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Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum Production Suite 11

by Sony Creative Software
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  • Edit video in nearly any format including DV, HDV, and AVCHD.
  • Create stereoscopic 3D projects and deliver them in a variety of formats.
  • Produce high-quality movies, corporate videos, wedding DVDs, and more.
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Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite

Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite has everything needed to produce spectacular HD movies. You can edit video in nearly any format including HDV and AVCHD. Included are innovative stereoscopic 3D tools, powerful features for video compositing, color correction, and soundtrack creation for feature-film results in your home studio. Use the surround sound mixing tools to create 5.1 soundtracks. Choose from hundreds of professional 2D and 3D video effects, titles, and filters. Exclusive Sony Show Me How interactive tutorials help you get started fast. Use the included Sound Forge Audio Studio software for precise audio editing; then enhance your multimedia projects with 400 exclusive music soundtracks.

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New Highlights

New! Stereoscopic 3D Editing: Creating stereoscopic 3D projects is as easy as working with 2D media. With innovative new tools, Vegas Pro 10 provides the ability to import, adjust, edit, preview, and output stereoscopic 3D media in various formats. Delivery formats include single or dual files including side-by-side, top/bottom, or line alternate as well as traditional anaglyphic encoding.

New! Enhanced Video Plug-In Architecture: The new video effects plug-in architecture, based on the Open Effects Association platform, provides updated and enhanced technology that enables third-party plug-in developers to develop advanced video effect plug-ins more easily and rapidly. Additional plug-ins offer Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 users hundreds of new effect and special techniques for creating professional-level projects.

New! Audio Event FX: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11allows editors to assign audio effects at the master output, bus level, track level, and now the event level for greater flexibility when working with multitrack projects.

New! Added support for 24p, 50p and 60p file formats: Users now have a solution for editing 24p, 50p or 60p files.

New! Improved QuickTime AVC Decode: Editors using popular DSLRs that record to QuickTime AVC gain significant improvement in playback performance.

New! Titles & Text Plug-in: This new tool allows users to spice up their text with animations and fun effects. With an intuitive and practical interface, it is easy to use and understand.

New! Transport Controls for Trimmer and Video Preview: Transport Controls provide more intuitive and immediate command over editing, as well as improve the overall workflow, productivity, and editing experience.

New! Improved New Project, Render As, and Make Movie Dialog Boxes: These new and improved dialog boxes make it easier for users of any skill level to create new projects, export completed projects, or burn existing projects to a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc.

Additional Highlights

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Standard or high definition: Edit video in nearly any format including HDV and Sony AVCHD video. You can even work simultaneously with standard-definition and high-definition video and the same project.

Create stunning HD movies: Vegas Movie Studio Platinum software has everything you need to produce movies in spectacular high definition. Editing HD is simple; just drop your clips on the timeline and go to work. Its high-performance engine is beyond fast--see your changes happen in real time. When you're done, export your movie in a variety of HD formats for easy sharing.

Zplane elastique timestretching: With elastique Pro technology, you can perform dramatic time stretches and pitch-shifts while retaining maximum sound quality.

New Project and Make Movie wizards: The New Project wizard provides a simple approach to ensuring new projects are created correctly from the start. The new Make Movie wizard eliminates the guesswork for delivery and provides optimized for Web, DVD, e-mail, or for publishing movies to YouTube.

Image Stabilization: Use image stabilization technology to reduce jitter and shaky video footage. Users with shaky video footage, commonly shot from handheld camcorders and inexpensive portable pocket devices, have the ability to quickly salvage this media using several optimized presets.

Slideshow Creator: This new feature provides users with the ability to quickly create a dynamic slideshow from a set of images with a few simple clicks. It is designed to be simple, easy to use, and can quickly create pan/zoom effects and transitions across a collection of still images.

Device Explorer: Use the new Device Explorer window to quickly browse the contents of AVCHD, Hard Disk and Memory Stick devices. Users can quickly view media on the device and import the files natively into the software, maximizing workflow speed by only importing the files they need without conversion.

Secondary Color Corrector: The Secondary Color Corrector tool provides users with a detailed toolset for adjusting differences in video shot with different camera setups or lighting situations; enhance dull, washed-out footage; or make specific color ranges stand out.

White Balance: White Balance provides users with the ability to quickly make video look great when originally shot with poor white levels. Users can use the eyedropper tool adjust the white levels within a video clip and the entire clip is automatically color adjusted.

Burn DVD from timeline: User can burn a DVD directly from the timeline. This is a fast method to create a single movie DVD and provides an alternate distribution option in addition to Blu-ray Discs and traditional file-based hard disk and streaming media formats.

Burn Blu-ray Disc from timeline: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 software provides functionality to burn a single-title Blu-ray Disc directly from the timeline. These discs are burned in BDMV format to BD-R, BD-RE, and DVD recordable media. Projects can be encoded as either MPEG-2 or AVC utilizing Dolby or PCM audio in stereo or 5.1 modes. Blu-ray Discs provide an alternative to streaming and file-based distribution for high-definition content. Beyond support for 25GB and 50GB Blu-ray Discs, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 supports burning BDMV on 4.7GB and 8.5GB standard DVD media, providing a low-cost opportunity for users to distribute high-definition content with traditional DVD burners and media.

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Upload movies to YouTube: Users can easily upload movies directly to YouTube for online sharing. The Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 publishing feature uses a high-quality encoding process for optimal YouTube quality.

400 exclusive music soundtracks: This professionally developed collection of royalty-free production music provides the perfect accent to your project.

Enhanced Sony AVCHD support: New functionality includes importing files directly from Sony AVCHD camcorders and most other brands. In addition, Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 supports editing all types of AVCHD camcorder files, including files from the latest generation of 1920 x1080 AVCHD camcorders. Support for 1920 x 1080 ensures that the footage from the latest 1920 cameras can be edited natively on the timeline.

Improved native HDV .m2t playback: Improved memory and playback performance allows users to edit HDV footage natively without the time-consuming process of converting to an intermediate file type such as Cineform. Smart rendering provides faster encoding for cuts-only projects or projects with minimal changes while providing less generation loss because video frames pass through the engine unaltered.

Surround sound mixing and encoding: Import multichannel (5.1) source files from your camcorder including Sony DVD and AVCHD Handycam models. Use the surround sound mixing and panning tools to create surround DVD soundtracks. Encode AC-3 stereo or 5.1 mixes without leaving the software using the included Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding software.

Enhance video and audio: Advanced color-correction tools enhance washed-out footage, make specific colors stand out, and balance differences in video due to camera setup or lighting.

Add professional effects: Enhance your video with hundreds of professional 2D and 3D video effects, titles, and filter. Customize your soundtrack with over 20 real-time DirectX audio effects.

Create Hollywood-style DVDs: It's easy to produce your own professional-quality DVDs with multiple motion menus, buttons, and music beds. Includes 56 themes to get you started. Add your own behind-the-scenes features, director's cuts, outtakes, bloopers, and more.

Support for FLAC and LPEC files: The FLAC audio format is perfect for archiving and sharing audio at high quality without consuming large amounts of storage space. Users with supported portable digital voice recorders can import LPEC files and edit the audio directly on the Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 timeline.

ATRAC .aa3 format support: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 software includes ATRAC (.aa3) and ATRAC lossless format editing and encoding, surround encoding and decoding support, and the ability to encode up to 512 Kbps, 48 kHz. This feature allows users of Sony devices including MP3 players, NET-MD players, and HI-MD players can natively edit and export ATRAC formats without needing another conversion tool.

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Insert I-frames at markers: The MainConcept MPEG-2 encoder supports I-Frame insertion at timeline markers. (I-Frames are a representation of a complete frame that following frames are derived; more I-frames means a larger file) By providing I-Frames at timeline markers, a rendered file has precise chapter and navigation point placement for DVD Architect Studio software.

Envelope brush paint tool: Track envelopes such as audio volume and pan, and video composite levels are customized via points over time. The envelope brush tool provides user with the ability to paint an envelope curve over time by holding down the shift key. This provides a quick way to outline the general shape of the envelope without placing and modifying many distinct points. The auto-thinning feature provides a mathematical approximation of the drawn curve with as few points as possible. The resulting points can be further optimized independently.

Single-monitor full-screen preview: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 enhances the preview experience by providing functionality to view the timeline on both the Preview window and an external device (or secondary display) simultaneously. Additional Preview window enhancements included new scaling options and auto-fit to maximize the preview experience with available window space. Simultaneous preview provides editors with the ability to setup a large scale viewing environment while preserving the editor's on-screen editing environment. In particular, laptop systems can easily switch between editing and full-screen preview modes.

View media marker names in events: Media used in the timeline may contain markers. This product can enable the display of these media markers directly on the timeline event. Individual media will have individual markers. By displaying the individual media markers on the explicit media event and editor can quickly focus on key points of interest with out cluttering the entire timeline workspace.

Multithreaded audio engine: The multithreaded audio engine is an optimized system that takes advantage of new multicore and hyperthreading computer systems to fully utilize available hardware resources. By leveraging the full capabilities of the hardware and reducing direct CPU load, users will benefit from a greater number of tracks and audio/video effects for real-time preview, improved performance at lower latencies, and faster audio render times.

Gracenote MusicID: The Gracenote MusicID media recognition service can be used when ripping content from CDs. Users can automatically view information about a CD track including, title, artist, and song name, and can also submit data.

What's in the Box

Application DVD includes Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 software, DVD Architect Studio 5.0 software, 360 Music Soundtracks, 56 DVD themes, Jump Start Tutorial DVD, Deluxe Paper 3D Glasses, Free Online Help, Serialized Insert Guide, Sony Creative Software Product Brochure

Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Features

General
  • New! Transport Control support for Trimmer and Preview Window
  • New! Horizontal Window Docking
  • Microsoft Windows 7 certified
  • Streamlined New Project creation wizard
  • Darker color palette
  • Customizable windows layouts
  • Device Explorer Window
  • Slideshow Creator
  • Save As dialog with Copy media with project check box
  • Media Generator Match Event Length
  • Keyboard modifiers
  • Time Selection Envelope editing
  • Automatically crop still images
  • 360 exclusive music soundtracks
  • Improved native HDV .m2t playback performance and improved memory handling for HDV long form projects
  • Sony AVCHD enhancements
  • Freehand envelope drawing on the timeline.
  • Display of media marker names in events.
  • Color-coded visual snap indicator and the ability to snap to event edges on other tracks
  • Multitrack video and audio editing
  • Real-time editing of parameters during playback
  • Support for any aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9, etc)
  • Supports multiple file formats and frame rates
  • High-definition editing and output
  • Simple drag-and-drop operations
  • Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
  • Explorer view
  • Project media bins
  • Track markers and regions
  • Unlimited undo/redo
Audio Features
  • New! Event level audio effect assignment
  • Up to 10 audio tracks
  • Zplane elastique audio timestretching and pitch shifting
  • Place audio without quantizing to frame boundaries
  • Improved Audio Waveform drawing
  • Multithreaded audio engine maximizes performance
  • Gracenote MusicID CD album identification
  • Basic surround support
  • Support for multichannel (5.1) source files for Sony HDV Handycam camcorders
  • 16-bit, 44.1 kHz song quality for exceptional performance
  • Volume and pan envelopes
  • Audio time stretching
  • Event normalization
  • CD audio extraction
Video Features
  • New! Stereoscopic 3D editing
  • New! Added support for 24p, 50p and 60p projects
  • New! Enhanced Video Plug-in architecture
  • New! Added support for MVC and MPO file formats
  • New! Single-Display 3D Support
  • Up to 10 video tracks
  • Image stabilization
  • White Balance video plug-in
  • Secondary Color Corrector plug-in
  • Subclips in the Trimmer window
  • Automatic Video Preview playback optimization
  • Adjust source media to automatically match project or render settings
  • Gradient Wipe transition
  • Full-screen preview to a primary and secondary Windows display
  • Real-time playback of effects, processes and transitions to external monitor
  • Color-correction tools
  • MPEG-1&2 support
  • Superior frame rate conversions
  • Credit rolls and text animation
  • Over 400 video effects and transitions
  • External monitor preview
  • Ripple editing across tracks
Capture/Export/Hardware Features
  • New! Improved Quicktime AVC decode
  • New! Improved Render and Make Movie Dialogs
  • New! File format and template updates
  • New! OpenCL AVC Encode through OrangeFrost
  • New! Upload 3D projects to YouTube 3D
  • Integrated DVD burning from the timeline
  • Render As dialog templates display templates matching the project with a "=" symbol
  • Custom render template creation
  • Improved support for AVC/AAC (MPEG-4) video
  • Support for GPU-accelerated AVC rendering using the Sony AVC plug-in
  • Burn to Blu-ray Disc from timeline
  • Integrated upload to YouTube
  • Import and export support for FLAC files
  • Import support for LPEC files
  • Import support for MJPEG-encoded AVI files
Capture/Export/Hardware Features (Cont'd)
  • Sony AVCHD import and edit support
  • Import and export ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, and ATRAC Advanced Lossless files
  • Insert I-frames at marker positions when rendering MPEG-2 (works in conjunction with I-frame viewer in DVD Architect Studio 5.0)
  • Gracenote MusicID CD album identification
  • AC3 stereo and 5.1 encoding
  • MainConcept AVC/AAC, read/write (templates only) iPod format
  • PSP (PlayStationPortable) integration
  • Sony AVC/AAC (templates only)
Additional application and tools for Production Suite
  • Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 software: Sound Forge Audio Studio has everything you need to edit and master professional-quality audio on your home computer. Record live instruments and vocals, sweeten and restore audio, apply studio-quality effects, and convert files with lightning speed. You can even create your own karaoke tracks with the Vocal Eraser tool. With a few simple steps, you can produce broadcast-quality audio on your PC.
  • Vocal Eraser plug-in: Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 software includes the Vocal Eraser plug-in so you can easily remove vocals from most recordings. You can also use this plug-in to extract vocals from songs for remixing and to create custom karaoke tracks.
  • Video Tutorial DVD: The included "Jump Start Tutorials" DVD provides a quick overview of Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11. This Tutorial DVD covers the essential workflows needed to quickly edit audio and video projects from start through final delivery. The tutorial topics also include a section on how to create and edit a Stereoscopic 3D project.
  • NewBlueFX transitions, effects, and 3D titling: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite includes the NewBlueFX transitions, effects, and 3D titling tools. These tools contain a variety of stunning presets that are easy to apply and adjust so you can customize your project with ease.
  • 400 custom music soundtracks: Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite is bundled with 400 royalty free, custom music soundtracks that you can add to any project and any time.

DVD Architect Studio 5.0 Features

General
  • Microsoft Windows 7 certified
  • Burning to Blu-ray Disc
  • Enhanced window layout management -- save, recall, and share custom window layouts.
  • Built-in Show Me How interactive tutorials
  • End actions for menus and media
  • Project overview window
  • Customizable user interface
  • DVD theme export
  • Project playlists
  • Smart reprepare
DVD design and authoring
  • Menu-based and single-movie DVD creation
  • Picture slide-shows and music compilations
  • Easy to use drag-and-drop interface
  • Unlimited number of undo/redo
  • Media Explorer
  • Adjustable project and file optimization settings
  • Multimonitor support
  • Multiprocessor support
  • Fully customizable toolbars
  • Get Media from the Web
  • DVD editing and layout
  • Still and motion menu creation
  • Support for multiple video titles
  • Multiple menus with up to 36 buttons per menu
  • Menu object editing, alignment, and sizing tools
  • Text editing and shadow effects
  • Object snapping
  • Slide image rotation
  • Add, edit, and move chapter points
  • Title and Action safe grid area
  • Customizable themes
  • Menu looping
Video
  • Fit-to-disc compression
  • DVD movie creation
  • Picture slideshows
  • NTSC and PAL in standard (4:3) and widescreen (16:9) formats
  • Imports AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MOV, WMV, and a variety of still image formats
Audio
  • Music compilations
  • Attach audio files to menus
  • Media file previewing
  • Import WAV, MP3, WMA, PCA, AIF, MPEG audio
Testing and Burning
  • Dual-layer drive support
  • Real-time project previewing with virtual DVD remote control or to external monitor
  • DVD project verification and preparation
  • Supports a wide variety of DVD burners

Product Description

Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite takes HD video and audio production to the next level with additional tools for professional-level sound design and more video effects and transitions. Use the included Sound Forge Audio Studio software for precise audio editing; then enhance your multimedia projects with 400 exclusive music soundtracks. Quickly learn essentials with the included tutorial DVD.

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Compatibility Aug. 6 2013
By Rob
Format:Software
I've been using Sony Vegas for years now, and it's given me nothing but problems. I primarily edit clips of gameplay from an HD PVR, and no matter what file type I use (mp4, m2ts etc...), there is always a rendering problem. If I use mp4, the final rendered clips appear extremely pixelated, and if I import in M2TS the software immediately crashes and freezes my computer. I've tried reformatting my PC, then purchasing upgraded versions of Vegas (Home Studio 10 to Platinum Suite 11), and the problems remain. I installed the software on a different PC, and had the exact same problems (even same symptoms, per file type). I am extremely unsatisfied with Vegas' compatibility.

Also, it's worth nothing that when this problem first came up, I sent off an email to their customer service, and the response took (literally) 18 months. After a year and a half, the short response I got was useless and didn't even address my problem. I work for a major technology retailer, and neither I nor any of my customers are buying Sony Creative Software again.
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225 of 229 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Value Video Editing Suite on the Market 9/10 July 11 2011
By Dexter - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been a Vegas Movie Studio user for three versions now. Each one just gets better and better.
"Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 Production Suite" comes with three separate programs and some very cool extras thrown in.
You get Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 11 to do all your editing and video making,
DVD Architect Studio to make your DVD's and BluRay Discs,
and Sound Forge Audio Studio which is a stand alone audio recording and editing studio - great for Podcasters and anyone making voice overs for talking books or tutorials.
With this production suite version comes a new bonus 3D Text Generator and extra 3D Transitions and Effects from NewBlueFx. The biggest addition to Version 11 is a new "Title and Text" tool that gives you the ability to create animated text titles. Also you can now edit true 3D Video and import more types of video from DSLR cameras -which is becoming very popular now with videographers.
I have been using Version 11 of the program continuously, and have NOT experienced any major problems so far. I am using a newly built computer with the new i7-2600k CPU and Windows 7 64bit OS and also use an older laptop running Vista OS. I have made plenty of 1080p HD projects 60-90 minutes in length, and the program has been working just fine. Sometimes I experience small glitches, but what program is perfect 100% of the time?
Please don't be scared off by the negative reviews that have started to come in, and I am sure will continue to pile up over time.
Some of the reasons why people may experience problems and crashes with this program is because:
-Their computer is not fast enough to process HD video
-Lack of memory (RAM) and too many junk programs and basic crap clogging up the computer and causing software conflicts
-Trying to process a far too complex project in one sitting (Movie Studio is only a 32bit program)
One gripe I do have with Sony Creative Software is that the minimum computer requirements stated for Vegas to work properly are a gross understatement. Their minimum requirements are only useful for people who work with Standard Definition video, which is going the way of the dinosaurs. If you own a HD Video Camera that produces AVCHD video, and you want to edit that video smoothly with no computer crashes, then you need to have a fast and modern computer. Your CPU needs to be a FOUR Core processor running at 3.0GHz minimum. You may be on a three year old computer right now - that's probably not going to be good enough. Intel and AMD now have new CPU's which are built to handle the huge processing power that HD Video requires, so if you are serious about video editing using Vegas MS11, upgrade your computer to that latest specs.
Vegas Movie Studio is not for the faint hearted - there is a steep learning curve to climb. Most problems in Vegas have easy solutions and there are some great resources out there (Forums & YouTube) now that can teach you how to use this program without too many headaches - all you have to do is ask for help from the many experienced users who post online. If you are hopeless with computers and have no patience with problem solving, then this program is not for you - stick with Windows Movie Maker. Why I love this program so much, is because it contains many features from Pro level video editing software that would cost up to six times more than this great value package.
All the best.
p.s.
I don't work for Sony, I just really love this program because it has taught me so much and allowed me to be very creative without spending thousands of dollars.
If you have any concerns as to whether this program is going to work with your computer and do what you want, then do the smart thing first and download the FREE 30 day trial direct from Sony Creative Software - then you will know whether to buy it from Amazon or not - how easy is that?

***UPDATE as of August 2012***
New Version of this Suite has now been released.
The suite which I just reviewed has been given a slight name change and is now called "Movie Studio Platinum 12 Suite".
This newer version is now a 64 bit program!!!
So if you have a 64bit Windows Operating System, I would encourage you to have a serious look at the newer Version 12.
It can now use ALL available RAM installed on your computer, whereas V11 was capped at only 4GBs.
Also has GPU Acceleration, which means V12 can now utilize the power of your Graphics Card to Speed Up rendering times and improve playback quality in the Preview Window.
109 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner Likes It Nov. 14 2011
By SunscreenAl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
This review is for brand new beginners like me. I've never used any of the many software programs for video capture or editing. A friend told me that Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum was the easiest and least buggy. BTW, I don't know what the word Platinum refers to or, for that matter, if there is a silver or gold version. Everyone but this one friend told me to shut up and buy a mac in order to use Imovie. I ended up going with Vegas rather than buying a new computer just to edit video.

Here's what I've noticed in the first week of use: I was overwhelmed reading the instruction manual but then I stumbled onto the incredible sony training website. Sony provides a website dedicated to training for an earlier version of this program-- [...]

This training website had a minor problem: I couldn't figure out the "plug in" update stuff, which I think does something to your browser to enable you to watch these training videos. However, it is easy to download each training video to your computer to play whenever you want, without dealing with those plug ins. Click on the word "download" toward the bottom left of your browser if the "plug in" stuff doesn't work on your computer. There are 12 training videos, each of which is about 3-5 minutes long. Even though the training videos were for Movie Studio 9 rather than 11, they provided everything I needed to make a ten minute short video project that includes Hi Def video and older clips that are not Hi Def. My project also included photos and had background music.

Using Movie Studio Platinum seems pretty easy for this novice--ONCE I found those training videos from that website. The program in its original box also came with an extra DVD loaded with training videos. These were good but should be viewed AFTER the ones on that website. Finally, the program itself has a "show me how" button, which literally walks beginners through editing their own video. Arrows pop up and point you to the exact spots you need to click when working with your video and audio. This was a great addition to the training videos.

Another note about that training website--If you happen to scroll around the various sonycreativesoftware websites, don't make the mistake I did: Vegas is a word used in at least two completely separate software programs that have almost the same name. One is this "movie studio" program, which is in the hundred dollar range. The other is called Vegas Pro, which I think is a much more expensive and advanced version of Movie Studio.

If you watch the website training videos and the accompanying DVD videos, you're out about 90 minutes. But that's all I needed to use the program the way most people will probably use it--to make cool vacation or family event videos that are 15 or 20 minutes long. Again, I'm a beginner and don't envision myself using this more than a few times a year.

Nothing has been buggy and my computer has not frozen or crashed. Maybe it's important to know that my computer is a 2011 PC running windows 7. You should also know that I am not using the Vegas Movie Studio 11 version that was in the box--Vegas prompted me to upload the latest version, which probably included fixes to the original that came in the box.

SIX MONTH UPDATE: I have now used the program for six months. Not one crash. My favorite use for it involves archiving old mini-DV video. I captured these clips into a hard drive but they are unreadable for most players that attach to TV sets. For this reason, I import them into Vegas and render them as "mpeg 2 NTSC Widescreen" files, which are readable by various players. Another render option is "Sony AVC/Memory stick SD NTSC widescreen 6256 KB" but some players won't play this file type.

The Vegas program renders the video very fast, about 20 minutes for a 25 minute video using the computer I mentioned above. These old clips look great on modern TV's. I play them on my TV using a WD NET TV player, which has a USB input where I attach a one TB Hard Drive. No more DVD's, which don't play as clearly as these files. Instead, I have at least a hundred family videos on that 1 TB hard drive. My newer videos are in the AVCHD format, which is a Sony Hi Def format. The program is much slower rendering these HI Def videos, about 40 minutes for a 10 minute clip. I try to limit the final clips to not much more than a gigabyte so that the video player attached to my TV doesn't get overwhelmed.

After seeing the difference and ease comparing .mpeg 2 files in a modern player/hard drive combo to a traditional DVD player, I think most of us will be tossing our DVD's in 5 years. It's like comparing an Ipod to a CD player. The newer AVCHD videos look ridiculously good and are far superior to DVD's. I think they even look better than blue ray. Because this Vegas program is so good, I've decided to use Sony cameras to take video because the file interchange is seamless. My camera is called a Sony HX9, which creates amazing Hi Def clips.

Addendum: Below is the link to training website for the earlier version of Vegas that I described in my review. As I mentioned above, you can download each video if you can't play them the usual way by clicking on each one. When you click on a video and see something about "plug in's not working", there is an option on the bottom left to "download". These downloaded versions play fine in Windows Media Player.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learing curve? Naw... Sept. 24 2011
By MSL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Brief and to the point: Reviewed Corel pro/Pinnacle, Adobe and Sony. I did the trials.

Sony was the most easy to manipulate and had the most bells and whistles. It did not crash when I rendered to DVD or to Youtube or to IMDB (IMDB's got some upload rules).

Yes, there's a lot of information, but I went to Sony and found "support" under there is "training" and under that was webinars. I watched three webinars and all the training videos.

I am a novice and did have to figure out the windows.

For the money: their features, their interface and they way things work ESPECIALLY: "SHOW ME HOW!" are brilliant.

NO, I do not work for them. I have nothing to do with Sony, but I do read all the post to see what people say and that adds to my buying decision. Given the choices and support, I take Sony. I bought the suite and saved nearly $40 ($124.95 on Sony--why, no idea, because I printed both spec sheets and compared notes: they were the same). So, if you're looking for video editing software and you're just starting...this software works. If you, like me, are looking to grow and not to get to a point where the software is no long viable, then buy Sony.

Adobe was out of my price range and didn't have the features.
Pinnacle had too many consumer complaints about bad service.
Corel kept crashing when I imported video (yes, contacted corel support, went to the website, did an update and it crashed again---sent it back)

I wish you well and recommend: do the downloads--trials. Then you get a real taste. I'm lovin the Sony Vegas Pro 11.

Good luck!
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I think I like it April 25 2012
By dnlamoureux - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I still have some kinks to work out, but it does just about everything I need a video editor to do.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! Sept. 2 2011
By Nadia Myers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Sony Movie Studio HD Platinum Suite 11 V. 11 is great. It comes with so much stuff besides the actual software, like 1,001 sound effects, 23 borders, 31 illustrations, 414 songs, and 42 title cards that can be used for anything. What more can you ask for? The video editing software is hard to use at first, but the "Show Me How" built-in tutorials help out with that, and once you get the hang of the software it really is amazing. You have plenty of effects and transitions to really make your videos pop and look amazing. This program has not lagged or crashed on me at all, which is great! I advise this product to anyone looking for an affordable, professional grade movie editor. If you want something simple to use, then I advise something else, just because its not that easy to use for those looking for a program to do it all for them. If you're a striving videographer or movie maker/editor and want to make your videos professional looking, this is definitely a good choice.

TIP: If you do buy this product, the sound effects, songs, ect. are not automatically put onto your computer. You need to browse the disc and under the "Content" folder you'll find all the stuff. Just highlight all the folders within the "Content" folder, and copy them to a folder on your computer that you wish to have the files at.
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