During the summer of 2009 I spent some time comparing 3 entry level video editing packages. The software had to work on PC computer rather than Macs. We already had iMovie on Macs but we needed to make video editing available to the wider student population as all but one classroom contained only PCs.
Comparison was made by determining the usability, available support and cost effectiveness. The results of the comparison can be seen below.
Adobe Premiere Elements
Corel Video Studio X2 (12)
Pinnacle Studio 12