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Movie Making Made More Simple

Techstination feature for Thursday, April 29, 2004

Movie making made more simple. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Chances are, if you have a new PC, it includes the ability to burn DVDs. And it probably has a firewire port as well…that can connect to a digital camcorder. But many consumers simply don't have the time it takes to learn how to use many of the software packages available for editing and creating home movies. Ulead Systems is hoping to change that with VideoStudio 8, the latest version of its consumer software. Product marketing manager Travis White…

"What we've done in version 8 here is add a video editing wizard that you either capture your video from your source, whether your camcorder or TV, wherever you're coming from, we have some auto editing features that will take out poorly shot video, so over exposed, under exposed video…and then you choose a project template or project style. We have old film style, holiday style, vacation style. So it comes with that, some background music, comes with some introduction or exit fonts, or titles. So you just type in the title, but the font style is already there."

There are plenty of tools for users who want to experiment and do more on their own….but again….there's a learning curve. Ulead isn't alone in its efforts to make movie editing easier. Roxio has taken a similar approach with the latest version of its VideoWave software. You don't have to spend money to get started. Mac owners can still rely on Apple's iMovie….and Microsoft includes Windows Movie Maker…with Windows XP. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.