Can Anyone Recommend a Video Editing Program W/Effects To Create NEWS Program?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Incisive32, Jul 23, 2006.

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    Incisive32 Guest


    We are starting an online medical news program that we would likt to
    resemble CNN--e.g., with the ability to superimpose continuous titles
    and logos, to create frames with backgrounds, etc.--and need a video
    editing program that has the type of effects that one can use to create
    a typical news video layout, e.g.

    -ability to have multiple "frames" in which different people can be
    talking on one screen

    -ability to create backgrounds with text into which multiple video
    frames can be laid (similar to CNN, MSNBC)

    -ability to have continuous titling along the bottom or in background
    (e.g. CNN logo, title of segment)

    Can anyone suggest a relatively inexpensive software program that has
    the ability to create such effects?

    Many thanks.
    Incisive32, Jul 23, 2006
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    Smarty Guest

    TV programming of the type you describe does not originate from video
    editing programs. It arises from compositing hardware which takes live video
    feeds and merges them into the resulting broadcast program. The simple
    answer to your question is that there is no inexpensive software program
    which does what the networks do.

    For webcasting, one can construct web pages using an arsenal of web creation
    tools which know how to stream video, apply banners and scrolling text, etc.
    Assuming that the online medical news has been captured into video files,
    these could be served from one or more video servers which your web hosting
    could provide. Alternately, live feeds from video sources can be converted
    into video streams and then served with your web pages. In either case, you
    are in need of web creation tools as opposed to video editing tools.

    Smarty, Jul 23, 2006
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    Steve King Guest

    Will your program be live or will it be prepared ahead of time in its

    Steve King, Jul 23, 2006
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    Ken Maltby Guest

    Have you checked out Ultra 2 at

    Ken Maltby, Jul 23, 2006
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    Incisive32 Guest

    Prepared ahead of time entirely.

    Therefore, there will be no need to incorporate live feeds.

    It will be based entirely on prerecorded video.
    Incisive32, Jul 23, 2006
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    How much of that do you want going on at the same time?

    I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that you can do that with some 'consumer'
    type programs. For instance I use Sony's Vegas Movie Studio Platinum .. and
    that will do what you want. If you want all that going on at the same time
    you may need to make multiple passes before you get to the finished product.

    For instance it will superimpose reduced size video frames over the main
    image, but I think the limit is two or three. But you'll need audio for
    those extra frames and those are seperate tracks as well.

    My point is that you may have to add the constant titles at the bottom and
    maybe one 'talking head' .. then render the video .. close the project ..
    then import the rendered video and add more talking heads and titles to the
    already once rendered video. And so on until you are finished. It's a pain,
    but if you have the time it can be done.

    Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum (don't get the non-Platinum version) can be
    had for around $100 on Amazon.
    Richard Amirault, Jul 23, 2006
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    Steve King Guest

    Then, Sony Vegas will do all of what you need and is inexpensive at just
    under $500. So will Adobe Premier Pro at $850. If you are Mac based, then
    Final Cut Studio 5.1 runs $1,299. Avid Express DV runs $395. Avid Express
    Pro is offered at $2,194. Ulead has software with similar capabilities but
    I am totally unfamiliar with their products. Vegas, Premier, and FCP have
    lesser priced versions that have some reduced capabilities; however, they
    may work fine for what you want to do. All programs that do not use
    propriatary hardware will have to render the layers you described in you
    initial post. The time those renders take depend on the horsepower of your
    computer. If I were you, I'd want to talk with someone doing programs with
    the kind of look you are seeking. Idealy find several such people who use
    different software. See what they like and what they don't as it applies to
    this kind of project. Maybe there are folks here who can help with this.
    Whatever you decide, there will be a learning curve. Most of the software
    above has manuals that are available on the Internet. Most have demo
    versions that can be downloaded; however, those demo downloads may be

    Steve King
    Steve King, Jul 23, 2006
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    Incisive32 Guest

    Great answer, Steve. Thanks.

    Incisive32, Jul 23, 2006
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    Mike Kujbida Guest

    And if Sony Vegas (currently version 6.0) does sound interesting, B&H has it
    on sale right now for only $149.00.
    Be advised that this is the Software Installation CD-ROM only. It does not
    include box or manuals. This isn't an issue though as the manual is
    available for free online. for the details.
    The low price probably has something to do with the launch of Vegas 7 in

    a Vegas user since version 1.0
    Mike Kujbida, Jul 23, 2006
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    Incisive32 Guest

    Thanks Mike
    Incisive32, Jul 23, 2006
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