For those of you who have read the first part of this discussion, I’m pretty sure you have been waiting for this second part so that you can start digitizing your family’s movies. For those who haven’t read the first part, here is the link to the first part


Since we have already learned about the several types of hardware that you could use when transferring videos from your VCR or video camera to your computer, are you now ready for the discussion of the digital video software and hard drive space that you will need? Then, let’s get started.

First, you will need a special software in order to capture, compress and edit the movie that you have transferred from your VCR to your computer. The digital software will also enable you to add more fun special effects on your footage, which include menus, transitions, narrations and background music before you transfer your movie to a DVD.

So, what are the special digital software that you can use? Here are some of the possible and available software for you to choose from:

  1. Windows Movie Maker – is a fun and easy to use video editing program which will allow you to make your home movies or your automated photo albums or your business presentations. The program features multiple transition effects, audio import capability and online uploading option. (
  2. Adobe Premier Elements – is a scaled-down version of the professional-level Adobe Premiere Pro. It is specifically designed for new editors. This video editing software has clip organization, auto-movie generation and editing options. (
  3. Corel Video Studio – is a fast and easy-to-use video editing software which will enable you to create ultra high-definition quality movies. They also have advanced special effects and new motion tracking feature. It also allows you to do complete production work for web, disc and mobile purposes. (
  4. Apple’s Final Cut Pro – is a software that will allow you to log and transfer your videos to a hard drive, either internal or external, as well as edit, process and save the output or movie in a wide variety of formats. It also allows you to do multi-camera editing if you are combining videos that came fro multiple camera sources. (
  5. Pinnacle Studio – is a video editing program that will allow you to access videos and photos from your HD camcorders and digital devices, organize and polish your favorite clips through its built-in media library, and create movies automatically. (

Second, you will need plenty of hard drive space if you are planning to transfer your videos from you camcorders to your computer. You will be needing 12 to 14 gigabytes (GB) for every hour of footage that you transfer from your VCR. In case you do not have this much space available, it would be better if you purchase an external hard drive.

Lastly, you will also need a powerful computer. One that has a fast processor or CPU as well as plenty of memory (RAM) since this will help you transfer and edit your videos faster.

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