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Free Video Editing Software

Foreveryours 9,300 2,205 September 17, 2015 at 10:39 AM
I need a simple program to edit some footages. Basically cutting from few files and combining to one.

I would like to insert it into Adobe Captivate and the Windows Movie format is not supported.

Thanks.

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Somebody asked something similar within the last 2 weeks, but the entire thread has been deleted. I have to assume either the OP asked for it to be deleted, spam bots took over the thread (but they usually just delete the offending posts), or a particular company demanded it's removal...

Two good options:
Shotcut: http://www.shotcut.org/
Lightworks, free version limited to 720p. Pro version used on many Hollywood films: http://lwks.com

Also, Windows Movie Maker

Premiere Elements or Sony Movie Studio aren't that expensive.

I recently cut together about 3 hours of digitized Super 8 film with the trial of Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015. It worked ok, it's very powerful program capable of many things, but I had my share of problems. I did a lot of color correction and I like premiere's workflow for color correction. I also tried the warp stabilizer on a few very shaky clips, I'd avoid using it in the future. Premiere crashed frequently, generated tons of minimally useful errors, crashed 6 hours into rendering the output on multiple occasions and blue screened my computer twice. 2 days after my trial ended, adobe did release an update, but I have no idea if it resolved any of these issues. I find Final Cut Pro a bit more intuitive.
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If you need to convert to other file formats, there are a variety of options including:
https://handbrake.fr/
http://www.macroplant.com/adapter/
http://www.any-video-converter.co...-freeware/
http://www.erightsoft.com/SUPER.html *opt out of any adware
MEncoder
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How about just exporting your Adobe Captivate as an MP4 which will edit in about anything. Guessing if its in a proprietary format now even Adobe Premier would not edit it. https://helpx.adobe.com/captivate...files.html Looks pretty simple.

I have not had the above issue with Premier the person above posted.
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I have not had the above issue with Premier the person above posted.
From what I read when I was looking for solutions to the problems I was having, Premiere Pro CS 6 was more stable. With the CC edition, some versions / updates can be problematic. Based on my experience I kind of feel sorry for anyone who uses the CC version in a professional capacity, although paying customers can downgrade if a particular version is causing them problems.
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Somebody asked something similar within the last 2 weeks, but the entire thread has been deleted. I have to assume either the OP asked for it to be deleted or Adobe demanded it be deleted because I had some (true, accurate and factual) bad things to say about Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2015.

Two good options:
Shotcut: http://www.shotcut.org/
Lightworks, free version limited to 720p. Pro version used on many Hollywood films: http://lwks.com

Also, Windows Movie Maker

Premiere Elements or Sony Movie Studio aren't that expensive.

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What will work with Windows 10?
Movie Maker is now D O A ?
I am looking to edit .wmv and mp4 file etc
thanks
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What will work with Windows 10?
Movie Maker is now D O A ?
I am looking to edit .wmv and mp4 file etc
thanks
Programs listed above will work.

I think you can reinstall Windows Movie Maker after the Windows 10 update.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-u...essentials
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Quote from jkee View Post :
Two good options:
Shotcut: http://www.shotcut.org/
Lightworks, free version limited to 720p. Pro version used on many Hollywood films: http://lwks.com
Thanks. Of the two, I'm guessing shotcut would be easier to use? Don't need any color correction or anything complicated. I have three takes I need to cut and piece together.
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Quote from basset53 View Post :
What will work with Windows 10?
Movie Maker is now D O A ?
I am looking to edit .wmv and mp4 file etc
thanks
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Programs listed above will work.

I think you can reinstall Windows Movie Maker after the Windows 10 update.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials
I just upgrade to W10P from W7P and MovieMaker was already installed. Didn't know I had it. It is perfect for what I need to do, unfortunately Captivate does not support wmv files.


If I edit in WMM and convert the file to mp4, would I lose something in conversion? Would I be better off editing in original mp4 format?
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I just upgrade to W10P from W7P and MovieMaker was already installed. Didn't know I had it. It is perfect for what I need to do, unfortunately Captivate does not support wmv files.


If I edit in WMM and convert the file to mp4, would I lose something in conversion? Would I be better off editing in original mp4 format?
Not much. Just make sure to use a high bit rate on the wmv and it should reconvert without noticeable loss over just going straight to mpeg 4.
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Thanks. Of the two, I'm guessing shotcut would be easier to use? Don't need any color correction or anything complicated. I have three takes I need to cut and piece together.
I think shotcut is the simpler of the two, but it could have it's own quirks and limitations. It seems like a solid option and you can't beat the price. I actually just discovered it in the last couple weeks and haven't gotten around to actually using it.
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If I edit in WMM and convert the file to mp4, would I lose something in conversion? Would I be better off editing in original mp4 format?
It all depends on your settings and the codecs involved. You can turn a 10GB MPEG-2 file into an h.264 encoded file that takes 2GB without that noticeable of a difference.
If you convert a file to one format at 80% quality and then another format at 80% quality there's a reduction in quality that compounds each time with the final product being 64% quality.

So it is possible to convert the file either to bring it into a particular piece of software or turn the output into a particular format and preserve quality, you just have to be careful with your settings.
It looks like your video will probably undergo further conversion/compression server-side that you can't control.
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From what I read when I was looking for solutions to the problems I was having, Premiere Pro 6 was more stable. With the CC edition, some versions / updates can be problematic. Based on my experience I kind of feel sorry for anyone who uses the CC version in a professional capacity, although paying customers can downgrade if a particular version is causing them problems.
Premier Pro 6 is from 2001. I wonder if that even supports HD. Do you peam Premier Pro CS6? Thats a bit more modern Smilie
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Premier Pro 6 is from 2001. I wonder if that even supports HD. Do you peam Premier Pro CS6? Thats a bit more modern Smilie
Yeah I left out the CS.
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Glad I found this thread. I was looking for some myself. Smilie
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I played with Shotcut for a little bit, and I like what I see. If someone knows how to zoom in on the timeline, I would appreciate it.
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