Premiere, Intuitive???? Probably the most obscure user interface ever invented. Terrible learning curve. If you liked Adobe Photoshop, you'll love Premiere.
Seriously, I would look at Vegas Video. Has all the power of Premiere, but with a whole lot more intuitive and friendly user interface. and 1/2 the price.
If you are looking for no brainer software, Pinnacle Studio 8 is what you are looking for. However, while Premiere and Vegas Video will allow you to do things like complex color and exposure correction, Studio 8 just does the simple stuff, but it may be enough for you.
BTW, I have all three of the above mentioned products, I use Vegas 95% of the time. Premiere 5%, and the only reason I have Studio 8 was that I bought it bundled with a firewire card.
Vern, Thanks for the help. I had heard/read somewhere that several people had some problems with Pinnacle 8. I'll have to find out some more info on Vegas Video. Is that the software you use to get video into your computer? And what software do you use for burning?
I have a DV NLE system at work, I use Adobe premier because i have a DVstorm card in there and its optimised for it, I haveever have user video vegas also..
Both will do waht most users need...premier is very powerful and if you take some time to read up on it and try messing around with it it will be your best friend for life...
I have also used Ulead's video editing tool to make some pretty darn impressive video's, some were even marketed and mas produced for work.. It came with my fire wire card.. it is limited but for home users it would bo more than they need. If you want to do major undertakings try Video vegas or Adobe Prrmier... Want more try Avid's product...havent tried this yet but is rated tops by many.
Other wise on the Mac side iMovie is sweet and very easy to use..
For serious pro/semi-pro stuff I would go with Apple's Final Cut Pro, Avvid's DV Express (PC), or Vegas. The first 2 are kinda expense, but Vegas is pretty affordable. For general consumer I'd look at Vegas or ULead.
Premier still requires a hardware support card like a DV500, Storm, or similar to be useable though there are rumors that a version that takes advantage of PC hardware will be coming out in 3Q03.
I've seen numerous people (pro's & amatuers) make the switch from Premier (and other packages) to Vegas over the past year (since v3 arrived) and none ever wanted to go back, even the ones that were drug kicking and screaming to a Vegas machine. Vegas has a tremendous amount of power for a variety of types of production and the output quality is exceptional. A highly anticipated new version making a great package even better is rumored for Feb03.
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