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Simplest HD Video Editing Program

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Probably an old question, but not to "old me"!

I used to use the **** out of ancient iMovie 5.0 & iMovie HD with iDVD! It was great for those who don't need to make a Hollywood Film & just need to edit "Home Movies"! Now they are all so complicated to understand & do more than some have need for.

(1.) What is the easiest to understand & learn video editor, & the most intuitive for home movies? The old iMovie 5.2 that I still use to edit standard def. is so easy to understand! Is there a current HD Editor that has been made easy to understand? The new iMovie seems to require a class to understand it! Apple has forgotten its strength of making applications that are "intuitive" to use rather than the screen of a F-15!

(2.) I also need to buy a new HD Video Camera that it will recognize. What camera do you like for just shooting vacations & home movies? ....and why?

(3.) What is the best way to burn HD movies to a disc? It seems most save video on hard drives today, etc., but I would like to be able to burn a "Blue Ray" type disc also to be able to share with others.

Thanx in Advance for you help!

PS, I have videos of 2 months in Europe I treasure! Nice to relive those trips!
 
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....What is the best way to burn HD movies to a disc? It seems most save video on hard drives today, etc., but I would like to be able to burn a "Blue Ray" type disc also to be able to share with others...

Unfortunately optical media is dying out. Apple hasn't updated DVD Studio Pro for years, and Adobe quit updating their Encore authoring software back in CS6. True you can use Roxio or some other software, but:

- Blu-Ray never became widespread like DVDs. Unless you are certain the recipient has Blu-Ray, they can't play the disc

- Putting HD video on DVD is possible but it hurts the quality, since DVD is only 720 x 480.

- Quality Blu-Ray blank discs from well known manufacturers are about $4 each. You can get an 8GB USB flash drive for less than that.

In general I'd suggest just rendering an H.264 output file to .mp4 and copying it to a $3-$4 USB flash drive and giving that to the recipient. This also solves the problem of failed attempts to burn a Blu-Ray disc at $4 a pop.

The only problem is they may not be able to directly play it on their TV, but some newer TVs and players accept USB sticks. If they have AppleTV they can play it from an iPad or MacBook using AirPlay, or just plug in an HDMI adapter cable from the mobile device to TV input.

You can also upload the HD video to a private or unlisted Youtube page, and if their TV has internet access they can play it from there. That way multiple friends or relatives can see it without you distributing an optical disc or flash drive to each one.
 

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