Video editing software

Turn your home movies into feature films.
 
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  • Updated:4 Mar 2007
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles are listed in rank order

Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0

Price: $183

Good points

  • Best overall score
  • Excellent ease of use score
  • Includes tutorials
  • Most video and audio tracks
  • Excellent editing tools
  • Excellent help score

Bad points

  • No extra software

Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 Titanium edition

Price: $189

Good points

  • Includes tutorials
  • Excellent editing tools
  • Very good performance
  • Excellent help score

Bad points

  • Equal lowest installation score
  • Requires 256 MB graphics card to process1080i HD video
  • Requires extra payment to activate some special effects
  • Must download large update

Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus

Price: $199

Good points

  • Excellent ease of use score
  • Excellent editing tools

Bad points

  • Must download plug-in to capture high definition video
  • Auto scene detection default turned off

Sony Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum edition

Price: $219

Good points

  • Best performance score
  • Includes wizards and tutorials
  • Short installation time
  • Excellent help score

Bad points

  • Most expensive
  • Must download large update
  • Cluttered editing deck
  • No auto-chapter creation
  • No magic movie creation

Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 suite

Price: $120

Good points

  • Includes other programs
  • Relatively low cost
  • Includes tutorials
  • Very good performance score
  • Excellent help score

Bad points

  • Video capture process not straightforward

Apple iLife 06

Price: $119

Good points

  • Relatively low cost
  • Includes other programs
  • Includes tutorials

Bad points

  • Lowest performance score
  • Must download large update
  • No manual included
  • No auto-chapter creation
  • No chroma key
  • No picture-in-picture ability

Nero 7 Premium Reloaded

Price: $178

Good points

  • Includes other programs
  • Short installation time
  • Very good performance score

Bad points

  • Lowest score overall
  • Must download large update and help files
  • Least easy to edit
  • No chroma key
  • No picture-in-picture ability
  • No magic movie creation
  • Equal lowest installation score
 

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