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Old March 24th, 2011, 02:19 PM   #1
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Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

I got a GoPro HD camera and now I have some 1080p footage in mpeg4/H.264 to edit.
The low light underwater video quality is awful. Some processing is certainly needed.

I need to split the files (20-40 min each) into more manageable clips, rearrange them on a storyboard, trim, adjust gamma/contrast/saturation/... and do some basic audio cleaning. I need only basic transitions and titles/subtitles. I would also like to experiment with 3D. The results would go to Facebook, Youtube and DVD.

My computer is a modest dual 2.8GHz system with Radeon HD 5750 on PCIe (250MB/s).
I might benefit from an editor that uses the GPU as much as possible.

What editing software would you recommend?

Would Magix Movie Edit Pro 17 Plus be a bad choice? Or Cyberlink?

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Old March 25th, 2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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Re: Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

I don't know if you've already ruled it out because it is a mainstream edit package, but Vegas Pro 10 has some excellent included 3D features. Also, there is a free trial.

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Old March 25th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #3
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Re: Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

I, too, would go with Sony's Vegas Pro 10. Very easy to ingest GoPro .mp4 files
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Old April 14th, 2011, 03:40 PM   #4
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Re: Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

Hi all,
To chime in here...I am a Cyberlink PowerDirector9 fan...

PowerDirector 9 - World 1st 64-bit consumer video editing software

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Old April 14th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #5
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Re: Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

I am also a PD9 user. It is simple to use as long as your PC is capable of it - read the requirements section - the trial is free to use for 30 days. You will find user on their forum that use GoPro as well and with good success.
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Old April 26th, 2011, 08:49 PM   #6
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Re: Good s/w for basic HD/3D editing?

Agreed. The current version of PowerDirector (9) is very user friendly. Like all HD video editing software it's not flawless. But for the price it's hard to beat.
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