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Editing your video and creating a great-looking movie has just become simpler than you ever thought.  Use Corel VideoStudio Express 2010 to import, trim and enhance your video, then apply Styles to automatically make a movie, and upload to YouTube™!  No technical knowledge required.
 

1. CONNECT YOUR CAMERA

No matter if your camcorder records on hard drive, memory cards, DVD disc or tape, VideoStudio Express will recognize it when you plug it in.  Most cameras use a standard USB cable, or in the case of DVD models, you can simply pop the disc into your PC.  Camcorders that use tape (MiniDV and HDV formats) need to be connected using a FireWire (also known as IEEE 1394) cable. 
 
 

2. IMPORT AVCHD VIDEO

Let’s say you have an AVCHD camera, which is very popular these days.  When you connect it, choose Import/Camcorder (Memory/Disc) and wait while VideoStudio detects all the video clips on it.  You can preview each clip by clicking on the thumbnail.  Now select the ones you want to transfer to your computer, and select Import.
 
 

3. TRIM AND IMPROVE YOUR VIDEO

Click on an individual clip, and the Express Editor opens.  You’ll recognize its look from Express Edit in PaintShop Photo.

Video clips often start and end with a bit of shake, and you can improve the look of your movie a lot by trimming off these ends. 

Click the trim button, then slide the trim paddles to the beginning and end positions you want.  (Note that shorter is almost always better – trim everything and keep only the most interesting moments, and your audience will love you for it!)  Then click Keep selected.  VideoStudio will automatically update the clip - and remember, you can always revert back to the original video, nothing is physically deleted. 

 
 

4. MORE TOOLS

If your video is a little dark, you can hover over More Tools and adjust the brightness slider.  You can even reduce camera shake, and fix the color balance.  Click Back. Click the Play button to preview your movie.
 
 

5. MAKE A MOVIE

Now drag the trimmed clips that you want to include in your movie, into the Media Tray.  Remember your viewers have some expectation of being entertained, so they will be doubly impressed if your video shows an introduction to a subject (party, trip, family outing) a clear sequence of relevant events, and ending with some kind of conclusion.  In the Toolbar, select Create/Movie
 
 

6. SELECT A STYLE

In Project Type, select Standard or High Definition, and then select a Style.

The Style will automatically create an opening sequence using your first clips, adding music and titles, as well as an ending sequence.  Now select Go to movie.

 
 

7. ADD PHOTOS

You can even add photos to your video for a slideshow effect. Click Add more media and select the ones you want to include.   Transitions and pan & zoom effects will be automatically applied.
 
 

8. PERSONALISE TITLES

Now to personalise your titles, click on “My Title” and change it to “Vacation Pool Fun”.  You can also drag new titles from the tray at the bottom to your production, and adjust the duration by dragging the purple bar to the desired position and length.
 
 
Now let’s add narration to your video.  Simply plug in your microphone, start the video playing, click Start recording, and speak into the microphone at the appropriate moments.  Keep it short and don’t feel you have to talk all the time.  Here too, “less is more”!
 
 

9. UPLOAD TO YOUTUBE™

Now it’s time to Output your video, and you have several choices. Select Create Video File to create a video that you can upload to your own blog, or email to someone, or play from your computer.  This option is usually the sure way to keep the original “master” quality of your video. 
 
 

If you want to play the video on your TV, you can create a DVD.  Just click “Disc” to burn your movie to disc with a standard DVD menu and the title of your production. 

To share your movie online however, select YouTube. Uploading is similar to Facebook photos but bear in mind that it takes a while for YouTube to encode video.  Just follow the instructions, and soon enough you can share your video with the whole world!

 
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