Another "Which Video Editing Software" query

Discussion in 'Professional 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.

    Teresa, Dec 15, 2005
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    joemsands Guest

    Hi Teresa,

    Here are my observations using Studio V8 and PowerDirector 5.
    PD 5 captured video from my Hi-8 camcorder at the HQ setting (720x480)
    where the the free Studio V8.x that came with my ATI AIW card could not
    without dropping alot of frames. Also, rendering is much faster with
    PD5 compared to Studio 8. I just wish they had a simple "burn DVD
    without menus" setting. I'd like to get all my Hi-8 tapes to DVD the
    without the fancy-schmancy stuff. They both crash without much
    warning, although PD5 has been giving me fits trying to use their
    "Magic Clean" option. From your post it looks like I should try
    Ulead's offering. What didn't you like with Adobe's Elements?

    joemsands, 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. Concur with Mike; the others you mention are toys by comparison. You
    "might" look at Edius, Canopus, and the former FAST , now pinnacle
    Liquid paper series.

    Let me be clear about something regarding Pinnacle: it works and works
    well for a good number of people, especially the stuff they bought from
    other companies and re-branded, but ONLY if every molecule of your
    system matches their preference spec sheet on the high side. The minute
    you try to substitute a component or driver version, you are hosed, and
    their customer support service is legendary, in the same way the bad
    guys in H.P. Lovecraft books are.
    nobody special, Dec 16, 2005
  5. And why did you reject Premiere? I cut my first feature film with it and am
    about to start my second. Go to to see the trailer.
    Walker Productions, Dec 16, 2005
  6. Ah - the natural heir to Plan Nine from Outer Space.....
    bernard.newnham, Dec 16, 2005
  7. Teresa

    Richard Lane Guest

    Does Vegas Movie Studio+DVD capture fro S-video via NVidia Universal
    Capture Card? I went to tinyurl site and saw no mention of this capability.
    Richard Lane, Dec 24, 2005
  8. Teresa

    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    If you must use a PC, the Vegas series is the way to go. If you're
    serious about video editing you need to take a look at getting a Mac
    and Final Cut Studio.
    Mr. Tapeguy, Dec 25, 2005
  9. Teresa

    Mike Kujbida Guest

    Since when is a Mac necessary for "serious" video editing?
    Besides myself, I know several people who have used Vegas to do anything a
    Mac is capable of.

    Mike Kujbida, Dec 25, 2005
  10. "Mike Kujbida" wrote ...
    Don't disturb Mac-heads' notion of reality. They tend to
    become violent when you remind them of hard numbers
    like Apple's own acknowledged market-share, etc.
    At least on Christmas Day we should let them sleep in
    and continue to dream of Sugar Plums and Final Cut. :)
    Richard Crowley, Dec 25, 2005
  11. But... but.. Walter Murch.....


    Martin Heffels, Dec 25, 2005
  12. Teresa

    Mike Kujbida Guest

    You're absolutely correct Richard.
    How mean of me to make a comment like this on Christmas day :)

    Mike Kujbida, Dec 25, 2005
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