I want video editing software, under $100, Win7. What does this have to do with woodworking? Nothing directly but it’s becoming more common to video projects and builds. Please share your experience with any of the following software or software you feel I’ve overlooked that meet the requirements (under $100, Win7 compatible). Also looking for comments on Sony MS 12 vs. 13. Thanks.
What I’ve tried: [updated]
Premiere 2.0: good but outdated, no HD video, new version is too expensive
VideoPad trial ($40 to buy): I liked it but feel it’s expensive for what it is. There is a free version that perhaps has a few more features than MSMM.
MSMM Microsoft Movie Maker ($free): Simple to use, intuitive, not compatible with 3gp files (my phone), output is questionable. Basically this works if all you want to do is string clips together with no audio or visual tweaks.
Jahshaka (open source), Blender (open source); both way above my paygrade.
Sony Movie Studio 13 ($30): Interface is bland and Win98-ish, bare bones editing software. A very minor step up from MSMM. Might was well use the free version of VideoPad.
Sony Movie Studio 13 Platinum ($80): Same as above but with a few more features and extras. Compared to Corel the interface is slightly clumsy but easy enough to use. Lacks auto correct functions for audio and visuals. Buttons are childishly large even in the advanced setting and color scheme choices are white which is the worst background for video editing and a medium grey. Blandness McBlandybland. However it is rock solid stable.
Cyberlink Power Director 12 ($62): Kind of a middle ground, good interface, works, very resource hungry. Uses 2X the memory of Sony MS just sitting open with no project. Only one of the bunch that slows my computer. The interface is like a slightly improved version of Sony MSP.
Corel Video Studio Pro X7 ($65): Beautiful modern interface, very intuitive, loads of extras (transitions, effects, etc). I initially had trouble editing audio but with help realized it was a mismatch between the source video and project settings, seems to be sorted now. There is also an Ultimate version which is only a few extra bucks and has a few more effects. This one is the most fun to use but maybe not quite as fast as Sony.
Pinnacle Studio 17 ($83): Decided not to install it. Recent reviews talk of a lengthy and very difficult installation process that takes hours; and reviews in general of the newer versions were not very favorable.