....and money with Pinnacle Studio 10. In all due honesty I have never seen a more worthless, bug ridden application. I was banned off Pinnacle's forum because I've been warning people about this piece of crap software. I guess Pinnacle doesn't take criticism very well. I am experienced with Avid and Vegas software but I always wanted a simple program for my 'quick' projects so I was 'messing' around with Pinnacle Studio software. In the past few years I've purchased 3 versions of Studio software,....8, 9, 10 (how stupid can I be????).....none ever worked properly......10 is the worst. Spent countless hours trying to fix the issues with no avail. Even Pinnacle's support people admitted to me of known issues but weren't able to solve. I have 3PCs.....2 P4 3.2G/1G Ram and one AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+, 2G Corsair RAM, 800G raid 5 for storage, ATI X850XT, dual 21" monitors etc.....top notch hardware. I always thought that for my simple, quick projects, Pinnacle Studio should work fine.....I was wrong. I always liked the simplicity and the GUI of this program but........nothing will make up for an unstable application which Studio is for sure. Many of the users on their forum cling to the hardware specs.......well, hardware is not the problem in most cases.....it's the poor code in this application. I just finished a video montage the other day using Sony Vegas on my AMD machine.....54min of footage, 34 transitions, 2 sound tracks rendered to MPEG2, VBR Best Quality Dual Pass (yes dual pass)...it took 1H 23min to finish....not bad. On the other hand I tried a 10 min project, very simple, using Pinnacle Studio10 on the same PC.....it crashed twice and it took about 35 minutes to render....talking about crappy software. I guess I'm dumping Pinnacle and start using Ulead Video Studio 9 for my simple projects where I don't really need an overkill like Vegas. With Pinnacle is ALWAYS the NEXT patch. Just check aroound to see how many patches V8 and v9 had and the issues where still not fixed....I can go on forever. Pinnacle Studio is a $50 program aimed at 'regular' users which don't know a lot about PC tweaking and hardware specifications. You should be able to take it out of the box, install it and use it Period. That's not the case.....not by far. Be ready for th hurt of your life....in most cases. Just be carefull and don't let yourself drawn into this nightmare......it's just not worth it.