January 16, 2015 at 2:47PM

You voted '-1'.

NLE Software - Need Recommendations

Hi there, filmmakers! I'm going down the self-taught filmmaker route and need some recommendations on where to start with non-linear editing software. It seems there are a lot of options available at different price-points and I want to avoid burning too much cash in the process of teaching myself editing. Adobe's Creative Cloud sounds great, but I'm feeling hesitant about them draining a monthly fee from me while I'm on a learners curve. I'd also rather not dish out $600 for CS6 just so I can have something permanent on my computer. I've been looking at Davinci Resolve 11 Lite, but haven't determined yet if it's compatible with my laptop. I also see that Lightworks provides free NLE software.

What do you personally use and/or recommend for someone getting their feet wet?

FYI: I have a Windows laptop (HP Envy m4) and am shooting on a Panasonic G6.



Adobe creative is better than Final Cut X but less than composite. I think that have the perfect equilibrium between cheap/easy agains expensive/dificulto to use but more robust.

January 19, 2015 at 3:06AM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

I could never warm up to the Lightworks interface, but you should give DaVinci Resolve a try. It is a fast install and while it still has it quirks, it is pretty damn good considering that it's free.
For paid stuff I guess the next best thing would be Final Cut X (but you're on win, so thats tricky) or Premiere. I know the price tag of CC is steep (i'd love to see a video pro bundle with just Premiere/AE !) but you could try to get your feed wet with Premiere Elements for a lower price tag.
You'll have to pay with the amateur homemovie-flavour of that though, but you still learn to edit, and then you can always just upgrade.

February 19, 2015 at 1:18AM

Philip Drobar
Video Editor

Premiere's big advantage is its integration to other adobe products.
I moved from Premiere to Sony Vegas Pro. There are many advantages to using sony vegas pro or its baby brother Sony Movie Studio Platinum. It is the most complete program on it own neither FCP or Premiere have the audio tools and compositing out of the box, you have to buy other expensive programs to equal what Vegas can do out of the box.
No other major program is as intuitive (easy to use) not only will you be productive faster with the basics, but you will advance to using advanced functions faster because you are not fighting the interface to learn it. Sony movie studio platinum is a very capable version and if money is an issue is well worth it. I would be happy with it, but I have the Vegas pro version . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlCprJPwBSI

May 25, 2015 at 8:52AM


another significant advantage it has over other NLE is that it works better on modest machines than the other NLE mentioned.

May 25, 2015 at 8:54AM


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