Well there are lots of fine offering out there. Why don't you start with those software houses that offer free trails. For example you could try ULead's Movie Factory from http://www.ulead.com/download/trial.htm.
If that suits then jolly good. Otherwise work your way through the other offerings such as Pinnacle, Sonic, Adobe and so forth.
COMPAQ something or other with 500Gb Boot Disk, 1Tb external Firewire Disk, 4Gb Memory and a super duper sound card, 19" TFT Monitor etc etc etc
Sony TRV33e : Sony TRV310e : Canon XM2
Sony Vegas Studio editions to v11
Remember, there is always more to learn than there is to teach.