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New VideoStudio Software Adds HD Support

Fremont, Calif. — Software developer InterVideo and partner Ulead Systems announced the 10th version of their VideoStudio video editing and DVD authoring software today, adding support for HD editing and for burning to the new HD DVD format.

For the first time the companies will introduce two versions of the product, a standard version for entry-level consumers and a Plus version with HD support.

VideoStudio Plus features support for high-definition capture, editing, authoring, output and playback. The software includes “Smart Proxy,” a tool that automatically converts HD video to smaller-sized proxy files that can be edited in real time on computers with slower processors. When a file is ready for output, Smart Proxy will revert back to the original HD resolution.

The software also adds support for burning HD video to the new HD DVD format.

VideoStudio 10 Plus offers support MPEG-4 video and adds a new “export to mobile” tool for encoding video for use portable devices such as iPods and PSPs.

Finally, the new version features a new, customizable user interface, a faster start-up than previous version and theme templates for standard and widescreen movies.

On the audio side, VideoStudio 10 Plus added support for Dolby Digital 5.1 and a new surround sound mixer for drag-and-drop mixing and steering audio tracks.

The VideoStudio 10 will feature new filters, including two corrective video filters. An “enhance lighting” adds illuminates dark shots, while Anti-Shake filter compensates for blurry video due to hand shake.

VideoStudio 10 and VideoStudio 10 Plus will be available at retail in May for a suggested $69.99 and $99.99, respectively. The company is offering a promotion with online video-sharing service Dropshots. Users who purchase VideoStudio 10 or VideoStudio 10 Plus during the first six weeks of availability will receive a free six-month subscription to Dropshots — a $30 value.