Which of the software out there has the smallest learning curve for the impatient? =)
I can spend $500 or so if I need to. I'm not averse to picking up something used off ebay from a reputable seller. It seems all the biggies are available for under $500 there, except for Avid.
I started out with the Windows Movie Maker. That is not bad for simple clipping and titling. Pre-loading big files is just getting painful though. I also don't like the limitations on output formats. I'd kind of like to give it the format I want, rather than choose from the presets. (I'd like to be able to decide to use 1024x768 if I want to, etc)
I have the Vegas Tryout (unfortunately all my stuff is .mpg!). This looks not bad. I'm grabbing some random files off the 'net in other formats just to get a hang of editing with it.
I also have the Adobe Premiere tryout. Like many adobe products, it appears powerful but cumbersome, and might require a book/course just to get moving with it.
I haven't found a downloadable tryout for the Pinnacle software. Anybody know where I can find one?