Getting my feet wet with Sony Movie Studio 12

I don’t normally do much work with video, but as of late I’ve really had a want to learn. I don’t see myself running around with a video camera trying to make movies or some sort of documentary, but there are plenty of reasons that editing video would be a handy thing to know.

So with that in mind I set about my task. I wrote about Sony Movie Studio 11 and 12 and some significant price drops on Amazon. I took the opportunity to strike and actually bought both 11 and 12. Since I have two machines and the copies are tied to the computer I thought a copy of each would be worthwhile. In fact, with the price drops I got both copies for less than 12 was going for a couple weeks ago.

But moving on. Since I don’t know much about video I created a little project for myself. I’ve had a great time playing Dirt 2 so I took many of my “lesser moments” and spliced them together into a nice little compilation video. There were some wickedly funny moments as I lost control of the car on numerous occasions. Not all of them were my fault mind you! There were plenty of times where I was just driving along trying to make a good run and got caught up in disaster.

This was a simple project, just compile some clips together and see how it goes. I’m not using anything like effects or envelopes or the more fancy features. That will come later. For right now, I just want to get used to the interface and understand how the timeline works.

To be honest, it was far easier than I thought. So many of the Amazon review made Movie Studio out to be a beast of a program with a vertical learning curve. Many considered it far too advanced and complicated. I took the simple approach and found it very easy to work with. It worked exactly like I expected it to. You select items in the time line then either move, delete or trim them. Setting markers was just a click of the keyboard and lining up the files was just as easy. I found the help file to be very good and it answer the questions I had. It showed how to add your own audio tracks, separate from the game and record through a microphone/headset.

I felt comfortable within couple of minutes and was able to add additional audio clips and text like it was nothing. I didn’t get hung up on a single task and spent several hours adding and trimming clips. By the time I edited my 3rd file it was second nature.

So far, I’m really impressed with Sony Movie Studio. I find editing video to be very easy. It’s to select, delete and move files. I also found adding text was very simple. I even dropped in my own audio clips on a second track with ease.

I’m sure the more advanced functions take a bit of getting used to, but my first effort was flawless. I put my 20 minute clip together and rendered it out as 2 separate files. Pretty sweet. I’m pretty satisfied with my purchase and the meager amount I spent. In fact, I’m really looking forward to capturing some more game clips and compiling them together.

Here’s a screenshot of what I ended up with as I was editing.


I have the main video track with it’s corresponding audio track. Above that is the Text track where you can put text overlays on the screen. At the bottom is an external sound file. This will play “over” the main audio. It won’t mute it out, they play together. It’s the same concept as layers in Paint Shop. Each one gets combined to make the overall effect.

I really like how Movie Studio works so far. And this is Movie Studio 12, the 64 bit version.

If you want to see the final project, check out the video below. This is Part 1.


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