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I've worked with Pinnacle, but gave it up. Crashing problems etc. Windows Movie Maker is nice and simple and they offer some features I have been looking for especially media titles. Those thingies you see at the bottom of new programs like "ABC News Joe Blow reporting from Cincinnati." Block or rectangular patterns that can be customized.
WMM has a few but I'm specifically looking for a much wider variety. I have been working with a Sony Vegas Pro trial and love the overall ease of basic features, but can't find what I need.
Any suggestions? I prefer some thing easy to work with such as what WMM has.
The main cross-platform options are Avid and Adobe Premiere.
Avid used to offer a free version for XP (and Mac) if you can find a copy.
I just don't have the patience or time
Prepare to be disappointed.
There are many other software packages, but I wouldn't class them as professional.
They might do what you need, though.
I don't know that there's anything simple at the professional level. After Effects is a compositing program, but it's definitely not simple. It allows you to import Photoshop files and combine them with full-motion video, but you've got to know how to use Photoshop, and it doesn't sound like you're into that. And it needs to interface with a professional level video editor.
I remember that uLead products included some whistles and bells, along with clip-art type resources, and they were aimed at the semi-advanced amateur.
uLead has been acquired by Corel, and it's possible that you'll find some title templates in the clip art library of one of Corel's video editing products. Corel has also acquired Paint Shop Pro, which was sort of the poor man's Photoshop, a very good program in its earlier versions, and chances are there's a bundled suite.
The more elements like prebuilt title templates (and even music) any package includes, though, the less likely it is to have a professional following, so prebuilt elements are likely to be costing you program functionality.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 8:40 am (utc) on Dec. 15, 2008]
You don't really need different video software. Vegas Pro has unlimited video tracks, and certainly should be able to key a title over a live background. You do need to learn how to build the title graphics, or find something or someone who will do it for you.
A graphics editor might be built in, or you may have to use separate software... but you shouldn't keep changing video editors to get a title background. That's like buying a new house to get a couch you like.
I believe you are right. I can handle the film, editing, and minor titles. I have been considering someone to create a short 2-3 second intro shown on all videos...I'm sure they can handle the other stuff.
Hey, thanks for spending the time to respond:)
Ulead has their own image editor called Photoimpact (quite a good one too) with a proprietary format that can be used in some Ulead Video applications. It's similar to a AI with path's etc. I know you can use the image editor to edit DVD templates in their authoring programs because that is the format they are made in, not sure how much it's integrated into Video Studio.
Personally I'd use a TGA with a transparent background. You'd have to check if Ulead Video Studio supports it but I'm pretty sure it does. It might also support PNG with alpha channel... You don't really need a proprietary format, what you need is decent image editor.
They also make nice little program specifically for titling called Ulead cool 3-D, it's 3-D animation program but on the low end. there's free options for that as well called Wax and Blender but all have a steep learning curve.
But about Premiere, if you can afford it, I would say its not that hard to use; it does everything I ever needed (putting together ok looking video for clients with titles and transitions and the odd special effect); above all, it is a lot of fun!