I am going do a fan edit. My work will mostly involve insertions and rearrangements. I will not be performing much in the way of special effects. I have been trying out different editors, but I am facing certain challenges. Simple programs like Movie Maker do not edit with precision: I split a video between shots, but when I render the video, it is off by a frame or two, cutting off more than I want or including frames I meant to remove. Fancier programs, like the older version of After Effects I have (CS6), are not conducive to actual editing of clips and are more for effects, and also strain my limited hardware. I am trying trials and freeware of other programs, but either my computer can’t handle them or they do not edit with much precision.
Has anyone found a program that will allow me to rearrange clips and scenes without these kinds of problems? I don’t need a whole lot of bells and whistles, and I can do any special effects later in fancier software once I get the video reordered as I’d like. I just need something basic and effective.
The ROTJ collaborative thread is a wealth of ideas, both on how to edit Return of the Jedi, as well as how to collaborate in an edit.