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Helpware: Copy Discs, Create DVDs, And Edit Movies And Photos With One Tool

By Harold Glicken
Tribune News Service.

Corel has done something with software I haven’t seen before.

Its stable of utilities, called Roxio Creator NXT Pro 4, helps you easily create 3-D photos. If that’s not enough, it will also help you capture video from your movie camera. Further, it has basic and advanced photo editing programs, along with a disc data- and DVD-burning program, a label program, and a way to share your videos on YouTube, Facebook, and other social media sites. And in case the intuitive interface doesn’t work for you, it has video help files.

You can capture music and other audio from your sound card, edit information about your song, create audio books and labels, and even digitize analog audio files. You can burn MP3 CDs, create music projects and edit audio files. IZotope Music and Speech Cleaner, another utility, helps get rid of annoying hissing and pops as you edit videos.

Still with me?

It will help you create photo slideshows, panoramas, and labels, and share your photos with the world.

For videos, you can edit either in simple or advanced mode, capture video from Android smartphones and tablets, and use rather nice templates to make movies for viewing on just about any kind of phone or tablet and post them on the Web.

If all you’re interested in is copying data, you can burn CDs and DVDs and even save your files as a disc images as an .iso file or five other formats. The label program hearkens back to an earlier time, when all you had to do was fill in the blanks.

A utility called Burn 3 lets you create encrypted discs.

Now, at the risk of sounding like a late-night pitchman, there’s more.

For photographers who need a more robust editing program, Roxio Creator comes with the last year’s copy of the company’s flagship program, PaintShop Pro X7. PaintShop’s interface looks a lot like Adobe Photoshop. That is, it can be a bit overwhelming for new users. It’s not as user-friendly as Adobe Photoshop Elements, which lets you choose from three levels of expertise. Still, if you’re looking for a low-cost photo editing program that has plenty of video tutorials, this might suit you.
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For folks who shoot photos in “raw” mode, AfterShot 2 helps you edit those photos over and over, without the destructive process of over-editing JPEG files. Each time you edit the same JPEG file, it loses a touch of clarity; not so with raw files.

That’s a lot of stuff in one excellent package, and the price is right: $130 for all the programs and utilities, which run only on Windows PCs. Trial versions can be downloaded at www.corel.com.
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ABOUT THE WRITER
Harold Glicken is a retired newspaper editor. He can be reached at [email protected]

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