Sony's Movie Studio Suite 13 is a workshop for creating your Video and Audio productions from beginning to end.

Movie Studio Suite 13 is Sony's best consumer grade production workshop they have created so far.

Why do I say that ? Because the classic "Suite" version of their Movie Studio software now includes everything you need to edit and create your video and audio productions. The Suite is a collection of Sony's best consumer grade software programs, bundled with a neat collection of bonus features and plugins.

Programs included in Movie Studio Suite 13

Bonus Features included with Suite 13

  • New Blue Fx Titler EX - 3D Titles and Text generation tool
  • New Blue Fx Video Fx and Transitions
  • Hitfilm Video Fx
  • Boris Continuum Video Fx - 2x collections
  • Izotope Vocal Eraser Tool
  • Studio Devil British Valve Fx
  • True Pianos plugin
  • 1001 Sony Sound Effects
  • Sony Sound Series Sampler collection
  • Custom Sound Sets and Songs collection
  • Loops and Songs collection
  • One free download from Sony's Loops and Samples collection
  • Movie Studio Platinum Getting Started Tutorials
  • Sound Forge Audio Studio Getting Started Tutorials

Movie Studio Platinum 13

The heart of this package is Movie Studio Platinum 13, which is Sony's best consumer grade video editing program. I have already reviewed this program just by itself in a separate article. I suggest if you haven't already done so, that you read this article after you are finished reading here.
Review of Sony Movie Studio Platinum 13

Movie Studio Platinum 13 DesktopMovie Studio Platinum 13 Desktop

DVD Architect Studio 5.0

DVD Architect Studio gives you the ability to create DVDs and BluRay Discs with fully working Menus, just like in a bought DVD. For this release of Movie Studio Suite 13, DVD Architect remains unchanged from previous versions of the program.

DVD Architect can also create DVDs and BluRay discs with Stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound audio tracks. However there is one limitation with the "Studio" version of DVD Architect, which means you cannot create BluRay discs with Menus that have a 5.1 Surround Sound audio track. Creating a BluRay with Menus and a Stereo audio track is OK, just not with 5.1. This seems like a ridiculous limitation in this day and age, considering that 1080p HD video has become the gold standard amongst video makers and that only a BluRay disc can record HD video files. Hopefully in a future release of DVD Architect (which is well overdue), this small annoyance can be rectified. In the meantime, if creating BluRay discs with 5.1 Surround Sound audio is important to you, then you will have to use DVD Architect Pro 6.0 which does allow this function. DVD Architect Pro 6.0 comes with Sony Vegas Pro 12.

If you would like to learn more about using DVD Architect, then please check out my tutorials here.

DVD Architect Studio 5.0DVD Architect Studio 5.0

Sound Forge Audio Studio 10

Sound Forge Audio Studio 10 is a fully functioning Audio Editing program. It can be set up to work seamlessly with Movie Studio Platinum 13. So if you are working on a project in Movie Studio and need to do some detailed work on a audio track, you can send the audio file directly to Sound Forge and edit on it here. Once finished, pressing save in Sound Forge will automatically update the same audio file in Movie Studio.

One of my favourite tools in Sound Forge Audio Studio 10, is the Vinyl Recording and Restoration Tool. So for anyone who has a collection of LPs and Cassettes from the good old days, you can now connect your sound system to a computer and record directly into Sound Forge. Sound Forge gives you the tools to repair the audio by removing the pops and crackles, and then finally you can turn the new digital recording into a CD with defined tracks and numbers.

I do not have any tutorials on how to use Sound Forge at the moment, but am planning to do a new series in the very near future.

Sound Forge Audio Studio 10Sound Forge Audio Studio 10

Acid Music Studio 10

Acid Music Studio 10 is a complete music creation workshop. Acid comes with a couple of Gigabytes of music Loops and Samples. These Loops and Samples cover many variations and genres of all the main instruments that would typically go into a music track. Using this extensive library, you can drag and drop loops onto the Acid Music Studio timeline and start piecing together your own unique music track. The timeline works very much the same way as Movie Studio does, but with the added feature that you can literally paint your music onto the timeline. The user interface also includes a full mixing desk of sliders and settings to get your mix just right. You can also connect a keyboard to your computer via a Midi connection, and record what you are playing direcltly into Acid Music Studio as you play back your other tracks.

The best thing about Acid Music Studio is that all the music you create is Royalty Free, which means it is perfectly safe to include in any video that you upload to YouTube.

I do not have any tutorials on how to use Acid Music Studio at the moment, but am planning to do a new series at the same time I work on Sound Forge Audio Studio.

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    Guest · 19:15 28/05/2014
    Could someone please list all the NewBlue and Boris FX that come with the Suite version, please?
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      · 23:37 28/05/2014
      Post your question on the Forum and then I can upload some screen shots for you.
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    jon · 08:40 19/04/2014
    Are you able to open a movie studio file in Acid music studio to work on the scoring for the film or will you need to render a video file first?
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      • Moderator
      · 14:12 19/04/2014
      Hi Jon
      That is an excellent question.
      You cannot open Movie Studio or Vegas Pro Project files inside Acid.
      However, you can open Videos and Images.
      It will import as a Track. Then you go to [B]View[/B] in the top menu and turn ON [B]Video Preview[/B].
      I will be making some tutorials about ACID soon. Every piece of music you have ever heard in all my tutorials, was made in Acid Music Studio.
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    Alan Maynard · 03:55 23/03/2014
    When “Creating a new project” (Movie Studio Suite 13) what initial setting is best for a novice?
    I shoot with a GoPro Hero3+ Black that generates an MP4. The video settings I use when I shoot are across-the-board. However, 1080 HD 60 FPS is currently what I am using most regularly. I use the 60 FPS so if I had to use slow-motion should get a better result. When I am finished editing my videos they would be posted on YouTube or Vimeo.

    Of the choices, Internet Video, seems like the obvious choice but confirmation would be comforting since I have had some pretty funky results. Perhaps my funky results come from when I use Video FX and not using the correct settings.
    DVD (would not use)
    Blu-ray disc (would not use)
    Internet Video
    Blu-ray 3-D disc (would not use)
    Match media settings

    If possible when rendering I would prefer the video to be displayed initially, YouTube, and a large screen rather than the viewer having to select the use of the large screen. Is there a setting for this?

    I enjoy your tutorials and hope you continue.
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      • Moderator
      · 12:06 23/03/2014
      The best way to start a new project is to follow the instructions I show in this video:
      Using this method will give you the better playback in the Preview Window.
      Then when you get to the end of your project and it is time to "Render" Make Movie, you can select what ever output you like. It does not have to match exactly your Input Video. [B]Example:[/B] If you were to make a video for YouTube, you would select the template I showed in my tutorial and set the Frame Rate to 30fps (not 60fps) - this is because Internet Video has a maximum frame rate cap of 30fps.
      You [B]cannot[/B] influence how another person views videos on YouTube - that is impossible. You cannot force someone else to view just your videos at Fullscreen.
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        Alan Maynard · 12:18 23/03/2014
        So sorry Derek, I was watching How to Render 1080p Video using Sony Movie Studio Platinum 12 all afternoon and was having a hell of a time. I will watch the video you suggested.
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    Alan Maynard · 10:19 07/03/2014
    I would like to purchase the Sony Movie Studio Suite 13, however, the retailers are not able to tell me the difference between the 2 product codes of MASMST13000 and SMST13099ESD. Would you please inform us which one you are using? Thank you. we all appreciate it.
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      • Moderator
      · 11:55 07/03/2014
      Hi Alan
      I just did a Google search.
      MASMST13000 = Boxed Physical Version
      SMST13099ESD = Electronic Download Version
      I have not bought a boxed version of any Sony product for over 5 years. I always by the download version direct from Sony which is exactly the same as boxed. Please note that the Download is very large and can take a long time to download.
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        Alan Maynard · 12:08 07/03/2014
        Thanks Derek and look forward to your tutorials they are very helpful especially for a fledgling like myself.

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