As YouTube videos become better and better (shockingly…the videos are getting better, the photos are getting better, but now if only as many people would learn where commas and semicolons go…) and high-definition video cameras come down in price, we are starting to see amateur and small-business video rise in production value.

That’s why software like Sony’s Cinescore Professional Soundtrack Creation is becoming more and more relevant. In the past, you wouldn’t necessarily find this software at Best Buy — and, well, you still don’t — but for a $100 investment this software lets you add a real score to your moving pictures.

Normally, I’d throw down a review of something like this and say “it’s powerful, feature-rich, but give yourself plenty of time to get over the learning curve.” But if you’re doing video editing right now and using Final Cut or Premiere (or Sony’s Vegas Movie Studio, which I’m sure they’d want me to plug…) you can use Cinescore. Explore the software a little bit, learn some of the specific functions like audio sweetening effects and transitions, and you’re pretty much all set. At this point, if you’ve seen one audio/video timeline, you’ve seen them all.

It is indeed powerful and feature-rich, and Cinescore includes a bunch of royalty-free sound effects and loops that you can use at your own will. The software also allows you to export your finished work to ATRAC, AVI, MOV, MP3, OGG, RM, WAV, WMA, WMV, DVD, MPEG-2 and PSP/iPod-friendly MPEG-4.

Cinescore includes interactive tutorials and help files if you do get stuck. Other video editing titles give you some of Cinescore’s functionality, but give this solid option a try.


  • Automatically generates music to match any time duration
  • Video scoring track and real-time preview window
  • Includes 20 fully customizable Themes in multiple genres
  • 16-bit, 44.1 KHz song quality for exceptional performance
  • Powerful user-defined settings yield unlimited musical results

Quick hits:

Publisher: Sony Creative Software
Developer: Sony Creative Software
Platform: Windows/PC
Genre: Audio/Video utility
Launch Date: May 12, 2006

Usefulness: [rating:4/5]
Learning Curve: [rating:4/5]
Overall: [rating:4/5]

About The Author

John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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