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Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum Editor's Review

Sony enjoys a prime position in consumer level media software development and its Movie Studio has a large fan following. However, in recent years competition from Adobe and Corel has caught up. The recent overhaul of Sony’s video editor brings a number of new features abut retains some of the quirks. It still lacks some bells and whistles compared to category rivals but puts in support for 4K UHD video and touch screen PCs. 
 
SonyMovie Studio Platinum requires a fairly powerful PC to run smoothly. You will need a powerful multi core CPU and a beefy GPU along with 4 GB or more system memory. It requires a PC with Windows 7 and subsequent versions. To install the app, Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 SP1 is required and it is available in the software disc. The app is multilingual. The nice thing is that the app’s trial version does not put a watermark on output.
 
The UI of SonyMovie Studio Platinum has not changed much compared to its earlier iterations. The new users will like the software’s Simple mode. This mode basically hides features not required by casual users. The older UI is now called advanced mode. As a matter of fact, you can achieve lots even in the app’s Simple mode if you follow the Speech bubble annotations carefully. Besides, the nice ‘Show Me How’ tutorials make things simpler for first time users. 
 
SonyMovie Studio Platinum offers wide file format support. It lets you import audio, video and images from numerous sources. Features like auto scene-type detection and face recognition, which you get in rivals like Adobe Premiere Elements, are missing though. The app supports Ultra HD (4K) videos. To evade strain on system hardware, the app switches to proxy mode when you import Ultra HD footage. You can use the proxy for editing and during export the original 4K footage is restored. However, you can switch between original and proxy footage during editing. You can avail proxy editing also for FullHD clips.
 
Sony has revamped button layout to an extent. The grouping is now more logical. The project setup may still be improved though. The dialog box that offers various format presets is rather complex. It is disappointing to see absence of presets for formats like 1080-50p. The Simple mode thwarts closing and undocking panels. The Auto Ripple feature does not remain synchronized across all tracks in simple mode but the situation is opposite in advanced mode. The overhaul has affected Make Movie export wizard too. The export templates are not well configured, requiring you to do manual tinkering for getting high quality output. It is quite disheartening that a program of this caliber lacks something found in entry level video editors- a storyboard. 
 
This version of Movie Studio Platinum adds support for Touch screen PCs. Moving sliders, clicking buttons and drag and dropping clips on timeline-many things can be done with fingers. The majority of buttons and tabs are large, for that matter. However, the touch support is not comprehensive. For example, you cannot drag transitions. The app limits users to 20 audio and video tracks- but that should suffice even for most complex projects in real world scenario. 
 
The timeline of Movie Studio Platinum is easy to navigate and you can make use of mouse wheel to move back and forth. A lot of keyboard shortcuts are supported by the software. The Audio tracks are displayed as waveforms in timeline separately. There are various audio effect tools but no integrated audio editor. The audio restoration plug-in is a savior when you deal with sound clips with unwanted pops and clicks.
 
Movie Studio Platinum supports 3D video editing but there is no tutorial. You have to resort to the app’s help section to learn how to deal with 3D footage well. The app supports Nvidia 3D Vision system and anaglyphic glasses. 
 
One new and interesting feature in Movie Studio Platinum is Color Match. It lets you clone and apply color palette of one video clip to another. This is really handy when you deal with a project with various clips obtained from several sources and want a consistent color tone in the end product. The effects library of the app contains some interesting option lifted from FXHomeHitFilm software like Bleach Bypass and Leave Color.
 
There are plenty of transitions to pick from in this app. However, the transition previews are done with text demos rather than media you have chosen. The search feature is handy since there are so many options. Time-stretching of clips is possible in the app though there is no dedicated button for it. You may manually set playback rate factor or drag clip edges. There is a slideshow creator components in the suite as well. 
 
In Movie Studio Platinum, you do not get a dedicated button or tab for text. It is bundled under media effects and you have to use insert menu. However, you can change many attributes like font, color and animate text in various ways. The Media FX options contain a stabilize tool. The app lacks any kind of motion tracking tool, which is found in rivals like CyberLinkPowerDirector and Corel VideoStudio.
 
Having a feature laden and powerful video editor is definitely great but performance of the tool also matters a lot. To ensure you can extract the most from Sony Movie Studio Platinum, it is necessary to enable GPU acceleration. This requires restarting the app. Sadly, even with GPU acceleration activated, the app performs way below competitors like Pinnacle Studio and Corel Video studio Pro in rendering HD footages. However, compared to earlier versions, stability has improved significantly and the app rarely crashes while dealing with HD footages.
 
Like the UI, export options in Movie Studio Platinum have received a facelift. You get six templates for saving files to hard disk. However, MPEG-2 and QuickTime options are standard definition only. The MP4 uses very low bit rate, leaving you with WMV and AVCHD. This section can confuse beginners. 4K exports are done in XAVC S format of Sony, which produces great results. You can choose to burn movie on DVDs. Direct uploading to online sharing services is also possible. 
 
Positive Points:
3D video and 4K content support.
Plenty of transitions, effects.
Extensive export options.
Color Match, stabilization feature.
 
Negative Points:
Slow rendering speed.
Quite resource hungry.
Motion tacking not present.
Export templates not well designed.
 
Conclusion:
Sony Movie Studio Platinum is an interesting and powerful video editor that suits intermediate and advanced users more than beginners. It packs in some enhancements like 3D video support, touch screen support as well as 4K UHD content export. The features like proxy editing, Color Match and stabilize are handy for making stunning footages. However, once you delve deeper under the surface the glitches and shortcoming of the app become evident. The tool lacks motion tracking- a feature seen in most rival contenders. There are plenty of export templates but they are not well advised at all and manual tinkering becomes necessary. While support for GPU acceleration is commendable, it does not help the app in improving rendering speed as such. These prominent shortcomings prevent Movie Studio Platinum from claiming the top spot in its category.
 
Rating:4/5



Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum Publisher's Description

Action happens all around us and the best we can do at times is capture it. Harness the fun, the energy, the love so we can share it with others. Smart phones make it easy to capture those moments, but why not take the time to make a video that's as special as the day it was shot? Don’t simply throw the video on the web like it's any ol' thing. Add finesse. Add effects. Add a soundtrack and a title. But most importantly, add you. Show your best side with Movie Studio Platinum.

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Publisher: Sony Creative Software | License: Shareware
Version: 13 | Platform: Windows
Released Date: 19-11-2015 | Rating: 5 | Title: Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum

Author Url: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/
Program Info Url: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiope
Download Url: http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/download/trials/moviestudiope

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