Editing Software for a Novice

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  1. Jon

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    Hi,

    I need to get some editing software for my PC as i have about 10 DV tapes than I wnt to get into DVD. Its mainly video of my kids so I dont need anything too fancy, as long as it does enough for me to have a play ie put music tracks on and put text on such as "Birthday" etc I am happy. I also want to be able to create a menu for the DVDs with chapters and stuff. I dont want to spend a fortune and want something pretty easy to use, so any help would be very much appreciated!!!

    Cheers

    Jon
     
  2. Shin Gouki

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    I think most people use Pinnacle Studio 8 which is 5 quid from here www.blankdiscshop.co.uk. :D

    You only get the disk though (no instructions, box etc) but this should'nt be a problem.
     
  3. electrolyte

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    I use Pinnacle Studio for my editing and it is really easy to use and would reccomend it. The latest version should do everything you want for about £50. If you go to the Pinnacle website they will send you a demo CD free of charge (or you can download the demo, but it's big so only do this if you've got broadband!)

    HTH
     
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    Do a search for "Pinnacle Studio 8" this can be got quite cheap now as a new version is due out soon. Some people hate this and others swear by it, I think it works better on some setups than others and have had no problems with it myself.

    mij
     
  5. Shin Gouki

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    What's the difference between version 8 and version 8 SE? :confused:
     
  6. Jon

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    I had a look at the site and couldnt find the software, could you post what section it is under please!

    many Thanks

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    Thanks everyone for your reply's!!!

    Cheers

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  8. electrolyte

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    SE stands for Special Edition and is usually a cut down version that is given away free with new PCs. My mother-in-law got Studio 7 SE with her PC and this cn be used to edit your video but it doesn't convert the video to MPEG2 and burn it to DVD (you need other programmes for that). Would assume v8 is the same so you should go for v8 not v8 SE (and this explains why it is £5!).

    HTH...
     
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    What version of Windows are you useing?
    If you have Win XP then you already have editing software installed as Movie Maker is part of XP. You need to get the free upgrade to MM2 and this should then do most of what you require.
    If not running XP then yes I would also recommend Studio 8 or any of the simple editing progs that get bundled with firewire cards. Have you got a firewire port on your PC? If not you will need to get one to connect the camcorder to the PC.

    If you want to add menus & chapters to the DVD then have a look at the software supplied with the DVD recorder (if any). If this does not do what is required then I would recommend Ulead DVD Moviefactory 2 which costs about £35. This will also do basic editing and even capture from a camcorder.

    Mark.
     
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    What software do you need to convert the video to MPEG2?

    i know that you get the burning software with your DVD burner but would you get the MPEG2 converter softwrae with it too or do you have to buy it seperatley? :confused:
     
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    Cheers Mate! i will get it I think. I can always upgrade later, if I need to!

    Cheers

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  13. Shin Gouki

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    You can't moan for a fiver. :D

    Happy editing :smashin:
     
  14. Jon

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    True! Cheers Mate!
     
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    I use TMPEG to encode the video to MPEG2 and Nero to burn to DVD...
     
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    How much is TMPEG and where can i get a copy?

    :)
     
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    Oh, so the full version of Studio 8 has the MPEG2 converter software, similar to TMPEG, built in? :smashin:
     
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    yes it does. The SE version won't. That's why it is only £5!
     
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    forgive my ignorance, but what is mpeg 2 converter? I have just ordered the cheap version!

    Cheers

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    Sorry Jon, but it looks like you will have to download TMPEG or some other MPEG2 converting software. :blush:

    I think it would be best if you cancelled your order for Studio 8 SE and just ordered the main version of Studio 8 with built in MPEG2 converting software. http://www.dabs.com/uk/productView.html?quicklinx=243J&familyid=0

    They don't have it in stock at Dabs so you will have to look around.

    Good luck. :)
     
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    When you capture from a camcorder the files is in the AVI format. This can not be read by most DVD players and also is too big to fit on a disk. So it needs to be compressed into the MPEG-2 format. That would then be copied to a DVD that should be able to play on most DVD players.

    So an MPEG-2 converter does the above to make the file small enough to fit on a DVD and be readable by the DVD player.

    Mark.
     
  23. Jon

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    Sorry didnt see marks post! Cheers Mate!
     
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    As I already have TMPGEnc could I get Pinnacle Studio 8SE for £5 to edit the footage and then pass it to TMPGEnc to encode and then Nero to burn as a DVD?
     
  25. electrolyte

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    yes you could, that would work really well.
     
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    Thats good. I normally get my DVD-Rs and CDRs from SVP so will probably order Pinnacle Studio 8SE as well then. I downloaded MM2 and all the extras so I could use that.
     
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    If you've downloaded MM2 you don't actually need Pinnacle
    as MM2 will do almost everything Pinnacle will do. Wouldn't bother with Pinnacle 8SE if I were you, save yourself a fiver...
     
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    Ok. I might have a look at Pinnacle Studio 8SE and MM2 and see any differences and decide whether or not to get it.
     

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