best editor for pc?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Michael Muller, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. I know this has probably been answered 100 times over by now, and
    launched a few wars as well. Is there a FAQ file, or comparitive
    website, or perhaps a few kind words you folks can provide regarding
    editing software that matches the following criteria:

    imports mpeg clips
    clip transitions
    titling
    edit audio tracks
    decent video editing features
    intermediate to pro interface
    tight compression (most important)
    low cost

    I've tried several low-cost packages, the last of which was Ulead Video
    Studio 6. While this package had the least amout of features and the
    control and editing was frustrating in it's lack of usability (very
    rigid step-by-step process) it did provide the best output quality and
    didn't crash my machine. Unfortunately, all the programs were horrible
    in keeping the file size down. I'm editing primarily 320x240 15fps clips
    from my little Mavica still camera. They are 5mb per 1min clip, and I'd
    like the file sizes to remain about the same size, if not smaller, when
    done. In all cases, all three programs ballooned the file sizes,
    sometimes 4x as big, while still degrading the quality. The Ulead
    software kept the full quality of the original but doubled the fps to
    30, thus doubling the file size, and the save options won't let me go
    lower than 24fps.

    If all I want to do is edit 320x240 clips and keep them small (for
    website use) what would you recommend? I'd prefer not to spend more than
    $100 if I can help it.

    Thanks for all that you do.

    -Michael
     
    Michael Muller, Dec 29, 2003
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    Rudy Benner Guest

    I am new at this so my advice may not be of any value.

    I use Ulead Video Studio 7 for editing. Then I use Movie Maker to cut down
    the file size to fit on a CD. Seems to work fine, although it can take hours
    if the required compression is high. A 16 gig file down to 650 meg took over
    2 hours.
     
    Rudy Benner, Dec 29, 2003
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    Jerry Jones Guest

    Michael,

    Most good companies make FREE trial versions available via download.

    So you can download these FREE trial versions and decide for yourself.

    For example, Ulead's new version 7.0 of VideoStudio is available at
    the following link:

    http://www.ulead.com/vs/trial.htm

    Jerry Jones
    http://www.jonesgroup.net
     
    Jerry Jones, Dec 29, 2003
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    Sanman Guest

    Sanman, Dec 31, 2003
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  5. : Sony's ScreenBlast is a light version of Vegas, the most popular editing
    : software today.

    : http://mediasoftware.sonypictures.com/products/vegasfamily.asp

    I just got ScreenBlast after working with Pinnacle Studio8 for some
    months. Things are not quite as intuitive on ScreenBlast as Studio 8 but
    SB can do stuff S 8 can't do at all, and it seems to be *much* more
    stable.

    If you want to publish videos to a website you should consider using a
    different format. Changing to RealMedia or WindowsMedia can make a world
    of difference in file size and/or quality. You can also re-size the video
    (smaller width/height) to make the file smaller.

    The problem with publishing to a website is that not everyone connects at
    the same speed. It would be nice to have multiple versions of your file
    for those who still use dial-up and those who have broadband.

    Richard in Boston, MA, USA
     
    Richard G Amirault, Jan 1, 2004
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    Drew M. Guest

    Richard: Can you be more specific in your comparison between
    Screenblast and Studio 8? I've been using Studio 8 for a while now,
    and, although it crashes very occasionally, I've never lost anything,
    and the editing process is very intutitive to me.

    For instance, does Screenblast encode sound in AC3 (Dolby)? Anyone
    know if Studio 9 will do this? Also, what do you give up not
    upgrading all the way to Video Vegas? TIA, Drew.
     
    Drew M., Jan 2, 2004
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