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    Nice Video Editing Software?

    We are currently going the though a complete website revamp. One of the ideas for the new website is a video made by students talking about the school.

    We have a very nice Canon HD camcorder to film the shots. Unfortunately the only video editing I have done is stringing clips together on Windows Movie Maker and exporting it.

    We are thinking of exporting the video has a .flv file so we can use Flash to play the video once it's on the website.

    Does anybody know, or use, any decent software that can help me do this? It would be extra-awesome if it was free or VERY cheap

    Thanks in advance.

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    I have always used Adobe Premiere. You can get the express version quite cheap, and is very easy to use and manipulate.

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    If your only using it once there is a free 30 day trial of Sony Vegas Movie Studio which is quite good

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    Premiere has really matured recently - but if you're just looking for some simple cuts/tranisitions could try AVS AVS Video Editor: perfect for home video editing. Edit video easily! which I've heard good things about.

    and its free ;-)

    However you'll need something else to do the .flv conversion..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Premiere has really matured recently - but if you're just looking for some simple cuts/tranisitions could try AVS
    We're wanting it to look professional, so I'm not overally sure whether it's a cut and transition or a matter of playing around with effects. I think that's something I need to play around with. Thanks for suggesting AVS though

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    I have always used Adobe Premiere. You can get the express version quite cheap, and is very easy to use and manipulate.
    I'll have to check out A. Premiere. Do you know if there is a trial version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rolfea View Post
    I'll have to check out A. Premiere. Do you know if there is a trial version?
    Adobe are very funny about their trial versions and the likes. But you can download a suite from their website as a trial.

    I am unsure if it will automatically watermark anything you produce though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GREED View Post
    Adobe are very funny about their trial versions and the likes. But you can download a suite from their website as a trial.

    I am unsure if it will automatically watermark anything you produce though.
    I found the trial version but it won't download. It requires to files to be downloaded. The first of the files will not download. Tried 3 different web browsers and a different pc. Which is frustrating. All external sites link to the Adobe download page to. I want to scream.

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    Bloody adobe

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    Does the Canon camera record in AVCHD format? If so, then you will need a lot of computing power to edit successfully. I use Premiere CS4 at home and we have Elements 8 at school (the education version is cheap) but it's not 100% stable. I was thinking I was going to have to update my computer to i5 at the least but I have forked out £62 for Cineform Neoscene, which converts the AVCHD files to HD AVI which my dual core computer handles with ease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Does the Canon camera record in AVCHD format? If so, then you will need a lot of computing power to edit successfully.
    On the box it says about AVCHD, so yes. But the manual we have for it is only in French, German and Italian; so I can't check if it does other file types.

    I'll be trying to use AVS as Adobe is being a PITA. If it proves difficult or impossible I'll be phoning Adobe and putting Premiere on my iMac which has a pretty good spec
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    Quote Originally Posted by rolfea View Post
    I'll be trying to use AVS as Adobe is being a PITA.
    Sounds about right

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Does the Canon camera record in AVCHD format? If so, then you will need a lot of computing power to edit successfully.
    My Canon gives me nasty AVCHD .mts files... I batch them into SD avi files then edit with those as proxies; in Premiere I set up timelines with both sets of video imported and disable the mts clips. When I'm done editing, I switch the original MTS files back in and render from the originals. Works for me

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    That's the way I was doing it but it's so much simpler with cineform, especially as a lot of my stuff is 2 or 3 cameras, so the timelines get a bit busy. The only downside with Neoscene, apart from the cost, is the files are bigger. But I've got plenty of disk space. Rendering is a lot quicker too.

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    The Serif Movie product is really easy to use and is pretty cheap.

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    So it turns out AVS watermarks the video and isn't free at all.



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