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    best video editing software for year 6

    Hi, following my earlier post on a video editing PC, does anyone recommend any video editing software with a good trade off between ease of use and features? Aimed at older primary school children / non-techie teachers.

    We want more then Movie Maker, partly because we have several Sony hard disk cameras, which record in MPEG2 format, and Movie Maker doesn't like it. (I hate having to transcode it, which I have done, but it takes too long to make it feasible in a primary school). So a big requirement of the software is that it has to take MPEG2 videos as input.

    Initial thoughts: Adobe Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas, Serif Movie Plus.

    Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Serif Movie Plus is lovely software, well worth a go if it does your MPEG2 bit.

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    Having just used Adobe Premiere Elements to produce a results video, I found I completed the whole prduction with effects, menu and credits on the same day of installation. I found the features great, the quality very good and found the software to be very stable.

    We have Serif Movie Plus and find it not in the same league as premiere.
    For your needs and intended user level, I think they will achieve more with premiere. I think premiere experience would also be more usefull later on than the serif product.

    I used Sony harddisk cameras as the source, and they imported no problems with great editing choices.

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    I know some people swear by vegas, but personally, I prefer premiere.

    For a year 6 class, elements should be fine.

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    Awsome, thanks

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    If funds are tight, Avidemux might do swhat you want - Avidemux - Main Page - open source and cross platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rocknrollstar View Post
    So a big requirement of the software is that it has to take MPEG2 videos as input.
    Which Adobe Premier Elements doesn't:

    PC Pro: Product Reviews: Adobe Premiere Elements 4

    Our first real surprise came when we tried to use the Adobe Media Downloader to pull video files off the AVCHD-based Sony HDR-SR8E camcorder. Despite AVCHD having been around for more than a year, and fast becoming the new consumer HD camcorder standard, Adobe has missed it out of two successive versions of Premiere Elements. Even MPEG transport stream files didn't work, so HDV remains your only option when shooting HD video.
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    Ulead Video Studio 11 (now Video Studio Pro X2)is a good buy at the moment and works very well with Sony and other HD based cameras. We use it at one of our CLC's with pupils from Y3 - Y11

    VideoStudio 11 -

    or from Pugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Which Adobe Premier Elements doesn't:

    PC Pro: Product Reviews: Adobe Premiere Elements 4



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    The latest Premiere Elements (7 I think) supports MPEG2 and AVCHD.

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    How about pinnacle studio?

    I know it can be used quite simply on the ultimate version (which I've seen around for 70 a copy), so maybe the lower versions will have everything you will need? ALso, have seen that version 11 can be had for 20 for the standard version from their website...

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    Pinnacle can be very flakey. I don't know about the latest version but certainly some of the recent ones have been a right can of worms.

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    Kino on ubuntu is a nice small and easy to use linux video ed program, will output to nearly any format as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    Pinnacle can be very flakey.
    I think I would use stronger words than that! I've just bought pinnacle studio ultimate for my computer at home. It might be because I'm running Vista but what a waste of money! Crash, crash crash

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    It's been like that since v8 I think. Are you aware that you probably qualify for Adobe education pricing which makes Elements very competitive.?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laserblazer View Post
    It's been like that since v8 I think. Are you aware that you probably qualify for Adobe education pricing which makes Elements very competitive.?
    Thanks I didn't know that. Here's the link to Adobe's education site.

    Adobe.com Site Requirements
    Last edited by Jobos; 23rd September 2008 at 11:09 AM.

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