Blackbill: I read your answer to uzun and my question is essentially the same but let me state it.
I have been using Ulead Videostudio 9 and it is stable but gets sluggish after I've been editing for many hours. I find I have to close down and restart after editing for 5-6 hours. (AMD 4400+ dual-core 2 gigs)
I also own Vegas 6 Moviestudio Platinum + DVD. I have worked a little with it but I can't get into a flow where the work is happening quickly. It is a much better product and doesn't have all the goofy transitions and filters that Ulead has. (I use very few of the transitions in the Ulead suite.)
I work with the Ulead because it is laid out so logically, although(!) it needs to have global change capabilities! And the preferences section needs to have more user input. By that I mean I would like to bring up an outboard editor with stills (or an editor with audio) by means of a right click on the file in question.
The new Ulead 10 looks interesting but I don't want the same sluggishness and "too linear" of a work area. (I like linear but I want to go back and forth more quickly)
And the new Vegas 7 Moviestudio Platinum + DVD looks like one can work with Dolby Digital. (Not so in version 6)
I guess I'm asking if Vegas 7 Moviestudio (the cheaper suite, not the full, expensive) version has the capability of making editing go quickly. I seem to get lost in learning when I start using version 6 and end up with the easier to use Ulead videostudio 9. With Ulead I always get going but it seems to be a fast walk. I suspect I could go faster (and better) with Sony's suite.
I did buy "Vegas 6 Revealed: The Official Guide (Revealed)" by Doug Sahlin and it has helped me. Is there another, better book?
Should I just do the in-program tutorial? I've started it but after a while I just want to work and out comes the Ulead so I can get at it.
I am very interested in what I read about both new Sony and Ulead editors (Sony 7 and Ulead 10) but I don't want to waste money. I know I'm rambling a bit - any advice is welcome.
EDIT: Will either (or both) of the newer versions make better use of Dual-core processors?