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Alistair S

What do I need?

As a forum starter question:

Do I need specialist software (like Vegas) or can I do all I need in my DAW? Is MS Movie Maker enough to get started?

What are the key capabilities I need in my software and which should I choose?

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Cool this forum just came up. As a beginner, I've used Movie Maker to make simple slide type videos. If you find the right kind of photo's and mess around with all the options available. You can come up with something pretty decent. I also used video clips I recorded with my camera and split them with editing. Then still used the slide options with the live video.

Curious, has anyone made a realistic type music video with Movie Maker? I've been thinking about trying it. Basically take video of myself playing along with a recorded version of one of my songs. Maybe 5 or 6 takes in different location with different angles/lighting and whatnot. After that is where I think it might get tricky. IDK? I guess you would load up all 5 or 6 videos and have to figure out how to edit them together and make one video. Plus making sure it's all in sink with the original song recording. Maybe I'll give it a shot. See what happens.

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As a forum starter question:

Do I need specialist software (like Vegas) or can I do all I need in my DAW? Is MS Movie Maker enough to get started?

What are the key capabilities I need in my software and which should I choose?

I'm no expert but I think it depends what you want to do. Presumably you want to create a video with a music track accompanying it. But, what type of video do you want -

animation?

still frames (slide show)?

live action (like OWLR is doing above)?

a compilation of public domain clips?

a combination of above?

MS movie maker is a good start because it's free, easy to use and has the ability to make mp4's which is pretty much the standard on the web. You can also add an mp3 audio track and captions for lyrics easily. To start out I would download and install it and learn how to create an mp4 with slide show pictures, an audio track and captions. You'll likely need to know all those things for anything you create.

If you want to create

or learn how to
I can offer some tips there too - at least what I did.

cheers

Paul

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I use Roxio Creator and a Serif video software (forget the name, I'm not at home right now). They were both cheap when I bought them, but a little limited.

I understand that Reaper can do video editing, but never d/l-ed whatever codexes are needed for it.

Never used Vegas, but it appears to be the best of the home softwares to use, specially if you want to use multiple camera angles or split screen stuff.

The hardest part I have for doing the multiple-cuts editing is synching up to the music track (I understand its much easier with Vegas).

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WMM is OK for very simple projects, like a picture slide show set to music, but it becomes limiting fast. Lots of more advanced software, the one I'm fluent in is Adobe Premier Elements, which more than suits my needs. I've made dozens of videos and several CDs and have yet to encounter the inability to do something I wanted to.

Curious, has anyone made a realistic type music video with Movie Maker?

As long as you only have one audio track and one video track playing at a time, WMM can create a decent product. As for "realistic", the quality of the footage has a lot more to do with how professional something looks than what program it was created on. It's not dissimilar to audio, a limited DAW can produce a good product if the recording quality of the tracks is good, and the most powerful DAW can never make poor audio sound polished.

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I use Sony Vegas, to me it's very user friendly for someone who uses a daw.. very similar in many ways.

WMM is good for very basic stuff. If you want ease of use.. to me Vegas makes life much easier and faster.

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I've been using Vegas Movie Studio for years - it's the smaller brother to Vegas, under $100 to buy, and is powerful and user friendly. I've done a couple of music videos, and some corporate stuff (awards, educational, etc).

Of course, I agree that the quality of the footage is more important than the software you use. Planning your video is the most important thing.

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