There are other versions of this software, Studio 18 plus and Studio 18 ultimate. All offering the same sort of software only with a little extra bits the more you pay.
Its interface looks a little like many others, including Windows older versions of movie makers. With the images being brought in on the left and the full video showing on the right. Then, nearer the lower section, the editing area where you add the photos/videos/music of speech, all being dragged into the editing are and placed in the appropriate area.
It has got a bit of what they call a learning curve, but if you've used other software when making your own movies, including windows, then this should be straight forward to use.
In a nut shell you simply upload the images you intend to put into your movie, then, once in the holding are on the top left, you drag them into the editing area, adding more and more as you go. This makes the finished video show up on the top right, getting 'larger' the more images you add.
In between the images you can add transitions, which makes the images appear in all sorts of different ways. You can also add text and music, or speech. All you need to do is add it to the holding area, then drag it into the editing are. The sound area is below the image area and each area can be stretched in order to 'sync' them together.
Once done you can either save it as it is or, for showing your finished movie off, save it as a video file, ready to burn onto a disc.
This program is nice and simple to handle. It has an easy interface and takes very little practice to get used to.
The cost of this one is about £50 which is a bit much for what you get, considering that there are other software of this kind out there on the market for less, some even for free.
So shop around for the free ones first as you may well save yourself £50.
In all, if, like me, you can get this for free, it is well worth having. (look on a site called giveawayoftheday.com as they sometimes put up such software for free as ling as you download it before the 24 hours are up). Sadly, if you have to pay for it I don't think I'd pay £50 for it, especially as there are cheaper ones out there.
My advice, shop around.
I had been using Pinnacle version 9 for many years and decided to upgrade to version 10 as I had found version 9 a bit limiting when doing some of the menu's.
I found it really easy to upgrade from 9 to 10 as the disc did all this itself - it removed the old version and the reloaded the new version on top.
I don't have a very new PC so it can be a little slow when carrying out some of the editing procedures. I have also found that it is sometimes a bit prone to crashing when trying to edit the menu's and put some of the titles on - so it really does pay to save your work regularly as especially just before you start editing the menu!!!
I found that if you want to do embedded menu's you need to purchase some of the extra's as you don't get any as standard - but once you have bought one it is easily manipulated to make it suit what you want.
I have used several editing software version but I still keep coming back to Pinnacle, it is the most simple to use and allows you to manipulate the video as much as you want