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Any of you edit your own video you capture off of your Contour or Go Pro cameras? Any suggestions? I'm not after anything really fancy. Really all I'm looking to do is cut and some slow motion.

post #2 of 12

iI have the same problem man. i think i have about 300 hours of video time over the last few seasons that I haven't been able to edit because I don't want to spend a ton of money just to be able to cut stuff.

post #3 of 12

Windows or Mac OS?

 

Final Cut Pro, for Mac is the best option for something more professional. IMovie would probably fit the bill though.

If you use Windows you may want to try Adobe Premiere or even Windows Movie Maker (not that great).

 

Usually most helmet cams record using a compression/codec that is not very "editing friendly", that's why I normally convert them to Apple ProRes codec before editing. Makes the editing process much faster and smoother.

post #4 of 12
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I am on the winblows platform sadly. I have been using this program called Power Video Cutter which does the job but it really is a pile of crap. You have to watch the video in media player, write down what time you want to cut it to, then translate from minutes/seconds to total seconds and just takes forever. It has to be easier! 

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You have to watch the video in media player, write down what time you want to cut it to, then translate from minutes/seconds to total seconds and just takes forever. It has to be easier! 

That sounds annoying!

The best softwares will have 2 video windows (one showing the original footage and one with your editing) and a timeline...

 

Avid used to have a free version for download on their website, now I think you can get a trial version that would keep you busy for a few days.

http://apps.avid.com/media-composer-trial/

post #6 of 12
Sony Vegas Pro or Adobe Premier for PC would do nicely. Sony Vegas Pro is alot easier to learn.
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Originally Posted by ryan1088 View Post

I am on the winblows platform sadly. I have been using this program called Power Video Cutter which does the job but it really is a pile of crap. You have to watch the video in media player, write down what time you want to cut it to, then translate from minutes/seconds to total seconds and just takes forever. It has to be easier! 



OUCH!  Why wouldn't you just use Windows Movie Maker?  It's built into your Windows platform and, although not a high-end editing suite, it's certainly far better than what you're doing now.  I use it for editing my GoPro videos, and it works just fine  It should do everything you want it to, including slow-mo and a pile of different visual effects and transitions.... and it's free.


Edited by exracer - 11/25/11 at 8:09am
post #8 of 12

I teach video editing and use Premiere Pro and After Effects all day but Premiere Elements will do more than most people need at is only around $50 AFAIK. Not sure if it takes advantage of video card processing CUDA as the pro version does which is a big advantage when editing HD footage.

 

Elements also has some more automated new user type features than Pro which expects you will want to do things the hard way.

 

Just grab a 30 day trial version of Premiere Pro and Elements and try them out.

post #9 of 12
I use Corel Ulead VideoStudio X2 for all my GoPro video. I chose it because there are lots of tutorials on the net.
Edited by huhh - 11/26/11 at 7:09am
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I have used Pinnacle Studio and Sony Vegas (no the pro one).  Pinnacle studio did well when I was filming in 1280x720, but had trouble editing quick motions (like mogul skiing motions) in 1920x1080.  I ended up redoing my 1920x1080 videos with Sony Vegas. Which was a pain, I wouldn't have to if these things would work right.  The image was choppy when I had used Pinnacle.  Sony is good.  You can get that one at best buy for $120 or so, or download it.  From what I understand, basically any editing program can be expected to be buggy.  There were some glitches in my video when I edited with Sony the first time, but I was able to cut them out.  It also sometimes leaves a tiny split second space between shots if I'm not careful to close the gaps.  But whatever... I'll keep using Sony because the final product is good.  I'm going to get a Sony camera to go with the program this year because I like the editing program that much.  I have a link in my signature that goes to my youtube channel if you want to see the videos that are edited with these programs.  The 2009 ones were filmed with a 1280x720 camera and edited with pinnacle studio, and the 2010 and 2011 were filmed in 1920x1080 and edited with Sony Vegas.  I think the 2006 and 2007 ones were done with Pinnacle, but they're not 1920x1080. 

 

Sony Vegas is good.  If you read video forums everyone is pretty fond of that one.  A lot of people don't like Pinnacle Studio.  Type "Sony Vegas vs Pinnacle Studio vs Premiere Elements" into google. 

 

Make sure your computer is strong enough to work well with those programs if you get one. 

post #11 of 12
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OUCH!  Why wouldn't you just use Windows Movie Maker?  It's built into your Windows platform and, although not a high-end editing suite, it's certainly far better than what you're doing now.  I use it for editing my GoPro videos, and it works just fine  It should do everything you want it to, including slow-mo and a pile of different visual effects and transitions.... and it's free.


What version of Windows do you have? Vista? 7?  I still have XP (don't make fun of me...) and I can't figure out how to get the videos from the GoPro to work in movie maker.  I've tried downloading the h.264 codec but it doesn't seem to be working (or maybe i'm not doing it right...).  I also tried downloading VLC but I can't get it to convert the files from mp4 to something that movie maker can read....Help!!

 

post #12 of 12

Corel Video Studio Pro X4 is under $100 and works for me.

Not with the new Sony AVCHD format though although I may be missing something.

Works great with MPEG4 files running XP on a decent mechine with 2 gig of memory.

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