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.