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Corel® VideoStudio X2
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September 2008

1. System Requirements
2. Installing Corel VideoStudio and Drivers
3. Registering Your Copy of Corel VideoStudio
4. Program-related Information
5. Troubleshooting

System Requirements

For general and Proxy HDV Editing


 Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz, AMD Athlon® XP 3000+ or higher with Hyper-Threading
technology
 Microsoft® Windows® XP SP2 Home Edition/Professional, Windows® XP Media Center
Edition, Windows® XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows® Vista
 512 MB of RAM or higher (1 GB of RAM may be recommended depending on the video
capture device used)
 1 GB of available hard disk space for program installation
 Windows-compatible sound card (multi-channel sound card for surround sound support
recommended)
 Windows-compatible DVD-ROM for installation

Non-Proxy HDV editing


 Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0 GHz or higher with Hyper-Threading technology
 Microsoft® Windows® XP (Service Pack2 for HDV camcorder support recommended)
 1 GB of RAM (2GB or more recommended)
 16X PCI ExpressTM display adapter

Input/Output Device Support


 1394 FireWire cards for use with DV/D8/HDV/AVCHD camcorders
 Support for OHCI Compliant IEEE-1394 and 1394 Adaptec 8940/ 8945
. Analog capture cards for analog camcorders (VFW & WDM support for XP and BDA support for Vista) .
Analog and Digital TV capture device (BDA support) .
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*Pro version

In the DV-to-DVD Wizard, if you plan to capture and burn an hour of DV tape, it is
recommended that you have at least 20GB of available hard drive space.

Installing Corel VideoStudio and Drivers

To install Corel VideoStudio and the necessary drivers, insert your Corel VideoStudio DVD in the
DVD-ROM drive and simply follow the on-screen installation instructions.
What are these drivers?
 QuickTime 7.1.3 - The video format from Apple for creating and playing back movie files
such as MOV and QT file formats. You should install QuickTime 7.1.3 or above to be able
to use the Auto Music function (i.e., SmartSound QuickTracks®) in Corel VideoStudio. For
more information on Apple QuickTime, visit their web site at
http://www.apple.com/quicktime.
 SmartSound Quicktracks - This is a plug-in from SmartSound® that is integrated into
Corel VideoStudio. It gives you a library of quality soundtracks that you can add as
background music to your movie projects.
 Acrobat Reader 8 - This is Adobe’s Acrobat Reader and is used for viewing VideoStudio's
electronic manual. It is recommended that you install it unless you have a more updated
version.
 Microsoft DirectX - A driver from Microsoft that improves playback performance of video
files. You should install this driver. It will be installed automatically when you are
installing Corel VideoStudio. For more information, visit Microsoft's Web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/directx.
 Microsoft Windows Media Encoder - A powerful tool for content producers who want
to capture audio and video content using the many innovations in Windows Media,
including high-quality multichannel sound, high-definition video quality, and support for
mixed-mode voice and music content. For more information, visit Microsoft's Web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia.
 Flash Player 9 - This is a software player that allows you to play back flash animation
files (SWF). VideoStudio comes with plenty of flash animation files that you can use for
your video. For more information, visit the Web site at
http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer.
Note: If you have a previous version of VideoStudio installed in your system, it is
recommended that you uninstall it only after installing Corel VideoStudio X2. During installation,
the Setup Wizard will auto-detect your capture device plug-in and specially supported codecs
(such as MPEG-4, 3GP, DivX) from the previous VideoStudio version and integrate it onto
VideoStudio X2.
However, if you installed Corel VideoStudio X2 then you uninstalled the older version, program
files and fonts that are used by both versions will also be deleted. To install them back to
VideoStudio X2, double-click Add or Remove Programs in the Control Panel, select Corel
VideoStudio X2, click Change/Remove, then click Repair.
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Program-related information

1. Capture board requirements


When acquiring video from an analog source, make sure that the analog capture card you
are using supports RGB or YUV capture.

2. Startup Screen
When rendering a title text against a pure background color clip, the text may appear
blurry. This is due to certain types of compression. For better results, try using the
Video1, RLE, or no compression options.

3. DV-to-DVD Wizard
a. If you plan to capture and burn an hour of DV tape, select all the scenes before you go
to the next step and make sure that you have 20GB of available hard drive space. The
whole process will take approximately 5 hours to complete.
b. When scanning a DV tape using maximum speed, the detected scenes will vary every
time you scan the tape. The scenes that are detected will depend on the type of DV
camcorder used.
4. Capture Step
To check MPEG capture settings, click the Options button in the Options Panel and select
Video Properties. To view more MPEG settings, click Advanced in the dialog box that
opens.
5. Effect Step
Before applying the Album Flip transition effect to your clips, make sure that your
system is updated with the latest display card driver.
6. Title Step
1GB RAM is required if you want to insert more than 500 subtitles.
7. Audio Step
Some VST audio plug-ins when applied to audio clips will make the clip silent. This
happens in multithreaded applications such as VideoStudio. Please contact the VST plug-
in vendor to inquire about this problem.
8. Share Step
a. To create an MPEG video file or Blu-ray/DVD/VCD/SVCD-ready MPEG file:
 Click the Create Video File button and select one of the movie templates from the
pop-up menu, or select Same as Project Settings or Same as First Video Clip
to output an MPEG file according to the project settings or the properties of the first
clip in the Video Track.
Or,
 Click the Create Video File button and select Custom. Select MPEG files from the

Save as type box, then click the Options button to specify the properties for the
video file.

b. The Movie Screen Saver option in Export only supports the WMV file format.
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Troubleshooting
1. If you experience difficulty getting started with Corel VideoStudio, use the online help or
check the manual for information.

2. When rendering a title text against a pure background color clip, the text may appear
blurry. This is due to certain types of compression. For better results, try using the
Video1, RLE, or no compression options.

3. The Video Greeting Card does not support QuickTime files.

4. If you want to share and play your video on other machines, make sure you use common
codecs. If you use a hardware codec, such as MJPEG, you may be unable to view the
video unless the other machine has the same card on board.

5. You may experience some problems when playing QuickTime files. Some examples may
be, the playback may not be smooth or the Stop button in the Navigator bar cannot
switch back to the Start button after playing. In such cases, please change to safe mode
in the QuickTime Video Settings. (You can do this by clicking the Control Panel:
QuickTime icon.)

6. Some camcorders (specifically some Panasonic models) have a small problem that
prevents them from recording movies from your computer. If this is a problem,
VideoStudio can be made to pause for a short time before transmitting the video to the
camcorder. Find the msdevctl.ini file in the main program folder (in All Users.WINNT),
open this file in Notepad and modify the following line where 1 second = 1000 :
[MainSec]RecordDelay=1000.

7. Frame sizes supported by the Hitachi DVD Camcorder include:


 352x480 (NTSC)
 704x480 (NTSC)
 352x576 (PAL)
 704x576 (PAL)
8. To avoid the problem of having not enough hard drive space when you capture or burn a
disc, make sure that the folders that are assigned as the working folders for capturing
and burning have plenty of free space. You can check this in the Preferences in the
Video Editor and in the Advanced Settings dialog box in the DV-to-DVD Wizard.

9. In DV-to-DVD Wizard, If you have more than one burner installed in your computer or the
default drive is not a burner, specify the burner you want to use in the Advanced
Settings dialog box.

10. Please use AVCHD format discs ONLY on AVCHD compatible devices. Using AVCHD on
non-compatible devices may cause serious damage to your device.