I had previously used Pinnacle Studio 9 for my video editing. I never had one project that ran smoothly from start to finish. The software was so flawed and bug-ridden that it seemed to demand a new patch be downloaded every time I launched it. Moreover, each successive 'fix' led to worse problems than before!
Thank goodness for Adobe, and the new consumer version of their professional video editor, Premiere.
Anyone serious about their home movies will know that video eats a lot of gigabytes, so either a lot of spare space or, even better, a separate, dedicated hard drive is essential. Given that, Adobe Premiere Elements works like a dream. You have the choice of capturing video direct to the timeline (and then removing the bits you don't want), or assembling in the traditional way by adding as you go along. Trimming and rearranging clips is INCREDIBLY simple. It can handle up to 99 audio tracks and several video tracks. It also comes with a cornucopia of transitions and visual effects (including blue screen). The icing on the cake is that you can render these as you go along, thus saving tons of time when you come to make your DVD.
The titler is comprehensive, but is let down by the fact that any pictures you use must form a background and cannot be used as standalone graphics.
The only one of the Premiere Elements that stops me from giving this software five stars is the DVD menu maker. It has to be said that it comes with a VERY basic selection of menus. Moreover, apart from the facility to change the text, they offer the user absolutely nothing in the way of customisation. However, I suppose it's something that will be addressed in future editions.
For now, I'm more than happy. It is comprehensive, easy to use and above all, RELIABLE!