Today we’ve been told to research into something to do with Editing. Editing is one of my favourite things to do with Film & TV, so I feel I would talk about the various different editing software’s: from the basics to the more advanced ones and what they entail within each of them.
Within this post, I plan on focussing on the various different editing software’s that exist around the world at this current moment in time and how they have changed over the years as well.
The primary research that I plan on conducting will be actually trying out some of the more advance editing software’s myself and seeing what’s different about each one as well as showing what each one can do that I research into using. I will also put my own knowledge into the project on software’s such as Sony Vegas and Premiere Pro.
The secondary research that I plan on conduction will be to research online for different articles and different editing software’s, as well as how they’re used and what they’re used for in particular, for example, some might be for visual effects (e.g After Effects) whereas some will be used for other reasons.
The Basic Software (Primary & Secondary Research)
There are various different types of editing softwares, however, starting with the simple ones which hardly anybody uses nowadays:
Windows Movie Maker
Starting off with the most basic editing software in existence is the good ol’ Windows Movie Maker. Windows Movie Maker used to be built into Windows computers, however nowadays you’d have to download it separately. Most people, especially from my era used Windows Movie Maker as a starting project, whereas nowadays many people jump into the more high end software’s due to the amount of tutorials online for getting started and learning new ones. In my personal opinion it’s a terrible editing software due to the fact of not having anything extra within it that could be effective in any way, unless you want useless transitions and useless visual effects, for example, adding the clip to randomly spin.
As I spoke about a Windows only editing software, I feel it’s only just as important to start talking about a software that’s not really used as much anymore, however is a Mac only editing software known as “iMovie”. This is built into the versions of the Mac itself, and simply have only a few benefits compared to Windows Movie Maker. It has better visuals overall, you can actually have a proper pre-made title sequence, however they are VERY repetitive after the first few times of using them. The benefits include being a simple editing software but only for small projects. iMovie itself also supports “face recognition, themes, easy to use effects, it has a simplistic timeline with built in sound an animation”.
The Top 6 Free Video Editors for Mac OS X (Brookes, T, 26 July 2016)
As I don’t have a Mac myself I’m not able to give a full review on the product itself, however, I have tried out the software before at my old school and I don’t really like the style of it personally as it’s too simplistic, there’s not enough that you can physically do within the project itself.
Intermediate Software (Secondary Research)
There are various different types of editing software’s that run into the “Intermediate” section, a lot of these I have heard of but hardly ever used, so these will mainly be secondary research and more based on other peoples opinions.
AVS Video Editor
AVS Video Editor seems to be a simple video editing software where you can quickly edit videos that you have been given to a professional-like standard.
The program itself is only available on Windows Computers and was developed by Online Media Technologies. According to “Beebom”, it offers a huge amount of effects, supports Blu-ray videos, has multilingual support and the ability to share videos directly through platforms such as Facebook, Flick and MySpace. From looking into the program itself from the screenshot that was provided, it seems too simplistic, only offers one video track however multiple audio tracks – similar to Windows Movie Maker.
Top 15 Best Editing Software for 2016 (Beebom, 24 October 2016)
Another option that I know about personally but have never tried is “CyberLink Power Director”. This program seems to be a simplistic video editing software with a simple user interface as well as an easy to learn software.
From looking at the screenshot itself and the information supplied by Beebom, the user interface is very simplistic and looks simple and easy to understand. According to Beebom, the product “is a consumer-focused software for video editing… with a simple UI that is capable of allowing any user get accustomed with the tool in seconds.” As well as this they’ve mentioned it only costs $74.99 to buy, and includes HD spport, 100 audio and video tracks in total with a linear time code display. The only disadvantage I can see is if you would ever need to use more than 100 audio or video tracks!
Top 15 Best Editing Software for 2016 (Beebom, 24 October 2016)
My Personal Favourites: The Advanced Software (Primary & Secondary Research)
There are various different types of editing software’s that run into the “Advanced” section, in personal preference, these are my favourite types of software’s because of the complexity and there’s always something new to learn within them.
AVID Media Composer
Avid is a program that is fairly new to me. I’ve only started using it fully since I’ve been at college and on this particular course. Personally, I feel that it is complex in it’s own way. It’s got more of a unique feel to it compared to most editing software’s, and has a bit more complication towards it rather than a program such as Sony Vegas or Premiere. This is due to the fact that it doesn’t include anything such as sound waves clearly shown in the sequence, as well as a different method towards effects and bins.
As shown in the screenshot above taken from part of last weeks practical on slating, we can see it’s different in various ways. There’s a different place for all of the bins, effects, settings etc. as well as on the right monitor there’s an editor as well as the actual footage too. We can also see that there are various buttons within the program itself as well, such as fade in, fade out, effects, render etc. making it look a lot more complex than it actually is! Once you get used to it, it’s a lot easier to understand.
The main thing I’ve gathered from being taught about how to edit within Avid is that it’s a lot better for jobs to do with editing in the future, even though it may not be used within the final edit, if you can prove that you can edit within the program itself or even mention it, it’ll make you look a lot better as it’s completely different from programs such as Sony Vegas & Adobe Premiere Pro as well as being unique in the sense of
Sony Vegas/Sony Movie Studio Platinum
Previously I have used editing software’s such as Sony Vegas and Sony Movie Studio Platinum (they are very similar, however have different layouts and settings within them). My personal favourite out of the two would have to be Sony Vegas as you can completely customize what you’re doing, the aspect ratio, the resolution and quality up to 1080p 60fps.
Sony Vegas Pro 14 is a complex editing software that has various different advantages and disadvantages towards it from when I’ve used it in the past. The first main problem is that is has a problem with filetypes such as “.MOV” (which is iPhone/iPads/iPods etc.) recordings – if you use more than 50 within the timeline, it usually ends up crashing no matter what settings you’ve set up for it, whereas softwares such as Avid, Premiere etc. are much easier and allow more filetypes to be used (almost all filetypes). Advantages include that it’s got a simple user interface that is easy to understand and get used to, as well as allowing you to have multiple video and audio tracks within the timeline, a simple effects column where you can even add effects that you’ve downloaded from online. The main disadvantage is that it costs almost £300, however the license that comes with it is unlimited.
Sony Vegas Pro 14 (Sony, No Date)
Movie Studio Platinum is very similar to Sony Vegas, however the main difference it has is that it’s cheaper (by a lot) and costs $79.95 for a license and also comes with a limited choice on some of the settings.
Movie Studio Platinum 13 (Sony, No date)
Final Cut Pro
Currently the latest version of Final Cut Pro is “Final Cut Pro X”. Personally, I have never actually used the product before as I don’t have a Mac to be able to use the software itself. I like the idea of the software, but looking onto the Apple website, I’m able to learn a lot more about the software itself.
The program itself according to Apple is “A seamless jump from iMovie”. According to them it’s the “easiest way to start making movies. And when you’re ready to ramp up production, Final Cut Pro makes the transition effortless”. In their opinion it is the easiest way to level up your editing skills. I’m not sure if that’s correct or not, but I have a few friends who have said they use Final Cut Pro on a daily basis and would always agree to the given statement.
Apple also mention that they have “Professional Editing Tools” such as “Slip, slide, roll and nudge with frame-accurate precision using customisable keyboard shortcuts. You can also sync and cut between multiple sources with the industry’s best multicam editing”. As well as this they allow a variety of different file formats and also allow for Third-Party Plug-ins to add extras into it.
Final Cut Pro X (Apple, No date)
Adobe Premiere Pro
My personal favourite is Adobe Premiere Pro. I used to use Sony Vegas & Movie Studio Platinum, however, after I made the switch to Premiere Pro just over a year and a half ago (as of this post), I’ve never looked back on Sony Vegas and thoroughly enjoy using Premiere Pro compared to any other software to this date. Recently I just upgraded from Premiere Pro CC 2015.4 to Premiere Pro CC 2017 to try out the new features and what it includes and I’m very impressed with how much you can customize it to your liking compared to the other software’s.
The main thing that I like about the Adobe projects is the simplicity but complex atmosphere to it. You can preview your actual videos by using your GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) rather than your CPU (Central Processing Unit) which allows it to run a lot faster and smoother in software itself, and is a lot faster, supporting a lot more file types at a much higher quality (4k, 60fps etc.). The program itself offers a much higher resolution, a much higher frame rate as well as a much better experience itself. You can customize it to your personal preferences, as well as easily access the effects and different transitions, and keyframe in simplicity as well.
From doing this task this week, it’s allowed me to learn about some new video editing software’s that I didn’t know too much about, as well as allowing me to express my opinion on some of the actual software’s out there at this time, and show some of my own knowledge from other software that I use personally.