I have a cheap Aiptek HD which I believe records to H.264 (video) and MPEG4 (audio). All I want to do is simply take ~50 short videos that I took on my vacation and merge them into one video maybe adding a title screen and a few text annotations. Simple right? I would use windows movie maker but it does not support these videos natively.
In the past, I wanted to create a picture in picture video of a webcam and Fraps video capture, and it was painful just to find cheap software that could do PIP without crashing. I wound up using VirtualDub and PowerDirector and after PowerDirector crashed about 50 times I finally managed to create one video.
Now, I have a brand new computer, Quad core Q6600, 4GB memory, ATI HD4850 running Vista. After my last painful video experience, I figured I'd just go out and spend $100-$150 on a better video editing suite. So I downloaded the trial of "Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum Pro Pack".
- I dragged the first .MOV file onto the timeline and received an error because I did not have quicktime installed (I had been using VLC to view the files).
- OK now problem. I install quicktime.
- After dragging 5 or so movies onto the timeline I tried dragging all the rest at once - bad idea. After 5 seconds or so it crashed.
- I restarted the application and began dragging all 50 videos one by one onto the timeline. After about dragging about 30 videos, it crashed. Even worse, even though I created a "New project", it never actually wrote out a project file (and I didn't think to save since it seemed to be working fine). So I lost all my work (all 5 minutes, no big deal).
- So I started over from scratch, this time it crashed on the 6th file.
- My next attempt was to save after dragging every video. Every thing seemed to go fine until the 10th video. Good thing I saved it right? Nope, the project file seemed to go into some deterministic state where the 10th video would ALWAYS crash the application.
- After a few more attempts, I gave up and uninstalled.
What's the most stable software aimed at consumers under $200? Or better yet, is there ANY? Thanks!
I would download premiere elements but unfortunately Adobe is simply retarded and it's near impossible to find the link for the trial version on their website. I'm sure I can find it on some other site like download.com but the simple fact is that the download link should be at most a few clicks away from the main page. The main Adobe Premiere elements page is a pre-order page for the new version, Premiere Elements 7, which is unavailable for download. After a bit more digging, I found out the previous version is Premiere elements 4 - why the heck the version goes from 4 to 7 is another mystery.