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
- Movie Studio Platinum 13
- DVD Architect Studio 5.0
- Sound Forge Audio Studio 10
- Acid Music Studio 10
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
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.
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.
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.