[thelist] Advice on video editing

Brooking, John John.Brooking at sappi.com
Tue Dec 7 08:15:20 CST 2004

Hi, all,

   Hope this isn't off-topic. (Video editing produces output that can be
posted to websites, eh? ;-) ) My sister is interested in getting some
video editing software for her husband for Christmas, and asked me for
some advice because I "know about computers". Of course, I know nothing
about video editing; I don't even own a camcorder. So I thought maybe
some here might have some quick thoughts. The situation is that her
husband owns a Sony Digital Handycam and a Dell 4600 Series, but he's
not a video professional, so I'm assuming this will be mostly for home
   First, software. She's seen reviews for Pinnacle Studio 9, ULead
VideoStudio 8, and Roxio Easy Media Creator 7. Anyone had experience
with these, and can recommend them? Or any other recommendations?

   Also, neither of us are certain about connection the camera to the
PC. I did a little reading on "Firewire", which my sister saw referenced
somewhere, and also on MemoryStick technology, which Sony mentions on
its product description for the camera. Are either/both of these
technologies involved in interfacing the camera and the PC? Probably the
PC doesn't have an interface for either of them already, so I'm assuming
that a card of some sort will have to be bought for whatever technology
the camera requires?

   Thanks for any advice.

- John

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