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I'm in the market for a video editing package for a hobby.

I have previously used Microsoft Movie Maker and an old version of Adobe Premier Pro to edit, so have the basic understanding of editing.

Having not had software for a number of years I have started looking into what's currently available and at what price.

Adobe Premier Pro is out of the question due to the price and the extensive feature's that I do not need. Movie Maker on Windows 10 is not what it used to be in terms of transitions and effects, and the lack of a timeline view, so that's out of the question also.

This brings me to the various Sony packages.

I have downloaded the trial version of Vegas Pro Edit and whilst it does everything I need (and then some) I am slightly put off by the cost, which is £262.95 at the time of writing, and again, I feel I would not need the vast amount of features.

My Requirements.

I want to edit gaming videos recorded using both FRAPS (.avi) and ShadowPlay (.mp4). I will be adding music, doing basic transition's i.e. fade in from black and fade to next clip, cutting, zooming, text overlay, speeding/slowing etc. Basic video editing. I will be producing video's probably at most 15 minutes, and using 5 - 20 different video clips & 2 or 3 music tracks per project.

I have now downloaded the trial of Movie Studio Platinum, this seems more sensible for my basic needs, however I notice on the comparison that the number of video tracks & audio tracks is 20 whereas Edit and Pro are unlimited. Firstly what does this even mean, and secondly will it affect me for what I wish to do?

Finally, is this the best choice for hobby in terms of price and getting back into video editing, or will I quickly realise I am missing features I require?

  • Try out the free editors: Resolve, Hitfilm Express, OpenShot – Gyan Jun 19 '16 at 5:49
  • What does max number of video tracks and audio tracks mean? – selectDistinct Jun 19 '16 at 10:36
  • It's most number of tracks - not files - possible at once on the timeline. In this pic. you can see 8 video tracks and 16 audio tracks. – Gyan Jun 20 '16 at 5:43
  • So why would you want more than 20 videos playing at the same time, would you say I do not need to concern myself with a 20 track restriction for my needs? – selectDistinct Jun 20 '16 at 8:02
  • For hobby editing, 20 should be fine. – Gyan Jun 20 '16 at 8:17

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