Intermediate video editing: VideoWave 7.0 Professional

VideoWave 7.0 Professional in­-cludes timeline editing, video overlays, narration and support for Dolby Digital audio and DivX video (the latter allowing you to save at high compression rates to reduce file sizes).

From the software's neat interface you can choose to capture, create and edit video, and the ability to jump in and out of certain areas of the video-editing process is good news for more experienced users. The downside is that some newer users might not know where to start.

First, you need to capture video from either an analog or digital source such as a VCR or camcorder. You then arrange scenes using one of three different modes: TimeLine, StoryLine or CineMagic.

The TimeLine mode lets you view all tracks and drag-and-drop and reorganise video clips, still images, audio files and transitions. You can add text effects and overlays such as an animated object or a still image that plays over the top of a photo, video clip or colour panel.

StoryBuilder is a wizard-like way to con­struct movies. You retain some creative control, but there's step-by-step guidance throughout the entire process.

In CineMagic mode the software does all the work, editing your production by trimming and adjusting the tempo, flow and transitions between clips. Your video can be previewed at any time in either mode using the Production Preview window, although you can't view your video in full-screen or widescreen mode and the window is locked in position. There's also no support for DVD-RAM or the MPEG-4 and Ogg Vorbis file formats. However, once you have created your video you can then save it as an internet-ready video clip, copy it to a camcorder or record it onto a DVD.

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