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...like most modern users of digital video and audio recording devices, I end up with images and videos captured in many different file formats (I'm at 11 with the devices I currently use).
In testing VideoStudio Pro X9 (VSP X9), it accepted all of them readily.. While I found VSP X9 feature-dense and not especially intuitive, I was able to compile content from multiple devices and files already on my computer and assemble them (with titles and a music track) within an hour of installation. While it was hardly art, it worked. With time, practice and exploration of the 300+ page user guided (downloadable .pdf) and Corel's online guides, I anticipate improving results as I become more familiar with this program.
This software worked excellently from installation through export of my compiled content in its project manger to multiple output formats.
Installation on a Windows 7 machine (64-bit with 16 GB of RAM and a quad-core 3.4 GHZ Intel processor) took about 20minutes. The VSP X9 installer included a progress bar that accurately indicated the install status.
The interface is based on a 3-part concept: capture (or import), edit and share (or output). In between are more options than all but the most proficient users will be able to appreciate. Output options are abundant, for both writing to physical media, creating many different digital file formats (of varying resolution) and sharing directly to multiple popular social media sites (including YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr and Facebook).
-Works with many source file types (I didn't have any on my machine it couldn't work with)
-Outputs to physical media, multiple digital file types (at multiple resolutions) and social networking sites (YouTube, Facebook, Flickr and Vimeo)
-Includes a selection of audio files to populate soundtracks with the "Auto Music" feature
-Includes an computer screen capture utility: awesome (since the most widely used of these can cost hundreds of dollars)
-Interface is cluttered and not especially intuitive.
-No included help files., "F1" takes you to Corel's website. OK only if you have persistent online access (and vendors should NOT assume this); user guide and quick start guide are .pdf files that you have to download separately.
-Many of the effects and features (for both content and titling) could quickly tire viewers if over-applied. This is less a criticism of the software than of the potential for over-use of these tools by some users. This is especially true for the "FastFlick" quick video creator utility, which I felt did not do enough to let me know what effects were going to be present as part of the pre-authored templates.
Finally: VSP X9 also includes tools for DVD authoring and 3D video creation; neither of these are part of my own regular user needs, so I didn't test them.
Note: Also in Corel's stable (and currrently selling for the same price) is VideoStudio Ultimate X9. Ultimate X9 adds two additional multi-cameras to the sync/alignment capability (6 instead of 4) and a suite of features for special effects.
The accompanying video shows the result of quickly capturing multiple video and still file formats, adding titles, audio files and capturing a PC screen.
Overall: impressive performance and decent value for the price.