(Thanks to Leigh for the suggestion)
So I've downloaded Windows Movie Maker and it is very similar to AVS but sadly lacking in options. I downloaded another freebie that is on the list of free programmes pinned to the top of the forum but that looks a bit disappointing too.
My old version of AVS was actually quite basic and the effects were all very cliched and off the peg but I knew how to use it.
So, having been put off by the renting idea Adobe use, what is out there for free or at a reasonable price?
Google is your friend. I came across this article, which might give you some clues. I'm, unfortunately, not a video aficionado, so cannot offer any suggestions. Another "best of" could be of assistance.
I still use Audition portable for a few things. But, I use those two, more often.
I use Audacity to convert the files I edit in Audio Cleaning Lab to mp3 using Lame.
It was the video aspect I was looking for. Youtube and all that.
Oh, I see. As I mentioned, in your other thread, I use VirtualDub. That's the only freebie I have. Only AVI output, though. I guess you could output into uncompressed AVI and convert to something else, though, if you wanted to.