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- April 19, 2010 at 6:27 AM #44257
what is the best software for capturing and editing Digital Video?
- April 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM #185377
Ask ten people that question here and you’ll get 12 opinions.
It all depends on your personal needs, likes, tastes, experience, etc…
Are you using a PC or Mac? Do you have any prior experience? What is your budget? Do you already have a camera and if so what format does it record in?
- April 19, 2010 at 6:16 PM #185378
It is for capture a wedding video to make a DVD. I am using a PC and my camera is a JVC GR-D396U. The format is DV. I am on a small budget. I have used Cyberlink Power Director Deluxe 6.0 in the past. It seems to wash out the color and the picture doesn’t look the seem as it does when viewing on the camcorder.
- April 19, 2010 at 6:43 PM #185379roblewis56Participant
You can find a comparison at:
- April 19, 2010 at 9:20 PM #185380pseudosafariMember
I used Pinnacle Studio 8 through 12 and was generally happy with it over the years. Does simple editing, too, and I think it’s still under $150.00.
Your hardware might make a difference in the problems you describe, too. Make sure you have the best cables for the device, too–that can affect the capture process.
- April 20, 2010 at 2:36 AM #185381
I am capturing my video via firewire cord.
- April 20, 2010 at 4:32 AM #185382SteveMannParticipant
DV via Firewire is simply a data copy. Nothing gets altered by the capture software. Nothing.
I use Scenalyzer for my DV work.
- April 20, 2010 at 6:06 AM #185383
I will take a look at Scenalyzer
- April 20, 2010 at 11:37 AM #185384
I don’t use tape much anymore but Vegas has it’s own capture program so I use that then.
I so like the speed of source capture from hard drive and flash memory – I don’t think I would ever go back to tape…
As for the colors – are you processing the footage in your NLE at all? In Vegas I use the color curves filter to make the video “pop”. It does make a difference.
With Color Curves:
Without Color Curves:
Color Curves Settings:
- April 21, 2010 at 2:50 AM #185385
I do not know what NLE is but I guess I am not using it. What version of vegas are you using.
- April 21, 2010 at 7:29 AM #185386
My video are looking like the one without color curves after I capture it my PC, but it does not look that way when you view it on the camcorder.
- April 21, 2010 at 4:59 PM #185387
NLE = Non Linear Editor – Vegas, Premiere, Final Cut, Avid, etc….
I am using Vegas Pro 8 but color curves has been there for a long time (before Version 6 when I started using it).
And color on your PC does not accurately represent what video will look like on a TV – Many folks have a separate TV monitor to view in realtime or you can burn a test DVD nd check it out that way.
- April 21, 2010 at 7:21 PM #185388opheliaParticipant
Birdcat – please elaborate on the set-up mentioned in your statement:
“Many folks have a separate TV monitor to view in realtime or you can burn a test DVD nd check it out that way.”
- April 21, 2010 at 7:42 PM #185389XTR-91Participant
“It seems to wash out the color and the picture doesn’t look the seem as it does when viewing on the camcorder.”
Don’t mean to burst your bubble, but the problem may lie directly under the performance of your camcorder, or, there is a problem with the format which you are saving and re-importing into the timeline. The other possibility is a color adjustmentproblem (brightness, contrast, saturation, etc.) Those are the only possibilities that I can come up with, other than a problem that happened somewhere along the process of capturing, software processing (your software/video card degrades the preview quality), or rendering a poor quality format.
- April 21, 2010 at 8:30 PM #185390
Look starting on page 335 of this Sony Vegas manual:
- April 23, 2010 at 3:06 AM #185391opheliaParticipant
Thank you Birdcat.
- May 8, 2010 at 5:00 AM #185392
Can’t seem to find color curves under video fx in 8.0 pro. Help?
- May 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM #185393
- May 9, 2010 at 8:42 PM #185394David ForresterMember
Sony Vegas 9. Amazing program. Spend the money, learn the program, get practice and you will never regret it ever. As an alternative, Sony Moviemaker – about $100. Then you can upgrade to Vegas 9 if you want.
There is no substitute for quality and performance. Just isn’t.
- January 3, 2015 at 11:52 PM #211557AnonymousInactive
Camtasia is the best video capture software, i can say this software is the best because iam using it from since 2 years iam very satisfactory with this software there might be other softwares but according to my view camtasia is the best software you can try download, install once from http://go4download.com/camtasia-studio-download and enjoy the experience, as per my experience this software will make you to feel happy.
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