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Title: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 09, 2012, 01:57:30 am
So I have my new computer now, only the 7 version of WMM is impossible to use. I can't even see what I'm doing!  I know I can download an older version, but I kind of want something better.  I downloaded this thing called "Wax" because it looked like it would be what I wanted, but it only works with AVI files and I REALLY don't want to go through and convert everything!

I need good, free, high-rating software. Suggestions?
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: TheBlackHole on January 09, 2012, 06:45:37 pm
I use WMM2.6. There's plenty of addon effects and titles here: http://www.windowsmoviemakers.net/Forums/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=28
Although 2.6 is designed for Vista, only XP effects and transitions will work.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: davdud101 on January 09, 2012, 08:36:21 pm
I use WMM6, it's perfect. But I also use/have used VideoSpin, another free editor by Pinnacle. Works in about the same way as a combo of Live and 2.6/6, but a tad bit better. Give it a try!
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 09, 2012, 10:22:54 pm
I'll take a look at them. What I want though is something that can add more layers to a video, and can do Greenscreen effects.  I'll keep looking around to see what I can find and keep watching for recommendations.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: siragin on January 10, 2012, 02:54:31 am
I don't know of a good free one anymore but a good cheap one is Sony vegas studio and Ulead media studio. Both intro packages start around 50 to 80 bucks. Buy ultras has more effects and can add 10 layers and don't can only do 4 but Sony is easier.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: ENSONIQ5 on January 10, 2012, 06:48:01 am
The thing to look for in any video editor is the ability to handle multiple video tracks.  Most of the cheaper systems can only handle a single video channel, they might have a hundred tricky transition effects (most of which are just distracting and you will never use) but without multi-tracked (non-linear) video you can't effectively green-screen, overlay, inset etc.  I use Magix Movie Edit Pro which is a reasonable functionality/cost compromise, it can render to HD, has professional-level control over compression methods, but there is some room for improvement in some aspects (particularly screen format control which is temperamental at best).

As in all things, you get what you pay for, so I would recommend you get the best multi-track video editing software you can afford.  This Wiki article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_video_editing_software attempts to compare the most popular non-linear video editors, which you might find useful.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 11, 2012, 12:20:57 am
Yeah... the problem is, I can't afford anything.  I have money on a game account from commissions and things, but I would need to get a paypal account to use it in anything other than the game, and I have to wait until I'm 18 which is about another year.  So I can't really buy anything.

That Wax program could make multiple tracks, but like I said, it only takes AVI files
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: Raxx on January 11, 2012, 12:46:09 am
Never used it, but you could try http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/

Don't know if it allows multiple tracks or not though.

There is also avisynth: http://avisynth.org/mediawiki/Main_Page but it's almost entirely script based, which may be too much of a headache to deal with.

http://www.freemake.com/ Freemake video converter makes file conversion relatively painless
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: captaindrewi on January 11, 2012, 11:59:45 am
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editor.htm (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editor.htm)
pinnacle video spin[some codecs disappear after 15 days but as long as you use it uncompressed still works]
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 11, 2012, 09:52:18 pm
OMG thanks Raxx! that video converter was just what I needed! Everything I found online was either to buy, or a free trial that would only convert so much percent of the video for free.  Now I can try it out!
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: Raxx on January 12, 2012, 02:04:35 am
Glad to be of service. I was pretty surprised by its functionality when I first tried it out, I'd recommend it to anyone who works regularly with video files.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 14, 2012, 02:47:47 pm
Yeah, but after working with it, I discovered that it can't click through the individual frames like WMM can, which makes timing impossible!  Unless I haven't figured it out yet. I've been playing around with the settings with no luck
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: Raxx on January 14, 2012, 05:54:59 pm
Are we still talking about the Freemake converter? After you right-click a clip that you loaded into the converter, go to edit, you can splice it however you want by cutting out the stuff you don't need. The left and right arrow keys on your keyboard move the selection frame-by-frame if you need exact navigation.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 14, 2012, 07:00:22 pm
No, I was talking about Wax.

I actually just downloaded Videospin that davdud mentioned. It is pretty much just like WMM, but I'm definitely keeping Wax for that particle effect it has. That will be useful someday.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: TheRetroZombie on January 15, 2012, 09:31:10 am
Since Wax 2.0 only works with AVI files as you said you can always convert your video files to a AVI using Format Factory which is free or you can put on your pirate hat and get Sony Vegas or After Effects.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: siragin on January 15, 2012, 07:20:58 pm
Why pirate Sony Vegas? Its only 80 bucks and it comes with 1000 sound effects.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 15, 2012, 08:52:29 pm
whoah, you mean I could actually get that? For freeee? lol. Like I said though, I can't pay for anything online.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: davdud101 on January 15, 2012, 10:19:59 pm
Hey, ANYTHIG can be pirated... This is a subject I've NEVER heard on these forums.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: siragin on January 15, 2012, 11:31:15 pm
well the 1000 sound effects doesn't come installed with the software. its an extra disk with 1000 audio files
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: Raxx on January 16, 2012, 12:37:56 am
Hey, ANYTHIG can be pirated... This is a subject I've NEVER heard on these forums.

That's because it's a subject you will NEVER hear about on these forums. Any more talk about piracy will result in the topic cleaned and locked, and warnings to all involved parties. This is a subject that is not tolerated by Steve or the moderators.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: davdud101 on January 16, 2012, 12:46:34 am
Knew it... Well, my other suggestion (of which I forgot to mention) is TrakAxPC.. I don't have much experience with it, but from what I did gather, it's not bad. Don't know if it does visual effects and stuff.

Another thing you could do (it's kind of stupid and tedious, but I've heard it works and technically is legal) is download a free trial of After Effects, then every 30 days when the trial runs out, uninstall it and reinstall your OS, then reinstall After Effects. Like I said, it's stupid and tedious, but you gotta do what you gotta do. LIKE I SAID (as a message to the mods and people who may think it's wrong), TOTALLY LEGAL, TOTALLY POSSIBLE.

Only thing is that unless you puirchase After Effects, most not-paid-for effects will have a giant red X over the video image. So that's the redemption for not paying the however-many-thousand.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: CoriDavis on January 16, 2012, 10:06:47 pm
Aww, sorry. Anyway, I think Videospin an Wax will work just fine.

Man, that's the second time I've gotten in trouble on here... I really didn't mean to... I hope I won't fall into any "3-strikes, you're out" policy... I never do anything offensive on purpose to people I like
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: Raxx on January 19, 2012, 06:49:39 pm
Coridavis, don't worry about it. I just had to stomp down on the subject before anything else got posted about it.

More on point, I've been thinking about PowerDirector 10 (http://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdirector/overview_en_US.html?&r=1). Anyone use it? Apparently has some good reviews.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: $imon on January 20, 2012, 09:55:20 am
I've tried out Powerdirector, it is easy an intuitive to use, has quite some export features, but lacks a bit in the creative department. As far as I can see there is a limited amount of features to adjust the clips (no real layering+special effects), but it does have multiple tracks to put clips in.

I think it is easy to use for putting together clilps + sound and exporting it, but for green-screen or other special effects I don't thnk it's capable of handling it.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: davdud101 on January 20, 2012, 08:33:17 pm
I've used PowerDIrector 10, it's very good, but kinda slow on slower computers. btw, @$imon, PD actually DOES have some special effects capapbilities, but if one wants serious special fx, they should consider something much more serious. Although PD is good for greenscreening, as long as your footage has a nice flatly-coluored background.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: $imon on January 21, 2012, 09:52:35 am
Oh well maybe I didn't look long enough, I'm sorry if that is the case.. In my experience it was closer to Windows movie maker than to Adobe Premiere, but maybe that was just a first impression.
Title: Re: What are your reccomendations for Video Editing Software?
Post by: $imon on January 22, 2012, 12:26:24 pm
I haven't had time to check it out completely, but this program looks very promising:

http://www.lightworksbeta.com/

It's open-source and seems to have professional grade tools and effects. Does anyone have experience with it? I'll have to check it out more thoroughly later..