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Editors' Review

by   / April 30, 2014

A cut-down version of a premium video editing suite, Sony Movie Studio HD 11 brings you an accessible and efficient video editing environment. It handles as many as ten video tracks, supports up to 1080p/60fps, and offers a rich library of transitions and effects. DVD and Blu-ray authoring is unfortunately omitted and will require additional software.


Efficient editing environment: Sony Movie Studio HD 11 features a friendly NLE environment where clips can be easily and quickly assembled to a good overall result. The essential editing functions of the more expensive platinum version are retained without omissions.

Accessible to amateurs: Contains all the bare-bones essentials any amateur would need to start with NLE software. By putting limitations on features, Sony has created a package that is ideal for first-time NLE users.


Absence of DVD and Blu-ray authoring: Compared to the platinum version there is no 3D editing, surround-sound mixing, or XDCAM support. If these omissions are not worrisome, we think that the omission of DVD and Blu-ray authoring is something that is really lacking here. The type of users targeted by Movie Studio 11 are casual users that clearly look for a single do-it-all solution.

Somewhat outdated: The main reservation we have about version 11 is that it is now three-years-old. Sony has moved on to version 13, which introduces new features and support for more recent hardware and file types.

Bottom Line

While powerful, Sony Movie Studio HD 11 has been superseded by version 13. We suggest that you turn your attention to Sony's Movie Studio Platinum 13, whose modern hardware support and richer feature set make it more appealing.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Sony Movie Studio HD 11 11.0 Build 75.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 13.0.189


  • Color Match allows you to automatically match the color between clips.
  • Added new rendering templates for delivering video in a portrait orientation.


  • Added 64-bit Gracenote support.


  • Touchscreen editing support. Many toolbars and menu items are now larger to accommodate touch gestures.
  • New fade and trim handles on events.
  • Dragging the playhead moves the cursor along the timeline. Press Ctrl and drag the playhead to scrub the timeline.
  • Added support for uploading projects to Facebook.
  • New toolbar added below the timeline to make timeline editing more efficient.
  • Streamlined toolbars in the main Movie Studio window and Project Media window.
  • New right-click menu in the Titles & Text plug-in allows quick access to Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, and Select All commands for editing text.
  • You can now simultaneously adjust the fades of all selected events.
  • Animated generated media events now display a thumbnail image in the timeline.
  • Render progress is now displayed in the Windows taskbar. If the render time is greater than a minute, a sound is played when rendering is complete.


Publisher Sony Creative Software
Publisher web site
Release Date December 12, 2014
Date Added June 12, 2015
Version 13.0.189


Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Editing Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements DirectX 9.0c

Download Information

File Size 459.77MB
File Name moviestudio13.0.189_32bit.exe


Total Downloads 363,682
Downloads Last Week 109


License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95
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