This is my Corel VideoStudio review covering the latest versions of Corel’s popular and feature packed consumer video editing software suites.
VideoStudio has been around for quite some time now and is a well matured, stable program which has benefited from active development since its inception.
In fact my very first copy of VideoStudio was version 6 under the now defunct Ulead name back in 2004!
Since purchasing the program from Ulead many years ago Corel have maintained a philosophy of engaging with and consulting their most active users on their excellent “user to user” forum.
VideoStudio Pro 2021 and VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 are both great examples of what can happen when a software company like Corel listens and makes an effort to not just correct errors, but to anticipate and satisfy future needs.
The result of this has been steady forward improvement in the functionality, usability and stability of each year’s final release candidates.
I have no reservations in recommending Corel VideoStudio Pro 2021 or Ultimate 2021 to anyone looking for fully featured editing software program at this level.
It does everything it is supposed to do, does it very well and easily holds its own against the competition in the consumer grade editing software market.
Check out the video below to get an idea of what the software has to offer but bear two things in mind while you are watching.
First, the video was produced using VideoStudio Ultimate 2021… which is a good thing.
Second, it is an ad after all, so let’s not get too carried away just yet!
VideoStudio Pro versus VideoStudio Ultimate
Before we go any further let’s first of all take a look at the differences between the standard Pro version of VideoStudio 2021 and the Ultimate version.
The software is competitively priced within its market however by going from Pro 2021 to the Ultimate 2021 version you get some serious bang for your extra $20.00!
The two are essentially the same core editing programs having mostly comparable feature sets.
The real difference lies in the added features and functionality you get from the set of premium special effects packs and add-ons in the Ultimate version.
It is important to note that these extra modules are mostly plugins which integrate into the overall program and it is these that give VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 the pro tools appearing in many of the consumer level products these days.
Some brands have opted for developing their own integrated modules to extend the capabilities of their software.
Others like Corel have simply turned to the experts in their respective fields and incorporated those features into the main program through the use of plugins like these.
Neither system is superior or inferior to the other, however the real difference is in how the company has achieved that integration.
In the case of Corel that integration has been executed very well.
The additional features you get with the Ultimate 2021 version are:
- Premium special FX packs from Prodad, NewBlue FX and Boris which takes the total number of effects, filters etc from 1500 up to around 2000.
- In the multicam editing module you can simultaneously edit up to 6 clips at a time rather than the 4 on offer in Pro 2021.
- The video mask creator.
- Full color grading including the new Color Wheel feature.
- Morph and seamless transitions.
- 3D Titling Editor.
- Split screen template creator.
- Advanced Video Stabilization
So What’s New and Improved?
First of all let’s be clear that this is not a “bells and whistles” update full of bright shiny objects designed to make the marketing department’s life easier.
In this release of VideoStudio 2021 the majority of the new or improved features are either consolidations of existing features into a more advanced form or genuinely useful upgrades to the core program.
So in no particular order here they are:
First up the rendering engine itself has been updated to take advantage of the latest video hardware acceleration technologies from Intel and NVIDIA.
In most cases this should improve performance overall in speeding up rendering to popular file formats, including new support for output video with Alpha channel.
In VideoStudio Pro 2021 they have pretty much stayed with the existing color correction module which is perfectly fine for the average user.
However in VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 they have introduced advanced color correction and color grading tools allowing the use of HSL tuning, tone curves and more.
You can now use LUT (Lookup Tables) profiles in the software as well as store your own pre-sets to use later in other projects.
Improved Video Masking
The Video Mask creator has been re-worked to offer far greater control as well as more blending modes and better integration with other features.
You can now create custom animated overlays using a selection of brushes which have been ported over from Corel’s graphics programs Painter® and PaintShop® Pro.
Using this tool you can record your brush strokes as you work allowing you add your completed graphics to your video.
They can be integrated as a as a static graphic asset, or as I mentioned already, an animated effect.
This feature allows you to capture footage live such as recording the screen as well as a webcam at the same time.
This feature then integrates with the MultiCam Editor to allow you to switch between devices in an easy way.
The Mask Creator and the Titling Module have been upgraded to offer greater options and better control.
Most of the included plugins from NewBlue, Prodad and Boris have been updated to more recent versions.
For the full rundown on what plugins come with which version just click here for the Feature Comparison Chart.
And finally! Speed and Performance
As has been the case with most major updates of VideoStudio Pro 2021 and VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 for the past few years, Corel have paid particular attention to optimizing the program for a smother and faster editing and rendering experience.
Both VideoStudio Pro 2021 and VideoStudio Ultimate 2021 can take full advantage of the latest video hardware acceleration technologies from Intel and NVIDIA improving efficiency and dramatically speeding up rendering to modern file formats.
So that’s it for what new and improved or enhanced… on to the review!