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Inexpensive Program?

Discussion in 'Video - Software discussion' started by Katy2, Jul 14, 2005.

  1. Katy2

    Katy2 Member

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    I just purchased a second-hand JVC GR-DVM5U mini-dv camcorder. I would like to produce some fun/interesting movie cd's for family & friends and am at a loss as to which authoring program I should try.
    I'm looking to spend no more than $125. on software. While this may seem "tight fisted", understand that I would be just beginning.
    I would like to get "my feet wet", see how I like it and if I wish to progress...later in the future, would consider a better camcorder and software.
    Until then, I would like to start small and yet not be limited to a overly basic program. Thus, would like some room to grow.

    Pinnacle studio looks interesting, yet I see some many negative reviews in regards to this product. Then there is Sony Vegas ($80. version) which receives good reviews.
    Are there similar programs, at around this price range that would be worthy of my consideration?

    Secondly, I have heard others mentioning to stay away from the all-in-one programs. If I chose separate programs, which should I consider?
    Currently, we have Roxio CD 5.0 for burning. Admittedly, I've never used it-my husband does.

    I do have some experience with Paint Shop Pro and Photoshop, so I am not completely unfamiliar with creative software. However, I have NEVER tried anything for video.
    I'm still looking into the hardware that I'll be needing. That's how new I am to this. ;-)

    Any advice and/or opinions would greatly be appreciated.

    Thanks much for taking the time to read this.

    Sincerely,
    ~Kate
     
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    Lest I forget, I have heard that it's best to put video software on a seperate hd, not on your O.S. hd. Is this good advice?
     
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    basic programs like sony vegas are good, and if you are just doing simple edits, it would probably look find. if you're interested in a professional full-blown video editor, then adobe premiere pro is a great choice, however thats more like $500.

    Another decent basic one to look into whicb I know people who use and like is called Eve (Easy Video Editor) by Main Concept. Not sure how much it costs, but I'm pretty sure its quite inexpensive
     
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    This doesn't blow me away (price) and an avenue I probably would take, should I find a thrill in taking and editing video. ;-)

    I just checked and yes, you are right-it is inexpensive. Thank you for pointing this software out. Tomorrow I will see if I can find any reviews about this program.
    Thanks again djscoop, I appreciate it.

    ~Kate
     
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    no problem, hope you find a program that works for you, good luck with your editing projects
     

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