instability is usually due to the mix of software/hardware combinations.or having too much running for it to cope.....I use Studio 7 for analogue editing..But do consider its important to have the hard ware available too (additional hard drive storage + Cdrw drive/Dvdrw etc and enough ram to cope.Ideally putting the editing software on its own O/S and dual booting makes life easier .but not entirely necessary..
I use an OEM version of Pinnacle 8 (OEM is a cut down version) and find it easy to use and quite stable. I only use fairly basic features of the software (arranging and trimming clips, adding titles and simple transitions).
I have read many reports of people having problems with the full version. Pinnacle bring out updates and are responsive to feedback. I understand they rushed out v8 and it has many bugs. It is highly likely that future releases will improve stability.
Can you tell us more about what you plan to do and what hardware you have so we can give you better advice?
Thanks for the responses rec'd, to answer scotty's question about intended use and hardware - I have just got a new computer P4 2.5, with 512mb ram, 80gb hard disk and a dvd+rw drive. I want to edit the family videos - so I have no intentions, for the moment, to do any sophisticated editing.
Well your pc should be up to the task! Only concern will be the solitary disc drive. It is normally suggested that you have a drive with the operating system and another for editing but I know of many people who successfully edit on the system drive so you should be OK. One thing to check - disc should spin at 7200rpm.
One area where Studio 8 is weak is the writing to DVD. I have no experience of this so I cannot comment. Check out the forum on the Pinnacle site click here.
What type of camera/tapes do you use? Do you use a Firewire connection to the camera? If it is not a digital camera, you will need extra hardware to capture the video.