I looked at the comparison of all the variations of Vegas/Movie Studio and for me Platinum seems the perfect choice.
I was wondering if anyone knows in advance if it can do all these things. I'm trying most of them now via a trial version and marking them green/red as I find out the answers.
1. Natively load input clip(s) in the formats: .MOV, .MPEG1/2, .MKV (H264), .MP4 (H264), .AVI (WM, DivX, XviD), WMV/ASF. (By natively, I mean not needing quality lowering pre-conversion via separate tool).
2. Be able to output in at least .AVI (XviD), MP4 (H264), .WMV [MKV].
3. Allow multiple clips to be loaded and moved around, inserted, trimmed (length) to produce an output that's a combination of those clips.
4. Allow different audio to be loaded and used instead of the embedded audio in the clip(s) (bonus would be if it could be "mixed" with the embedded audio).
5. Allow volume to be adjusted for each clip.
6. Allow clips of different width/height to be loaded and they get scaled up/down to match the project being edited.
7. Allow individual clips to be "processed" (brightness, effects, frame-rate adjustment for speeding up/down).
8. Transitions between the clips (nothing too fancy, I'd be happy with just a straight cross-fade).
9. Ability to chop/crop bits out of the clips, to highlight some frames and copy/paste them.
10. Make a DVD with titles, chapter points of my (easy) choosing and main page background and/or loop clip.
11. H265 support would be nice, but that might come in a future release.
12. Ability to crop a clip (e.g. produce a 1280x720 clip from a 1920x1080 source, but clip rather than resizing).
13. Video Capture via USB Hauppauge HVR900H (seems to be not compatible).
14. Rotate a clip 180 degrees (because the film was shot with the camera clamped upside down).
15. Speed up (or slow down) some individual clips (but not necessarily the whole project).
System I'm using is a Windows 7 Pro Intel i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz 64bit with 16GB of memory, SSD primary 256GB and 2TB secondary HDD.