I downloaded a highly recommended free video editing software then upgraded to their pro version for 29 dollars Canadian. For Windows machines only.
Good video editing software is a necessary part of any video you are planning to make. The video editor I chose to use is VSDC. This allows me to turn my video from a semi-static canvas into a far more interesting viewing experience.
When I first opened it up it seemed a tad intimidating as to the complexity of the program. After reading and watching some information on using the program then it all made sense and the screen then made perfect sense to me and I found it easy to do differing things to the video from adding text, adding an image, and increasing audio so viewers don't have to strain to hear what you're saying.
It is probably more than I'll ever use but just having the capability to do so much to your video is an exciting chance to explore possibilities. It is a linear editing program, as described by wikipedia.
My background has video editing from my broadcasting days so I'm somewhat familiar with a few of the older tricks, but seeing how easy it is to do so much 30 years down the line is amazing to me. I'll probably end up making videos just for myself to see what weird shit I can do to a video.
I've been going through Youtube's audio library for various background music as well. It may be some time before I actually produce my first video for public consumption but I'm certainly going to have fun learning a new way to express myself.
This is the same software I downloaded last year. Still haven't learned to use it, spent much of last year learning GIMP, instead.
I have a CD recording of a show an old band I was in did, and we want to fine tune the video, edit it, make clickable links to each song, etc, via a Table of Contents menu at the beginning. We also want to make up a band logo (we never did) and make a few copies of this for our band mates.
I'd downloaded VSDC with this goal in mind, just don't know squat about it yet. I will one day, when this project perks to the top of the list. My buddy who conceived the project is the one wanting all this but he can't do anything digitally, so it'll fall to me and another friend who is conversant with video editing to do the DVD part, and to me for the cover art.
Sounds like you had a leg up, Ted, with your prior video experience!