Suggestions on Video Editing Software

by ep2002
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Hi,

I need to start editing some videos, & I don't know how to do this, but the more important issue is which software to get.

They are all over my budget & this isn't something I do for money, so can several people recommend an easy to use affordable video editing software.

I just need to be able to cut videos seamlessly & maybe add a caption. I don't need extreme bells & whistles.

Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    If you're just starting out, I suggest Shotcut and/or ActivePresenter (free version) which also has screen capture abilities.

    For a more advanced editor Try Divinci Resolve.

    For very basic editing and adding captions, if your on Windows you can use Windows Movie Maker, which is included on PCs. Again, it's very basic but probably the easiest to learn.

    All of the above are free.
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    • Profile picture of the author ep2002
      Thanks Kurt.

      Windows Movie Maker is no longer available & while I managed to get it with some help from someone else, it doesn't allow for a lot of different extensions, & the videos I have were .mkv s

      I'm just leary about free software due to viruses/malware.

      Thanks again
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      • Profile picture of the author Kurt
        Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

        Thanks Kurt.

        Windows Movie Maker is no longer available & while I managed to get it with some help from someone else, it doesn't allow for a lot of different extensions, & the videos I have were .mkv s

        I'm just leary about free software due to viruses/malware.

        Thanks again
        Download them from their official sites. All three are well known and legit.

        Also, I've never heard of .mkv. Will any of the video converters work to convert them to a more common format?

        Edit/added: Do a google for "convert .mkv to .mp4".
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        • Profile picture of the author ep2002
          I don't like using free software b/c of the reasons I already mentioned, so that's why I didn't bother with searching on Google for conversion software.

          If a few people tell me they use a piece of software, that's different.

          I'll search for those 2 online.

          Thanks
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          • Profile picture of the author Kurt
            Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

            I don't like using free software b/c of the reasons I already mentioned, so that's why I didn't bother with searching on Google for conversion software.

            If a few people tell me they use a piece of software, that's different.

            I'll search for those 2 online.

            Thanks
            Paid software isn't free from viruses either. I've downloaded and checked out ActivePresenter and Shotcut, but have other options I use. I know plenty of people that use them, as well as Divinci resolve. I suggest you reassess your opinion regarding free software as these are quality, free programs and not simply some random recommendations.


            But if you aren't flexible, virtually every name video editing software comes with a free 30 day trial.
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            • Profile picture of the author ep2002
              It's not that I'm not open to free software, I'm saying that I won't just randomly search online for the software unless someone has recommended & trusts them.
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              • Profile picture of the author Kurt
                Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

                It's not that I'm not open to free software, I'm saying that I won't just randomly search online for the software unless someone has recommended & trusts them.
                You're not searching randomly online. I gave you my recommendations based on experience, as well as knowing quite a few video making people. I do run the Warrior Forum's High Voltage Video Forum and I do have a bit of experience with quite a few video editors....probably more than most people.

                If you are concerned about viruses, simply get the download link and use one of the free online virus scanners to check it for you.

                I also suggest you google "Davinci Resolve reviews", "ActivePresenter reviews" and "Shotcut reviews". Also, search Youtube for each and check out the available tutorials.

                As far as Sony Vegas Studio (or whatever they're calling it nowadays), I have it too and don't use it. I prefer Serif's Movie Plus, but I believe it's been discontinued.
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  • Profile picture of the author anayb
    Avisynth -- it's totally free!!
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    • Profile picture of the author ep2002
      How do I know it isn't full of viruses/malware?

      Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Steam has Vegas Movie Studio 14 on sale for under $30 right now. I see a couple different versions at slightly different price levels.

    I've used 13 for years and like it a lot. Once you learn the basics of how a video editor works it's straightforward to move to another program.
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    • Profile picture of the author ep2002
      Why do you like it Jason?

      Have you tried others to compare it to?
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      • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
        Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

        Why do you like it Jason?

        Have you tried others to compare it to?
        Camtasia, Adobe Premiere, a bunch of free options.

        The basics all work the same...as long as you understand tracks you're fine. You probably won't need to do a mask at this level. Camtasia is overpriced IMO for what you get. It has nifty features but for what I got for around $100 (full price at the time; the sale on 14 is so low I'm considering getting it just because) with the Sony program I'm very happy.

        You want a product that is supported. That's why I don't recommend free. Also, you want something that has features but isn't forcing you to pay for a bunch of things you'll never use.
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        • Profile picture of the author ep2002
          Ok, yesterday I looked into it, but the one that is that price is the basic version & while I said I didn't want fancy features, now that I played around with Camtasia a smidgen, I want at least those features.

          People said that for the price of even only $30, the basic version is way too much, to get the Pro & I couldn't find the price for that one I don't think.
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          • Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

            Ok, yesterday I looked into it, but the one that is that price is the basic version & while I said I didn't want fancy features, now that I played around with Camtasia a smidgen, I want at least those features.

            People said that for the price of even only $30, the basic version is way too much, to get the Pro & I couldn't find the price for that one I don't think.
            OK! Try this one have used before and works a treat BTW I would take what Kut's syas as he is the expert on the forum on all things video!

            CamStudio - Free Screen Recording Software no affiliate link

            Tuts on YT

            Jason
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex July
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Steam has Vegas Movie Studio 14 on sale for under $30 right now. I see a couple different versions at slightly different price levels.

      I've used 13 for years and like it a lot. Once you learn the basics of how a video editor works it's straightforward to move to another program.
      That's a nice advice. I'm personally using Sony Vegas, and what I can say is that even though it's not perfect, it is the best entry-level editing software.

      You see, it's better to start with Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere because it takes some time to learn how things work. It's better to learn how to use a software which you're going to use in the future. Vegas might be your life-long choice. So, don't waste your time.
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  • EP

    I this is a once off I would go for Camtasia 30 day free trial it has all you need to do the job you want, now if this is on going it may not work if do not have funds but you may find a coupon for cyber Monday

    Jason
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  • Profile picture of the author ep2002
    Hi Jason,

    Yeh even with the coupon it will be too much as the reg. price is $200+ & I want something I can use permanently as I hope to start my own YT channel soon.

    But I did try out Camtasia & I'm very confused as to why when I save a video, it only allows me to save it via their own extension.

    How can I save as a MP4?

    Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author DIABL0
      Originally Posted by ep2002 View Post

      Hi Jason,

      Yeh even with the coupon it will be too much as the reg. price is $200+ & I want something I can use permanently as I hope to start my own YT channel soon.

      But I did try out Camtasia & I'm very confused as to why when I save a video, it only allows me to save it via their own extension.

      How can I save as a MP4?

      Thanks
      Go watch the tutorials on their site / youtube.
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  • Profile picture of the author Techzone247
    Filmora is an all-in-one home video editor that has powerful functionality and a fully stacked feature set. Filmora is a solid app that gives you the features and styles that have been previously only available to professional film makers that have a certain level of experience and the expensive applications to match.
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  • Profile picture of the author ozstylo
    You may try gilisoft video editor lite in install and cheap price best use for you
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    Filmora i think the best software to editing in video
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Some of my videos on YouTube have 100,000+ views.
    I just kept it simple...Windows movie maker and an old version of Camtasia is all I've used.
    You don't need dazzling effects...just give value in the video and ensure picture and sound are of a decent quality.
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    • Originally Posted by troy23 View Post

      Some of my videos on YouTube have 100,000+ views.
      I just kept it simple...Windows movie maker and an old version of Camtasia is all I've used.
      You don't need dazzling effects...just give value in the video and ensure picture and sound are of a decent quality.
      Troy it is the way you make them is the hard part for EP , BTW movie maker is not made any more and does not work with updates in Win 10
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  • I like a software called "ArcSoft Video Impression". You can do all kinds of video editing on it. Better than Windows Movie Maker. It has 1-click upload to Youtube, 1-click export to a podcast file, and you can customize the video image. It's expensive though, but worth it.
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  • ep2002,

    I assume you are using a mobile device, if so I highly recommend getting the Spice ap, best of all it's free. It had a variety of editing capabilities and fairly easy to use.

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author alexawrenchc
    There are many free video editing software available internet. Such as AVS, Ulead Video Studio. I have used these two for long time. You can use anyone of them. Thanks for your advance.
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  • Profile picture of the author NilbogKing
    I use iMovie for Mac on my Macbook. If you have a PC (not sure why anyone owns a PC ), but iMovie works perfect for me. I have made a lot of videos with it and I am a novice for sure. It does everything I need it to do. Also, it comes pre-installed on a Macbook so it would be a great time to buy one!
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  • Profile picture of the author anayb
    No one mentioned about liner-editing programs; In fact, web's best videos are made by liner editors not GUIs like Sony and others. GUI editors got limits, you can't implement your own effects. My favourite is GStreamer multimedia. Its immensely powerful.
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  • Profile picture of the author SiteNameSales
    I use a couple of different options for various products. My go-to for screen capture and a variety of editing tools is Corel Video Studio. It's inexpensive and you can probably find a coupon somewhere or a Christmas sale price.

    It's an Editor's Choice at PC Magazine. You can see their rankings and reviews for several products that might be of interest here...
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  • Profile picture of the author Annaschwarz
    Windows Movie Maker is free. Since you are beginners, I recommend that you use it. Apoweredit is the alternative to WMM, it's also easy-to-use, and has free elements which can be used in your videos. If WMM often crashes on your computer, Apowered is the great option. iMovie is for Mac. Maybe you need it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victor Lee
    I've used iMovie, Final Cut Pro and Filmora and find that Filmora is the simplest to get started with. I don't remember how much it costs (don't remember it being very expensive) but you can start with their trial version to have a 'feel' of how it works and buy if it fits your usage.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Bello
    Hey there,

    Paid is usually better, but you can get away with some good stuff for free, too. I personally use Windows Movie Maker, but you can use iMovie if you have a Mac. This will get you by if you need simple video splitting, trimming, adding captions, etc. If you want fancier stuff it gets more difficult as you'll have to invest some time in learning and some money on the software.

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  • Profile picture of the author dfxjedi
    Go with Hitfilm, they have free & paid options - The free version is Hitfilm Express.
    I think it's the best free video editing software you can get.

    They also have a ton of tutorial videos to help you learn it & are constantly coming out with new tutorials.
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Invest on Camtasia or Sony Vegas Pro. You'll be glad after all.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Henry01
    Animoto one of the best video creator and editor. There are free and paid both type available.
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  • Profile picture of the author Wlee2060
    Hello,
    I know this thread is a little old, but it may be helpful to others.
    Maybe you can try Joyoshare Media Cutter that is an easy-to-use yet powerful video cutter and editor. It can help cut, trim, split, join videos losslessly, and also add subtitles, watermarks, special effects and more.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tirthankar
    If using MAC go for LightWorks.
    have been using it for last 2years for my Youtube channel.
    It has some amazing features plus its free
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  • Profile picture of the author StevenBrown
    I will suggest you for Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effect software for video editing both are really great software I'm also using both software.
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    I think camtasia its also good
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