With the increased availability of consumer video on even the cheapest mobile handsets, Corel has bundled its video-editing software with its latest digital image editor. Here, we show you how to make the most out of your home movies and favourite snaps with Corel Digital Studio 2010.

Lots of companies make programs for video and image editing, but most maximise their profits by selling those utilities separately. It's a more straightforward approach, perhaps, but it also means you'll have to fork out for two applications if you want to work with both photos and video on your PC.

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Corel used to take this approach with PaintShop Pro and VideoStudio. But the company has noticed the increased availability of consumer video - even the cheapest mobile handsets can record footage of a reasonable quality. So it makes sense to offer an affordable suite that combines photo and video tools in a single box.

Digital Studio 2010 (£59 inc VAT, corel.com) is the result of such ponderings, comprising PaintShop Photo Express and VideoStudio Express. It provides a complete suite of tools, but costs less than the Pro version of either package.

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Although PaintShop Photo and VideoStudio are still installed as separate programs, a redesigned interface makes it easy to switch between them without having to familiarise yourself with two sets of editing tools.

On launching either program you'll find yourself in the Media Organiser. Here you can browse, tag and organise your photo and video collections. Double-clicking any file takes you to the editing mode.

Easy-to-use tools are available for correcting flaws in your photos and video clips. You can also create longer movie clips by joining several together, or view your photos in sequence in a slideshow.

Once you're finished, an option in Digital Studio 2010 uploads video to websites such as YouTube and photos to Flickr. If you'd prefer to produce a DVD, Corel also bundles DVD Factory to help you quickly burn your projects to disk.

Getting started

Step 1: Digital Studio places shortcuts to its four separate applications and a gadget on your desktop. We deleted the shortcuts and used the gadget to access each program. However, you can switch off the gadget by right-clicking it and deselecting the auto-load option.

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Step 2: The suite consists of three main elements: PaintShop Photo, VideoStudio and DVD Factory. All display the same Media Organiser on launch. We've opened PaintShop Photo. The Import button (top right) is used to acquire more images, while the Library on the left accesses other media types.

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With the increased availability of consumer video on even the cheapest mobile handsets, Corel has bundled its video-editing software with its latest digital image editor. Here, we show you how to make the most out of your home movies and favourite snaps with Corel Digital Studio 2010.


Step 3: The Media Organiser automatically detects files on your PC. You can also import files from devices attached to your system. Connect a camera or phone to your PC and Corel will detect files stored on it. Click Select All to import all the files at once, or browse through and just select the files you like best.

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Step 4: The Media Organiser sorts your media by name, date or rating, or by its tag. Click Tags in the top-right corner to bring up the tag options. When you click on a photo, you'll see tags associated with that file. You can use the Search tool in the top toolbar to quickly search for images with a particular tag.

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Step 5: Double-click a file to bring up the Express Edit window. This provides a larger preview, along with a number of simple editing tools, including the Crop tool shown here, red-eye removal and a QuickFix option. Additional options allow you to assign a star rating - another tag you can search by.

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Step 6: On the righthand edge of this window is a tab labelled More Tools. Click this to access a palette containing advanced tools, including filters and frames. The useful Fine-Tune and Makeover tools adjust brightness and contrast and allow you to remove skin blemishes from a photo.

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With the increased availability of consumer video on even the cheapest mobile handsets, Corel has bundled its video-editing software with its latest digital image editor. Here, we show you how to make the most out of your home movies and favourite snaps with Corel Digital Studio 2010.

Step 7: VideoStudio's Express Edit window is similar to PaintShop Photo's. The top toolbar includes basic editing tools for trimming clips to the required length. Use the slider bars in the More Tools menu to brighten up the overall footage and to reduce shake in clips shot on a handheld camcorder.

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Step 8: When you've finished and saved your work, hit the Back button to return to the Media Organiser. In the toolbar at the top of the screen you'll see a Share button. This offers options for emailing individual photos and video clips to your friends or uploading them to websites such as Facebook or YouTube.

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Step 9: The Create button lets you embark on a variety of projects. In PaintShop Photo, this includes calendars, cards and photo slideshows. VideoStudio's Create option, meanwhile, focuses entirely on combining video clips to create a longer video project. Click Create, Movie to get started.

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Step 10: Name your project and specify whether it will result in a standard- or high-definition video. Select a style from the bottom menu bar. A number of fun styles are available, and include background graphics, ready-made titles and soundtrack music. Alternatively, you can select a simple style.

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With the increased availability of consumer video on even the cheapest mobile handsets, Corel has bundled its video-editing software with its latest digital image editor. Here, we show you how to make the most out of your home movies and favourite snaps with Corel Digital Studio 2010.


Step 11: VideoStudio will automatically return you to the Media Organiser. Add files to your project by dragging them into the Media Tray that runs across the bottom of the screen. You can also use the Media Tray as a storyboarding tool to arrange your clips in the correct sequence to tell your story.

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Step 12: Click ‘Go To Movie' to assemble your clips into a complete movie. VideoStudio automatically adds background graphics and other elements, such as title text, based on the style you chose, but you can always change this. Options at the bottom of the screen allow you to add a soundtrack or voice-over.

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Step 13: Below the large preview window is the QuickCut bar. This lets you move through the movie and select the scenes you want to edit. Some elements, such as title text, are highlighted in their own purple bars so you can pick them out easily. Double-click on the text to edit it - a selection of tools will pop up onscreen.

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Step 14: Switch to full-screen mode at any time to get a full-size preview of how your finished project will look. The next step is to decide how you want to distribute your movie. You can simply save it as a video file on your hard disk, export it to a external device, upload it to the web or burn it to disc.

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Using DVD Factory

The third main application in Corel's Digital Studio 2010 suite is DVD Factory 2010. This can be used to burn your projects to DVD, as well as for creating audio CDs and backup discs.

To keep things simple, DVD Factory 2010 shares the same interface as PaintShop Photo and VideoStudio. It's easy to get started, because you'll already be familiar with the tools needed to create your discs. Just as VideoStudio includes a set of styles for creating movie projects, DVD Factory has its own set of styles that can be used to quickly design the DVD menu.

Click ‘Select photos and video' to find the files you want to include on the DVD. You can add video files and movie projects created in VideoStudio, as well as sets of photos that will automatically
be converted into a slideshow.

Your final step is to edit the menu, adding suitable captions and moving the buttons around. Click on any menu button or on any piece of title text in order to edit it. Notice the two little buttons just above DVD Factory's preview window. The first of these allows you to split scenes into individual chapters, while the second button lets you preview the DVD menu before finally burning it to disc.