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Video Editing software for Windows

by packerfanz / February 27, 2007 6:21 AM PST

I?m new to the home video and digital camcorder world. What suggestions are there for video editing software on a Windows based home computer? Do I need special software to compress the imported camera file and another program to edit it? What formats are easiest to work with? Any suggestions on where to learn more about video editing, burning and posting videos to the web?

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Lesson 1. Connect with firewire.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 27, 2007 7:41 AM PST

This is likely the hardest part of the lesson. Many will repeat the question "Why?" but as soon as we connect with firewire many things magically begin to work.

Lesson 2. Try Windows Movie Maker 2.

Not too good in my book but can get you going.

Lesson 3. Toss Movie Maker 2 and move up.

I like the titles from, demos are free and later you may like Sony Vegas.

There it is. Almost all the steps people go though condensed to fit in this small space.


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NOOOO get Adobe Premiere Elements
by shahrokhan / February 28, 2007 3:54 PM PST

Up till now this is one of the best and easiest to use video editing software. It is based on an advanced video editor namely Premiere Pro which was used to make Superman Returns. It is quite stable and I love it.

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Ummmmmmmm, Sony Vegas is more powerful than Premier Pro.
by Kiddpeat / February 28, 2007 8:16 PM PST

It will run rings around Adobe Premier Elements. There is a 'Studio' version of Vegas which is more comparable to Premier Elements.

I'm not sure why 'stability' is a virtue. Most well known applications these days are stable.

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by shahrokhan / March 1, 2007 10:52 AM PST

i dint know that there was a studio version. well i will have to check it out. as far as i have heard most ppl say that the premiere elements is easiest to use. we r talking of a beginner here.

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Pinnacle Studio
by jmg1983 / March 6, 2007 11:56 AM PST

I recommend Pinnacle Studio. Pretty easy to learn interface, and it will do everything you need it to.

Also, let's be clear: Superman Returns was NOT edited using Adobe Premiere Pro. It was simply digitized. Big difference. Needless to say though, Premiere Pro is a great editor. But not the right editor for home videos, or multi-million dollar blockbusters.

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Any new recommendations?
by shirohniichan / October 13, 2008 5:27 AM PDT
In reply to: Pinnacle Studio

Are there any better software titles out now for beginners learning to edit home videos?

I'm looking for something to help me edit video, add background soundtracks, and possibly even make slide shows (with a soundtrack).

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Is there something wrong with
by boya84 / October 13, 2008 6:54 AM PDT

or have you tried MovieMaker (Windows) or iMovieHD (Macintosh)?

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editing software, hi def, hi-8 noise at the bottom (sync
by pickdude1 / July 16, 2009 11:40 AM PDT

Having a world of a time using my old Hi-8 to MovieMaker. I'm getting the sync noise on the bottom of the video and the sound isn't syncing up with the video...any help? I also have very contrasting 70's looking video color. Three problems and no answers...any help, Pllleeeeaaasssseeee!!! It used to be so easy with Dazzle.

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