Ashampoo Movie Studio Review

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 8, 2013
Updated • Dec 11, 2013
Music and Video

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.


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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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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