Don't update immediately. I always wait a few weeks for the update "fix" to release.
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.
Companies have to be extra careful now, but...
Have you tried just contacting them? Cold calls, emails, showing up at the office? This was the early 90s, but I reached out to a local wedding production company(that's all there was) to hopefully work over the summer and they interviewed me and let me tag along on a gig. I proved enough that they let me be second camera and that was that. Got some nice cash every Sat or Sun and good experience going into college. Obviously those were different times and now anyone can shoot weddings. At least now you can show people what you've got SO EASILY, and you have every amazing tool at your disposal.
Try editing on 2 VCRs hooked together, instead of Premiere, shooting on a handicam in VHS-C=) Going to a 3 chip SuperVHS camera, with the deck hanging on your left shoulder, was exciting. The whole rig weighed 1/2 as much as me.
I figure now, programs in high school have local contacts if your H.S. has a production program. Otherwise, make your own videos in preparation for college.
I've read people gushing over the touch screen autofocus. My personal GH4 I shoot my kids with did that 2+ yrs ago=) It's new for a mid range "Cinema" camera, but these videos and articles are acting like they've never seen it before in their lives.
All that gear and crew isn't free. You're talking 5 figures daily. It obviously could have been done with cheaper cameras on a true shoestring budget. But it sort of delegitimizes the whole thing....Never mind, just saw she was a child actress...she had money and contacts and a parent who didn't have a job, so she could play producer for her=) Just think, you too can make a film with a lot of resources, hehe.
Didn't go to film school?? You really don't need film school when your teen years are spent on set. You'll learn more there than in any classes. You would think she was a nobody from reading the article. A bit disingenuous.
One of the better video explanations out there.
In the end, a M43 can achieve the same results as a FF, as long as you adjust your settings and distance, which almost everyone knows. You hope=) You need faster lenses to create more bokeh, but when some people say one sensor is "better", they don't quite understand the math. Easier to achieve "X,Y,Z" is more appropriate.
Since nearly all video cameras are S35 anyway, we're not talking a massive stretch to achieve FF, especially when you're using speed boosters. Our FS5/FS7 with Canon Lenses are basically full frame. For grins, I've brought along my personal GH4 with a 25mm prime on a couple of shoots and have easily matched them, bokeh for bokeh, DOF for DOF, with little effort. Had to open it up a bit more, but no one would ever guess which camera is which.