Looking ro good inexpensive video editing software.

ghealy

New member
I don't have a video camera. I did have an old Super 8 movie camera with which I took 3500 feet of Super 8 film.

Recently had the film converted and transferred to DVDs. So now I have these DVDs with video that is not in chronological order. No problem, I can extract the video using VRDTV4 and save off the individual segments.

So now what I want to do is put the segments back together in chronological order with captions/titles describing each segment. Add music (No audio in the old Super 8 film) Would be nice to enhance the video if at all possible (increase brightness, saturation, etc). Not a must have, just a nice to have.

I want to be able to save as mpeg-2. Menus (DVD) would be great to have. I want to do as little recoding as possible as the image quality is already pretty poor.

Cost/price is an issue. As I mentioned, I don't have a video camera so really don't want to be spending 100s of dollars fro what will most likely be a one time use. (I'd probably be giving the software to my daughter for her to use on vids of my granddaughter.)

So with all that in mind, does anyone have any suggestions that will meet my requirements and not empty my wallet? <smile>

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
 

wscannell

New member
You can cut out segments one by one and add each to the joiner in the proper order. Then just output the mpeg2 from the joiner. You should not need to recode.
 

ghealy

New member
Thanks, wscannell. I used VRDTV4 to split the file into individual segments. But what i want to do now is add transitions, audio, enhance the video, etc. So the need for something more. As things stand now, I'll probably go with Cyberlink's Power Director 8
 

Anole

Moderator
make a home movie:

I see what you mean, and as a long time user of VRD, you know it's just not the tool for the job.

Many years ago, when I wanted to make nice DVDs, and VRD didn't yet do 'em, I relied on DVD Labs Pro for the job.
It's a fancy tool where you pour in your publish-ready video and make outstandingly professional discs.
Way beyond my needs at the time, but something to think about if it ever comes up.

Another major -class- of video software is the home movie-making variety.
Sounds like what you need.
So far, I've not had the urge to assemble my own movie, so I've not examined all the players.
I know Adobe has one, but I think it wants to convert everything to some intermediate format.
Not too user friendly , IMO.
The Sony suite supposedly does it all.
Might be expensive for a one-of project.

Win XP had Movie Maker 2, as I found by doing a Google search.
Whether it's applicable, I didn't check.
Does Windows 7 now include something that might be helpful?
Yes, Vista and 7 has one.

Hopefully we can have other suggestions. :)
 

ghealy

New member
Thanks, Anole for the suggestions. I trialed a number of the "home movie-making variety". Ended up choosing Cyberlink's Power Director. Got a very good price via Herman Street ($56.00). A bit of learning curve, but then again there always is with new software (and one of the reasons I enjoy playing 'computers'. <Big Grin>)

In Win7, they have Windows Live Movie Maker. Actually a very, very good program. (Except I have a personal bias against WMV files. <grin>)
 
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