By Neil Bennett | on November 28, 2005
Price: 153 . 170 . 102 . 110
Pros: Great improvement on previous version. Low cost.
Cons: Lacks fine-tuning tools of its competitors. Fiddly to use. Interface palettes don’t fit together well.
Before Final Cut Pro came along, MediaStudio Pro was almost the equal of Premiere. Apple’s entry into the video editing market made Adobe develop Premiere Pro to fight back, while Ulead slashed the price of MediaStudio Pro and repositioned it to appeal to consumers. The newly-released version 8 adds features in an attempt to take on its old adversaries, but it’s still happier with the needs of home users.
MediaStudio’s HDV implementationis largely impressive with device control support for most new models. Batch capture is possible too. Editing is handled natively, and the new smart proxy system allows real-time, multi-stream HDV editing on even laptops and modest PCs.
However, MediaStudio delivers less real-time functionality for HDV and DV than Premiere Pro or Liquid Edition 6
on powerful hardware, such as our dual-core Pentium D 840 based test system.