Discussion in 'Camcorders, Action Cams & Video Making Forum' started by Techno Freak, Jan 11, 2005.
Quick poll - what editing software do you use and why?
Software: Adobe Premiere 6
Why: Was bundled with my hardware codec capture card
Premiere Pro (as of very recently). Premiere 6.02 was struggling a bit on XP and I wanted faster renders. Vectorscope and waveformmonitor is handy too.
Premiere 6, did everything I wanted, dovetailed with aftereffects & photoshop, couldn't afford/justify avid.
Final Cut Pro, I teach video courses, most institutions use FCP, so i need to know it. Good enough package, far prefer premiere. Also my audio engineer is a mac fanatic, he does some Protools work for me and picks up some of the video stuff I don't have time to do.
Pinnacle Studio. The mutts nuts for DVD authoring with your own custom menus.
Sony's Vegas & DVD Architect
I tried a few mostly cheaper products & soon found them a bit underwhelming & in quite a few cases buggy. Tried Vegas , never looked back. Thought it was intuitive , very reliable & fast to work with. It's capabilities are way above mine but I just love playing around seeing what you can do with it. It has well supported user forums & most who use it are very enthuasiastic about it. The people who make it frequent the user forums (unlike some other products) & updates come along generally pretty quickly if needed. It can be run on pretty modest set ups as well.
Sonic Foundry (who owned it before Sony bought it ) & now Sony are generally pretty good at making sure that come upgrade time they don't cost the earth once you are on the ladder.
Ulead VideoStudio 8 - because I got version 6 free ### years ago - liked it so much I stuck with it and have upgraded at every new relelease. It does everything I want and I've never had any problems.
Choice of editing software is very much a personal thing - whether you find it intuitave or not which is why many manufacturers will allow you a free trial
Thanks folks - all food for thought.
Pinnacle 9, seems to be getting rid of it's problems now & I am getting on well with it.
I've used VideoStudio for years now from V4 up to current V8 it is easy to use and have copied all my old 8mm and VHS tapes onto DVD. It dose it all for me then burns straight to disc.
Quantel Editbox then Quantel Henry.
Avid MC then Symphony then Express.
And lately just Final Cut Pro
Why? It's the way the industry has gone, now lots of my clients have got their own FCP suite so I have to find new work.
Ulead MediaStudio Pro for me, got my first edition bundled with an old Matrox Rainbow Runner card when analogue was the only option for me.
Stayed with the program all those years and happily using Version 7 for digital.
Another happy Sony Vegas (& DVD Architect) user.
Started with horrible "MGI Videowave" which came with my Firewire card.... then trialled a number of applications and fell in love with "Sonic Foundry Video Factory". Sonic Foundry later bought by Sony... later upgraded from Video Factory (now known as Screenblast Movie Studio) to Vegas.
Easy to use the basic features; but also more power and features then I will ever need...
Sony Vegas 5 and DVD Architect 2
Easy to use, very fast, and totally reliable.
Pinnacle Studio 9 - Have been using Studio since version 7 without any real problems.
Another happy Vegas user. Simple to learn, looks nice and never crashes. Lots of free FX tools too.
Avid and Sony Xpri
Cause its what I use at work
Apple iMovie04, which is soon to be '05 when my ebay parcel arrives from the Usa
Why? - easy to use, upload from dv Cam, edit and drop in music and pics from iTunes and iPhoto and then add chapters and burn with cool menu themes in iDvd. All integrates amazingly well.
Have Final Cut Express 2 from Apple, but can't get my head round it at the mo as is more geared towards pro usage.
Pinnacle 9, easy and powerful. Also no real problems in use.
Avid express & Prem Pro 1.5
I messed around with different titles, penultimately going for Pinnacle studio 9. As it had a lot fo bells & whistles to play with.
...Then i saw a demo of Sony Vegas5 +DVD (which was always my fantasy team selection) and stamped my feet alot.
Having talked to one of the exibitors, he gave me a competitive upgrade deal, (as far as I can tell, you say you have xxx software but really want Vegas, and you get if for quite a few pennies less )
It arrived today, so I'm gonna be busy for the coming weeks messin
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