Somewhat OT: Need advice on some simplistic edit software

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Matt, May 21, 2009.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    A guy I use to work with called me wanting advice on a simple and easy to
    use edit software. He doesn't really have very much experience at all so I
    need to keep the software as basic as possible.

    He basically wants to shoot on some small format camera, firewire into a PC
    based computer, do some rough edits including possibly floating in some
    simple graphics on top then export the finished file as WMV for their
    company website (radio station if it matters). And apparently they can only
    use WMV or RL files, something to do with the control interface of the site?

    I'm going to spend the weekend looking around at some of the easier to use
    software suites, but I was wondering if anyone in here had any suggestions?
    Matt, May 21, 2009
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  2. "Matt" wrote ...
    The obvious starting point would be Windows Movie Maker since
    it is free and likely is already installed on their PC and it likely meets
    the modest requirements posted.
    Richard Crowley, May 21, 2009
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  3. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I've never actually played with that, I'll take a look at it on my computer
    at home.

    I did forget one possible situation... they may have a client providing them
    with a digital file of a finished commercial... say in flash or QT or some
    other format... could Windows Movie Maker handle this and convert it to WMV?
    Matt, May 21, 2009
  4. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Never mind... I found it on a PC in the office... looks like it may work
    out... thanks!

    I would like to have another option though, just in case... any other
    suggestions off the top of your head? Like I said earlier, I plan to do the
    research this weekend... but if anyone has used something in the past that
    might work I would appreciate any tips.
    Matt, May 21, 2009
  5. Go to and read the recommendations and reviews
    of video editing applications. That is also the prime source of info for
    conversion from one video codec to annother.

    If WMM does what is needed, why pay money for something else?
    You should be able to convert most any video format into something
    that WMM will import.
    Richard Crowley, May 21, 2009
  6. Matt

    mikekujbida Guest

    Take a look at Sony's Vegas Movie Studio.
    I use and teach the Pro version and students get the hang of it in 3-4
    This is the "lite" version so learning should be even quicker.
    It can handle 4 tracks of video and 4 of audio which should be more than
    enough for your needs.
    Software info is at
    Pricing info is at

    mikekujbida, May 22, 2009
  7. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Matt, May 22, 2009
  8. Matt

    MG Guest

    Adobe Premiere Elements is a good one too, and inexpensive.
    MG, May 24, 2009
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