Ottawa, Canada — Software developer Corel announced version 11 of its Ulead VideoStudio video editing and DVD authoring software today.
VideoStudio 11 will be available in May two versions: Standard, for a suggested $89.99, and Plus for a suggested $129. VideoStudio Plus will offer all the features of the standard version along with support for AVCHD format video, to cater to the growing number of high-definition camcorders capable of recording in that format.
Among the new features in VideoStudio 11 is an MPEG optimizer, which helps users choose the best MPEG settings for rendering video when combining clips in multiple formats. According to Corel, the optimizer analyzes the bit rates of all clips on the timeline and suggests encoding settings to ensure the least re-rendering for the maximum quality and speed.
The software also adds more output options, including support for Microsoft Zune and other portable media devices.
The Plus version includes built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 Creator technology to convert two-channel stereo sound into Dolby Digital 5.1. Authored projects or folders can be burned to HD DVD-R/RW media or standard DVD discs. Plus also includes InterVideo WinDVD 8 Silver, which according to Corel, was the first universal playback software to achieve AVCHD certification.