What video editor do you use and why?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I'm interested in knowing what is popular in video editors.
    Can you tell me what video editor you use and give at least one reason
    why you prefer the video editor that your using.
    From what I've read on the internet Adobe Premiere Elements is very
    popular. A while ago Sony Vegas was popular I don't know if this is
    still a popular video editor.
    I use Adobe Premiere Elements 8 because it's easy to use and has many
    powerful features especially for adding special effects to a video.

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Sep 24, 2010
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    Don Stauffer Guest

    My wife uses Adobe Premiere Pro and needs the fancy features. I use
    Premiere Elements 'cause Premiere Pro is way to complex for me. She
    does use Elements for designing DVDs (menus and stuff).

    But it depends a lot on what your needs are. How many tracks do you
    need open during editing. My wife uses several cameras (four or so on
    many shoots) while I seldom even have two tracks. She needs to insert
    PowerPoint presentations, lots of photos, usually requires a lot of
    sound editing, etc. If PE meets your needs, great. Otherwise go with
    Premiere Pro.
     
    Don Stauffer, Sep 24, 2010
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  3. OK, I can tell you why I do not like Premiere Elements (at least through 7)
    or Pro (at least through CS4) was the lack of "Smart Rendering" with HD
    ("SR" doesn't rerender the already highly compressed material unless a
    change has been made in the material, like a color-correction, etc.). PE's
    codec also appeared to poorly rerender material. Worst, once edited HDV
    video was exported as a file, unlike with other programs with "SR", there
    was no way to export it again without retaining the original project and source
    files(!). Totally unacceptable. For SD, it is a good program, but why not move
    up now to a better one, which is not only VERY cheap, but also VERY
    versatile (almost the equal of the FAR more expensive Vegas Pro), Sony Vegas
    Media Studio HD Platinum 10. See my articles on editing software here --
    http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/hdv-editing.htm
    http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/Sony-editing.htm
    http://www.donferrario.com/ruether/video-editor-screens.htm
    Sony offers basic video tutorials on their site for this software, at --
    http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/support/trainingvids.asp?prod=moviestudio
    Given the above flaw, I don't know why Elements would be considered a
    serious editor, at least for HD, unless the "SR" feature is now included. Also,
    Vegas can do many things easily, like multi-camera editing - and "color-curves"
    tone relationship control plus MANY other filters (all adjusted with the same
    keyboard slider controls) that Elements doesn't have... BTW, I just looked up
    Elements 9 on Adobe's site, and it STILL doesn't give specs that would indicate
    that it has "SR" for HD (it may, or may not - there is no way to find out without
    trying it - but 7 and earlier didn't have that important feature). Instead, PE
    appears now to be a very "dumbed-down" program for popping out videos
    using simple templates. No thanks....
    --DR
     
    David Ruether, Sep 24, 2010
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  4. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Far as I know in version 8 of Adobe Premierer Elements will render in
    the background for HD while you are working on the video.
    What is SR?

    Regards Brian
     
    Brian, Sep 24, 2010
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    Mike Kujbida Guest


    SR = Smart Rendering

    Mike
     
    Mike Kujbida, Sep 25, 2010
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  6. As I said, "OK, I can tell you why I do not like Premiere Elements (at least
    through 7) or Premiere Pro (at least through CS4) is the lack of "Smart
    Rendering" with HD ("SR" doesn't rerender the already highly compressed
    material unless a change has been made in the material, like a color-correction,
    etc.)." The "SR" feature merely copies unchanged video material into the new
    exported video file without needing to rerender it, with the resultant (sometimes
    very noticeable) loss of quality resulting from doing that. Perhaps someone can
    tell us if Elements 8 or 9 and/or CS5 now has the "SR" feature for HD material?
    --DR
     
    David Ruether, Sep 25, 2010
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