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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite Review

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about DVD Authoring Software here. The best DVD authoring software does more than burn videos on plastic discs.

Our Verdict

Because it takes all the tools available to the pros and tailors them for the casual user, Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 is a very attractive DVD authoring software solution.

For

  • Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite contains all the features you need to take a video project from your camera through the editing process and put it on a DVD.

Against

  • If you want technical assistance with this product, you need to pay for a premium support plan.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: This is the interface of the video editing software within the Suite.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: This is the interface of the video editing software within the Suite.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: DVD Architect Studio comes equipped with many themes for customizing menus.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: DVD Architect Studio comes equipped with many themes for customizing menus.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: Menus created with DVD Architect Studio can include text, buttons, backgrounds and more.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: Menus created with DVD Architect Studio can include text, buttons, backgrounds and more.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: The Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 application that comes with the Suite includes in-program tutorials to guide you through learning the software.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: The Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 application that comes with the Suite includes in-program tutorials to guide you through learning the software.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: The interface in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 is quite simple and has a large workspace.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: The interface in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 is quite simple and has a large workspace.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: With a large workspace in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, you can have several tools open at once, including a video preview window.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: With a large workspace in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, you can have several tools open at once, including a video preview window.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 includes a vocal eraser tool.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 includes a vocal eraser tool.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: You can display video, sound and more on the interface at once.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: You can display video, sound and more on the interface at once.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: You can specify surround-sound mixing for the audio tracks on the timeline.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: You can specify surround-sound mixing for the audio tracks on the timeline.
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: More than 350 effects are included with Sony Movie Studio Platinum.

Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite image: More than 350 effects are included with Sony Movie Studio Platinum.

Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 about DVD Authoring Software here.

The best DVD authoring software does more than burn videos on plastic discs. Applications such as Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 also provide advanced editing tools. This DVD making software comes with all the tools and features you need to create DVDs that strike just the right balance between amateur home videos and Hollywood feature films.

This DVD creator is not geared toward professional video editors. However, that doesn't mean that it lacks the tools and features you'd find in a fully fledged non-linear video editor. In fact, Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite includes features such as chroma keying (green screen), lighting correction and an audio mixing program. Once you learn to master these tools, you'll have the ability to master your video footage in ways you wouldn't think possible with consumer-grade software.

Transferring your footage from your camera, smartphone or other device is quite easy with Sony Movie Platinum Suite. The importation feature works well with almost every file type and codec we look for when we rate and rank the best DVD authoring software. In fact, there are only two kinds of files that this DVD maker doesn't work with – WMV HD and DivX.

The non-linear editing portion of Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 features an intuitive drag-and-drop interface. This makes it easy to find the footage you want, drop it on the timeline, and then place audio, images, transitions and effects around it to create the experience you want for your audience. This DVD creator features more than 200 transitions and 350 effects for you to choose from.

When you've completed the process of editing your project, Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite employs DVD Architect Studio to do the actual DVD authoring. This application walks you through creating menus, chapter breaks and special features. You may spend a few hours getting it right, but it is well worth the time it takes to learn to use this application to its full potential.

While Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 doesn't have the power of professional video editing software, it has all the features the pros use to enable you to create beautiful video projects you will be proud of. The simplicity of the interface and the DVD menu creator applications are the high points of this DVD authoring software.