I've been designing AMVs in my head for 15 years (Before I even got on the Internet, let alone knew other people did this insanity! ^-^ ). I've FINALLY gotten to the point where the combination of interest, accessable material, and time has pushed me to actually attempting making them.
I've gone through the A&E's Tech Guide, worked out Avisynth, VirtualDub, and Audacity (I'm largely broke, so I like the free stuff lol). Now all I need in a video editor.
My style of videos is primarily storytelling - the only "effect" I'm interested in is lip syncing (And yes, I've read that faq, too). Naturally, this is best served by a program that allows for minute control over timing, both in the video clips/frames and the audio. Unfortunately, as I'm just starting out, I don't know where to find that lovely feature.
I would greatly appriciate suggestions as to which nonlinear editor would best suit my style of work.
- I'm stuck with Windows. Working with what I have, and haven't gotten the courage yet to try Linux.
- I'm primarily interested in fine-detail-control. Specifically, I'd like to get into lip syncing, so I need the ability to edit at frame level while keeping a good eye on audio.
- Multiple audio and video tracks also very useful. I can work around limits to both, but I've gotten used to being able to split things with Audacity.
- I have no interest in special effects. The ability to nicely speed up or slow down a particular clip would be great (if likely greatly above my budget), but I don't use transitions or anything in my style of video.
- Obviously, I'd prefer something on the lower end of budgetting. As I'm just starting out and just-graduated broke, I'd prefer not to risk an investment until I know I like it.
IS there anything that's like a mix of Audacity and VirtualDub? Both programs feel very natural to me, just the right amount of features.
- Windows Movie Maker. No were near the control I want.
- Adobe Premiere Elements free trial. Feels bloated. I can't seem to figure out how to play around with the frames of clips, or even do much editing beyond splitting clips. Maybe I can get it to work with practice if that's the best suggestion, but my current computer sure isn't too happy running it.