Please recommend a very good video editor for free or less than $100

Dari

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I'm a novice when it comes to editing so I'd like something easy to use. I don't plan on producing anything complicated. I've used Windows Movie maker but the avi output for HD looks like trash. Anything else?
 

MagnusTheBrewer

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My poison of choice is Premiere Elements. Cheap, very powerful but, steep learning curve. On the other hand, all powerful video editing programs have a steep learning curve.
 

Evander

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Not sure if they make an English lang. version but I like TMPEGenc DVD Easy Pack (now on version 2, I have version 1). It has lightweight (but not so much) versions of 3 of TMPEGenc's flagship products (encoder, editor, and dvd author) for 1 low price (I paid around $40 to $60 when I bought mine).
http://tmpgenc.pegasys-inc.com/ja/product/te_dep2.html
 

Rottie

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Originally posted by: MagnusTheBrewer
My poison of choice is Premiere Elements. ]

:thumbsup: I wish I didnt have to buy full verson of Adobe CS3
 

MagnusTheBrewer

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Originally posted by: Rottie
Originally posted by: MagnusTheBrewer
My poison of choice is Premiere Elements. ]

:thumbsup: I wish I didnt have to buy full verson of Adobe CS3

You can get Premiere Elements and PhotoShop Elements for ~$90 last I looked.
 

Muse

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Originally posted by: nordloewelabs
another vote for Sony Vegas.

Does it have a good encoder? My own requirements currently don't involve very fancy editing but I want to preserve a maximum amount of the quality from the big AVI's I've ripped off minidv tapes. My experiments with Nero and Ulead Studio disappointed me because the video quality of the DVDs sucked compared to the original shoots. I figure that 2 hours of video on a DVD should look really good. I'll even settle for 2 DVDs, but want it to look nearly as good as the original video.
 

Dicko

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Adobe premier pro is # 1 but for ease of use i like ulead video studio and TMPGEnc who make a number of products just find the one which suites your needs best.
they are easy to use have lots of features an are not that costly
 

nordloewelabs

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Originally posted by: Muse
Does it have a good encoder?

it has several encoders built-in for output in several formats. from what i remember, it uses the MainConcept encoder for MPEG creation.

i find Vegas more user friendly than Premiere, however the latter is more powerful. on the other hand, Premiere Elements is probably as powerful as Vegas.
 

Dari

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Originally posted by: Muse
Originally posted by: nordloewelabs
another vote for Sony Vegas.

Does it have a good encoder? My own requirements currently don't involve very fancy editing but I want to preserve a maximum amount of the quality from the big AVI's I've ripped off minidv tapes. My experiments with Nero and Ulead Studio disappointed me because the video quality of the DVDs sucked compared to the original shoots. I figure that 2 hours of video on a DVD should look really good. I'll even settle for 2 DVDs, but want it to look nearly as good as the original video.

This is exact;y what I'm looking for as well. I want quality and don't care for space considering it'll be staying on a home server.
 

Muse

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Originally posted by: Dicko
Hi
Adobe premier pro is # 1 but for ease of use i like ulead video studio and TMPGEnc who make a number of products just find the one which suites your needs best.
they are easy to use have lots of features an are not that costly
I have a couple of versions of Ulead Video Studio that came with hardware I bought. They aren't very recent and I wonder not so much about the functionality or even the learning curve but am most concerned with the quality of the encoder, assuming that they do incorporate real encoders.

I got the Version 6 SE DVD with my Winfast TV2000 Deluxe TV card. I got the Version 5.0 disk that says "DV" with my Canon Optura 20 minidv digital camcorder.

Any clue if these are capable of decent rips of my ~25 GB AVI's to DVDs? These are wedding shoots and I want to provide family members (e.g. the couples!) with quality DVDs from my minidv ripped AVI's. Obviously, I don't want to give them minidv tapes.
 

Muse

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Originally posted by: Dari
Originally posted by: Muse
Originally posted by: nordloewelabs
another vote for Sony Vegas.

Does it have a good encoder? My own requirements currently don't involve very fancy editing but I want to preserve a maximum amount of the quality from the big AVI's I've ripped off minidv tapes. My experiments with Nero and Ulead Studio disappointed me because the video quality of the DVDs sucked compared to the original shoots. I figure that 2 hours of video on a DVD should look really good. I'll even settle for 2 DVDs, but want it to look nearly as good as the original video.

This is exact;y what I'm looking for as well. I want quality and don't care for space considering it'll be staying on a home server.
If space is no issue, just rip to AVIs. IIRC, they look as good as the minidv tapes.

 

Dari

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Originally posted by: Muse
Originally posted by: Dari
Originally posted by: Muse
Originally posted by: nordloewelabs
another vote for Sony Vegas.

Does it have a good encoder? My own requirements currently don't involve very fancy editing but I want to preserve a maximum amount of the quality from the big AVI's I've ripped off minidv tapes. My experiments with Nero and Ulead Studio disappointed me because the video quality of the DVDs sucked compared to the original shoots. I figure that 2 hours of video on a DVD should look really good. I'll even settle for 2 DVDs, but want it to look nearly as good as the original video.

This is exact;y what I'm looking for as well. I want quality and don't care for space considering it'll be staying on a home server.
If space is no issue, just rip to AVIs. IIRC, they look as good as the minidv tapes.

I did that with Windows Movie Maker and I saw faintly noticeable horizontal and vertical lines (forming squares) like you see in the Matrix. This was the best that WMM had to offer.