On Sat, 28 Jul 2007 16:36:16 -0400, "PapaJohn"
>the thread started with migrant 99 asking for suggestions, but not saying
>what version of Vista he or she is running... I just stopped by to offer a
>If you're suggesting migrant 99 shift to other software, what software? Lots
>of users are interested in knowing. Mine is Adobe Premiere Elements. Start
>with a full featured 30 day trial download.
>I specialize in things wrong with Movie Maker... so I'm not disagreeing with
>you... my main goal is to help users, not knock Microsoft or sell other
I'm not disagreeing with you either. Pointing out how screwed up Movie
Maker is actually is something people should be made aware especially
since my guess a lot of people posting here are new to video editing
and could be thinking they're doing something wrong when they're not,
the fault often being with Movie Maker, Media Player or Photo Gallery.
I assume people posting to a Vista support group are running Vista,
unless they state otherwise.
I've said many times I use Sony's Vegas. A highly respected video
editor among professional ranks. We never could figure out how it got
such a odd name as Vegas. Best guess, you get a lot of bang and glitz
for your buck, so, maybe that's it. <wink>
I also realize Vegas is probably a bit much for casual use. Why Sony
also has a entry level version based on Vegas called their home studio
line. Both have free trials as well.
My view, which I expressed here many times is Microsoft's Movie Maker
is good enough is good enough is all you want. Fine to just see how to
do very basic video editing and probably still fine if you're only
going to make a video just once in awhile.
However if anybody is serious about making videos, then don't walk,
RUN as fast as you can away from Movie Maker. There are many
applications out there that run under Windows that are way better.
My opinion, Elements is ok, but still a basic, somewhat bland entry
level application. While Sony's home studio line includes many of the
way more powerful Vegas features. That makes a HUGE difference in what
you can do and can't.
This page shows what Vegas can do, compared to it's little brother.
A couple slick features I don't think Elements has, (correct me if I'm
wrong) is Event reverse and track motion. The first is obvious, click
a button play any part of the timeline in reverse, the second allows
you to have multiple videos all merged into the same frame. That means
you can grab a control at the track header and reduce the space Video
A takes up in the frame then add in Video B and do the same. In Vegas
no limit how many, lessor version have limited tracks.