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Hi Warriors,

Goes anybody have any suggestions for FREE Movie software. I have just used Windows Movie Maker and thought life's got to be better than this??

thanks for any help?


#free #movie #software
  • Profile picture of the author Rikki_Fawkes
    Well, you get what you pay for, I guess.

    I use Sony Vegas myself. Not free, but it works.

    You could also check out the downloads on CNET and see if there's free trials or "Lite" software versions if you're trying to stay on the cheap.

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    • Profile picture of the author AATanner
      im brand spanking new.help!please
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Michael
    I found windows movie maker to be great for free software... but thats just for simple videos I guess...

    What exactly do you want/need to do?
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    For what you pay for the basic version of Vegas ($25 or so on sale or
    on Ebay) it is incredibly powerful. I have both plain and fancy
    versions of Vegas, and the plain is good enough for all internet
    video. If you want to render for DVD production or do HD dvds
    you'll want a more premium editor... but internet video is just
    better in smaller files. It streams better and more consistently
    for more users in low-def, so all you need is plain Vegas Home
    and you'll be able to do some awesome work, plus learn the Vegas
    platform, which is excellent.
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    • Profile picture of the author NicheMayhem
      I would have to agree that Sony Vegas is by far the best for great FLV production. There are some great plug-ins out there too which you will want to search for.

      I always say, if you want to produce good videos, you need good equipment. Especially if you are depending on or planning on profiting from your videos, go with Sony Vegas and find as many effect plug-ins as you can to really give your videos a professional look.
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  • Profile picture of the author mainstreetcm
    I use Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 and swear by it. It is IMO the best non-linear editor for your money in today's video editing market. If you don't want to pay the retail price, call up a vendor and say you are a student--instant $300+ discount. With a Core 2 Duo processor you will be rendering vids insanely fast in high definition if you have support for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author jozzer
    Hi Joefizz,
    Windows Movie Maker doesn't cut it. You are limited to the types of file you can upload and the final conversion to movie is terrible. I found that Video Pad Video Editor works really well. It's free and accepts most file formats. The final conversion to movie also offers excellent quality and HD settings.

    Hope this helps,
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    I've been doing internet video longer than a lot of people, so I
    kind of think a little like a dinosaur and stick with the tools I

    If you are just uploading to video sharing sites, you can use
    just about any format. I usually use .WMV but that's just a
    personal preference because I'm used to the way it works and
    know what it's compatible with.

    With the older generation of video players you had to convert
    your video to .FLV (or variants) to play it. No real video editor I
    have used can render to .FLV. That makes going from your
    editor to .FLV a two-step process.

    I have one software (visual communicator) that can go straight
    to FLV from shooting, but the FLV converter is poor.

    FLV converters fall into two categories: free ones that use
    older, open-source codecs and not-free ones that use the
    latest codecs.

    If you are self-hosting with an FLV player you need to know
    some of this stuff. Basically the older codecs work better on
    older computers with slow processors and lower levels of
    available RAM. The newer codecs take advantage of the
    processing power of the common computers of the last
    5 years (1.4ghz+ and 512MB RAM +) and shift the duties of
    playing the video over to the viewer's computer, away from
    the server "serving" the video.


    A bit.

    But here's a new wrinkle: newer players are also compatiple
    with MP4. I haven't started fooling with it yet because I'm
    a little stuck in my ways, but from what I've read it's more
    versatile than .FLV and is compatible with most video sharing
    sites, plus plays on self-hosted players (not all), plus works
    as a podcast-type format for portable devices.
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  • Profile picture of the author MLMAnswerMan
    Do any of these video software convert a Youtube video (FLV) into a MP4 so that it can be taken into iMovie and edited?


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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Re: Video Format Converters

    Editing software usually does limited converting. Do
    enough video and you'll discover you need a good
    editor (I use Vegas) and 1 or more converter

    I've paid for converter programs and still will,
    because some of the best "codecs" are proprietary
    and unavailable on open source converters.

    That said, if you are just starting out and don't
    want to spend money on software to juggle video
    formats you can use opensource programs.

    Here are a couple of pretty good free ones out
    there that may meet your needs.

    A lot of folks like Super:

    SUPER video converter

    I like Super too, but in my testing no program does
    everything well, so here's another good one which
    requires the Microsoft silverlite framework to run it.
    I think this is supposed to make it faster - and in
    my work with pre-silverlite versions it was quite
    fast. Xvid4psp

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  • Profile picture of the author JonePayoul
    I would like to stick with Windows Movie Maker ....

    Bcz its free and get the job done .. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author Johnny12345
    I would go with Sony Vegas Movie Studio. It's fairly inexpensive (especially if you find a good deal on eBay) and has an AMAZING interactive help system. The software will actually walk you through many common tasks.

    If you're on a PC, I think it's the best way to go.

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  • Profile picture of the author cjseven
    I bougth avs video editor from AVS4YOU Best multimedia software on today's market. and it is nice. It is not a super advanced software but it is fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author joefizz
    Thank you all, so much to think about now!


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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    I've been using Serif MoviePlus for many years now, and have always been happy with it. MoviePlus X3 Digital Video Studio &ndash; Serif (not an affiliate link) It's not free, but it's not all that expensive either.
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