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What's your Favorite Video Editing Software? Try to list some Paid and Free ones, and cross platform ones (or alternatives for the single-platform software, i.e "I Like iMovie but a great alternative for Windows is Sony Vegas")

asked Aug 03 '12 at 10:47

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My favourite is Final Cut Pro 7 but for work I have moved over to Avid Media Composer 6. I much preferred the FCP7 workflow but as it is not 64bit and as FCPX is not very good I was required to move. Occasionally I will use Premiere Pro CS6 if required.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 11:09

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I use Final Cut Express 4 all of the time, but since it's getting older and older, I'm thinking about switching either to FCP X or Adobe CS6. However, CS6 (Production Premium) costs $1,899, and the whole FCP package costs $400.

Since FCP X costs $300, it's incredibly hard to get the same value wherever you go, so if I do upgrade, I'll be sticking with FCP X.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 11:12

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Well, if you're a student the CS6 Production Premium costs $450. I do like FCPX a lot though. But After Effects is a must have for VFX and motion graphics. Just depends on your needs.

(Aug 03 '12 at 12:55) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

I already bought Apple's Motion which seems pretty impressive for $50. The image stabilization works like a charm!

(Aug 03 '12 at 14:34) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

Well yes, Motion is very nice. But it can't touch AE. I've got both of them. I started out in Motion, then got AE and haven't looked back.

Motion is more user-friendly than AE, it's just not quite there on the features side of things, as well as the third party plugin support (have you seen Video Copilot's "Element 3D"!?!?).

But of course it all depends on your needs. If Motion is enough for you, then stick with that. I prefer FCPX to Premiere no question, so if Motion was good enough for me I'd hop back on that train in a second.

(Aug 03 '12 at 15:04) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image

I like Motion so far, but I hate how the automated keyframes work. I wish that I could have manual keyframes like in FCP 7. Maybe I haven't found a workaround yet.

(Aug 03 '12 at 16:12) catchatyou catchatyou's gravatar image

After Effects is in a completely different league to Motion, They are not competing with each other. One is a motion graphics app and the other is a fully featured motion design, vfx and compositing app.

(Aug 03 '12 at 16:40) Fish Fish's gravatar image

There are manual keyframes in Motion.

(Aug 10 '12 at 14:41) sfrancis928 sfrancis928's gravatar image
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it seems like many people use FCP, if i had apple computer i would have learned that software too.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 11:58

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I use Sony Vegas pro in conjunction with Adobe after effects. Gives me the power to do almost everything I want in a video.

I use Cyberlink power director for family videos and various other stuff like that.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 13:47

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I primarily use Premiere Pro CS5 in conjunction with the rest of the CS5 suite. I did buy a copy of Vegas Pro but I could just never get into it after spending that much time with Premiere Pro. I imagine if I got into it earlier I would use it more but, for me at least, Premiere has basically stolen the #1 spot.

Before that I used FCP. I stopped using it before FCP X, but I think the direction they took it in is not the greatest from a professional standpoint, but I see what they were trying to do with making it more friendly to entry-level and pro-sumer customers.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 14:02

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edited Aug 03 '12 at 14:04

Blender. It takes a little more work but does a great job. KdenLive and Movie Maker for simpler tasks.

answered Aug 03 '12 at 18:10

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Microsoft Movie Maker is my favorite video editing software, because it's easy to use.

answered Aug 10 '12 at 07:02

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.....did you just say movie maker?

(Aug 10 '12 at 10:30) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

So? If people want to create a quick movie, all they need to do is just pop it in Live Movie Maker. You said free options as well.

(Aug 10 '12 at 11:24) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I know, but it's very limited.

(Aug 10 '12 at 12:16) Cameron Cameron's gravatar image

I prefer to use Final Cut Pro mainly for cutting a video and adding any audio that I need to. I use Adobe After Effects for any effects I need to add to a video for example, muzzle flares, smoke, animating an object(s). These are the two that I use currently and are paid programs.

For a free program, I suggest VideoPad. I wouldn't use it for effects as much as just general cutting and adding audio.

answered Aug 10 '12 at 12:26

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I like to use iMovie, it's what I'm most familiar with. I do have Motion 5 which I've used a few times and also Final Cut Pro which I've used a couple times. I haven't made the complete switch to Final Cut Pro because I haven't really had a video project for which FCP would be more appropriate.

answered Aug 10 '12 at 12:31

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I like using Vegas, and to a certain extent Camtasia Studio's editor.

answered Aug 10 '12 at 12:43

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