Video Editing Software

Submitted: Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 08:45
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Morning All,

Having seen some of the quality video editing efforts on here recently, it is time to start organising some of the footage I have a little bit.

I am after recommendations on a reasonable software editing suite. What do people use? I am not after anything too fancy and something that is relatively simple to use. I am not a complete computer ignoramus, but have not had much experience with editing video, so needs to be relatively intuitive.

Thanks,

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 09:03

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 09:03
Hi Matt,
Our own resident video experts, Richard and Tracy will be the one for the best answer.

If you have not seen any of her work her on EO, words can not describe her professional end results, and she gets very high praises from everyone who sees her work.

We hopefully will hear from them soon when the sun rises over there in the west.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:05

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:05
Thanks Stephen,

Yes, I have seen some of their work. Not expecting to achieve that kind of result though. Something close would be good though.

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:07

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:07
Matt there was thread on the forum within the last 2 weeks that asked the same question. 68143. Here is the LINK.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:18

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:18
Thanks Mick,

Missed it in my search.

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - RFLundgren (WA) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:09

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:09
Hey Matt

We have tried a number of different applications for editing the video that we shoot. As Tracy is the creative genius who does all that, she needed something that was easy to work out as she does tend to get very very frustrated if she cant get the result she is after.

We finally decided on Sony Vegas Pro. It has absolutely everything in it that you could possibly want for editing in a consumer setting. We have tried some demos of some of the pro apps which for the life of me I cant recall the names of at the moment, and she just found those way too hard and confusing (even though some of the effects and features were amazing).

Vegas Pro isnt cheap but it can and will do everything you would need to do.

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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:36

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:36
Cheers Richard. Probably a bit more than I wanted to spend, but I will keep looking around and see if I can't find a good deal somewhere.

Certainly Tracy's results speak for themselves, but as stated below, it probably comes down to artistic talent in the end. Not my strong suit I'm afraid.

Thanks,

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Reply By: bgreeni - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:16

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:16
I use Adobe Premier pro 1.5 It is not the current Adobe software but I have not got round to upgrading and it does every thing I need.

Took a bit of learning at the start (and I am still learning every time I use it) but never found anything i wanted that I cant do.

One comment though on any software. Most of the results are not down to what software you use, but to your "artistic" ability.
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:19

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:19
"Most of the results are not down to what software you use, but to your "artistic" ability."

Guess I'm screwed then.

Thanks mate.
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Reply By: DIO - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:22

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:22
What about the software that came bundled with your camera. It did come with some, didn't it?
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Follow Up By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:37

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:37
Yep, it did.
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Reply By: GoneTroppo Member (FNQ) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:48

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:48
I've used Pinnacle Studio for about 6 years, was pretty easy to learn.
Used mainly for creating training programs for staff.
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Follow Up By: Ozboc - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 18:23

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 18:23
I used to use this also =-- but found it crashes a lot -- and rendering time can sometimes be very long ....

I Now use Power director - has all the functions of studio and then some .....

never looked back after converting ...

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Reply By: tazbaz - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 13:54

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 13:54
Matt
If you have a Mac computer then use iMovie which comes as part of the package. Easy as hell to use. The professionals use 'Final Cut Pro' almost exclusively but it takes a lot of learning and isn't cheap. You DO NOT need any artistic ability - (whatever 'artistic ability' is) as most software out there comes with various aids that make you appear clever. Do a google on video editing software.

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Follow Up By: stevesub - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 15:26

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 15:26
I use iMovie on the Mac, easy to use and works fine for me. On Windows, I have used Windows Movie maker that comes with Windows XP - worked fine for me but I am not great on the editing and creativity.

Try these before you buy as they come with the respective operating systems.

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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 16:19

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 16:19
The one we have been using Matt is Muvee Autoproducer, it seems to be reasonably easy to use .

cheers Unc.
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Reply By: Member - Toolman (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 17:15

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 17:15
Matt,
I use a couple of packages. To edit my dv's I use Adobe Premier Pro. The latest version is Adobe Premier CS4. I am self taught on this package so I have my limitations but it does everything I've tried to do with it such as editing, overdubs, music tracks, transitions and titles. Thats the limit of my abilties but not the limit of the software. I still havent worked out how I can output to a DVD from Adobe so that the output conforms to the DVD player format (VOB files etc).

I also use Ulead Video Studio 11.5. to create the DVD player compatable DVD's with menu's and so on. It to can edit and add music and overdubs but Adobe Premier is my preference for editing.

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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 19:25

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 19:25
Hi Matt,

I have played around a bit lately with some of my video footage.

I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum Version 8.0b (Build 122).

It is good software and there is no way I will use all of its available features, there are heaps...

It also accepts many different formats and can render videos in many different formats as well.

I have had it for about a year now and have long since forgotton how much it cost me.

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Reply By: Member - Matt M (ACT) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 21:37

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 21:37
Thanks all for taking the time to reply. I have a few options to sift through now.

Cheers,

Matt.
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Reply By: Member - Netnut (VIC) - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:04

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:04
G'day Matt,
I also use Ulead Video Studio 11.5. It's quite easy to learn and use. It has a movie editor, a movie wizard and a DVD maker. It's not outrageously expensive to buy. Be sure to check it out in comparison to other packages.
Cheers,
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Reply By: Mrbrush - Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:06

Thursday, Apr 30, 2009 at 22:06
Matt, I would star with windows movie maker .
It`s free with XP. I was amazed as to what it could do, If you want any more than that then you`ll have to spend a couple of hundred for a decent program.
One thing to get is a fire wire card and cable if your downloading from a tape camcorder as the USB cannot transfer data properly.
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Reply By: Roy the boy - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 17:16

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 17:16
Hi Matt,
Im new to this site and read with interest about what sort of video editing program was being used by other members.
For the last two years Iv'e been using
(Easy media creator 10) it's not the newest version, but I found it very easy to learn, after using the windows XP version, after you grasp the funder mentals of the windows version it will come easy. My wife and I have been on the road for 9 yrs and it's very rewarding to be able edit your own movies.
cheers Roy.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, May 08, 2009 at 18:02

Friday, May 08, 2009 at 18:02
For those interested I found this site that did a review and made a top 10

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