Thursday, September 14, 2006

Editing your own digital videos

Home video has really come a long ways since the choppy, silent Super-8 equipment that recorded MY early years With a baby on the way, we did a little research at Consumer Reports and picked up a Sony HandyCam for just over $300. Whether you’re planning on a baby soon after your wedding (or it happens WITHOUT planning!), or you just want to record some of the spectacular scenery on your honeymoon, you might want to look into a video camera for yourself.

As you might expect, the video editing software that comes with the camera is indecipherable, unusable, unintelligible, baffling, cryptic, and a waste of perfectly good disk space. *sigh*. But I have found a really great program that’s pretty inexpensive that was VERY easy to learn, and works really well: Video Edit Magic. It’s really easy to cut out the mistakes, boring bits, etc., put in fancy transitions from one scene to another, make titles, and it even has a really good wizard in it for converting the output to AVI, WMV, MPG, or whatever flavor you want.


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