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Product Highlights

  • Capture the Action
  • New Ways to Share
  • Easy Project Creation
  • Sounds and Titles
  • Up the Excitement
  • Transitions and Dissolves
  • Build Something Great
  • Simple Editing Tools
Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12: Picture 1 regular $99.95

About Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12

The Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 Software is a video editing and DVD-authoring package that differs from its powerful relative, Sony Vegas 12, only in being short of some top-grade features (and capacities) for top-grade productions. The package comes on an installation DVD and includes Sony's DVD Architect Studio 5.

Movie Studio Platinum 12 has about a dozen new feature additions over version 11 and each one is highly impactful. At the same time, like in version 11 and in the versions prior, Movie Studio Platinum remains an "open" application, meaning you can drag and drop various types of file formats onto the same timeline and then edit them without having to convert them all to one same format. Such "openness" is one of the reasons why Sony Vegas and its off-shoot, Movie Studio, caught recognition in the previous several years. Another reason is that both work great on minimal system requirements, like on only a 2 GHz processor. A third reason is that both have quality audio tools right within them and you thus won't have to switch to other applications to work on many aspects of the sound of your videos.

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Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 Features

  • Capture the Action: You've shot video on your camera or 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Simple Editing Tools: Use new tools like the Split and Trim buttons in the toolbar for speedy and precise editing. Use the Split button to break an event into sections. The new Trim button helps to quickly remove excess footage from the beginning or end of your project
  • Stereoscopic 3D: Create stereoscopic 3D projects as easily as 2D projects, no additional tools required. Preview and deliver projects in side by side, line alternate and anaglyphic modes
  • Start a Dialog: The New Project, Render As and Make Movie dialogs make it easier for users of any skill level to create new projects, export completed projects, or burn existing projects to a DVD or Blu-Ray Disc
  • Video Plug-In Architecture: The video effects plug-in architecture, based on the Open Effects Association platform, enables third-party plug-in developers to design and produce advanced video effect plug-ins more easily
  • Image Stabilization: Reduce jitter and shaky video footage with image stabilization technology. Shaky video footage, shot from handheld camcorders and inexpensive portable pocket devices, can quickly be salvaged with several optimized presets
  • Quick Production Tools: Be more productive! Download Fasst Apps plug-ins by Vasst to speed up editing processes such as lower-third creation and marker placement
  • Secondary Color Corrector: Adjust color differences in videos shot with multiple camera setups or lighting situations. Enhance dull, washed-out footage, or make specific color ranges stand out
  • Easy Slideshow Creation: Quickly create dynamic slideshows from a set of images with a few simple clicks. Create pan/zoom effects and transitions across a collection of still images
  • White Balance: Make yellow or blue video look natural again. Users can automatically adjust the color of a clip, or entire video track, with poor white levels simply by using the white balance plug-in tools
  • Transport Controls: Play your video from the Trimmer and Video Preview windows. Transport controls provide intuitive and immediate command over editing, as well as improve the overall workflow and experience
  • Add Music: Access up to 20 royalty-free Sony Sound Series: Production Music soundtracks. Each Production Music soundtrack comes in four different lengths. Choose the one that best fits your movie, or tweak the file any way you want. You can also import your own music directly from CD or MP3
  • Live Recording: Record your own voiceover and music into Movie Studio Platinum. Work with up to 20 tracks, all of which can be used to record audio. You can also record different takes and use one or all of them in your project
  • Audio Event FX: Audio Event effects provide more precise control over the placement of audio effects as you can apply unique effects directly to events
  • Zplane Elastique Time-stretching: With elastique Pro technology, you can perform dramatic time stretches and pitch-shifts of audio tracks while retaining maximum sound quality
  • Surround Sound Mixing and Encoding: Import multichannel (5.1) source files from your camcorder. Use the surround sound mixing and panning tools to create surround DVD soundtracks. Encode AC-3 stereo or 5.1 mixes with the included Dolby Digital AC-3 encoding software
  • Easy DVD and Blu-Ray Disc Creation: Movie Studio Platinum comes with DVD Architect Studio software so you can easily create and burn professional-looking DVDs and Blu-ray Discs
  • DVD Preview: The Preview window allows you to watch your project on a simulated television monitor with a virtual remote control. Use the buttons on the remote control to navigate and play your movie
  • Burn Directly from the Timeline: Burn a DVD or Blu-ray Disc directly from the timeline. This method is fast and makes it incredibly easy to create a single-movie DVD or Blu-ray Disc so that you can share your masterpiece with friends

Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 Specifications

Minimum System Requirements 1
Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit or 64-bit SP2 or Windows 7 32-bit or 64-bit
Processor: 2 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD or stereoscopic 3D)
Storage: 500 MB hard-disk space for program installation
RAM: 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
GPU Memory: 512 MB GPU memory
Sound Card: Windows Compatible sound card
Optical Drive: DVD-ROM drive (for installation and DVD burning only), BD-R/-RE (for Blu-ray Disc burning only)
Minimum System Requirements 2
Internet Connection: For Gracenote MusicID service
Supported Formats
Import: AAC, AA3, AIFF, AVI, BMP, CDA, FLAC, GIF, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, OMA, PCA, PNG, RealMedia, QuickTime, SND, SFA, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV
Export: AAC, AC3, AA3, AIFF, AVC, AVI, BMP, FLAC, JPEG, LPEC, MP3, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, MVC, OGG, PCA, PNG, RealMedia, TIFF, QuickTime, W64, WAV, WDP, WMA, WMV
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Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers


Not quite as expected


from Palo Alto, CA

I did not know that a number of extras normally on the second CD (DVD?) were not included on the "Slip Case" Version. A few of these I was looking forward to. Still a great value, but a litttle less than I expected. Even the desciption on Adorama was a little misleading mentioning th Red Giant extras, but they are not there. And the license keys for that and other extras are. Nowhere I can find for a free download to use these keys however.


Pleased but one glitch


from Poconos, PA  -  Video enthusiast

This software came with a Camcorder I purchased. The tutorial that comes with it is beneficial although for a lot of my questions I ended up going to YouTube to find the answers. The learning curve isn't bad. Chromakey worked well. It did freeze up a few times but my work was saved. Rendering was a problem and for 2 videos of mine the rendering never did come out 100% correct. Uploading straight to YouTube worked well. Attached are 2 music videos which were made using Sony Platinum 12.




from Brandon, MS  -  Quality Oriented

Upgrading from Corel VideoStudio ProX3 to Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 didn't blow whistles and bells. However, Sony is more complete for the set of features and as easy to work with as the Corel is. I hope it does the job even better.


Better this time around


from Chicago, IL  -  Quality Oriented

Uses to edit camcorder captures (Canon HF M500/M31). Useful editing and composition tools. Ugly, but useful interface. Good result, but slow render times. Quality takes time! Multitracks are essential for good videos.

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