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VLMC is a non-linear multitrack editor. It's based on VLC and inherits a pretty vast format compatibility from that. The UI is a little rough, but it gets the job done. Lightworks is a more recent project and seems polished. It's rooted in broadcast editing, so a large number of familiar codecs are unsupported. It supports Matrox codecs, which you have to ...


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Vegas is a mature, full-featured NLE. I use it regularly for professional work from spots, to corporate video to feature films. I've also used it for semi-professional things like editing a video of my stepdaughter's choir concert for a Christmas DVD. Here's where I run into problems. My producing partner is all about FCP. There's no clean way to export an ...


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I believe the only answer to that is to take at least a 24hr break. Move onto another project or start something new. The number of times I have come back to something after a decent break and can all of a sudden see what needs to be done is shocking. I don't believe their is a quick fix to this issue.


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I believe you can join MPEG ts (transport stream) files simply by joining them together. In Linux: cat file1.m2ts file2.m2ts file3.m2ts > joined_file.m2ts In Windows/DOS: copy /b file1.m2ts + file2.m2ts + file3.m2ts joined_file.m2ts /b As long as the input files are split properly, and each new file begins with a key frame (and I would expect your ...


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Both kdenlive and cinelerra should do all you need. If you can't make them so, try the consumer version of Sony Vegas, it's also still in your price range.


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Yes, it's possible. What you need to do is demux and remux. Check out free tools like VirtualDub and Any Video Converter to split the original into separate streams, add what you want using Audacity or similar, then re-multiplex them together using a tool like AviMux. The video can remain unchanged.


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Allow me to edit out commercials anywhere in the video. Any modern editor can do this (Adobe Premier, Sony Vegas, Final Cut etc) including light-weight (ex. Pinnacle Studio) and free editors. After editing, it keeps the 5.1 Surround Sound. Provided your original clip contains 5.1 channels and your editing environment is set up with (and can ...


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I personally run Cinelerra CV and it's "mochup" Cinecutie on my Linux boxes. Cinelerra (and it's relatives) can do some very sophisticated editing work, but they aren't the easiest to use. Luckily, there are lots of video tutorials out there to help you.


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You might want to see Wikipedia's Comparison of video editors and list of video editing software. From my personal experience I recommend Kdenlive over any others. It has good support for a wide range of non-linear video editing functions. If you are the real geek, you may want to try out Cinelera.


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I recommend the Creative Cow web site, specifically, http://forums.creativecow.net/adobeaftereffects. This will serve your need for getting help on AE, but this is not a site for posting to find some one to do the work for you. Hope this helps.


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Subtitling is a horrible horrible thing, and there are loads of regulations and standards and other bull which can be found here. As for the font, it really depends on your opinion - if I'm not mistaken Trebuchet Sans and Deja Vu Sans are as close as you can get to the standard DVD fonts. But all I just said depend on your artistic point of view - if the ...


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If you are judging Vegas Pro audio editing on native effects than I don't think it has any edge over others. I have been using the Pro version for about 18 months now and I find it pretty darn good overall. I am also learning Adobe Premiere and After Effects CS5.5, so far I think Vegas has the edge on the audio for sure. However, are you aware that Vegas ...


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While its technically possible to have a program detect specific faces and apply a blur on that face. That would require a lot of programming work on your side, there is no free tool or low cost tool that does this automatically for you. This is possible with OpenCV but I highly doubt that this is a viable solution for you in any way, it's a quite ...


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There is an Linux/Gnome based video editor called PiTiVi which is working close with the GStreamer multimedia framework which is used by most Linux distributions. The PiTiVi project has been slow moving because of their development philosophy which is "upstream first". Challenges they encounter in GStreamer means that they work with GStreamer to solve the ...


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I think pretty much every editing program would allow you to zoom, pan and insert text. Inserting another video into the main video is a little more complex and the only program I know for sure that does it is After Effects. But I'm sure there are others that will. I would suggest using Premiere because it's a very powerful program. Even though I've never ...


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The way you've phrased this question makes it meaningless. Of course you can use Vegas for professional and semi-professional work. Of course you can compare the output of Vegas with other professional production tools. The problem is that "professional and semi-professional work" is such a broad field that you will always be able to find some situation ...


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If you can script yourself, all you need to do is call FFmpeg repeatedly: ffmpeg -ss [start-time] -i input.mp4 -c copy -t [clip-time] output.mp4 Here, start and clip times can be in the form HH:MM:SS.mmmm, or just in seconds. To give you a rough idea how that'd look like in Ruby, see this Gist of mine. It contains a script that takes an edit list, a ...


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A coworker has just turned me on to using Warp Stabilizer. It's a built-in effect in Adobe Premiere CS6. Before using this tool, I also used After Effects to smooth and stabilize motion. The difference is outstanding. Warp Stabilizer has worked faster, within my workflow, and more reliable than After Effects stabilization has. This has been huge for me. ...


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You need a camera with a relatively large sensor and a fast lens. What you are seeing is actually a property of optics called Depth of Field. Only a certain distance from the camera can be in focus at any given point for a given aperture and focal length. The degree of how out of focus it appears is also relative to the size of the image being projected ...


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The professional way Professionally done, all cameras and audio recorders will have a running (SMPTE) time code, which can be configured in 'free run' mode - meaning the time counter runs regardless whether we record or not (ie, STOP mode). At the beginning of the shooting day, all recordists (cameras, audio) will sync their clocks. This is done either to ...


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This kind of data is actually remarkably hard to come by. There are a few industry reports available for thousands of dollars, but the best free resource I could find when I was searching was an informal poll that Dave Dugdale did. It was an imperfect test by his own admission because it allowed both voting up and voting down, but it gives at least some ...


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How about Lightworks? Its free and does the job. http://www.lwks.com/


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As a Windows user, you can download a live CD of Kdenlive. Burn it to a CD, and then it will boot up into a Linux system for you. Or, you could install Virtual Box on Windows (again, free software) and then install the live CD to that. This would allow you to simultaneously use Kdenlive and your Windows system and share file systems between then.


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For Linux people: Kino It is a non-linear DV editor. It has many features including capture, editing, FX, and export to other formats. I've used it for several years without issue.


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Use Mpeg Streamclip, its an industry used conversion software that is reliable and fast, and free


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The following video was made entirely on a Nokia N8 mobile phone. It is the winner of the Nokia Shorts competition 2011 and was just posted this week in the short list for the Vimeo 2012 Awards under the 'Advertising' catagory. Time Magazine says it's the 9th Most Creative Internet Film 2011. http://vimeo.com/25451551 As you can see by the credits there is ...


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Start by throwing all the technical questions out the window. ALL of them. Don't ask about what cameras to use, which software works, or techniques. Change your mindset and think about your story. What is it that you're going to tell us about? Find a story that's based on solid collective-consciousness archetypes (read Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's ...


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I'm no expert, but here's what I use. Right-click on the piece being edited. (I usually view them in Timeline rather than Sceneline.) Choose "Show Properties." The important property for this purpose is Motion. Click on the little clock at the right end of the Motion heading. That will show you arrows where you can go forward and back, to see what keyframes ...


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Both windows and the Apple IOS have free video editors that work well enough for basic stuff. (I used the windows one for a bit before buying Elements) Windows Movie Maker http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/get-movie-maker IMovie http://www.apple.com/ilife/imovie/



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