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Cide Hamete Benengeli VII 15th August 2010 10:26 PM

Video Editing Software Suggestions Sought
 
Hello,

Does anyone know how the various video editing software packages (Final Cut, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, AVID, et.) compare to each other? I’m looking for something that I can recommend for use at work. We’re currently using PCs running Windows XP, although we will upgrade to Windows 7 at some point. Don’t know when. Right now we’re using a couple of Sony cameras, a handycam and a HVR-A1U, but we may upgrade at some point.

I’ll probably be the one using the software. The only video editing of done to speak of has been with Windows Movie Maker, which is very limited. We won’t be making the next Hollywood blockbuster or anything. We’ll be mostly doing titles, transitions, and maybe some voiceovers. It will also be important for the software to be flexible with importing/capturing video in different formats and being to output in different formats (MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, etc.) as well.

Thanks for any suggestions.

ValenciaSon 15th August 2010 11:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Cide Hamete Benengeli VII (Post 91300)
Hello,

Does anyone know how the various video editing software packages (Final Cut, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere, AVID, et.) compare to each other? Im looking for something that I can recommend for use at work. Were currently using PCs running Windows XP, although we will upgrade to Windows 7 at some point. Dont know when. Right now were using a couple of Sony cameras, a handycam and a HVR-A1U, but we may upgrade at some point.

Ill probably be the one using the software. The only video editing of done to speak of has been with Windows Movie Maker, which is very limited. We wont be making the next Hollywood blockbuster or anything. Well be mostly doing titles, transitions, and maybe some voiceovers. It will also be important for the software to be flexible with importing/capturing video in different formats and being to output in different formats (MPEG-2, AVI, WMV, etc.) as well.

Thanks for any suggestions.

If not restricted to Windows, how about this?

ribeirasacra 18th August 2010 04:18 PM

I use Sony Vegas, although at times it is far too complicated for me. I suppose it will come down experience and budget.
For free try Virtual Dub.
I have tried Camtasia. I am not so impressed and from a few years ago I have Pinnacle. I found that a bit buggy at times. Maybe a newer version would be ok.

To see what they are like browse youtube for some videos on the one you think you would like to purchase.

gary 18th August 2010 07:28 PM

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Originally Posted by ValenciaSon (Post 91303)
If not restricted to Windows, how about this?

No need for anything so complicated

iMovie will do everything you need to do and comes free with every Mac. If you are still using xp and intending to upgrade then I would recommend a platform switch to the highest spec Mac you can afford.
iMovie leads naturally into final cut express which is the entry level version of final cut pro - there is virtually nothing you can't do on the express platform, certainly for web publication and it's only about $199 as opposed to $999 for VS's pick (which includes a shed load of pro gear you won't need unless you are making a feature film commissioned by theBBC!!)

Further the new iPhone 4 records and edits video up to 720p resolution and is remarkable. The film of Valencia I made recently can be viewed on a 32" screen with no problem (note - the version published here is compressed by YouTube and so of considerably lower qualify then the original)


ValenciaSon 19th August 2010 01:07 AM

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Originally Posted by gary (Post 91399)
No need for anything so complicated

iMovie will do everything you need to do and comes free with every Mac. If you are still using xp and intending to upgrade then I would recommend a platform switch to the highest spec Mac you can afford.
iMovie leads naturally into final cut express which is the entry level version of final cut pro - there is virtually nothing you can't do on the express platform, certainly for web publication and it's only about $199 as opposed to $999 for VS's pick (which includes a shed load of pro gear you won't need unless you are making a feature film commissioned by theBBC!!)

iMovie is cool but is it professionally adequate? The lines are definitely grayer between pro and consumer these days. I did read that final cut express isn't worth the money in that you actually get more functionality out of iMovie.

jmthomas 19th August 2010 02:10 PM

I use Sony Vegas and it does a good job 10.0 platinum version is about 70 usd and has image stabalization capabilities. Although it can take a while to get to grips with it is easier than adobe pried and I think cheaper.

No need to by a whole new machine just to use macs software

ribeirasacra 29th August 2010 07:45 PM

So Cide Hamete Benengeli VII
What had you bought?


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