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    Posted: 20 April 2022 at 00:00
Well, it's a wet week down here in Tāmaki-Makarau so getting out to take photos (or record video) is being thwarted.

So, I thought I'd pose the question of what your preferred video-editing software was?
I started with Sony Vegas Platinum Movie Studio, and while it sufficed for a lot of basic editing I got frustrated with its limitations.
I then gave Da Vinci a try, but honestly, the learning curve for someone producing video that wasn't very ambitious, was pretty steep.
I'm now on Apple's FinalCutPro X and this seems to hit the sweet spot of being a powerful editing tool, and with a learning curve that isn't too steep. To date though, I'm using it mostly for work rather than creatively.
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I haven't needed anything but Vegas HD Platinum myself. Like you, I installed DaVinci Resolve on my previous computer and tried some things ... but when I replaced the computer I didn't bother re-installing it because it got no real use. Apple stuff doesn't seem to run on Windows, so no comment there.
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DaVinci Resolve Blackmagic whatever, still version 15.3 works fine for me, tutorials are a must LOL.

For open source KDEnlive and OpenShot are okay, at least on Linux; I tried Olive (Windows) but it was very alpha/experimental, I should try it again.
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I got a bit frustrated with Vegas when it couldn't handle S-log footage or apply LUTs, but for a lot of editing functions it worked out ok. I'm afraid that FCPX is limited to Apple Machines. It does work really well with the M1 family of chips.

@4paul Yeah, I got the sense that Da Vinci was a very capable system and benefited from a lot of excellent online tutorials and support. I just didn't have the time or motivation to master it. Whereas FCPX just seemed a lot easier to pick up. And it came with the Sony S-log LUTS preloaded so very easy to use.
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I use iMovie and I am aware of its limitations and the tramlines it almost forces you to follow. It gets a simple job done. I'm not aware of any inexpensive options to explore on the Mac, so recommendations would be appreciated. Does Premiere Rush offer any advantages?
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Hi Howard,

Well iMovie makes the transition to FCPX less daunting. I wasn't aware that Adobe had put out a free, stripped down version of Premiere. It sounds like it could be worth a look. Maybe someone else can advise.
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Interesting seeing we have some video editors here. I haven't done any video in many years, but I am interested in starting again. I've only used Microsoft Movie Maker.
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Since the pandemic started and I've had to do a lot more teaching online, I've had to become familiar with more elaborate video editing techniques. One tool I use a lot now is the split screen. I think another driver toward video is our cameras are now much, much better at recording video. Being able to use S-Log recording is analogous to recording in Raw in a stills camera.

I think the top tier professional video editors are largely settled on Da Vinci, Adobe Premiere and Apple's Final Cut Pro. These have excellent colour-grading tools and embedded LUT profiles for log, or hybrid-log footage.

But there's a lot of quite good video editors also available that could suit less-demanding users as well. Hence, my attempt to start a bit of a discussion around them.
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I gave OpenShot a go. Its simple and effective for quick and dirty edits.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 June 2022 at 17:47
The last two years I used Camtasia for producing (70+) instruction videos - which is ok, but could also create some trouble with image/sound not being synchronous.

When I did a crowdfunding project some time ago I used Adobe Premiere Pro - particularly to blend footage of several cameras. Learning curve was steep and my instruction tutorial (video) drove me nuts - but in the end it worked.

I am also looking for software that offers a medium steep learning curve and is not too expensive.
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