definitely two guys that id hoped to hear from ...
thanks for chiming in. sorry not following up sooner ...
ill read a little more about the ones you mentioned. but something ispalten mentioned raised another question - is it possible to expect any of the ones mentioned (do one of these?) allow editing, ie; splitting, merging, adding audio, removing audio, transitions, effects, etc.,etc.. WITHOUT having to set all the parameters for the final output all over again.
ispalten - you said "it depends on what input files you have" - so lets say i have .mp4's, now is it realistic to expect to want to do all the editing i mentioned above and keep the original files parameters (*compression, *frame rate, *aspect ratio, *container, etc.,etc..).
basically i dont want to have to learn the science behind each of the parameters i mentioned (*) but simply be able to do what i want, finish the project and move on.
will check out the suggestions you guys made - any other are much welcomed.
thanks for the feedback guys.