What's the best Video Editing software for making YouTube Videos?

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Just a quick question...

What do you think is the best (and easiest to use) video editing software to make promotional videos for your sites and for You Tube?

Jeremy
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  • Profile picture of the author braver55b
    Right now I just downloaded some editing tutorials from Youtube in order to use my standard windows movie maker, you don't always have to get that overpriced stuff if you're not planning on something too elaborate.


    Besides if you're going to use other video editing software, you can always go to youtube or the other major video sites like I did for tutorials.
  • Profile picture of the author JeremyL
    So how popular is windows movie maker among warriors?
  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Jeremy

    Depends on what you want to do. Windows movie Maker is OK for some editing of live video, but the titling is horrible.

    Camtasia is great for screen capture videos, adding text to live video, creating snappy slideshows.

    BTW, I'll be talking about this stuff on Willie Crawford's Blog Talk Radio on Monday evening (North America time) Internet Radio, Citizen Broadcasting, Social Media Podcasts - Blog Talk Radio
  • Profile picture of the author Tsnyder
    Originally Posted by JeremyL View Post

    So how popular is windows movie maker among warriors?
    I use Movie Maker...

    If I'm just doing screen capture stuff I use Cam Studio.

    Tsnyder
  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Jeremy,
    Not the easiest program (but I wouldn't say the hardest either) is Adobe Premier. I find it much more powerful than Movie Maker (which, I find, limits my ability/creativity greatly). Premier obviously does a lot of stuff I don't need... but I also am not limited by the PROGRAM'S ability (which is the most imporant aspect in any tool like this for me).

    The learning curve might be there... but as a good example, I'd say it's no more of a learning curve if one was going from MS Paint to Adobe Photoshop for instance. With video growing at the rate it is... I'd say it's a worthwhile investment of your time to make.

    Thanks,
    Brian
  • Profile picture of the author mr2monster
    If you're creative, you can do a lot more with Windows Movie Maker than people give it credit for... That's what I use.
  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    Camtasia for Screenshot Videos and Slideshow Videos.

    Adobe Premier or Sony Vegas for videos made using a camcorder or webcam.

    Movie Maker is the video equivalent of MS Paint. Yes you can do some tasks in the program, but it is very limited. Invest money in a good program.

    If you don't already have Photoshop for graphics manipulation, then you will want to invest in Adobe Creative Suite that included Premier and Photoshop.
  • Profile picture of the author elitemarketer
    Hey Jeremy,

    My personal favorite "Video Editing SOftware" is....


    Sony Vegas 8.0 or Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum

    And listen if you are just getting started with this stuff always remember that even with these very high priced softwares from Major Companies like Sony, TechSmith and so on you can go to their sites and download a 30 FREE TRIAL.

    And this way you have 30 days to put your videos into action and get a return so they can pay for themselves!

    QUICK TIP::: Make sure before you start any trials that you have everything like your scripts, setup and videos complete because you might think it will take you an hour to put together a video and then it takes you a week which gives you less time. So after the video is recorded and just needs to be edited then get your trial and rock n roll

    With Vegas you can add music, another video track (for displaying your domain throughout the video), there are tons of effects and much more. Watch the Free Tutorials because they really help and best of all are "short and detailed"

    Good Luck
  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Originally Posted by jjpmarketing View Post

    Camtasia for Screenshot Videos and Slideshow Videos.

    Adobe Premier or Sony Vegas for videos made using a camcorder or webcam.

    Movie Maker is the video equivalent of MS Paint. Yes you can do some tasks in the program, but it is very limited. Invest money in a good program.

    If you don't already have Photoshop for graphics manipulation, then you will want to invest in Adobe Creative Suite that included Premier and Photoshop.
    Agreed.

    I should have clarified that. Adobe Premier is overkill for a slideshow or simple screen capture video. However if I do any VIDEO work I always do it in Premier. For one, the HD options are extensive (does Movie Maker even do HD? I dunno). With my Sony HD camcorder this is very cool... especially with the camera hooked up into Premier's live capture using a firewire cable for live, on the spot, high quality recording.

    ...and for those who say HD isn't needed for online videos, let me just say you're wrong. The quality difference between the standard DV recording and HD method is night and day. Think of the old anology... crap in crap out... so if you start with a low quality recording and compress it for web it will (more often than not) have more noticable flaws than if you go from high quality recording to compression for web.

    I also prefer to go letterbox 99% of the time now. It looks more professional (just from a prospect's standpoint) and all monitors and TVs are headed to a completely letterbox format.

    Thanks,
    Brian
  • Profile picture of the author jjpmarketing
    Let me put a marketing spin on this. When you are producing the best quality visually speaking. Your product will stand out from the crowd of marketers just throwing videos together. When you have professional transitions and callouts and all these other neat features in good software like the background effect (chromo something)... people will be more inclined to trust your product is good, simply because your video looks professionally done.

    This is because it has a higher perceived value.

    Crap in and Crap out, goes for sales too. Put in a crap effort for research and development, and you will get crap in sales.
  • Profile picture of the author Lesley Huntley
    I use Windows Movie Maker almost exclusively. It's just so easy to use, and best of all it is free. I'm not making professional, polished marketing videos however, my videos are more fun (when I make them myself at all!).

    You can download the free trial of Camtasia Studio for 30 days and give that a try, I had a go with it, but ended up going back to WMM. It was just easier for me. It does (as mentioned) depend on what you want to do with it.
  • Profile picture of the author 60MinuteAffiliate
    I have to say that I've used Camstudio and I just started usion Camtasia this week. I loved how easy it was to record powerpoint presentations into video.

    Regards

    colleen
  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    Hey Jeremy

    Here's a bit of Advice for you..

    If you are just starting out, then use JING!

    FREE, FAST AND GREAT for at least starting with!

    Jing Project: Visual conversation starts here. Mac or Windows.
    Get It NOW.

    And No I am not affiliated with it!

    Focus on making some money before spending more of it!

    -Lakshay
  • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
    Windows Movie Maker compresses your video files on output so if you are doing live motion video you will end up with crummy looking video because it will be double compressed when you upload it to youtube.

    While I am not going to go into detail on youtube optimization strategies here...

    It does not matter what editor you use for youtube as long as you can save your master in a DV avi format.

    The key is to upload your video to youtube in the least compressed format possible taking into consideration Youtube's file size limitation.

    By uploading the the least compressed format possible you will increase your image quality.

    I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum but again you can use any editor that will output in a lossless DV avi format.
  • Profile picture of the author sarthakbehl
    Hi

    I use camtasia... But if you are just starting you can use zing
  • Profile picture of the author TimGross
    I think Sony Vegas has the best combination of full-features and fairly quick learning curve. FYI, there are good versions you can get for under 100 bucks, like Vegas 8 Platinum.

    As others said, download the free trial first to see if you like it.
  • Profile picture of the author LonNaylor
    I own almost every video editor on the planet I think...LOL but:

    I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum for almost all editing. Best value (about $90), most features, lowest learning curve, very flexible.
  • Profile picture of the author Chris_Willow
    If you want to do it with style AfterFX is the way to go.
    If not, than evry single piece of software is good enough for youtube

    Chris
  • Profile picture of the author dorothydot
    iMovie for MacBook. This is awesomely powerful.
  • Profile picture of the author Dave Weaver
    I have used Windows Movie Maker and find it is good for simple editing of video for youtube etc. Sony vegas seems to be pretty popular and has good reviews. I am using Pinnacle Studio 11 and although it is ok it seems to have conflicts with my system. When it works it works fine when it doesn't it freezes up my computer.

    To put videos on site I use VideoWebWizard from Keith Gilbert. There are many options in the program and it converts your video to FLV. The latest version allows you to host the videos offsite and I am using Amazon S3 so I don't have to worry about my shared hosting bandwith and usage.

    The following link shows one of the videos on a site I am hosting. Notice the program does not show the fact that I am using Amazon S3 to host the video.

    Uncle Ray

    Under the video is my affiliate link or you can just go to videowebwizard.com.

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