Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro

Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro 3.3

Edit, enhance, and cut your video files and burn them to disc easily

If in search of a video editing and authoring tool that both amateur and professional video lovers can use, Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro is an excellent starting point. It offers both a basic and expert mode to suit all kinds of users, and it comes with all the editing, enhancing, and disc authoring tools that you’ll ever need to turn your home videos into pro-looking movies.

When launched, it opens a dark-colored elegant menu where you can choose to create a new project, to open an existing one, to start a new project using the program’s wizard, to open its professional video cutting tool, and to launch the video converter. Besides, when you choose to create a new project with or without the help of the wizard, you’ll be offered the option to work using either the expert mode interface or a more basic one.

Both modes open a timeline-based workplace, where you can improve and edit your video files before creating the new movie. Here you can add transitions between files and some creative video effects and nice animations, tweak the contrast, brightness, and other lighting values, and add to your final work a new soundtrack, text, and even a full set of credits as an intro. From here, you can go directly to the program’s cutting tool and get rid of any unwanted fragments, or if you’re already happy with the result, you can select the output format from the extensive list provided. Here you’ll find easy-to-recognize icons for the most common online video sites, device manufacturers, codecs, and even disc types.

This list of output formats is basically the same one that opens when you decide to convert videos between formats using the program’s “Convert Movies” option. The conversion process is extremely simple – so simple that to choose the output quality you’re offered a slider going from “Lowest quality” to “Best quality” instead of the standard quality values based on bit rates, frame rates, etc.

Ashampoo Movie Studio Pro has been clearly designed to serve all kinds of users, from amateur to semi-professional video enthusiasts. Actually, the quality of the resulting files and discs is fairly good, and the steps to get there couldn’t be simpler. On a more technical side, it may look too simple for truly professional video editors, but most users will find that its balance between usability and quality makes it worth a try.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Offers a wide range of video effects and transitions
  • You can choose between an easy and an expert mode
  • Supports both SD and HD video codecs
  • Includes an advanced cutting tool
  • Has a full-fledged disc authoring tool

Cons

  • Does not allow you to input absolute values when selecting the output quality
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