Best Windows Video Editor | A Comparison – Corel and Nero
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I received an e-mail last week from one of the visitors to this web site. She was in the process of deciding which windows video editing suite to buy, and was trying to make a decision as to whether or not to purchase Cyberlink’s PowerDirector 11 or Roxio’s Creator NXT Pro. She had been using the Windows Movie Maker, and had found that too basic, and was looking for the best windows video editor that allowed her more scope for creativity.
I thought about that for a while and gave her several suggestions and thought at first that this was sufficient to answer her question. However, the more I thought about it, the more I felt that this was not the case. I felt that I had to go back to the two video editing software suites that I am currently evaluating, and do a comparison so as to give her (and you, the visitor to this site) a more detailed answer to her question.
What makes it a difficult question to answer is that the quality of the video editing software programs has improved with each upgrade, and the answer to the question may be determined by individual taste and skill level.
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This is not the first time I made a comparison of video editing software programs. Earlier, I compared Corel’s DVD Movie Factory 7 Pro to CyberLink’s Power2Go 8.
For this comparison, I used two video editing software suites – Corel’s DVD Movie Factory 7 Pro, and the recently released Nero 12 Platinum. Both are full versions of the software, with all features enabled. In other words, the real deal. (In the case of Nero, I used the Nero Video 12 component of the full suite.) I had trial versions of both suites on my computer, but I quickly got them off the hard disk and replaced them with full-featured versions. I am glad I did as I am not running into any third-party restrictions as one often does on trial versions. Once installed and safely on my hard drive, the next task was to create a project that would test the abilities of these two software suites.
It was made using my old Nikon CoolPix L16 digital camera, and it was a series of video clips that I made during my summer out in Indianola, Iowa. What I wanted to do with them was to stitch them together on a time line and create a video disc of these clips – in sequence. I would be adding a menu to the disc, with title and chapters, as well as appropriate audio. I chose for the audio short clips of music that my old orchestra had recorded – a different piece for each test. Once I decided on the clips and music, I started the test. Using pretty much the same procedure for both windows video editing suites, I tested each program by creating the video disc.
The project I created was nothing earth-shattering. As a matter of fact, I had already created a very similar one for an evaluation that I did for another piece of software.
As I suspected, the results of the comparison test were almost a draw. Each program performed up to specification, and produced results that were pleasing. Note that I said “almost”. While Corel’s DVD Movie Factory 7 Pro performed nicely in assembling the video and audio, there was a little snag when it came to burning the disc. The program did not crash, but the audio on each clip was at first limited to twenty seconds, then replayed itself. After a bit of finagling on my part, I was able to correct the problem, and I finished the test with an excellent disc. I particularly liked the menu.
Nero 12 performed spectacularly. I had tried earlier versions of Nero, and had compatibility problems. Not this time. From start to finish – not a problem. Video and audio synched nicely, and I deliberately choose a generic “white room” menu – needless to say, the result was all I expected.
While I was happy with the results from both suites, and while I like Movie Factory 7 Pro for its attractive user interface (as well as the extra content and bonus programs that come with it), I must give the higher score to Nero 12. As a “best windows video editor”, it was a bit smoother in operation and sophisticated in production.
Having said that, one must take into account value for the money. Nero Video 12 is available separately for $29.99, or as part of either the Platinum or Standard version of the suite. At $29.99, this is good value. Corel’s DVD Movie Factory 7 Pro at $49.99 is also good value, especially when you consider you are getting a full suite of programs. In the end, the choice is up to you. Click on the links below to find out more about the software!