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All posts tagged "video editor"


Monday, April 11, 2011

Lightworks: The Open Source Video Editor

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 08:00 PM

http://www.lightworksbeta.com/

"Back in April 2010, we announced our plans to take Lightworks open source. We always said the first step would be to make the application freely available so that a large community of users could start becoming familiar with it. We are very pleased to have reached this first milestone. Now you can freely download the most intuitive and advanced editor available. This is not a trial download. From here forward, you will always be able to download and use the latest version of Lightworks for free."

An open source video editor? Sounds like it might be too good to be true, but looking at the list of features, it's quite impressive. Amazingly, it was used to cut "The King's Speech" together - and that says a lot for software that's still in beta! Unfortunately, I've been unable to figure out how to use it yet - when I start a new project and go to import the video files, my AVCHD videos are not available for import. Turns out this file format isn't supported - which is a real shame given it has become a standard consumer format. Still, Lightworks may be the video editing you're looking for if you happen to have video in a format it can support...


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Freemake Video Converter

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Software" @ 11:30 AM

http://lifehacker.com/5600735/

"With all [the] video converting apps out there, it can get a bit overwhelming. Freemake combines almost everything you need into a clean, simple, one-stop-shop for all your video converting, editing, and burning needs . . . if you don't need a ton of control."

Lifehacker.com reports that Freemake Video Converter (Windows only) provides fewer options than Handbrake, but is easier to use, with a simple drag and drop interface. The "easier to use" part might be enough in itself to qualify Freemake as an attractive download, but it also has a companion application, Freemake Video Downloader, which is designed to help you obtain videos you might later wish to convert - and both products appear to be under active development, with multiple recent updates that add features and / or implement bug fixes. (Note: While working on this post, I found that the Handbrake site was not available one evening. That proved temporary, but it might make Freemake an attractive download as a backup - while at the same time pointing out one of the dangers of relying upon freeware for anything beyond personal use.)


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Windows Live Movie Maker Walk Through

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 10:30 AM

http://www.youtube.com/user/WindowsVideos

The first Windows Live Movie Maker beta that came out was so bad, I called it alpha software. It was so limited, it was useless for anything but making the most basic slide-shows. Fast forward a year, and the product is still in beta - Microsoft doesn't do anything fast it seems - but it has far more features, and is quite useful right now...especially if you're using it on a Windows 7-based system that has full codec support for MPEG4/h.264 video files. Unfortunately the program is still very Microsoft-centric in that it only outputs to WMV, but thankfully they've included HD WMV outputs, so even if you have to transcode it to another format later, at least you'll start with great quality.

The video above is a nice walk through of the product, so if you haven't used the new version of the software, watch the video and I bet you'll want to take it for a spin!


Monday, June 8, 2009

The Future of Windows Live Movie Maker

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:55 PM

http://windowslivewire.spaces.live....D59!41131.entry

"When we set out to build Windows Live Movie Maker, we heard loud and clear that people wanted their movies to simply look better with less effort. In order to meet customers' needs, we first looked at how people were using Windows Movie Maker in Vista. What we found was that most movies were quite simple - often just a set of pictures with captions and a soundtrack with occasional small clips of lightly edited video with transitions. We also discovered that many people found the approach of Microsoft Photo Story 3 to be a great solution and loved the ease of selecting pictures, a soundtrack, and adding a narration track over their photos with basic animations. Increasingly, we found people publishing movies to popular video sharing sites to share with friends and family (in addition to occasionally creating DVDs)."

Mike Torres, the Lead Program Manager on the Windows Live Movie Maker team, has posted a great blog entry about where the software is at, what they've learned from the initial beta they released a few months back, and what kinds of things (in general terms) users can expect to see from the software when Torres' team releases the next version. I just hope they don't name it Bing Movie Maker!


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