Movie Studio Platinum 13 is a very popular and one of the less expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling video editing programs and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as moviEZ HD or Movavi Converter 19 Premium. Movie Studio Platinum 13 is $12 less expensive than an average video editing program ($). Jul 20, · I had used, and enjoyed using, the Sony Movie Studio software for years and in various versions. So, I was looking forward to Movie Studio 13 Platinum, which I purchased on 8 July , to help me get the most out of HD/Dolby videos from a new Sony Videocam I recently purchased/5(). VEGAS Movie Studio 16 Platinum adds even more exciting tools to the robust feature set with world-class video stabilization, a complete ° editing workflow, motion tracking, and much more. Discover the innovations and edit like a pro with VEGAS Movie Studio 16 Platinum!
Loads of effects and transitions, with plug-in capability. Smooth preview for Picture in Picture. Customizable interface. Cons Slow rendering performance. Below the surface, interface can be challenging for non-professionals. No motion tracking.
No template video storyboards. Bottom Line Sony's consumer video editing software brings a wealth of powerful digital movie manipulations, but it still trails the competition in usability and speed. The latest version makes it a little easier to use. Add to that hardware acceleration, instant freeze-frame, and very detailed editing with keyframes, and you do have a powerful—if still less than intuitive—video editor.
Even with this upgrade, Vegas Movie Studio falls short of the competition from Adobe, Corel, and CyberLink in usability, special effects, performance, and support for new content types. From the moment you start the program, you see a welcome screen that offers simple editing modes with simplified interfaces.
The Guided video creator steps you through the process of building, enhancing, and sharing a movie. Easy Editing Modes. These options pare the interface down to just the tools needed for a particular step in the process, such as adding and arranging media, text, graphics, transitions, and effects.
In and Out Points. In the Source panel, you now get lines to show in and out points for each clip in the source panel; editing changes you make here show up in the live preview window. You can now resize the thumbs to make this trimming more convenient. The same lines appear in Storyboard mode, also live updating the timeline preview. This is a big one for any video editing software. It's such a computing-intensive activity, that even software from the biggest names is subject to occasional crashes.
Autosave for all your editing actions can provide some peace of mind, though it only saves your work every five minutes.
Hover Scrub. Apple popularized this capability in iMovie; simply passing the mouse cursor over a clip thumbnail in the source lets you scrub through the underlying video clip.
Motion Tracking. This tool goes against the move towards more-intuitive features. It's limited to Bezier masks, it's hard to find, it's hard to use, and it's unreliable. The program can stitch and display VR files, and it even boasts a stabilization tool for this content.
This increases the track limit to and adds back all those missing tools. At installation, the program gives you a choice of modules, which is helpful if you don't need all the extra effects or the system tune-up utility.
Then you choose language English, German, French, Spanish, or Polish , accept the user license, and choose a folder location for the program. On first run, a dialog asks for your license key and email address, or lets you star the free trial. Interface Though improving, Vegas Movie Studio's interface still feels pieced together, with some elements looking modern and some appearing to be holdovers from the Windows XP era.
At the outset, it's modern looking and dark with a reasonable number of buttons. There are small buttons below the timeline, but none above, which most programs have for the major trimming options, audio, effects, and so on. Even Final Cut Pro offers these.
By contrast, Adobe Premiere Pro and other programs have entire modes also called tabs or workspaces that take you through the steps of importing, editing, outputting. There's an option to save custom Window Layouts, and the same menu choice offers presets that duplicate the Dashboard's choices, such as Add Text and Titles, and Add Video Transitions.
A helpful new feature in Movie Studio pops its head up as soon as you start the app: It gives you choices for starting from a sample project or opening an existing one.
There you choose whether your video is widescreen or tall, and you can access one of the easy editing tools or go straight to the advanced editor. There's no touch-screen-friendly option, which used to be a part of the program's Simple mode. Even the pro-level Adobe Premiere Pro offers a touch interface option.
Another quibble is that you can't run Vegas in a full-screen mode without the standard window title bar showing, as you can in Premiere Elements and CyberLink PowerDirector. The Show Me How tutorials highlight how to import, trim, edit video, edit audio, add text, and more. There are 31 entries in the context menu that appears when you right-click an audio track, and 28 for video. The top entry in the media Properties dialog is Tape Name! It's easy enough to leave these off-putting options alone, but the fact that they're still included hinders the program's usability.
I supposed it could be that Vegas has users who would miss these if they were removed. You won't find any of this in a program that's truly designed for hobbyists, such as Corel VideoStudio or Adobe Premiere Elements. The interface uses a standard three-panel view with source at top left, preview at top right, and timeline across the whole length of the bottom of the window.
It makes more use of three-line "hamburger" menus to hide multiple options. The track headers have been cleaned up a bit this way, no longer showing buttons for maximize, minimize, animate, and compositing mode. A picture-in-picture track is included by default, which might be helpful to some novices. The layout is among the most flexible in its class: You can undock any panel and float it on the desktop, and you can save multiple preset layouts.
Master channel volume meters or master bus show you the audio level at the right of the video preview. The program can import or export 4K content, for which it automatically creates proxy files for faster editing. One thing I like is that when you add a clip to the timeline, its scale adjusts to fill all the clips to the width of your view. Instead of explicitly importing media, you simply browse your disk folder and choose content, which you can then add to the Project Media bin.
The Search Media Bins tool listed keywords among its search parameters, but there's no way to add keywords to clips; you can only add them to projects. Basic Editing As with most current video editing software, you drag and drop clips from the source onto the timeline, where you have access to a choice of trimming tools, including shuffle, slip, slide, time-stretch, and split.
The Trimmer lets you select a region of a source clip for insertion into the project, which is something you can't do in CyberLink PowerDirector , though pro-level software works this way. The timeline allows just 20 tracks—most other products let you add as many as you want.
Corel VideoStudio is another exception, also allowing a maximum of 20 overlay tracks. The timeline is easily navigable. Spinning the mouse wheel expands and contracts the timeline scale. There are two ways to move back and forth through your movie: Dragging the play head simply changes its position, and dragging it with Ctrl held down scrubs or "shuttles" through the video, with the sound playing at the speed at which you scrub.
There's also a separate Shuttle control at bottom left that you can speed up with a pointer indicator. Each clip entry includes icons for cropping, FX, and an overflow menu. To get to transitions, FX, and the Trimmer, you click on tabs below the source panel. This is not visually intuitive; every other consumer editor, and even the pro-level Apple Final Cut Pro X , has icons that indicate their purposes. Scores of keyboard shortcuts let you perform operations quickly.
The left side of each clip has helpful solo, mute, and FX buttons. Within each clip display on the timeline is a Pan-and-Crop icon, with more choices available from a right-click context menu. Other outdated or pro-level aspects of Vegas Movie Studio are that it uses the terms bins and envelopes, and effects are shown in folders, though you do see preview thumbnails for some of those.
The Search function helps mitigate this, however, making it easier to find media and effects. The search also works for non-transition effects. A new touch for the Trimmer tool is hover scrub, which helps you find the point in the clip where you want to make a cut or set an in or out point.
But the Trimmer window has been oversimplified to the point of being useless—most of its options are now in a dropdown menu, and it only shows one clip, so you can't adjust splices. The Insert Region control is helpful because it lets you name a section of a clip, but in practice it's cumbersome to use.
One tool I miss is a right-click option to remove empty track space, which most competing tools offer. Guided mode is a wizard that takes novices through the steps of adding clips, applying transitions, inserting titles, and adding a background music sound track.
The last step is to output the project, either by rendering a video file or uploading to social media. It's certainly a quick way from clips to presentation, but most users will want more customization.
And the effects all show the same eye image, which doesn't demonstrate them well. The program has improved in making transitions easier to use. But it lacks the popular seamless transitions that CyberLink and Pinnacle have recently added. Transition settings have been simplified; for example, the star gradient wipe transition no longer offers 14 slider settings, but only offers general gradient options like threshold blend and direction.
Time stretching is possible in Vegas Movie Studio—speeding footage up or putting it into or slow motion—but, again, there's no button or icon to click on to show you the feature exists. You simply have to know that you can either drag the left or right edge of a whole clip, hold Ctrl, and drag to enlarge or shrink the timeline entry. Alternatively, you can enter a playback rate factor in the clip's Properties dialog.
But you can't just speed up or slow down part of a clip. The freeze-frame tool is similar to that in Adobe Premiere Elements, though I had a heck of a time finding the feature. It doesn't show up in any of the top menus, for example in the Edit or Insert menus. To use it, you place the insertion point where you want the effect, and then tap the hamburger menu and choose Freeze Frame at Cursor.
This simply inserts a 5-second still at the insertion point. That's usually too long, but you can trim the clip on the timeline with the standard tools.
It will meet most of the needs of experienced editors and producers, but key omissions of some basic and advanced functionality make it a middling program.
This movie making software features the familiar timeline workflow. Users who know their way around the timeline format should grasp the essentials of the software with few problems. The program also features an interactive storyboard module that makes it easier to complete quick projects and learn the basics. The program also offers guided video edits. This mode walks you through the video creation process step-by-step.
In this simplified process, you pick the media you want to use and the program places them on the timeline for you. Then it has you pick other elements like transitions, titles and audio. This is an outstanding tool because it reduces the video making process into just a few minutes. VEGAS has a healthy library of titles, transitions and effects to choose from.
Most editors will be satisfied with the toolset that includes advanced features like the chroma key green screen , video stabilizer, audio mixer, masking tools, 3D editing and more.
But once learned, these tools are useful and powerful and will be invaluable tools that enable editors to craft both simple and complex videos. One feature worthy of note is multi-cam mode.
This tool can import and synchronize video footage of an event taken from multiple sources. For example, video of a concert, sports game or other event captured on multiple smartphones can be synced and edited into a single video.
This could previously be accomplished manually, but it is extremely difficult and time consuming, even for veteran editors. The multi-cam mode removes all the guesswork and switches between angles quickly and easily.
This has several basic tools such as picture-in-picture editing tracks and improved workflow tools such as a quickstart dashboard and simplified media import tools. This isolates moving objects and people within a video and applies effects to them as the video progresses.
Recent additions also include the ability to manipulate degree video. More on Video Production.