new to video software, need suggestions....

Discussion in 'Video Post-Production' started by Taurahe, May 30, 2016.

  1. Taurahe

    Taurahe Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 24, 2015
    Brandon
    I am wanting to start playing around with video and video editing and I am looking for some suggestions on easy to use software. I have creative cloud , so premier pro is an option, but something easier to use would be much appreciated. 4k capability is preferred, but not necessary. I will be shooting with the Panasonic G7 if it makes a difference.
     
  2. D7k1

    D7k1 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2013
    Go with elements so you can transfer your learning to PRO later.
     
  3. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    You don't mention whether you are on mac or PC

    I'm from a Mac background, and Final Cut is my tool of choice, though iMovie is also a good place to start.

    Regardless of platform there are some good free apps out there... maybe not easiest to learn, but should give you grounding in editing as well as some other more complex things

    I would check out

    HitFilm 4 Express - Free video software - HitFilm.com

    and

    DaVinci resolve from Blackmagic

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  4. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    For PCs, consider ACDSee Video Studio: ACD Systems - Photo Editing Management Software

    I have found, that for me, it is an excellent combination of reasonably sophisticated features, ease of use, and LOW price. I'm not a heavy videographer, but I'm producing still photo tutorials and want to move to video tutorials. I bought TechSmith's 'Snagit' which allows for pretty sophisticated still and video screen captures, and it's great, but the built in editor is pretty much for stills only. TechSmith also sells the highly rated Camista video editor, but it costs $200 USD.

    I looked at some Chinese made freebies, but they had little documentation, were pretty complex, and every update created stress in that I never knew what sort of 'extra' software would get installed. And there were 'updates' at least every month!

    Video Studio has been great, it costs $60 list price but is frequently sold at discount. And it has most of the features of Camista (at least the ones I'm interested in)
     
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  5. GBarrington

    GBarrington Mu-43 Top Veteran

    I need to amend this recommendation! While I still like ACDSee's Video Studio 2 for a simple and easy to use editor for the casual user, I have to admit I just today (3/7/2017) bought and paid for Camtasia (not Camista, sorry about that, I've also called it Camedia!). Primarily because I'm getting interested in creating video tutorials, and as simple and fun as Video Studio has been to use, it just can't keep up with Camtaisa in terms of giving me the production values I want to have.

    One thing I've learned in testing various editors for this task is that most modern editors pretty much use the same general user interface of the top half of the screen is split in two with one half is the controls window, with the other half the play window, and across the bottom half, is the area that controls changes to the specific video, audio, and special effects tracks. The tracks are very close in functionality to that of layers and like a still photography editor, you pretty much have to flatten those layers and convert the video to a file format that most people can use before you can distribute it. (See attached screen dump).

    Once you understand that, it's pretty easy to switch from one editor to another, regardless of the features list. It pretty much becomes the same workflow for every editor

    2017-03-07_18-03-52.