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Posted: 9/30/2004 9:27:14 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:28:47 AM EST
What platform?
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:29:16 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:31:23 AM EST
MS Movie Maker free with Windows XP.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:32:06 AM EST
Avisynth will do all that, but the learning curve and geek factor is rather high, and you may need to use an abstraction layer to feed it into an actual encoder.

Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:33:21 AM EST
Just remember....you get what you pay for......and in the case of video editing, its pretty obvious to others as well.

Just my $0.01
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:36:18 AM EST
TRG,
Have you taken a look at Windows Movie Maker? Free at Microsoft.com last time I looked. I have some editing stuff that came with my computer; I think I got some with my camcorder; and then I downloaded WMM. It's by far the easiest and most intuitive to use, but it's buggy and tends to lock up my computer.
I have a theory that the lock ups are a problem with my stuff, but maybe not. Maybe it will work for you; maybe not, but it's free.
Good luck.
BTW, I appreciate your work as mod!
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:38:40 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:39:07 AM EST
All depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Hobby/home video or Pro? If just for hobby, and you don't like Movie Maker, I would suggest a web search. If you're willing to spend a little bit, I'd suggest something like Ulead. www.ulead.com/products/video_editing.htm?source=overture.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:41:31 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:43:54 AM EST
I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but you're not going to find such an animal. There is no good free editing software out there. Somebody PLEASE prove me wrong, but it ain't gonna happen.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:45:25 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:50:01 AM EST
Have you tried MS Movie Maker? That should easily do what you describe.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 9:54:51 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:00:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 10:01:05 AM EST by cwd10]
"I am looking at "Zwei-Stein" right now."

Well, as long as you're not looking at FIENSTEIN right now, I guess you're ok. Seriously though, Movie Maker is the ticket. When your IT guy gets done, give it a try. It's very simple and easy, yet you can do cut and paste, effects, import audio and video, titles and much more. If you plan on using a digital camera, you will need a Firewire port, and possible a codec update. Other than that, you're good to go.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:01:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 10:03:48 AM EST by MudBug]

Originally Posted By cwd10:
I'm sorry to rain on your parade, but you're not going to find such an animal. There is no good free editing software out there. Somebody PLEASE prove me wrong, but it ain't gonna happen.



It depends on what you want it for, if it's basic editing then VirtualDub is considered very good. If it's more advanced editing then Wax seems to be getting some good press lately.


ETA; Check out videohelp for lots of guides and ideas.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:03:33 AM EST
I tried Virtualdub, and it was CRASH city. Haven't tried Wax though. I'll have to check it out.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:04:32 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:07:57 AM EST
Just install it now, you don't need SP2 for it to run.

www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx

For that matter, it should already be installed. Just update if that's the case.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:09:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By cwd10:
I tried Virtualdub, and it was CRASH city. Haven't tried Wax though. I'll have to check it out.



I went through a period of renting DVD's, ripping them and creating VCD's from the rip, Virtualdub did all the minor editing I needed. I also used it for a couple small game videos, it also worked for that. That and the reviews is all I know about it.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:18:18 AM EST
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:21:55 AM EST

Originally Posted By cwd10:
Just install it now, you don't need SP2 for it to run.

www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/moviemaker/default.mspx

For that matter, it should already be installed. Just update if that's the case.





Operating System
Requirement:
SP2 for Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional

Recommendation:
SP2 for Windows XP Home Edition or Windows XP Professional


If the older 2.0 or 1.1 was still available you could install that on an earlier version of XP.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:26:16 AM EST
Stay away from MyDVD from Sonic. SUCKS.

Going back with the video capture system on Saturday.
Link Posted: 9/30/2004 10:33:12 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/30/2004 10:33:53 AM EST by gaspain]
Try Avid Free dv. its a slimmed down version of what the pros use, prolly the best FREE NLE program out there. I find it a bit complicated though, so I use Sony Vegas 5.0 which totally rocks.

www.avid.com/freedv/
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