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Old 08-08-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
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Any recs on free video editing software?

I've used some great shareware audio editing apps before (Audacity & Reaper) and would like to know if there are similarly EZ-for-the-novice video editing apps available on the internets.

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Old 08-08-2009, 04:44 PM   #2
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I use the Movie Maker that comes with Windows. Nothing fancy, but it has worked for my limited needs.
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Old 08-08-2009, 08:37 PM   #3
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I have 4 or 5 commercial software but always use Virtualdub, a freeware, to edit home video. Its main advantage is speed and reliability. I use it mainly for editing, video enhancing, and "deshaking" using an freeware add-on called Deshaker. This last feature is truly unique. After editing, I then use commercial software to do the usual DVD authoring.

Note that Virtualdub handles various AVI formats provided you have the requisite codecs installed. There is a version that can handle MPG but it is limited.
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A simple Google search on Video Editing Freeware seems in order. That should keep you busy for awhile.

(I use Photoshop Extended for my -- very limited -- video work.)
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Old 08-09-2009, 09:30 AM   #5
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I have just started looking for this kind of software myself. The one I am going to start with (when I find the time) is Avidemux (Avidemux - Main Page) since it looks pretty simple; and, I can use it on both my Windows and my Linux boxes.

You might find this site helpful: Comparison of video editing software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-09-2009, 04:22 PM   #6
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Thanks to all...there doesn't seem to be a clear front-runner at the present time.

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Old 08-09-2009, 10:19 PM   #7
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I know you're looking for free, but cheap is pretty close to free... right? I like the DivX tools. You get a lot of easy to use tools for $19.99.

If your DVD player, TV, etc. has the DivX logo (I think most do), you can usually plug in a flash drive or a CD/DVD with the DivX files you created on it, and it will play (you don't have to author and burn it as a DVD).

There is a free trial if you're interested. DivX Author |
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I use Windows Movie Maker (came pre-installed on both my computers). It's pretty basic, but for what I do with it, it is just fine.
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