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How to get started: Video Editing Resources

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A handy, must-see list of recommended software for DVD ripping, capturing, file converting, and video editing for the enthusiastic newbie. Also includes Fox Estacado's reviews on various video editing programs including Adobe Premiere, Ulead Video Studio, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, and much, much more.

How to get started: Video Editing Resources

A handy, must-see list of recommended software for DVD ripping, capturing, file converting, and video editing for the enthusiastic newbie. Also includes Fox Estacado's reviews on various video editing programs including Adobe Premiere, Ulead Video Studio, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, and much, much more.


This resource list contains the following sections:

1. Getting your clips - DVD ripping and converting

2. Cutting your clips

3. Handy review of different video editing programs

4. Helpful sites and links, miscellaneous software/hardware

5. Windows Movie Maker tutorials, how-tos, additional downloads links

Here is a list of handy programs that have been tested and approved by various video creators. Some of these programs are freeware. You can find more information on the various software recommended here at Google.com

1) Getting your clips. If you have the DVDs, you need to rip a copy of the DVDs and convert them to a non-DVD format, such as MPEG or AVI. Here are some handy programs that are approved and recommended by video creators.

· Smart Ripper – freeware, available at www.download.com

· DVD2avi


· EasyDivX

2) Cutting your clips into smaller sizes -- When you finish ripping your video, usually it results in a single, huge, output file. It is easier (and recommended) to work in your editing program with smaller clips.

  • Virtualdub -- freeware, not an application, it streamlines different editing functions, and can also compress clips with codecs such as DivX and XVID. This is what I use cut my clips into smaller pieces. I also compress these clips using XVID, without sacrificing much in video quality.

3) Putting your video together.

Because I have used a number of these programs, I will give my (and others’) opinions on the pros and cons of each program. This section is divided into two parts: easy-to-use, and professional programs.

Easy-to-use, single-track editing programs with optimized settings that are great for beginners, yet are also great for experienced creators who are looking to make a simple but effective video

Windows Movie Maker – comes standard with all Windows XP Home and Pro editions

  • Comments: I make all of my videos using this program. It’s very easy for beginners to toggle, and has simple options. It does not have very many transitions, but the most basic ones. This is a program that even experienced creators can use to make very sophisticated videos.
  • Cons: It cannot split audio from video and vice versa, and only edits in one-track mode. If you use XVID, the clip preview in the timeline only shows a green-screen, but otherwise still works normally. Also, the only output files are various quality grades of WMP.

iMovie – only for MAC users

  • The equivalent of Windows Movie Maker for Macs. Easy to use, streamlined options, and all-around great video editor. Also, outputs files in Quicktime.
  • Cons: does not support DivX or XVID encoded videos well

Ulead Video Studio 8.0

  • Comments: an alternative to Windows Movie Maker, it comes with many more sophisticated transitions, with more options and flexibility in how you can define these transitions.
  • Cons: cannot split video from audio and vice versa. I found it difficult to toggle some very basic transitions, such as fade-to-black. However, its various ‘dissolve’ options are very sophisticated and easy to manipulate.

Zwei-Stein – freeware from http://www.zs4.net/

  • Apparently this program is a little bit more difficult to use than Windows Movie Maker, and is formatted more like Adobe Premiere.

Programs for experienced creators. These are multiple-track, non-linear editing programs, that gives you infinite possibilities. A must for serious editors. However, these programs require specific system configurations, such as a high quality video card, a sound card, a lot of RAM, and other specifications. Please check the websites for these products.

Adobe Premiere

  • Comments: This is the current industry standard in Difficult to use, but worth trying for serious video creators. I’m still working on this program myself.

Final Cut Pro

  • Available only for OSX on the Apple platform. The best of the best and fast becoming the 'industry standard' for nonlinear editing. See also Apple.com and Ken Stone's Final Cut Pro

4) Other helpful sites on video conversion, splitting video, etc

· Videohelp.com

Video Capture Hardware – to capture full-screen video from any digital (dvd, satellite etc) or analogue (VHS) source.

· Canopus ADVC-110

· PYRO A/V Link Basic

Software to Convert files (such as quicktime, avi, mpeg )back to DVD format

· Eo Video

· Sorenson Squeeze Compression Suite

Software to remove copyright protection

· DVD43Free

5) Windows Movie Maker links/tutorials/additional downloads

A Full tutorial:


How to use Windows Video Maker 2:



This one is how to apply effects:


To download more effects:


Creating Custom Effects and Transitions in Windows Movie Maker


THE message board FOR all your windows video maker effect needs:


Just the whole board in general is a great resource:


cherryicejess on January 16th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
I have a question about this. You say you use Windows Movie Maker right? (I have Windows ME BTW) Um my question is when you go to save your video how long does it take? Because I have DSL and when I go to save my video I save it as high quality but I takes a long time to save.
heckyes05_heckyes05 on July 8th, 2006 05:36 pm (UTC)
High quality usually does take a long time to save especially on an ME..I've had an ME before..not really the best for movie making or anything else btw..but it would take a while..you can lower the size and still keep the quality if around the size of 20mb-30mb..but I guess that also depends on the type of clips you've used..if they are dvd rip..resizing shouldn't be a problem.
cherryicejess on July 9th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
thanks. by the way how do you create clips from dvd's?
heckyes05_heckyes05 on July 9th, 2006 05:25 am (UTC)
Ripping clips from a dvd is pretty easy can be time consuming *sigh* but here is a tutorial on how to rip clips:

heckyes05_heckyes05 on July 9th, 2006 05:26 am (UTC)
Plus above has a list of other useful programs to ripp dvds :)
cherryicejess on July 10th, 2006 09:31 pm (UTC)
I just have one more question. I don't know if you use xmpeg but if you do how do I move the clips I want into the black bars and after I have the clips I want how do I save them?
Morgan Dawnmorgandawn on June 27th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
I'd like to write up soemnthing very basic - what type of hardware do you need for PC and Mac. Is this something you would/could add to this post? I'd also like to offer this link to newbie vidders.
heckyes05_heckyes05 on July 8th, 2006 05:34 pm (UTC)
If you would like to post something releated to this please do! We can add it to the list :)

Andy: HUH?andy_star on April 29th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
Is there are tutorial or more detailed information on how to cut down clips using VirtualDub? I just downloaded it and it's only the most confusing program ever when you're a newbie...