Mark upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Now he needs some cheap but easy to use video editing software to edit his family home movies and digitize them. Leo says that since Windows dropped Windows Movie Maker, there isn't one available native to the OS anymore. But there are better alternatives out there. Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's capable and under $100 - a great version with about 80% the tools of the professional Creative Cloud version.
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Alex wants to start a YouTube channel. Leo says that if he has a smartphone he can hit the ground running. As for video editing, Leo recommends Adobe Premiere Elements. It's under $100. But your phone may also be able to edit the video you shoot. Don't go overboard with gear: start small, and then upgrade your gear as you need to. Lights are important though.
Howard has a computer with a Blu-Ray burner, but he doesn't have software to use it. What apps are available? Leo says that NERO was the gold standard for burning DVDs for years, but they may not do Blu-ray. Leo says that Premiere Elements 2018 and later can burn to Blu-Ray directly. So you don't really need a third party app. Leo also likes ROXIO. But you may end up with a special driver that can cause compatibility issues. Stick with Adobe Premiere Elements. Leo also likes FoxIt.
Tom has made movies in iMovie and wants to burn them on DVD. Leo says that iMovie will encode his movie into .MOV, which is a wrapper for MP4. But when he burns a DVD, it creates a specific format called MPEG2, which is SD quality. iMovie used to have the capability to burn to DVDs, but Apple stripped it out. So he'll need a DVD burning program to do it. That program will also author the structure with menus, etc. Here are some options:
Richard has some old 8mm home movies that were transferred to DVD. They were transferred out of order and he wants to redo them, re-edit the video files, etc. Leo says that those DVDs are a treasure chest but he'll need to make sure he gets those videos off them and onto a hard drive, because sooner or later that DVD may not be playable. Is there something online that he can use? Leo says that video files are too big to upload to the cloud.
Christine is having trouble burning DVDs via iDVD. Leo says that program hasn't been updated in years. Apple abandoned it, but many still use it. If Christine updated it, that could have broken the usability of it. It could also be a bad DVD blank. The bottom line is that the future is calling, and optical media isn't coming along with it. We're moving to the cloud. But for sharing movies with family members, a DVD is still a good idea.
Jack is starting a Kickstarter page where he's selling his drone footage. He's having trouble rendering 1080p HD videos at 60 fps. Leo says it's the 60 fps that's catching him up. But 60 fps is the future. Leo says that it comes down to the computer, and the software should be able to handle 60fps. Adobe Premiere Elements should be able to, as does Sony Vegas.
John recently bought a GoPro Hero 4 Silver and uses it in his motor home. He wants to know the best way to edit that footage. Leo says that Microsoft has a free movie editor called Windows Movie Maker. It's OK, but not great and rather limited. GoPro has GoPro Studio that is also free as well.
Josh doesn't care for Windows Movie Maker. Leo says that Windows Movie Maker has gotten a lot better over time, but in general, he'll get what he pays for.
Leo recommends a paid solution like Adobe Premiere Elements. There's also Sony Vegas. It's well worth the $80. But if all he needs to do is cut up video, he may want to try VideoLAN Movie Creator. There are other open source solutions, but they're finicky and difficult to learn. One open source option is Lightworks.