The “feature Set” Studio had in earlier versions (7,8,9) was very attractive and when it worked you went Wow.
When it didn’t you cursed it :a as to make a decent, well thought out DVD with lots of transitions, background music, titles, menus, etc., requires you to invest significant hours in it. You’d never know if Studio would work until you rendered the DVD which took up to 8 or 9 hours (on a fairly decent Rig for the time by the way). I ended up running Studio 9 on a separate Drive, just to increase the chances of success and avoid conflicts. (I still do this with Studio 12.)
Studio 12 Ultimate rendered a 56 minute DVD on Best Quality, with all the above goodies, in less than an hour. I didn’t bother to burn the disk with it as I’ve got in the habit of using Nero for that part of the process.
My Brother, who purchased Studio 9 & 10, has also tried Studio 12 and it worked great on his old home movies. However, last summer he purchased a Sony HDR-SR12 third generation AVCHD camcorder recording to a 120 GB hard disk drive (HDD). Studio 12 “stutters” when processing these files.
I checked out the Studio requirements for AVCHD last night and his processor seems inadequate. (Pentium D 3.4 Ghz., 2 Mb Cache when you need a Quad Core for the best HD rendering.) So it seems he knows what he needs to buy himeself for Christmas.
I did offer (like any good Brother would) to trade him my Panasonic PV-GS70 which works great in Standard Definition but he didn’t bite. I think I know why. The output from the Sony HDR-SR12 is like watching a BluRay Movie on my PS3.