Samsung NV20 - Digital Camera - Compact Specifications

Editor’s &
Secretary’s Notes
Contact Details
OmniPage 16
Ulead Video Studio
11 Plus
Norton Ghost 12
Lexmark X4550
Samsung Cameras
Pinnacle Studio 11
Plus
Sorry for the short notice about the August
meeting not taking place, but given that traditionally the August meetings because of holiday
commitments etc are poorly attended and turn
out to be fairly “dead” meetings it was agreed we
should give the August meeting a miss in future.
However don’t despair as we’ll be back to
normal in September with some interesting talks
and demos lined up for the autumn season.
Secretary’s Meetings Notes
Monday 11th June 2007 — Paint Shop Pro
Tutorials. Tony played some of the Lynda.com
tutorials that come with Paint Shop Pro XI Photo.
They covered everything from the basics to the
more complex of photo editing procedures. We
saw how to rotate your image, adjust the levels to
compensate for lack of flash, correct skin blemishes, whiten teeth, remove objects and crop
images ready for printing. The woman doing the
voice over had a strong American accent which
took a while to get used to but she didn’t use too
many technical terms in her descriptions.
Some of the subtle changes were lost when
viewing the files via the projector (as opposed to
watching it on screen), but the techniques will be
of tremendous help to those who use this cheaper
alternative to the more expensive and complex
Photoshop. An informative evening
Monday 9th July 2007 - Survey Results and DVD
Home Moviemaking. The first part of the evening on
Monday 9th July was devoted to a presentation by Laurence Fenn of his ROM Survey of how members use
their PC’s. The result of the Members Survey can be
viewed on the Group Web site.
This was followed by a tutorial DVD presented by
Tony Hawes on “DVD Home Moviemaking - A Beginners Guide”. Tony explained that the DVD was applicable to all the main home moviemaking programs
including Pinnacle Studio Plus, Ulead Video Studio
and Adobe Premiere Elements. The tutorial covered the
subject from basic concepts to a professional standard
in episodes covering such subjects as, DVD standards,
shooting your video, transferring home movies from a
camcorder to PC, video editing, adding sound and special effects, adding stills, and burning to disc. I am sure
that this introduction to the subject will encourage
members to think seriously about acquiring a camcorder.
Defra
Having followed the correspondence in the papers
about the recent outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease
down the road from here, I was struck by some of the
comments in the media of farmers who suffered (and
those not afflicted) by the last outbreak in 2001. Those
who had not been affected, i.e. those with disease-free
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ROM is now only available as a full-colour .pdf download from the Group web page at:
www.guildfordpcusergroup.co.uk
NEXT MEETING — Monday
10th September 2007 at 7.45 p.m.
Seagate & Maxtor
External Hard Drives
Portable Hard Drives from Seagate and
possibly Maxtor.
When you read the review of Symantec’s
Norton Ghost 12 on page 6 and if you have
a Maxtor OneTouch external hard drive connected, you’ll realise that Ghost 12 has a
neat back-up touch up its sleeve. So finger’s
crossed we’ll have a Maxtor OneTouch drive
on demo to show how it well it works.
Spread the word and please bring a
friend — coffee, tea & chocolate biscuits are
free.
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Meetings are held on the 2nd Monday
of each month at 7.45pm at the
Stoughton Youth Club and Community
Centre (opposite “The Royal” — Pub)
Worplesdon Road (A322), Guildford.
Monday 8th October 2007 at 7.45 pm
Latest Printer / Scanners on demo.
Monday 12th November 2007 at 7.45 pm
In arrangement.
Monday 10th December 2007 at 7.45pm
Christmas Quiz
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contact the following members of
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cattle, said almost without exception that they
were envious of farmers with infected cattle
who had had their herds slaughtered and received mega-bucks compensation. So I was
amused by this letter that has been doing the
rounds about the anomalies of agricultural compensation — read on.
Letter to Secretary of State
Chairman
(Position Currently Vacant —
contact Tony Hawes for info)
Copy of a letter sent by a friend to Hilary
Benn MP, the newly appointed Secretary of
State of the Department for Environment, Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Secretary & Public Relations
Bryce McCrirrick
Surrey Place,
5 Coach House Gardens,
FLEET, GU51 4QX
Tel: 01252 623422
e-mail: b.mccrirrick@ntlworld.com
Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP
The Secretary of State.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (Defra),
Nobel House
17 Smith Square
London SW1P 3JR
12th August 2007
Treasurer
Francis Jacques
“Sampford”, Elmstead Road,
WEST BYFLEET, KT14 6BJ
Tel: 01932 341888
e-mail: francis.jacques@virgin.net
Web Master
Laurence Fenn
84 St George’s Road,
ALDERSHOT, GU12 4LJ
Tel: 01252 330408
e-mail: laurence@orchardoo.com
Laurence’s Web Page:
http://www.orchardoo.com
(this site contains many of the
reviews that have appeared in
ROM)
Group Web Page:
www.guildfordpcusergroup.co.uk
Meeting Room Key Holder
Tony Hawes
Details below
EDITOR
Tony Hawes
25 Folly Close, FLEET, GU52 7LN
Tel: 01252 617962
Fax: 01252 664756
Mobile: 07941 778007
e-mail: thawes@ntlworld.com
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Dear Secretary of State,
First may I congratulate you on being appointed as Secretary of State to the Department
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(Defra) in the new prime minister’s latest government re-shuffle.
I would be grateful for your advice. I have a
friend, who is in farming at the moment, who
recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the
Rural Payments Agency for the laudable activity of not rearing pigs. Hearing how successful
he is I consider I would be an ideal candidate
for the ‘not rearing pigs’ business. My current
profession is as a consultant underwater firefighter, but as you will doubtless know from
government statistics, the UK’s North Sea oil
and gas wells are running dry, which means that
the underwater fire-fighting business is in decline meaning there is consequent reduction in
underwater fires — or at least not enough of
them to keep me fully and gainfully employed.
So the present is now an opportune time to
think about a change in direction where my
business activities will be of more benefit to our
country.
To continue — the prime minister has obviously appointed you to the post of Secretary of
State based on your expertise in your new departments’ various functions, so given your
undoubted knowledge as the top man in Defra,
may I ask what in your opinion is the best kind
of farm on what not to rear pigs and which is
the best breed of pig not to rear? I want to be
sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with
all government policies as laid down by your
department and as directed by the European
Union under the Common Agricultural Policy.
Personally I would prefer not to rear bacon pigs,
but if this is the type you don’t want not to be
reared, please suggest an alternative. I also
wonder whether there are any advantages in not
rearing rare breeds such as Saddlebacks or
Gloucester Old Spots, or are there too many
people, such as conservationists, who have
already cornered the market in not raising rare breeds
of pig?
As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will
be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I
haven’t reared. Are there any Government or Local
Authority funded seminar’s or courses of instruction
that I could attend that would show me the skills and
“best practices” to adopt when not rearing pigs?
My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has
been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he
ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is until
this year, when he received a cheque for £3,000 for not
rearing any at all. Knowing that I had an interest in
farming and knowing that my underwater fire fighting
skills were not needed so often, my friend thought it
was an opportune time for me to diversify and suggested I write to you for advice.
My friend knows that although I like to call a spade
a spade I’m not the sort of person who likes to get his
hands’ dirty and he considered that not raising pigs
was an ideal introduction to modern-day farming
methods thus avoiding the need to grubby one’s hands
or worse — the thought of having to wade daily
through piles of pig excrement is something I just
couldn’t contemplate; the sight and smell is totally
against my sensibilities, to which should be added the
fact that my wife just hates me coming into the house
with my boots on. Having watched the various Vet’s
programs on TV, I am only too well aware that as a
traditional farmer when raising ‘real’ animals there is
always the possibility that I would need to enter the
house in an emergency with boots covered in pig’s
muck (to fetch pails of boiling water when the sows
are farrowing being a perfect example if TV is to be
believed), if this should happen to me, I feel sure such
activities would cause a rift in my marriage. The opportunity therefore of not needing to get one’s boots
mucky when not rearing pigs is an appealing and attractive prospect, and in these circumstances and having discussed the matter with the wife, we are both of
the opinion that I am ideally suited to a career in the
new and exciting ‘not raising pigs’ sector of the farming industry, hence this enquiry to you for advice.
Taking my friend’s circumstances as an example. If
I should enter the farming industry and get £3,000 for
not rearing 50 pigs, I assume that pro-rata I will get
£6,000 for not rearing 100 pigs. £6,000 seems a fair
commercial return, but before taking it further I’d like
your confirmation that this is indeed the case? Initially
I plan to operate on a small scale, restricting myself to
not raising around 4,000 pigs in my first year of operation. By not raising 4,000 pigs my calculations show
that I would be entitled to about £240,000 in the first
year. Verification from your department that my figures are correct would also be welcomed.
As I gain the necessary skills and expertise in not
rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious in future
years, perhaps increasing to, say, not rearing 40,000
pigs in my second year, for which I should expect
about £2.4 million from the department. Incidentally, I
wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs as they will not be producing harmful and polluting methane gases.
Another point. The pigs that I plan not to rear will I
calculate not need to eat 2,000 tonnes of cereal feed. I
understand that you also pay farmers for not growing
cereal crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don’t rear? I am also
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ness, so please send any information you
have on that too. Please could you also
include the current Defra advice on setaside fields? Can this be done on an ecommerce basis with virtual fields? Provided the financial rewards are worthwhile
I am quite prepared to set aside several
thousand hectares of virtual fields in order
to meet departmental and EU Common
Agricultural Policy targets when applied to
set-aside schemes.
In view of the above you will realise that
I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for both unemployment and
housing benefits, however I understand that
unemployment benefits are the responsibility
of another government department and housing benefit is the responsibility of my local
authority and I will be pursuing these matters separately with them direct. But you will
understand that claiming unemployment and
housing benefit will be relatively small
change when offset against the gain to the
economy and country’s wealth for not raising pigs.
Once again congratulations on your appointment and you should know that if you or your
department should accept me into the ‘not
raising pigs” sector of the farming community,
you can be assured that my wife and I will be
voting for your party at the next general election.
I am sir
Yours faithfully [*******]
(Name obscured to protect his identity under
data protection laws).
See you at the September meeting! — Ed.
Nuance’s OmniPage 16 — OCR Software
ment – including letters, contracts, spreadsheets, magazine articles, research reports,
technical manuals and more.
“The new release of OmniPage delivers
powerful document capture and conversion
capabilities that are particularly valuable to
users of Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft
Office system and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007,” said Gray Knowlton,
group product manager for the Office Group
at Microsoft Corp. “Supporting the Ecma
Open XML file formats and XPS will help
users capture and exchange information in
open formats – an important step forward in
enabling interoperability.”
Your Editor had an opportunity to see the
latest version of Nuance’s OmniPage Professional 16 at a recent briefing in London.
It has an impressive range of new features and whilst we await the review copy,
read below the Press Release from Nuance.
OmniPage Professional 16
Nuance Unveils OmniPage Professional
16, Making Paper and PDF Conversion
More Valuable to More People than Ever
Before
World’s Best Selling OCR and Document
Conversion Software Delivers Unrivalled
Accuracy, Ease-of-Use and Innovative
Features – Using Your Scanner, MFP and
Digital Camera
London, UK, July 31, 2007 – Nuance
Communications, Inc. a leading provider of
speech and imaging solutions, today introduced OmniPage Professional 16, the newest version of the world’s best-selling and
most accurate optical character recognition
(OCR) and document conversion application for Microsoft Windows. With the best
document conversion accuracy, breakthrough three-dimensional (3D) digital
camera capture technology and amazing
speed advances, OmniPage Professional 16
is the easiest way to edit, share and store
paper, PDF and electronic documents.
Its high accuracy and patented innovations have made OmniPage Professional
the world’s best-selling desktop OCR application for years. The new release of OmniPage Professional strengthens the heart of
OCR by delivering a 27 percent increase in
document conversion accuracy and speed
increases of up to 46 percent. Better still,
Nuance has integrated its newest technology to take advantage of today’s pervasive
dual-core processors to deliver an amazing
97 percent speed improvement when comparing OmniPage 15 on a single core system – making OmniPage 16 up to 50 percent more accurate and more than 46 percent faster than alternatives.
OmniPage Professional 16 is also the first
desktop OCR application to provide native
support for the new open standard Ecma
Open XML file formats used by the 2007
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Features and Capabilities
Microsoft Office system. Further, OmniPage
Professional 16 is the first OCR application
to provide input and export support for the
XML Paper Specification, or XPS, an important new ‘electronic paper’ format for
scanning, sharing, archiving and indexing
documents for search applications.
“I think we’ve all recognized that paper
documents are not going away anytime soon,
and they continue to create significant business and productivity challenges when compared to electronic documents,” said Ralph
Gammon, editor and publisher, Document
Imaging Report. “With OmniPage 16, Nuance shows that OCR and document conversion can be applied in new ways to overcome these challenges. Increased speed and
accuracy, a simplified user interface, enhanced forms capabilities, XPS and Office
2007 support – all of these features cement
Nuance’s status as a leader in the document
capture market. OmniPage continues to offer
real value and time savings benefits to organizations of all sizes.”
Because of its accuracy and ease of use,
millions have selected OmniPage over alternatives to replace manual document conversion with an automated approach, saving
time and overcoming the high costs associated with traditional paper processes. Organizations large and small turn to OmniPage to automate the paper-to-digital conversion and archiving of every kind of docu-
Most compelling in OmniPage 16 are the
features and capabilities that extend the applications of OCR and document conversion to a
broader set of everyday document tasks. Many
of the enhancements and new features in OmniPage 16 are unique innovations not available
in alternative solutions. These include:
Best OCR and Document Conversion
Accuracy – OmniPage Professional 16 is 27
percent more accurate in overall document
conversion than the previous release, with
significant advances in providing “same as
original” conversion to editable formats. Instead of relying on text boxes and other visual
tricks to mimic the look of the original, OmniPage duplicates the original using the highestlevel features within word processing and
spreadsheet applications. This results in columns, tables, graphics and text that are eminently editable, and makes OmniPage 16 up to
50 percent more accurate than alternatives.
The Fastest Ever – OmniPage Professional
16 avoids the traditional trade-off of accuracy
at the expense of speed. The new release is
both more accurate and faster, delivering up to
46 percent speed improvements for document
conversion. Nuance has implemented additional improvements that enable even better
performance on Intel and AMD dual-core
processing chips, which have become common for personal computers from vendors
such as Dell and HP.
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sand words with OmniPage
Professional 16. While
others have tried to support
converting documents
captured using digital cameras, the accuracy and results have disappointed.
Through the addition of
3DC, or 3D Capture, OmniPage automatically corrects for the distortion of
the angle and rotation of
the camera, as well as for
the curve of the page in an
3DC (3-Dimension Capture) at work as it copies deep into the spine of open books etc.
open book – making OmniPage 16 a practical solution
more seamless and powerful than ever.
Page more valuable to existing users – and
for digital camera capture and up to an
more compelling to an even broader audiastounding 74 percent more accurate than
First OCR to Include Electronic and
ence.”
alternatives.
Paper Forms Processing – For organizations needing a better way to implement
Unique “Scan-and-Redact” – Handling
3D Capture for Digital Cameras
electronic and paper forms processes, scansensitive information is a serious concern
One of the more innovative features of Omning and OCR alone are not sufficient.
for government and corporate organizaniPage
16 is the 3D Capture for Digital CamWhile
sending
PDF
forms
is
easy,
the
chaltions, as well as individuals concerned with
eras. Others such as Abbyy FineReader Pro
lenge is in processing completed forms into
names and email addresses, social security
support converting documents captured using
data – a challenge that is met with the new
and phone numbers and other information
digital cameras, however in certain circumrelease
of
OmniPage
Professional
16.
Now
that can be used by identity thieves. Omnistances the accuracy and results can be disapusers can complete PDF forms on their PC
Page Professional 16 is the first desktop
pointing. OmniPage 16 through the addition of
and
submit
them
as
either
paper
or
PDF,
OCR product to address this concern, mak3DC (3D Capture) automatically corrects for
where OmniPage Professional 16 will autoing redaction – the removal of text from an
the distortion of the angle and rotation of the
mate
the
data
extraction
into
CSV
files
image and PDF file – a core feature. It is
camera, as well as for the curve of the page in
suitable for Microsoft Office Excel and
also the first ever to make redaction a part
an open book – making OmniPage 16 a practidatabase
applications.
of the scanning process. Users can set sencal solution for digital camera capture and up
sitive words or phrases as an attribute prior
One-Button Workflow – In order to
to an astounding 74 percent more accurate
to scanning, and OmniPage Professional 16
distil complex, multi-step tasks into a sinthan alternatives.
will redact on the fly. Users can also select
gle click, OmniPage Professional 16 has
I regularly carry out research at the National
highlight-for-redaction, where candidate
made creating and using document workArchives at Kew in London using a 5MP Acer
words are highlighted for review by the
flows even easier – and has added native
camera mounted on one of the National Arindividual or others prior to the final redacsupport for the ODMA content managechives supplied camera stands to take photos
tion step. Nuance has submitted a patent
ment standard and Microsoft Office Shareof documents and later at home use the import
application for the redaction capabilities
Point Server 2007 in order to make storing
photographic image process with Abbyy Finedelivered in OmniPage.
your documents even easier.
Reader Pro 8 OCR to convert the photoEasiest OCR to Use – OmniPage 16
First OCR to Support 2007 Microsoft
graphic image into editable text in Word forproves once and for all that scanning and
Office System Files and XPS – Nuance
mat. It will be interesting to see how Omnidocument conversion does not have to be
and Microsoft have had a close relationship
Page 16’s 3-DC feature works, especially
complex. Its Quick Convert feature autoon OCR and document conversion for
when it’s necessary to copy documents, books
mates and simplifies turning paper and PDF
many years, including a collaboration that
or manuscripts with fat bindings that are often
into documents that you can edit, while its
resulted in PDF Converter, the first-ever
a copier’s nightmare and result in text that is
patented One-Button scanning makes it
solution that accurately turned PDF into
often unrecognised by the OCR software.
easy to associate specific tasks to buttons
Microsoft Office Word documents. The
Nuance have promised to supply a review
on your scanner – such as scan-to-Word or
collaboration has continued through the
copy — it’ll be interesting to see how it comPDF, save as XPS and more. The new Filedevelopment of export filters for OmniPage
pares with Abbyy FineReader Pro 8 which
It Assistant feature even creates barcode
that leverage the Ecma Open XML file
essentially does the same job, albeit without
coversheets that let you automatically scan
formats used in 2007 Microsoft Office
the OmniPage 16’s 3-DC facility — so watch
documents directly into specific folders on
system applications, including Office Word
this space.
your PC and network.
(.docx), Office PowerPoint (.pptx) and
Office
Excel
(.xlsx).
Nuance
has
also
added
First OCR with Integrated Document
Pricing and Availability
robust support for the XML Paper SpecifiManagement – Scanning and OCR simply
OmniPage 16 will be available in late Aucation, XPS, which enables document shararen’t enough for the millions of people
gust through Nuance’s global network of reing and archiving with Windows Vista.
using all-in-one and multifunction devices
seller partners. OmniPage 16 Standard is
to turn paper into digital information that
“With OmniPage Professional 16, Nu£79.99 including VAT, while OmniPage 16
they can store and search. Nuance responds
ance has significantly improved the core
Professional is £249.00 excluding VAT for
to this need by being the first to bundle
features that matter most within OCR prodindividual users, with volume discounts availdocument management capabilities with a
ucts – accuracy, speed and application supable. Upgrade pricing and support products
desktop OCR application by adding Paperport,” said Robert Weideman, senior vice
are also available. For additional information
Port 11 to OmniPage Professional 16. Furpresident and general manager for Nuance
on features, pricing and volume licensing
ther, for existing users of PaperPort and
Productivity Applications. “More impresprograms, please visit www.nuance.co.uk.
PaperPort Professional, OmniPage Professive are the robust set of new features, such
sional 16 includes enhanced “scan to” feaas 3D Capture for digital cameras and scantures that make using the two products
to-redact capabilities, which make OmniPage 4
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Ulead VideoStudio 11 Plus
Reviewed by Laurence Fenn
artefacts, didn’t substantially improve the
quality of the blocky clips I tested. I tried this
with some poorly encoded VCD clips (the
VCD frame size is a quarter of DVD) and
some good VCD clips. Like with picture editing programs, there is only so much you can
improve on. You cannot create a perfect clean
video from a badly encoded original, just as
you can’t make a perfectly sharp image from a
blurred photo.
Pause Button When Encoding
Your Video
Ulead was a strong brand in video editing, so Corel (who bought Jasc’s Paint
Shop Pro) have acquired them to add to
their software group.
Their isn’t much difference between this
and the previous version 10, but if you
don’t have a video editing package, then
this will certainly provide all the tools
needed to turn a boring family video into a
slick presentation with titles, effects, music
and a finished DVD with fancy menus.
very different from version 10, has been
tweaked. Most useful is the ability to increase the size of the timeline and reduce the
Preview window. The Enlarge button fits all
the tracks onscreen automatically, so you
don’t have to scroll around when using lots
of overlays. You can also now add cue
points to the timeline to help you find specific scenes in your edit. These can be used
as chapter points when outputting the video
to disc.
The Splash Screen
When you launch VideoStudio, the initial
splash screen presents you with three simple options. The DV-to-DVD Wizard allows you to quickly grab video clips from a
camcorder and burn them straight onto
DVD. The Movie Wizard allows you to
import a series of video clips and select a
template that will automatically create an
introductory sequence for you and then
insert transitions between each clip. The
Movie Wizard in version 11 has a few new
templates that can create montage effects
containing multiple video clips. If you’re
new to video-editing, you can use the
Movie Wizard to quickly put together a
project before moving onto the third option,
which is the main Editor module.
VideoStudio interface
The VideoStudio interface, although not
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One major change that may seem subtle is
the inclusion of a pause button when you are
encoding your video. The software takes up
all the resources of your PC when rendering
the video, so you cannot do anything else. I
found this most annoying on the previous
versions, as there was not setting to allow it to
render in the background, for instance. Other
video encoders have this option, but don’t
have the ability to add titles and effects to the
video. Now with the pause button it is possible
to tell the program to wait whilst you do
something else, like browse the web, check
email, burn a disc, etc. If you have many effects added to your video it will take a while
Enlarged Preview
The timeline has seven video tracks plus a
title track, which should be plenty for most
projects. Even though Premier Elements
offers 99 tracks I doubt anyone uses that
many. You can use a Picture-in-picture effect, resizing and distorting the picture. You
can also resize footage if you only have the
one video, but I found it a bit of a hit and
miss affair, grabbing corners and pulling
instead of specifying a particular frame size,
like TMPGenc for example.
Colour-Correction
A new colour-correction feature performed
well in auto mode, with convenient manual
controls for gamma, contrast, brightness,
saturation, and hue. A new DeSnow filter
worked well on a noisy video shot in low
light, but the new DeBlock filter, designed to
clean up video with blocky compression
to produce the final output. The only time it
will take a shorter time is if you are using the
same type of file in your project as you want
for the final video, and are only making small
changes. The program will use Smart Rendering and only build the parts of the video that
will change.
MPEG Optimiser
The MPEG Optimiser effectively doublechecks your editing before you encode the
footage and audio together. It is of course only
of use if all the clips in your project are mpeg
files, and is disabled if this is true. It is
strangely hidden in the Create Video File option of the Share Video section.
There is support for high-definition content,
so you can edit in HD as well as write to an
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HD DVD optical drives. As I don’t have
any high def equipment I was unable to test
this. Another new feature is the ability to
create HD DVD–compatible discs on legacy DVD-R/+R drives, but as I have stan-
dard DVD players and a standard television, I couldn’t test this feature (I do have a
DVD player with a HDMI output and a
projector with an HDMI input, but I’ve
never bothered to get the cable to connect
standard DVD resolution at the moment). If
you don’t want this feature, or the ability to
encode to the H.264 MP4 format or export to
an iPod, then you can get the standard version
of the software.
Vista Support
There is Vista Support for the latestgeneration systems and Intel Core 2 Duo support.
It is important to remember that all this talk
of dual core processors in TV adverts and
sales of computers only makes a difference to
your PC system if the software is written to
take advantage of them.
Rendering Indicator with Pause Button
Conclusions
My main problem with VideoStudio 11 Plus
is that while all the new additions are worthwhile and appreciated, it’s hardly a quantum
leap over the previous version. If you’ve already bought last year’s VideoStudio 10 Plus,
only the MPEG optimiser and Pause button
will immediately leap out as genuine new
features
Pricing & Availability
Online from Amazon.co.uk for £49.98 (Plus
version) or £38.48 for the less well specified
Standard Version.
The MPEG Optimiser
Norton Ghost 12
As we’ve mentioned in ROM so many
times before no matter how new your PC is
or how much you paid for it, there’s a
chance that at some stage it will go wrong.
Your computer’s hard disk stores your
programs, all the files your PC needs to
load Windows and any documents, pictures, music and other information you’ve
saved. If it fails, you could lose it all.
Symantec have recently launched Norton
Ghost 12 and Symantec say Ghost 12 takes
data and system protection to the next level
with powerful new features such as remote
management, Google Desktop integration,
and LightsOut Restore. Support for one-toone remote management enables users to
back up other Norton Ghost clients on the
network. Integration with Google Desktop
allows users to create searchable backup
indexes to make recovering data even
faster. LightsOut Restore enables users to
restore their systems from a remote location
via an on-disk software recovery environment, obviating the need to use a bootable
CD. Norton Ghost 12 also includes a software recovery disk that allows users to start
their computers, scan for viruses or hard
disk errors, and launch the recovery process
even if the operating system does not start.
In addition, with Norton Ghost 12, users
can now choose to do full system backups
or to back up only specific files and folders,
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the two, as I’m
quite happy with
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or both! Backups include encryption and
error checking to keep data safe, while
compression, incremental backups, and
automatic backup file management minimizes storage space. Users can also use
Norton Ghost to convert recovery points of
a physical computer to a virtual disk. Additionally, users can leverage Norton Ghost
for customisable, event-triggered backups
that automatically protect systems when
specific events occur.
As a great believer in Sod’s Law and the
axiom “Anything that can go wrong, will”,
especially when applied to computers, I guarantee at some time your computer will go
wrong, so it’s essential that you back up your
PC regularly. But backup software can be
complicated and many people simply don’t
bother. You could safeguard just a few critical
files by copying them to a CD or a flash memory drive, but you might miss something vital.
Norton Ghost 12 is a disk-imaging program
that lets you create a complete copy of your
hard disk as an image. In the event of a problem, you can restore your PC and all its files
to a complete working state. If you should
ever have a major hard disk failure, this disk
image is all you need to restore your copy of
Windows, your applications, files and all your
settings to what they were at the time you
made the image.
Ghost 10 was the last version I looked at so
I was keen to see what version 12 does that
version 10 didn’t. Essentially Ghost 12 still
works in the same way but Symantec have
made some changes to the user interface and
the terminology it uses. As with Ghost 10,
Ghost 12 backup images are called recovery
points and whereas most other manufacture’s
backup programs retain the original terminology in calling backed-up images “images”,
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Symantec are a big enough company to call
their program features what they like, in
use one soon gets used to the “recovery
points” rather than “image” terminology.
In Use
Installation is easy. You can let the program use its default features or use the
customise option if you want to be different
and install it to another location or drive
etc.
Following a reboot you are asked to activate the product, or you can leave it unactivated. If you do this you can use it for
30-days, after this it’ll no longer work until
activated.
Emergency Recovery CD
I wasn’t supplied with a boxed review
copy of the program but the downloadable
version which incorporates the facility to
create a Symantec Recovery Disk needed
for a full system restore as a .ISO file. Once
burnt to CD it acts as an emergency bootable recovery CD that loads a cut down
Windows interface with a Ghost recovery
application, from which you choose your
preferred recovery point.
Choosing a Ghost 12 backup type
There are two types of Ghost 12 backups available:
Backup in progress
•
Drive-based backup: Backs up an entire hard drive
•
File and folder backup: Backs up only the files and folders that you select
Use the following guidelines to determine which type of backup to choose:
Drive-based backup
Use this backup type to do the following:
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File and folder backup
Back up and recover your computer's system drive (typically,
the C drive, which includes your operating system).
Back up and recover a specific hard drive, such as a secondary drive (which is a drive other than the system drive on
which your operating system is installed).
Recover lost or damaged files or folders from a specific point
in time.
Use this backup type to do the following:
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•
Back up and recover specific files and folders, for example
personal files that are stored in the My Documents folder.
Back up and recover files of a specific type, for example
music (.mp3 or .wav) or photographs (.jpg or .bmp).
Recover a specific version of a file from a specific point in
time.
As someone who regularly reviews software Ghost 12 is a useful application that
allows me to make an image of my current
system and then restore that to a previous
state, at a later date. For instance I use my
notebook with a drive dedicated solely for
software reviews, some of these reviews
are of beta versions of software that hook
deeply into the operating system, with
Ghost 12 I can backup my drive. Install the
test software, test it, and at the end of the
test quickly use Ghost 12 to revert back to a
previous state, without having to bother
sorting out and uninstalling the software
from my system — a piece of cake!
My usual method of backing up my computer is to use Ghost to back up the entire
hard drive overwriting whatever was there
before. Ghost can also backups individual
files and folders without needing to backup the whole drive which is a useful facility. After you’ve backed-up the whole drive
its possible to restore individual files and
folders without restoring the entire system.
This is useful if you find for example a
photo you’ve been working on has been
deleted in error or an essential operating
system file has become corrupted for one
reason or another.
All done!
Maxtor OneTouch External
Drive
Initial Backup Screen
Decide what to do here
If you have a Maxtor OneTouch external
hard drive Ghost has another neat touch up its
sleeve. As the help file says:
Ghost 12 - Maxtor External Hard drives—
Enabling Event-triggered Backups
Norton Ghost can detect certain events and
run a backup when they occur.
For example, to protect your computer when
you install new software, Norton Ghost can
run a backup when it detects that new software is being installed. If a problem occurs
that harms your computer, you can use this
recovery point to restore your computer to its
previous state.
You can configure Norton Ghost to automatically run a backup when the following events
occur:
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A specified application is started
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Any application is installed
•
Any user logs on to the computer
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Any user logs off of Windows
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The data added to a drive exceeds a
specified number of megabytes This
option is unavailable for file and
folder backups.
•
The Maxtor OneTouch external hard
drive button is pushed
Note: This feature only appears if you have
a Maxtor OneTouch drive installed, and
you are running a Windows XP 32-bit platform.
Symantec Recovery Disk
As mentioned earlier, when all else fails
and you can’t boot into Windows because
of some catastrophic failure, Symantec has
the tool to recover your computer to an
earlier working state in that the Install disk
acts as a recovery disk. Set your BIOS with
your CD drive as the first bootable drive,
insert the Symantec disk and boot from
this. This loads a cut down Windows inter-
face with a Ghost recovery application,
from which you choose your preferred
recovery point. See screen shot above.
Conclusions
Ghost 12 works only with Vista or Windows XP. If you’ve an earlier Windows OS
you’ll need to use Ghost 10. Ghost 12 can
back up to CDR/RW and DVD+-R/RW
drives, USB and FireWire (IEEE 1394)
devices and Iomega Zip and Jazz drives, and
of course if you’ve a spare IDE or SATA HD
hanging about why not install that in your
computer and keep it solely as the drive to
which you direct your back-ups?
Overall Ghost 12 works well, the main controls are intuitive and easy to understand, even
a beginner will find it simple and straightforward.
As I said at the beginning Sod’s Law will
strike your computer at some stage, so like the
Boy Scout be prepared — Ghost 12 is an easy
to use solution should disaster strike and
should be part of your protection armoury.
The install CD which doubles up as a recovery disk is a vital tool allowing you to access
your data or recover your whole disk when
disaster strikes and all else fails.
Pricing and Availability
Full version £39.99 and upgrade version for
£28.99 from Amazon.co.uk. Both prices include VAT free delivery.
News from Lexmark — Lexmark X4550 All in One
I attended a Lexmark Press Event in London recently where Lexmark had on show
some of their latest printers and scanners.
On show were devices for the busiest commercial offices costing thousands of pounds
to humble inkjet printers at well under £30.
One particular product caught my eye
their new Wireless All-In-One (AIO) Scanner & Printer, model X4550. When demoed
the results of scanning, printing wirelessly
and connected directly to the camera
through the printer’s built-in PictBridge
port were impressive, colour photos just
seemed to have that extra gloss. Scanning
using the standard 600 dpi scanner with the
48-bit colour scan depth was equally impressive.
With luck I hope to have a review sample
to show at our next meeting, but meanwhile
here’s what I managed to find out about it
at the briefing.
Overview
In today’s business climate where time is
of the essence, the need for fast printing
speeds and wireless capabilities has never
been greater. Lexmark understands this
need and strives to provide accessible business solutions to meet the productivity
demands of today’s busy professionals
reliant on an all-in-one to maximize daily
output. This is why Lexmark has introduced the new X4550 Wireless All-in-One
(AIO).
According to a recent survey , the biggest
impact of technology in the workplace
today is connectivity. Professionals rely on
having information at their fingertips
whether they are working in the office or
from home. The same survey found that
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respondents want wireless printing capabilities in their workplace office, home and
outdoors, among other locations. Users can
now have that flexibility with the new Lexmark’s new X4550 Wireless All-in-One
(AIO). The printer features built-in wireless
allowing users to work seamlessly from any
location in their home or office.
The Lexmark X4550 offers fast printing
speeds, affordable pricing, as well as a
broad range of functions including copying,
scanning and printing. The multifunctioning capabilities make the X4550
the perfect inkjet printer choice for the
productivity-minded SOHO professional
and users that often travel or work from
home
Features
• Built-in wireless capabilities to enable
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•
printing from virtually any location in
the home or office
Fast print speeds to meet rising productivity demands – yielding up to 26
black pages per minute (ppm) and 18
colour ppm
Sleek, compact design for easy storage
and placement in a small office or
home office
Standalone one-touch colour copier that
delivers quick, top-quality copies at 17
ppm black and 11 ppm colour
X4550 Highlights
• 150-page extra output with optional second paper tray
• PC-free printing from memory cards,
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Copy and Scan Specifications
One-touch copy: For copying photos, graphics and text documents at the touch of a button, without a PC
• Copy speeds: 17 ppm in black, 11 ppm in
colour
• Optical scan resolution: 600 dpi
• Scan depth: 48-bit colour
• Technology type: CIS
Technical Specifications
• Inkjet technology
• Up to 4800 x 1200 dpi on photo paper
• Prints up to 26 ppm in black, up to 18 ppm
in colour
• Borderless prints/photos: Hagaki, Letter,
•
• Lexmark Productivity Suite allows
users to print and manage documents
• 48-bit flatbed colour scanner easily
scans documents or photos, scan to
email, USB Flash drive or print
PictBridge direct connection to cameras or
USB Flash drive
Create brilliant, 6-colour borderless photos
at resolutions up to 4800 dpi on photo
paper
Lexmark Web Toolbar optimizes the
printing of Web content
Sleek, stylish design
•
A4, 3.5”x5”, 4”x6”, 4”x8”, 10x20 cm,
10x15 cm, 5”x7”, 13x18 cm, L and 2L
Paper types: Plain, envelopes, banners,
heavyweight matte, photo/glossy, transparencies, iron-on transfers, card stocks
and labels
Paper sizes: Letter, legal, A4, A5, A6, B5,
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Colour (#24), Photo (#31), High Yield
Black (#34), High Yield Colour (#35),
Black (#23A) and Colour (#24A)
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gaki, L, 2L, 4”x6”, 10x20 cm, 10x15
cm, 5”x7”, 13x18 cm, banner, custom
and multiple envelope sizes
Input capacity: Up to 100 pages; Output
capacity: Up to 25 pages
Unit weight: 12.5 lbs.
Unit dimensions: 6.9”x 17.8”x
12.8” (trays retracted, HxWxD); 11.3”x
12.8”x 21” (trays extended, HxWxD)
Compatible cartridges: Black (#23),
Network Specifications
• Built-in wireless 802.11 b/g
• Built-in Ethernet 10/100
System Requirements
• Windows 64/ Vista: 800MHz proces•
sor, 512MB of RAM, 800MB hard disk
space
Windows 2000 (Service Pack 3 and
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above): Pentium II 300MHz processor,
256MB of RAM, 500MB hard disk space
Windows XP: Pentium II 300MHz processor, 256MB of RAM, 500MB hard disk
space
Mac OS X 10.3.x thru 10.4.x (Power PC):
G3 500 processor, 256MB of RAM,
500MB hard disk space
Mac OS X 10.4.4 thru 10.4.x (Intel): Intel
Core Solo 1500 processor, 512MB of
RAM, 500MB hard disk space
Demo and Review to Follow — Ed
New Samsung Cameras
Samsung have launched a new range of
cameras and the following is from their
recent press releases.
Samsung NV Series Cameras
Samsung has launched three new premium compact cameras in the NV Series .
Continuing the themes of innovative technology and user-friendly features, the new
NV8, NV15 and NV20 also sport the stylish blue ring design which has become a
trademark for Samsung quality and design
in the digital camera market.
All three new models in the NV Series
include Samsung’s award winning Smart
Touch User Interface which has now been
further enhanced for easy and convenient
control – a gentle touch is all it takes to
navigate menu items, change the camera
settings, or view your pictures.
Samsung’s new NV models also include
improved processing technology which
allows faster operation of functions within
the camera’s ultra-thin stylish bodies. Improved functions include, faster processing
of images and improved noise reduction.
Other developments include faster Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) to 0.7 seconds, advanced noise reduction which supports up to ISO 3200 and a new local contrast control which enables the camera to
compensate the brightness of a shadowed
subject in backlit conditions for even better
results.
“Samsung Cameras award winning NV
Digital Camera range has set the benchmark for quality and innovation. With new
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improved processing technology and enhanced features the NV8, NV15 and NV20
build upon this success. Quite simply our
new NV cameras ensure photographers of
all levels can enjoy taking high quality
images they can be proud of” said Robert
King, Commercial Director, Samsung
Cameras UK.
NV20
The NV20 is Samsung’s first 12 mega
pixel compact camera featuring Samsung’s
improved processing technology combined
with features such as a 3 x optical zoom
lens, Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR)
and Red-eye fix to deliver optimum image
quality to all photographers. The sleek
NV20 also offers additional functionality
such as TV quality MPEG-4 VGA
(640x480) 30 fps video recording and a
photo gallery function for convenient picture viewing with the Smart Touch interface. The NV20 boasts a 2.5” LCD screen,
a multi-charging system and it comes with
a rechargeable battery.
NV15
With 10 mega pixels and a 2.5” wideview LCD, the NV15 provides brighter,
sharper, more detailed images. Coupled
with Samsung’s unique Advanced Shake
Reduction (ASR) system, the NV15 enables you to take clearer pictures indoors or
in lower light conditions. The NV10 also
features TV quality MPEG-4 VGA
(640x480) 30fps video recording. The
NV15 comes complete with a rechargeable
battery and can also be charged via USB.
NV8
Functioning as a high resolution 8 megapixel digital camera, the NV8 is a stylish yet
practical device sure to attract the next generation of digital photographers. With both Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and
Red Eye Fix technology the NV8 will produce
stunning results for photographers of all levels. The NV8 with 3 x optical zoom is encased
in a thin body and boasts the stylish black
design in keeping with the NV Series. It also
has powerful movie capabilities and a 2.5”
LCD screen.
The NV20 is priced at £249, NV15 at £229
and NV8 at £199 and will be available from
leading high street and online retailers from
September 2007. All Samsung cameras have a
two year warranty.
Samsung i85 Digital Camera
Samsung Cameras has announced the release of the 8.1 mega pixel i85. The i85 is
equipped with a 3.0” touch screen LCD, an
integrated MP3 player and PMP (Portable
Multimedia Player) function.
An inbuilt Tour Guide function provides
instant access to travel information covering
2,600 regions in 30 countries, so you’ll always
know where the action is. Further information
can also be downloaded directly from the
internet, and with 173 MB of internal memory
you won’t need to worry about space for favourite travel tips.
The camera is equipped with the Samsung
Advanced Shake Reduction (ASR) system and
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ages remain crisp and detailed even without
a flash.
The i85 also features Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology, which
detects the subject’s face, automatically
adjusts auto focus and auto exposure to
ensure better composition and image quality in portraits. The AF function instantaneously recognises the faces of subjects and
accurately focuses on them before the AE
function takes over, setting the appropriate
exposure to ensure the highest image quality.
The stunning new Samsung i85 is a musthave camera packed with intelligently integrated multimedia features. The i85 will
retail at £229 and will be available from
leading high street and online retailers from
the end of August 2007. Samsung Expands
its Digital Range with the 8 Mega-Pixel
S85
Samsung S85 Digital Camera
Samsung’s S85 digital camera has
been released featuring an 8.2 megapixel image sensor and a super-sharp
5x optical zoom lens, combined with
other innovative features.
The S85 includes Samsung’s Intelligent Face Recognition Technology,
which detects the subject’s face, automatically adjusts auto focus and auto
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exposure to ensure better composition
and image quality in portraits. The AF
function instantaneously recognises the
faces of subjects and accurately focuses on them. The AE function then
takes over, setting the appropriate exposure to ensure the highest image
quality.
Users will be able to take advantage
of the S85’s speed and resolution in
any situation - from taking landscape
photos at dusk to shooting fast action
sports photography. Razor sharp images can be delivered using Samsung’s
ASR (Advanced Shake Reduction)
system which helps to capture the best
possible images in all shooting situations.
For maximum versatility, the S85 can
be powered by an optional Samsung
rechargeable Ni-MH battery system, as
well as AA alkaline batteries, making
it the perfect choice for travellers and
power users alike.
Other features include:
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Shutter speeds of up to 1/2000 sec
An ISO equivalent of 1600
A bright 2.5” LCD display
Effect hot key
Full manual control is available
• 20 megabytes of internal memory, and
can accept Secure Digital (SD, MML,
SDHC) flash memory cards up to 4
gigabytes
• 13-scene modes including night, portrait, children, landscape, close-up,
text, sunset, dawn, backlight, fireworks, beach & snow, café, food, self
shot
• Colour effects include B/W, sepia,
blue, green and red
• Continuous Shooting mode and Auto
Exposure Bracketing (AEB), enabling
the shooting of a series of images with
varying exposures
• An Auto Macro function that automatically adjusts shooting distance
and focus
• A built-in microphone allows a 10second voice memo to be attached to
any still image
The Samsung S85 will be available
from the end of August 2007 at an RRP
of £119.99
Customers requiring further information
should call 00 800 12263727 or visit
www.samsungcamera.co.uk
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Pinnacle Studio Plus 11 Video Editing Software
Reviewed by Tony Hawes
detection appear as thumbnails at the top left
and centre of the Album screen; top right is
the preview screen of the currently running
clip and below is the Storyboard showing clips
you’ve dragged down from the imported clips
at the top.
At last I’ve had a chance to review Pinnacle Studio 11 Plus, the middle edition of
Pinnacle’s latest editions of their well
known video editing program.
Its worth reminding ourselves of what’s
new in the Pinnacle Studio 11 line-up.
The Album
Pinnacle Studio 11
Designed to simplify video editing for
entry level users or those who want to
move beyond the capabilities of free solutions, Pinnacle Studio contains several
automated and time-saving features that let
customers archive their video memories or
create entertaining movies in a few easy
steps. The new one-click Web publishing
feature enables users to quickly publish
their videos to Yahoo! Video for public
viewing.
Pinnacle Studio 11 Plus
Pinnacle Studio Plus includes all of the
intuitive features of Pinnacle Studio, and
adds a host of advanced editing, effects and
authoring options. The extensive range of
features includes a complete HD workflow,
with native HDV and AVCHD editing, and
HD DVD disc burning. Users can burn
discs on a standard DVD burner using standard DVD discs, and depending on the
format, can play them on the latest HD
DVD players.
Pinnacle Studio 11 Ultimate
New to the Pinnacle Studio family, Pinnacle Studio Ultimate combines Pinnacle
Studio Plus with a selection of fully integrated professional audio and video tools.
Designed for the serious video enthusiasts
who demand more control over the quality
and look of their video creations, Pinnacle
Studio Ultimate includes BIAS Inc.’s
SoundSoap audio cleaning tools, dramatic
lighting and ‘film look’ effects from ProDAD VitaScene, precision Panning and
Zooming with StageTools MovingPicture,
and a Chroma Key green screen backdrop
for easy-to-achieve professional results.
Introduction
I looked at Pinnacle’s Studio 10 last year
so I won’t go too deeply into the ins and
outs of video editing (except superficially),
but concentrate on what's new and show
how easy it can be to create a simple home
vide, complete with transitions, titles and
music using solely the tools that come with
the program.
Video Editing Techniques —
What’s Involved?
1. Capture the video. From a camcorder
(digital video or analogue), via a FireWire connection, which is the most
common method. Or from a non-copy
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2.
3.
4.
5.
protected DVD, an external hard drive.,
or from a video on your hard disk.
Convert the video to a DVD / MPEG
video.
Edit the video by adding and arranging
clips, trimming and rearranging as necessary. Add transitions, still pictures,
sounds and DVD menus.
Make Movie: Burn the authored video,
usually directly after authoring in step
3.
Play the burnt video on your DVD
Player.
Editing With Pinnacle Studio
11
Once you open the program the interface
is simple with three tabs along the top:
1. Capture
2. Edit
3. Make Movie.
‘Capture’ is simple and is where you
import your video footage from DV camera, DVD or file for editing.
‘Edit’ accesses the editing screen
‘Make Movie’ tab is the last and used
once you’ve finished the edit and are ready
to burn your project to DVD.
In the Capture mode when importing DV
footage from your DV camera Studio automatically looks for the breaks where you
pressed the record button on your video
camera when shooting your video.
If importing from a DVD or a video on
your hard disk scene detection allows your
computer to automatically split the footage
into individual scenes based on changes in
colour or brightness in adjacent frames to
determine where to split the video into
usable clips.
The imported clips which Studio has
automatically split using camera or scene
Having imported your footage you’re ready
to start editing your work. You can see your
imported clips in the Album, either as a storyboard with thumbnails of each clip, or alternatively as a ‘timeline showing clips, audio
tracks, either the original imported audio track
or added audio such as narration, music etc.
The Album also contains the tools for transitions, titles, and menu-effects. The Album
isn’t a true bin or library, like those found in
some programs that saves the imported assets
in a project file, Studio’s project file only
records the file locations of the assets used
and accesses these as necessary to compile
your video. The Album simply displays the
files available in the currently selected directory.
For my example I imported a very small
two-minute long video, containing ten clips of
my grandchildren shot around my pool and
selected Studio 11 Plus’s Create Smart Movie
option. This sorts your imported clips into
random order or you can leave it in its original
chronological order. Having selected random
order this then re-arranged and split my ten
original clips into 38 individual clips, it then
adds a title and closing credits (you can
choose you own wording), suggests you add
music from the ScoreFitter menu and once
you’ve done this you can create your movie.
Overall I was quite impressed. From importing clips to an edited Smart Movie took minutes. However, the final result can be outstanding or rather ‘cheesy’, depending on your
point of view. For a quick video this feature is
excellent, but as soon as you have a longer
and more comprehensive video project to edit,
such as a wedding, family outing, holiday trip
etc. the traditional (and longer) method of
editing would be my choice.
Transitions, Video Effects & Titles
As with earlier versions of Studio, Studio
comes with a wide variety of transitions (the
effects placed between video clips to help
smooth the transition from one scene to another). Two classes of video effects: curative
effects, to fix underlying problems with the
video and artistic effects, which modify or
enhance the footage. Curative filters include
brightness and colour adjustments, while
among the many artistic enhancements are the
options to convert your video to black and
white, or sepia and slow-motion or fastmotion effects and more.
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When it comes to Titles Studio’s Title
Editor can quickly and easily produce attractive titles to introduce the movie or new
sections, or show final credits. Other title
features let you create DVD menus and
buttons and the menus needed to navigate
through and around your DVD titles. The
Title Editor can produce Overlay titles,
positioned on the Title Overlay track,
which display over your videos. These are
useful for adding logos or descriptions to
enhance the video.
and background music. There is also a tool
for ripping audio CD tracks and recording
narration.
SmartSound a feature of earlier Studio
versions is no longer supplied. The
“themed” background music of any customisable length, is now supplied by ScoreFitter, but it offers very similar features.
Also included is a large collection of special sound effects. And finally you can of
course incorporate any ripped music files
from your hard disk.
Creating Digital Files
Audio
Studio 11 offers three audio tracks: for
original audio, sound effects and narration,
When you click the Make Movie tab,
Studio has four options for creating digital
files of varying quality: from high-quality
DVD files for burning, to a file on your hard
disk, to VHS tape and finally relatively low
quality files for uploading to the web, currently uploading can only be done to Yahoo!
Video, there is no facility at present for uploading to YouTube.
Conclusions
Studio 11 Plus is a relatively easy to use
video editing program with a host of features.
It comes with a five page “Quick Install
Guide” and a profusely illustrated 260-page
manual.
Pricing and Availability
£46.98 inc VAT and postage from Amazon.co.uk
Capture Screen: Capturing from Camcorder
Album View. Detected clips top left and centre. Top Right: Currently
playing clip. Bottom: Clips imported onto the Storyboard for editing.
Five Timelines — From the top: Video, Original Audio, Title Overlay,
Sound Effects & Music
An automatically created ‘SmartMovie’ ready for burning to DVD
complete with Opening Title, Closing Credits, split clips, transitions
and [not visible] an appropriate ScoreFitter music theme
‘ScoreFitter’ music selection for adding to your movie
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