Best PC desktop video editor

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Michael Muller, Dec 22, 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
    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 Muller, Dec 22, 2003
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  3. Michael Muller

    Jerry Jones Guest

    Jerry Jones, Dec 23, 2003
  4. Michael Muller

    Cory Guest

    So Jerry, what do you get for spamming us all the time with your links for
    Ulead? Do you work for them or is there some kind of commission that you
    make or what?
    Cory, Dec 23, 2003
  5. Michael Muller

    Jon Hand Guest

    When you think about it, almost everything on newsgroups is spam.
    Can't get away from it. Impossible.

    As to Ulead, this company makes good software. Period. And at a good
    price. I've been dabbling with Ulead software for many years.

    The real question, however, is this (anyone smell spam here?):
    Does Adobe have any competition really? Is Premiere Pro (along with
    the integration with AfterEffects, Encore, Photoshop, etc.) the best
    PC video app (suite) available right now?

    Does Vegas create better looking output than MediaStudio Pro?

    Does Adobe Encore (once you learn the interface) blow away Ulead's
    attempt at DVD authoring?

    Does Photoshop produce "better looking" output than Ulead and Jasc?

    yes, yes, yes, yes, in that order.
    Save you money folks, and enter the future. Adobe software is what you
    want to own and use. No spam here.
    Jon Hand, Dec 23, 2003
  6. Michael Muller

    Cory Guest

    amen brother!!
    Cory, Dec 23, 2003
  7. Pinnacle Studio 8 with the latest update to 8.10.4C seems to work well now.

    (Not affiliated with Pinnacle in anyway and not spamming, just answering the
    question for the under $100 folks)
    Jack Hackney Jr, Dec 23, 2003
  8. Michael Muller

    Cory Guest

    haha its just the fact that Jerry is so "dedicated" to ulead. i mean, we can
    all recommend products that we like, but Jerry constantly spams about Ulead
    and thats all he ever does in this group.

    Did you notice he never answered my question? :p
    (By the way Jerry, I DO own a registered copy of MSP7, so if that will help
    in getting me a reply back from you any faster, than great! :p )
    Cory, Dec 23, 2003
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