Originally Posted by ahsam
Thanks all of you! I'm overwhelmed to hear so many great advice so promptly!
Bsprague, I've seen Adobe has recently announced free download of their software, including Premiere Pro 2. Is this one similar to the s/w "Premiere Elements 11" you've recommended? Is it more usable and user-friendly than Pixela?
I know nothing about Pixela. I know nothing about Premier Pro 2. I've spent a enough time with Premier Elements that I can make movies with it.
You can download and try anything from Adobe for 30 days at no charge. But, free long term use is not in their business plan!
Premier Elements and Premier Pro are related only in that both are produced by Adobe. Premier Pro version 2 would be pretty old by now. It may be so old that it might have trouble with your cameras file formats.
The current version is called "Premier Pro CS6". The "CS" stands for "Creative Suite". Apparently Adobe's professional customers buy most of what they need in packages, or suites, with multiple products.
The top of the line product with Adobe is a subscription. Customers pay $50 a month and can download all of their creative tools as needed. As features or tools are needed they are added. The customer does not have to wait for the next "release". It makes a lot of sense for people that make their living using Adobe's many software products.
Premier Elements 11 costs $80. Premier Pro CS6, buy itself, costs $650. In a suite you can spend upwards of $2,500. Other than watching some training videos, I have no experience with the expensive one. The way I understand it, the two products are developed separately. One is made for part time editing and creating consumer level videos. The other is made for people that edit for 14 hours a day and make television documentaries, ads for clients, client training videos, etc.
Until two years ago, I had no interest in video. I bought a camcorder with my granddaughters. I tried learn and help them learn shooting and editing. I bounced between 5 different editors and made little progress. One day I decided to get serious at learning one of them. I picked Premier Elements 9. I've upgraded twice. I could have picked anything. There are about 30 of them. Once focused, I made significantly more progress.
My suggestion to anyone that is interested in my advice is to pick a brand name editor, spend as much money as you are comfortable with and spend the time needed to learn it. Trying out a bunch of editors will only get in the way of making decent movies.