Helpware: New Corel Movie-Making Software Makes Pros Of Amateurs

By Harold Glicken
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) There’s no shortage of movie-editing software on the market. With so many choices, what should you use? Columnist Harold Glicken (an amateur filmmaker) tests out the new Corel VideoStudioX10 Ultimate and compares that with VideoStudio.

Tribune News Service

Though my film career has been set mostly in movie theaters and my private screening room at home, I’ve been making movies for more than 50 years.

An early adapter, I bought my first Super 8 movie camera while I was still in college. The movies I made using that hand-held device, influenced by auteurs like Fellini and Cassavetes, were unscripted and shaky.

My films didn’t become interesting until my kids came along, at which point I transitioned to a heavy camcorder. Initially limited in what they could do and reliant on VHS tapes that sometimes broke in the middle of filming, camcorders gradually got smaller and lighter.

Fast-forward to my 6.6-ounce iPhone 7 Plus, which takes great videos.

Back in my Super 8 days, though, editing home movies was done either as I shot, which almost never worked well, or with an editing machine. I’d cut snippets of film with a scissors and paste them to footage of the next scene. When my older son was born, I went all-out and filled a bushel basket with three-minute films, which I later transferred to VHS and then to DVDs. I never mastered camcorder editing of my home movies until I came across simple devices that converted VHS analog movies to digital files.

Pinnacle Dazzle is my tool of choice for this task. It’s a small, $70 device that hooks up to a VHS player on one end and a PC on the other. Content is digitized as it streams to the PC.

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