Video Software Suggestions
Posted 22 January 2006 - 02:28 PM
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:19 PM
With that said, there was little choice. Adobe was always it's own worst enemy, with the worst user interface, and the learning curve was enormous.
Enter.... Sony Vegas. This has got to be a dream come true for me. For just a little more than Studio Plus, you'll get software that does anything and everything studio does, but works as advertised. It's faster, it never crashes, and it's fairly simple to use.
The edge still goes to Pinnacle for User friendlyness. I have to say that I made some fabulous projects in Pinnacle, even some for paying clients, and I never once bought a book, or took training of any sort on the product.
With Vegas, I actually did break down and bought a DVD on it.
I'd give it hard look for sure.
Posted 22 January 2006 - 08:23 PM
Yea Vegas seems pretty good. Another really reliable and inexpensive program is Nero. It does everything you can imagine though Vision Express, the editing program, is pretty basic and the interface takes some getting used to, it is rock solid.
If an hour of video takes 6 hours to render, you have a choice. Render it once with a decent program or render it 6 times for a total of 36 hours because your software can't keep things in sync, gets confused about what files it is using or just plain crashes.
Most good programs allow a free trial to test drive them. Actually, do this, find the software you are interested in and see if they have a user forum. Lurk there and see what people post. If it's full of "How do I fix this software?" it should be a hint to you. If it's full of "How do I use this cool feature or effect?" then you are good to go.
I noticed that when I was going to buy another camcorder. All the Sony forums had very minimal complaints about the camera compared to other manufacturers. The forums were up beat and educational vs how to fix problems.