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Video editing software recommendation?

Hello all,

I just purchased a camcorded and would like to edit and combine my digital still photos into movies and slide shows. I've used MS Movie maker with some good results, but the audio editing (laying in multiple music tracks) is pretty limited. Can any one recommend a good moderately priced software package?

I've checked amazon and the reviews there seem to point towards:
1. Adobe Premier elements
2. Sony Las Vegas studio
3. Ulead video studio

I'm familar with some of Adobe's software (photoshop) so I'm thinking that interface might be similar. I'd like something that is pretty user friendly. Any recommendations you can provide would be appreciated.


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2 and 3.

2 is impressive, 3 is cheap and might do what you want.

BOTH have FREE DEMOS so you don't have to take my word on this.


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How much editing you doing?

1. Adobe Premier elements
This is probably the best for a Beginner. This is the one I use because don't do much video editing. My only problem with it (at least with my year old version) is how hard it is to make custom DVD Menu's. This was made to just use the pre-build menus. I know it has changed some but not as much as I would like. (Adobe has sperate programs to create DVD menus, so they don't really include it in there basic products)

2. Sony Las Vegas studio
I tried the demo of this and found this way to complicated for a just home video editing. It is made for major production editing. There was just so much and I got way to confused. (I also don't think there was any real DVD menu creating in this tool, this is made to edit the video, you use some other program to actually burn it on to the dvd)

3. Ulead video studio
I tried to download the demo for this but I couldn't never get this to install on my xp machine. My brother-in-law uses this and loves it. It seems to have a lot of good features (Create your own Menus) that others don't have. I would download the demo of this program and see if you like it, then try Adobe Element

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