By Harold Glicken
McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
There is no shortage of movie editing software. Depending on your expertise and how much time you want to struggle with what can be an awesome learning curve, you can spend more than $1,000 for Final Cut Pro for the Mac or nothing at all for iMovie for the Mac and Movie Maker for Windows PCs.
If you’re an amateur, and you’re OK with that, the free ones should work just fine.
But there will come a day when those movies you’ve taken of your children and grandchildren warrant more than the free editing programs provide. When that day comes, you might want to take a look at Pinnacle Studio 18. It starts at $60 for the basic model and $130 for the “Ultimate” version.
If you’re getting serious about film editing, I’d choose the Ultimate version. It probably has more bells and whistles than you need at first, but it’s nice to know that you can ring and toot its features when the spirit moves you.
Most movie-editing programs work pretty much alike. You import your movie clips and photos and extra sound tracks to a story board. When you’ve figured out what goes where, you drag the clips to a timeline. There’s where you do the real editing, inserting transitions, titles and themes.
The mark of an amateur, however, is a film full of special effects. Let your clips tell the story and keep special effects, such as flying transitions, to a minimum.
The newest version of Pinnacle Studio Ultimate works with 64-bit versions of Windows, has thousands (yes, thousands) of special effects such as transitions, and you get iZotope, an essential (for me, anyway) program that gets rid of extraneous noise , among many other fixes, on the soundtrack.