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Help me find this feature.

Postby JohnnySnow » Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:21 am

Hi there.

I'm relatively new to video editing and have always used Windows Movie Maker. However, I've know for a while now that Windows Movie Maker lacks a feature that I really want to be able to use. Now I'm looking to trade up, and don't mind spending a bit of money, but I don't know what exactly you'd call this particular feature. Hoping someone here can point me in the right direction.

Basically: Syncing video to music in WMM is frustrating because clips added to the timeline always "snap" to the end of the available space. If I have a music track already in place and an empty timeline, I cannot simply drop video clips in at a certain point in the middle of the song, which is annoying.

I've tried a few other free programs which surprisingly seemed to lack this feature -- I would have thought it would be pretty basic, and I'm sure I'm just looking in all the wrong places. Could someone point me in the direction of a lightweight program that can handle this?
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Re: Help me find this feature.

Postby Mastamind » Fri Nov 06, 2009 7:33 am

I remember, back when I used to edit with WMM, the same thing bugged me. I'm pretty sure I found a way around it- maybe place a random clip starting from where you left off, cut it to the part you want to edit, then erase the clip. Haven't used that program in a while though, so details I'd learned are pretty vague.
I'd really reccomend getting another program, though. I use Sony Vegas, and Adobe Premiere and After Effects are popular among many others. Try them out, and good luck. :up:
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Re: Help me find this feature.

Postby Bauzi » Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:59 pm

I remember I used to fix such issues with simpel black images that I pasted on the timeline to fill the gaps.

This was back in 2001 with Ulead Video Studio 5. Wow I feel old now :|
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Re: Help me find this feature.

Postby Kanti13 » Tue Nov 17, 2009 10:28 pm

JohnnySnow wrote:I've tried a few other free programs which surprisingly seemed to lack this feature -- I would have thought it would be pretty basic, and I'm sure I'm just looking in all the wrong places. Could someone point me in the direction of a lightweight program that can handle this?

:shock: What have you tried?? I hated that in WMM too. But I don't know of any other software that does it. I use sony vegas, I used to use Magix. I've also sampled adobe programs and they don't do it either.
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Re: Help me find this feature.

Postby Darklydone » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:51 am

Seemed to be a pretty basic thing in Adobe Premiere 6.0 and CS4. Can take clips and place them anywhere I want in the timeline. I think maybe they did jump to the previous clip in 6.0 but you could always move it out if you needed to.
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Re: Help me find this feature.

Postby mirkosp » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:43 pm

If you can spend 50 bucks, or even less, then you might want to consider magix since it doesn't have this issue. ;)
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