PC Magazine by By Jan Ozer 09.23.04
Following years of growth in the video-editing software market, we're now seeing the emergence of a new class of software aimed at sophisticated home PC users. While earlier consumer-level packages shunned advanced concepts such as multitrack editing and chroma key capabilities, software developers have recognized that many early adopters are ready for more powerful softwareÃ¢â‚¬â€but aren't ready or willing to tackle the $500-and-up packages intended for videographers. The newest entries in this upper-entry-level segment are Adobe Premiere Elements and Pinnacle Studio Plus 9.
To compare these programs, we created a 12-minute video project that included a variety of transitions and effects, including slow motion, chroma key, and picture-in-picture (PiP). Studio Plus won two of three trials, producing our DVD in 35 minutes 13 seconds, compared to 50:22 for Premiere Elements; and rendering to a Windows Media file in 31:36, compared to 38:12 for Premiere Elements. That better performance, combined with the program's polish and versatility, make Pinnacle Studio Plus 9 our Editors' Choice among consumer video-editing products. read the full article at pcmag.com