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Best Multitrack Video editor for windows?

Posted: Sun, 30th Aug 2009, 8:17am

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Brobin

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Hi,

After reading Axeman's sticky post on retaining sound it would appear that the best way is not to render with sound and then use a multitrack editor to put the sound back.

My question is which is the best multitrack editor to use to do this in Windows?
Posted: Sun, 30th Aug 2009, 12:44pm

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DVStudio

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Well, you are going to need an NLE which is a video editor. There isn't a "best one" as it is completely up to your personal preference. For instance, I use Adobe CS3, whilst others use Vegas. If you're on a Mac, you can use Final Cut Express or Final Cut Pro (HD). Free ones (which aren'tr nearly as good but could get you started) are iMovie and WIndows Movie Maker eek Those are just some examples. You can use the NLE to cut video, add transitions, titles, etc and then export (render) to any of the FXHome Labs programs.

In addition to an NLE, for sound ediintg, you may find that a program, like Soundbooth, Acid or Audacity (free) will help tremendously. You record and edit sound in the program and then export it as an MP3 or whatever file you choose and then open it in your NLE. Add it to the clips in your timeline and the ones from the FXHome program, render, and you have a nice movie. Though an NLE can handle the basics for sound, often times you'll find a seperate program opens a new world of possibilities. Even a free one like Audacity which is suprisingly fairly powerful.

Hope that helps!
DV
Posted: Sun, 30th Aug 2009, 7:58pm

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10 Zen

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In my very subjective opinion, if you're talking about working with sound within an NLE, Sony Vegas has the most comprehensive and intuitive set of audio tools I've encountered that go beyond what other NLE's offer.

http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/vegaspro/audioproduction
Posted: Sun, 30th Aug 2009, 8:07pm

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Brobin

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Hi 10 Zen,

I have downloaded the demo of the basic Vegas and will take it for a spin - Many thanks
Posted: Wed, 2nd Sep 2009, 10:55pm

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10 Zen

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Cool. Let me know what you think.