I've been using computers for a long time and I know what works and what doesn't. This product works. One word of caution, make sure your system meets the minimum requirements before purchasing. I'm using a Dell D505 Centrino laptop, 1.6GHz P4 Mobile, 60GB hard drive, and 512MB RAM. When I'm capturing video, I found I needed to shut down my software firewall and virus scan in order to ensure I didn't drop any frames. When capturing, I was using 90% of my processor and 380 out of 512 megs of my RAM (your milage may vary). Also, make sure you have a BIG hard drive to store these video files if you plan to do a lot of editing. I have an external 200GB hard drive for extra storage that helps a lot. A 45 minute movie made a 10 gig project folder on my hard drive.
I've edited a bunch of stuff with this software. Save often because my machine did crash once while editing a 1.5 hour clip. Fortunately, I didn't loose much thanks to the auto-save option. I think I loaded up my memory and crashed the system. Though, with all the video editing I've been doing with it lately, one crash isn't bad.
The editing screens are typical of Adobe products with menus everywhere. But they are logically laid out and you will be happy they are there! It saves so much time having everything you need right at your fingertips! I captured my video off a Sony HC-26 camcorder via firewire. It didn't drop any frames and everything went smooth. Editing was easy and fun. Making a finished DVD was easy too. However, a 1.5 hour movie took about 3 hours to render and burn to DVD. BUT, the quality is exceptional! Other products I tried were grainy or had unwanted side effects. Not this product! Clean clear video, no chop, and great sound.
Did everything I wanted and more for less money than their competition. Thank you Adobe!