I no longer do anything that is commercial. After 50 years of doing both still and video in line with work, I am now left with one client who does not require any such work. Even thought of going with Studio. However in the long run with stick with VegasPRO. but having done every upgrade since I started a long time ago with a free version of Studio with my Canon Vixia 100 to now shooting everything up to 60 FPS 4k I've decided that PRO is worth the upgrade costs. But for me 16 is so good I think I can wait to 17 for an upgrade. If was more than just a hobbyist I'd certainly stay on the upgrade bandwagon.
So are you a hobbyist or a PRO (doesn't make if full time or part time, do you sell or work for fee)? What is your upgrade plan?
Having done this for a long time, IMHO Magix has done a spectacular job or bringing Vegas back in real competition for the best NLE for independents and small firms.
Example of what I am now going to be "working" on. A documentary about a local "pond" that is a world class birding location. I use M43 and now have all of the lenses and capabilities that I need to do a multi-year project including everything from macro to super telephoto perspective as well as 60 FPS 4k and 180 FPS 1080P. I may end up finally buying a few add ins (Vegasaur and one or 2 others, all though the stabilization in Vegas is now really good, I do have and use Mercalli PRO v4) but for my specific needs Vegas PRO 16 is actually a dream. Yep, I am a fan boy because after 50 years of using everything (including back in the day renting large production studios and using large tape studio cameras and giant control rooms) I greatly appreciate the production tool that VP 16 is.
So this is not a thread about being a VP fan boy, but tells us how you us VP and why it is your goto NLE tool of choice, being a hobbyist or PRO.