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Do you know of any video editing software that makes synchronizing multiple sources of video easy?

Often I get a few files from each camera used to record an event. The files I get aren't continuous but they overlap. My job is to review the video and choose the best angles, quality, etc. For example. the files I may get (pardon my ASCII art skills) may resemble this pattern (each series of numbers is a separate file):

| full length         |
_________________________

 11111 22222 3333 4   5   (camera 1)
666  777                  (camera 2)
    8888888888  9999999   (camera 3)

Software I'm looking for would have a smart synchronization feature where I could tell it "The first second of the first file corresponds to somewhere between the 25th and the 30th second of the second file. I want you to figure it out exactly and adjust the position of the files on the timeline."

With the technology we have nowadays I think it should be easy, but I evaluated several programs (CyberLink PowerDirector, Corel VideoStudio, Adobe Premiere Elements, Magix Movie Edit Pro, Pinnacle Studio) and found no such functionality.

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Here are two suggestions:

1: Commercial: Vegas Pro 9 (US$599.95)

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2: Open source : Blender.
Although mainly a 3D content creation suite, it's said to contain a powerful Video Sequence Editor.

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Oh my, this one's expensive! –  ButterFly Nov 11 '09 at 23:18

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