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11/17/04 11:56 AM
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beev
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Edited: 17-Nov-04
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Hi guys.

Im interested in getting into Video Editing. What is the best software to go for?

Im told that the best thing to do is get a Mac and go with Final Cut Pro. Im looking for an affordable option. Also, ive been tod that the best Windows option is to use Avid.

Ive been looking at this article http://www.videoguys.com/RT5.html.

Any other info would be great. Im pretty new to this stuff. The most ive done with video editing is capturing and encoding and cutting and splicing mpegs in TMPEG.

Yours,
Beev

11/17/04 12:15 PM
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Edited: 17-Nov-04
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Beev...I would highly suggest checking out a mac system with FCP on it. You will be thrilled with this set up. The Videoguys website is a great resource for info too.
11/18/04 2:13 AM
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There's a lot to consider, but the main things you need to know are: 1. The industry is almost exclusively Mac. If you want to work in the industry, you are doing yourself a huge disservice by not learning Mac. 2. Same goes for Avid, although FinalCut has cut some impressive chinks in Avid's armor, particularly by courting prosumers & students. 3. All the top of the line studios use Avid. If you learn even on a rudimentary Avid system, you can walk in there & be proficient in very short time. 4. That said, Avid DV Express (their entry-level package meant to compete with FinalCut) is a giant turd. 5. PC has more-or-less caught up to Mac in terms of required hardware to make video editing possible, but the lack of compatibility with the industry will be a major issue for some time to come. 6. Among the OGer's who have edited extensively on the major PC NLEs, Vegas seems to be the favorite. 7. ...although ironyuppie might change that soon. -r
11/18/04 8:31 AM
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Edited: 18-Nov-04
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Thanks guys.

with regards to industry, im only gonna be learning this for personal stuff. Im not looking to break into movie editing as a job.

Yours,
Beev

11/20/04 3:08 PM
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Edited: 20-Nov-04
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I like Premeire for PC...but then it's about the only prosumer NLE I've used for PC. FCP is the pimp of NLE's, but you'll spend a bit more on the software and machine to run it on. For getting started, there are all kinds of trial versions to see which one you like best, and once you decide, you can usually find a way around the high prices with student discounted software and the like to practice on. Though legally you can't edit something on student software and make money off it.
11/22/04 10:20 PM
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Edited: 22-Nov-04
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I haven't tried Vegas but for PC's, Premiere is the way to go. Not only Premiere but the entire Adobe suite. Adobe is known for their intergration of products. If you have the money - go Mac.
11/24/04 2:58 PM
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Edited: 24-Nov-04
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"I haven't tried Vegas but for PC's, Premiere is the way to go." Clearly a reasoned opinion. -r
11/26/04 10:10 AM
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Edited: 26-Nov-04
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lmao, was just thinking exactly the same thing.

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