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Avid Free DV
Video has come a long way since the days of Dziga Vertov. In his day
the cutting room would have been filled with strips of film being assembled
into sequences which gained a new meaning. Overtime with tape and then
digital editing techniques like Avid for example editing has become a
far simpler and creative process. The prices have also gone down making
the whole act of editing far more democratic.
For a while Adobe
Premiere and Finalcut
pro were the cheaper more affordable solution for home users, but
that was in the days of the miro dc 30+ where after spending three days
editing you realise you can't export your project, the hard disks crash
and you cry in sadness for the loss of a creative work.
Recently whilst surfing I found something which really made me happy.
Anyone with a powerful machine, who runs windows XP can have one of the
most powerful editing tools on the market. Avid.
It is a less souped up version, only capable of DV editing but for any
student of montage this is the perfect tool to learn from. It's free and
that's wonderful when you think of it's usual price.
Of course we all know why Avid has decided
to do this. It's firstly because students like to use pirated software
since they feel it's owed to them but also because by offering Avid
Free DV to anyone they are increasing their potential client list.
For the actual software it works exactly the same way as Avid Media Composer
Xpress so the move from the free software to the professional should
be without any hardships on the part of the user.
I recommend you download this software and use one of the most interesting
editing tools I know on the market.