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cost effective video editing

Recently I got interested in video editing. But I could not put my hands on Adobe or Apple tools as they are too pricey for me. So I was looking for some free solutions and I found VirtualDub and AVISynth to be very promising.

Both of them are free and open-source with a huge community support and both of them are non-destructive editing tools. AVISynth has more features than VirtualDub, but script based while the latter has a good GUI. They seem to have good potential for building a cost-effective workflow solution for video editing.



Anybody here have any experience with them? would really like to hear some comments and insights on them.


Regards

by [a former member] at 2009-02-17 05:40:46 UTC (ed. Feb 17 2009 ) Kolkata , India | Bookmark | | Report spam→

No feedback… no insight?!?!?!

I would really appreciate if somebody can point to their limitations with respect to the Adobe or Apple tools. As I haven’t had any chance to work with those tools I have no idea.

Thanks in advance.

by [former member] | 18 Feb 2009 04:02 | Kolkata, India | | Report spam→
Santanu,

would advise you the Apple Final Cut Express. It can handle multiple formats/SD/HD and extensions. Most important, it is not expensive, but you need a Mac platform. USD $ 200/ and on PC a cheap alternate would be Pinnacle Hollywood.

by [former member] | 18 Feb 2009 14:02 (ed. Feb 18 2009) | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
The higher end tools end up being cost effective because they reward the time spent learning them. For example, FCP is becoming the editing app used in many newsrooms in the same way Photoshop is nearly always installed somewhere in those offices. It means at a pinch (say, if your laptop fails, in a place with ropey internet or simply if the client wants/needs direct input) you can take your material into many places and get the job done with familiar tools.

I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with the apps you mention, but its a question of return on investment. I bought FCP and learned how to use it, now its got me a job.

The initial cost has paid for itself many times over.

by [former member] | 18 Feb 2009 14:02 | Singapore, Singapore | | Report spam→
The higher end tools end up being cost effective because they reward the time spent learning them. For example, FCP is becoming the editing app used in many newsrooms in the same way Photoshop is nearly always installed somewhere in those offices. It means at a pinch (say, if your laptop fails, in a place with ropey internet or simply if the client wants/needs direct input) you can take your material into many places and get the job done with familiar tools.

I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with the apps you mention, but its a question of return on investment. I bought FCP and learned how to use it, now its got me a job.

The initial cost has paid for itself many times over.

by [former member] | 18 Feb 2009 14:02 | Singapore, Singapore | | Report spam→
Thanks Anamitra and Sion for your feedback!!

True that learning a standard software helps one to gain client’s/employer’s confidence easily. It seems the difference is not that much a technological one. Actually as someone from software I easily get excited when I find some cheap opensource alternative. :-)

The philosophy of opensource initiative attracts me.

Anamitra what is the price for Pinnacle Hollywood? who is the owner company?

Regards

by [former member] | 18 Feb 2009 17:02 | Kolkata, India | | Report spam→

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