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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful tools; prepare for labor-intensive set-up and a definite learning curve...
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Sony Movie Studio is a suite of programs providing many powerful tools to edit, consolidate and manipulate (and even create from scratch) a wide variety of digital video and audio media. Be prepared: installation of all the tools, registration and downloading extra content (executables for effects packages and sound files) available to...
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3.0 out of 5 stars missing serial number
whilst most of this suite has worked I did not have the serial number for sound forge.

will be contacting sony.

that being said, the software that did work works well
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful tools; prepare for labor-intensive set-up and a definite learning curve..., 28 April 2014
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This review is from: Sony Movie Studio 13 Suite (PC) (DVD-ROM)
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Sony Movie Studio is a suite of programs providing many powerful tools to edit, consolidate and manipulate (and even create from scratch) a wide variety of digital video and audio media. Be prepared: installation of all the tools, registration and downloading extra content (executables for effects packages and sound files) available to purchasers will take a while. Assuming a fast broadband connection, set aside an hour to download, install and unzip the smorgasbord of extras that come in addition to the four programs that come on the installation disk.

After all the content was installed (the basic Sony programs, and sound files plus effects and titling plug-ins and sound files from online locations), you get to go through Sony's registration process. Each of the four basic programs from the main applications DVD has a separate serial number (as does , and you'll have to give up some personal info to complete registration. Be sure to use a valid email address; this is how Sony notifies you of the additional content available online. The additional online content runs large; three zip files, all over 700 MB plus two additional executables for effects plug ins.

When all of this is done, here's what you get:
-Movie Studio 13 Platinum (the primary video editing tool)
-DVD Architect Studio 5.0 (for creating menus/titles for DVD and Blu Ray disks)
-ACID Music Studio 10.0 (digital music authoring tool)
-Sound Forge Audio Studio 10.9 (digital audio editing tool).
-NewBlue 3D Titling and Video Effects
-iZotope Audio Enhancer
-iZotope Vocal Eraser
-Boris FX Units
The first four titles are stand-alone; the remainder reside as extensions to those four programs...whew.
In addition to the two software CDs, be sure to save (or scan) the inserts that contain your applications serial numbers.

The rest of this review will primarily address Movie Studio Platinum 13.
If you've used other programs to edit/combine digital multimedia content before, you'll be familiar with the basic user interface. You create "projects" by either inserting source files into a work area (or simply creating text content), and then dragging these items into a timeline area. This is probably generally intuitive for those familiar with other software. If you are a total novice, the "Show Me" menu button offers detailed step-by-step instructions. This is augmented with a "?" button that responds with highlighted pop-ups of the function of every feature currently in operation in your project. And for those who prefer their help to be text based, the included help files are OK, if not exhaustive.

However, be aware: this software is feature-dense and some of its functions are carried out in unusual ways, and you will face a learning curve. As long as you start simple and prepare to use the avaialble help functions (and Sony's decent online resources

In less than 30 minutes i created my first test video . It successfully incorporated three different HD video source file types, four different audio file formats and still images (from digital cameras and desktop screenshots). Output format options are extensive.

Patience in exploring features and large display space will be your friends when using this software; laptop users will quickly develop claustrophobia in complex project with many source files.

Overall, this is a strong set of tools. Less one star for the *LONG* initial set-up/registration and some surprisingly arcane ways to perform simple tasks (like set the duration of a still image...too hard!).

If you don't have video editing tool or multimedia processing suite that you're already comfortable with, then this is a fine choice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 18 May 2014
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The Amazon packaging was inadequate and so the product box was squashed in transit and it was not totally clear to me that Windows 7 / 8 was required. That aside, the video editing software is a good blend between features and ease of use. I didn't suffer any crashes or hangs whilst working on a short video but I could tell that my quad core PC was struggling. I have now upgraded to 4MB RAM and things are smoother.

I think the software would really benefit from improved sound editing facilities. For example the ability to add and remove nodes to raise, lower or cut an associated sound track using automation control. In this way sudden unwanted noises could be squeezed out or short sections made louder to try and compensate for poor recording levels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing software, as usual!, 20 Mar 2014
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Amazing (as Sony Movie Studio 12 and 11) and with the additional effects that were only available to the PRO version, this is quite a bargain for the price of the extras you get. Just make sure you have a Graphics Card large enough for the HitFilm and 3D Titler Pro plug-ins, because the requirements aren't on the box!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good programme interface can be complicated, 4 Aug 2014
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Edward C. Baker "ted" (kent uk) - See all my reviews
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Good programme interface can be complicated. Needs time and practice to find out exactly what the program can do. A manual
would be helpful, even if you had to purchase it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars missing serial number, 31 Aug 2014
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whilst most of this suite has worked I did not have the serial number for sound forge.

will be contacting sony.

that being said, the software that did work works well
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars insterlation of software, 27 May 2014
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at lhe momment i am using the trial version down loaded when tring to instal your copy when it expires i will try to reinstal the version suplied by you with instructions from sony
if not i will take up the isue again with them or ask for refund,
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