hi everyone

 

I am looking for a piece for video editing software (to purchase if it is not a free one!) that does more than Wondows movie maker, to develop training videos inhouse.

 

I use Windows PC, not a Mac.

 

Any ideas anyone has or any experience they can share would be great - its so confusing out there in the market!

 

Thanks

Sally

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Sally,

I have been using Camtasia Studio as well. It is well priced, the support avaialable by the manufacturers is good (they have little videos that teach you how to do things) and it is great for capturing screens and highlighting areas on the screens. You can add video in easily. I am sure somebody out there will be able to give you a list of things it won't be able to do but for what i need, which is screen capturing, highlighting on screen, adding video and voice overs it is very good.

 

Good luck,

 

Jon

I'd agree with David and Jon about Camtasia, especially if your videos are screen captures or narrating slideshows. It'll handle "live action" stuff captured using a video camera OK, but I found I hit Camtasia's capability wall quite quickly.

If you think you're likely to be making videos that require complicated sequences and finely-tuned editing have a look at Adobe Premiere Elements (actually quite a bit cheaper than Camtasia). There's a bit of a learning curve but no more of a one than Camtasia. What it won't do is screen capture but you could always do this with Screenr or Jing.

There's also Sony Vegas and Pinnacle Studio, although I haven't used them in ages.

Definitely download the demos first if available and get a feel for them. Much of it is down to personal taste in the end.

Have fun! :)

Hi Sally

Camtasia Studio is worth every penny and if you haven't already get SnagIT as well.

I always use www.blueorange.org.uk who are very helpful - tell Julie I sent you!

For any videos that are PowerPoint or screen-based then it has all the options.

Best of luck

David (no relation!?)

I agree Camtasia is a good start, but my video editor of choice is Adobe's Premier Elements.  It is the consumer grade version of Adobe Premier.  It will recognize a ton of video codecs and will import off of almost any type of camera.  It comes with an excellent amount of filters and has the ability to do green screen editing. I have made dozens movies with it using live action video footage, Camtasia screencasts and Flash animation.

To be fair it does have more of a learning curve than Camtasia. I graduated to Premier Elements after I had mastered Camtasia.  I still use Camtasia for screencasts but I will do my final editing in Premier Elements.

Premier Elements lists at $99.00 but you cant get it cheaper on Amazon ($81.99 as of this writing).

Hi Sally,

We're lucky enough here to use Premiere Pro for video editing and so haven't had chance to use either Camtasia or Elements.  The functionality of Premiere Pro is amazing, to the point where we only use around 10 - 20% of what it's capable of and are discovering new things all the time. Certainly, everything we've thrown at it, from all sorts of video camera formats to editing and producing DVD's, it's coped with admirably and there's been no stumbling blocks so far. 

In my opinion, Premiere is a great application that we now couldn't do without, however, has a steep learning curve (and price!!) and is often far too 'professional' for what we need it for.   Worth a thought.

Paul 

Hi Sally, I agree with all contributions so far. I've used Camtasia mostly and found this to have the best and simplest editing features. We've also used Adobe Captivate which does have an option to record screen as well as the more traditional system walk through. Best of Luck.

I use Adobe Premiere for all my inhouse productions (unless I am on the Mac in which case I use Final Cut). Some of your replies assume you will be "screen capturing" and therefore advising you to get things like snagit and camstudio. You didnt actually specify what kind of  video editing you'd be doing. Are you just thinking about "talking heads", "interviews", "whiteboard sessions"and such like? Or are you actually also planning to do "demos" such as a screen demo of how something such as a piece of software works?

 

At the end of the day I would advise going for the best that you can afford, as some of your earlier replies suggest, it's important that your editing suite can perform. Can it handle the various file formats that you will find coming at you? Can it output to the various formats you may need? If not have you got a file converter software? e.g Adobe Premiere can output to wmv or avi etc., but not flv, so if you wanted flash video for a website, then you'd need to convert to flv.

 

I'd stick with Premiere... you want something that works for you, and Adobe Premiere does exactly that. There's a whole host of freebies around, but theyre all going to throw you a curve at some point or another, and that's not going to be helpful when you need a video by tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

Brian makes some good points there about Premiere Pro for video editing - interesting you mention Brian that you can't output to .FLV ,so perhaps it's version specific?   We're using Premiere Pro CS4 for editing all sorts of video and outputting to .FLV works OK for us...  Also use the included Encore package for producing DVD's.

 

Couldn't agree more though about Premiere as a package.

YUP paul, you're right - I stand corrected, just checked... a hangup from doing most of my editing on the Mac... so Adobe Premiere does / can output to FLV... :+)

First I would consider what format your source footage is in (e.g. AVCHD). You can then Google and see if the software has any issues with that format.

I can recommend AVS video editor, it's good value and very simple to use. It also comes wth AVS video converter, which proved very useful when I had to export to mobile device formats.

I now use Adobe Premiere Pro, not sure how it compares to the cut down Premiere Elements. It's has a steep learning curve and is probably overkill if you just want to import, cut, stitch, add transitions, add titles and export. However when I recorded audio separately from the video it was much easier to sync them both together. It was also better at scaling video clips into the corner when I wanted to display both video and slide content.

If your source footage is HD you will need a fast PC to work with video.

Whatever you choose, video editing is fun :-)

Hi Sally

For what its worth I use Power Director. Its not as powerful as some higehr end prodcuts but its good for PIP(picture in picture) with around 8 layers for picture and 8 for sound. Supports lots of video formats, and has lots of wizz bang effects. I have even integrated powerpoint slides into with some success. Its was about $AUS85, though the newest versions are probably more expensive I also recommend JING for simple screen capture and SnagIt for something a little better. http://www.cyberlink.com Cheers

Hi Sally. I'm another Camtasia fan. It's incredibly easy to use and you can produce some fairly slick looking videos without much editing experience. 

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