It all depends on what you want to do with it. Each piece of
software is geared towards different things, they fill different niches. You can’t
just ask what type of software should I use without answering a few questions
-what type of computer do you have? Do you have a mac or pc? That dictates what programs are even available to you. As well as what are the harware specs of your computer? If it’s a good computer then you can use a better, more resource intensive, program. A program like after effects is very resource intensive (I have pretty much no experience with macs, but I’m sure final cut is probably resource intensive too) where as Vegas, movie maker, or imovie are not
- how much experience do you have with editing software? if you don’t have any experience at all you probably don't want to start learning a really complex program like after effects first. you would probably want to start with something a little simpler, maybe Sony Vegas
- how much time are you planning on devoting to this hobby? If you don’t have a lot of time, again you probably don't want a really complex hard to use program. your most likely going to want something a little more user friendly that you can learn faster such as Sony Vegas or premiere
- how much money do you plan to devote to this hobby? Software is expensive. what can you afford (or... how much time do you have to try to pirate it) pirating software isn't always easy and can be very time consuming plus if you pirate the software you can never use the software for anything that may possibly make you money (copyright laws etc).
- What do you plan to do with it? software that is better for ski edits may be inferior to other software in different fields. Find one that meets your needs.
my $.02 if money and time don’t matter go for an adobe master collection. It gives you a good balance of software that you can use for most applications. Photoshop is good to have. After effects is awesome. and premiere is alright ( I learned with Vegas so I’m a bit biased as I hardly use premiere). Plus there are a lot of other things that come with it that if you have them you will eventually use them
hopefully this helps