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Canon Video Home Edition

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At a Glance
  • Canon Video Home Edition

What were they thinking? Canon, one of the titans of FireWire-based DV camcorders, has shipped a home video editor that doesn't support FireWire. Admittedly, Canon Video Home Edition is intended for capturing and editing analog video, but it's flawed on many fronts.

Its interface is awkward and does not support many Mac technologies - you can't drag media into the program from the Finder. It lacks an undo command, you can't make changes to a clip sequence you've saved as a movie, its titling features are weak (you can't mix and match fonts and sizes), and it can't export to a video device. It's also obviously a port of a Windows program, complete with a "minimize" icon.

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Allows you to import and edit video from non-DV camcorders
    • Inexpensive


    • Poor interface, weak features
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