I've reviewed movie editors for Amazon before and I must say that Vegas is far more intuitive and simpler to use, despite being far more competent and capable of professional results (literally). eg To fade in, you drag the visual frame icon corner and a curved line appears, same for fade out, split - you just press 'S' that was a pig to find in Nero and crashed PowerDirector.
Zoom in/out on the time line - like magix did, but nero can't do and I can't find it in Serif either.
-Power Director 9 (confusing and slow, clunky and made enormous files from small ones - un-installed)
-Magix 16- The simplest and easiest before Vegas, but mine doesn't work on Win 7
-Nero 10 - simpler the worst set of programs I've ever tried to use. (Every included part, even the DVD burn was a
pain - Roxio did it with one click)
-Serif MoviePlus x5 - which is better value than the above and very effective.
Trouble is, you have to buy the extras with Serif, very cheeky!
Windows Movie maker, which was good on Win XP and now that's its on-line (LIVE), well - you can't upload a 1 Gb clip can you? Only good for joining snippets together
Sony Vegas has the extras built in and a separate program included which builds a DVD menu and structure for publishing your finished disc.
Very impressive and very easy to learn with interactive and very good tutorials in the work screen, not some shabby pdf manual you have to down load and find the bits you want your self - that applies to ALL the other software.
This should be your first choice, no need to buy anything else.
I am so relieved to have got it - makes my life so much easier, seriously - its that good.