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Pls suggest some movie making software

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I'm looking for software that can produce .avi files
The software should be able to draw my own pictures.
Actually, I have one in my mind --- 3D studio, but
are there any other?
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I have no idea about moving making software, but can offer a general suggestion...

Get some literature for 3D studio - anything like an ad or look at the boxed software. The ad or box will usually list reviewer's comments, something like:

  "Rated best by Movie World Magazine, July 1992"

Then go find "Movie World" magazine (or whatever) and read the reviews. This will let you know who 3D Studio's competition is.
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Depending on how much you want to spend, you have a number of options.

3D Studio Max is a suberb product.  It will allow you to create broadcast quality animations and write them to virtually any format you like.  However, not only is it expensive ($3000?) but the hardware requirements are extreme.  You'll need a good Pentium (166+) and as much RAM as you can handle (at least 96Mb).  Ideally, you'd want a decent video card as well (Matrox Millenium 4Mb for example).

Lightwave 5.0 is another excellent animation package and costs a fraction of the price ($700?).  Hardware requirements are still a factor but it's not as demanding as Max.

If your animation needs are lower, take a look at Autodesk's Animator Studio, useful and very inexpensive for producing Avis.

If cost is not an issue, you should also look at the DPS PVR card - a full length video capture and playback card that can take your 3DS or Lightwave animations and write them to video tape.
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Further to my original answer, if you do look towards the DPS PVR, you should definitely get InSync's Speed Razor editing software (www.in-sync.com) which will give incredible editing effects ($1000).
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