I am frustrated by my efforts in working with digital video. The frustration is on the software side. I have a Canon 7D with good lenses, and a very fast, far too expensive 32GB memory card. I know I could spend thousands on accessories to take better video, but that is not my problem...yet.
For now, I just want to hack together little vids of my kids screwing around on their bikes and so forth.
I have a 2.4Ghz Core 2 Duo PC with 4GB of RAM running Windows 7 (32 bit). I am trying to use Windows Movie Maker Live Essentials, most current version. I kinda like it, as it is easy to add music, easy to add transitions and effects, easy to do slow mo and accelerated motion, etc... and a bit hard to do text.
However, I cant' get it to render anything I've put together. I get about 45% of the way through the final render process and it crashes. Every time. No matter what export settings I choose (although I have gotten as far as 70% rendered at the lowest resolution setting). So while I have some fun movie project files, I do not actually have any sharable videos.
I then tried to use my wife's 15" 2009 MacBookPro with iLife 2009 iMovie on it. Text is very nice, but everything is needlessly hard and non-intuitive for me in iMovie. It is very hard to import photos, or more specifically, if I wanted to add a series of stop motion captures and stitch them into a movie, it is very hard to do so. Or, if I wanted to slow down a video clip and toss in a single stop motion photo in the middle (say, of a rider at the zenith of a ramp jump), it seems near impossible to do. However, it will render and upload, crude as the results with it are.
So what do you recommend that is more flexible than iMovie, yet kinda simple like WinMovie Maker? And, importantly, that will run on my PC without crashing Every. Single. Time?