Thanks Eric. I have spent some time now with Corel and Magix and decided to dump Corel. It was not easy to use, couldn't process several MOV clips and took forever to render.
Yeah, had the "took forever to render" problem ... found out that you need to set up the movie correctly before you start adding clips or images or sound.
This is not a criticism of anyone, because everyone has their own likes, dislikes, as well as their own way of doing things --- even their own opinion of HOW things should work. That is why there are more than one video editor. That is also why some fall to the wayside: Not enough people like the results or the work flow or the price or the documentation or something else. These products fall away and are discontinued. That is what happened to MoviePlus. Could be any one reason, or any combination of all of the above. Quite simply, though, it wasn't popular enough in the general market to justify continuing it. It wasn't discontinued because they wanted to retool, it was discontinued because it lacked enough of a following.
I only ran across Corel's product because it came in a bundle with my copy of PaintShop Pro X5. Buy Paintshop, get VideoStudio X5. Not a difficult decision, especially since PSPX5 was heavily discounted. I was still using MPX5 at the time and VideoStudio wasn't installed for almost a year. It (VSX5) got installed when a video created with MPX5 for my daughter's graduation party. did not function on a standard DVD player during her party. In fact, it would only play properly on my computer which is not very portable.
In my experience, I found Corel to actually be simpler than MPX5. The rendering takes a little longer, but the results are accordingly better.
Then again, I don't do that many videos. More than 50 but less than 70 I know of in the last two or so years, and most of my videos have been slides/words/video combinations for small audiences under 100. I also know I'll never win any big awards for those efforts, but I was able to get exactly what I wanted each time. Whether it was a slide show, or putting words on screen and timing to music (think karaoke), creating instructional items using my own video animations rendered from other sources like Poser or Bryce, as well as editing others' existing presentations to fit an exact time restriction - it was all easier for ME in VSX5.
I do know one thing though, I have had to spend absolutely no time on their forums or others begging for help. I found the interface to be much more intuitive than Serif's. The help files were great. Everything was well thought out and the answers (if unable to learn through trial and error) were usually in one of their video tutorials available online.
Check those out, even if you don't use their software. I found them to be very helpful.
Again, these are my experience ... your mileage may vary.