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Sony Vegas Studio Platinum to the Rescue
I've been through Pinnacle, Ulead, Roxio, MyDVD and Windows Movie Maker and finally found Sony's product. The only thing I could ever ask for in Vegas is a storyboard view but I've gotten used to working without one.
Is Sony Vegas Studio really that good? I, too, have been through all the others. I would love to have Final Cut Pro, but I don't have a Mac right now. Is there anything similar to Final Cut for Windows?
yeh.. sure is.. Adobe
Your answer would be Adobe Primiere Pro.
Does everything you would want Final Cut Pro to do. However, the only drawback is that its not on a Mac Platform, which means its not easy as cheese to understand. In other words, if you;ve never used Final Cut Pro, or have vary little experience with it, you may have very little idea what you are doing. I would suggest tutorials if you're new to editing with higher end applicatons.
Another drawback would be price, however if your even considering purchasing final cut, you probably are aware of the investment and might find it worth your money to not purchase a mac just fro final cut.
If this interests you, I believe adobe's website offers a 15 or 30 day trial of the program for free.
IMovie and iDVD
It doesn't get any easier
My 16 year old sister and I (23) use iMovieHD to go through our recordings from my Canon MiniDV camcorder. It takes quite a while, although we're sort of perfectionists, but I think we have more fun editing the video than we do watching it. In fact, I rarely even burn them to DVD because we won't really sit down in the den to watch these silly movies. But we could! And iDVD is so easy to use.
I'm not trying to be an Apple fanboy (or fangirl) but for toying with video, I haven't found a better solution. We have several Windows machines in my house and one iMac, and the iMac is the go-to solution for this sort of thing. The next best thing I've found and occasionally use that's on a similar level as iMovie is Adobe Premiere Elements ($100 on the Adobe website, $82.12 on Pricegrabber http://www.pricegrabber.com/p__Adobe_Premiere_Elements_2_0,__12596466/search=Adobe+Premiere+Elements).
Haven't found a good DVD-making solution. But iMovie and iDVD are bundled with the iLife suite, which is preinstalled and built into the price of any Mac.
I Just use my Digital Camera
I have a Fuji Finepix m603. Apart from taking good stills, it takes excellent Video as well (30 FPS @ 640x480). Fuji dont make this camera anymore (which is a shame) when I bought it a couple of years ago, it was the best quality Video I could find (other DSC record video at only 15 FPS or only 320x240 which both look terrible).
It can use Microdrives / Compact Flash and xd Memory cards, so I can easily record a couple of hours of high quality Video. 1GB xd / CFII cards are cheap at about
Yeah, very simple, never crashes [unless you decide to, um, leave it on in a lightning storm while out of town ]... but very simple for easy projects. I like that auto "Magic" feature esp. And that it works on OS X. Always a +.
I use it too
I use iMovie because it it makes good looking movies and it came with my mac.
Pinnacle DV Studio 10
Effects, transitions, menus, music - great software!
I just bought Pinnale Stidio 10 and I am learning the software. Pulled off still shots of running rafts through whitewater on the Colorado river. So far... Pinnacle rocks!
It always crashes on me... while importing.
I think Pinnacle tends to be a bit buggy for people.. But overall its a VERY easy to use application with limited possibilities. However, if your just editing home videos it's probably perfect for you.
Pinnacle made me switch to an iMac
I started with Studio 8, then 9 and all their iterations and then 10 which was really terrible and ultimately 10.5 which was much better. Still, you'd be in the middle of something - editing a clip or adding an effect and it would crash and then have you tell them what you were doing when it crashed. I was such a PITA - getting anything done was onerous. I'd read so many positive things about iMovie and the iMac that I made the leap. I'm so glad I did - it is stable and easy to use. I think that because of my extensive experience with Pinnacle products, I was way ahead on the learning curve. Pinnacle put out product way too early. Made sense tho' - get your customers to be the beta testers. It irritated me enough to switch. I'll have a look at Final Cut after a while.
Pinnacle Studio 9.3 & Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5
Since the new addition to our family 3 years ago, we went out and bought a Sony Digital 8 DCR-TRV250, a Sony CyberShot DSC-F828 8 Meg Pixel Camera and a 3.2 Ghz PC with 2GB memory and (2) 300GB HD's . As new parents we started taking lots of pictures and as time goes by we have slowed considerabley. However with all the taping and photos and her parents in one state and mine in another, we needed to put this stuff on DVD's and send them a set as well. We tried several editing softwares that were cheap to purchase, but was also cheap quality (You get what you pay for).
We finally bought Pinnacle Studio 8 (www.pinnaclesys.com) with a VIVO card (Video In & Video Out) which later we upgraded to Studio 9. This software has been the easiest to use and makes very excellent quality DVD's. We can easily add and mix photos and video recordings, as well as add background music from either MP3's, WAV's or from the SmartSound library that is included with the software. Pinnacle Studio is absolutely our choice for editing when we are short of time since it is quick and easy to use.
I am the sort of person who loves to experiment with everything, so I also tried other more expensive software including the Adobe CS2 Suite & Premiere Pro. I love challenges and their software is just that, but if ever you want a software with all the bells and whistles, they have it! Their Photoshop CS2 is the absolute best for editing your photos. Touch-ups to get rid of of a pimple or sightless mole is easy and flawless with the ''Spot Healing brush tool''. Adobe has demos at their web site (www.adobe.com) you should go check them out. Their software is not cheap, it's not all that easy to use (at first), but you do get the very best professional quality available photos (even from scans) and videos from your equipment. Photo prints outs after touch ups in Photoshop are as beautiful as if a professional had taken them with an expensive camera.
If you are going to make family photos you may want to consider to make appoinments on your calendar as a ''TO-DO item''. Otherwise you will end up throwing your tapes or discs on a shelf and not getting things done. Then their is a chance you may not get to see that stuff ever again, esp. if you have one of those old dinosaurs Beta or VCR tape formats. Children grow fast and it is a shame to have pictures of them crawling and learning to walk and none of them during the other significant moments that could bring a laugh or tears to your eyes later.
Pinnacle Studio 9.3
I have been using Pinnacle Studio 9 for over a year and have found it to be a great program. I am in the process of converting all of my analog tapes to digital and have experienced very few problems. I would recommend Pinnacle Studio 9.3 to anyone. I have heard there are problems with Studio 10.
Indeed, it is a program that does it all. Fairly hard to use if you are inexperience with higher end applications. You may want to seach or invest for/in tutorials for it. OR you can always take a class.
We transfer them to a VHS tape
We have a camcorder that uses the small tapes to record. Then we have to take the small tapes and transfer them to a full size VHS tape. We do that by plugging the camcorder with the mini cassette tape in it..into the VCR. And transfer the material to a full size VHS tape. If we want to view the material before doing all that, then we can take the small tape and put it into a full size case and put that into our VCR to view it. Plus our camcorder does not have the screen that you can flip out on the side to view material or flip out to use as a viewer when recorder. We actually have to look into the SMALL eye piece to film and see play back. Our camcorder is 12 years old. We got it when our 12 year old son was born. But at least we have one!!
I'm learning to use Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0
In conjunction with a video capturing device (ADS Tech Pyro A/V Link) I'm in the process of learning to use APE 2.0 to edit and burn my VHS and 8 mm tapes to DVD. I could also use this software to edit miniDVD tapes and burn the captured video to DVD in the same way. Since APE 2.0 is robust software, I'm now in the process of building a faster computer that will be able to handle this task easily.
Adobe Premier Pro 2.0
I've just started learning Adobe Premier Pro 2.0. It's a somewhat daunting task for me. I've not really mastered much at all, but I'm looking forward to being able to. I transfer from my Panasonic Camcorder with Mini DV straight into my computer using a fire wire. Works great so far. But I'm just learning half of what I didn't know was half of.
I stick with video clips now.
We used to record lengthy movies on the camcorder, then go through the process (using the old Intel WebCam with S-Video input) of converting them to AVI / MPEG and possibly writing them out to disk.
However, with our Casio Exilim digital camera, we now just take lots of 5,10,15,30 second, up to a few minutes of video clips. These are already in AVI format, which is nice. Before putting them on the web, we often do a quick input / export using MS Movie Maker to cut down the size.
We used to (and I'm sure everyone does) get bored with home movies, video clips are so much more palatible and entertaining.
You end up fast forarding through most stuff anyway. Clips are deffinatly the best wat to go. The only problem i'm having is trying to find a DVD player that suppoorts Quik Time Movie
Editing Home Videos
For interntional travel, like a recent trip three week trip to Africa, I I used Pinnacle 9 to edit, title and burn a DVD. I did not add narration because my HP computer crashed. I'm going to finish the editing job using Apple iMac's i Photo
Leave it be
I pretty much leave it on the 8mm tapes.
I have transferred some to DVD to send to family, especially since I can transfer it to PAL format for our family in France.
Leave it be (2)
As I said, I leave it on the 8mm tapes.
For one thing, what is the projected life of a DVD? Two or three years.
A tape will last twenty. At least.
i transfer videos from my phone then i edit these or mix the files with quicktime pro and then i upload ready project to youtube
What do you do with your home videos after filming?
I use Pinnacle 9 to produce DVD's from mini dv tapes. It is a fairly slow process but gives good results.
Recently, my 6 year old camcorder was lost so I had to consider which format would be my replacement. I dismissed dvd for the reasons given in your thread; I was tempted by hdd ones, but at the time in the UK that was limited to JVC and Sony and I had some mini dv tapes which had not been transferred and would have had no way of viewing them.
I have therefore bought a new tape based machine, a Panasonic NV-GS280 and hope I have made the right choice.
Groan! I hate it! By the time I cotton on to new technology - it's going! going! gone!
and I'm only 66!!
Pinnacle Studio 10 Plus Titanium
Pinnacle Studio 10 Plus Titanium. I clean up and edit audio for my movies with 10 and Adobe Audition 2.0 .
I used to use iMovie but ive now moved on to Final Cut Express HD, both are much better than Windows Movie Maker hehe:D.
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