{grumble, moan, grunt} I need video help

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Ok, after spending the day beating my head against the desk, I have come for help.

For my next project I want to have a video. I know what I want, but for the life of me I cant figure out how to do it.

I don't really want to use camtasia/camstudio to do this.

What I am looking for is someone to either point me in the right direction or something. I dont know.

What do you use to put together a professional looking video? I am not using actual video(people), but rather some special effects, text, voice over and a music background. I am not looking to be George Lucas, but I also don't want to put out a crappy video for this project.

I know I can outsource it, but I want to do this and learn.

I guess what I need is a video editor and then a way to get it to web. (not necessarily youtube, but something I can put on my site).

I downloaded a trial of Sony's Vegas editor, and it's nice, but I don't think it's what I need.

So I ask those who know what they are doing...aside from the camtasia option, what software do you use in video production(editing, splicing etc) and then what do you use to put it on the web?

Any help would be appreciated. I am off to take a break before I toss my computer out the window!

#internet marketing #grumble #grunt #moan #video
  • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
    Keith, believe it or not, you can get professional quality videos with
    Camtasia. It's not the software that makes the quality of the video so
    much as the camera you use and the lighting.

    As for effects, if you want really amazing effects, I honestly don't know
    where you get them from. You won't get them from Camtasia. Maybe there
    is some really pro software out there that people use to make movies, but I
    am going to guess that it's going to cost a pretty penny.

    What I would do is go to Google and look up "Professional Home Video
    Production" and see what you come up with. I'll bet my best mule that
    you're looking at thousands of dollars in equipment and software costs.
    • Profile picture of the author Keith Boisvert

      I have been using camtasia and done some ok videos, but this particular one needs to be stellar.

      There won't be any live video. Most of the effects will come from digital juice and stuff I create myself.

      I just need to be able to put it all together then upload to web in a nice format that is clear. The editing power is really important here.

      I know that the super pro stuff is really expensive.I am not looking for cameras and studio equipment, just some decent software that will produce a nice video and output it the web so that it looks good.

      This is something I really would like to do myself, so if I have to spend a bit more upfront then so be it. I just wasted a whole day on possibly the wrong thing, so there is a cost associated with not having the right stuff as well.


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