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Video Software

Does anyone know of a free or trial video editing program that will allow me to cut and mix two video recordings together? It would also help if I can create a slideshow and add a video recording without having to press play to get is started (if that makes sense).

I think adobe has a program that allows for this but, it is not free and for some reason I can not get the trial to work on my computer.

http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Home/ for the package.

http://www.xilisoft.com/ for a killer reencoding outfit

http://www.videoredo.com/en/index.htm for the best simple mpg editor out there.

http://www.tmpgenc.net/en/index.html for great but usable DVD authoring

What video format/s are you working with. mpg, mpg2, avi etc. What is the product goal. Family DVD, YouTube, just general computer clips etc?

[quote]Tiribulus wrote:
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Home/ for the package.

http://www.xilisoft.com/ for a killer reencoding outfit

http://www.videoredo.com/en/index.htm for the best simple mpg editor out there.

http://www.tmpgenc.net/en/index.html for great but usable DVD authoring

What video format/s are you working with. mpg, mpg2, avi etc. What is the product goal. Family DVD, YouTube, just general computer clips etc?[/quote]

Wow, thanks. My computer must be slow I had no idea someone replied. I will be making presentations for class.

I know that even using something like power point will let me make a slide show where I can then add my voice to go along with and add video clips.

What I want to do is make a slide show with a clip included that does not require me to start it. For instance say I have 25 slides I would like 10 to play and on the 11 for there to be a short clip that starts immediately, almost like a quick interruption. I want to be able to start it and sit down.

[quote]maverick88 wrote:

[quote]Tiribulus wrote:
http://www.pinnaclesys.com/PublicSite/us/Home/ for the package.

http://www.xilisoft.com/ for a killer reencoding outfit

http://www.videoredo.com/en/index.htm for the best simple mpg editor out there.

http://www.tmpgenc.net/en/index.html for great but usable DVD authoring

What video format/s are you working with. mpg, mpg2, avi etc. What is the product goal. Family DVD, YouTube, just general computer clips etc?[/quote]

Wow, thanks. My computer must be slow I had no idea someone replied. I will be making presentations for class.

I know that even using something like power point will let me make a slide show where I can then add my voice to go along with and add video clips.

What I want to do is make a slide show with a clip included that does not require me to start it. For instance say I have 25 slides I would like 10 to play and on the 11 for there to be a short clip that starts immediately, almost like a quick interruption. I want to be able to start it and sit down. [/quote]Pinnacle will do that. It’s pretty much like Adobe Premier, but not as powerful (won’t matter for you) OR nearly as expensive. It’s also not brain dead simple and you will need some time to learn it though if you have any skills with computer stuff it shouldn’t be too tough. If you’ve ever worked with any timeline based video outfit (which it sounds like you haven’t) it would be a lot easier.

For just throwing together a presentation consisting of a combination of stills and video it’s fairly easy though if you plan to do a narrative audio track getting that to sync with where you’re at in the video may be a challenge. You can fade ins and outs, transitions n stuff too to make it look cool. I’m no great expert either, but I have played with this kinda thing. Bottom line is to get on it because you’ll need a bit of time to learn to make it do what you want. Also, I should mention you’ll need a reasonably muscular machine for this too or it WILL drive you nuts hangin all over the place.