Avid Studio

Avid Studio has a whole array of new and improved features, which allows users to edit their creations and make them look professional

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Avid Studio Avid Studio is a good movie editing tool that has a lot of distinct features; it retails for $196
By  Clayton Vallabhan Published  August 17, 2011

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Key Specs

HD space: 5.8GB
Licence: Y
Memory: 2GB
Number of users: 1
OS: Windows

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Avid Studio is a digital media editor designed to help you edit your video content like a pro. Is it any good? We certainly think so.

Studio's interface is fairly simple to get around and the software starts with some tutorials which are quite helpful if you're editing for the first time.

The first facets you are greeted with are the tabs Library, Movie and Disc. In the Library section you can look at all the video files that you wish to import and work with. Even if you have hundreds of clips, a quick search can help filter them down to what you're really looking for. Clips can be previewed from the thumbnail itself, and the size of the thumbnails can be enlarged or reduced by using a nifty slider. In Library mode you can add effects and transitions to clips - there are more than 300 different transitions to choose from and while this may seem excessive, it's fun to see how each works with your content.

The Movie section is essentially a timeline based movie creator. There is a time code display on the upper right part of the timeline, as well as ruler below it. This mode allows you to watch the movie frame by frame or if you'd just like a preview of the beginning and end of the movie, that can be done too. The timeline can be extended if needed by simply selecting and dragging it with your mouse.

The Disc menu allows you to author a DVD or BD disc in HD video, once you're done with editing and adding the necessary effects and transitions. There are nearly 70 different menu styles that you can use to author your disc, and there is even a chapter creation wizard. Once you're happy with your creation, it has an integrated disc burner that will burn the project on whichever optical media you wish.

Avid Studio allows you to trim, split and join videos, as expected. To add clips you have to just drag them over to where you want to insert them into the timeline. Users can choose from Smart Editing, Insert and Overwrite modes to suit their editing preference. The Smart Editing automatically moves existing clips in the timeline depending on where you insert new clips, so it's a good option to work with. The Insert option simply inserts the clip into the timeline and moves the next clip forward to accommodate the new insertion. Overwrite mode doesn't offer you any options - it simply overwrites the older clip.

For other video corrections, Avid impresses yet again. It has an 'Enhance' option which allows you to adjust the brightness, contrast and colour of the video. The snapshot tool meanwhile allows you to grab specific frames from the video to use as images. It also allows you to adjust exposure. Here, we recommend small increments or you could end up with a washed out image.

Pros: Easy-to-use interface, hundreds of different effects and transitions, integrated HD video optical media burner.
Cons: Can take some time to process larger video files, a little pricier than the competition.
Verdict: Overall Avid Studio is the ultimate tool for a prosumer video editor. There is nothing that is easier to work with and more satisfying than this latest release.

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