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Short of getting a Mac and using iMovie, what are the alternatives that you'll recommend to a non-profit organization that needs to produce simple (but polished) videos to showcase their community service activities to raise funds.

Currently they are using Windows Movie Maker but have sort of outgrown it. I installed Jashaka for them, and understandably, they couldn't grok it at all. Their current system is powerful enough to handle most video editing tasks.

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Sony Vegas Studio Premium is surprisingly good for only $85.

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Hmmm...Sony software. OK, I'll keep an open mind about it and don't pass judgement...yet. Appreciate the quick reply. ;-) –  GeneQ Jul 26 '09 at 15:41
    
Looks kinda decent, I'm downloading their trial now to give it a spin. –  GeneQ Jul 26 '09 at 15:48
    
I completely agree. Sony Vegas is great software for making videos. –  MicTech Jul 26 '09 at 18:16
    
+1 for Sony Vegas Movie Studio Platinum. I'm a long-time user turned professional. I upgraded to their Pro version but their "Movie Studio Platinum" version is more than sufficient for prosumer use. Definitely the best bang for your buck. –  Robert Cartaino Jul 26 '09 at 23:29
    
This didn't start with Sony so don't judge the brand. I've been using this since before Sony bought out the company. It's the best non-professional video editor on the market. –  Steve Rowe Aug 21 '09 at 2:15
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Adobe Premiere Elements 7 is around $99. They have a free trial.

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Microsoft moved the product to Windows Live Movie Maker and it is much improved for basic editing.

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Have you checked out the new version of Windows Live Movie Maker? It just released this week and looks to be much improved.

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A lesser known alternative is Mediachance - Editstudio. This is very powerful piece of software for not much money and you can bundle it with a DVD Authoring application for less than $200.

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