December 10, 1996 5:45 PM ET
Corel to set in motion Lumiere multimedia editing tool suite
By Margaret Kane

  Corel Corp. is preparing a suite of multimedia editing tools, aimed at the corporate market, that let users edit video and music clips with a drag-and-drop interface.

The Corel Lumiere Suite, expected to ship in January for $99, will allow users to create corporate presentations, ad campaigns and educational videos, said Sandra Catana, a spokeswoman for Corel's graphics and desktop publishing division.

The software includes 60 minutes of musical clips, as well as a library of video and still shots. The official number of video clips to be included has not been finalized, Catana said.

Users will be able to import music files into their presentations, edit imported video clips, and create special effects and text in the presentations.

Lumiere will not allow users to export presentations to a professional video-editing deck, the way Adobe Systems Inc.'s Premiere product does.

"It's going to be targeted more at the corporate level than at the high-end professional," Catana said. "It will also be suited for the home user using a video capture card."

The Lumiere suite includes Corel Motion 3D 7 and Corel Photo-Paint 6 as well as Corel Lumiere. It will be available on Windows 95 and on Windows NT.

Corel Photo-Paint 6 will no longer be offered as a stand-alone product, Catana said. Version 7 is due to be released by the Ottawa-based company in January.

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