Which of these 3 is the best home video software?

By macx
Nov 18, 2005
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  1. Got my new system up and running, now to decide
    which video software for getting video off of a
    videocam and onto a DVD.

    I've got XP, so have WinDVD, it's an ASUS Intervideo version (?)
    I've got an ASUS board and it came with ASUS PowerDirector
    I've also got the Ultra version of NERO

    recommendations as far as the easiest to use
    and which does the most?

    Thanks!
  2. blue_dragon

    blue_dragon Newcomer, in training Posts: 278

    videocam do u mean a camcorder?
  3. macx

    macx TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 742

    Yes, sorry.

    Senility, et al :eek:

    I've looked at my 3 in hand choices,
    I think I'm going to try the NERO simply
    because it incl CD ROM/RAM, and video]
    transfer and simple editing.


    Then I might add the ASUS PowerDirector
    to do a wee bit more editing.

    My needs are simple
    My abilities are even more so

    But GOSH I'm having fun learning all this STUFF!
  4. macx

    macx TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 742

  5. Sharkfood

    Sharkfood TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,198

    Hi MacX-
    You should also know that Windows XP has a very, very basic; but easy to use video capture and editing tool already included: Movie Maker. It can be found in the Programs/Accesories group of your Start Menu.

    I've used Power Director and NERO before, albeit the version of NERO I used is simply more for arranging and burning.

    Movie Maker and Power Director are like editing studios- where you can capture clips, arrange them onto a story-board, edit/cut/trim the clips, add effects, text & titling, transitions and wipes, etc.etc- then produce a final Movie. The fina produced movie can then be watched, re-edited and finally burned to DVD.

    One other thing to keep in mind- if these are cd's that came with your system, more often than not they are limited or trial versions. For example, many DVD burners come with Power Director, but the "full" version is Power Director Pro and costs extra $$. The limited versions usually are missing several features, but can indeed be used as-is with some limitations.

    I'd say try Movie Maker first as it's super easy, full-featured and already included on your PC. It's only aimed at making very, very simple movies and editing- so I'd see if this already fills your needs.
  6. macx

    macx TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 742

    'Preciate that!

    Yeah, found that the "bundled" versions
    are just enuf to whet your appetite
    and get your frustrated with their
    limitations enuf to get you to buy
    the "full" versions!

    Case in point, NERO.

    good 'ol capitalism at it's most efficient :-(
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