Any such thing as software just for adding effects?

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Doc, Jan 1, 2006.

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    Doc Guest

    Is there such a thing as software (won't turn my nose up at freeware or
    shareware) that's dedicated solely to creating video effects? I.e. -
    apply an effect to an avi clip and then use that in your editor of
    choice. Or are you limited to whatever effects are contained within the
    editing software you're using?

    Thanks for all shared wisdom and Happy New Year...
    Doc, Jan 1, 2006
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Thousands, many costing tens of thousands.

    Ken Maltby, Jan 1, 2006
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  3. Boris FX, Hollywood FX, Canopus Photo Album, Canopus Xplode and several
    others plug into Ulead, Adobe and other editors. Freeware with the ability
    to plug into any editor, I doubt it.
    Larry Johnson, Jan 1, 2006
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    Doc Guest

    As it happens, I have Ulead Video Studio 7, as part of their DVD Movie
    Factory. Can you point me toward plugins that might work with it? I
    also have Adobe Premier 5 though haven't done much with it.

    Doc, Jan 1, 2006
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    David McCall Guest

    No shareware comes to mind. I use Adobe Aftereffects.
    I think the "standard version" is under $1000, and the
    "Pro Bundle" is over $1000. I can't recall the price
    I bought it a very long time ago, but just paid $200
    for the upgrade. Combustion is also popular, and
    there are others much more expensive.

    If you are a student, you can get Aftereffects much
    cheaper. There are also less expensive (or free)
    little programs that do specific effects (morphing
    for example). Most of what can be done in a
    compositing program like AE can also be done
    in a 3D program, but it is harder to set up.


    David McCall, Jan 1, 2006
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    Mark Burns Guest

    An editor is dedicated to effects isn't it? Even splicing two clips
    together is an effect.

    Generally I like to keep my clips seperate, add the effect to a small
    clip, and then join everything together; as opposed to one big long
    editing error prone project.

    Windows Movie Maker does pretty good effects. Free with Windows XP.

    Mark Burns, Jan 1, 2006
  7. As far as I know there are no plug-ins for the lesser versions of editing
    programs, i.e. yes for Ulead MediaStudio and no for Ulead Video Studio.
    Larry Johnson, Jan 1, 2006
  8. Hi

    Happy New Year!

    I use Adobe After Effects 6.5.

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    Gary Hendricks, Jan 2, 2006
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    Mr. Tapeguy Guest

    I don't know what's included with PCs but Macs include iMovie as part
    of the OS. Beyond that, one of the consumer versions of Vegas would
    probably be the best way to go for less than $100 bucks or so.
    Pinnacle is reportedly buggy and doesn't have good support.
    Mr. Tapeguy, Jan 3, 2006
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