You cannot just install a program and expect it to run properly, without checking if your computer is powerful enough. There are minimum system requirements for you to even be able to use Creator NXT 5, let alone have it run smoothly. First, an Internet connection is needed in order to install the application. Then, make sure you have the following on your machine:
- Intel Pentium 4 2GHz processor or AMD equivalent
- Windows 7 SP1 or later
- 2GB of RAM
- 4GB of available HDD space
- 1024×768 DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card with 16-bit colors setting
- Windows Media Player 10
- QuickTime Player Version 7
Of course, should your computer have better specifications, that would be not a problem at all.
Tools and Features
As Creator NXT 5 is a multimedia suite, it has functionalities and usages beyond just video editing; like music and audio editing, photo processing and sharing, and data conversion and burning. In fact, Roxio’s professional quality CD and DVD burning and video file conversion options for multiple devices are probably the best performing and most highly regarded parts of the suite. However, we’ll be focusing on movie making capabilities for this review.
Make Basic Video Edits
Roxio gives you what you need to adjust and add to video clips just enough to put a simple slideshow or movie together. You can work with standard to HD formats; and automatically fix brightness, color and contrast. Rotating video is also possible, as well as stabilizing shaky footage. On top of the actual video, titles and credits can be placed, along with a picture-in-picture option.
There’s also a live screen and voice-over capture functionality that allows you to record video and audio directly from your machine’s display, for you to edit and then save. Very handy for how-to or simple let’s-play videos.
For very basic slideshows, though, Corel FastFlick has templates to speed things up for you. Select one of them, add your video clips–and photos, too, if you wish–and have the result immediately created for you to save or share effortlessly on Facebook, Youtube, Video or Flicker.
Work on Multicam Projects
Roxio’s multicam functionalities can’t even begin to compare to what’s offered by professional grade competitors–like Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X–but for beginners, it’s sufficient. You can work with footage from two angles; the video clips are synced and aligned automatically through their audio output. If you spring for Roxio Creator NXT Pro 5, you can even create projects containing four multicam angles.
Use Visual Effects
You can use a green screen to put just about anything in the background of your video, and there’s a compact collection of drag-and-drop effects that you can utilize beyond that, too. There are eight available with the basic multimedia suite: fairy dust, fire, fireworks, fog, rainfall, smoke, snow storm and sparks. With Creator NXT Pro 5, you also get: aged film, destabilize, interference, newsprint, skew and visual harmonizer.
Creator NXT 5–with over 15 Roxio products bundled into one multimedia suite–has a very reasonable price tag: $99.99. Creator NXT Pro 5 is a little bit more expensive at $129.99, but apart from the extras already mentioned above, it also has added encryption tools you can use when you burn CDs and DVDs, and also PaintShip Pro X8. Overall, Creator NXT Pro 5 adds over $200 worth of extra content compared to Creator NXT 5.
With Corel as its parent company, Roxio has upped its customer support quality. There is not only a Knowledge Base, FAQ section and a user community, but also many avenues of company-provided interactive support. You can get in touch with Roxio about your concerns through email, a toll-free telephone number, and live chat.
What's the Verdict on Roxio Creator NXT?
Roxio Creator NXT 5 Review 2020 – Conclusion
Roxio Creator NXT 5 has a good entry level movie editor in Videowave. It may not have all the advanced features of leading movie editors, and it may not be the best as what it does, but is enough to satisfy a true beginner’s needs. The other programs also help add functionalities often present in more complete video editing software. The price is great–in fact, it’s probably the main selling point of the product–as it is very light on the pocket compared to other similar programs. If you are planning to create occasional home movies, Roxio Creator NXT 5 could be a good program to start with as you build up your skills–but you will have no way to know for sure unless you buy it. Too bad there’s no free trial.