Rich wrote:Hey guys,
Just curious for comparison sake, have either of you used virtualdub?
Well, unless it's changed quite a lot since I last used it, trying to fix some downloaded movies with glitches, I'm not quite sure they are in the same league. I use Pinnacle Studio to edit "MTV Style" skydiving videos professionally (and I've spiced up wedding videos and home movies and such) because it's ease of use is extraordinary. Automatic clip detection and thumbnail galllery indexing; drag and drop timeline editing, transitions, titles and effects, easy and intuitive audio and A-B video mixing. "Ken Burns" documentary type dynamic manipulation of still images to spice them up...
If you're working on home movies or anything like, you owe it to yourself to try it out. This last summer I did exclusively DVD non-linear editing for the first time for all my videos; and the results are so much nicer then the industry standard "on the fly" mixes. A bit more time consuming, but once I got the hang of it, created some easily modified stock titles and collected appropriate stock footage; when I kept to my shooting script I turned out 11-13 minute films with lots of clips and good story-telling and action in about an hour.
But what the hey, they were great advertising and I was able to charge a premium for the DVD treatment, so it was worth it.