Obviously, I'm too important to be a part of your little contest, but I still have a post to make.
Did you ever get anywhere in looking at video editing software? My department is forcing all the faculty to record and post on the University website videos talking about our research and teaching. They are filmed by the department IT guy, and they are universally awful. Just horrific. People reading off cue cards without looking at the camera. Or else babbling on for several minutes about shit nobody else in the world cares about. Ugh. So, I've decided to film and edit my own and give it to them.
But I need editing software. Just something simple to help me cut up WMVs or AVIs, and maybe layer on some text and an audio track. Any good suggestions? Free is great, but I'm not above piracy to try out an expensive package.