Recommend me a noob friendly video editing software.

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  1. Mr. Detective

    Mr. Detective NATO Special Operative Veteran

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    Hey guys,

    I am thinking of making some motivational music video. So what I plan to do is take a song that I like, let's say from a video game, then play it over cutscenes from the same game. I would then add the lyrics in English (perhaps another language as well). Sort of like a typical old fashioned AMV, I guess. :rolleyes: Here's one example:


    Not sure how far I want to go with this, but it's something I have been interested in trying. So, can anyone recommend me any good video editing software? Right now, I am trying out Movavi and Cyber Link Power Director programs. I find that CLPD is not really good for adding text effects. It's kinda limited and cumbersome to do, and something complicated like in the video is not possible. :confused: Or should I just create a music video I like and then find another program designed to add subtitles to videos?

    For those who have some experience, how hard would you say it is to make a video like the one above? :stickytongue:
     
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  2. Kes

    Kes Global Moderators Global Mod

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    I've moved this thread to Useful Development Tools. Please be sure to post your threads in the correct forum next time. Thank you.



    If you check through the forum I've just moved this to, you will find a number of threads discussing this which you may find helpful.
     
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  3. Darkanine

    Darkanine ...In my thoughts and in my dreams... Veteran

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    Older versions of Windows Movie Maker (circa 2012) are pretty easy for new comers, and decently powerful. I used to make a ton of AMVs in that software when I was younger. AVS Video Editor isn't terribly complicated either and much more powerful (but expensive), same goes with Sony Vegas in my limited experience with it.

    You'd probably want a more advanced editor if you want to add lyrics. Movie Maker supports fonts, but AVS supports layers, which means you can get crazier and more creative. I think Vegas supports layering too, but it's been awhile since I used it.
     
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    aironneil Indecisive Creator Veteran

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    Most of the simpler video editors don't support text effects and layering which is what you'd want if you wanted to do the kind of text effects seen in that example you gave. I use Adobe premiere myself...though it's not exactly noon friendly, and it's expensive.

    In your position I'd try, like darkanine said, an older version of Windows Movie Maker. I remember liking the one on Windows XP back when I first tried video editing. If you have access to a Mac, I also hear the editor on that is pretty decent.
     
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    I always hear Sony Vegas is quite intuitive and easy for beginners. I use Premiere Pro for my editing, though thats not as noob-friendly. Both have free trials you can try out.

    Making a video like the one you linked wouldn't be difficult, at least with Vegas or Premiere, and there's a lot of tutorials on youtube to help you work out how to achieve certain text effects, etc.
     
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  6. Archeia

    Archeia Level 99 Demi-fiend Staff Member Developer

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    Camtasia is pretty good but I personally like Adobe Premiere. It's lightweight enough for simple videos and not as crazy as Adobe After Effects (Even tho I love AE)
     
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    Vegas has been good to me for almost a decade.
     
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    consolcwby (2015: afk...) 2018: BAK! :P Veteran

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    I used an old version of Sony Vegas for a project I did for a local cable access channel. I worked for what I needed at the time. But, the most important factor in deciding on editing software should be the rendering formats you need. Nothing irks me more than to see a video lose quality because the thing has been re-rendered so many times! Render once from original sources and always keep an archive of your work, especially mid-progress.

    Good luck!
     
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  10. Provois

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    I recommend DaVinci Resolve.

    I heard some ppl say it is kinda hard but for my personal experience it isn't (and i didn't had any kind of Video editing experience beforehand). Just watch 1-2 tutorial Videos on youtube and you should good to go i would say.

    It is also rly powerful in his free version and has no stupid limitation like a watermark or disabled save function etc.
     
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    Camtasia Studio is in a humble bundle right now. I have found it incredibly easy to use in the past.
     
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  12. Engr. Adiktuzmiko

    Engr. Adiktuzmiko Chemical Engineer, Game Developer, Using BlinkBoy' Veteran

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    Sony Vegas (though its pretty costly) is super awesome and still easy to use. Or for more budget friendly version, get the Movie Studio one (cant remember if its now named Sony or Magix)
     
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    Mostly depends on preference if you ask me. I've started using a combo of OpenShot and VSDC (the former because the latter doesn't Vorbis convert which is a mandate in VXAce, not to mention twice over in MV). VSDC does have its limits in freebie mode and you DO have to renew by the year unlike possibly Vegas or Premiere which I don't know because these two are the most experience I have. That said, if there's anything I miss while in VSDC I can cross check for the "Vorbis Theora" compile and add effects beyond the defaults in the latter app. OpenShot is also free as in "lunch on the house" (as is the backend code because GPL hence the name) and both follow timeline editing procedure. The one thing I found is that OpenShot is slightly more noob friendly but at the cost of fine-tune control over subtitles if you so choose which is what VSDC is for with my setup. On the other hand, if all you need is an animated backdrop for something like a roll opener (an auto-forward of something comparable to what you have in Star Wars to name an example) then you may be able to get by with the pixelated side-effects that may persist from a multiframe PNG or MP4 export off a document processor's presentation mode (think Office 365's PowerPoint function or the Impress view in LibreOffice).
     
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    Tbh, I just use Filmora lmfao. I haven't used it in anwhile but its pretty powerful for it being so lightweight and simple.
     
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