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14-05-2008, 12:37 PM
I just bought me a vidcam with a 60 GB harddisk. I would like to make DVD's for families overseas about how we live. So, need to make ready for use DVD's with menu's. My question is: what program would you recommend. I am happy to pay 200-250 $ for it and buy it -in the box-. There are so many alternatives - Ulead- etc. Any proposals ??


14-05-2008, 12:40 PM
HIGHLY recommend Sony Vegas.


I have used it for years, since version 4. It's really easy to use, for a beginner, but also extremely powerful. I'm almost certain it comes with DVD Architect 4.5, great for making menus etc etc.

Can't recommend it highly enough.

This goes for any video editing program - they like a lot of RAM - 1GB +, 128MB + Graphics card and Dual Core CPU is best, that almost halves the time it takes to render any video.

Although it will run on less, it will just be a tad sluggish. If you only have 512MB RAM, I'd recommend upgrading that first thing, before even looking at software. You'll thank yourself for it later.

14-05-2008, 12:59 PM
Just for a starter without paying anything just use Microsoft Windows Movie Maker which is probably on your system. If you find that it is not got enough features then you can look at commercial software later.

When using Movie Maker save out to the highest quality which is DV-AVI Pal (Movie Settings, Show More Choices, Other Settings, DV-AVI Pal)

What make/model Video Camera did you choose? Some of the newer Panasonic and Sony ones do AVCHD and the software that edits that is limited. Sony software can't yet edit the Panasonic AVCHD video, although the format is a joint format between the two companies.

60Gb is not much for Digital Video, you may have to look at a bigger drive later also if you take a fancy to Digital Video Editing.

If you are in Auckland there is Auckland Movie Makers Club which membership allows some discounts to software plug a lot of help at the club meetings and other members.

Most members use Sony Vegas but a few use other software like Adobe Premiere and Pinnacle Studio, the later being one of the cheaper ones and very good for beginners.

14-05-2008, 01:14 PM
Thanks guys, just for your info, I have a JVC HD-7 and the 60 GB refers to the disk on the camera, not my system. I have a 500 GB external drive that I use for my digital photo's and that I now intend to use for the video. I have 100 GB free on my internal HDD of 160 GB.


14-05-2008, 01:41 PM
You have a desktop or laptop?

Using the external drive for video is going to be slow. Only 480 mbits/sec transfer rate, which in reality translates to about 30-40 mb/sec.

14-05-2008, 01:54 PM
Although Bantu pretty much covered the best options here is a list of video editing apps for you for PC
Adobe Premier Elements (beginner)
Adobe Premier Pro
Sony Vegas Movie Studio

For sound editing
Adobe Audition
Adobe Sound Booth
Pro Tools

For Mac
iMovie08 - beginner
Final Cut Express - intermediate
Final Cut Studio - Pro

For sound
Logic Express
Logic Studio - Pro
Pro Tools

Your main requirements for editing software are RAM and HD space with lots of both for faster editing and storage.

kahawai chaser
14-05-2008, 02:03 PM
Try the free video spin (http://www.videospin.com/) for editing, has a bit more features than windows movie maker and is relatively easy to use.

Also the well known virtualdub (http://www.virtualdub.org/), maybe avidemux (http://avidemux.sourceforge.net/), Zwei-Stein, (http://www.thugsatbay.com/tab/?q=zweistein) and Virtual Edit (http://www.virtualedit.net/home.htm), and movavi (http://movavi.com/) (also can transfer/optimize for mobiles)...

If you want to edit, and share with family/friends try jumpcut (http://www.jumpcut.com/)

14-05-2008, 02:42 PM
I personally use Adobe Premiere Pro I edit what I want with the Video and Audio adding in the appropriate effects i want the output to either DV-AVI Pal or straight to Adobe Media Encoder which sets it up for DVD creation software Adobe Encore.

Some software like Pinnacle Studio allows you to create your Digital Video then burn it to a DVD or Hard Drive Folder directly. Studio also has a range of DVD templates which can be added to or altered in a graphics program like Photoshop or similar.

If you have Nero you can use Nero Vision to do most of it or just to do the DVD creation part.

14-05-2008, 03:54 PM
Here is a good set of tutorials for Adobe Premier pro

After Effects


general video editing tips here

Speedy Gonzales
14-05-2008, 04:19 PM
Theres a few podcasts in Itunes too for Photoshop (If you've got a Video Ipod).

14-05-2008, 06:46 PM
48 hours of furious film making here

14-05-2008, 07:26 PM
Windows Movie Maker is a good starting point. Adobe Premier is fairly easy to master if you need more features.

14-05-2008, 07:29 PM
If you want really simple video editing, try the open source Avidemux.