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Editing software advise

Discussion in 'Digital camcorders' started by Ajanana, Dec 29, 2002.

  1. Ajanana

    Ajanana Guest

    This week I finally purchased the Pioneer A05 DVD burner for backing-up my PS2 games and for storing/editing my Hi8 and Digital 8 tapes made by the Sony TCR 410E Digital 8 camcorder.
    What is the best software for the encoding and editing of the material.
    How do I get the edited material on a DVD.
    Where should I take care of and what do I need to know?
    Which specialist can advise?
     
  2. HomerJ

    HomerJ Moderator Staff Member

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    What a lot of questions, now where to start ? At the begining ?

    Editing :- There are loads of packages these days, now how deep are your pockets ? They start from about £50 upto £1000 plus ? Personally I use Adobe Premiere 6. Loads of features, quite difficult to learn, and can be very frustrating when you get a preference set wrong, only to find out after several hours of hard work !! Cost ? about £450. Another package I use is called "Editstudio" (Ver3) This can be downloaded free for a 30 day trial period. Again loads of features, but far cheaper, AND the main reason I use it, it supports Mpeg2 encoding. check out here :- http://www.puremotion.com/index.htm

    If you want the same with Premiere, it means upgarding to ver 6.5 AND paying extra for the endoding plugin.

    DVD creating.

    Once you have encoded your mpeg2 file, you will need an "Authoring" application. This will make a DVD format very similar to commercial movies. Some make them exactly the same, but cost mega bucks. Look for packages such as DVD Factory or DVD Workshop, but there are lots of others. Expect to pay about £100 or so.

    Finally you need to burn your creation. Some of the authoring packages will do this for you as well, so not much of a problem there.

    Hope that helps. If you have any more specific questions, please ask.

    HomerJ
     
  3. PattyBoy

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    Vegas Video 3.0 is very good with tons of features like Adobe Premiere 6. Your choice


    PattyBoy, Don't make any suggestions like you have please.
     
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  4. Ajanana

    Ajanana Guest

    Thanks HomerJ_ and PattyBoy for the advises.
    I'll try to get the software (any advise?) and try it out.
    I guess I'll need some time to get to know the programs before I can really start burning.
     
  5. HomerJ

    HomerJ Moderator Staff Member

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    Ajanana,

    Youe very welcome, best of luck in the future, any problems drop us a line we'll try to help.

    HomerJ
     
  6. KELLYFAN

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    hey ajanana
    ya im using premiere 6.5 right now and i would definitely recommend it but if you arent really serious about it pinnicale( i cant spell) is pretty good and is really easy to use. As for dvd im tryin to figure it out my self so i cant help you there. Any one know how to back up ps 2 games im really lost?
     
  7. Ajanana

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    Hi KELLYFAN. Thank for the advise.
    I've already backed-up several PS2 games so I might be able to give some advise back.
    I use Prassi Primo to make a straight forewort back-up. Extremely easy and (until now) no problems.
    Where do you have problems with?
     
  8. KELLYFAN

    KELLYFAN Guest

    Hey Ajanana,
    So is Prassi Primo freeware?
    Im new to the whole thing and I havent really looked into backing up ps2 games so I have no idea
    Later
     
  9. Ajanana

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    Prassi Primo is not freeware but there are sites where it is offered as demo and usable for a certain time period.
    It's a straight forword piece of software and now problems up to now.
     
  10. CrumFarm

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    As for me, Pinnacle DV Plus is a favorite. If you're absolutely loaded, go with the new Vegas Video that's coming out this or next month. It looks super-cool.
     
  11. Scr33ch

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    I like Ulead MediaStudio Pro 6.0 VE. Found with the ADS Pyro DV card (~$30US). Good video editing. Added DVD plug-in (~$50) and get [bold]very[/bold] basic DVD authoring.

    Only thing was MediaStudio didn't have many built in effect/filters. But VideoStudio also came with the DV card, so I install that just to copy the effects/filters to the MediaStudio install.

    Screech
     
  12. obieobied

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    I've been a fan of a lot in these years

    But to make a long list of programs short,
    i keep Adobe Premiere 6.5 on my PC, and also Sonic Foundry Vegas Video.
    That is truly the best editing software ever!
    It takes more formats then most vid editing prgroams (even premiere). it has thousands of effects. you can clip, resize, edit audio, normalize, loop. change color, hue, posterize, slow down, speed up.
    Its the best, a LOT of effects, and takes a lot of formats.
    You can buy an MPEG-1 and 2 encoder, for not too much money.
    and you can encode to DivX and all the other formats. its wonderful. too bad its not very known.
     
  13. jsnkc28

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    Programs to Avoid:
    Pinnacle - anything from them
    Ulead - anything from them
    Adobe Premiere

    Pinnacle and Ulead are filled with bugs and are basically just toys. Premiere is an Ok program, but it is a lot harder than it needs to be causing you to spend a lot more time editing thatn you really need to.

    Go with Vegas Video 4 from Sonic Foundry, it is an extremely professional, and easy to use product, you will definately not be dissapointed.
     
  14. malum

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    I use Ulead Media Studio Pro 6.5 which I find very good. I will look into some of the other recommendations.
     
  15. manic

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    Ei, does anyone here have any idea how I can use use my MiroDC30+ board with a Pinnacle StudioDV board. Can't output the video to TV even though I have the breakout box. Weird thing is, StudioDV works with DC10. Thanks!(",)
     
  16. awesomejt

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    Here's my 2 cents worth here. First of all, let segment our users: Free/extremely cheap; average/mid-range; pro/pro-sumer. What I have observed on these forums is folks with the pro/pro-sumer stuff consider anything else a toy. Remember folks, you get what you pay for. Most lower cost items are usually oriented to the average consumer trying to convert a few old home videos to DVD/SVCD. Usually, canned menus and basic options are just fine.

    Pro/pro-sumer products, which cost way more ($399 and up), are oriented to the folks trying to make wedding videos or reproduce those cool commerical menus and options you get when you buy a normal DVD retail.

    Free or extremely cheap users can't really complain. Folks use what came with their DV device or DVD burner -- which tends to be a "lite" version of a well known product. Or folks use a collection of free/cheap tools to help in each phase.

    TMPGEnc Author is nice for low end users needing basic menus and MPEG2 to DVD VOB conversion (still have to use third party burner to write the video). It accepts other formats for video too, but this is what I use it for (I use software to capture a TV stream and save as MPEG2 then I use TMPGEnc to create the VOBs and other files needed for DVD, then I use Nero to burn).

    I would consider Sudio 8 and DVD Complete as mid-range consumer products. They have more features than what most people need but nowhere near the same level or quality of the high end stuff. For under $100 a nice deal. There are other "wizard" oriented ones like MoveFactory from Ulead and others that fall somewhere in the middle. You get the complete package, but it is wizard driven and you have canned menus (from templates) -- for $50, not much to complain about.

    Maybe I'll save my money and get the high end stuff, but I'm not sure how much I'll use it. I'll probably use TMPGEnc for awhile untill I get a feel for how much I use this and then spring for the good stuff.

    I would consider what type of customer you are and limit your options accordingly. Among the "lightweight/consumer" products, which software is the best for your tasks (all software does certain things better than others). You really can't make blanket statements like "software X is the best" -- perhaps it is for your needs, but not others. I wish I could afford Vegas, but I'm married and my wife would send me to the dog house for spending that kind of money on software (I'm working on the justification documents :) ). I can get Studio or DVD Complete, since it is more in the budget, even that would need approval (I would have to promise not to buy computer stuff for a few months or something). I'm not going to recommend Lobster if you are on a hotdog budget. :)

    Just my thoughts.

     

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