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    Hi,

    I am completely new to this so any help would be appreciated!

    I have two videos of the same event (my wedding day!) shot from different angles. One of the videos is on DVD and the other was captured by a sony HD camcorder. I would like to 'merge' these two films into one film (utilising the audio from one of the films). My question is what do you consider to be the best user friendly software to achieve this? I don't mind spending a bit of money (between £50 - £100) as there are a number of other projects I have in mind. I have a fairly decent XP lap top.

    Thanks in advance

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    Sony vegas platinum ( or others ), premier elements - and a few more.

    These are budget versions of pro editors.

    Try befor you buy - Digital Video Editing Guides: Digital Director - links

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    Give Vegas a try, you can download a 30 day trial.

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    Yea - that link above is for a list of links to trial versions of software.

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    Thats briliant, thanks a lot.

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    Just a thought, you say the Sony is an HD camera is that a hard drive or is it a high definition camera, it matters in that the high definition cameras are usually top field first whereas the standard for DVD is lower field first, and you need to make sure before you edit them together they are the same field order it doesn't matter which, it makes no difference to the player whether you use upper or lower but make sure they are the same before you start, in most programs if you go to properties it will tell you the field order, and don't think the cost of a program has any bearing on the qaulity of the final edit, I use the cheapest program available and I check it against one 8x more expensive and the cheap program turned out better results.

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    I meant HD for 'Hard Drive' . They were actually different orders but i think I have manged to make them both lower field in Vegas. I am using Vegas on a 30 day trial but I am not finding it that straight forward!

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