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NLE recommendations for newbie?
I personally use Edius and a Canopus capture card but for someone else, new to video editing on a PC, what's is out there that is a good starter NLE program in the free or sub $100 range that doesn't lock you into specific hardware or capture cards?
What about Premier Elements, you can probably get Photoshop Elements with it as a bundle.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 plus Adobe Premiere Elements 4 - Complete package - 1 user - DVD - Win - International English
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 plus Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 software combines two powerful yet easy-to-use products to deliver the most complete photo and video editing solution. Entertain friends with unique cinematic slide shows and dramatic freeze-frame effects, create personalized DVDs, and easily share on the web.
For $249.00 inc GST
or just Premiere
Adobe Premiere Elements - ( v. 4.0 ) - complete package - 1 user - DVD - Win - International English
Adobe Premiere Elements 4.0 software makes creating and sharing impressive home videos a snap. Burn your footage to DVD in simple steps, complete with a DVD menu and scene index, or easily assemble your movie by rearranging clips with drag-and-drop simplicity. And share your movies on DVD, the web, mobile phones, and virtually anywhere else.
For $169.00 Inc GST
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The only other thing in the price range available separately is the sony vegas home studio-some of the versions come with PSP in it, v. 10 last I looked.
Personally I like the adobe versions better, either spearately or together as a bundle. I'd suggest getting the bundle for the price-it's what I've been using actually up until today (just switched back to PS 7 until I can afford to upgrade-I was actually running into pixel and font size limits in PSE, and also wanted actions).
The other thing to consider is the huge wealth of available filters, layer effects, brushes, etc... from the adobe site, many good ones are free from that site.
sign up is free for now, as are many of the downloads. Well worth the time-and that's just one of the sites with a lot of downloads available.
Here's Vegas George
Though I'd go Adobe
Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum 8
Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum software offers everything you get with the standard version such as easy drag-and-drop video editing, integrated DVD layout and burning, Show Me How interactive tutorials. In addition, Platinum Edition provides added features, advanced editing tools, and other bonus materials to speed you through even the most complex of movie projects - from fullscreen DV to widescreen HDV.
For $219.00 Inc GST
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Agreed on the Adobe front, although there's a single feature of Vegas that's still got me secretly 'cheating on Premiere' - In Vegas, you can have multiple instances of the program open at once. The two most useful advantages are being able to render one project while editing another, and having multiple projects open at once to cut and paste clips, effects, and bins between projects.
On the other hand, Adobe has the more robust third party plug-in market (nearly all Premiere-Pro compatible plugins work in Elements), so the advantages go either way. Like I said, I stand on the Adobe Platform, but Vegas has its wonderful perks as well =).