Pinnacle Systems, Inc. have announced a new video editing application called VideoSpin. The software application is free and the company thinks it will attract users who don't want to spend much time creating movies.
Since the public Beta version was launched in the Fall of 2007, VideoSpin has been used by nearly 60,000 consumers attracted by the simplicity of being able to quickly create entertaining videos and post them on the Web or email them to friends and family.
By leveraging the editing engine of its Pinnacle Studio software and making the editing process virtually foolproof, Pinnacle Systems believes it has filled a gap in the video editing industry.
With VideoSpin, users can create movies in minutes simply by dragging and dropping videos, pictures and music from their PC's hard drive onto the timeline and adding a few transitions and titles if they wish.
With the preview feature, users can check their movies after each change or they can wait until just prior to clicking on the “Make Movie” button. When the video is complete, it can be output in a common video format such as AVI, MPEG, RealVideo or Windows Media for viewing and sharing on a PC or a portable media device.
Videos can also be attached to an e-mail or uploaded directly to popular Web sites like YouTube or Yahoo! Video.
“In developing VideoSpin, we focused on putting the fun in video editing for consumers with all levels of experience by making it faster and easier than any other product on the market,” said Tanguy Leborgne, Pinnacle Systems Vice President of Worldwide Marketing. “Beta users tell us the tutorial is invaluable because it guides them through every step of the movie-making process and makes using the VideoSpin album, timeline and preview components easy to understand. Many of them have already posted their videos to the Web using the Beta version.”
The software is designed for Microsoft Windows XP with SP2, or Microsoft Windows Vista systems. The VideoSpin application will be available for download by the end of January at no charge.
VideoSpin comes with a 15-day trial of its Advanced Codec Pack to enable users to create and edit MPEG-2, MPEG-4/DivX files and to share videos on devices like the Apple iPod Video. Users can then purchase the pack for US$14.99 or continue using VideoSpin without these features when the trial is over.