I have been visiting this site for years, and today decided to join just to rate this program.
Have been "trying" to use it since version 10, but somehow there was always something not working correctly, and even though all programs might have annoying bugs, these just seemed to be in the places I use most.
So I used to fall back to Sony Vegas or Cyberlink Powerdirector. Yes, I often try other programs as well, Pinnacle, Ulead, Canopus, Serif, Adobe PE and Pro versions.
Movie Edit pro had the best interface for me, Sony Vegas had the best capability especially the ease of using key-frames. Powerdirector was my fallback if I had to do things quickly and author (especially stable version 4 for my old cam SD content).
I bought MEP-15 the day it became available on the shelves of Best-Buy. After trying to use it, that same day, I gave up, because of the sluggishness it handled Sanyo HD2000 1920x1080 60p (yes, 60 full frames per second) videos.
A week ago the update MEP 15 rev 188.8.131.52 became available, and finally .. finally I have something that does not crash on my work-flow, where Sony Vegas 9.0b does crash (adding too may clips, or if the clips are bigger than 2 Gig, or even large jpeg's on the timeline), and Powerdirector 8 crashes when using certain templates for DVD layout.
Yes I have read the Sony forums and the claims about unsupported AVC formats used by certain camera's, but every player I use, works fine on the videos, so Vegas should be ok too, at least playing it.
I still like Vegas because of it's capabilities, and using key-frames are a breeze, while I still have to figure out how to use them in Movie Edit Pro 15.
Anyway, I can finally recommend Movie Edit Pro 15 with update 184.108.40.206 , that is, at least on my setup ;-)
It's now stable, and the renders look well.
Note that I suggest to bump up the bitrate from the default when rendering to DVD, since there is a small bug, if you look at the advanced settings, you will see the bitrate is filled in as 300 kbit/s lower than what you selected.
Just click on the advanced settings button to configure the MC encoder manually.
This is for clips that come from the Sanyo VPC-HD2000 camera.
Happy editing, now I just need some imagination .. let's see, google "imagination: ...
Review by junktodevnull
Sep 11, 2009 Version: MEP15 rev 220.127.116.11
OS: WinXP Ease of use: 8/10
Value for money: 10/10