When beginner’s are new to video editing and are deciding which video editing program to purchase, it can be difficult to choose which one.
So how can you decide?
One way to make a decision, which is how I’ve always done it, is to check out the reviews. Another way, but more time consuming, is to download trials that may be available. Sony Creative Software offers trials of all the latest versions of Sony Movie Studio. Of course, one thing to consider is how old is your computer? If your computer is at least 2 years old!
I personally would go with the latest version, which is not expensive at all, of course, it will all depend on where you purchase it. Amazon is the best place for me!
Now if you haven’t noticed, Sony does not even use Vegas anymore. Now it’s just called Sony Movie Studio! With Sony Movie Studio, you can choose from 3 options on Amazon:
Platinum, Suite, and Studio. The image you see above is just Sony Movie Studio 13.
- Touch enabled for touch PC’s
- Add professional style and energy with transitions, titles, and video effects
- You can easily upload your finished movies on YouTube and Facebook without leaving the application
- Help bubbles for easy guidance
- Adjust your video to playback in slow or fast motion
Minimum System Requirements:
- Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit (including Windows 8.1)
- 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
- 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended) IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
- USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, or DVD camcorders) 512 MB GPU memory
- Windows-compatible sound card DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only) Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning only)
- Supported DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW (for DVD burning only)
- Supported BD-R/-RE drive (for Blu-ray Disc burning only)
- Microsoft . NET Framework 4.0 SP1 (included on application disc)
- Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 or later for reading and writing QuickTime files Internet Connection (for Gracenote MusicID Service) Supported Formats Import: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, OGG, PCA, PNG, QuickTime, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV Export: AAC, AIFF, AVC, AVI, BMP, FLAC, JPEG, LPEC, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, OGG, PCA, PNG, TIFF, QuickTime, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV
- A complete suite for your digital life
- Contains: Movie Studio 13 Platinum, ACID Music Studio 10, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
- Extras: Boris FX Continuum Units, FXHOME Hit Film plug-ins, iZotope Vocal Eraser, NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Effects, Studio Devil British Valve Custom Guitar Amp, 50 Sony Sound Series: Production Music Soundtracks
- Create video in beautiful 4K (ultra HD) XAVCS or AVCHD, develop original music, and enhancemultichannel audio
- Weave your ideas into videos that can be uploaded directly to Facebook or burned toa DVD or Blu-ray Disc
This version is affordable and has some really nice extra features!
This version includes:
- Easy and powerful video editing
- Native 4K XAVC S file format support
- Upload directly to Facebook
- Touch-enabled for touch PCs
- Help bubbles for easy guidance
- Author DVD and Blu-ray Disk with DVD Architect, which is included!
Now I haven’t listed all the features with these programs, there’s just too much to list.
So basically depending on how old your computer is, I would go with an earlier version if your computer is more than 2 years old.
I hope this helps you in deciding which version to go with, or even which video editing program to go with. I’m sort of partial to the Sony video editing programs!
On an addition note, I have said in the past not to go with the download version, only because I’d rather have the actual program in my hands. If my computer crashes, I want the software to reinstall. The current version I have, Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD11, I had the actual program in my hands, however, I was unable to install the program for whatever reason I have no clue, but I had to end up downloading it from the Sony Creative website. Once I downloaded the program, I was able to activate it with the keycode. I got a little more than I bargained for, because the version I purchased at a local store, was just Sony Vegas Movie Studio 11, the download version was HD11. Now the Sony website no longer has this version I’m using, but Amazon does at a very affordable price!