I am definately new to the business of video editing and I have two general and rather broad questions for y'all, but I hope you can help me out.
I am editing material from a movie to make a "fan" trailer, but one thing I've always wondered is "What is the best/correct way to edit footage from copyrighted material"? Now of course all the fine print will tell you to ask permission for making such videos but in many circumstances it doesn't seem practical or advantageous to actually call a mega-distributer like MGM to bother them with something so "trivial". At the same time I have seen many other such fan videos on YouTube and elsewhere for the same movie which I am dealing with, and I assume that they didn't bother with such formalities.
I have however seen many of the videos display & give credits at the end of their videos about the source material, such as the movie/video title and also any song they may have mixed with it. Is such "credit giving" sufficient to satisfy any "encroachment" concerns for video footage? I mean, c'mon, I'm not trying to steal or illegally proliferate the video I'm just trying to make a video, which for all intents and purposes is promotional and will probably help the producers. At any rate any advice would be much appreciated from you more seasoned video editors out there.
As for the second question I was wondering what some of the better video editing tools are out there that are commonly used. I am currently using the extremely handy & easy to use "Nero Vision" software from the newly released Nero 8 software package. I think it's a good place to start but if I ever get more serious into video editing and need something with a little more versatility where should I look? I know one candidate which I have heard of is Quicktime Pro, but I'm not sure how it compares to Nero. Aside from that I really don't know of any other video editors. A list of such editors would be appreciated, and help me along my way to being a more competent video editor.