This is a great tool for experimentalists who want to tweak under the hood for more power and better performance.
Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
Ulead's MovieFactory 3.0 Disc Creator joins the ranks of solid, multipurpose disc-burning programs, but Nero 6.0 remains our Editors' Choice.
Premiere 6.0 is easily the best, all-around midrange editing program for Windows. For complex Mac projects, however, choose Apple Final Cut Pro 2.0 instead.
GarageBand users who want more sounds and instruments are better off with Apple/M-Audio's USB MIDI keyboard.
We recommend Movie Creator to tyros who want easy results and will never bother with editing.
This light version of Premiere Pro successfully brings that package's power to home users.
Final Cut Pro 3.0 is the best choice for Mac owners who edit video that ranges from short commercials to feature-length documentaries. However, its high price and steep learning curve make Final Cut too much for beginners to handle.
If you're working on a multimedia project that the iLife suite can't tackle, there's a good chance that Toast with Jam can.
You can't find a more reliable and feature-filled audio program for less than $70.
Thanks to its pro-level tools and affordable price, Video Explosion Deluxe is perfect for any amateur PC moviemaker willing to brave the complicated interface.
DVD MovieFactory 2.0 offers a few perks, such as Disc-Direct recording, but it's best for simple archiving, not video editing.
Adobe After Effects CS4