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Premiere is off course the way to go for video.
For slideshows i use ProShowGold, which imo does the job much better than a video editing programm.
Thanks!! I'll look into that... Do you know of a cheaper option than Premiere, effective for video??
both Windows and Mac both come with build in movie editors. Never used 'em but ou might wanna check up on them. Premiere is way to much $ unless you have very big, rich family :)
Premiere Elements is the simplified version for non-professionals. It may be easier to use than Premiere Pro.
I definitely recommend elements for you. its not expensive, does the job well and is easy to use. Premiere is more for a professional application. there are ways to make premiere work for the more consumer formats, but requires more work arounds.
The package of Premiere & Photoshop Elements will definitely do this and at a great savings over PP. Ann is not alone with the rec. for ProShow Gold. A lot of people swear by that app.
If you do go the Elements route, stop in at www.muvipix.com. They just added a "Slideshow" sub-forum to their "Community." Much on that site is free, though it does offer premium content for a subscription.
If you are truly just getting started, try the free options first. If you on macs, you probably wouldn't ask, since imovie, idvd, etc are obvious. Anyway, I don't know the mac options beyond those!
Windows Movie Maker for video; Photostory 3 for Windows (free, but you have to install) for slideshows. Yes, they have limits, but fewer than you might think.
Of course there will be problems. Try this site for answers; I haven't been there for a while, but in the past, it provided good help for beginners and experienced users trying to troubleshoot problems.
Once you have an idea what they can do, then look at Elements to see what you are missing.