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About the product
- A complete suite for your digital life
- Contains: Movie Studio 13 Platinum, ACID Music Studio 10, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
- Extras: BorisFX Continuum Units, FXHOME HitFilm plug-ins, iZotope Vocal Eraser, NewBlueFX 3D Titling and Video Eff ects, Studio Devil British Valve Custom Guitar Amp, 50 Sony Sound Series: Production Music Soundtracks
- Create video in beautiful 4K (ultra HD) XAVCS or AVCHD, develop original music, and enhance multichannel audio
- Weave your ideas into videos that can be uploaded directly to Facebook or burned to a DVD or Blu-ray Disc
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Movie Studio 13 Suite
A complete suite for your digital life
Movie Studio 13, DVD Architect Studio 5, ACID Music Studio 10, Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, Production Music Soundtracks, Filters and effects from BorisFX, FXHOME, and NewBlueFX
A complete multimedia experience
Movie Studio 13 Suite brings four impressive Sony applications together to produce a complete multimedia experience. Create video in beautiful 4K (ultra HD) XAVCS or AVCHD, develop original music, and enhance multichannel audio. Weave your ideas into videos that can be uploaded directly to Facebook or burned to a DVD or Blu-ray Disc! Take control of your own creativity and make movies that matter. Movie Studio 13 Platinum is touch-enabled!Create movies on your touch PC or Sony VAIO Tap device. Bigger buttons, less menus, and Simple Edit Mode make editing videos easier than ever. Minimum System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit or Windows 8 32-bit or 64-bit (including Windows 8.1) 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 4.0 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. Supported Formats: Import: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, OMA, PCA, PNG, QuickTime, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV, XAVC S Export: AAC, AC3, AA3, AIFF, AVC, AVI, BMP, FLAC, JPEG, LPEC, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, PCA, PNG, TIFF, QuickTime, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV, XAVC S
Start in Simple Edit Mode; a great place to make basic edits and quickly finish your movie. Then, move to Advanced Edit Mode to create projects with multiple layers and effects.
Edit Anything, Anywhere!
Edit 4K and AVCHD files on the timeline. And take advantage of touch! Create projects on your desktop or Sony VAIO Tap PC
ACID Music Studio makes music creation easy. Record vocals and instruments in 24-bit/192 kHz sound. Import MP3s and songs from your CD collection for remixing and making DJ sets.
Record live MIDI tracks, or record in step time on the drum grid. Play them through unique instruments and the included TruePianos Amber Lite virtual instrument plug-in.
Produce your audio with more than 30 built-in effects including EQ, delay, chorus, and reverb, as well as the included 1,001 Sound Effects
Create karaoke tracks with the Vocal Eraser tool. Give your sounds clarity and punch with the Audio Enhancer plug-in by iZotope.
Top Customer Reviews
I use the program to put together family video clips. At best, these might include a title text and a fade out at the end--I am a novice and proud of it! Occasionally, I'll add a few photos and some music but that's about it. I've used the older version "11" for a few years but recently upgraded to the newer version "13". My goal with this review is to let other beginners know that even technically challenged people like myself can use this program.
For first time beginners, the instructions in writing are difficult to absorb. There is a webinar online but it's hard to find. Just go to sonycreativesoftware DOT com (I spelled this incorrectly on purpose because Amazon doesn't like listing websites in user reviews). On the bottom right of that website page, there is an item you can select called "training and tutorials". Once you select it, you will be brought to a new page where there is a tab called video. Select the "movie studio" option and a new page pops up with a bunch of links. Select "An Introduction to Movie Studio 13 Platinum". You can stream it but there is also an option to the right for downloading it to your hard drive. This is a 42 minute webinar that explains how to make the basic movies I described above. Another great way of learning the program is to use the "Show Me How" tutorials. When you start Movie Studio, a welcome screen has an option called "Show me how". This functions like a remote tutor sharing your computer. It instructs you step by step in how to use the program. Warning--you'll need a short video clip available somewhere on your computer for "Show me how" to function.
So how hard is it to learn? If you watch the video tutorials and play around with some of your video clips, you're out about 90 minutes. But that's all you need to use the program the way most people will probably use it--to make cool vacation or family event videos that are five or ten minutes long. Most of the clips I take from my camcorder are less than two minutes in duration. Editing them together makes them much more watchable. In addition, you can toss the bad clips and edit out mistakes, such as when I forget to turn off the camera and end up with a two minute birthday party clip--in which the last minute shows video of my feet!!!
Nothing has been buggy with the old or new versions of this program and my computer has not frozen or crashed. I'd bet that some people would like to know if this upgrade was worth the money. Sorry, I'm not good enough with video to provide the answer to that question.
I tend to use high def video which comes out of my camcorder at 1080p. A nine minute clip is about a gigabyte if you choose "AVCHD" as the file type when rendering the 9 minute movie--it take the program about 20 minutes to render a movie of this length on my 2010 Windows 7 computer.
Now for advice NOT related to the program itself: I no longer use the program to make DVD's. Instead, I play the finished movies on my TV using a WD TV Media player, which has a USB input where I attach a hard drive. I store the rendered movies on this hard drive, which gets plugged into the WD TV Media player for direct viewing on the TV. So goodbye to DVD's, which don't play with anywhere near the clarity of these files. Instead of a pile of DVD's, I have at least a few hundred family videos on a single hard drive. I try to limit the final clips to not much more than a gigabyte so that the WD TV Media player attached to my TV doesn't get overwhelmed. To accomplish my self-imposed one gigabyte rule, I limit the length of my "movies" to around nine minutes.
After viewing these videos using the WD TV Media player, I feel safe in predicting that most of us will not be making family DVD's in five years. In terms of ease, playing movies through the WD reminds me of the comparison between a CD player and an iPod. A single iPod holds thousands of albums, which is much more convenient than using piles of CD's. Similarly, the hard drive//WD combination holds hundreds of videos. And unlike the iPod, there is no file compression. When viewed through the WD player, the 1080p videos look ridiculously clear. I think they even look better than blu ray. Plus, like an iPod, using the hard drive through that WD player allows for clicking on any of hundreds of movies instantly.
This Vegas program is so good, I've decided to use Sony cameras to take video because the file interchange is seamless. I don't know if other camcorders use the same file types, but it wouldn't be worth the time for me to find out. A good camcorder that would have cost a thousand dollars back in the day now costs around 400 bucks. The camcorders work better than cameras for video, because most cameras skip if you move the camera from right to left or vice versa while filming. In other words, I can use the movie function on cameras to film someone blowing out birthday candles but these cameras skip when trying to film your kids' soccer games because of the side to side movement of the cameras themselves. This is my novice experience speaking, but it has happened to me with several cameras and phones but never with the camcorders.
I can't answer technical questions, but this spaz was able to learn the program pretty easily and wanted to give you the two year experience report. Maybe this review can save you precious hours trying to learn a more difficult program. I discovered this program, the Sony camcorders and the WD thing by sheer luck. Since I've been on the other end of trying to learn something and wasting hours and dollars, I chose to post this review to spare others the same fate. Finally, I should also add that video clips from the iPhone work fine, although they are not as clear as with the camcorder. Good luck!!
Edit Update: 6/20/14: Movie Studio 13 only produces final videos at 1080p using the XAVC format but this format makes huge files. Four gigs for a 10 minute clip is too much. The old AVCHD clips were less than half the size. I contacted Sony customer support about this and they wrote me back!! They solved my problem, telling me that I can indeed make the smaller AVCHD clips that are 1080p at 59.94 frames per second. BTW, 60 frames per second is actually 59.94 frames per second. It's the industry standard.
Here's how Sony instructed me to make smaller AVCHD clips as opposed to the XAVC gigabyte chomping clips: Select "Make Movie". Click on "Save it to My Hard Drive". Click on "Advanced Options". Make sure the filter triangle above the list to the right says "Filters Off". Select "MainConcept AVC/AAC" from the list on the left. Select "Internet HD 1080p" from the list on the right. Make sure these last two selections are highlighted in Blue. Click "Customize Template". This opens the "Custom Settings" dialogue box. Where it says "Frame Rate", type in 59.94. Where it says Maximum bps, choose 28 million. Also, choose 28 million for the Average bps. Click on the "Audio" tab on the bottom of this dialogue box. Choose Bit rate of 256K. Click OK. This closes the dialogue box. At the top of the list on the right, select "Internet 1080P(*). Make sure it turns blue. You are done!
You might ask why you should do all of this-- the reason for me is that most cameras shooting in 1080P are using similar settings--I want to get the maximum video and sound compared to the files generated by the camera. This can be done with the XAVC files but they are way too huge. By taking all of the steps above, you can render a movie (Make Movie) in a format that is still 1080p and 59.94 fps, but is way smaller in size, about a gigabyte for 7 minutes. I might be a novice with video effects, but I think I've figured out the best file types for archiving and playing after reading a bunch of material on this subject. If you are a video expert, please post any critical commentary to get me to change my conclusions.
Addendum--6-22-14: I just got a new windows computer and I'm writing to tell you that video from iPhones won't work. That is, unless you install quicktime. This requires looking up quicktime on gooogle and downloading it. For some reason, installing quicktime fixes the problem of iPhone videos not working, even if you never open the quicktime program. My guess is that installing quicktime brings in codecs to your windows computer that aren't factory installed. Good Luck.
It has very good tutorials covering pretty much every aspect, including some frankly amazing special effects - I'm sure a lot of other products can do similar effects but creating them is especially easy. Rotating video when I've accidentally knocked my camera askew (while riding motorcycles off-road) is trivial.
It doesn't annoy you by having a dozen menu items that won't work unless you fork out extra $ for the feature (a favorite trick in older versions of Pinnacle Studio (probably still in newer ones but I haven't used them) Pinnacle Studio had one of the best user interfaces I've encountered but was soooo horribly buggy that I could never complete anything more than a super trivial project with it - and even then on simple projects it still died on me half the time)
This is actually my second purchase of Movie Studio, I already have version 11 but I got a new computer and I like this package well enough I wanted to have it on both computers, so I bought another copy. Not many software packages out there that I like enough to do that.
If you have a dual-monitor setup you can have the preview play full screen on the secondary monitor while the UI stays in the primary one, which makes life easier.
If you've got a lot of horsepower (I'm running i7-4771 with 32GB of RAM) you can open multiple copies of Movie Studio and render videos in parallel.
That's actually quite a handy thing to do. I ride dual-sport motorcycles with the GoPro on a chest mount harness. I accumulate a _lot_ of video and often I don't feel like sorting through it and editing it to isolate the really good parts, but I also don't want to throw it away. I just open 3 or 4 instances of Movie Studio and drag and drop a video into each, then render the video in lower resolution so it doesn't eat up so much disk space. That's much better than the serial method of dragging a video clip in, wait for it to render, save it to disk, drag another video clip in and render that etc.
I'm generally not a huge fan of Sony due to its love of proprietary hardware and interfaces, but I've been buying stuff from their software division for years and it has been an excellent experience every time.. Reasonable prices, reasonable upgrade policies, reasonable licensing, very reliable software and it presents the features most needed without overwhelming the user with all the zillions of complex features it contains.
I don't hand out 5 stars lightly, this is good stuff, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
I started movie editing with Pinnacle and it was ok; then they were bought by AVID.
AVID reworked it and produced a great product; but within six months figured out dealing with consumer editors was not something they wanted to do. They sold to Corel.
I agreed with most people that going with Corel was not something I was willing to tolerate; I would not use Corel if it were free.
Most reviewers said not to buy the Sony because it was too much learning curve.
What I like about the Sony package is; although the learning curve may be a little more steep, the understanding curve is right on. It makes sense and it works.
I also tried the Adobe Premiere package and was more disappointed with that than I have ever been with a software package; crash city, the one thing I could rely on when I booted the software is it was going to lock up.
It does not try to make all the decisions for you, it does not try to assume it knows more about what you want than you; you make the decisions and give the commands then the software works for you; it works.
I also like the idea of the separate programs for the different aspects of production.
A video editor program.
An audio program.
A music production program.
A disc authoring program.
Each program does its thing;
and it works.
I would recommend this package to anyone wanting to get above the click it and settle for it video editing but don't have a ton of money to throw away.
I am happy; it works.