Quick start
Quick start
If you want to dive into Corel VideoStudio right away, this tutorial will walk you through the key tasks. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to:
Import video clips to the Library
Add your clips and photos
Review and trim your video clips
Add titles
Apply transitions
Add music
Save and share
The same basic steps can be applied to create a photo slideshow or any multimedia presentation that includes photos, video clips, and music.
For a quick movie, try the FastFlick. For more information, see FastFlick.
For more details about starting movie projects, see Project basics.
Import video clips to the Library
Let’s start with the most common situation—the shoot is done and you’ve transferred your video clips and photos from your camera to your computer. We can open Corel VideoStudio, and jump directly to the Edit workspace and the Library.
The Library is the source for all your media, including video clips, photos, and music. It also houses templates, transitions, effects, and a variety of other media assets that you can use in your projects.
1 Click the Edit tab at the top of the application window to open the Edit workspace. The Library panel appears in the upper right corner of the application.
2 Create a folder for your project to keep all your videos together by clicking the Add a new folder button .
3 Type a name for the folder.
4 At the top of the Library, click the Import Media Files button , select the video clips and photos that you want to use, and click Open.
Note that the buttons at the top of the Library can be enabled and disabled to filter the thumbnails by video, photos, and music. If you don’t see the media you expect to see, check the state of these media buttons.
Add your clips and photos
Adding clips and photos to a video project is as easy as dragging thumbnails for the video clips and photos that you want to use from the Library to the Timeline.
If you’re looking for a way to get polished results quickly, you can use an Instant Project template. For more information, see Using Instant Project templates.
Review and trim your video clips
The key to a successful video is to keep it short enough to hold your viewer’s interest. Let’s review and trim the video clips.
1 In the Edit workspace, click a video clip in the Timeline.
2 In the Navigation area of the Player panel, click Clip, and click the Play button.
3 After you review the clip, drag the orange Trim Marker from the original starting position to the new starting position. The Scrubber moves to the selected frame and this frame displays in the Preview Window.
1. Trim Marker (one on each end). 2. Scrubber.
4 Now drag the second Trim Marker from the original end position to the new end position.
5 Click Play.
Note: Changes made to files imported into the Library do not affect the original files.
You can also trim video clips in the Timeline itself by dragging the end handles of a clip.
Want to edit a section in the middle? Try Multi-Trim Video. For more information, see Trimming video into multiple clips.
Add titles
Now let’s add a title.
1 Drag the Scrubber to the position you want.
2 Click the Title button to the left of the Library thumbnails.
3 You can type directly in the Preview Window, but the easiest way to get a professional-looking title, is to drag one of the title thumbnails from the Library to the Title track in the Timeline.
4 You can drag the title to any position in the Title track and adjust the duration of the title by dragging the end handles of the clip.
5 To edit the title text, double-click the title clip in the Timeline, in the Preview Window, select the text and type new text. Keep the text inside the box that displays near the edges of the Preview Window (called the Title Safe area).
6 The Options panel for titles displays below the thumbnails in the Library. Use any of the controls to format your title text. For example, you can align the text and change the font, size, and color.
Apply transitions
You can add transitions between clips or between photos. Transitions can be used to fade in or fade out or to dissolve one photo into the next. There are many transition options to choose from.
1 In the Library, click the Transition button .
2 Click the Gallery drop-list at the top of the Library, and choose All if you want to see what is available.
3 Drag the thumbnail for the transition you want to the Timeline and place it between two clips or photos.
If you want to apply the same transition between all clips and photos in the track, in the Library, right-click the transition thumbnail, and choose Apply current effect to video track. You will be warned about replacing any existing transitions.
Add music
You can add songs from your computer by dragging a music file from the Library to the Music track. You can also use Auto Music to choose royalty-free music to your project.
1 On the Timeline toolbar, click the Auto Music button .
1 In the Auto Music area that displays below the Library thumbnails, experiment with different choices in the drop-lists and click Play selected Music to listen to the selection.
2 To add your selection to the Timeline, click Add to Timeline.
3 The music is added to the Music track, and as with other clips, you can drag it to a new position in the Timeline and trim it by dragging the end handles.
4 To fade the music at the end of your project, click the Fade-out button in the Auto Music area.
Note that with any audio clips, or video clips that include sound, you can control the volume of the clips. For more information about adjusting audio, see Audio.
Save and share
When you’re finished with your project, you can save it and share it in a variety of ways. For this tutorial, we’ll upload it directly to the Web.
Before sharing, it’s important to save a version of your project to the native *.vsp format. This will give you maximum flexibility if you choose to edit your project later or if you want to output it to a different format.
1 Click the Share tab to view the Share workspace.
2 Click File > Save, choose a location from the Save in box, and type a name in the File name box.
3 To share your video on the Web, click the Web button , then click YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, or Vimeo, and click Log In to sign in to your account or to create an account. After you sign in and approve the link between Corel VideoStudio and the account, choose the settings you want for your video upload and click Start.