VideoStudio X8 provides new tools, additional intelligent features and enhanced performance. Updates include freeze frame and video masking, audio ducking and 4K hardware acceleration that the company says is more than four times faster when used with fifth-generation Intel Core processors.
Specifically, new features include more creative looks, the ability to convert titles to alpha channel files, motion tracking and screen capture for both system audio and microphone sound. Creative add-ons include NewBlue Video Essentials II with 10 new plugins to create vignettes and enhance color; ScoreFitter royalty-free sounds and songs for soundtracks that automatically adjust to fit the length of your movie; and 17 royalty-free music tracks from Triple Scoop Music.
Smart audio ducking balances dialog and narration with background sound so that the software detects that audio and automatically lowers the background sound volume.
The new version makes it easier to track clips used in your video. Thumbnails in the Library show a check mark when the clip has been used to help you avoid reusing the same footage. But you can re-use existing video projects with the multiple projects editing feature or save and re-use customized filters or transitions in future projects.
Enhanced asset management brings your organized media folders into a more intuitive media library, while an enhanced list view offers easy access to information such as resolution, frame rate and start/end times.
The new version’s 4K hardware acceleration also improves playback performance in full HD so more tracks can be played in real time. You can work with the XAVC S format for 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution while additional formats, such as MKV are now supported. New support for MOV (H.264 format) has also been added to VideoStudio’s export options, which already include AVI, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, QuickTime, WebM, Windows Media Format and HTML5.
VideoStudio Ultimate X8 includes all the features of VideoStudio Pro X8, and throws in a $500 collection of advanced special effects with plug-ins from proDAD, Boris Graffiti and NewBlue. New additions to the Ultimate version include proDAD Adorage Starter Pack and NewBlue FX Essentials IV.
Corel VideoStudio Pro X8 and Corel VideoStudio Ultimate X8 also come with a free 45-day, all-access pass to training from Studio Backlot.
VideoStudio Pro X8 ($79.99) and VideoStudio Ultimate X8 ($99.99) are available now in English, German, French, Dutch, Italian and Traditional Chinese. Upgrade pricing, a free trial and volume licensing for commercial and education organizations are available on Corel’s Website.