Looking for Recommendations on Video Editing Software?

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  1. nannye

    nannye DIS Veteran

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    Not sure where to post this, but I am looking for recommendations on Video Editing Software. I want to edit my Disney Videos as well as make a video montage type thing set to music combining our pictures and videos.

    I have Windows Live movie Maker and I can't get it to work properly. It always freezes

    I am looking for something inexpensive (Free would be even better) that does a fair bit. As different video techniques without being too difficult for a beginner.

    Thanks in advance
    Erin
     
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  3. Robo

    Robo 1971 Castle in the Hub: Your lights are on!

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    Sounds like it might be a computer speed (and/or hard drive speed) problem to me.

    It takes a lot of processing power (RAM) to edit and play video.
     
  4. chartle

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    There are free editors but not sure if I have seen anything remotely user friendly . (Virtualdub)

    There is a Photography Forum here, but I understand Robo is the expert. And yes video processing has to be the most processor intensive task that home user could do. In my early days I had a slower computer and it took hours to render.

    I have Sony Movie Studio 9 and I only wish I had the time to learn 10% of what it does. You can get the latest version 11 for around $50 and there is a free trial download. Its even the full version just only good for 90 days.
     
  5. nannye

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    The problem with live movie maker, isn't just that it freezes, it just is so limited, i don't like it. The freezing is likely speed you're right. my computer is in desperate need of a hard drive wipe and reinstall, which should hopefully be done in Sept!

    I'll look at the trial version of movie studio thanks.

    I wish I had a mac sometimes. I have used imovie before and love it!
     
  6. stindall

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    I actually have the same problem with windows movie maker so I had to get an earlier version of it and it works fine. Youtube offers video editing though, it's fairly simple but easy to use. Not the best but it's something!
     
  7. LisaDKG

    LisaDKG Mouseketeer Forever?

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    Because of the same reasons mentioned above, a few years ago I decided to switch to a Mac for my photo and video requirements. iPhoto and iMovie are more basic but fully capable and varied enough programs for most users and when you require more, Apple also offers Aperture and Final Cut. I sound like a commercial but I was always so frustrated using my PC for these creative endeavors. I've never looked back after switching to Mac.
     
  8. Cyrano

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    Just moving this over to the Photography board :thumbsup2
     
  9. photo_chick

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    With comparably spec'd computers there is not a huge difference in performance between a Mac or PC. They both have issues in different areas though. For example... Macs tend to be slow in Photoshop and they render video realllly slow while PC's are much slower on initial startup and just painfully slow using Bridge. There used to be a large gap when it came to these types of tasks between a Mac and PC, and Macs had the clear advantage. But that was like fifteen years and two OS's ago.

    iMovie and Windows Movie Maker (the current version) really aren't that far off from each other in functionality. As far as more advanced software, Adobe Premiere (what I use), Final Cut (what I've used in the past) , and Sony Vegas (what DH uses) also are not that far off from each other functionality wise. The choice as to which to use is really a matter of personal preference.

    And before someone goes there... I'm not Mac phobic, we actually just bought a new Mac for DH to do iOS stuff on to replace the antique iMac paper weight we had. We're bi-platform in our home.


    Now OP... if you're computer is having hardware issues with Windows Movie Maker then it may have problems with more advanced video editing software. Aside form having adequate hard drive space (video needs a large scratch disc) and enough RAM, you also need a solid video card. In fact, a video card upgrade can make the biggest difference in how well your machine can handle editing video.

    I'd download some free trials to test out. That way you can know if you need to upgrade some hardware before you spend any money on software.
     
  10. nannye

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    I downloaded a different version of movie maker, and it's still not helping, either that or I am just dumb. I am trying to delete bits of my movie that i don't need. you, know those bits in the middle that are unnecessary long pauses or I just don't want in there. I've spent the last 1.5 hours on you tube tutorial videos and I'm no where. I'm going to go download the sony trial version and hope for the best.
     
  11. Cafeen

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    And this was because Macs, by default, were able to access higher memory amounts than PCs where. Until the past few years when 64-bit PCs became big (and cheaper!), Windows users were limited to ~3.2GB of RAM, while Mac users could access up to...some much higher number (I'm not sure if it was the full 64-bit amount, or just much higher than PCs). Since video (and photo, and animation, and music, and drawing) are all very RAM intensive, this is what drove the creative market over to Macs. Since PCs are now capable of access the same amounts of memory, that advantage has slipped considerably. Especially once you go beyond the default, bloatware that's included with most computers (both PC and Mac, e.g. Movie Maker and iMovie).


    As a disclaimer, I am not :p. Though, most of my apple issues come from them charging 1.5-3 times the real cost of the item, simply for the little logo (and them perpetuating the myth that Macs are magically more secure than PCs, I take big issues with that...)

    Yup, I know we've had this discussion before ;), but in reality, video (and all of the stuff I listed above) are really intensive overall. If one key piece of the system is lacking (HD (speed/size), CPU, RAM, GPU), it's going to bring the overall system down. There's no real use in having a blazing fast CPU and 32GB of ram, if you're running off an Intel integrated GPU and a 5.4k RPM 20GB HD ;). While the CPU is very difficult to replace (well, depending on the base system and the current motherboard), the others are relatively easy to upgrade (though, GPU can be difficult/impossible on a laptop). On the plus side, right now Memory and storage are pretty cheap, and you can usually get a last generation video card for not too much either.

    Erm, as far as the OP, other than computer general chatter, I got nothing. I don't do video at all :p. (Apologies for the tangent)
     
  12. photo_chick

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    Those are my issues with Apple as well. Especially since Mac went Intel and they are nearly identical inside to PC's that cost half as much.
     
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