VideoPad Video Editor

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VideoPad Video Editor

Basic video editor for personal use

5

Our rating: 

5

Pros & Cons:

Intuitive interface, easy to switch from Movie Maker. Installations available for Windows, Mac, iPhone, Android and even Kindle.
The difference between free and paid version is unclear. The program might be unstable, according to user comments.

Our Review:

VideoPad Video Editor is a non-linear video editing software, but its free version allows you to use it as a linear tool. That means you will be able to work with only one video track and one audio track at a time. The interface is clear and intuitive; there are built-in and pop-up suggestions on what to do next - helpful for a first-time user.

At a glance VideoPad has everything for basic video editing: video and audio effects, blending, color correction, transitions, tools for recording video, audio or capturing desktop. For export, there are three options: you can either upload video directly to social networks, record it to a DVD or save it on your computer in avi, wmv, mpg, 3gp, mp4 or mov formats.

Although installation process is fast and smooth, for some reason even a short video export takes untypically long time in comparison with other tools.


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Comments

Hi. I used this and liked it! BUT.. after a short time, a matter of days, it reverted to the "trial ended". You can use it, but you can't export video. So, it wasn't worth $69 for the paid version. I gotta uninstall it. Too bad.

You probably installed the trial version instead of the free version.
Each time you start the free version you are prompted with "Certify that VideoPad is being used for non-commercial, home use only". If this is not shown, you are using the wrong version.

On 11/4/17, I installed VideoPad 5.11 and thought that it was the free version. I got the "Certify" prompt each time I opened it. I used it then to learn its features, but don't recall if I saved any video files at that time. Today I tried to save a video file and it said that that was a paid feature.

The correct download link for the free version is https://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/download-now.html

Thank you for that info. On that page, the "Free Version for Home Use" box has a "VideoPad Free for Windows" link to the "vpsetup.exe" file. However, above that on the page is a bold graphic with a "download now" button that gives the "vppsetup.exe" file; that's what I had previously and is the trial/demo version. Today, after uninstalling the "vppsetup.exe" version, I installed the "vpsetup.exe" version--but with a huge catch: The program opened with a dialog saying that since I'd already used an expired trial version, I'd have to either buy a license or make this the "lite" version; when I chose the latter, it behaved like the expired trial version and would not save any new changes to a video file.

Mesh or another Gizmo editor needs to update their download links for desktop installations, because they currently link to the paid version. And, unless my experience was abnormal, the product review should caution people about using the trial version if they are likely to switch to the free version on the same device.

Thanks for the clarity, if you use trial version at first its very difficult to move to free version. you'd probaly have to unistall and remove it from the registry but it doesn't always work. in the meantime I'll update the download links and the disclaimers

I have been using VideoPad 5.32 for 6 days. It works very well, but it is unstable.

However, VideoPad automatically saves the project settings regularly. When you restart after a crash, Videopad offers to restore the autosaved project. You can usually recover the project to immediately before the crash.

I used the free version of VideoPad for home use and it never prevented me from exporting video saying it was a paid feature. I did not experience any stability issues.

This would be my go to video editor if it weren't for problems exporting the finished video, sometimes. When I initiated the export process, sometimes it would finish very quickly - appear in the completed videos list but it would produce a very small useless output file, less than 1kbyte. It looks like a bug. When I hit this problem I couldn't find any workaround to make it export properly: tried other output formats and various small tweaks to no avail.

So having put in several hours effort editing a video and then finding it won't export is a major problem even if it works the rest of the time.

It's a shame as this is a very accomplished piece of software. It works fairly intuitively, very familiar to someone who's used other video editing software.

I do still like its stabilize - subjectively on my videos it was marginally better than the stabilize in Shotcut which is my go to video editor (and VirtualDub which I also tested). VideoPad lets you Stabilize from the project area and it produces a stabilized video file directly from there without using the problematic export function.

I suspect that VideoPad's titles are better than Shotcut's but I had already given up with VideoPad before I had a chance to try them.

Apart from not exporting video files properly, here are my other criticisms of VideoPad:

* In most video editors, there is a timecode representing the cursor position on the timeline in the form: "hh:mm:ss:frame_num". The last number goes 0-29 or 0-24 depending on the frame rate. In VideoPad the last 3 digits are milliseconds rather than frame number. Takes a bit of getting used to.

* When adding a video to the project area, it can take a while "indexing video". Then there's a grey/blue progress line and high CPU usage, presumably while it creates a temporary preview file.

* It also uses green progress lines on the edited video in the final timeline probably to show how far it's got in creating a preview of the edited timeline. Again that can take a while to go all green. CPU usage is high while it's doing this.

* I installed the free version and confirmed on each startup that I was using it for personal use. After a couple of weeks it told me the trial was coming to an end soon. Then it told me some features would be disabled unless I purchased it. Finally I'm back to confirming on each startup that I'm using it for personal use. I don't know which, if any, features have been disabled. I was never informed I was using a trial version when I first installed it or subsequently. I don't mind if the free version is limited but it would be nice to know what the limitations are. I can still use multiple video tracks in this "trial expired" free version.