FMV tries to strike a balance between giving you what you need but not including features that only a very small minority of people actually use. For most users, many of the advanced features in other editing packages are simply just confusing. i.e Most people only have one video camera - Do you need multi-cam support ?
Five years ago, video production was largely undertaken by professionals but today the majority of video is created by the public who generally do not work as full time editors.
What's not in FMV :-
A DVD builder \ MPEG2 encoder.
• A DVD authoring builder is already built into several versions of Windows itself but if you need more, chances are you need features that you will only find in a dedicated DVD authoring tool.
• A license fee is payable for MPEG2 encoders - If we included one, we would have to pass this cost on to you and as in the above point, you may have already paid for the license in the cost of Windows.
• If you have purchased a DVD drive yourself, chances are it already came with DVD authoring software.
• Most users editing video already have a DVD authoring package they like and are familiar with.
DivX, QuickTime, H264 export formats.
• If you need these formats, there would be a license charge for the encoder (not the decoder) which you may already have paid for.
• If you have paid for the codec license, you will already have the conversion tool supplied by the codec manufacturer. As the manufacturer understands the codec better than anyone else, their conversion tool will be superior to anything we produce.
• If you have paid for the codec license, you will be entitled to free updates, bug fixes and discounts in the future. If we supplied the codec at cost to you, you would not recieve these benefits.
• FMV has 'unrestricted' bitrate output formats which means that when you transcode to any of these formats, the quality loss is minimal.
• FMV's primary output format is Windows media (WMV). This comes free with windows and will be continually supported and developed. Microsoft also supply several additional tools free of charge such as 'Windows media encoder' which has many highly advanced features including broadcast capabillities in multiple bitrates. This tool will also allow you to apply DRM for copyright material. WMV is an advanced MPEG-4 based codec.
5.1 Surround sound authoring.
• If you need or want this level of audio fidelity and control you are probably better off mixing in a dedicated audio authoring package such as Cubase, Cakewalk etc. Microsoft also supply several free 5.1 and 7.1 audio tools which can be used with the WME encoder to add 5.1 and 7.1 tracks to FMV output.
• The majority of people play back video on a TV with stereo speakers. Those that do have 5.1 Home theater systems and live in cities often turn the bass woofer off (if they don't want to upset the neighbours) or listen on headphones for normal daily use.
• Most video produced today often comes from mobile phones or consumer camcorders which usually record in stereo. On professional films, each track is mixed individually with dialog often recorded to DAT and then mixed in to the final 5.1 \ 7.1 dub. Most users generally don't go to this much trouble.
• Most video produced by consumers usually has a fairly simple audio component. i.e A single stereo music backing track and some dialogue \ audio from the source clip itself mixed in.
Spyware or Adware
• We are small software development company who rely on the honesty of paying customers. Using keygens and cracks reduces the diversity of software produced and will most likely infect your PC. If the small developers stop, all that will remain are the large corporations with the large prices - The choice is yours. FMV contains no spyware, adware or trojans. Please help us keep it that way.
3D Video Output
• Just because it exists does not mean that most of us will use it - We won't be adding this feature for some time. Mr Cameron's career is quite safe for now ;-)