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Video Editing software

Now that I'm mostly out of fandom, I'm not sure if I have friends with knowledge of such things, but I thought I'd ask anyway.

I'm looking for a way to make video clips (from DVDs, especially) and manipulate them. I've been putting various video clips and fan vids onto my iPhone -- mostly old Spike/Buffy stuff, oddly enough, as I've been recently returning to my original fandom roots for some reason -- because I've discovered that little video clips on the phone are actually a fun way to pass time, especially when I'm stuck on a bus (or other place where I can't read without getting motion sick).

So I'm wondering if any of you know anything about the iSkysoft iMedia Converter. I've been using it via their free trial these past couple days, and it's totally fun and easy, but I'm hesitant to spend $50 on something mostly just because it's fun. My budget is a bit tight for impulsive purchases.

Thus far, I've only used the iMedia Converter to create short clips in various formats and haven't actually combined clips from various files to form something truly new (like people do when they make fan vids), but I've been loathe to put that much work into something that's going to be useless afterward due to the GIGANTIC watermark taking up 1/3 of the frame, which is what this program does when you're using the free trial.

Hence my quest to find whether anyone I know has any personal experience with the program or has heard anything from real live people.

(I've tried MPEG Streamclip -- tried it first, of course, because it's free -- but it gave me error messages every time I tried to load a DVD file into the program, so I could never get it to work at all.)

So ... any advice for me, folks?

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webmacher
May. 9th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
Look for HandBrake - free program to let you make a backup copy of a DVD. Then you should be able to use MPEG Streamclip on the file.
kimberly_a
May. 14th, 2012 04:13 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, it looks like HandBrake has moved on in the world and no longer supports Mac OS X 10.5.8, which is what I'm running. Curses! Foiled by advancing technology!
vrya
May. 10th, 2012 02:07 am (UTC)
For just making clips, I would use virtual dub on files ripped with dvd decrypter, both of which are free. Vdub will create divx or xvid avis, and if you need them in another format, you can use any video converter, also free, and no watermark. Vdub can append clips to each other and substitute audio, but if you actually want to edit a vid to music, you can use windows movie maker to get a taste. And then if it's something you really want to spend time on, you'll need a decent editor to do a good job. I don't know of any freebes, but you should be able to get a slightly-out-of-date version of Premier or Vegas off ebay for a reasonable price. Certainly less than $50. Good luck!
kimberly_a
May. 14th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
I will have to check these out, since HandBrake (suggested by another friend, above) no longer works for my OS. Thank you for the suggestions!

And of course I *do* still have some friends from my fandom days! :) We just don't interact as much as we once did.
kimberly_a
May. 14th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
Ack! Unfortunately, the DVD Decrypter software only works for PCs, and I'm a Macintosh gal. I'll keep looking. Thanks, though.
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