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Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews) 15 answered questions

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Platform: PC Disc
  • Edit and produce movies with special effects and transitions
  • Create DVDs and Blu-ray Disc media with custom menus and graphics
  • Share movies on Pixel cast, YouTube, iPod®, iPhone®, online, and more
  • Follow along with Show Me How tutorials and learn as you go
  • Select from 20 Sony Sound Series production music soundtracks
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Platform: PC Disc
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Platform: PC Disc

From the Manufacturer

Hollywood at home

Make Hollywood-style movies faster and easier. Import and edit HD and stereoscopic 3D files, use compositing and color-correction tools, apply 5.1 surround sound mixing, and more. Deliver your movies any way you want. Upload them to YouTube and Pixelcast (a new website from Sony for sharing and collaboration), burn them to Blu-ray Disc, or author DVDs with custom menus and graphics. With its inviting interface, intuitive workflow, and impressive editing tools, Movie Studio Platinum puts professional-grade moviemaking right at your fingertips.

Get video from your camera to your computer
Capture the action

You've shot video on your Handycam, Action Cam, and phone, and now you want to bring all the clips together and make a movie. Easy! Import multiple file types into Movie Studio Platinum and edit them on the same timeline. Sort the imported clips to decide which work best in your project.

Best software for video projects

New ways to share

Publish movies to Pixelcast without ever leaving the application! Construct a video or slideshow of your vacation, a family event, or a get together with friends. Then send a link to others to check out your experience or invite them to collaborate by uploading photos and video of their own.

Easy project creation

Start your project out right. Use the New Project dialog to ensure that each project is set up with the exact settings you need to produce stunning movies, every time. Select the option that best matches your video (AVCHD, Blu-ray Disc, stereoscopic 3D, and more) and Movie Studio sets your Project Properties for you.

Add your own music to your videos
Sounds and titles

Round out your movie with exciting soundtracks and beautiful titles. Import your own music from CD or MP3, record instruments directly into the program, or select from the 20 included Sony Sound Series: Production Music audio files to create the perfect music bed. The choice is yours! Animate text in your movies with the Titles & Text tool.

Software to add cool effects to your videos
Up the excitement

Boost colors, apply slow motion, or add other effects to enhance any video project. Add effects to an entire track or to individual events, and view your changes instantly in the Preview Window.

Add video transitions, fade to black, crossfades, and wipes
Transitions and dissolves

From standard dissolves to sensational 3D, add artistic style between scenes with video transitions. Change the duration of each transition with a simple drag of the video or audio event.

Add multiple layers of video and audio
Build something great

Add up to 20 video and 20 audio tracks to each Movie Studio Platinum project. Create a movie with multiple video layers for compositing or picture-in-picture-style scenes. You can also record multitrack audio directly into the program to create the perfect atmospheric soundtrack.


  • Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit SP2, Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit, 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[R] QuickTime[R] 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

Movie Studio Platinum software is as robust as it is straightforward. Edit video in nearly any format, including AVCHD and stereoscopic 3D. With innovative and powerful features for video compositing, color correction, and animated titling, feature-film results are easier to achieve than ever. Use the surround sound mixing tools to create 5.1 soundtracks. Choose from hundreds of professional 2D and 3D video effects and filters. Upload movies to Pixel cast and YouTube, burn to Blu-ray Disc, or author DVDs using beautifully designed themes and custom menus and graphics. Interactive Show Me How tutorials guide you through step-by-step processes so you can get started fast.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Most Powerful Non-Pro NLE..... October 9, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Disc
If you have a fast computer (I7 or AMD 6 core), Lots of ram (its a 64 bit program), and Lots of diskspace free, this is a fantastic program for the price. The production suite is an even better deal. I often mix 3 different cameras and it renders beautifuly. This version on my system is 3 times faster than version 11. The help is fantastic as it the sony vegas Movie studio help forum. This is a very powerful NLE, but has lots of help videos on Youtube and a "show me how" interactive help system in the program.

This is the NLE for the advanced consumer or pro-sumer. The NewBlue plugins that come with it would cost you much more than the production suite. And they are very useful in make high quality, professional videos. Be advised that you computer needs to be update will all current drivers and well as having specific video cards to use the GPU processing which adds addition speed to this 64 bit software.

You will need to spend time watching videos or using the show me how Help system, but it is worth it. If you ever want to advance you won't have such a long learning curve because Vegas Pro is very similar in its operation. They have a free downloade 30 day trial, I'd suggest anyone looking at getting an NLE download it and give it a spin.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Reflects the Competition December 16, 2012
By D. Kerr
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
I have been a Movie Studio user for almost three years now. My first experience was out of necessity because I tried other video editing software and was disappointed with the results. My computer system is pretty advanced. Two monitors, 64 bit, i7, 12GB RAM. Adobe's Premiere Elements crashed practically every time I used it, making it useless even after I waited a year and upgraded only to find it had more features, but the same bugs. I moved on to Pinnacle Studio hoping for a better result. Although more stable, I wasn't impressed with its interface.

I have found that the most important upgrade in version 12 is the 64-bit version. I have seen a very noticeable improvement in performance, especially in rendering high definition video.

Several years ago, I purchased the Sony product. The stability is fantastic. No crashes at all. The user interface is mostly intuitive, although it definitely has a learning curve. With those situations where you are trying to do something new or advanced, I found that the best tutorials were on, of all places, YouTube. For most issues, you can follow the help instructions, which are well organized.

Eventually, some video editing software might eclipse Movie Studio. For now, I consider this the best choice available.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with this product November 8, 2012
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
I had been using Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 for the last 3 years to produce music collaboration videos (I'm the drummer) and upload them to YouTube. Unfortunately my Windows XP operating system is slowly getting to be "out of date" and Vegas 9.0 won't install on a computer with Windows7. I decided to try Movie Studio instead. It's almost exactly the same layout and menu selections etc. that were in Vegas. There was ZERO learning curve!! The only limitation (which doesn't affect me) is that Vegas has unlimited vid and audio tracks and Movie Studio is limited to 20 vid and audio tracks - PLENTY for what I use it for. Also - at $89 vs. around $400 for a new Vegas package it was a no-brainer! Check out some of the results at [...]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Improvement over Previous Versions April 20, 2013
Platform for Display:PC Disc
Before this version, I used Sony Vegas 9, so I cannot compare how it performs relative to Movie Studio 10/11. Version 12, in my opinion, is a vast improvement over 9. I used to have trouble editing MP4 video in version 9 because it had a lot of trouble rendering it. I don't have that problem with version 12; in fact, the preview rendering is much faster and I can work with a wide range of video formats with ease. The interface is very much similar to previous versions, but I believe the software stability is worth the money. I don't know how many times I worked on a video for hours in version 9 only to have the program crash and the project file lost. I have not had this type of experience in version 12. Obviously, there is a steep learning curve in any Sony Movie Studio software, but once you get the hang of it, you realize how much time you save and editing choices you have.

Personally, I don't use 99% of the special effects in the software, all I need is to be able to adjust basic settings like contrast, saturation, slow motion/fast motion, and add color grading and subtitles. After many years of using Sony Movie Studio, I still believe it is the best editing software out there. Editing software cannot make your videos into motion pictures. That has to do with your equipment, artistry, composition, storytelling skills, but editing software is simply the glue that connects all your shots into a story. It can refine your videos, make it "pop," but there is not much to do if the source is shabby.

**Update** 6/2013
So far my experience has been well with Sony Movie Studio 12. The only problems I have encounter so far is that it can freeze up if you are editing movies that you ripped off from blu-ray discs (I was working with anime movies), especially if you convert them to MP4 or AVI. The rendered movie is jittery and does not play smoothly in the timeline or final output. The only way to work it is to use WMV.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Program...if you can actually get it to open December 12, 2013
By mariann
Platform for Display:PC Disc|Verified Purchase
When I was actually able to get the program to open - I really liked it. (It is very similar to Nova's Video Explosion, a program that I LOVE, but unfortunately is not compatible with Windows 7. Many of the features of SMSP-12 are remarkably similar to VE - perhaps Sony bought the rights?)
I read all of the reviews (good & bad) for SMSP-12, downloaded the trial version from Sony's website, and eventually bought the program because I liked it so much.
I finished one movie project in early Fall, then took a break from the program for a couple months. When I tried to re-open the program again in November, it kept giving me error messages when it got to the GPU-Acceleration part of the start-up. (Nothing has changed on my computer since the initial install of SMSP-12 - no new hardware or software.)
On the advice of Sony Customer Service, I did a complete uninstall (including removing several folders in the Registry), and reinstalled the program using a newly created Administrator account. No luck; the program still never got past the GPU-Acceleration stage. I tried this three separate times with the same crummy results.
Customer Service then had me download an updated version of the program. Same results again.
In doing research on this problem, it appears that many other people are going through the same thing. Unfortunately, I have not found any explanations about why the program would just quit working or suggestions on how to actually fix it.
If you can get the program (to continue) to work on your computer, it is definitely worth it.
However, if you are like me, and the thing just up and quits on you after a month or so, it is going to be a waste of your time, energy, and money trying to get it up and running again.
My SMSP-12 disc is in the trash, the program has been completely removed from my PC, and I am now looking for other movie-making software that actually runs properly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Get it while you can..
I found I wanted this for some time and the cost was always high but it is now at a lower cost and worth to buy it now before the upgrades or other places are no longer excepting... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Matthew W. Whitmore
3.0 out of 5 stars not the easiest to use and you can't do menus ...
not the easiest to use and you can't do menus in this software you have to use another software from sony to make a complete movie.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice easy to use software
Nice easy to use software. I was looking around for quite some time for something not too expensive. Works great and easy to use after going through some tutorials.
Published 2 months ago by Darrell Brangham
2.0 out of 5 stars Good when it works
Pros: Easy to use and it doesn't bog down my PC when editing video.

Cons: Doesn't work half the time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ProfessorR
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of
Could not use the program. waste of money
Published 2 months ago by Frederick Labrosciano
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent software
Best NLE on windows.

This is last version you can get professional interface as its bigger brother Vegas Pro. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L. Wu
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Video Editing Software
Fantastic product, so much better than Windows movie maker and I'm still learning new things despite getting this month's ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Good alternative to Adobe.
If your not in the mood to pay a monthly fee just to use adobe premear or aftereffects this is a good affordable alternative. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Software
This software is great for people that is just beginning to edit there home movies. Also, it reminds me of the software Final Cut by Apple.
Published 4 months ago by DeJuan Encarnacion
1.0 out of 5 stars Clunky playback and cannot render good videos
I bought this software after trying a demo on my computer and thought it would be great. It is feature-rich and the interface is not bad, but I'm giving it a 1-star due to the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew N.
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