The niftiest new feature in this consumer video-editing application is Time Stretch, which lets you slow down, speed u,p and reverse clips.
A majority of home users will appreciate Corel Digital Studio's feature set, its interactive projects, and wide support for photo and video formats.
Apple iLife '09 is a great application suite for simple media organizing and editing, and the addition of features like face recognition, geotagging, and music lessons makes it worth the update.
Adobe After Effects CS4
Adobe CS3 Production Premium is ideal if you handle a mix of design, animation and editing tasks for video, the Web, and mobile gadgets. However, beginners should think twice about the splurge, and film pros without deep animation needs should probably stick to Apple Final Cut Studio 2 or AVID.
Final Cut Studio 2 is a solid value and worthy upgrade for serious film editors who work on Macs. However, hobbyists should consider simpler software.
Microsoft Expression Studio
Adobe Creative Suite 3 Master Collection
This light version of Premiere Pro successfully brings that package's power to home users.
Ulead has greatly improved VideoStudio with tools for all levels of users, though it's not without its problems.
MovieFactory 4.0 Disc Creator Edition is a terrific option for burning discs, although we wish its tools were a little more flexible. We still recommend Nero for hard-core users and Roxio EasyCD for the less tech savvy, but this is a worthy contender.
Apple Final Cut Express HD
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
Ulead DVD Workshop 2.0's wonderfully intuitive interface and huge selection of DVD-authoring tools will please professionals and advanced hobbyists alike.
Despite some stability problems, Pinnacle Studio 9.0 is a remarkably powerful video editor and authoring app for both home and professional use.
Ulead's MovieFactory 3.0 Disc Creator joins the ranks of solid, multipurpose disc-burning programs, but Nero 6.0 remains our Editors' Choice.
This is a great tool for experimentalists who want to tweak under the hood for more power and better performance.
Ulead DVD Workshop is ideal for high-end moviemakers who need advanced audio compression and lots of design flexibility.