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    Does anybody know of any free, good and professional editing software? I understand that I will not get anything at the level of After Effects, but I am looking for something decent. I have close to no budget. I would prefer keying, as well as the ability to use several "layers" of video and audio (using several music tracks and sound effects simultaneously). I hope I used the right terms for everything and that you understand what I am talking about.

    Thank you in advance.

  • #2
    I have only heard of it, never used it - But have you tried FastCut? http://fastcut.en.softonic.com/mac/download

    There is also this topic http://www.filmmakerforum.org/editin...-software.html

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    • #3
      To start out at the entry level, you can try imovie for mac...or Windows movie maker for windows {I think that's free?}.

      Just grabbed FastCut and took a quick look at the manual.....for mac...not sure if there's a windows version.

      But it looks like it might be a step up from the others I mentioned. Will have to play around with it when I have time.




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      • #4
        Oops, i'm sorry. I forgot to specify that i am currently using windows. FastCut looks like just what i need though. I have tried windows LIVE movie maker. it works fine, except for that it as far as i can tell only lets me add one sound at a time, so I have to choose between sound effects or music and can't do them simultaneously. i will try another version to see how it works. Thank you both.

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        • #5
          FastCut is a demo.

          After 20 launches, ya gotta pay for it.

          What's 24 english pounds in American money? About 18 bucks?


          Kurt Hathaway
          khathawayart[at]gmail.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by khathawayart View Post
            FastCut is a demo.

            After 20 launches, ya gotta pay for it.

            What's 24 english pounds in American money? About 18 bucks?


            Kurt Hathaway
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            • #7
              I was a whiz on Windows Movie Maker a long time ago, but I've since upgraded to Mac, and I will never go back. The ease of editing on this thing is worth any price of admission. I am learning more and more on Final Cut Pro, which is a tad expensive but if you are serious, you should consider spending the money. Otherwise, I've used iMovie a lot and it is a very good system. Free, easy to adapt to and use to the fullest. I've edited two short films on it so far. I'm planning on iMovie for my shorts and Final Cut for any future feature length films.

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              • #8
                Kdenlive: http://sourceforge.net/projects/kdenlive/

                Probably about the best free editor out there. Unfortunately, I don't think there is a Windows version. It works on Mac and Linux. I have only used it on Linux, but I have read there is a Mac version. you said you use Windows but I post this in case anyone else is interested.

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                • #9
                  Try blender. It wasn't meant for editing, but you can edit on it. It has a steep learning curve, but as far as I know, its the best you can get for free.
                  -AF

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                  • #10
                    I am changing this comment to less strong wording. Basically, I wouldn't use Blender for editing because you'll basically learn a lot of skills that are not transferable to other editing systems because Blender is not really primarily designed to be an editor, and its interface is very different than anything else out there. But it is free, so you could give it a try.
                    Last edited by Vance Baryn; 07-28-2013, 05:37 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I tried blender, but it seems very difficult. Think i found a kdenlive for windows. I'll try it out. In the end I will probably end up getting After Effects or Final cut express. Which would you recommend?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by eriaxl View Post
                        I tried blender, but it seems very difficult. Think i found a kdenlive for windows. I'll try it out. In the end I will probably end up getting After Effects or Final cut express. Which would you recommend?
                        After Effects is AWESOME. However, it was designed for VFX, not editing. For example, it doesn't work well with sound. I don't really know Final Cut as well, but I would recommend Premiere CS6 or a membership to it on Adobe's Creative Cloud. It's by Adobe, so if you end up getting AE for VFX, it's a similar interface. If you buy the standalone version, (which they stopped making a few months ago, but is still around) it is similarly priced to AE. Hope this helps!
                        -AF

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                        • #13
                          Does anybody know of any free, good and professional editing software? I understand that I will not get anything at the level of After Effects, but I am looking for something decent. I have close to no budget. I would prefer keying, as well as the ability to use several "layers" of video and audio (using several music tracks and sound effects simultaneously). I hope I used the right terms for everything and that you understand what I am talking about.

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                          • #14
                            if you do not mind using to After effects crack. i can help you!

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                            • #15
                              Others have said it but I think it's worth repeating. After Effects is not an editor. It is for compositing and damn good at what it does. It would be hell to try to use it for editing, though.

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