Hey you guys that have been editing vidz. What are some good programs to use. I have a whole bunch of video from the Fosters Belmar Pro. And would like to compile a good video from it. I need something professional....any ideas?
Avid or Final Cut Pro! If you're not editing with either of these programs you need too! All the major blockbuster films are being edited with Avid or Final Cut. I've even heard Final Cut may become the industries premiere editing system for the future.
Hey if you are new to editing a really good fun and easy program to use is sony vegas. Its easy to learn and you can make some decent edits with it. The learning curve for final cut and avid can be hard, not to bash on them or anything.
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I can only speak for the Mac platform. iMovie (pre-packaged on any new Mac) is a cheap but limited vehicle for basic non-linear editing. The current iLife which includes other programs such as iDVD and Garage Band pricing from Apple is only $79, but you get about what you pay for. You can do titles, transitions, limited audio mixing (two tracks) including importing audio files and sound effects with iMovie, music authoring with Garage Band. Extra music loop packs are an added expense. It's not a bad place to get your feet wet, but it will sometimes be glitchy and you will eventually find it very limiting.
For $199 you can get into Apple's Final Cut Express which is a limited version of Final Cut Pro. Final Cut Pro pushes up around $1,299 but that includes Soundtrack Pro authoring music and sound effects loops as well as Live Type for animated text and graphics and DVD Studio Pro for finalizing your product. Avid Express supports both Mac and PC and Adobe's Premiere software supports both platforms as well.
While there are a variety of others out there, if you're serious about it, don't scrimp. Dabble with the cheap ones to learn the ropes, and then you'll know if you want to take the bigger plunge. FYI- Some software suppliers offer sizable discounts for Education based customers like students and teachers with proper documentation. Check with your college book store or at http://www.apple.com/education/store, or http://www.creationengine.com Compare these with your usual sources for publicly available software.
Adobe Premiere for PC. I have used this for HD video I have and while it is hard to learn, it does good work. If you just are doing simple edits it will work but to learn all the tricks will take reading or learning videos.