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VirtualDub is an impressive open source package that is regularly updated by its author. Note that it mainly supports AVI files and can read (not write) MPEG-1 and BMP images but doesn't handle some video formats like DVD or MP4. And like all video software, it needs a pretty fast PC. In the world of video editing VirtualDub has always been there. It's a very reliable program that with the right amount of knowledge can accomplish just about any task. VirtualDub is licensed under the GNU General Public License , meaning you can use it for free. No risk involved, and the whole source code is available if you want it.
The package is however not complete without the additional filters. A comprehensive collection of third party filters is available from here.
For Multi Platforms
Avidemux is a free, open source, video editor written in C++ by Mean, Gruntster and Fahr. It runs in Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and PC-BSD, using minimal resources. Note that it mainly supports AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs.
It has a large selection of filters and advanced users can customize the program. Newer distributions have a command line interface too.
However, it can be too complicated for beginners or even intermediate users who often have problems syncing sound and video in their projects as well as adding filters and adjusting the beginning and end of clips.
Kdenlive is a free and open-source video editor for Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. The program supports DV, AVCHD and HDV editing. The best pro is to support multitrack and unlimited media files in timeline. Like FCP, it organizes videos and audio with layers and there are multiple addon sources to enrich video results by adding scripts, background textures, keyboard stickers and music.
OpenShot is a free, open-source video editor for Linux licensed under the GPL version 3.0. It mainly supports many video, audio, and image formats based on FFmpeg. There are several features differentiating it from others.
- Unlimited tracks / layers, which expands the capability of editors' imagination
- 3D Animated Titles, after using the open-source package of Blender
- Key Frame animation,
- Over 20 other video effects
There are 2 addons for downloading, AV Linux Live DVD and PPA. The former one is free custom shop modded and rodded 32bit PAE computer Operating System designed to turn a regular old (or fairly new) PC or Intel Mac into an Audio/Graphics/Video workstation appliance and the later one will only be used when users' OS is Ubuntu 9.10 and above. Like Avidemux, it's not a easy editing tool for those who are not familiar with encoding, FFmpeg stuff.
This section will hold other alternative products reviewed that did not end up on the main list. This is because of my own experiences running the programs on my computer for my projects and the evaluation I made of its efficacy as well as how easily others were able to complete projects in a satisfactory and timely manner. This may not apply to how the program will run on your system for your projects so please, do not become upset if you see a program you like below. If one of these is your favorite for your projects I am happy for you and would honestly like to hear about it in the comments section below.
- Windows Movie Maker
- ZS4 Video Editor
- Cinefx Jahshaka
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