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    looking for video-editing software

    Hello all-

    I'm looking for video-editing software on the web. Something that allows me to create and edit my own videos and such. The closest thing I've come is http://www.jumpcut.com/ . Which isn't too bad for a free service and far better than Youtube.

    Now, if I had a Mac, I could go all out with their proprietary software, but I'm on Windows I guess I could consider buying my own software but so many of them are overly complicated to learn and use so I'm hoping there is some sort of a middle of the road online software for me?

    Thanks for any insight into this.


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    If you are using windows XP, you can use "Windows Movie Maker", which is already installed on your PC. The only problem is that the output is limited to WMV (I think) and the quality is crappy.
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    I've been using Roxio Easy Media Creator 7.5 with great success. I went back to 7.5 after some troubles with the current version 8. You should still be able to find EMC 7.5 on Ebay. I paid $30 something last spring. There is also a GREAT Roxio user forum.

    I also briefly installed Nero but it took over my computer! Had to do a system restore to purge all traces from my system!

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulgb
    If you are using windows XP, you can use "Windows Movie Maker", which is already installed on your PC. The only problem is that the output is limited to WMV (I think) and the quality is crappy.
    WMM is so,so. I was looking for more oomph.


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    I've used a Sony product a few years ago that I think was called "Movie Studio" and was very happy with the results. This is their latest version with DVD authoring capabilities and at under $100 I don't think you could go wrong.

    The learning curve on these entry level programs is much easier than on the more expensive ones and Sony offers free trials on their site if you want to try before you buy.

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    You might want to take a gander at this article (the guys lists programs a person can use for video editing for both Mac and Windows and gives a description on each prog):

    http://leoville.tv/radio/pmwiki.php/Main/VideoEditing

    You could also try some open-source apps like http://www.virtualdub.org/ or http://www.jahshaka.org/

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    Is it possible you already have some video editing software that came free with a digital camera? It's easy to forget about it! My last camera came with a 'Lite' version of Ulead VideoStudio which works quite well and is not too complicated.

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    Another good free one is Dubugmode's Wax
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    I just came across this cool little tutorial (thru Lifehacker.com) on how to make a stop-motion video with your digital camera. Pretty cool. You might want to try that out for fun.

    http://www.photojojo.com/content/tut...igital-camera/

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    Don't know if this will help - but I am in the same possition and this was quite useful.

    Desktop Video Guide

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    Hey thanks guys. All these links are helpful and will keep me quite busy.


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    Quote Originally Posted by imouto
    I just came across this cool little tutorial (thru Lifehacker.com) on how to make a stop-motion video with your digital camera. Pretty cool. You might want to try that out for fun.

    http://www.photojojo.com/content/tut...igital-camera/
    Nice link! I've just spent HOURS following more stop-motion links from that page. There's some amazing stuff out there.

    Paul

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