The Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 suite is the Best Buy because it has a combination of very good ease of use and performance. It's also one of the least expensive programs and includes a suite of other applications and extras.
We've also recommended Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 because it had the highest ease of use score and a good performance score. For serious video editing, it's a good choice.
Ease of use is probably more important than speed when editing footage because if you can't figure out how to use a program, you might abandon it all together. There's a learning curve for all video editing programs, but some make it easier than others. The easiest programs to use have an editing desk window that's simple and uncluttered with menus and icons that make sense. A program with a cluttered interface that's unintuitive will make editing difficult.
Overall, the programs have a substantial range of functions for video editing and creating special effects and they can also burn DVDs. Roxio Easy Media Creator 9, Apple iLife 06 and Nero 7 Premium Reloaded are suites that include extra video, audio and photo editing programs. We only tested the video editing and DVD burning component. The suite name and the program name are given in the tables.
- Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
- Apple iLife 06
- Nero 7 Premium Reloaded
- Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 Titanium edition
- Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 suite
- Sony Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum edition
- Ulead VideoStudio 10 plus