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Question Video Editing Software - Recommendations?

I'm dipping my toe into the video pool for the first time, and I know virtually nothing about the options for video editing out there. I've done a couple of searches for free and low cost solutions (don't want to break the bank on an experiment I may not follow through on) but it's not clear which ones may be a good solution. For starters I mainly want to do what I would consider the basics - Take a video, edit it down to the interesting bits, add some music or other audio to it, then take the finished product and share it with friends, post to YouTube, etc. I've poked around in Windows Movie Maker that comes with XP but so far I'm not impressed (which may not be a big surprise considering the source). Any recommendations, tips, hints, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi David.

While I'm not an editor or "video maestro", I do work in professional film-making and have a couple of editors "under my wing" at work using pro systems.
For starters, what sort of video camera are you using, and are you on a Mac or PC?
I'm about to get a new HD video camera to play with, and have started looking into a few simpler systems recently. There are many different "codecs" to play with, and some of the newer HD cameras use a new compression format (AVCHD), so you need to be sure the software will handle your flavour of video.
Fill in some details on PC/Mac and camera type!

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You did not get any good feed back from your December 13 posting?

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It may not be the inexpensive answer...but macs come w/I-movie which is very easy to use and most cameras are plug and play.

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I'm dipping my toe into the video pool for the first time, and I know virtually nothing about the options for video editing out there. I've done a couple of searches for free and low cost solutions (don't want to break the bank on an experiment I may not follow through on) but it's not clear which ones may be a good solution. For starters I mainly want to do what I would consider the basics - Take a video, edit it down to the interesting bits, add some music or other audio to it, then take the finished product and share it with friends, post to YouTube, etc. I've poked around in Windows Movie Maker that comes with XP but so far I'm not impressed (which may not be a big surprise considering the source). Any recommendations, tips, hints, etc., would be greatly appreciated.

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Adobe Premiere
http://www.adobe.com/products/premie..._premiere_home

(if you can afford)

otherwise

Try Pinnacle Studio

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Home/

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Let me address a few questions in one shot -

I am on a Windows XP box. The video camera I am using now is a self contained unit from Oregon Scientific that got to mainly shoot videos on/from the bike. It generates .avi files and can shoot in 640x480, 320x240, or 160x120, in 15 or 30 fps, and has a built-in mic that can be disabled. So it's nothing overly spectacular, but it shoots decent video for what I want to use it for.

Regarding the 12/13 post, that was for some photo editing software for a friend of mine, and yes, I got some very helpful responses on that thread. she's playing with a couple of options now (thanks again to everyone who chimed in there).

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Adobe Premiere has "elements" version as well - I use it "daily" and have had no issues with the feature set (includes DVD authoring, etc.). I'm still back at Version 3.0, and the new one is at 4.0.

http://www.adobe.com/products/premiereel/

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I'd probably agree with Gino, try Elements. US$99.99

"Premier" (or now CS3) is a fully featured pro version we use here, as well as Final Cut Studio (for Macs). Theres a cut-down version called Final Cut Express. http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/ which almost makes me wish I had a mac.... (almost! )

Sony also make a product called Vegas which I've read is good. US$79.95
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/...ct.asp?pid=446

If you're a Photoshop user, might pay to stick with Adobe products (Elements)

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I'd probably agree with Gino, try Elements. US$99.99

"Premier" (or now CS3) is a fully featured pro version we use here, as well as Final Cut Studio (for Macs). Theres a cut-down version called Final Cut Express. http://www.apple.com/finalcutexpress/ which almost makes me wish I had a mac.... (almost! )

Sony also make a product called Vegas which I've read is good. US$79.95
http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/...ct.asp?pid=446

If you're a Photoshop user, might pay to stick with Adobe products (Elements)
Thanks to you and Gino for the Adobe pointers, and to the rest of you folks for your input. I am a Photoshop user (CS2) so maybe sticking with that family makes sense. I'll check it out.

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You might want to give Cyberlink PowerDirector 6 a try. They have a free trial that you can download from the link below. I found it very user friendly and it didn't lock my system up like Adobe premier, Pinnacle Studio and Ulead did.

http://www.cyberlink.com/multi/products/main_4_ENU.html

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Ulead's software won "Editor's Choice" a few times in PC mag, it is supposed to be easy to use and fairly inexpensive.
http://www.ulead.com/vs/
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Ulead's software won "Editor's Choice" a few times in PC mag, it is supposed to be easy to use and fairly inexpensive.
http://www.ulead.com/vs/

I'm using U-Lead and have had good success getting it up and running quickly.
Works great and you can download a 30 day trial.

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