I bought my first camcorder 5 years ago, along with new powerfull laptop with DVD bunring capability and all the accessory to go with that. i.e. FireWire cable, blank DVDs etc.
Once I finished my first Mini DV, I copied the full content on my laptop HardDisk using firewire cable, and the file was around 15 GB !! I then realised that I need some DVD making software to burn it to DVD. I tried Microsoft MovieMaker to create the DVD, but hit the dead-end when it can not burn DVD which can be played in standard DVD player. It only creates WMV files which are useless outside MS Media Player, that is 5 years ago.
My friend then gave me Pinnacle Studio 9 to play around. I instantly liked the interface, which was easy to use. It came with all the useful features and effects to create transition effects, subtitles etc.
I managed to burn VCD successfully from the original file after rendering it for around 4 hours. But I never managed to create DVD as application just hangs. Also I created DVD menus which never worked.
As a workaround to DVD burn not working, I create mpg file and then burn DVD using Sonic software.
Also, the work area in Studio 9 is very limited and maximize windows does not work there.
I never used voice over, but I used music overlay and midi files and picture slideshow, which works like a treat while creating mpg file.
I wouldn't spend money to buy this as it works only partially. But hopefully this is all fixed in later version.
Pinnacle Studio Plus v.9 is an advanced consumer video editing and disc authoring application whose intuitive interface and seamless workflow provide video enthusiasts with on-demand access to hundreds of professional-quality functionalities like chroma key and picture-in-picture effects, image stabilization, automated editing, automatic color correction, noise reduction, and image and audio filters. Movies can be edited in 16/9 format with digital surround sound for a complete home theater experience. Its unique, fully integrated CD/DVD authoring function provides customizable menus, navigation and one-touch burning for easier and faster CD/DVD creation. Pinnacle Studio allows editors to effortlessly produce Hollywood quality movies from start to finish.