Good video editing software?


#1

I figured this would be the best place to put this. I am looking for a good video editing software. I currently use Camtasia video editor, its good but I need something more. I am thinking of making some tutorial vids, and any good software that could make it easier would help. Here are some examples:

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Thats cool, how the guy put his motions st the top and how he wrote headings at the bottom

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Another cool one, how they show the pics of the character and also the border around the vid

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Cool vid, also the table of contents is what I would like to do and also how Thongboy put the buttons and stick at the top.

Any help is appreciated


#2

You can really do that stuff with any editor. If you’re currently running windows XP, I’d suggest grabbing Avid Free DV. I edit using Avid Media Composer Adrenaline and Final Cut Pro all day, so I’m biased toward Avid products.

A lot of people here would suggest Premiere or Vegas, but they’re both pretty poor editors. shrug That, and they’re not free.


#3

Thanks for the help, I’ll give it a go!


#4

It’s been a while since I used it, and it may not be extremely feature-rich, but 99% of people with video editing software couldn’t explain the difference between a slip and a ripple, so I think lack of features doesn’t affect most people. :wink:


#5

I use Adobe Premiere 6.5 and Photoshop, mostly.

I’m really not very smart, so I don’t know how to do a lot of the fancier editing tricks. Most effects I do by hand (frame-by-frame usually) in Photoshop and then import into Premiere. Adobe AfterEffects is very, very solid, but I couldn’t tell you because I open it and start crying from dumbness. Magnetro could probably hook you up with some info there.

Newer Premiere (CS2 or 3 should be the most current) has a lot of decent features, but it seems bloated and homogenized to me from the AfterEffects influences so I prefer old 6.5 still so I can do exactly what I want.

N - http://combovideos.com/page.php?id=164 might help too.


#6

Haha, that’s actually the reason I started to hate premiere less. =) I still don’t like it, but it seems less useless.

Different strokes, I guess. =)

I probably look for stuff in editors that most people don’t.


#7

i prefer to use Final Cut HD, that’s if u have a mac i found it much better to use then premiere just personal preference

add some after effects into the mix, and some photoshop and u r good to go. What I found to help is look at any fancy vids and try to disect how the video was created then try to think what program was used


#8

He’s not on a mac, though.

And yes, Final Cut is great. I use it at work every day. It’s too expensive for me to use it at home, though. That, and since I sit in front of an editor all day, I don’t really NEED a good one at home. I can just stick around at work and do things. I have a few hundred thousand dollars of equipment to make my life easier at work.


#9

Thanks guys for all the help, I will give these softwares a go. One question for Thongboy:

How do you add stuff to your clip in Photoshop, I have the software but I never tried. Gotta give it a try, is it tedious?


#10

You just import it in like video clips. Unless I’m completely misunderstanding your question, which happens allatime.

N


#11

it’s just like photoshop layering plays a role when u r trying to work with more than one element when composing a vid