Video editing software

Posted 1 week ago2018-11-29 21:44:02 UTC
Jessie JessieLadytype
Due to recent computer trouble that has largely been sorted out (and one or two other factors), I am in need of new video editing software. What would people recommend? Inexpensive is good. Doesn't need to be particularly fancy, I pretty much just need the basic functions.

9 Comments

Commented 1 week ago2018-11-29 22:14:55 UTC Comment #101639
Shotcut is pretty decent, I use it and its free https:/shotcut.org
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-29 23:29:34 UTC Comment #101640
^ I've seen Shotcut recommended a couple of times recently. I might have to check it out myself.
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-29 23:31:45 UTC Comment #101641
I've only really got experience with Sony Vegas Movie Studio but I love it. It's expensive if you go for the latest version, but older versions tend to be much cheaper but you sacrifice functionality/features.
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 02:17:06 UTC Comment #101642
There's also DaVinci Resolve, which I never tried but heard good things about.

I'd suggest watching this, as he basically explains some of the pro/contras of the editors:
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 04:11:45 UTC Comment #101643
I use Vegas Pro in the rare times I actually do any video editing, but I also got that in a Humble Bundle so it was like $20 (which especially considering it came bundled with a bunch of other stuff was basically like stealing it). It's uh, not anywhere near as cheap now. Like Urby suggested maybe an older version would be more affordable if you can find it. They seem to have a monthly-recurring version as well, which is more accessible but since it doesn't appear to be a "rent to own" type deal that's not super good.

I've also used Premiere years ago in high school, and it was fairly competent. Seems like it goes for $40 USD a month these days, so that's not exactly a good deal either (Why must companies gouge us with recurring payments!!)

If you need just the absolute minimum, Blender of all things has some built-in video editing capabilities but they're uh, not great usability-wise, but it's free so you get slightly more than you pay for. Slightly.
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 11:12:34 UTC Comment #101644
VSDC is pretty good and totally free, they offer a premium version but I never needed it, no watermarks, easy cutting, splitting and adding effects...etc, most basic features you might need are there, and a couple of extras aswell, try it :)
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 13:34:30 UTC Comment #101645
Another free one I stumbled upon today is KdenLive, I haven't tried it but it looks useful.
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 22:59:57 UTC Comment #101646
Whenever I had put together a video or make a quick edit I usually resorted to Sony Vegas, mostly because it's really fast and snappy for simple edits. I tried Adobe Premiere, I actually was obliged in college to use that for a course (we had a television course). But I didn't continue to use Premiere, mostly because I'm used to Vegas and I edit videos very rarely (more rare than SpaceX launches rockets nowadays anyway), and somehow I consider the editing flow faster there. Also Premiere gave me the impression that it uses a lot more RAM, and even today my most performant machine has just 12GB of RAM (plan on upgrading next year).

But I checked out the suggestions in this journal and I really dig Shotcut. I remember trying other alternatives a number of times but most of them were trialware/crapware. There was also this thing called Virtual Dub, but I swear to you it was easier for me to learn how to install Arch Linux and use it than how to use this mysterious tool reserved for the gurus.
Commented 1 week ago2018-11-30 23:31:55 UTC Comment #101647
I use HitFilm.
The Express version is free, and it's got the basic stuff that you need (and from what I see, plenty of tutorials). It seems simple on the surface, and it is simple if you use it for basic stuff. (can be advanced only if you wish)

The only thing I'm not fond of is its way of doing text. You make a composite shot, add a text layer, edit it with the Text Tool, find the Text tab, edit the parameters, and then place the composite shot in the video.
Sony Vegas does text in a much much more straightforward way in comparison.

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