Video Editing Software for eLearning

Sep 13, 2011

What are all of you using and what do you like?  I am a PC user and am budgeting money for 2012 for video editing software.  Wanting the best bang for my buck.  Currently looking at CyberLink Power Director 9 Ultra but it seems to crash alot and I've read the support is bad.  However, it has great product reviews for a consumer software program.

Suggestions welcome!  Certainly want green screen functionality and a nice library of transitions/effects.

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Steve Flowers

I haven't used it since I switched to Mac but I remember having great luck with Vegas / Sony:

This contains a decent library of transitions and effects and also supports Chromakey. Not bad for $49. And they offer a time-limited trial if you want to give her a whirl.


David Steffek

If all you're looking to do is basic editing (simple cuts, etc.) then the Movie Maker program included with Windows should suffice.

If you're looking for more power with not a lot of expense. I've been using Pinnacle/Avid Studio for years. Multi-track audio/video, motion title generator, soundtrack generator, chroma key, lots of plugins/effects.

ben almeer

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Jerson  Campos

It really depends on what you want to be able to do with the software. I've never used Vegas Pro, but I have used Premier, Premier Elements, and After Effects. Both Premier and After Effects are professional level editing software Premier is mostly just video editing, while After Effects is to create special effects, but you can still edit video quite easily. Both have steep learning curves. If you want to test the waters and go with a beginner version, I would suggest getting Premier Elements. Its quite powerful and you can export to a variety of formats and sizes and its only a $100.

Rich Johnstun

Jonathan Workman said:

Good discussion here!  I actually ended up going with Sony Vegas Pro.  Having some video editing experience in the past, this wasn't too hard of a transition and what I couldn't figure out, I just went to YouTube and let a 12 year old kid teach me (no kidding).

That same 12 year old kid teaches me all the time as well  

Are you running 11 or 12?  I'm still running 11 and haven't seen any big reason to jump to 12.  I did find out this weekend that if you are working with .mov files in Vegas 11, you don't want to upgrade Quicktime past 7.7.1 as Vegas apparently doesn't like the codec.  I had to downgrade my Quicktime to work with the video I shot on my iPhone. 

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Jacinta Penn

AVS Video Editor is incredibly cheap and very easy to use. The video that comes out is good quality, and the software isn't too complex, like some of the above, good for a video editing beginner such as myself, who doesn't want to do a lot of fancy stuff.  They also have a video converter, great for making flv files.

Rich Johnstun

Since this just popped up again, the newest version of Camtasia is actually a decent video editor. I wouldn't spend the money on it just for that, but if you have it already it's worth messing with. 

I've also been recommending Sony Movie Studio to my friends for cutting together their home movies and such. It would work fine for the vast majority of what people are doing and can be had for well under $100. 

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