Lately - iMovie 11 on a Mac. I hope to move up to Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro (Apple). Newer versions of iMovie are a bit awkward but once you learn their quirks they are pretty easy to use. What I find is lacking in iMovie is some serious cropping features, movie within a movie stuff, etc. I also do not like how iMovie treats stills and/or imported still photo files. _________________ U2 160 • Chattaroy, WA - USA
I'm using FinalCut Pro... on my mac. Version 9 (not the goofy version 'X' that looks like iMovie on steroids rather than a professional editing suite)
If I had a PC I would use Avid or Adobe Premiere... but like Blindrodie, I'm an editor (got me a degree and everythang)...
I found Avid to be the most difficult software to self-teach on... final cut and premiere were easier (for me). Avid is actually probably easier in a lot of ways, I just needed to be shown how to do things the first time. FCP and Premiere I was able to figure it out on my own. I used an unknown version of Cyberlink PowerDirector for a short period, but found myself wanting more... but I probably want more from my suite than most consumer-users...
Nice vids Hopper & Thug! Sets some good goals for my editing desires. I'd love to have FCP + I need to get one or more cameras out on different positions on the glider. _________________ U2 160 • Chattaroy, WA - USA
I have switched to MacBook Pro using iMovie, and Adobe Premiere Pro. iMovie is fairly easy and powerful... iMovie does not allow burning to DVD as PowerDirector does. I am having to import iMovies into Adobe Encore to burn DVD's.
Info for Mac users... iMovie does not allow burning to DVD - though PowerDirector does.
On my PC, I use Windows Live Movie Maker, but found that when I tried exporting in HD at the end, it was giving me errors that I was out of memory, even though that clearly wasn't happening. Here's a handy video to show you how to get around it:
I also put a 4 GB thumb drive in and set it for Speed Boost (which you can do by right clicking on it) which will give you some extra memory. Once I did this, all of my HD video exporting worked great!
In the beginning I tried power director and it was great until u went to create your final edit. then it was like it used a whole new program. compare to crashing not sure what is worse.
maybe one day I'll invest in a nice video cam. I do not shoot HD 1080 due to disk space.( Just the gopro R2 setting). All my videos are not super clear also best to shoot with image stablizer on which in this vid it was not.
I am now backing up files and starting a new external Hard drive. It is a lot of work putting together a video in the end when it comes good it is a lot of fun.
I do have some more in the works but first i need to figure out this crashing stuff and back up my files.
1. Make sure your video drivers are up to date from your card manufacturer.
2. Have the videos you want to edit on your internal hard drive, NOT an external hard drive. The problem with using an external hard drive is they can shut down when not being continually accessed. This causes problems when the editing program goes to access the information and it finds nothing.
You can get programs that continually ping the external hard drive to keep it active, but I find it it simpler and faster to edit the video on an internal drive. It is fine to store your finished videos on an external drive.
3. Lastly make sure your computer is powerful enough and preferable a 64 bit operating system as a 32 bit system is restricted to a maximum of 2gig of ram per program no matter how much ram you have in your computer. A 64 bit operating system will allocate all the ram you have in your system.
There is a known problem and everything you listed is certainly tops. Checking into it all.
My problem is I know enough to be dangerous. Plus I think I have extra demons in the computer. it is due for a clean up. I am using both external and internal drives. It does not seem to make a difference as far as crashing. Internal disk is now full. Cleaning that up and I will use it for editing.
Internal disk is now full. Cleaning that up and I will use it for editing.
Yeah happy editing.
Ah one thing I forgot to mention, make sure you have plenty of free space on your main drive for PowerDirector to move around while producing or burning. Some people say you need 100 gig free when burning Blu-rays. I don't have a Blu-ray burner but do keep around 50 gig of free space on my C:/ drive. _________________ Sonic 165
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