.. well yeah .. the first question is not Product Name ( I use AiST Elements 6.0 Extreme )
however I know that company and trust its software.
1) can it do 600 frames per second ?
2) is the screen size larger than 14,000 By 6400 ?
3) can it encode AC_3 .. 5 .. 7 .. and AC_9 audio tracks ?
4) how many Video Lines will you require to be editing with .. 32, 64, 2 ?
.. Simple Facts about any Editor:
A) it should be able to handle at least 2 Video and 2 Audio Tracks.
B) it would be nice if it understood H264.
C) it should be able to save your projects, "as is"
D) expect to have many clips under two seconds ( and see if there is a Clip Storing Limitation. )
.. other than that, they are as useful as you have learned how to use it. [[ think about it!! ]]
.. Adobe, Sony, AiST, Avid, Magix, MGI, abcStudio, DDClips .. the more you know
about editing in general, the quicker you realize that "these all do the same bloody-things."
? is there a difference ? .. not in my eyes. AiST was the first software I messed with;
it will possibly be "my default Editor" for the rest of my life on computers -- I know what it can do
and its interface was USB before computers dropped the RS-232 standards. To me,
AiST is WAY ahead of its time -Period!- .. .. Avid is not designed for U-Matic editing, nor
is anything other than Magix software. Therefor, being able to Integrate with other
editing peripherals Is What's Important To Me. .. .. .. so, like, what do you need your
software to do for you? .. do you even know yet? ( don't be surprised if you don't know;
I deal with Editors 24/7 .. from TV Studio's to Teaching Classes in Audio/Visual Classrooms. )
.. Simply define what your needs are and read the fine-print one these boxxes; what
you are looking for just might be Adobe Products. Magix is the simplest but, having problems
lately. Avid is the most expensive and offers little in the way of peripherals interfacing.
.. which ever one you work with the most will be the one you understand the best.
P.S. .. the standards for the AMV org is 23.94 fps, 720p 576p 480p and 360p, X264 whenever possible,
stereo audio if you can "do no better" ^__^ hehe .. and about 2½ minutes in length preferred. ± 30meg total in size.
.. .. oh yeah, No YouTubing!
Enjoy and relax .. you figure-out what you need it for and you'll enjoy it even more.