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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Video editing software?


I hope this is the right forum for this.

Im thinking of shooting some video with a D7000 that I recently added to my line up but I seem to have a problem -- I know NOTHING about editing video. So before I start I was wondering if anyone could answer a few questions for me regarding software. What are my options?

Free? - Is there any free trial software out there that will allow for simple "editing" and by this I mean, allowing me to paste clips together and add audio tracks or whatnot.

Low Cost - In the event free is not available Im willing to spend less than a hundred bucks but would rather a "trial" as Im not sure Ill like it or become very interested.

Top notch - Say I get super into it after playing around a bit... What is the Bar none best video editing software out there? and by best I mean fastest processing and most "features"

It might be worth mentioning that my D7000 came with a "Red Giant / B&H Bundle" which includes "Magic Bullet Quicklooks, Magic Bullet Grinder, Magic Bullet Photolooks and Knoll light Factory" but from what Ive been able to see via google those are like plug ins for photoshop . . . ?

I would appreciate any help in getting me going in the right direction.

Thanks



Jul 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Video editing software?


Mac or PC ?


Jul 27, 2012 at 04:07 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Video editing software?


Is there any free trial software out there

Both Final Cut Pro X (Mac only) and Adobe Premieire Pro (Mac and Windows) are available as free downloadable 30-day demos.

John



Jul 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Video editing software?


If you want to go cheaper then there is Adobe Premiere Elements. That is a good basic option. Another great program is Pinnacle Studio.


Jul 27, 2012 at 07:34 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Video editing software?


Ooops. PC

I guess that would be important info



Jul 27, 2012 at 08:26 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Video editing software?


If you want a simple-to-use, basic video editor that's free, you should take a look at Virtual Dub (http://virtualdub.org/). While it won't do anything fancy, it does support cropping, resizing, adjust levels, hue/saturation, sharpening, etc. as well as basic editing (cutting, pasting). There are a number of third-party filters available for it that extend its features.


Jul 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Video editing software?


BobCollette wrote:
If you want a simple-to-use, basic video editor that's free, you should take a look at Virtual Dub (http://virtualdub.org/). While it won't do anything fancy, it does support cropping, resizing, adjust levels, hue/saturation, sharpening, etc. as well as basic editing (cutting, pasting). There are a number of third-party filters available for it that extend its features.


Great... this sounds like a good place to start. I really just want to see if I even take to the whole video thing.

Thanks



Jul 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Video editing software?


Brit-007 wrote:
If you want to go cheaper then there is Adobe Premiere Elements. That is a good basic option. Another great program is Pinnacle Studio.


Thanks for the suggestion... Im going to try free fist, then Premier Elements if I find it at all fun.

Thanks for your help



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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Video editing software?


Another free option would be "Windows Live Essentials: Movie Maker"


Jul 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Video editing software?


If you use Adobe, you'd better use PC since Adobe's Mercury Engine playback technology is only available on PC thanks to Apple's resistance. Adobe's CS6 added color-grading component SpeedGrade, which is a quite nice program. On the other hand, Blackmagic Design's Davici Resolve is the industry standard for color-grading work. They have a personal version for free on their site. You may need to use Pr and Ae since Pr is similar to what Lr does, and Ae to Ps. Also, you may need to use Au for sound effects.


Jul 30, 2012 at 03:05 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Video editing software?


WAYCOOL wrote:
Another free option would be "Windows Live Essentials: Movie Maker"



haha...Everyone always warns you to search the forums before asking a question so as to keep you from wasting time asking one that has been answered countless times. Maybe I should have looked on my OWN PC before posting this thread as I just realized that I already have Movie Maker pre-installed on my PC.



Jul 30, 2012 at 03:30 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Video editing software?


Over the years I've helped lots of people learn to use 'simple' video editing tools, but we use Premiere Pro CS6 in house for our editing. There are others, of course, but we found that Premiere Pro CS6 has been the most productive by far.

It costs money.

Most things worth having cost money.

If it's 'free' then what's it worth?

Windows Movie Maker works for basic stuff. If that's all you want then you're good to go.

Premiere Elements works for the next level up.

Sony Vegas is a good contender.

Avid is a consideration for Pros, but not needed for most people - and complicated to learn.

On a Mac (for those looking who are on a Mac):
iMovie - good basic tools - lots of 'gotchas'.
FCP-X Great tool (nay, awesome tool) if it fits the type of shooting you do and editing style you choose. Not perfect for al types of edit though.

Premiere Pro. Pretty much a great all rounder.



Jul 31, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Video editing software?


I ve just started on video myself use premier elements 9
Easy to use , just burned my first blue ray
Only comment I would make is that you don't seem to be able to do curves or levels ajustments on a sequence maybe you can but I've not figured how to yet



Aug 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Video editing software?


Premier Pro


Aug 01, 2012 at 02:41 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Video editing software?


LCPete wrote:
I ve just started on video myself use premier elements 9
Easy to use , just burned my first blue ray
Only comment I would make is that you don't seem to be able to do curves or levels ajustments on a sequence maybe you can but I've not figured how to yet


Since I have Premiere Pro and not Elements I can't be sure, but check under the video effects settings. In premiere pro it's an 'effect', but it may not be included in Elements.



Aug 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Video editing software?


I have used Sony Vegas Pro for about 6 years now. I do less than a handful of projects a year, so I did not want to go with Premiere Pro. Vegas Pro offered a great package for the price, and was a lot faster on standard PCs than the premium editing packages at that time. Not sure if that is much of an issue nowadays. Also Vegas allows you to edit almost any media format natively --- I think Premiere also allows that, but back when I started with Vegas, a lot of packages required the media to be converted to be edited. I think Vegas is great for a hobbyist --- but it is a bit of a niche product. The learning curves are steep on these editors, so think carefully before embarking down a certain path. It is not trivial to switch to a different editing package.


Aug 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM





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