Why not test drive it yourself? Just because someone is a critic doesn't mean they're the authority on the subject -- or that they have the same workflow as you do.
Also note that Videomaker's review is for the basic, no-frills version of Movie Studio. And, in version 13, the basic version doesn't even give you access to the full Movie Studio timeline or workspace!
There's a world of difference between it and the vastly superior Platinum version -- and yet only a few dollars difference in price.
On the left side of this page, you can see my free 8-part Basic Training tutorial for version 13. It'll give you a chance to see it at work. http://muvipix.com/sms13.php
I think my big objection is that they're comparing it to Platinum and saying in effect saying "these Platinum features would make it so much better for us." It just sounds like the typical griping of someone who wants more than they pay for.
Well ... then ... buy the platinum version. That's why Sony Creative Software offers it.
The review would have seemed a lot more reasonable if instead of seeing the "lack" of features as a personal problem, they had said, "these are nice features and if you want or need them, you can get the higher version." The attitude of the reviewer is whiny rather than objective. If he feels that Sony should have included those features at that price level that's an honest opinion, but to imply that Sony is cheating him out of it is unfair.
Heck, i use the $600+ Vegas Pro version, and honestly, i don't really have use for the trimmer or stabilization. It's all relative to what the user needs and values.
>>>If I upgrade to Movie Studio 13 it will be the Platinum Suite. If I remember correctly is looks like Windows 8.1 and I am concerned about using boxes vs. a mouse.<<<
I use Movie Studio 13 Suite (which is Studio Platinum with extras) on Win7 and don't have any more problems using a mouse/keyboard than with the previous versions.
As others imply, one should forget the basic Movie Studio 13, especially as MS 13 Platinum has both Simple and Advanced Edit modes included.
Thanks for the replies, it just made me feel like I was using 'Windows Movie Maker' or something! I have VMSP12 and I feel like it has enough features and power for almost everything I want to do. It feels more than 'basic' to me. Cin