Ashampoo Movie Studio Review

ashampoo movie studio

It is a lot easier nowadays to create digital videos than it was ten or even five years ago. Today, nearly every smartphone in existence comes with cameras and apps that you can use for that purpose.

There are also webcams installed in nearly every laptop and many tablet computers, and the rise of video telephony has introduced them to desktop systems as well.

What has not really changed that much is what happens after you have recorded the video. It is usually in a format that you can play natively, but once you want to share it with others, upload it to Internet sites, or burn it to DVD to watch on the big telly, you will realize that you may need to convert it into a compatible format before you can do so.

Conversion on the other hand is just part of the movie editing process. Maybe you also want to cut parts off it, or add something, music for instance or opening credits, to it.

That's where programs like Ashampoo's Movie Studio come into play.

Ashampoo Movie Studio Review

Movie Studio provides you with the tools to author and edit movies on your home PC. It enables you to cut, trim and convert videos, add background music and effects to it, and export the edited video files afterwards or burn them to disc.

When you first start the program you are asked to pick one out of four possible activities:

  1. Create Movie - Create a new movie from video files on your system.
  2. Open Project - Open an existing project that you have saved previously.
  3. Cut Commercials - Remove commercials from TV shows that you have recorded.
  4. Convert Files - Convert media files.

You can create a blank movie project, or make use of a wizard that walks you through the configuration. If you select a blank project, you are taken to the main interface for that.

It is divided into three main parts: first the preview area on the left, second the add menus on the right of that, and third the timeline at the bottom.

You can add videos or pictures via drag & drop, or use the add options at the top to do the same thing. It is interesting to note that you can use Movie Studio to create photo slideshows as well as videos.

If you add videos, you may run into compatibility issues depending on the formats your videos are in. Movie Studio supports several popular formats such as avi out of the box, but lacks support for other formats such as flv and even mp4.

You need to install the appropriate codecs to add support for these video formats to the application.

As far as supported video formats go, the following ones are supported:

*.263, *.264, *.ASF, *.ASX, *.AVI, H261, *.H263, *.M1V, *.M2T, *.M2V, *.MP2V, *.MPA, *.MPE, *.MPEG, *.MPEGTS, *.MPG, *.MPV2, *.VC1, .WEBM, *.WMV, *.WMX, *.WTV, *.WXV

Incompatible files are visualized with a yellow exclamation mark while compatible videos with a preview icon so that you know instantly which you can add and which you cannot.

Once you have added at least one video or image, you will notice that it appears in the timeline in the lower half. You can preview it at any time right from here, or use some of the tools made available to modify it.

ashampoo movie studio review

Here it is for instance possible to add effects to the video or part of it. This includes improving brightness or contrast, rotating or mirroring the display, normalizing the audio or applying effects such as Sepi or Old Movie to it.

Other tools provided include cutting or splitting the video. Both operations are really easy to use. If you select split, a new window opens that you use to select the position that you want to split. This can be useful to divide a video into different parts, for example to add different types of effects to it.

Here you can also add music, transitions, overlays or themes to the video that you want to create.

If you add music, it is added as a new row in the timeline which you can manipulate independently of the rest. That's great for photo slideshows for example, as you can control when music starts and for how long it will play.

Once done, you may select output related information. Ashampoo Movie Studio supports avi, wmv and mpg as output formats, and DVD and Blu-Ray discs. Here you need to select a resolution and quality of the output video format as well.

The way the resolution is selected is not ideal though. You can select HD 1080p or HD 720p, DVD quality, TV quality, or mobile quality from the selection menu. The problem here is that you can select a resolution that is higher than that of the input material.

The encode quality configuration on the other hand is excellent. You get a preview of the video file and a quality slider on that screen, so that you can preview the selected quality level directly and in real-time. In addition to that, the estimated file size is shown as well.

Verdict

Ashampoo Movie Studio is an easy to use software that enables users of all experience levels to edit and create videos on their home computer. Its greatest strength is the program's ease of use.

The program needs support for additional codecs though as it lacks in that area significantly when compared to other video editing applications.

That's however the only gripe that we had with the software during tests.

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Responses to Ashampoo Movie Studio Review

  1. Black Wolf December 8, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    I use Avidemux for video editing and i would like to have this Ashampoo program because it has many more useful features.

  2. uRwhatUr December 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Wow! This would be so much better than Microsoft's Movie Maker that I use.

  3. Robert Patterson December 8, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    Martin, Thanks for the review. I have used several movie creation programs and Ashampoo Movie Studio sounds like it will be one of the better ones. I'd like to try it. I take lots of video of my grand children and try to edit it into quality presentations that will someday be their parents and their own treasured keepsakes. I hope Ashampoo Movie Studio can help me do this better.

  4. Johan Gustavsson December 8, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I have previously used Microsoft Moviemaker, but this program seems to have much more and useful features, so i'll give it a try....I tweeted this @ https://twitter.com/ecsjjgg/status/409718059599794177

  5. MerleOne December 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    Hi,
    I would like to use the software when I edit DVB-T recorded content, so as to remove ads and non essentials parts of the recording.
    Thanks.

  6. nonqu December 8, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I have some movies ripped from an old semi-dgital camera that I've been wanting to edit for a long time but didn't have the right tools - Windows Movie Maker turned out to be very inconvinient. Ashampoo Movie Stuido would finally give me the kick I need to take care of all the sister's birthdays and familly gatering videos.

  7. Doris December 8, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

    I would like to win it to make some family videos with the kids.

  8. Eric December 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    It would be so cool to win! I can make some movies with it from my camera's footage. Thanks

  9. Mariam December 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    I would love to install it on my computer to make a cool movie this Christmas with my grandkids.

    God bless you!

  10. Brian December 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I work in a small IT outfit and this would be perfect for editing presentation videos for both technology education and product information seminars. I could also really use this at home for my children's home movies and if they should have any video project needs. Three birds with one stone!

  11. Sanford Levy December 8, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Would like to use this to make short videos for use in classroom. I have tried a number of free options in the past and have not been satisfied.

  12. Zlip December 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm #

    It will be good replacement for me for old abandoned Blaze Media Pro and also freemake which I am trying these days.

  13. William Anderson December 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    Looks like it is easy to use. Most of the programs I have tried are hard to work with.
    Would love to try it sometime.

  14. Virtualguy December 9, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I happen to be in the market for a video editing application. I've been wondering how the Ashampoo editor compares to other consumer level editors. Sounds like it's worth a try. Good review.

  15. TorVic December 9, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    I like to make a video for this holiday vacation when we out of town.

  16. Tim December 9, 2013 at 2:37 am #

    One Of the Great software of Ashampo's fine line of Program's Lots of editing, cropping, Scene by Scene, professional videos this years with a HD feel and convertors Cut Commercials Awesome add Music... you bet and much more great software thanx alot

  17. dmchapin December 9, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    I inherited a boatload of poorly crafted tutorial videos that need to be remade. Ashampoo would definitely help that task.

  18. Geek December 9, 2013 at 4:06 am #

    I'd use it to replace the serviceable yet limited Windows Video Maker for basic home video editing.

  19. Asriel Rusdyawan December 9, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    Thanks for this Giveaway.
    i would like to use this software to edit and cut my personal customized videos and share it to many people.

  20. Mark Guilford December 9, 2013 at 7:33 am #

    I would use this software to edit family home videos and add special effects to footage before uploading it on the Internet to my DailyMotion account.

    I am currently using Windows Movie Maker but it is very limited.

  21. Dror December 9, 2013 at 7:34 am #

    Very nice
    Thanks

  22. BBB December 9, 2013 at 11:34 am #

    would be a nice christmas gift :)

  23. Percy December 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    I see that using it as a video conversion tool is better than "SUPER " in terms of user configuration.

  24. Al December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    thanks for the giveaway.
    to edit and put my video on DVDs.

    Merry Christmas!

  25. Mike December 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    Great giveaway! Ashampoo software products have always worked well for me.
    My first project with this app would be to edit and compile a bunch of short videos I have on my phone. Can't wait to get started:-))

    Happy Holidays!

  26. Doug December 9, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    My wife would use it to edit her videos for youtube

  27. Bob Johnson December 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I use Avid Studio and Pinnacle Studio, I can cut commercials manually(a real pain).
    3. Cut Commercials - Remove commercials from TV shows that you have recorded.
    The #3 option sounds great though. I use other Ashampoo products. Count me in Martin.

    Bob

  28. Doug December 9, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    Been using Powerdirector 10. Would like to give this a try.

  29. Clarence December 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    yes , would like something better than Microsoft Movie Maker!!!

  30. Threshold December 9, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I would need this to edit some pvr recordings and some downloaded files.

    Thanks.

  31. Martin Jensen December 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Heyy...
    I have been looking quite some time for an easy to use editor. I have tried Windows Movie Maker and Pinnacle...both are somewhat OK but is both lacking easy to use and still good features. Esp. Pinaccle is hard if one uses it it only rarely. My next "project" would be edditing and making a wedding wideo of my nieces witch will be at the end January 2014 !

  32. Sudip Kumar Das December 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    Never used a video editing software, winning this will help me learn video editing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  33. Ron December 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    My beautiful wife passed away from breast cancer a few years ago. Her sister had made a VHS movie of my wife creating one of her wonderful Christmas paintings on the large window at our local Post Office, for the benefit and pleasure of our local community.. That 'real-time' movie is all I have to remember just how wonderfully happy and gracious a stunning woman my wife really was, as she created that holiday scene, step by step!.. I miss her terribly,.. EVERY DAY!
    I would thankfully use the Ashampoo's Movie Maker to preserve/convert that single VHS copy to a number of DVD's, to send to our children so they, too, can also retain the beautiful memories of her that I have!
    God Bless and thank you!
    Ron K, Major USAF, Ret

  34. Virtualguy December 10, 2013 at 7:35 pm #

    If I'm lucky enough to get a copy, I might be inspired to buy a new videocam.

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