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Easy Video Editing Software?

545 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 8, 2013 5:52 AM by J2011 RSS
J2011 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 30, 2012 1:08 PM

Hi folks

 

I'm wondering if anyone here knows of a good, reliable video editing software for the iMac that will easily support the use of HD Videos?

 

I need some software to do easy, quick and simple editing, mainly traiming, adding music and adding transition effects but I don't like iMovie as its kinda awkward to use and does not seem to support many video formats... mainly for me it doesn't allow me to import the MPG4 files from my camcorder.

 

Any suggestions would be great thanks!

iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (13,015 points)
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    Dec 31, 2012 5:59 AM (in response to J2011)

    If you want both easy and free, and you want to work on a Mac, I would stay with iMovie, but use MPEGStreamclip to export your MP4 file to a Quick Time as a preliminary step.  Final Cut Pro X will work with most MP4, but works more reliably if first converted to mov. (However, if you're not crazy about  like iMovie, you will probably not like FCP either.)

     

    Premier Pro would probably edit your files natively, but it is a fairly pricey option. If you're interested, go to the Adobe web site and download a trial version to test how you like it and how well it will work with your camera.

     

    Good luck.

     

    Russ

  • Russ H Level 6 Level 6 (13,015 points)
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    Jan 8, 2013 5:20 AM (in response to J2011)

    If iMovie isn't happy with your mts files, download this plug-in and try converting in MPEG Streamclip. You'll probably get an error message from Streamclip but just continue.

     

    Russ

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