Powerful video editor, if it works

ArcSoft ShowBiz is a multimedia application that promises to help you create and edit videos and movies with ease. It offers various visual effects and transition tools in an easy-to-use interface to allow even novice users to create awesome videos. The full version is available on a subscription basis. However, there is a demo version that lets you use it for free but with limited capabilities. 

Offers more than your usual editor

ArcSoft ShowBiz works like Windows Movie Maker. It allows you to import or capture videos, edit them, and then export the output in a variety of formats. It supports more formats than ArcSoft’s DVD2 without crashing. However, while it lets you import files easily, it divides your clips into multiple files if it exceeds about 1.45 GB.

After capturing your video, and like WMM, ArcSoft ShowBiz offers a simple storyboard/timeline-based layout in which you can drag the media clips and edit the content. Unlike WMM, however, ArcSoft ShowBiz offers more functionality. Aside from video track, the app has tracks for text titles and effects, as well as two additional audio tracks, one for voice-overs and one for soundtracks.

ArcSoft ShowBiz also offers more transitions and effects to your video. The software comes with several stock text title types, numerous transitions, and dozens of effects. You have the option to add animated text titles over live video and add a transition between clips with several swipes and fades. However, you would need to have patience when looking for effects to add because some of the available ones are rather lame.

And since there are separate tracks for audio and text titles, you can specify their location and duration. You can also use multiple titles and effects per video. When you are done editing, you can save the result in the format you want. ArcSoft ShowBiz has several save and export options. And as mentioned, it can write files in numerous formats, including AVI, DV-AVI, MPEG-1, Video CD, and even Video Email. Best of all, you can configure the formats in terms of resolution, frame rate, audio format, and more. You can also directly export your video on a recordable CD or DVD.

Some niggling problems

ArcSoft ShowBiz would have been a great video editing application. However, there are some issues that you need to deal with when you use the app. Firstly, it’s not reliable. It frequently crashes. Sure, it creates great videos, but that is if it actually works. Half the time, it only records or captures a few seconds of the video, then it will fail. 

More so, the app sports a depressing black background making it hard to see the functions. They’re practically invisible. ArcSoft ShowBiz's attempt to simplify the app so that an effect object is integrated into the clip also does not work. The effects only integrate into one clip. So, if you are applying the effects on all clip, you’ll do it one by one. 

These and other issues make the app extremely difficult to use. But you won’t get the help that easily since their customer support does not respond

Needs to have its issues resolved

ArcSoft ShowBiz aims to give users an alternative to their usual video editor. But, for the most part, the app does not work. And if it does, you will encounter issues after issue that you will spend more than enough time just to edit a simple home video. However, if the developers patch it up some more, then ArcSoft ShowBiz will be worth the money you spend. 

Create movies, edit videos, and liven up your movies

ArcSoft ShowBiz 5 makes video editing and movie creation easy and enjoyable while producing stunning results in a variety of popular formats. Add cool transitions between video clips, include titles and credits, and add your favorite music or a voice-over to your show. It's time to share your masterpiece on YouTube® or Facebook® with the built-in uploading tool, transfer to popular mobile devices, or burn a DVD, AVCHD or Blu-ray disc to enjoy on the big screen.

Main features:

1. Integrated video editing tools

Enhance photos, videos and audio before making the movie;

Perfect each clip by adding effects, text, transitions, titles, or even narration to make your movie a masterpiece;

More tools are included: Anti-Shaking, Denoise, Rotate & Flip and Crop & Trim.

2. Storyboard and Timeline mode

Arrange the clips and photos, add a transition, drop in cool effects and music in both modes;

Hide a track to focus on a specific layer and mute the audio in Timeline mode;

Adjustable screen and thumbnails allow for easy viewing of multiple tracks and source files.

3. Easy disc and 3D creation

Offers several themes and cool menu templates for disc creation;

Allows you to design personalized discs; Create and edit 3D images captured from 3D cameras, camcorders, or twin-lens webcams;

Export as a 3D file, or write to a DVD/AVCHD/Blu-ray disc.

4. Export and share

Easily share your movie on Facebook and YouTube;

Export files compatible with iPads, iPod Touch and other devices;

Export to a file or device, or create a disc.

It's time to create your own movies to share with friends around the world with ArcSoft ShowBiz 5!


  • Lots of editing options
  • Good file format support
  • Has separate tracks for audio and text title
  • Sound tweaking options


  • Frequently crashes
  • Divides clips into multiple files if it exceeds 1.45 GB
  • Extremely difficult to use
  • Bad customer support

Older versions

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ArcSoft ShowBiz for PC

  • Trial version
  • In English
  • V
  • 3.4
  • (208)

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