PROS / Roxio Creator NXT 2 has options for more than just video editing. It’s an entire digital creative suite with tools for video, audio, images and more.
CONS / The video editor itself is quite basic, providing the necessary tools you need to get the job done but not a lot of advanced features.
VERDICT / This is an entire digital creative suite in one application. Each of its components could stand alone as its own product. Combining them into one piece of software makes it more than the sum of its parts.
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Roxio Creator NXT 2 is the latest incarnation of Roxio’s video editing software line. Creator has come a long way in a relatively short time. We should mention that Roxio Creator NXT 2 is more than just a video editing application. It’s a digital media creative suite with features that allow you to edit photos and music as well as burn CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. It also serves as an online publishing hub that allows you to share your creative work with family and friends.
Past iterations of Roxio Creator have always been quite flexible, but that flexibility came at the cost of usability for people who are not familiar with the ins and outs of video editing. Fortunately, Roxio Creator NXT 2 retains all the flexibility we loved in the original and makes the user interface much more approachable and intuitive to the casual user.
Roxio Creator NXT 2 employs VideoWave as its editing engine. It’s a basic editor that enables you to trim footage, adjust brightness and contrast, smooth unstable footage, and adjust clip speed. It also provides hundreds of transitions and effects that will enhance your footage and give it the unique look and feel that you want.
VideoWave allows users to switch between timeline mode and storyboard mode. This is great because broad-stroke edits can be made in storyboard mode while more granular tweaks can be made in timeline. Switching back and forth preserves your changes. This is one of the features that make Roxio Creator NXT 2 so versatile.
This software package comes with a stand-alone music editor that you can use to create soundtracks for your video creations. It also has a new feature called Scorefitter. This is a library of royalty-free songs and effects that you can put into your movies without having to worry about editing them or acquiring licensing fees.
The photo editor in Roxio Creator NXT 2 can be very helpful during the video editing process. Many video projects call for the use of still images. The inclusion of a powerful image editing application means that you don’t have to purchase an additional program to get the images you want to use in your video just the way you want them.
Sharing your creative efforts is easy with Roxio Creator NXT 2. This video editing application allows you to upload your finished products to YouTube and Facebook directly from within the program. Additionally, it has an extremely useful disc-burning tool that enables you to create CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. So no matter how you want to share your videos, Roxio has you covered.
At the end of the day, Roxio Creator NXT 2 continues a trend of improvement in this video editing software. But it’s much more than that. Roxio Creator is a great product for any digital creative endeavor, whether it be video, music or images. Roxio Creator NXT 2 is a great toolbox for anyone with a creative mind and a computer.