Ulead MediaStudio "Pro 6.5

Video-editing applicationHot on the heels of Adobe's significant upgrade to video-editing market leader Premiere, Ulead has updated its application, MediaStudio Pro 6.5.

Professional DV applications have a reputation for being inscrutable. Newcomers may initially be perplexed by the fact that MediaStudio is divided into five modules. These components are a video-capture application, video and audio editors, and painting and titling tools.

The big disappointment with MediaStudio is its manual and inline help menu files. Despite DVD being the big drawcard, the inline help for the video editor makes no mention of DVDs or how to use this feature. To make it worse, you get three printed manuals: the manual for version 6, the 6.5 addendum and a tiny eight-page foldout for the DVD plug-in. The manual for version 6.0 was confusing enough for newcomers, but now you have to cross-reference three different documents - this is inexcusable for a $1200 program up to a 6.5 release.

The engine room of MediaStudio Pro is found in the video-editing module, which supports up to 99 tracks. Its timeline-based interface, complete with source and preview windows, will be familiar to Premiere users. A significant difference, though, is MediaStudio's Production Library, a multifunction tool that gives swift access to an impressive range of more than 100 transitions and filters, including excellent 2D and 3D motion effects. The Production Library doubles as a media asset tray and storyboard editor, allowing you to sort clips before adding them to the timeline.

Standard project export formats are enhanced by support for variable bit rate MPEG-2 encoding, which permits higher-quality video with smaller file sizes.

MediaStudio's excellent vector-based character generator, CG Infinity, allows you to design animated titles that can be imported directly into the editor's timeline. Basic titling functions - including text with shadow attributes - are also available in the video editor itself.

At this price point there's little to match the features of MediaStudio's paint module. You can paint directly over any video frame in a sequence, a feature rescued from limited appeal by its excellent macro-recording feature that allows you to apply paint effects over time.

MediaStudio's capture tool is used to grab video from sources ranging from analog video recorders to DV cameras. Attached USB or FireWire source devices are automatically detected, and our test DV camera was recognised as soon as it was plugged in.

As a high-end production tool, there are hits and misses. An attempt has been made to let you instantly try effects without having to wait for them to be built. This rendering time appears to be shorter than in previous versions thanks to the introduction of an instant playback feature. This promises to let you see the results of applied transitions and effects in near real-time, although, in practice, workable results will only be obtained on PCs with top-end processors.

MediaStudio also breaks new ground in partially satisfying growing user demand for DVD-authoring features via an included plug-in that allows you to export to DVD format via a wizard-style workflow. However, with so few DVD burners on the market, it will be some time before this will become a useful feature.

Ulead MediaStudio "Pro 6.5

MediaStudio is a feature-packed video-editing package that should have received closer to 4.5 stars, but poor documentation will frustrate "many newcomers. Apart from the DVD authoring (which is available separately), most of the new tweaks in 6.5 should have been addressed as a "free patch from 6.0.

Price: $1150 (full version); $879 (full version education); $490 (upgrade).

Distributor: Pineapplehead Distribution.

Phone: (03) 9852 7444; 1300 302 306.

URL: www.pineapplehead.com.au;"www.ulead.com.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?