Best Free Video Editor Roundup

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TheRyGuy

Thank you, Ben! This really came in handy. I used the VideoPad to apply a high-pass filter. You rock!

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Shalbatana

I too was surprised and impressed with both the cheaper version of Vegas and Lightworks. For the latter, I didn't expect that much pro content out of a free system. Agreed that the online only restriction is overkill. After using it, I almost bought the full version just to get the added features, which once one gets used to the goofy project structure could rival FCP, Avid and Premiere for most work.

Vegas on the other hand is perfectly capable and competent.

I will certainly give videopad a try. Don't think I've ever even heard of it. Having a real semi-pro backup edit system, especially a free one that you can install on any machine (because it's free, is a great thing.

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jtrpop

A good resource for Vegas training is Bill Myers https://www.youtube.com/user/guerillabill
He has nice short topical tutorials. Even if you have a different version of Vegas, or the tutorial is for Vegas Pro, most of the features overlap another so it's not totally version specific.

The other thing that impresses me with Vegas is it's selection and quality of renders. I've played with so many different converters, codecs and settings, and the ones Vegas has dialed in make for fantastic quality renders. In the pro-sumer realm, only Adobe trumps it.

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dgrmouse

Good link. Thanks for sharing.

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maxeeemum

Thanks Ben!

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Rebel_X

VirtualDub + FFmpeg/mp4/mkv plugins (to be able to save in mkv container format) is the best imo.

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gamingwithnetbooks

You failed to mention that Movie Maker on Win7 completely ignores your video bitrate settings and instead does whatever the heck it wants for H.264 videos (which it can export).

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

This article couldn't have come at a better time—I need something that can remove camera shake from videos. Something that could remove the original ambient recorded sounds would be great, so music added later doesn't have competition. The ability to add text would be a plus. And simple effects, such as transitions, would be swell.

By the way, I hate when you guys pimp Microsoft products, listing them first. You're probably contractually obligated to do so, but it's so obvious, consistent, and undeserved.

You forget to mention that M$ gimped Movie Maker that only the Windows 8 version has any worthwhile features. Try removing camera shake on a Windows 7 machine.

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jtrpop

It's best to pay the $40 or so and get Sony Vegas Movie Studio Suite. I've used & own expensive editing software too for personal & professional use, but for the money this is easily the best editing & disc authoring package around. http://amzn.to/1pa3JcZ

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dgrmouse

100% agree, jtrpop. Lightworks is tremendously capable, but the annoying online-only DRM (even in the free version) is a huge deterrent.

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CantankerousDave

Sony also has frequent deals on Vegas Pro, its big brother. I bought a combo with several companion programs from NewEgg for $200 or $250 last year, which ain't bad at all for Premiere's closest competitor.

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jtrpop

I have considered going to Vegas Pro for a while now, and that is indeed a good deal. I know Vegas Pro has some compositing , but not sure how it compares to After Effects (which is a spectacular product). Do you know how Vegas Pro's compositing compares to After Effects?

I like Adobe Premiere & After Effects, and while they are superior products, they are very cost prohibitive, and can have a steep learning curve. If anyone wants to get into video editing, Vegas Movie Studio is the perfect piece of software for the price whose techniques can carry into more advanced suites such as Adobe's.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

The Suite is $108. Platinum is $56. Studio is $30.

The Education/Nonprofit version of the Suite is around $54.

Which version are you talking about?

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jtrpop

Did you click the link I provided? Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12 (full retail boxed) $39.99. The newest version is 13, but 12 is still spectacular and at a great discount. I still run version 10 and did a professional side project just last month with it.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

No, I did not. Thanks.

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AFDozerman

No Kdenlive?