Ten Video Editing Tools
Whether you’re just touching up a smartphone video before uploading it to YouTube, or creating your next full-length Oscar-worthy movie from scratch, you’re going to need some video editing software. There are dozens of free and commercial video apps designed for novices, enthusiasts, and professionals. Here are ten desktop and mobile video editor contenders to check out...
Ready For Your Closeup?
Webcams, portable video cameras and smartphones have made it so much easier to capture video. At the same time, video sharing services and social sites like YouTube, Facebook, and Flickr make it simple and fun to share them with others. But not even the greatest film directors get it right on the first take. Even if you just want to grab the best five-second clip from a longer video, you need video editing software.
Today’s video editors make it possible for even novices to take selected clips, join them together with special effects, add audio tracks, and output the finished product in a variety of formats. Some of these video editing tools are free, and some require a paid license. Here are some of the best for your consideration.
Windows Live Movie Maker is an easy to use freebie from Microsoft that does the basics without a steep learning curve. Earlier Movie Maker versions are included in Windows XP and Vista. Windows 7 users have to download a copy at the link above. Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 offers six AutoMovie themes to help you apply a consistent style to your videos. It includes canned intros, transitions, and effects, such as converting color to for black-and-white. It also supports webcam capture, full-screen preview, and HD formats. When your editing is done, Movie Maker will upload the finished video to YouTube, Facebook, or Windows Live Skydrive for you.
Freemake does basic video cutting, joining, and rotation, but its main purpose is file format conversion. It supports over 250 file formats. It can prepare videos for iPod, iPhone, PSP, Android, PSP, and other popular devices. It claims to be the only free software that rips videos from YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, Dailymotion, LiveLeak, and 50 more sites. Also, it downloads YouTube vids to iTunes. Freemake can burn Blu-Ray and DVD discs. Oh, and you can add or edit subtitles, too.
Apple iMovie is part of the iLife suite, and is the hands-down winner if you're a Mac user. It’s more sophisticated but just as easy to learn as Windows Movie Maker. You can create trailers by selecting clips and dropping them into a storyboard. Soundtracks played by the London Symphony Orchestra are added automatically. Audio editing tools let you add voiceovers, sound effects, and music to your creation. One-step effects can speed up or slow down action, add jump cuts, and transition parts of clips with fades to black-and-white, sepia, or other effects. Just choose a clip, select one of 12 effects, and click. People Finder lets you quickly locate clips that contain faces. You can add sports and news themes, and even share your video with CNN iReport, Facebook, or Vimeo directly from iMovie.
Cyberlink PowerDirector 10 is a commercial product with lots of power. It’s designed for video enthusiasts to be the fast, feature-packed, and efficient. Features include 3D editing and playback, output to mobile devices, Blu-Ray and AVCHD support, and a whole lot more. A library of dozens of effects make almost any video editing dream come true. The Ultra version costs about $82.
Adobe Premiere Elements 10 has lots of effects and transitions. It supports up to 100 simultaneous video and audio tracks. It does keyframing, Chroma key, and picture-in-picture This $99 package is one of the most popular commercial programs. However, it lacks 3D capability and isn’t as fast as some competitors.
Video Editing On Your Smartphone
If you have an Android smartphone, the built-in video editing capabilities are pretty basic. You can add a title, extract a frame to be saved as a still shot, remove the audio, or resize the video. Fortunately, there are some excellent Android video editing apps available. The free VidTrim Video Editor does basic trimming functions. AndroVid Pro Video Editor ($1.99) does much more, but power users may prefer the full-featured Clesh Video Editor ($4.99).
On the iPhone or iPad, there's the mobile version of iMovie ($4.99 in the App Store) which does pretty much everything, but only runs on the iPhone 4, iPad 2 or newer models. Edit clips, pan & zoom, add themes, titles, transitions, or add a soundtrack if you like. The Splice Video Editor has the advantage of being free, and also runs on older iOS devices.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 25 Jul 2012
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