September 8, 2016 at 1:14AM

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What program should I use for videos?

I know this is a question that's based on opinion. But I have never done any video editing or camera work before. I would love to start learning how to make lyric videos and music videos. So here are some qualities I'm interested in. I'm not sure what to get. Adobe premiere, Sony Vegas, media composer. Etc... Btw I have Windows 10

What's easiest to learn?
What can I do more with?
Is there anything about any of these I should know about before I buy?
Can I use green screen on them?

Just anythin anyone can help me out with would be great!

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I would recommend first looking at Davinci Resolve. It is very powerful, and there is a free version available that does all the things the $995 version does except render 4K and beyond. It requires a fairly powerful computer, however: https://www.dcinema.me/davinci-resolve-system-requirements-a-reality-check/ . Fortunately, since the download is free, you don't lose anything if you find your PC is underpowered for the application.

If that doesn't work, Adobe Premiere Pro has a low entry price, but a very high exit price. They sell based on a subscription model, which means you pay every month. Over five years you will spend more money than paying for a $995 editor. But theoretically the more frequent updates will benefit you as you continue to use the software and all the new features they deliver.

AVID Media Composer is for people who work in industry and know that there is no other choice than to build an AVID suite and become part of the Borg. If you are working episodic television with 60 other editors, all doing your little parts, AVID will help you coordinate all your work together. But if you are a one-man-band, I cannot imagine using AVID as a stand-alone choice compared to the other two choices.

September 8, 2016 at 3:55AM

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Ok thank you so much! I love avid as I am into audio production and use pro tools. I had a feeling about media composer being exactly what you mentioned. Thank you for that free suggestion. I will try that first! I have a badass computer so I'm sure it can handle. Thank you for your time.

September 8, 2016 at 4:45AM, Edited September 8, 4:45AM

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Another problem with media composer, and this really blows my mind: you are not supposed to install it on the same machine as ProTools. I run a professional recording studio (http://manifoldrecording.com/) and I was stunned when I ran into installation problems on a Mac and the response I got from AVID (and a $200 service ticket charge) was "get a second $10,000 MacPro if you want to run Media Composer. and ProTools"

September 8, 2016 at 5:59AM

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MAGIX Vegas Pro 14 should be coming out around the end of September, so if you can wait a few weeks you might want to wait and see if they have any special pricing on it.

Vegas Pro is my favorite video editor, and have been using it for the past 15 years. ( back before Sony owned it )

September 8, 2016 at 4:52PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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"Can I use green screen on them?"
is the most specific part of your question.
What else do you want to be able to do with it?

Althought most NLEs can do green screen (and the success of pulling a key does not only rely on the software, but also on the footage), some other specific demands you have might narrow down the options.

If you put the time and effort in it, every NLE is easy to learn :)

September 11, 2016 at 5:15AM

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WalterBrokx
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Altho individual video editing programs called NLE for non linear editing have advantages related to each other, they all basically do the same thing. Altho I started out with Premiere Pro, I used Vegas as an audio editor, when it got serious video editing tools with v3, I dumped Premiere and have used Vegas ever since. Now that it has been bought by Magik, I have very high hopes, even the junior versions of Vegas called Movie Studio esp Platinum are capable of professional work. When a program is intuitive and easy to learn you will more quickly advance to more advanced functions. There are several things that make Vegas superior in my opinion for my use.
No other program has the extensive audio tools and I have used, will use and continue to use Vegas for audio editing. My suggestion would be to get movie studio platinum and the free version of hit film which for less than $100 is a very potent combination. I use the latest version of Vegas Pro 13 and will upgrade to 14 soon when it is available, lots of free tutorial info available and some commercial dvd instructional available as well.

September 11, 2016 at 1:46PM

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As previous Adobe Premiere user (btw I'm not a pro) I'm very impressed how Davinci Resolve (only used it for color grading) has improved as an editor for the last year.
It may still be a bit behind but the improvements with every update are really impressive.
Give it a try!

September 11, 2016 at 2:44PM, Edited September 11, 2:44PM

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The great thing about Josef's suggestion to use the free DaVinci Resolve is that it is free and does great color correction, the downside is the learning curve. Give some thought to how fast you need to output video and if you have the time to learn the program? Vegas too has a learning curve, but for many of us it was pretty intuitive. My suggestion is that no matter what program you choose to use, come on into the pool, the water is fine.

September 12, 2016 at 7:50PM

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