Ulead VideoStudio 8 - Home Movies
- Easy-to-use home video editing software
- Over 700 effects, video frames, and graphics
- Compose thousands of soundtracks with auto music maker
- Capture from all camcorders; share on DVD, tape, and the Web
- Includes video tutorial, samples, and 180-page manual
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ULEAD A28480111 SYSTEMS VIDEO-STUDIO 8 SOFTWARE - WIN
From the Manufacturer
Ulead VideoStudio 8 is home-video editing software that makes editing your movies as fun as shooting them. And, if you've never edited a movie before, make one in three easy steps using the new Movie Wizard mode. Share finished projects on DVD, tape, the Web, and mobile devices. Unmatched stability, high-speed rendering, and real-time performance mean less waiting and more time for creating.
Make editing your movies as fun as shooting them.
- Easy to learn and use: The Movie Wizard gives you great movies in minutes. A complete video tutorial, samples, and a 180-page manual will get you up and running in no time.
- More creative content: Get artistic with more than 700 effects, video frames, and graphics. Compose thousands of soundtracks with the auto music maker.
- The most complete: Capture from all camcorders. Edit with professional effects. Share on DVD, tape, and on the Web.
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* It's robust with features & effects, making it like a professional video editor. It even includes an overlay feature, which I personally use to blank out sections, like annoying graphics from TV stations.
* You can fully edit (cut) anywhere, including the beginning, ending, and any sections in the middle of your video clip. Keep in mind that in Nero, you can only edit the ending.
* It reliably re-edits video. Even when you change the screen size, it stays the way it should, unlike Nero's where it erronously adds a border to the top & bottom of the video.
* The program is a major CPU-hog, so more memory is needed than the requirement. Even with plenty of RAM, the program still randomly crashes. So, be sure to save your project frequently as you edit your video in the timeline. Also if there's a lot of edits and/or more than 40 minutes of video in the timeline, there's a chance of the program crashing after rendering the first 15 seconds of the video.
* 5-frame un-synchronization at the end of each title in the DVD creator. This becomes an issue if you create a DVD with multiple titles. Each subsequent title will have the audio more out of synchronization than the previous one. I don't use this part of this program for this reason.
* Does not support imported video in all of the formats it claims it does. Outside of AVI's and MPG's in uncompressed PCM format, FORGET IT. Other formats cause program crashes, error boxes, and dropped frames...
* A strange bug that, if there's a video with any glitch, the blank you put at the end of your videos may keep part of the video you just did. This is an issue when you edit several videos. To avoid this, hit CTRL-N to clear the timeline after each rendered video.
* When putting multiple video & audio clips in, if the previous audio is a few frames shorter than its video, the next video you insert into the timeline may put place itself starting at the end of the audio clip (instead of being placed at the end of the video), cutting out the last few frames of the previous video.
THE NEGATIVES (not bugs):
* Does not support Dolby AC-3 audio. It won't say it in the program, but when you import video from your DVD, an "Unknown" error box comes up afterward and then your video appears so you can edit, but will have no audio. This is because your DVD burner records with Dolby audio and this program doesn't recognize it.
* Auto beginning placement of audio & video and YOU CAN'T SHUT IF OFF. To understand why this would be good is if somehow when the video is imported from your DVD, the audio may get slightly out of sync. This program will move the audio to start with the video. HOWEVER, under normal use, it will be throwing your audio OUT OF SYNC when it re-renders the video (it won't show when you preview beforehand either). Thankfully this doesn't happen to most video, but if you want to be absolutely sure this doesn't happen, extract the audio of your video first, place the extracted audio in the timeline, and mute all of the video above it.
* Many changes to defaults don't save permanently, so you have to set them every time you boot the program or hit CTRL-N to clear the timeline.
* No program updates/patches from Ulead :(
Hopefully this, combined with the other reviews here, will give everyone a full glimpse of what to expect with this program.
Others have listed problems of burn errors, crashes, etc. I would suggest to make sure you install all of Ulead's VS8 updates and patches. Also DMA (direct memory access) must be enabled for your hard drive to avoid dropping frames. I also recommend enabling DMA for your DVD-RW drive also. What may also help to avoid burn errors is to disable Write-behind caching on the hard drive used for video capture. I am running Win XP sp2 with no problems. DVD media does make a difference. Check and use media compatible for your DVD-RW drive only.
VS8 is able to mix still pics with video that others cannot do with the exception of Windows movie maker. But that's where it ends. VS8 captures and burns to DVD. Video capture quality is the best I have seen besides My Sonic DVD. All editing tools and features are intuitive for me but reading (skimming) through the 180 pg. manual made my learning curve a lot easier. I like the overlay feature, I am able to add pic in pic, text effects with over 700 video and graphic effects. I especially like the time line depicting the separate audio line. I can tweak the audio with the rubber band option, to lower or raise the background music track, narration, or video track at any time interval. Easy to use video trim tools. DVD authoring OK, no motion menus like My Sonic DVD. But rendering is faster than other softwares.
I have just created a DVD video for our Church depicting the past year events. The response is an overwhelming success! They thought it was professionally done!
- Stability!! This is by far the most important question when shopping for a video editor and, at least for me, VS8 is perfect.
- Pretty good tutorial included.
- Quick, easy editing of raw video.
- Lots of fun, easy-to-add effects.
- Easy to add video overlays, text, narration, and music.
- Greatly exceeds the needs of the home video artist.
- Intelligent DVD burner; after rendering for an hour, but targeting the wrong drive, it didn't start over when I changed to the correct drive.
- Missing basic cut and paste capability for clips.
- Instead of using standard Windows look and feel, the program takes over the whole screen and implements functions in it's own quirky way.
Bottom line: the pros overwhelm the cons.
Most recent customer reviews
The software is quite intuitive and I spent ~ 2 hours learning it and was able to consequently create two 1.Read more