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# 243903 8-Jan-2019 11:14
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I am *very* new to this. Most of what I want to do is shorten clips, introduce some music (maybe) but right now my pressing need is to restore the washed out colours of the Go Pro videos taken under water without a red Filter. I found some videos that talked about Go Pro Studio and adjusting the white balance, but Quik doesn't seem to do it and Studio is no longer available and isn't supported. I tried a couple of other video editors like video pad but they don't seem to have a white balance adjustment the auto colour adjustment does improve the picture but nothing like what the demo videos I saw on youtube show. 


I am looking for a free or cheap easy to use video editor if anyone can recommend one? I have PLENTY of power in my PC so that's not really a concern.



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  # 2156267 8-Jan-2019 11:51
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Free = VSDC

I have no idea how to edit videos however, but I read about that program somewhere

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  # 2156273 8-Jan-2019 11:57
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Adobe Premiere Rush?






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  # 2156313 8-Jan-2019 12:02
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I've been using DaVinci Resolve with good results.  Takes a bit of getting used to but OK once you understand it.  I haven't tried colour correction but it can do this

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  # 2156364 8-Jan-2019 12:40
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I do my video post processing on my ipad (9.7) using LumaFusion. Much of the video I produce on my iphone is 4k and LumaFusion works quite well with it. Mostly slicing and dicing, adding text and working with audio. I use the DJI and FilmicPro apps for recording video.

I dont think it can do white balance as such as in changing color temperature, but I think one can add a Tint through one of the menus. There are a bunch of other related options, but I am not at this stage in video editing experience yet. There may be more info on their website.

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  # 2156385 8-Jan-2019 13:24
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I use Sony Vegas - good balance between being powerful, but not too complicated. Not free though. 




GoPro do have their own "Quik" editing program, unsure how good this is though. I'm sure it would do the basics acceptably. 



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  # 2161964 16-Jan-2019 12:36
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I've been using DaVinci Resolve with good results.  Takes a bit of getting used to but OK once you understand it.  I haven't tried colour correction but it can do this



i second this advice. DaVinci Resolve has a very powerful colour grading feature.





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  # 2161970 16-Jan-2019 12:49
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Adobe Premier Elements works well for me. Costs about $100 from memory. I tried a free / open source editor first, Open Shot, but found it a bit buggy. I also used Magix for a while, it's powerful but complex to use.


Resolve looks interesting, with the free edition. How is it for basic stuff like trimming, brightening, adding contrast, and putting a whole bunch of videos and photos together? I video / photo montages set to music. Key thing I find with Elements is as your exposure changes through a video it's difficult to keep the brightness steady in the output without doing lots of cuts and individually editing each one.


It takes time to learn video editing, and I find it takes a lot more time to edit video than photos. Basic trimming and brightening is pretty quick though.


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  # 2161975 16-Jan-2019 13:07
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As timmmay says above, whatever route you go down there will be a learning curve, and then switching to something else will be tricky.

I've always done my work in Adobe Premiere, but have been lucky enough to have access to this via work etc.   


It's a steep learning curve, and is overkill for basic, but is fully featured if you want to take things further.

DaVinci Resolve is amazing for the price and is a major industry player now. hitfilm express is free and quite powerful also.

GoPro can have some funny file types, depending on what version you have and if you're using protune.  It's not an issue for your machine, but some software may not be compatible straight away, especially with the newer h265 file formats. 

Here's an early GoPro example of one of mine from a few years back, complete with reddish tint clouds and in this case set to some craptastic free youtube audio library music.  Nowadays you can use any audio on youtube, but can't make money if it's detected as being from another artist without a release/use authority.  Facebook is still in reject anything copywright mode, but youtube is a lot more relaxed now.



This one was almost entirely GoPro shots too:


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  # 2167666 25-Jan-2019 22:27
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Shotcut is also another free tool -


For really basic stuff, I like to use VideoPad. The basic version is quite cheap. I just find it really intuitive, and I could more-or-less work out what everything did without sitting there with a glazed look on my face and having to google every second thing.



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