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Old February 25th, 2011, 05:09 AM   #1
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Please recommend simple, friendly and robust editing software

Hi. I'm looking for a very simple, but robust video editing software program for a friend.
By "simple" I mean that the editing tasks will be extremely basic - just cuting shots and and placing them in order - no need for multi-tracks, no need for effects, cropping, color correction, etc. Maybe just fade-in fade-out. By "simple" I also mean that the program should be extremely intiuitive and easy to understand for someone who has no prior editing experience.
By "robust" I mean software that won't crash constantly and one that can handle different formats of video.
Looking forward to your replies. Thanks!

Computer is a rather powerful and new laptop running Windows 7
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Old February 26th, 2011, 09:46 AM   #2
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Re: Please recommend simple, friendly and robust editing software

magix i think even the free one would be fine
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:00 AM   #3
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Re: Please recommend simple, friendly and robust editing software

Microsoft makes Windows Movie Maker for free: Windows Live Movie Maker - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows

If you want something more versatile and complete, Adobe Permiere Elements for around US$100 is a pretty good bet.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #4
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As Battle said, Movie Maker is included in Windows. It's free, it will do just what you said is needed and did I mention it's free.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #5
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I would suggest Pinnacale Studio 14. Its easy to use and will allow room for growth. Its just as easy as Windows movie Mkaer as it has both a timeline and story board. CHeck theri website, you may be able to get a free trial.
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Old February 26th, 2011, 08:14 PM   #6
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My vote goes to Ulead Video Studio Pro X4 (don't let the name get in the way) it goes from doing entire projects for you at the click of a button up to, well, whatever you want to do.

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Old February 27th, 2011, 04:48 AM   #7
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My vote is for COREL VideoStudio X4, as Crhis Soucy recommends.
Is the next step before full pro apps, like Final Cut, Premiere or Avid.

Videostudio is a very, very useful app., easy and full charged of accesories.
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