Originally Posted by jamesb123
Wow, really blown away by everyone's fantastic responses! BTW, if you guys haven't noticed already, I'm brand new to this so I apologise if I am asking really basic questions.
I do, however, have a few more basic questions. Where can I find quality tutorials/information on:
* Non Linear Editing.
* Sony Vegas.
* Adobe Premier Elements.
Has anyone come across good info for the beginner on these topics?
Also, I have just bought 'How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck' and I'll be working my way through it as soon as I get my hands on it!
One more thing: I'm planning to use this camera in a variety of settings, both outdoor and indoor, low-light and well-lit areas. But I will always be focusing on a live subject a few metres away.
I love it when someone actually takes my advice! The book has a good companion website too.
* Non Linear Editing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-linear_editing_system
Basically, there isn't much you need to know other than all common editing software is a NLE and it NEVER changes your original footage files. It only borrows from it to make entirely new files.
* Sony Vegas and * Adobe Premier Elements:
Both are very good. I like one and Ungermann likes the other. I think when you learn complicated software, and particular features, you tend to expect (or hope) it works them same in similar software. In other words, if you have a particular favorite technique in Word or Excel, will you get it to work without frustration in Google Docs? The same is true for NLEs. Ungermann is a master at Vegas (Pro) and seems to detest Premier Elements. I like Premier Elements better every time I work on a project and no nothing about Vegas.
My suggestion is to pick one. Flip a coin or read a review. It does not matter. Each will allow you to learn and use amazing tools. Trying to understand both thoroughly enough to make an informed choice will take and waste too much time for a beginner. I was a no nothing beginner two years ago. I wasted at least 6 months trying to find "the best" $100 or less NLE.
If you want a fast introduction to the workflow of an NLE and don't mind Premier Elements as an example, go to http://muvipix.com/pe11.php
and look in the lower left for the 8 free video tutorials. If you want an efficient, thorough and fun course, spend $25 for a month's access to http://www.lynda.com/Premiere-Elements-tutorials/Up-Running-Premiere-Elements-11/109763-2.html
. The "trick" at lynda.com is to give them your credit card for a subscription and cancel it the next day. It will run a month for access to everything and shut off without their regular and automatic monthly re-billing.
(I am a big fan of learning software by watching it work in a well organized course and having a coach explaining it. I'm working my way through Photoshop Elements and Lightroom at lynda.com and am amazed at what I'm learning. Books are for reference when you can't remember something.)
* Deinterlacing: (vs "p" for "progessive")
It is a left over from early broadcast TV where each frame only displays half the lines. Your eye interpolates. My cameras will shoot in "i" mode. The files are smaller and perhaps easier for my computer to handle. It works OK where there is not a lot of motion. But, I normally leave my cameras in the "p" mode where all the lines are captured in each frame.
Other than that, I have ignored the effort of learning "Deinterlacing" because my editing software "fixes" it if needed. When I output a product for a particular display device I can pick a "p" choice.