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Corel, Sony team up on video production tools

The two companies will co-market video and digital imaging software bundles for consumers and production pros.

Sony and Corel plan to work together to develop video and digital imaging software bundles, the companies said Monday.

Sony Media Software and the Canadian software maker will co-market two groups of products--one for consumers who want to edit movies, create videos and author DVDs themselves, and the other for professionals.

The bundles will include Sony's latest Vegas Movie Studio video production and editing tools and Corel's Paint Shop Pro X and Photo Album 6 digital imaging software.

Visual Creation Studio, which is being aimed at beginners, will have a suggested retail price of $129.95. Visual Creation Studio Pro, aimed at hobbyists and semiprofessionals, will cost $199.95. Both of the products will be available starting in November, the companies said.

In Visual Creation Studio Pro, Vegas Movie Studio + DVD software is replaced by with the Platinum version, which supports all formats, from digital video to high-definition video, the companies said.

"We know that consumers and hobbyists are looking for more approachable, easier-to-use software that offers better value by enabling them to easily accomplish specific tasks--in this case, editing and managing photos and videos--without any prior training or experience required," Blaine Mathieu, general manager of digital imaging at Corel, said in a statement.