First off I suggest that you also post this in the multimedia forum.
I just got Nero 7 platinum for $20 after rebates.
Yes most of them are bloated, with "features" that slow you down.
Sony's Vegas is a very good program even if it only dose stereo.
I suggest that you go to the link, this site has a lot of things that can help you. John
http://www.videohelp.com/