I have been combing the internet for months trying to figure out what software would be the best choice for me. The quality of the final product is more important than ease of use. I am prepared to spend some time learning the new software. Also, price is somewhat important but the quality of the final video trumps cheap software.
I have been considering Sony Vegas but I am super confused by all the different versions. Additionally the internet contains sites with lists of resellers that are charging vastly different amounts for what appears to be the same software. The price differences are so big in some cases that it makes me wonder if they are selling the same thing or if I am missing some specifications somewhere. For example what is the difference between Sony Vegas "Pro 10" and "Movie Studio"?
I have been using Windows Movie Maker (go ahead and cringe if you must) and have had ok results, but now I am wanting to take it to the next level. The first big problem with WMM is that the version I have doesn't take HD video. Since I bought an HD cam I need something that will take the footage. For some of my more highly edited videos I spent about an hour of editing per minute of final video and this is acceptable to me.
Here are the features I am really looking for.
- Edits HD video taken with the several different brands of cams I will be using
- Doesn't require a super computer to run. (I have 4 gigs of ram on my dell machine running XP sp2)
- Doesn't require a second mortgage on my home to buy. (less than $500 reasonable?)
- Creates a highly polished final product. (I am willing to put in the time)
I am also willing to consider past versions if they are relatively comparable in features and will save me a few bucks. For example, is Vegas 10 that much better than Vegas 9?
Here is a video that has just about everything I am looking for in it as far as effects. (I have no affiliation with this video, it is just a really good example of what I want to be able to do) I really like the text overlays they use. Is this sort of stuff pretty standard across software?
Bottom line, I appreciate any guidance you can give me. If I am being unreasonable or missing something major please let me know. I am just totally bogged down with all this info!