I’m not sure if I know anyone who has personal experience with recording digital video for use online, so I figured I’d put this out here and see if my technophiles come to the rescue.
I’d like to be able to record, edit, and publish digital video. My computer itself is getting on in years, but it was a beast when I bought it, so it’s held up admirably. What I need is to acquire the editing software, a good microphone, and a decent webcam for additional footage. (Software for capturing video from my computer screen is already picked out.)
Looking around online, it seems like nearly everyone assumes that Sony Vegas Pro is the default editing software. But it’s expensive – prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, I found a comparison between Vegas Pro and Sony Movie Studio Platinum (yay, internet!) that makes it seem like I can do anything I’d ever want using a program that’s an order of magnitude cheaper (this is only very slightly an exaggeration).
So, first questions: has anyone out there used either program, and can anyone give a reason not to go with the much less expensive option?
Next is the peripheral hardware. I’m looking at the Blue Snowball mic. I considered the Yeti (also by Blue), but it seems like it’s more than I need, and any negative reviews online were super negative. For the webcam, I’ll put a link rather than describe the minutia I don’t understand. It’s a Logitech, so that seems good, but as for the rest, I don’t have any experience to inform the decision.
That’s where you come in! I’d love to hear any thoughts. I’m not in a rush, but the sooner I can get set up, the sooner I can start creating content both for the blog, and for a YouTube channel that as of yet only exists in my mind.
Thank you, all!