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Using Corels VideoStudio Ultimate X10 Video & Movie Editing Software
in Corporate Learning and Development

Gary J. Lanham
December 3, 2017


This white paper was written as an assignment for Dr. Marshall G. Jones's
EDUC 651 class at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC. All rights reserved by the
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Todays World of Ubiquitous Video
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then
consider the value of video. Today virtually
anyone can create videos and make them
Virtually anyone available to the world online. Since the advent of
can create videos YouTube, Vimeo, and similar websites, individuals,
and make them commercial enterprises large and small, and non-
profit organizations have uploaded more than a billion videos for a variety of
available to the
purposes. Use of video in education now is extensive. Practitioners in all
world online areas of education, including corporate learning and development, use video
as an integral component of learning content. Video and movie editing
software gives instructional designers and other content creators the ability
to produce quality videos for learning and training applications.

VideoStudio Ultimate X10

Corel Corporation markets a variety of software, including video and
movie editing software. One of their premier products is VideoStudio
Ultimate X10. The software enables non-professionals to produce
quality finished videos.
Amateur videographers can learn to edit video clips, add music,
animations, and other effects, combine segments, enhance picture
quality, and trim and set play speedsmany of the same techniques that
professionals use to create a quality video project.


VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is produced by The product is available directly from Corel
Corel Corporation as well as general retail outlets.
1600 Carling Avenue It can be downloaded from Corel at:
Ottawa, ON
Canada K1Z 8R7

The standard cost from Corel is $99.99. The purchase is protected with a
(as of November 8, 2017) 30-day money back guarantee.
Cost from other retailers may vary.

Special licensing is available for

business and education.

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No Geek Degree Required
Even a frequent video camera user may be intimidated when it comes to
video editing. Some might believe that learning how to use video editing
You can learn software is difficult or requires a degree or special training. Regardless of skill
video editing level in video editing, from novice to expert, the application enables users to
without a degree make videos for their specific needs. Those with competent computer skills
or special should be able to learn how to effectively use this software.
training VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is suitable for the beginning video editor. The
application is relatively easy to learn and use. It is applicable for a variety of
users, from the retiree making movies of the grandkids to post on social
media to the corporate trainer creating a professional-grade video for a
training program.

What the Program Enables You to Do

VideoStudio Ultimate X10 enables you to take
multiple video clips and combine them in a single
continuous video. You use the features in application
to produce a quality video that is suitable for posting
online, presenting to an audience, embedding in a
website, or inserting in a training course for delivery
to learners through a learning management system.
The software not only allows you to combine separate
video clips, it provides a variety of features that make
the clips flow together without abrupt jumps from
one clip to the next the next. You may have noticed
that in some PowerPoint presentations the next slide
abruptly appears but in others the slides seem to gently fade into view. That is a fade transition. You
know it when you see itand when you dont. Likewise, the editor software allows your video to flow
from one clip to the next in smooth transitions that make it professional looking and pleasing to the
You can also add effects, such as slow motion or speed it up with fast motion using the time remapping
feature. This control also allows you to freeze frames, play frames in reverse, or even replay entire
scenes. Track transparency enables overlapping or superimposing two scenes at once by adjusting the
opacity (degree of transparency). The mask creator allows you to focus on a section of a frame or a single
element (for instance, one person or one object) by highlighting it. There are several effects for the
highlight, such as blurring the surrounding objects or making the frame black and white while the object
of focus is in color. You can shoot in 360 video, incorporate the clips, and select the angles that the
viewer will see.

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Additional ways to make a professional looking video include
adding lower thirds. Think news broadcasts. Notice how they
include text in the bottom third of the screen with the story
title or location of the event being reportedConrad
Firefighters Battle Blaze. You can add lower thirds to your
videos. You can also add music tracks and controls allow you
to trim and fade the tracks to sync seamlessly with the video

Particularly useful for trainers is the screen capture feature.

This allows the user to capture their computer screen activity,
which is often used for teaching software or proprietary
systems with step-by-step instructions.
Screen activity can be captured in video or still frames and can
include audio narration. Screen capture segments can be used
alone or incorporated in a course.

Lets Take a Tour Inside

VideoStudio Ultimate X10 has an appealing user interface with tabs for four main panels always
accessible, including the capture, edit, and share functions. The menu includes the usual categories: File,
Edit, Tools, Settings, and Help.

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The Welcome tab
The Welcome tab includes resources for Whats New, Tutorials, and Get More.

The Whats New section includes information about new features, such as MultiCam Capture and Lower
Third Animations. May include special announcements like sales and discounts.
The Tutorials section includes access to a library of tutorials that provide users with helpful information
to learn and effectively use the application and features.
The Get More section includes optional features that can be purchased such as templates, overlays,
filters, transitions, and other applications.

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The Capture tab
The Capture panel is the interface for capturing videos and photos as well as other functions.

Here are descriptions from the User Guide for the options available in the Capture workspace:

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The Edit tab
The Edit panel is the interface for manipulating video clips and photos as well as other functions.

You might describe the Edit workspace as the place where the magic happens. The features accessed
here allow users to manipulate video clips using an assortment of features. Applying these features in a
variety of ways allows you to produce professional looking videos.
Some of the features that can be applied to video clips, audio tracks, and photos include:

Converting multiple files Saving trimmed clips

Adding video clips and photos Creating a snapshot from video clip
Time remapping Enhancing clips
Modifying video playback speed Adjusting white balance
Freeze frame Applying pan and zoom effect
Replacing media clips Using the Mask creator
Trimming clips Using track transparency
Split by scene Working with 360 video
Trimming video into multiple clips

Detailed instructions for using all these features and options can be found in the User Guide on pages
85-125. View the User Guide here.

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The Share tab
The Share panel is the interface for accessing multiple ways to share finished video projects as well as
other functions.

There are several options for sharing, including creating files for playing videos on computers, mobile
devices, game consoles, and cameras. Saving the project in HTML5 format enables compatibility with a
variety of web browsers. Projects can also be uploaded directly to web services such as YouTube, Vimeo,
Facebook, or Flicker. You can also create hard products by burning videos to discs and SD cards. Theres
even an option to create and share projects in 3D format.

Uses in Corporate Learning and Development

Corporate L&D More corporate learning and development professionals are recognizing the
professionals are value of video in their training content, particularly custom videos. Third party
providers may be a resource for some relevant content, but the ability to create
recognizing the
custom video content to address proprietary systems and procedures is
value of video becoming the norm.

To see reasons why video is useful in L&D, review the article 10 reasons to use video in L&D by Martin
Baker, Founder/CEO of the Clear Lessons, Charity Learning Consortium. (
You can also view a short video, Industrial and Corporate Training Videos: Benefits and Examples, by
Michael Bukay & Associates. (YouTube; Source:

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There are two problems many L&D professionals face regarding video production. First, they may lack
expertise in video editing among their staff. Recording videos with a camera only provides raw material;
proper editing is essential to producing quality video content. Second, their budget may be limited, and
so they lack funds for outsourcing the production of custom video content.
Using VideoStudio Ultimate X10 provides solutions. The software is relatively inexpensive even for small
organizations. It is also reasonably easy to learn. With this application, L&D professionals can produce a
variety of file formats that can be used in training courses by embedding finished videos using eLearning
authorware. They can also upload videos individually to their LMS as standalone microlearning content.
Providing learners with video content that is clearly identified with their organizations branding can
enhance the learners interest. They know the content is exclusively for them and made to address their
knowledge and training needs.

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)

In 2012, the AECT board of directors set forth standards for university programs in the fields of educational
technology. The following describes how VideoStudio relates to these standards and how practitioners can use
the application accordingly.

AECT Standard 1 (Content Knowledge) Educational technology practitioners understand that video is
Using - - Candidates demonstrate the ability to ubiquitous and that today individuals, particularly millennials,
select and use technological resources and use videos for education (e.g., searching YouTube for quick
processes to support student learning and to answers to questions, viewing demonstrations, etc.). L&D
enhance their pedagogy. professionals can use VideoStudio to produce custom videos
to provide their learners with relevant information.
AECT Standard 2 (Content Pedagogy) Business instructors and trainers can use VideoStudio as a
Using - Candidates implement appropriate reliable teaching method. Videos provide consistent content
educational technologies and processes based (i.e., all users get the same content without variance), and
on appropriate content pedagogy. learners may have unlimited access to content at any time.
AECT Standard 3 (Learning Environments) L&D professionals deliver learning content and training in a
Using - Candidates make professionally sound variety of ways, including live instructor-led training (ILT),
decisions in selecting appropriate processes virtual sessions, and individual access through a learning
and resources to provide optimal conditions management system (LMS) or another online portal.
for learning based on principles, theories, and VideoStudio enables them to deliver content in all these ways
effective by providing their learners with access to custom produced
practices. videos through their LMS or ILT courses.
For more information, you can view the AECT standards here. (

Learning the Software

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VideoStudio Ultimate X10 software comes with fourteen tutorials and links to more in their Corel
Discovery Center. They also provide a full, 328-page user guide for the product.
Watch the tutorial for adding and customizing transitions here.
Check out the User Guide here.
There are other online resources for learning the software such as YouTube channels devoted to
software education. Below are three examples.

VideoStudio Pro X10 - Tutorial for Beginners

Published on April 3, 2017 by The Skills Factory, this video provides the basics to get started in the
application. Overview of user interface and features. Running time: 12:20. (Note: An advertisement may
precede the video.)
(YouTube; Source:

Corel VideoStudio X10 Masking Tutorial

Published on February 18, 2017 by Scottie Davis. A short
tutorial about using the mask feature of VideoStudio that
allows the user to add effects to focus on an area of the frame.
Running time: 5:05. (Note: An advertisement may precede the
(YouTube; Source:

How to Setup SCREEN CAPTURE in COREL VideoStudio X10 -Tutorial

Published on Mar 28, 2017 by KRAZETV, this video is a short tutorial on using the screen capture feature
of VideoStudio. Using screen capture is a practical way to teach by easily incorporating screen activity in
custom video projects.
(YouTube; Source:

Environmental Factors
Video content generally includes audio (voice, music, sound effects, etc.), so speakers or headphones
are necessary for editing. Headphones may be applicable if working in an open space to limit noise
interference. A microphone is necessary if adding voiceover narration during editing. For optimal results

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when recording live, a private (and preferably soundproof) space is advantageous to reduce or prevent
background noise.
An internet connection is required if online content is needed for editing the video project, sharing the
content through social media platforms, or uploading files to a server.

Systems Requirements
Corels product user guide lists the systems requirements for downloading, installing, and optimal use
of the software. The following information is from pages 12-15 of the guide.
System requirements (or recommendations) include:
Internet connection required for installation, registration and updates. Registration required for product
Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, 64-bit OS highly recommended
Intel Core i3 or AMD A4 3.0 GHz or higher
Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD & Intel Quick Sync Video support
Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon A10 or higher for UHD, Multi-Camera or 360 video
4 GB of RAM or higher, 8+GB highly recommended for UHD, Multi-Camera, or 360 video
Minimum 256 MB VRAM, 512 MB or higher recommended for hardware decoding acceleration
HEVC (H.265) support requires Windows 10 and supporting PC hardware or graphics card
Minimum display resolution: 1024 x 768
Windows-compatible sound card
Minimum 8 GB HDD space for full installation
Digital download option available if DVD-ROM drive not available for installation
DVD burner for creating DVD and AVCHD di
Input Options
Capture from DV, HDV and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs (requires a FireWire port)
Capture from analog camcorders with compatible analog capture card
Capture from USB capture devices, PC cameras, webcams
Import from AVCHD and other file-based camcorders, digital still cameras, mobile devices and discs

The guide notes that product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation, and
provides the following link for more details:
View the User Guide here.

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The Affordances: Benefits and Drawbacks
Some Benefits
The software is relatively inexpensive and easy to install. Installation can be completed through a
download or by using the disc in the boxed version. The user interface is well designed, and the initial
screens are simple to navigate. The menu contains the usual categories for Windows based programs.

Some Drawbacks
The installation process may take several minutes depending on system speed.
There is a learning curve. Learning the basics needed to begin using the program should be relatively
straightforward for a competent computer user familiar with Windows-based applications. However,
the program is feature-rich, so learning them all and developing skills and gaining expertise in their use
will take time.

Corporate learning and development professionals are increasingly recognizing the value of creating
custom video for their training curriculum. Corels VideoStudio Ultimate X10 is an economical way for
L&D professionalsand not just the instructional designersto create quality videos with custom
content, which can be used as standalone micro training or incorporated in training courses.

NOTE: All content and images that are from online sources have links to the sources posted with the
content throughout the paper. Any image without a link to an online source was created by the author
for this paper.

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