Movie Making Manual/Equipment and software reviews
miniDV, DVCam, DVCpro, DV50
There is a large variety of software available, ranging from free solutions such as Windows Movie Maker/iMovie (included with any new PC/Mac), to professional solutions like Adobe Premier Pro (available for Windows and Mac OSX) and Final Cut Pro (Mac OSX only). There is also a number of programs in between: Adobe offers Premier Elements, essentially a stripped down version of Premier Pro, for more basic editing. Apple likewise offers Final Cut Express. If you are building a workstation specifically for editing, you are probably looking at something like Premier Pro. It should be noted that Adobe offers a Production Package that includes a number of titles from the Adobe family, including Premier, AfterEffects, and Photoshop Extended, all of which can be very useful for even more advanced editing than what Premier alone offers.
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