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Got Video Editing Software?

March 9th, 2009 at 04:44 pm

My husband has asked for this item a couple of holidays (ie birthday, Father's Day, etc.) but he has not had time to research the topic.

Anyone out there with progams?

What pros and cons? What to look for? Price Range? Vendors?

He is not a total beginner, ie has added sound and edited taped home movies in the past (not digital).

I don't have the video camera brand off the top of my head (it's probably a Sony).

He has a pretty good DELL computer and disc burner software already.

Thanks for your help.

6 Responses to “Got Video Editing Software?”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Windows movie maker might be a good starting point. I think it's free, but don't know the specifics (like whether it's free on Vista only or XP as well).

    After that? It can start to get pricey depending on what he wants to accomplish.

    Adobe Premiere is usually the name that comes up for pro-sumers who wants to do real video editing but is on a budget. There are two basic packages: Premiere Elements, which can be had for about $100, and Premiere Pro which can cost up to $800, maybe more.

    Many studio professionals will swear by Avid products, but we're talking about thousands of dollars in proprietary software and even dedicated hardware. So... I assume this isn't what you have in mind since you mentioned a PC your hubby wants to use.

    There are a lot of similar but equally great choices on the Mac side, but I assume you are not interested in that either.

    Bottom line, on a budget, I would look into Microsoft Movie Maker first, and if that doesn't work, to look into Adobe Premiere Elements next....

  2. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    THNKS you covered the main points. And about $100 is all I would absolutely consider. I'll ask him next...

  3. Broken Arrow Says:

    Here's a link from Adobe that highlights
    Text is the differences between Elements and Pro and Link is
    the differences between Elements and Pro. Basically, Pro has a lot more editing tools, where as Elements is designed to be easier to use. But I think both packages are fairly powerful seeing as how I've seen a lot of people swear by Premiere (on the PC) from elsewhere.

    However, I've had a friend of a friend who did an amazing video edit from simply using Movie Maker. So, hopefully that will work well enough that it won't have to cost you anything....

  4. monkeymama Says:

    My hubby, who does professional editing said, "Microsoft Movie Maker is free, but I really wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I think Premiere Elements is the best cheap option."

    He is a bit of a video snob though.

    So basically I would second BA. Try the free version. If he doesn't like it, Premiere Elements is pretty good. (My spouse uses Premier Pro).

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    Hahaha, oh I don't know MM. Either your hubby and I are video snobs, or perhaps... great men think alike?

    Why are you laughing so hard? Big Grin

  6. Lance Says:

    Take a look here for a guide on what to look for. Any of the three or four recommended will serve.

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