Video editing software is a personnel decision that should be based on the amount of editing that you intend to do, your comfort level with video editing software and your budget. For the purposes of this discussion I am not going to suggest which program that you should use. I will discuss the program that I use, but not in an attempt to promote it, but rather to bring up the things that I think editing software should be able to to in the home application. What you choose is up to your own comfort level because editing software is a very personal decision.
Pinnacle Studio Plus meets all of my requirements for home use. You can import from any tape source or DVD source and you can control color and brightness as you import your video. Once in the editing suite, you have three audio tracks to work with (six would be better and may come with newer releases), a full titling section with preset fonts and the ability to change to custom settings, an audio mixing function, plenty of video effects and transitions and the ability to export your final cut to many different formats as a file or to DVD. All of this comes to you with video editing software for under $ 100 and under $ 150 if you include the import box.
Having spent many years working on the Avid Film Composer, it is amazing to me how much you can do with a $ 150 video editing package. Some processes are not as simple as on the Film Composer, but with a little thought and creativity, you can get the Pinnacle video software to do what ever you want. As with anything else, the longer you work with it the easier it becomes. Home video editing requires that you are able manipulate video, smooth audio transitions, add video transitions. title and add music. These are all easily done with this video editing software.
It is extremely important that whatever movie editing software you use, whether it be the basic program that comes with your computer or a high end after market software, that you are comfortable with it and it accomplishes what you need to get done in your editing sessions. It does you no good if the video editing software can do anything, but is too complicated for you to use. Another thing to keep in mind with large complicated software is the amount of space that they consume on your computer. Big programs need a lot of hard drive space and ram.
Spend a little time and due the research because video editing programs are not one size fits all.
Thom Pryor was a professional Hollywood video editor for over 30 years working on some of your favorite films and TV shows. Now he helps people using Professional Video Editing tell a story with their video projects. Let him help you convert slides, preserve your media, and tell the story that lies underneath your video and audio projects.