October 27th, 2009

Mental Gears

Video Editing Software Recommendations?

I've been looking for video editing software for processing camcorder recordings (AVCHD video *.MTS files). In the short term, I'm looking for basic functions like clipping, 90-degree rotations, format conversion, and the like; ideally, it should also support more advanced projects like placing a new soundtrack over video clips.

So far, I've been playing with a trial edition of Corel VideoStudio, which looks like it has all the functionality I'd need (but behind an interface apparently written by programmers who hate the end users). There's a good deal on the full version at the moment, but I'm also looking into free (as in beer and/or as in speech) alternatives.

Any useful advice would be greatly appreciated.