November 1, 2016 at 6:49PM, Edited November 1, 7:32PM

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What Editing Program should I get?

Hey! I would like to have suggestions about what editing program (for free) should I get.
I have an Asus A541UV, windows 10.
CPU: intel i5 6200U 2.30 GHz
Ram: 8 GB ODD: 1TB
Grafics: NVIDIA GeForce 920MX Intel® HD Graphics 520 2GB

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Your options are really limited. I've seen people do amazing stuff (including high quality composites) with AVI Synth for Windows but you better get used to typing. Otherwise, you're restricted to Linux. I guess there's MS Movie Maker and iMovie, but they are very limited.

Is it possible to save up for an "obsolete" version of Sony Vegas? You can get a MUCH better editor for under $100.

November 2, 2016 at 7:22AM

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If you want a free software that can is around the industry standard you could have a look at HitFilm Express 4. It is totally free (there is a paid version but you don't need to buy it) and looks very similar to Premiere Pro.

November 3, 2016 at 6:34AM

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Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller
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Also try if Davinci Resolve works.

November 4, 2016 at 8:45AM

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Davinc Resolve is likely your best best.

November 5, 2016 at 12:30AM

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Charles Duoto
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But is his computer powerful enough for Resolve?

November 6, 2016 at 7:10AM

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HitFilm, without a doubt.

(a) Your computer is too weak to reasonably run Resolve and (b) HitFilm is much better for editing than Resolve, plus can do a lot of stuff it cannot.

November 6, 2016 at 9:19AM

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David S.
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I'd try Hitfilm AND Resolve.
I sometimes use Resolve on a 2010 Win laptop with a 1GB graphics card and only 6GB RAM.
With optimized media (=proxy) it works.
When I tried out Hitfilm on this laptop (about one year ago, version 3) it crashed very often, so I moved to Resolve (and love it - and it has improved VERY much as an editor)!
You'll see what works best for you (and your machine). Good luck!

November 6, 2016 at 2:24PM

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Hitfilm and resolve are not your only choices, but they are both good choices, most any editing program will do even the free ones that come with your operating system. What you can do with an NLE is far more important than what NLE you use. There is a craft in editing and so the NLE is the tool for you to exercise that craft free or not.

November 6, 2016 at 9:15PM

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For that machine I would stick to Hitfilm. And if you end up really getting into it start adding packs and make it the editing platform suited for you on the cheap.

November 11, 2016 at 7:32AM

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Herman Delgado
Filmmaker, Editor
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Hitfilm, maybe you can try to learn Lightworks, it's free but very complicated. They used it on Wolf of Wall Street.

November 12, 2016 at 1:30PM

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Frank Oh
Producer
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First of all you have to consider which features you'll need to edit videos. There is no need to pay for a software you don't need. I personally opted Viosk video editing ( https://www.viosk.com/ ). It totally meets my requirements.

November 15, 2016 at 2:37PM

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August 7, 2018 at 7:05PM

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I'd recommend getting the Lenovo Legion Y720 for editing:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?item=N82E16834332757

It's the most affordable laptop with sufficient power to handle NLEs like DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Premiere Pro, and others.

Plus, it's equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 port for plugging in fast external storage.

If you want to upgrade the main hard drive, AVA Direct offers that service here: https://www.avadirect.com/Lenovo-Legion-Y720-80VR001BUS-15-6-Core-i7-770...

August 8, 2018 at 7:11PM

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Glenn Bossik
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