Well, this weekend I forced myself through another segment using a new program which always takes longer. I'm now using Power Director 13 which was a Christmas gift! (thank you Dad) Using windows movie maker was really a drag with the large files I'm working with. The raw files for this video are around 10 GB and the finished video came in at 2.3 GB rendered at 1280x720. All video and audio was taken from my Samsung Galaxy S5 (same as all the other videos) which is also my everyday phone.
Below is a screenshot of Power Director. It has waaaay more features than i need and I actually had to look pretty hard to find settings that would kind of match the sort of outdated look of the old videos so that the series would kind of match but the speed of the program is at least 4 times faster maybe more and rendering takes a fraction of the time. It also has many features that I'm sure will come in handy as I become a better producer.