Another "which video editing software" post

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Teresa, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Teresa

    Teresa Guest


    I've heard all of the (mostly negative) feedback about Pinnacle. Does
    anyone especially like/dislike either Cyberlink Power Director 5 or Ulead
    Video Studio 9?

    I've got trials of both of these packages plus Adobe Premiere Elements
    (which I've already rejected).

    My impressions:

    PowerDirector 5

    Pro: Okay user interface, fun special effects, easy video editing.
    Con: Sometimes horribly unintuitive UI, Captures DVI as MPeg and I don't
    see anywhere that I can change this default, crashes without an error
    message occasionally, no decent tutorials, bad help file that tells you what
    to do, but not when to do it, chroma-key doesn't work as advertised on the
    web site. Also, tech support email gives very random answers to very
    specific questions.


    Pro: Easy capture of video, optionally creates new AVI file for each scene.
    VERY intuitive user interface, can do its most complex tasks without looking
    at the help file. Chroma key is very intutive and just exceptional.
    Con: Fewer special effects. UGLY metallic looking interace that gets old
    really fast.

    Additions to my impressions welcome. Thanks.
    Teresa, Dec 15, 2005
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    Bernie Guest

    I recommend that you un-reject Premiere Elements - or give Avid FreeDV
    a try.
    Bernie, Dec 15, 2005
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    I highly recommend giving Vegas Movie Studio+DVD a try. It's around the
    same price and is a very solid piece of software. More info at

    Mike Kujbida, Dec 15, 2005
  4. Why?
    Richard Crowley, Dec 16, 2005
  5. Teresa

    Teresa Guest

    Too steep of learning curve for my needs. I'm finding the same is true with
    Sony Vegas Movie Studio. I just want to make quickie movies for fun, not
    become a movie producer. We all have different needs.
    Teresa, Dec 16, 2005
  6. If you just quick-n-dirty, how about Windows Movie Maker?
    Richard Crowley, Dec 16, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    Answer: Ulead Movie Factory 4.

    Alpha, Dec 16, 2005
  8. ...

    OK. But then what was the question?
    I have a bad taste in my mouth from several hundred $$$
    of Ulead software that never worked. WMM is free.
    Richard Crowley, Dec 16, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    For me MF4 works and WMM does not (crashes when loading my Mpeg files).
    Alpha, Dec 16, 2005
  10. Teresa

    Teresa Guest

    Windows Movie Maker crashes every time I try doing more than one split in a
    file. And this is on a brand new "media center PC" computer, default
    configuration from the computer hardwar manufacturer (HP), running Windows
    XP Media Center Edition.

    In addition, I want something that captures my analog files accurately too.
    When I tried capturing analog video from a Sony Hi8, using the Hauppage (sp)
    card built into my media center PC, Windows Movie Maker captured video but
    not audio. When I configured the video/audio in exactly the same way
    (S-Vid2, Audio Line in 1/2), PowerProducer 5 captured it just fine. As an
    aside, when I attempted to capture analog using Ulead's software, the UI was
    fantastic for configuring the capture, the preview pane previewed my video
    just fine, but the video capture itself didn't work at all. Nix the Ulead!
    Sony Vegas (Lite) didn't even have an option for capturing analog, at least
    not in the trial version.

    And lastly, WMM has stripped down functionality. I want to do fun things
    like video overlays for chroma-key effects, etc.

    I may be narrowing myself down to PowerProducer. It crashes periodically,
    but what can I expect from a $80 software package. In Power Producer, I
    captured video from analog with no problem at all. I created edited video
    in a half hour. The fun bells and whistles are both fun and easy to use.
    Given that I'm looking for cute, not wonky (e.g. Vegas, Premiere), it might
    be just the ticket.
    Teresa, Dec 16, 2005
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    Bernie Guest

    Well, whatever turns you on.
    The thing about technical stuff "fun things like video overlays for
    chroma-key effects, etc. ", is that they're technical, and they tend to
    have a learning curve. But you won't get fun results that anyone will
    want to see, unless you do the learning. And for that you need some
    good software - Premiere, Vegas, Avid, FCP. Forget the junk, it will
    just be wasted time and money.
    Bernie, Dec 16, 2005
  12. So what is the final line up of software.Adobe Premiere at the top (I
    wonder if it is Pro or Elements that is recommended for a newbie
    planning to be an amateur producer)?Too many people against Ulead and
    Pinnacle.I found Ulead very user friendly but Pinnacle always had
    installation problems.Premier seemed to me, rocket science.I will have
    to look for a book on it as I find a lot many people supporting it.
    HobbyDocumentary, Dec 18, 2005
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    Nappy Guest

    Premier seemed to me, rocket science.I will have
    It is brilliant. a VERY simple editor in my opinion. If you take the day or
    two to get familiar with it you will be very happy.
    Nappy, Dec 21, 2005
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    Cliff Wild Guest

    Ya, but you are exceptionally brilliant. You don't really think the rest of
    us could keep up with you do you? Thanks for posting to by
    the way.
    Cliff Wild, Jan 14, 2006
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    Krazy Kanuck Guest

    I found at least 3 similar training books at my local Chapters bookstore
    that all looked very good for Premiere....I bought one of the "Hands On
    Training" series and it's very easy to follow and has a lot of good info....

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    Krazy Kanuck, Jan 15, 2006
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