Adobe's consumer video editing package Premiere Elements 3.0 builds on the strengths of its previous version with an even less cluttered interface to make the workspace less intimidating for the casual editor and relatively sophisticated tools tucked away for those who want to spend more time manipulating their video.
I thought five editing programs was more than enough to satiate my filmmaking urges when I looked at Adobe Video Collection Production bundle (now discontinued). But then Adobe Creative Suite Production Studio Premium recently landed with a heavy thud on my doormat. Try a suite of seven high-end editing tools for size. There's so many programs here that there's even a program to help the other programs work with each other in a more seamless fashion.
Editors are one of the least visible groups in the film industry. Even in this age of DIY filmmaking, where people are much more attuned to the editing process, the editor still carries little weight either for the success or the failure of a film, even though they can play an influential role.
When you consider that Adobe's video editing software Premiere Pro 1.5 could be almost as much as the cost of the computer that you will edit the video on (check Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5 prices: UK,
A few weeks ago I reviewed the stimulating series of "Conversations" between film editor Walter Murch and Michael Ondaatje, where the two talk about the art of narrative and film editing. In The Blink of An Eye is a much shorter book, a 146 page paperback to be exact, written at an earlier date, in which Murch shares his ideas on the craft of film-editing.
In 1997, the English Patient won 9 Oscars, with veteran editor Walter Murch claiming two of those for sound and picture editing. The film also saw the beginning of a friendship between Murch and author Michael Ondaatje on whose book the film was based.
Ondaatje was fascinated by the film-editing process, and when he finished his novel Anvil's Ghost, asked Murch if he would do a series of talks with him. Murch agreed and the series of conversations that they had between Spring 2000 and June 2001 was compiled into this inspiring book.