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Old March 21st, 2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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editing canon xha1 wildlife footage

i have not picked up a pc editing softward yet, but was informed the Newteks speededit is a great new product. For simplicity sake, i was going to go vegas 8...but speededit was recommended. want to dissolve, cut and add music, nature sounds. keeping things simple. also add time dissolve with a nikon digital camera

question...i am familiar as a still photographer with adobe cs3 extended. can you increase contrast, darken and saturate images digitally without a lot of time involved

second question..anti shake software work without loosing too much image quality? have sea otters and whales shot in kayak to take out the shake. thanks. bill
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Old March 21st, 2008, 12:46 PM   #2
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For what it's worth:

I use Adobe Premier Elements with my A1 and things come out fine.

Yes, you have easy access to image controls. I just shot a auto show in Cleveland and I'm finding that I need to keep boosting saturation and contrast, while turning down brightness. It's really pulling a lot more color out of the images - and in HD! Some of the images are stunning.

And this was really my first second time out with the A1. My first time using it, I came up with this: http://www.vimeo.com/739660

Personally, I like Premier and it hasn't caused me any problems yet.
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Old March 21st, 2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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apparently premier elements is a lighter form of premier pro? nice work on your reference for just starting. i have overexposed footage on some dark background areas..and wanted to saturate. how easy is premier elements to use? bill
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Old March 24th, 2008, 03:00 PM   #4
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has anyone used newtek' speededit software for hdv editing?

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Old March 29th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #5
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SpeedEdit is showing up in more posts lately and reports sound fairly positive. I haven't any personal experience with it but if you search these boards you might turn up some good information.

I plan on looking into SpeedEdit as PP CS3 is not working for me in HD. Cineform doesn't improve things either as I'm not convinced that it's ready for Vista yet.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 10:47 AM   #6
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I just went and read Videomakers review. Seems like a kinda cool piece of software, but for $495, I'd be looking elsewhere. I'd wager it can't do half of what Vegas could do for similar money. But Vegas will certainly take more time to learn.
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Old March 29th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #7
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If you have a serial number from Avid, Premiere, Final Cut or others you can get a discount of $100 for a final price of $395. Check Newteks store front for competitive upgrade.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 10:46 AM   #8
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one of the features i was hoping to use was mercali plug in for removing motion from marine mammal footage shot in a boat, or kayak. apparently newtek speededit doesnt support it, nor does the anti shake software do as good of a job. any suggestions?

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