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Hi, my first post here so hello to all.

I have tried editing video once before using footage taken on a sony handy cam which wasn't very successful. I try to use linux o/s for everything if I can but couldn't get a decent result when trying to create a video.

My most successful attempt was with kdenlive, all appeared to be going well until I did the final conversion to a single file. The result of this was the sound was out of sync and the places I had cut the clips had moved. So for example, I had cut a clip to start when someone entered the room and finished when they left but what actually came out was it started with the person in the room and finished way after they'd left. Anyway I don't know whether this was software or hardware related but no matter as I now have a GoPro Hero 3 and have just talked work into buying me a new laptop.

So to my question. I am looking for a editing program and one of the features I want is to be able to play a clip then slow it down for several frames almost to a stop then gradually return it to normal speed?

I'm not sure if this is a common feature or not as from what I've read most editors will do slow motion but what is unclear to me is whether it is for the duration of that clip or will it allow me to gradually slow down then speed back up?

I apologise for my poor description and terminology but this is new to me at the moment but I'm really looking forward to getting started and learning what is what.

The laptop (when it arrives) will have an i7 cpu, nvidia quadro k2000m graphics card with 2gb, a solid state drive, 32gb ram and I will be dual booting 64bit win7 pro and also a 64bit linux o/s.

I would love to use an open source program on linux but my main concern is getting something that works reliably with some decent guides and tutorials so I can learn without too much frustration. So far I've looked at CyberLink PowerDirector, Sony Movie Studio and Adobe Premiere.

Apologies for the overly long question but I would really appreciate some advice on this from someone with more experience than me.

Thanks
 

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Hmm, thought I may have had a bit of help on this one after 79 views.

I have since found out the answer to my question and as a result have ordered Cyberlink Power Director 11 suite.

My reasons:

- I saw a video on you tube demonstrating some of the effects that can be created using Power Director including the slow down / speed up I was looking for. It's not the best video but by the owners admission he just threw a bunch of effects in to see the outcome.

- It seems to be optimized for the kind of system I am getting. 64 bit with nvidia graphics

- The interface looks to be quite intuitive for a beginner like me but it also has enough advanced features to keep me interested as my knowledge progresses.

- I was able to download a 300 page tutorial book from the Cyberlink website to help me get started and there is also a dedicated community forum.

- The version I bought also comes with a decent audio editor

I haven't actually received the laptop or the software yet but will add my feelings on both when I've tried them out.
 
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