I recently decided to get into the wonderful art that is AMV making after seeing the incredible work of Nostromo, and then going to my first convention (Otakon 2011) shortly after and seeing the amazing AMVs at the AMV contest.
So shortly after getting home, I went and found Lightworks, downloaded it, started messing around, and then realized that I had no idea what I'm doing.
It seemed that the next logical thing to do would be to join an AMV community, and see if I could get some help, even just in the form of nudges in the right direction.
I kind of like Lightworks, from what I've seen of it so far, but if someone earnestly suggests another program, then I'll look into it. Other than that, I'm all ears to the collective wisdom of this community.