Which video editing software

So, I have just about realized that movie maker isn't going to suffice for professional videos, however, I am not sure what else I should use. I would preferable like something free, but I understand that most freeware has watermarks etc. Although, I don't want to spend some crazy amount like £500 (about £50 would be my budget.) Any ideas?

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While there are fine video editors today for that much.

I'd give a nod to Sony and Corel at

That said I find many new to video editors blow up over encoding issues. That is, since there never was a strict standard for video encoding I find myself transcoding at times using Handbrake and VLC Player to get the content into the editor.

Another common complaint is that it's slow. The newer folk to editing will ask which editor is faster. Some even blow up when the answer is given.

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I can't really answer.

While it will edit videos with the caveats I gave above what if you wanted to use a new feature that wasn't in there? I can't tell. There are also some hundred things these editors do so I can't go too deep. The usual is cut, paste, use some other sound track, slow mo, and titles.

I no longer create Video DVDs because that era has passed. Everything is now for web or HD.

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