Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay if you are, certainly, (and by the way, if you hate computers – YIKES – this might be difficult!). Because with computers and hard drive space and video, it will make you a better video editor if you have an understanding of what your computer can do. But new software to record

DVDs, CDs and even Windows Movie Maker

are thankfully very consumer friendly.

Other name brand editing software makers are offering great editing programs for under $100 and they work very well: Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0, Pinnacle Studio 9, Sony Vegas Movie Studio +DVD, Apple iMovie and iDVD, ULead VideoStudio to name just a few. For alittle more Final Cut Pro Express, Avid Express Pro and what I use for my video business producing fundraising videos for nonprofits, Adobe Premiere Pro. All the above will provide you with most of the bells and whistles that video professionals use.

Let’s make it simple to start and if it feels like a good fit for you and you want to understand the technical stuff, it can help you make your projects more and more complicated. But it’s not a requirement. If you have a fairly new computer, a USB port and plenty of hard drive space you won’t have to fret too much about your lack of a Masters in Computer Science or TV technology.