June 16, 2017 at 6:19AM

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Best Pc editing software on the market?

Hello guys
I'm a young farmer in Austraila but have brought myself a drone. So pretty keen to take vIdeo footage in my spare time and turn them into short movies. So I'm enquiring about software I'm aware that there are lots out there and all have their pros and cons.
I e looked at
Vegas 14
Premier pro
After effects
So I would like your professional opinion
Any info would be greatful
Thanks for your time
Tarren

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If you are a quick learner and can dive into the plethora of videos on the subject, I'd suggest you go download the free version of Davinci Resolve.
It's extremely powerful for color correction and they are doing better and better in terms of the editing part.

Premiere Pro and After Effects are also great and I love how they work in tandem, meaning, if you are working on a composition in After Effects that is integrated in a Premiere project, it will update instantly as you go along.
However Adobe charge premium for their software..... and. you might think you just need those two, but then you need photoshop as well and maybe Audition for audio and so on, and then you are forced to Cloud the whole package. Since it's 1 program or you might as well get em all.

June 16, 2017 at 10:24AM

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Torben Greve
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A real problem with resolve is that it has to have a smokin fast computer to run. By far Vegas is the easiest, by being easy, means that you will dig into the program deeper faster, very intuitive and all other NLE have been influenced by its innovative (at the time) design.

June 18, 2017 at 4:48PM

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Best for most users, I'd say, Premiere. Intuitive, powerful and it's integrated with everything Adobe. If you're getting paid, you have to have a number of other apps in the Adobe suite, so it's a no brainer. The cost is minimal as part of your operating budget. Been using their software for as long as Adobe has existed.

Best when you think about cost would have to be Resolve, since it's full featured and FREE. But you need a great PC to run it, which could make it useless.

I haven't touched Vegas in a decade, but I recall it being really nice. Simple and intuitive.

AVID is also powerful, but I think Adobe does everything just as well, without the need for special hardware requirements. We edited on AVID for a while until Premiere matured and become stable.

June 20, 2017 at 9:45AM

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Josh.R
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I'd say it's more accurate to say that Resolve needs a decent/good computer. I'm running 12.5 on an i5 with integrated AMD graphics and 16gb of ram. It's an HP Pavillion that ive added more RAM to. sure it could be better but it works.

Logan Fish

June 22, 2017 at 9:01AM

Hi Tarren!
One can do good job even with a simple NLE like Windows Movie Maker .... :) One has many choice of NLE from free to paid. Depending on how deep one wants to explore in movie making and money to invest or spend one needs to choose. Along comes the learning curve. Most high end NLEs will need more time to learn in compared to the simple ones. The hardware to run the software also counts.
My advice would be to download the trials and try your hands on each and read reviews... after all it is YOU who will be on it. We here will give you tons of suggestions and might confuse you as well .. :-))

June 21, 2017 at 12:08AM

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Dibyendu Joardar
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Thanks guys for your in put I'm just getting started so I hope I don't ask too many silly question. Also I'm not really looking to make money from the work I'm gonna be doin it's just as a hobby.

June 21, 2017 at 8:13AM

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Just start with the first simple software at hand. Only after you have made your experiences your self, you'll know what to look for next.

It is not the software that determines the quality of the edit, it's the editor.
Good luck.

Richard Lizier

June 26, 2017 at 1:40AM, Edited June 26, 1:40AM

If its just a hobby might as well go for something free! DaVinci Resolve is pretty powerful and free, but if your computer can't run it well, you're out of luck. It sounds like even that might be too much for you anyhow if you're just looking to cut together drone footage. Someone above me said it and I'll just say it again here, Movie maker does what it needs to do. Putting clips in an order back to back is simple and if simple is what you want it's perfect. No need to spend money on professional level programs! I'll take it a step further and say just use YouTube. YouTube's video editor might be sufficient for you. With the creative team I work with we often use it to cut together demos of what the final product will look like.

June 23, 2017 at 12:34PM

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For free editing software I find Resolve and then Lightworks the best. If U can't run resolve it is most of the time your graphics card, i bought a second hand gaming graphics card for 100 euros, and it works like a charm (it is also good with long top files, .mts, h264 ... to optimise media to apple proress)

June 26, 2017 at 4:42AM

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Lightworks (free or reasonably priced pro subscription) has been great for me. Runs without stuttering and I never have to bother with proxies (using pro subscription w/ wide range of codecs etc.) Supplement with Resolve (free) for your effects, notably its unbelievable stabilizing, keying and coloring. Resolve's learning curve is rather steep----great program once learned, however. You could also just do everything on Resolve instead of using Lightworks to do your cutting.

June 26, 2017 at 7:31PM

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Douglas Boe
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P.S. Fusion (free) gives you unbelievable effects! Again, a rather steep learning curve. But do your homework and you'll be in effects heaven!

Douglas Boe

June 26, 2017 at 7:35PM

Hitfilm is also free, I cannot recommend Premiere at all for many reason from MY EXPERIENCE not opinion. Here is an article about someone elses experience http://www.eoshd.com/2017/04/time-to-dump-adobe-first-impressions-of-res... I use Vegas Pro, but even if I used one of their cheaper programs like movie studio platinum which is pretty cheap to buy and a very capable program. Basically all programs do the same thing, but Vegas has some significant advantage in ease of use and superior audio tools and like they say 90% of a great movie is great audio. With the other programs you need a separate audio programs to do what I do, but for others audio may not be a big thing.

June 28, 2017 at 11:55PM, Edited June 28, 11:55PM

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There's a couple comments about Premiere and the Adobe Suite. At work I have the full Adobe Suite and love it, but at home for personal work (mostly short films and music videos) I only have Premiere Pro and it's all I need. It's super robust but approachable. Once you learn Premiere, if you decide you want to explore other Adobe software, they all integrate well with each other, and often have fairly similar interfaces.

Plus, with Adobe's subscription program, if you find yourself slowing down with video for a while, you can just temporarily cancel your account and save some money.

June 29, 2017 at 12:55PM

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Joseph Elliott
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