Can someone please recommend a Video Editing Software for my son age 16. He is basically new to editing but, very bright and serious about the craft. He is going to apply at NYU in 2009 and wants to start creating a portfolio of Video's for entry.
He is looking for ease of use, large database of effects for creative shorts , as well as, a way to share his video's on UTUBE. He doesn't have a big budget at the moment but, would like to be in the $200 or less range.
Looks as if your post has been here for quite some time, without response. A good starter NLE is Pinnacle Studio. I cut my video editing teeth on version 9 of the product before moving up the NLE food chain. Version 9 was pretty unstable. However, by version 10 it had converged nicely and now at version 11 is reasonably solid. The interface is very simple... Basically three (3) steps: Capture, Edit, Output. The ultimate version of the product presently runs at around $129 US. See: