Problems using Ulead Video Editor

Software is hard. I know. It requires superhuman attention to detail to get things right, and since we are mere humans we usually write pretty bad software.

Inspired by Matthew Thomas's lists of problems, here is a write-up of all the things that annoyed me while trying to get used to Ulead Video Editor 9.0 (bought because our camera's bundled Japanese software refused to install itself on my English Windows 2000). It's real-life usage problems and I have spent my time on compiling the list in the optimistic hope that Ulead will find it useful.

Major showstoppers

UI/functionality problems

General UI annoyances

Trying to capture and edit video in spite of all that is quite a struggle. I have to keep doing the re-install dance for now because I spent my money and don't have other options. (The "home user" version of Adobe Premiere requires XP - and it told me so AFTER I downloaded all the hundreds of megabytes. Thanks.)

I love VirtualDub, it starts in an instant and the UI is both clever and simple (though written for a larger screen than mine). Can't someone give that genius Avery Lee the information he needs to capture video from my camera with the embedded sound?


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