Ulead VideoStudio 9 meets video-editing needs of novices & hobbyists

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Ulead VideoStudio 9 meets video-editing needs of novices & hobbyists

Novices can make movies instantly with automated DV-to-DVD Wizard while hobbyists have complete creative control with powerful features such as Chroma Keying and Flash Animation Overlays.

As more and more consumers use digital camcorders, cameras, and camera phones to take videos and photos, all too often these digital memories never reach their intended audience.

To help consumers begin sharing these memories as fun-to-watch DVD movies and slideshows, Ulead Systems, Inc. - a 15-year developer of digital media software - debuts VideoStudio 9, the newest version of its easy-to-use and powerful video editing software.

Ulead designed VideoStudio 9 to make it scalable, offering three video editing modes to meet the skill level and various project demands of novices and hobbyists.

Building on the success of the multiple award-winning version 8, VideoStudio 9 takes automated video editing to the next level. Novices can start with the new DV-to-DVD Wizard, which, in two steps, automatically takes video straight off a DV camcorder and turns it into an edited DVD production.

For automation and control, the enhanced Movie Wizard lets users choose a stylish movie template - such as Sports, Holiday, Vacation, and even Drive-in Movie Theatre - and edits the video with text, music, transitions and a DVD menu, all of which can be customized.

For complete control, the full Video Editor provides a set of easy-to-use yet powerful video editing tools including Chroma Keying, Flash Animation overlays, Pan & Zoom on video and a variety of video and audio filters.
“Here at Ulead we recognize that people don’t need or want to go deep into the editing process with every project,” says Mark Wurdemann, Marketing Manager, Northern Europe, at Ulead Systems.

“Sometimes the right thing to do is just hook up your camcorder and get a set of shots onto DVD as quickly as possible. The new DV-to-DVD Wizard is ideal for this. At other times, you want more control with options to add a personal touch. The Movie Wizard meets this need."

"And, for those times when you want full creative control, there is the main Video Editor. We’ve made VideoStudio 9 completely scalable so novices won’t outgrow it and hobbyists are equipped with all the right tools depending on the task at hand.”

The number of consumers who are recording their digital memories – either as digital video or photos – is growing exponentially.

IDC forecasts that 12.9 million DV camcorders will ship worldwide in 2005 reaching 15.3 million DV camcorders in 2007.
At the same time, InfoTrends/CAP Ventures projected that worldwide unit sales of consumer digital cameras would reach nearly 53 million in 2004, with digital camera sales expected to experience a compound annual growth rate of 15% over the next four years, to reach 82 million units in 2008. *

Main Features

Fast Movie Making
The new DV Quick Scan feature lets consumers save time by quickly scanning video clips on the DV tape and selecting only the clips they want to capture. Once the clips are selected, the new DV-to-DVD Wizard automatically turns videos into edited DVDs with a DVD menu, titles, transitions, and music.

The Movie Wizard now offers over 20 movie templates to choose from. At the same time, it includes smart pan & zoom, which automatically detects flesh tones on photos.

Powerful Video Editing Tools Made Easy
For complete control, users can go into the full Video Editor. Its complete seven-step workflow guides them through the movie-making process. Chroma Keying lets users add different video backgrounds to their productions. This is perfect for making a person appear like they’re somewhere else – e.g., travelling through Paris, flying through space, or in a newsroom – any video will work.

It’s now possible to combine flash animation with video to add artistic flair and sophistication to video productions. Users can choose from a variety of Flash animations provided or create their own. With new ripple editing, it’s possible to trim, rearrange or remove unwanted scenes and VideoStudio 9 will automatically shift video clips, music, titles and overlays so that they are in-sync.

Unique in the market, users can now distort or reshape video and images so that they appear at an angle. New mask effects create optical transitions to create a fluid-like effect. At the same time, new video filters include particle effects like clouds and rain. Enhanced titling lets users place multiple titles on the same video frame and animate each title separately.

More Ways to Share
Once a movie is finished, VideoStudio 9 can transfer to tape, DVD, CD and the Web. Users can create Hollywood-like DVDs with theme-based menu templates that include motion backgrounds and buttons. Not only is it possible to edit 16:9 videos, but also users can create a home theatre-like experience by creating 16:9 DVD menus.

The new Movie Screensaver creates a Windows screensaver from a favourite slideshow or video clip complete with music. VideoStudio 9 can edit and output files from MPEG-4 devices, 3GPP mobile camera phones, and provides unique support for WMV HD files as well as WMV files for Smart Phones and Pocket PCs. Within VideoStudio 9 users can effortlessly encode and upload videos to share via Neptune.com MediaShare, a pioneering web site for sharing videos over the Web.

Availability and pricing
VideoStudio 9 will be available in retail from PC World, WH Smiths, Amazon, Dabs and other online stores as well as from www.ulead.co.uk at RRP £49.99 inc Vat. The upgrade will be available at a RRP of £29.99 inc Vat. For more information www.ulead.co.uk

About Ulead Systems
Ulead Systems, Inc. is a leading developer of innovative video, imaging and graphics software for desktop, server, mobile and Internet platforms. As more people use digital technologies at home, school and the workplace, Ulead software empowers users of all levels with the tools to easily and affordably personalise, manage and share digital content. For more information on the company please go to www.ulead.co.uk

* Sources

InfoTrends 2003 Worldwide Consumer Digital Camera Forecast;
InfoTrends/CAP Ventures Mobile Imaging: Technology Trends, Consumer Behavior, and Business Strategies;
IDC 2003 Worldwide DVCam and DSC Report.