Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Avid Studio Part 2 - Video to DVD Transfer Service

We purchased and have been using Avid Studio for about a week. If you're thinking about purchasing Avid Studio, you can go to the Pinnacle website and download a trial. Included in the program is a small program called NemoCheck. This program tests the power of your computer and tells you if your computer meets the specs for different types of video. For example, our computer gets the message after running NemoCheck "Your computer is powerful and will run very well with 1080p HD video. Make sure when running the check that no other programs are running or you will get an inaccurate result. We recommend trying this with the free trial to make sure your computer has the horsepower to run Avid Studio adequately for your needs.

Some good things so far about Avid Studio:

1. The included short training videos are very good, and will help you make the transition from Pinnacle Studio.

2. Rendering times are much, much shorter than Pinnacle Studio.

3. When installing the programs and the included addons, you are asked for the codes before installation. No more adding code keys. This is a big plus.

4. There is a plugin (which can be purchased) which allows the use of SonicFire Pro. Works seamlessly from within Avid Studio.

5. The included content is impressive. Lots and lots of transitions, video effects, audio effects, titles, etc.

6. The Avid Studio window is very customizable.

7. We really like the unlimited tracks feature. You can add as many tracks as you wish, and can add tracks below or above the current track you are working on.

Some negatives:

1. There is only a timeline view, and NO storyboard view. For quick slideshows with transitions between each photo, Pinnacle Studio is much easier to use.

2. When working with motion titles, our program kept crashing. We found that inserting the text we want BEFORE choosing a motion title gets rid of this problem.

3. It's very, very difficult to use older Pinnacle plugins with Avid Studio, and those that have been successful in getting them to work with the interface have found all kinds of bugs, and they cause multiple crashes.

So far so good. We'll write more after we've worked with the program for a longer period of time.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Avid Studio - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Pinnacle just released their new video editing software Avid Studio. We are not going to be using this video editing software for one important reason--it does not have a storyboard feature. For those who do not use the storyboard in other Pinnacle Studio products, the software gives you the following features:

--markers and keyframes
--a library that manages all of your media files
--an in-program editor to make changes to audio, video and photos without leaving the program
--unlimited tracks
--lots of extra plugins and transitions

Looking at everything that is available in Avid Studio vs. the new Studio 15, you would probably only want to choose Avid Studio if you absolutely must have unlimited tracks for your video to dvd transfer project.

Pinnacle Studio 15 - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Pinnacle just released Studio 15 video editing software (which in our opinion should have been the patch for Studio 14 that was never released). We purchased and are using this video to dvd program. It renders files much, much faster than any previous version of Studio and allows for video to dvd transfer. Some of the new features:

--new archive/restore tool which will make a backup of all files of the project you are working on so you can easily work on it later and not worry if all of your original files are in the correct place

Yep, that's about the only thing that has changed besides obvious coding changes that make the program much, much snappier and responsive. If you work with the program on a daily or weekly basis and were disappointed with Studio 14, the upgrade is worth it.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Video Editing with Serif MoviePlus X5 - Video to DVD Transfer Service

Video to dvd transfer and transfer video to dvd enthusiasts will be excited about the new video editing software from Serif--the Serif MoviePlus X5 high definition video suite. The new suite gives you the ability to edit and add effects to your video editing project, and then burn the project to DVD or Blu-ray. You also get a free green screen.

The suite includes lots of import and export options, no limit on the number of tracks in the timeline mode, lots of special effects and transitions, the ability to reduce shakiness in video, noise reduction, AVCHD, HDV, picture in picture, and Dolby Digital.

This video editing product will work with Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.