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Video management ripe for consolidation

28 May 2009 2 Comments

Technology Thursday

Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I seem to have a weird and evolutionary collection of video files. Over the past ten years I have owned four different digital video cameras and have hundreds of clips in three different formats.

If you’re just dealing with regular cameras and stills, then JPEG files seem to be pretty standard. I have some limited editing skills and I can achieve what I need with Paint Shop Pro.

However, when it comes to video I have AVI, MOD and MOV files and can currently edit only the MOD files using the Power Producer software that came with my JVC camera. I need a multi purpose piece of video software that can accept all sorts of file types and give me MPEG files that I can stick on Youtube. I asked around at some specialist shops, but none of them had a software package that could handle AVI and MOD and MOV files.

On top of that I would like my one unitary software package (on a PC) to handle moving screen shots (of video and of other on screen activity) the way that Paint Shop Pro can do still screen shots. That would allow me to produce short demo videos of how to do clever things in Excel for example.

The market still seems overly diverse, and I only want to buy one package. What would you recommend?

Proactive Paul The Proactive Accountant Dot Com
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2 Comments »

  • Jo Dodds said:

    I recommend Camtasia for recording presentations of your screen with audio, which you can use to record your ‘videos of how to do clever things in Excel’ and also allows you to import other stuff like videos and audio and generally get quite creative (if only I knew how to use it!).

    Hope that helps.

  • Proactive Paul said:

    Thanks Jo

    Something else for my to do list! I’d love to explore Camtasia, and I will as soon as I have a chance.

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