Roxio has launched a new dedicated video-editing suite for Windows users. Roxio Video Lab HD features powerful video-editing tools with support for both standard and High Definition video, which include components for creating picture-in-picture effects, titling and scrolling credits. The software is also designed to share finished movies over the internet or by burning to DVD, Blu-ray or AVCHD discs.
Video Lab HD is also capable of working with 3D stereoscopic movie formats, and can convert existing 2D movies into 3D for playback on computer, standard 2D televisions (using 3D glasses, a pair of which is included with the boxed copy) and 3D TVs. It can also be used to capture and edit streaming video from a variety of websites, including YouTube.
Roxio Video Lab HD comes with a Blu-Ray plugin, which not only allows users to author Blu-Ray discs, but also edit HD content directly from BD-RE discs, and burn up to 60 minutes of HD content to standard DVDs for playback on Blu-Ray players. The program’s 3D capabilities extend beyond simply converting 2D movies to 3D: still images can also be converted to 3D, and finished 3D movies can be burned to DVD too.
The program supports a wide variety of video formats for both importing and exporting content, including all standard Windows and Mac formats, as well as DVD video and DivX. Corrective tools include various colour-correction tools as well as a tool for stabilising shaky footage from cell phones and handheld camcorders.
Roxio Video Lab HD costs $69.95, and requires a PC running a 2GHz Pentium 4 or AMD equivalent processor, 1GB RAM and DirectX 9.0c-compatible graphics card. It runs on 32-bit versions of Windows XP (SP3 required), Vista (SP1 required) and 7. Blu-Ray playback isn’t directly supported in the program; a separate plug-in is available for purchase from Roxio.