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CrazyPetie


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I know this is the photography forum but i thought it would be relevant.

What video editing software do you guys use/recomend? I have a little digital video camera with lots of footage and i wanna learn how to chop some clips together with music and such. I'm lookin for somethin easy to use and preferably cheap.

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CrazyPetie wrote:
I know this is the photography forum but i thought it would be relevant.

What video editing software do you guys use/recomend? I have a little digital video camera with lots of footage and i wanna learn how to chop some clips together with music and such. I'm lookin for somethin easy to use and preferably cheap.

Thanks

Here are a few choices in ascending order by price.

1. Windows Movie Maker – Free with Windows – It is great for basic video editing, combining, and adding music. It has limited codec support. It basically will encode to wmv and it doesn’t work well with the H.264 codecs.

2. AVSVideo Encoder – About $60 – OK for basic video editing, combing, but you really can’t do music with it. It is awesome for its flexibility though. It will encode from any video format to any video format.


3. Sony’s Video Vegas – Many hundreds of dollars – It is a little more complicated to use but it works with all codecs and it can create virtually any movie.
Here is a link to some movies I have created. I have used all of the programs above in creating these movies.

http://www.youtube.com/user/mpgxsvcd#/uploads

There are also a few great programs for the MAC. However, “I am a PC” so I have never used them.

Hope that helps.


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Avidemux is versatile and has a pretty quick learning curve. And it's free. http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/


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Thanks for the reply, ima try Avidemux and windows movie maker just to get my feet wet. I didn't even know my computer came with movie maker. I was looking at Cyberlink Power Director or Adobe Premiere elements for a purchase software. Does anyone know about these?


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Pretty much all the video software has a trial version (usually either time limited or puts a watermark in your video). Download some and try them out. There are also a number of freeware options.

For lots of info, take a look at:
http://www.videohelp.com/
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http://videoguys.com/


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Oh, read here, too:
http://www.desktop-video-guide.com/...software-review.html


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I used to use windows movie maker and have enjoyed it but now I use a MAC-book Pro and have found iMovie to be a superior program in every aspect except when adding music it is not quite as versatile.
check out my channel;
http://www.youtube.com/user/markguycan


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CrazyPetie wrote:
Thanks for the reply, ima try Avidemux and windows movie maker just to get my feet wet. I didn't even know my computer came with movie maker. I was looking at Cyberlink Power Director or Adobe Premiere elements for a purchase software. Does anyone know about these?

I've used Cyberlink Power Director 7 and Adobe Premiere CS4. Easy programs to learn and use. They do tend to eat up some processing so if you go with one of these have a fast computer.


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Pinnacle, Expensive but worth it. I have it on the computer but never use it. As it was a gift. It wasnt to hard to figure out. QA couple of hours and Bang. Get pinnacle it puts the others to shame...


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I use Premier Elements at work (as kind of a secondary part of my normal job, not a professional movie guy by any stretch) and it's not too bad. Not as many functions as the full blown version, which is no surprise, but it's got enough to make a simple, slick looking video. I find that if you try go too fancy with effects/transitions etc it ends up looking pretty tacky.

Biggest downside is that it's not the most intuitive program to use. I already had experience playing with Premier CS3 in my own time which took me while to get my head around, so I already sort of knew where to look.

I found Sony Vegas a lot easier to work out. Not sure what the difference in price is, but out of the two, if it's not much I'd lean towards Vegas.

Also had a quick play with AVS and can recommend it as a useful little package overall if you work with a lot of different multimedia files. The editor is pretty simple, but I haven't worked out how to add transitions to the start of a clip, I've only managed to add them between clips. But I haven't spent much time on this.


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I'm assuming your running windows? I use Final Cut Pro on my mac, and on pc usually use avid. FCP is far superior in my opinion. I would recommend Final Cut Express, it very cheap, easy to use, and incredibly powerful.


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subantz wrote:
I have it on the computer but never use it.

Get pinnacle it puts the others to shame...

Don't those two statements contradict themselves?Wink


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TheRucat wrote:
I'm assuming your running windows? I use Final Cut Pro on my mac, and on pc usually use avid. FCP is far superior in my opinion. I would recommend Final Cut Express, it very cheap, easy to use, and incredibly powerful.

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TheRucat wrote:
I'm assuming your running windows? I use Final Cut Pro on my mac, and on pc usually use avid. FCP is far superior in my opinion. I would recommend Final Cut Express, it very cheap, easy to use, and incredibly powerful.

To bad the Mac needed to run Final Cut is much more expensive than most other good editing programs.Wink


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subantz wrote:
Pinnacle, Expensive but worth it. I have it on the computer but never use it. As it was a gift. It wasnt to hard to figure out. QA couple of hours and Bang. Get pinnacle it puts the others to shame...

+1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2feY4OHaMfQ


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Final Cut is my vote - you can run it on a PC if you use a Mac emulator or run a mac hardrive on the machine.


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