Video editing software

Turn your home movies into feature films.
 
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  • Updated:4 Mar 2007
 

02.Results

What to buy

  • Roxio Easy Media Creator 9 - $120
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 - $183

Software conflicts

Some video editing software can clash with other programs on your computer. We use a typical computer system and programs for testing and we didn't experience any problems. But if you're worried about software conflicts, many programs offer a free trial version for a limited time so you can try before you buy.

 

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Results tables

    Features4
Program/version (in rank order) Price1 ($) Overall (%) Ease of use2 (%) Performance3 (%) Wizards Tutorials Number of video tracks Number of audio tracks Auto-chapter creation Renders while burning Chroma key
Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
www.adobe.com.au
183 89 94 75 99 99
Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 Titanium edition
www.pinnaclesys.com
189 85 84 86 2 2
Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus
www.ulead.com
199 85 91 67 2 2
Sony Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum edition
www.sonymediasoftware.com
219 83 81 87 4 4
Roxio VideoWave (part of Easy Media Creator 9 suite)
www.roxio.com
120 82 82 81 1 2
Apple iMovie HD and iDVD (part of iLife 06)
www.apple.com.au
119 79 86 59 3 3
Nero vision (part of 7 Premium Reloaded)
www.nero.com
178 77 74 86 1 3
 

Program/version (in rank order) Minimum system requirements5 Extra software
Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0
www.adobe.com.au
1.3 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB HDD, Directx9 capable graphics card, XP Nil
Pinnacle Studio Plus 10 Titanium edition
www.pinnaclesys.com
1.4 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, Directx9 capable graphics card with 64 MB RAM, 1 GB HDD (3 GB+ for bonus content), XP Pinnacle RTFX vol 1 and 2, Pinnacle Hollywood FX vol 1, Pinnacle Premium pack vol 1
Ulead VideoStudio 10 Plus
www.ulead.com
Pentium 4 processor, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB HDD (4 GB for capture). XP Win DVD 7, Pocket DV Show MCE version, Cool 3D 3.0 special effects
Sony Vegas Movie Studio+DVD Platinum edition
www.sonymediasoftware.com
800 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 200 MB HDD, XP Video and sound special effects
Roxio VideoWave (part of Easy Media Creator 9 suite)
www.roxio.com
1.4 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB HDD (+1 GB HDD for every minute of video capture), XP Roxio 9 suite of programs
Apple iMovie HD and iDVD (part of iLife 06)
www.apple.com.au
Mac PowerPC G4 or Intel Core processor; 733 MHz for iDVD, 256 MB RAM, OSX 10.3.9, iTunes 6.0.2, 10 GB HDD iTunes, iPhoto, iWeb and GarageBand
Nero vision (part of 7 Premium Reloaded)
www.nero.com
800 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, Directx9 capable graphics card, 600 MB HDD, XP Nero 7 suite of programs
 

Table notes

1 Price paid in February 2007

2 Ease of use (75% of Overall) how easy it was to perform a range of tasks including installation, inclusion of help files and instructions, default settings, capturing video, editing video and burning a DVD.

3 Performance (25%) how quickly the program rendered video and burned to DVD, and visual quality of video output.

4 Features:

Wizards— guide you through the editing process
Tutorials— to explain how the software works
Number of video tracks— is the number of video sources that can be overlaid
Number of audio tracks— is the number of sound effects, music, dialogue etc that can be overlaid onto the footage
Auto-chapter creation— creates separate chapters when it detects transitions in the edited video footage
Renders while burning— incorporates all the editing elements into a complete video file while writing to DVD
Chroma key — tool for super-imposing one image over another (see Special effects).

5 Minimum system requirements— as listed by the manufacturer. All programs require enough hard drive space for video capture, which can vary depending on the amount of video. High definition video requires significantly more hard drive space and graphics processing power.