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    Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Hello Peeps,

    What is the best video editing software that is out for PC??
    I would like to purchase it!!


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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    if your looking for a good one (professional) then, personally i would suggest Adobe Premiere - if you're new to editing it shouldn't be so hard to pick up with a few tutorials, it has alot of tools, and the results it gives are very good.

    other ones (maybe cheaper) are Sony Vegas, and some consumer ones like Pinnacle Studio or Ulead Video Studio, which will be quite easy and straight forward to use.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    oh sounds good to me, thanks HSK!!

    I will look at buying that Adobe Premiere!!

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    as hsk said pinnacle studio its quite good and its easy to edit video and add transtions and its capturing videos is easy using this software. But now its up to you.
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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Adobe's got loads of tools, I was kind of quite lost when I started using it. I don't think anyones going to recommend this, but when I did some editing for the first time I used microsoft movie maker then used to adobe to put in the effects I wanted and also to 'clean' it up.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Serious....

    Sony Vegas is the best home user Video editing program.

    I have used Pinnacle in the past (I think it was 9) and it was probably one of the worst I have ever used.

    I made this in about 6 hours from capture to Render using Vegas 6

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Premiere Elements is an excellent base level program. Of course Premiere Pro is better, but I'd bet AT LEAST 50 PENCE that the vast majority of people would never use the features Pro has that Elements doesn't.

    Also, Adobe do student discounts, so if you're a student - take advantage of that

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    If you do need/wand Premier Pro, look to see if there are any online courses for it that give you a discount on the retail version.

    For example, there are a couple of photography courses run by/in conjuction with Amature Photographer that give you about a 50% discount on CS3, so the course and the software is less than the retail value

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    I like Vegas on PC's.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Sony Vegas or Canopus Edius as a step beyond Elements into semi-pro
    Premiere Pro and then Avid Express for more advanced.

    Pinnacle budget software was a nightmare although has improved.
    Their full-house kit is holywood expensive.

    A Question:

    What are you editing?

    If you're looking at HD, HDV or AVCHD format make sure the product you choose supports it.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    another one for Vegas, and nope, it ain't a semi-pro tool. It be the real deal. It also has the fastest growing user base out there - quite amazing the growth over the last 2-3 years

    anyway, whatever we recommend, it will come down to this: TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT
    get the demos, since the differing workflows suit different people

    I will say, however, that a lot of tools are a single click in Vegas whereas the same technique in FCP/PPro take 3-4-5 clicks

    FWIW, I've used all three, and am a regular user (and fan) of AE, so no stranger to Adobe.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    Hey Peeps,

    Thanks for the great response!!

    But yeah what i would be doing with it is...taking bits of videos and put it into other video clips of special occasions that my girlfriend has had with her best mates before she goes uni....

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    well, that's exactly what you would be able to do with any of the progs recommended so far.


    download a trial of whatever software (vegas, of course ), do the business, and uninstall it.
    for something as straightforward as your requirements, a trial of Premiere Elements or Vegas Studio would be fine, i.e. you wouldn't need the whole hog.

    Amazon.co.uk: Sony Vegas Movie Studio 8 Platinum Edition (PC): Software
    - 50 quid. Could upgrade to full Vegas later if you ever wanted to.

    the only hiccup might be what format you want to output. Some programs won't give you the license for mpeg2 (ie DVD) unless you pay for the prog, or they'll let you use it but will watermark the output until you pay. You could output as quicktime or wmv, though.

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    Re: Video Editing Software - Recommend?

    I use Adobe Premiere Pro CS2, having previously been happy with Premiere 6.5 for ages.
    The downsides for Premiere Pro (the current one is called CS3) is clearly cost, in the region of £650 (unless you know a work-related way of getting it etc) and complexity - i've been video editing since around 1999 on iMacs (by the way iMovie is still the most visually appealing for simplicity) and PCs (used Pinnacle from about version 6 i think), and in all honesty Premiere Pro still overwhelms me at times. Then again i dont use it professionally and havent pushed myself to learn all the features properly.

    I have no experience of Sony Vegas (which Scan sells for £400), but i'd advocate Premiere Elements.
    Dabs sells the pack of Premiere & Photoshop Elements for £110, which given how feature rich and professional looking they are, i'd call a bargain.
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    Like the first answer, I endorse Premiere pro. It is the proffesional product and very sophisticated, even intimidating, but once you are familiar it is so easy to work. The package often includes a training video to get you started. Within one day of using it I was able to put together a 10 minute show comprising video (broken into clips) interwoven with a slide show with backing music. On top of this I could export output to a variety of media. Various photo mags flag it as best buy - if you can afford it, it is worth it.

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