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Sony Imagination Studio 4

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Platform: PC
  • Edit standard and high-definition video
  • Turn your PC into a complete recording studio
  • Record audio from virtually any source
  • Create DVDs and Blu-ray Disc projects
  • Select from 50 Sony Sound Series production music soundtracks
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Platform: PC
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  • ASIN: B008MIMHQ2
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: August 6, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,875 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC

From the Manufacturer

Free your imagination

Imagination Studio bundles four powerful Sony applications together to create a total multimedia experience. Edit video in stunning AVCHD or stereoscopic 3D, create original music, and enhance multichannel audio. It's easier than ever to take control of your own creativity and weave your ideas into high-quality movies that you can upload to Pixelcast (a new Sony site for sharing and collaboration) and YouTube or burn to a DVD or Blu-ray Disc!

Edit video

Tell your story any way you want. Edit video in nearly any format, including stereoscopic 3D. Stylize your movies with high-quality video effects, transitions, titles, and filters. Fix washed-out footage or make colors pop with color correction tools. Share your movies on Pixelcast without ever leaving the application! Invite your friends and family to upload their own movies and photos to collaborate on a fun and unique experience together. The choice is yours and, with Movie Studio Platinum, the possibilities are endless.

Make original music

ACID Music Studio is the best way to bring your music to life and share it with others. Now you can enjoy the freedom to interact with music creation tools at the skill level that's right for you no experience necessary! Our loops take the guesswork out of making great tracks, while our audio effects and MIDI features open the door to the world of professional music production.

Record and edit audio

Sound Forge Audio Studio is the easiest way to record, edit, and energize audio on your home computer. Capture live performances simply connect a microphone or instrument to your computer and click Record. Give your audio tracks presence and sparkle with built-in effects. Create your own CDs and generate files for sharing online. You can even create your own karaoke tracks with the Izotope Vocal Eraser tool.

Create dazzling DVDs

Now available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc: your own captivating home movies, multimedia photo albums, and music compilations. Quickly create professional-looking DVDs in fullscreen or widescreen format with menus, titles, special features, and music. DVD Architect Studio software includes beautifully designed DVD themes with coordinated menu buttons. You can also import your own images and graphics to create custom themes.

Share the experience

Publish movies to Pixelcast without ever leaving the Movie Studio Platinum application! Pixelcast is an exciting new way to share videos and photos with friends, brought to you by Sony. Construct a video or slideshow of your vacation, a family event, or a get together with friends. Then send a link to others so they can check out your experience, or invite them to collaborate and upload photos and video of their own. Pixelcast gives you the tools, but the experience is up to you. www.pixelcast.com

Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks
Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks

Classic film looks in a click. Magic Bullet Quick Looks sets the mood for your footage in seconds. You can easily define the style of your video with 100+ presets that add color and light to every scene, from wedding video to the next Sundance original.

Jump Start Tutorials

The included Jump Start Tutorials provide a quick overview of the Movie Studio Platinum 12 program. You'll learn how to create complete audio and video projects from setup to final delivery. Topics also include several advanced sections explaining how to add that professional touch with Chroma Key techniques and Color Correction tools.

NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Effects

The Movie Studio Platinum 12 Suite includes an exciting group of audio and video effects by NewBlue, a leading manufacturer of audio and video plug-ins. Once installed, the tools are available directly from the Movie Studio Platinum 12 effects windows, providing a seamless editing experience without ever leaving the application. These additional transitions and effects provide more options to enhance audio and video projects with a professional look and feel.

iZoptope Vocal Eraser

Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 software includes the Vocal Eraser plug-in. Create karaoke tracks and remove vocals from songs for remixing.

Add the perfect soundtrack

Imagination Studio includes 50 Sony Sound Series: Production Music soundtracks that will provide perfect scores for your movies. These professionally produced and royalty-free soundtracks, in varying lengths, work great for action sequences, wedding videos, family vacation movies, and more. Add the music to your projects and then share your creations with the world.

Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, or Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit operating system
  • 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
  • 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • IEEE-1394DV card (for DV capture and print-to-tape)
  • USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, NXCAM, or DVD camcorders)
  • 512 MB GPU memory
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • DVD-ROM drive (for installation from a DVD only)
  • Supported CD-recordable drive (for CD burning only)
  • Supported DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW (for DVD burning only)
  • Supported BD-R/-RE drive (for Blu-ray Disc burning only)
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (included on application disc)
  • Apple QuickTime 7.1.6 or later for reading and writing QuickTime files
  • Internet Connection (for Gracenote MusicID Service)

You must provide your registration information to Sony Creative Software Inc., a US company, in order to activate the software. Product requires online registration.

Product Description

Imagination Studio Suite is the easiest way to get the most out of your digital video, music, and pictures. Turn your video shoots into Hollywood-style movies, make your own original music, and organize all your photos. Author your project to CD, DVD or burn it to Blu-ray Disc. Includes interactive Show Me How tutorials.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING ! THIS IS NOT THE FULL PRODUCT ! March 2, 2013
By Charles
Platform for Display:PC|Verified Purchase
BUYER BEWARE - THIS IS NOT THE COMPLETE PRODUCT SUITE AS SHOWN ON THE SONY WEB SITE !!! If you purchase this, you will NOT receive all the software shown on the Sony web site as being included with Imagination Studio 4. In specific, you do NOT get the following items: (1) Red Giant Magic Bullet Quick Looks, (2) NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Effects, (3) iZoptope(tm) Vocal Eraser, (4) 50 Sony Sound Series Production Music soundtracks. Every one of these items is listed on the Sony web site as being included with Imagination Studio 4 but they are not included on the version of the product Amazon ships to you. In addition, even though the Amazon web site clearly shows that you are getting full retail boxed product, that is NOT what they ship you.

I've wasted hours on the phone with Amazon trying to resolve this issue (including being repeatedly told that Amazon DOES ship exactly what is pictured, box and all. Ultimately, Amazon acknowledged that they are not shipping the boxed product as advertised but their rationale for not providing the additional software titles that are supposed to come with Imagination Studio 4 is that those titles are not listed anywhere on their web site for this product. As to the missing sound tracks (which ARE listed on the web site), they intend to remove that text.

As for trying to download those additional programs off the Sony web site, the fact is that you can certainly download TRIAL versions of SOME of those items but without the license keys (which Amazon does NOT provide), they are useless.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
It is my opinion that this is still the best consumer suite out there for video editing, audio editing, and music creation. Sony's choice of rendering with OpenCL makes it true that people who chose a professional workstation graphics card(ATI FirePro or Nvidia Quadro) will get better rendering performance. Additionally, Sony finally introduced a consumer 64 bit video editor. The layout is the same as their professional programs, only stripped of several options each program(OpenCL rendering is also throughout the programs in the professional versions, while it's only in certain locations such as final rendering in the consumer versions). If you can use this suite well, you can use the professional versions.

The NewBlueFX text plugin is completely necessary for text, so make sure it's included before purchase. If you are trying to learn The Foundry NUKE(PLE edition) and SideFX Houdini(Starving Artist Edition) for hopes of high end work, you'll want to uninstall the NewBlueFX text plugin. The video editor will work fine without it.

Sony Acid is for making music... it can used canned assets from the sony music store.
Sony Sound Forge is for editing sound... it's for perfecting that one piece of audio you want tweaked
Sony Movie Studio is better named Vegas LITE(now 64-bit available as of Platinum 12.0)... it has basic features the Pro version has, minus 4K, 3D, and a thousand other features... as is tradition with Vegas, Sony Movie can do sound recording directly.

When working with text without a plugin, Sony Movie Studio and Sony Vegas are unstable on my system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I have used a trial version of the software and really love it but I am hesitant to buy it from Amazon because of a few reviews that says this is not the complete package. The list of what is in the package on the Sony site is identical to Amazon's so I would expect them to be the same. I asked Amazon but they have not responded yet. So beware. If you buy this I would buy the disc and not download at this time until this is cleared up. At least you can return the package if it is not the complete software suite. You can't do that with the downloaded version.

Amazon - If this is not the complete package could you note that on the software page?

Update: Amazon never did respond to me so I bit the bullet and ordered the software. It comes in the same packaging you get form Sony and has ALL the software that is listed on the Sony site and all the serial numbers. And a few others not listed. I have been using a trial version since I wrote the first review and love the software. I used to use Sony Vegas where I worked so after I retired I wanted something with a lot of capability but not what a Hollywood studio would need. You can do some great stuff with this package. I only ran into one problem when loading it. The NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Effects software serial number was wrong. I read about this before and all I did was change the last number. Just erase the last number, a "0", and insert another number, 1-9, until it hits. It worked for me and hundreds of special effects are loaded. You do get 50 tracks from Sony but the don't load onto your pc. Just copy them off the disc. Not sure why they do this.

Load the first disc and then the second one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Download Version works perfectly minus a couple plugins - Read Review...
I purchased the downloadable version of Sony's Imagination Studio 4, primarily because they had a discount on Amazon for all their software and this product was same or little less... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Terry
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I need
This is a great product! I've made several videos as well as MP3s using the software that's included. Here are some of them: http://youtu. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jesse_u
5.0 out of 5 stars Great software
This video editing software works well and has lots of good features. We demo'ed it for free for a month, along with several competing brands, but this one had the best features... Read more
Published 10 months ago by McEwan Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole Lot for the Price.
I am new to the home recording studio and purchased this package because it meets all my needs. It was easy to install and seems it meets my needs.
Published 11 months ago by PhxBob
3.0 out of 5 stars wrong serial number
Great software but have a problem with the one of serial number of application disc was invalid.
serial number card was too hard to be read.
Published 12 months ago by chroming
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you know how to use it.
I got this for my 15 year old daughter and she loves it and uses it all the time. This is her review, '' I love it and I would recommend this software for those who are more... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Elizabeth A Calcara
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Software but Sony Quit Releasing Practically the Same Software...
This is great for DJs/VJs/YouTube Video Makers, etc.

The best software I've used. If you upload to YouTube then this is the software to get however, currently Amazon... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. J. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Endless Possibilities (NOT A FULL VERSION)
A friend of mine recommended I buy a Sony video editing software. After hours of comparing various editing softwares I decided to chose the Sony Imagination Studio 4. Read more
Published 19 months ago by EEB
1.0 out of 5 stars Way too buggy for prime time. Don't waste your money.
I made every serious effort to get this software to work on my Windows 7-64 laptop, but no luck. Every time I try to render a movie, the application crashed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Merle W. Vandeputte
5.0 out of 5 stars Super bang for the buck
I really like this software package. And for the price Amazon has it for ....it is unbeatable. I highly recomend this to anyone interested in video editing. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Michael L. Maninger
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