Editing programs

deathhawk

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I am new to the world of movie making and am jsut getting into it.I do not have lots of money to be spending because I am still in highschool.I use a canon ZR65mc and I dont know if that makes a difference at all but i was wondering what a good low cost editing program is.I have a dell computer .If any one has any sugestions please let me know, thanks
 

MarkG

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Adobe Premiere isn't exactly the most robust of editing programs, but it has a lot of features for the price, and I've edited everything from 16mm short films to DV features on it. If that's too expensive then I'm not sure of the best alternative, since that's the cheapest program I've used.
 
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cintellect

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Re: Editing programs

Considering that you are a DV novice..using a PC..Adobe Premiere is the best "bang for the buck". You might check into some online auctions for an older version(but legal) of Premiere to save some $. Good luck...

deathhawk said:
I am new to the world of movie making and am jsut getting into it.I do not have lots of money to be spending because I am still in highschool.I use a canon ZR65mc and I dont know if that makes a difference at all but i was wondering what a good low cost editing program is.I have a dell computer .If any one has any sugestions please let me know, thanks
 
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aPerfectCircle

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I believe that Pinnacle studio 9 is an excellent option for someone who is starting out in the editing scene. the software has decent tools to use, the interface looks almost like imovie, and it is very inexpensive. The software runs at $79.99 retail.

Check it out.

Premiere is my weapon of choice, since I recently obtained HD support for it,
and the student version runs about $250.00 for the full version, which isn't bad, but it is if you don't have $250.00 to spend on it. I never had $250.00 on me in high school, hehehe....

Anyways, just an option.
 
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DerekEastham

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I agree with everyone here...
premiere (as much as i loath it) is great for first timers...
however, it is expensive.

Premiere does make some great & cheap programs... they're great bang for the buck & I enjoyed them when I was in high school.

Premiere is a step up from that, and from there comes the rest...

Good luck choosing.
 

The Company

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I downloaded Windows Movie Maker for free. It is very basic, but this is not necesarily a bad thing if you are new to it all and it didn't cost a cent which is also good. It may be good to use UNTIL you are ready to pay big bucks for the more expensive programs.
 

Lazlo

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One of the most underrated editing softwares available is Vegas 5. This is really an amazing program, combined with an easy to use interface. I'm terrible at editing, and not good at learning all the bells and whistles about it, but i could still mess around with it and get some cool things going. Check it out. The student version is pretty cheap. Check out the academicsuperstore.com or needsoftware.com. Good luck!
 
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Stevie

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I would have to agree about Premiere, however, when i was just starting out i found Pinnacle studio DV to be a great starter, and i have come to believe that Studio 9 is amazing for the price.
Good luck!
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MarkG

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Yeah, if you have no money then Free DV is worth trying out (after all, it _is_ free :)). However, it's pretty crippled and the project files are incompatible with Avid's more expensive software: they don't want people cutting offline on Free DV when they could be using Xpress Pro or better instead...

But if you're just looking at capturing from a DV camera, cutting shots together and adding some basic effects, you can do all of that and learn the Avid interface in case you ever use their for-pay programs.
 
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teutonritter

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Do you have firewire on your PC? (Most low/mid range PC's do not come with firewire standard.) If not, look into getting a firewire PCI expansion card. Most cards come with free editing software, usally Ulead Video Studio, or Pinnacle Studio. Both are great for starting film editors. In fact, I myself started with an old version of Ulead Video Studio (that came with my firewire card). Another great thing about the free versions of the software is that you can upgrade to the latest version for very cheap. In addition, many of these companies have "Pro" versions of their software, for example Ulead has Media Studio Pro while Pinnacle has Liquid Edition. If you ever decide to move to a more robust program, these upgrade paths are always very easily available for very little money.

Example:
Let's say you buy this firewire expansion card:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=15-124-003&depa=1
That comes out to 12 dollars plus 1 dollar shipping. Install the card and install the included software (Ulead Studio 5.0). Already you've got a very nice editing machine.

Let's say 2 months down the road you decide to get serious into filmmaking and want a more robust program so that you can complete your films faster, easier, and with more effects. Well, you can upgrade Video Studio 5 to the fully featured and quite powerful (and underrated) Media Studio Pro 7, which would set you back around 200 dollars.

My point is that you could get fully featured software for (relitively) very little money. (for $215 you can get a 500 dollar program!)

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On the other hand, if you already have firewire, using free programs like Movie Maker and FreeDV are just fine for starting out. If you ever feel the need to advance to a better editing program, remember that because you are in high school, you can purchase academic liscenses, as Lazlo mentioned. If you go this route, I would also recomend Sony Vegas, for it's superior audio tools, and also because of it's user freindly UI.
 

tagliare

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If you are still looking for PC video editing software (on the cheap), you might want to look into "Vegas Movie Studio 6", which is basically a cheap consumer version of "Vegas"

http://www.sonymediasoftware.com/Products/ShowProduct.asp?PID=977

I've looked into it and it appears to retain most of the good features of Vegas. Keep in mind though that if you have the talent, fancy editing programs will only speed up the editing process, but necessarly make your editing better.
 
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kapsula

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I'm totally necroposter, heh)
but this topic is going on)

4 professional edition - Premiere.
4 fast and easy - presentavid. (cheap and easy to deal with, IMHO)
 

aramikvideo

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Re: Editing programs

deathhawk said:
I am new to the world of movie making and am jsut getting into it.I do not have lots of money to be spending because I am still in highschool.I use a canon ZR65mc and I dont know if that makes a difference at all but i was wondering what a good low cost editing program is.I have a dell computer .If any one has any sugestions please let me know, thanks
I use Macs exclusively for my video work so my thoughts may seem a bit irrelevant. When I first began my travels down the non-linear road, I used the very basic iMovie application already installed on my first Mac. I am using Final Cut now but have no qualms over the fact that I taught myself how to edit on a basic program like iMove. I've always avoided using the over-the-top transistions in favor of the simple cut, fades, and disolves anyway so the added bells and whistles weren't missed. Sometimes those high-end effects don't help you tell your story and should be avoided. Just my two cents
 
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