Roxio Creator 2012 Review

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Pros: Roxio Creator imports footage and files from a wide variety of devices.

Cons: The software contains no option to export files in the MOV format.

Verdict: This is a full-bodied solution for consumers ready to sink their teeth in video editing.

Only a few short years ago, video enthusiasts didn't have access to the technology to edit video on account of its price tag. Like so many other things, advances in digital technology have made video editing software available to anyone who has a computer and a creative mind. Roxio Creator 2012 is video editing software that allows everyday users to edit video and share their creations with the world.

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The first order of business with any video editing application is loading your video footage into the software. Roxio Creator 2012 makes it easy to import your video files. It doesn't matter if your files are stored on a camera or on another media device such as a thumb drive. Simply click the Capture/Import tab and follow the instructions.

We're always interested to see how consumer-grade video editing software handles professional-grade cameras. Many video editing suites fail to include support for high-end cameras. Roxio Creator not only handles consumer-level devices with ease, but it also imports footage from high-end hardware. The versatility of this feature is hard to overstate.

Like most of the other video editing applications we reviewed, Roxio Creator 2012 has two modes for editing video files: Storyboard and Timeline. Storyboard is the mode that you find on other consumer-level suites such as iMovie. Timeline is the editing mode that nearly all professional video editors use. The timeline lays out all your footage in a linear fashion to give you the same features and functionality the pros use.

Once you've cut and polished your video project to perfection, you want to share it with your friends and family. Roxio Creator 2012 offers several options to export your finalized video. Chief among them is creating digital file on your hard drive. You can create all the most commonly used formats such as AVI, DV-AVI, HDV, MPEG-1/2/4, MPEG2-HD, WMV, WMV HD, AVC (H.264), MP4 and 3GP. The MOV format is conspicuously absent from that list.

This video editing software also gives you the ability to burn a DVD that works in any player currently on the market. There is no Blu-ray option with this software, but nothing is perfect. Additionally, you have the option to upload your video project to popular sites such as YouTube and Facebook directly from the application.

Roxio Creator 2012's clean, intuitive interface allows users of any skill level to access the world of video editing. We are impressed by the software's capability to import footage from almost any device. We also like the its export options that run the gamut from creating digital files, creating discs and uploading to sharing sites like YouTube.

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Software Type Multimedia Software
Platforms Windows
Required Processor
Software Required OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
Required RAM 1GB
Disk Space 3GB
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