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25 May 2010   #1

Video Editing ?'s

I've recently started various multimedia activities...recording, editing, publishing audio, photos, and videos. I'm a Film & Digital Media student at University of California, Santa Cruz and everything there related to media is Mac-based. I know Windows, I trust Windows, Windows is logical, Windows is ***affordable***, and so I'd prefer to use my own laptop and not A) use someone else's laptop B) spend epic amounts of time at the campus labs C) buy an overpriced Apple computer. I've asked this question of people at UCSC but no one seems able to think outside the Apple, so I'm posting it here.

I have two questions:
I'm accruing thousands upon thousands of files. How should I organize, name, tag, folder, etc my files? I have a 250GB SATA internal and a 1TB LaCie external. The majority of my files are day-in-the-life-of or blog kind of things, but I also do narrative and documentary projects. So far I've done everything chronologically with sub-folders titled by the specific activity. I got Name It Your Way (NIYoW) but it seemed a bit awkward to use; tried it once and it didn't seem able to append suffixes/prefixes correctly.
What video editing software should I buy? I've been using SONY Vegas 7, Acid 7, DVD 4, and Sound Forge 8, but they feel dated and aren't real easy-to-use. These are my editing needs:
- HD Video
- many different formats/codecs
- extensive editing potential (transitions, color correction, layering, fading, multi tracks)
- preferably an integrated audio, photo, video editing/publishing suite
- affordable (aka, not a Mac, not AVID)
- preferably 64-bit

I shoot stills on a Nikon, record audio on an Olympus, and will probably get a Canon camera in the X series (XH or XL ?).


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25 May 2010   #2

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Please do not double post .... one is enough...
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25 May 2010   #3


Okay - which category post should I keep?
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25 May 2010   #4

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Take your pick... choose one and delete the other...
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25 May 2010   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

Thread in Software deleted.
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25 May 2010   #6

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro

Thanks Dwarf!
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25 May 2010   #7


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25 May 2010   #8


Adobe premiere .sources

and comparison of best editing video

hope this helps
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25 May 2010   #9


Yes, been using the comparison at topten to peruse them. Any reasons, personally, you prefer Adobe? I feel like if I got Adobe I could start with Premiere Elements and then buy the whole CS if I liked it and wanted to pay that much. Any downsides to Adobe, iyo?
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25 May 2010   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

The 2 that I use are Adobe Premiere CS5 (this is 64bit only) and Canopus Edius Neo.
Neo is much cheaper for the normal person, about $200 vs $600 for Premiere.
I don't know if Neo is available for Students but I know Premiere is and is probably around $200.

Both have trials so you can download them and see which one you like.
EDIUS Neo 2 | Grass Valley

video editing software | Adobe Premiere Pro CS5

Newtek's Speed Edit is also very good,
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