit that button… a whole new world of stuff!

boris-interface

By keeping the advanced features and settings hidden in this way Corel have kept the interface clutter free and a whole lot less daunting to newcomers.

Across the top of the interface there are now four tabs which align with the different types of tasks you may be engaging in.

The first of these and a new one in this version of VideoStudio is the Welcome tab.

This provides direct access to the online tutorials provided by Corel as well as allowing for direct notification of updates or patches that may have become available.

Capture

The next tab is the Capture Tab and is pretty self explanatory and probably doesn’t need too much time spent on it.

To put it simply it doesn’t matter really what you are capturing or trying to import into the program.

Whether it is standard definition from a DV.AVI tape camcorder, high definition from a DSLR or just about anything else VideoStudio is equipped to handle it.

You can see a full list of supported file types for both input and output HERE.

Editing

The majority of your work will be undertaken within the Edit Tab and like most of the main players in this market VideoStudio Pro X10 comes fully loaded with everything anyone would need to create videos.

It cuts, it slices, it dices and lets you stick it all back together again… there’s not really much more one can say on this subject!

One area where it does excel particularly is with the newer highly compressed video file formats up through to Ultra HD (up to 8K).

These days you don’t really need to ask the question as to whether or not it can edit.

They can all do that and if they couldn’t they wouldn’t survive for 5 minutes!

The real question is how efficiently and effectively can it edit and how well can it deal with modern, highly compressed video file types and in the case of VideoStudio, it does it very well indeed.

The only caution I would make to all of this is if you are looking for a video editor to deal with AVCHD files, UltraHD or even highly compressed MPEG4 (H.264) as well as the new H.265.

In the case of many of these file types, success is not going to be based on the single point of which video editing software you choose.

The key to that will be determined by the software, the resources of your computer and how effectively that software can muster those available resources into a cohesive force.

Both VideoStudio Pro X10 and VideoStudio Ultimate X10 are built on 64bit architecture which allows the program to make full use of all resources available on the computer it is running on.

The X10 version has had an upgrade to its HEVC (H.265) import and export capabilities and as a result handling these rather large files is not such a hit or miss affair.

In the past we could point the finger at the software as being at least partially responsible for trouble with these files but not anymore.

On a computer equipped to deal with them, VideoStudio Pro X10 is more than up to the task with its improved processing utilization resulting in a faster video editor and a much smoother editing experience.

Additionally for those who are a little “resource challenged” VideoStudio still offers a proxy editing feature it pioneered a few years back.

This feature allows you to create smaller, more manageable files at lower resolution which you can use to do all of your editing.

Once you finish and are ready to create your final product the software then uses the high definition versions to create the final file.

You have all the tools you will need for cutting and trimming your video files and it has a multi-trim tool which allows you to segment larger files while they are on the timeline.

Even though the editing area of VideoStudio is the main work space, the program also offers a wizard based automatic and semi-automatic project creation function called Fast Flick.

This can be used to create a start to finish, point and click project or you can switch to the normal editing interface at any point to fine tune any aspect of your project.

Share

As you would expect from an editing suite of this quality there are numerous choices for outputting your final projects to a file.

The Share Tab shows 5 separate buttons each containing preset profiles most commonly used for that purpose.

For example the “Online” button reveals preset profiles optimized for creating a final file for YouTube, FaceBook, Flickr or Vimeo.

Each one is adjusted to suit that particular service to make sure you upload at the best possible quality and also if you add your sign-in details, it will automatically upload for you when the file is completed.

At an absolute minimum it offers 25 preset profiles for those 5 separate types of project output plus hundreds of variations in total within those profiles.

On top of that and for advanced users, you can take complete control and manually customize every aspect of your output however you want.

Either way it doesn’t matter if you want to make a file or a disc or whatever, VideoStudio is equipped to do it.

Screen Recording

The program has a built in Screen recording module that is fully integrated into the main program but can also be launched as a separate instance.

The screen Recorder works very well and does not place too much demand on the computer so you can safely run most programs and the Screen Recorder at the same time.

Editing Effects and Transitions

The program comes fully loaded with way more than enough transitions for those of you that love those things, most of which are customizable using key-frames offering excellent control.

Transitions can be added to a project by simply dragging and dropping the transition on to the timeline where you want it.

In the Ultimate X10 version that are about 2000 individual effects or filters and in the Pro X10 version about 1500 most of which can be further tailored to your individual desires.

Any specific effect or setting that you use regularly can be saved and named as a personal preset then dragged to the timeline any time you need it in the future.

There are numerous video and image correction tools within the effects library that are quite effective once you get the hang of using them.

Filters, effects and transitions can also be applied to video clips placed in overlay tracks or assets can be “grouped” on the timeline so that all assets have the effect applied to them. This

You have full control over how all effects and filters enter, depart and playback as part of your overall project.

All of these video filters, video effects, correction tools and transitions are very well organized into the library structure and are easy to find and deploy.

Final Summary

The fact is that all of the main consumer level video editing software programs have developed to the point of having quite simply enormous feature sets.

Trying to cover everything in a single review that doesn’t send you unconscious due to it’s never ending length is quite frankly becoming an impossible task.

Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 or Ultimate X10 offer everything that the home user or video editing enthusiast could ever want from video editing software.

It has a clean and easy to follow interface which is extremely flexible and with practice, will reveal the true underlying power of this program.

Corel have truly stepped up their game in VideoStudio Pro X10 adding some very useful features but more importantly taking the time to add meaningful functionality to the suite.

I have no problem in recommending this product to anyone but, as I note with all video editing software, make use of the free trial first to make sure you, the software and your computer all get along together.

Click Here to Take a Look at Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 for Yourself

Previous Page: VideoStudio Pro X10 Review Part One

4.5 / 5 stars     
Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 and Ultimate X10 Review Part 2 was last modified: February 21st, 2017 by Lance Carr
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37 comments to Corel VideoStudio Pro X10 and Ultimate X10 Review Part 2

  • Nick

    Hi Lance. Thanks so much for this review! I’m new to editing videos and, like others, I’m torn between which software editor to use. I had it down to two options: Pinnacle Studio 20 and Corel VideoStudio Pro x10. Based on your review here, coupled with the feedback you’ve provided to others’ comments, I’m going to try VideoStudio using their free trial download.
    Thanks, again, for your review and comments!

  • Sam

    I am using the trial version VideoStudio Pro X10. When the finished video is played, it is not clear. There are distortion like the pixels becomes too visible (Squares). I downloaded the clips from my GoPro device. 2K recording. Is there a setting I didn’t use right ? Help please

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Sam,
      OK, so if VS was playing the 2K video normally while it was on the timeline or if you can play any of the 2K video files in a video player on your computer normally then it is not a resource problem with the computer.

      Possibly what has happened is that you have set the output of the video to something either cray high or crazy low resulting in a file that is super compressed resulting in macro blocking or super high and the computer can’t keep up.

      Reload the project and go to the Export tab and render the file again but take careful note of the settings VS is going to use.

      Get back to me on it.

  • Ron

    Hello, and thank you for the wealth of information you have provided. Like many others, I am trying to make a decision to stay with one or change to another. I have used Pinnacle since early versions up until 14 Ultimate. By that time, the kids were off to college and we weren’t so involved in recording each moment of their lives. But with weddings now and new possibilities on the horizon for accumulating even more Gbytes of video data to sift through, I’m interested again.
    Having experienced problems with Pinnacle when upgrading to Win 10, I haven’t even reinstalled it on my machine when I last replaced the ssd operating system drive with a larger ssd and a clean Win 10. I checked for an upgrade to Studio 20 Ultimate and was immediately confused by the comparison to Video Studio x9 (9.5?) Ultimate as I began to read. Both by Corel—some review sites seeming to say one is “better, faster, supports H265” while another site indicating the reverse or other problems. More direct comparisons are confusing since the Studio Version is 19 (or 19.5).
    Specifically, I have a couple Tbytes of existing data go back over and organize with new stuff certain to come. I have an i7 machine with 32 Gbytes of ram, dual video cards (crossfire, I think), and multiple 2 to 4 Tbyte drives (and a hotswap bay for standalone bulk storage drives). I’m long retired and just do these very amateur projects for my family. I’m not intimidated by tech and don’t mind learning (specially with the wealth of information now available—like on your page—wow, so different from the early days figuring out the jumper settings on my old 8086 in my basement dark ages). I do like to play with all the goodies and effects sometimes just to see what can be done.
    Upgrade price to 20 Ultimate is good. New price to Video Studio 9 Ultimate not so much difference.
    Any real advantage with either program? Or as I have read on one of your comments “no real reason to switch”.
    Sorry for being so wordy and thanks in advance for an opinion.

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Ron,
      OK, so compared to most people visiting this site there is one thing we don’t have to worry about and that is your computer resources.

      You have an absolute beast there so that’s out of the way!

      You have also uncovered one of the hidden secrets of video editing software at this level… they are all pretty much the same!

      That’s why it gets so hard to choose because the points upon which you can separate them are tiny.

      So, if you are down to Pinnacle and VideoStudio let’s not complicate matters any further and keep it at that because they are both fine.

      Pinnacle offers a more direct system of access to the features within the software and as such, requires more understanding of how to get things done.

      VS can do the same things but instead of providing direct access it uses plugins that don’t come into play until you actually use them.

      It all comes down to alternate methods of skinning a cat.

      The hooha about Pinnacle and Win 10 is just that, a bunch of hooha.

      Not one person making that claim has ever provided any actual proof of the problem.

      Sure they may have had problems but the idea that Pinnacle is unsuitable for Win 10 is just a guess at best.

      Pinnacle and VS were re-written about two versions ago (like just about every other brand of software) to adjust to the changes in Win 10 so don’t sweat it.

      Given that there is very little separation between the two if it were up to me I would go with VS.

      Why?

      Because I am more familiar with the interface and that’s the only reason.

      I think the reverse would be true for you because you are already more familiar with Pinnacle!

      You are already qualified for a cheap upgrade to Pinnacle 20 right?

      Why not download the trial of VideoStudio (lord knows you have the space!) and give it a run to see how you like it.

      If not then upgrade to Pinnacle.

      Have a play!

  • Tony

    First, thank you for your insightful reviews and answering questions. I think that this is great!
    My editing background started with the Amiga/Video Toaster and a/b roll. Moved on to DPS Editbay, Matrox RT2500, then Pinnacle DV500 w/Premiere 6. Pinnacle Edition (FAST) thru Avid Liquid Pro. I’ve had all versions of Studio from 9-15U. I have on my computer now PD14 Ultra, MEP2016 Premium, VSX9U, Davinci Resolve 12.5, Hitfilm 3 and Pinnacle Studio 17U-20U.

    “It is not that big a deal for Corel to develop VideoStudio and then incorporate that development into Pinnacle so I don’t really think you will be left abandoned on the good ship Pinnacle as it sinks slowly into the ocean!

    What is more likely is that at some time in the future (and I mean years here) Corel will have developed Pinnacle along these lines to such a degree that in all reality it is just a re-branded version of VideoStudio. I think at that point they will then make the existing owners of Pinnacle an offer they can’t refuse to switch to VideoStudio and the move will be complete.”

    There is shared resources between Pinnacle and VideoStudio. Multicam and 360 came first to Pinnacle. Audio ducking, motion tracking from VS. Also your review of PS20U and thoughts on it would give readers the right impressions that they are totally different editing software, which is why I can’t see a merging of the two into one.

    Consumer editors are great and powerful, but for me, they do edit upside down (overlays under the video). Also, tracks can be limited in what they can be. Titles can only go “here”, music, only “here”, etc. Pinnacle allows you to put any asset on any track without any problem. With the “consumer” editors, you have the main video track at the top and no other track can be placed above it. There are times when this is necessary, so would require more “creative thinking” to pull it off. This to me alone is a major advantage of Pinnacle over the other consumer editors because of the way I have been editing for years. But that’s “me”.

    Again, much appreciate all that you are doing here in reviewing and helping people. A wonderful service to the video community.

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Tony,
      You can also add the screen recorder to that list of features from VideoStudio incorporated into Pinnacle.

      As far as my comments on future development go bear in mind that was back in 2015 at a point where I had not yet included Pinnacle on this site.

      Since that time I have spoken directly with the guys at Corel and they are absolutely moving forward with Pinnacle Studio and VideoStudio to be kept as separate products with their own development paths.

  • Mohamad

    Hi Lance, Thank you for the great review. I bought a new laptop that I think it’s strong – XPS 15 9550 (i7-6700HQ, 16GB RAM, SSD, NVIDIA GTX 960M). I’m a little bit confused what app to have better performance based on these specifications: Corel Video Studio or Cyberlink Power Director! I appreciate your kind advice. Please note that I’m almost a normal user and not a pro video editor.

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Mohamad,
      Thanks for the kind words!

      Theoretically speaking the CyberLink products should perform slightly better than the Corel one.

      That is based on benchmark tests that have been done on the two programs on identical systems.

      HOWEVER! You and I don’t actually live in a theoretical world!

      My advice to you would be to download the free trials of both programs and take them for a little test drive.

      You may find you prefer one over the other as far as working goes and the speed or “performance” factor become less important.

      You may also find that even though the CyberLink product “should” perform better, your particular system and setup suits Corel better.

      So, as I keep repeating…. please use the free trials before committing to a long term relationship!

  • Pierre Rose

    Hello, I have been using Pinnacle Studio 11 for years and now must change to something new because I upgraded to Windows 10. I am seriously thinking of switching to VideoStudio Pro X9 . I do editing of photos most of the time and would like to know if the Pan and Zoom functions are integrated to the Videostudio Pro X9 and can CD’s be used to build a soundtrack?
    Thank you for your help. Pierre

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Pierre,
      The short answer is yes and yes. You can do both those things in VS9 although the audio capabilities of VS are a little limited compared to what you have in Pinnacle.

      The long answer is this:
      I am surprised at your reason for having to abandon Pinnacle!
      I have just done a review of Pinnacle Studio 20 on my Win 10 machine and it runs perfectly.
      My personal opinion is that if you have been using a software like Pinnacle for years then why would you want to change to another?
      VideoStudio is one of my favourite editor sso don’t get me wrong here.
      However I know of no reason why you would switch to a simpler software when the one you have probably just needs to be upgraded.

    • Pierre Rose

      Hello Lance and thank you for your reply. The main reason I want to change from Pinnacle to VideoStudio is that Pinnacle 11 is no longer produced and no upgrades are available and it cannot work with Windows 10..
      Since I produce short educational videos with still pictures only (photos) I do not need a very sophisticated video editing software with multi camera and many soundtracks to work with. All I need is a simple editing software with Pan and Zoom and a variety of video transitions. Of course I have to be able to transfer the edits to files or DVD’s which I could do with Pinnacle Studio 11. Knowing all of this and keeping in mind that I am not to technically oriented I need something easy to work with but with very good end results. Maybe you can suggest another Pinnacle software aside from the Studio 20 or another brand of software.
      I am open to suggestions.
      Pierre

      • Lance Carr

        Hi Pierre,
        OK that makes sense!
        I have to agree that using Pinnacle of any version for what you are doing is like taking a Howitzer to a knife fight!

        In that case I would absolutely go for something like VideoStudio which has a far simpler layout but still offers what you want.

    • Lance Carr

      Hi Albert,
      First up using VS7 or 9, the absolute slowest way to open a project is by double clicking it on the desktop.
      Both versions then not only have to launch themselves they have to launch and load all the assets in the project.

      Secondly, you opened the project the first time with VS7 by clicking the project icon on the desktop and VS7 started.

      For the VS9 test you right-clicked the same icon to have VS9 open the project.

      That means you have VS7 designated as the default program for opening that file which is by it’s nature a VS7 file.

      VS9 has to read and interpret that file as a VS7 file and make internal adjustments while it is in the process of opening it which of course takes time.

      Repeat your test only this time get a time for VS7 by simply opening VS7 and then once it is open, navigate to the project file and then open that from within VS7.

      Repeat that exact procedure for VS9. Open VS9 first THEN open the project from within the program.

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