The capability of some of my camera bodies to create video has induced me to try video this past year. It's fun! I'm pretty familiar with Photoshop but I have no familiarity with any video editing software package. Any suggestions for video editing software for a newcomer? I'm using a PC.
Thank you. I should have been a little more specific. I've tried Nero, but would like a little more functionality. I've been trying to choose between Cyberlink PowerDirector and Premier Elements. My main use will be to tailor video clips to insert into my travel slide shows.
Fri 29-Mar-13 09:14 PM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 05:50 PM by RRRoger
>Quote>>> I've tried Nero, but would like a little more functionality. I've been trying to choose between Cyberlink PowerDirector and Premier Elements. My main use will be to tailor video clips to insert into my travel slide shows. <Quote<<<
I think I have tried them all and like/use Cyberlink PowerDirector 11 Ultra 64bit. I can have a burnt DVD for TV in my hand before AVID finishes importing the Video from my SD or CF card. It is even worst when importing 100GB files on the SSD disk from an external recorder.
With most Video software including Premier, pretty much all you have to do is drop the clip where you want it on the timeline that already has your slide show. Of course you may have to edit either, but you can do that on the timeline with PowerDirector.
I suggest that you download and try all the demo versions before you buy.
Professionals, PJs, Nature etc. are more and more expected to or wish to archive stills, with video, so although it is not high resolution (2MP) the proper use of video, even with the work around(s) in given circumstances is appropriate and applicable in narrative media projects.
I'd take your neighbor Peter up on the co-opted visit, he's a long time Nikon user like yourself. Also, another local (Roger) shoots Nikon video on the coast in your general realm.
Sat 30-Mar-13 09:23 AM | edited Sat 30-Mar-13 10:58 AM by barrywesthead
If budget is an issue, Adobe Premiere Elements (at $99.99) gets great reviews. I became frustrated with Avid reliability issues a few years ago and have been using elements since then. The main reason to consider investing up front in Premier Pro would be that your time invested in the learning phase will not be wasted if you decide that you need the full pro version.
Personally, I’m happy with Premiere Elements. I think it runs into limitations when you are shooting scenes with multiple cameras.
I Binged around the web a bit and found a thread and article that speak well of Premiere Elements vs Pro:
Recently I accepted a volunteer task to help restart a multimedia club at my old high school. My end is going to include still photography, which I have covered, and video, which I have only dabbled with. We envision producing a lot of website sports photography and video clips of all the team sports the school plays, which include soccer, volleyball, basketball, bowling, baseball, softball and golf. It would also include small feature videos, school plays etc. I think I have the stills part down ok, but I could some advice on the video. I am thinking multi-camera and external audio sources.
Someone has agreed to buy some video cameras to get the effort started, so that is a help. I am trying to get up to speed on video in a hurry. For now, I will shoot it with my D600, D300S and Nex5, but also buy a personal version of whatever video camera we select.
One of the big stretch goals is to produce HD video for the coaches to use and the players for recruitment videos. We have even talked about getting an app that is basketball coach friendly.
I just bought a Zoom H4n for external audio, and am looking for advice on good editing software that will easily allow me to synch an external audiio track with the video we shoot. Ordinarily, I use Corel PaintShopPro, which costs a fraction of the Adobe product and seemingly does everything, but a quick look at the manual for the Corel product shows no mention synching audio. One other factor: I am a Windows user and the other person involved is an Apple user. I am sure that the school will use whatever software he uses, so it would be helpful to get something available in both operating systems, but not necessary.
To get a MAC and PC aligned, use bridging software, and compatible editing programs (the same brand). I have a program called MAC Drive, which opens Apple formatted files on the W7P machine, Mac users have a similar function to use Windows based applications.