One benefit of not having kids living at home is that I have more room for my stuff! I now have my green screen setup (the photo above) for some video projects I have on my list to do.
I’ve learned a lot about video editing in the last week. I used to do desktop video with my Commodore Amiga back in 1989 using a product called the Video Toaster. The Amiga/Toaster was the best desktop video available at that time and it took a few years for Apple (and the PC) to catch up. What I did with the video back then was to make product introduction videos when I worked for Cisco Systems and distributed the videos via VCR tapes.
What I’m most surprised at is that video editing today isn’t as straightforward as I thought it would be. I have three video cameras I’m using and all save the videos in different formats. I also found out that cameras take video in different frames per second. Then I discovered that editing software doesn’t support all formats and frame speeds. I tried Adobe, Sony, and Apple software on both a PC and a Mac. I had to get separate conversion utilities to save some of the videos in a format that the editing software can read. I also learned that the consumer editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements, Sony Vegas, and Final Cut Express) don’t support 24 frames per second video which one of my cameras uses. To get this, you have to buy the “professional” versions of the software which are about 5 times as much money.
So I bit the bullet and purchased the Adobe Suite of CS4 products on Friday which includes the pro versions that have the feature support I need. Now I just need to learn how to use all this new software!