I'm looking for a video edition software recommendations.
I have several old videos that have been converted from VHS to mpg and avi and I want to start working with them.
It's for personal use and of course I am far of being a professional.
I used to work several years ago with Pinnacle.
I would only need to cut-merge different videos, add music, subtitles, etc nothing really complicated but it has to do something more that super basic.
I've used recently Slideshow Creator that did its job but you just choose the pictures and then it makes the video. You can only add one audio track and no options to put subtitles, etc so I need a bit more.
I don't mind paying around $100 if it's worth it but if it's free even better.
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Last edited by budwzr; 8th Feb 2018 at 20:46.
I recommend Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve, looks hard at first but is very easy to get use to. The free version has a very powerful tools to do color grading, white balance, color correction you name it. This beast can do amazing things very fast, you work like photoshop layers they call nodes so you can apply adjustments or whatever with a few clicks.
This is what I did with a old VHS-C tape from the 80's.
This a few tutorials that show how easy and fast it is.
Easy as 1, 2, 3.
Regarding Vegas Movie Studio, I could say that I started to understand it pretty well although is not intuitive at all.
I wanted to know if there are "pre-set" options that we could use.
For example, I have several panoramic photos and what I just want to do is to zoom in from left to right, that's it. I've been learning how to use the Event Pan/Crop window and how to add keyframes but it doesn't do it in a accurate way and takes time. Is there a way to select many events and just make the software zoom in from left to right?
Similar situation with text. I use the Media Generators to pick up a Text Title and that works fine if all the text has the same format and appears at the same time but if I want a subtitle to appear 5 seconds after the title the only option I found is to create a different event, is that right? Isn't there a Media Generator pattern that can do that?
Panning/Zooming a still is called a Ken Burns effect. It is done by keyframing, also called keyframe animation. It's an art all to itself. In Vegas, the nodes of the sequence also contain tools to "ramp" the motions.
I would study up on "Keyframe Animation" until you get that "Ah-ha" moment.
You're lucky to be learning on Vegas, it uses real English terminology. Other pro NLE's have weird verbiage. Here's a pan shot done in Sony Vegas a few years ago:
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Also, if the built-in text titler is hard to use, just make your own text stills. Then animate them using the same technique as a Pan/Crop/Zoom animation.
Titling should only be used for credits. The opening title sequence is normally hand made, and choreographed from stills.
P.S. You have to master Movie Studio, before going to Pro version. It takes a year to make the transition, thats how deep Vegas Pro is. Stick with it.
Last edited by budwzr; 16th Feb 2018 at 11:06.
That's a nice pan and that's exactly what I would like to do, the motion is 100% accurate.
Regarding the example I gave you before, If I want to add a subtitle who appears 5 seconds after the title, is there a way to do it in the same event?