Best free legal editing software to use?
Hey, folks! It's been a long time since I've been here. Some personal things came up and my heart just wasn't in it anymore. But I think I'm back to fan editing.
However, I have reached the end of my patience with Ulead VideoStudio 10. I'm tired of having to "trick" the system to do such simple, everyday transitions as a fade to black. I'm frustrated that I can only export online as a WMV, the cheapest and ugliest-looking video format possible.
Of course, I'm preaching to the choir here. We could all go on for days about this software, I'm sure.
Someone here suggested that I try Sony Vegas instead. While I appreciate the suggestion, Sony Vegas refused to install because I'm running Windows XP instead of Windows 7.
Then I tried Adobe Premiere, since I recently took a class on that, and it has a lot of great functionality. However, when I downloaded the free trial from Adobe, it pasted the words "FREE TRIAL" all over the screen. While I can understand Adobe's reasons for wanting to do this, the word stamp makes Premiere absolutely useless to me.
So, does anyone know of a free legal software that I could download that works better than Ulead VideoStudio 10?
Thanks in advance!
Last edited by TV's Frink; 02-23-2012 at 12:50 PM.
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You could try Lightworks.
This topic has been discussed before. There is no real good "free" NLE out there, and if you want something that is capable of doing fanedits its best to find a commercial product you are comfortable with.
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I'm running Vegas Studio 9 on XP no problem. Might see if you can find a used copy if it's not for sale new anymore.
Womble. it's not free but it's about as cheap as you're gonna get for a half decent NLE.
Just don't do anything more complicated than fades or wipes within womble itself as the only let down it has is the internal MPEG2 encoder is a pile of poo but to makeup for it, it has smart rendering.
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Great suggestions, everyone. Thanks!
Frink: Yeah, I'll have to try to find Vegas 9. Vegas 10 was the one that was giving me trouble.
its important to note that vegas "movie studio" is a stripped down version of the full vegas. its very capable but omits many common features such as 5.1 audio [studio maxes out at 2 channel stereo] and many tools/effects.
I highly recommend it to someone looking for a cheap and [relatively] easy entry into editing with vegas - I used movie studio 9 on my first 2 edits and was very happy considering the low price point [I bought it in 2009 for around $30] and feel i got my moneys worth - but eventually had to upgrade to a full version.
just remember - if you want bells and whistles you just plain wont find em in a cheap/free editing suite. like all good things, gotta pay to play
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The version I have works with 5.1, though I only get two additional tracks beyond that to play with. To be clearer, I believe my version is called movie studio platinum and cost around $60.
Very good point, elbarto! Once I'm working again, I do hope to pay for a good suite. Right now, I'm just too broke to even consider that. I'm not looking for a perfect suite for free, just a better one than what I have.
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