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Old 08. Nov 2016, 09:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Looking for video editing software that works! But desperation is setting in

Hello. I'm a new user. I've signed up to get some help because I've run into a hugely frustrating problem.

I decided to have a go at some video editing. Never done it before. Thought I would edit a couple of clips of videos to make a silly comment on the US election (in case you're curious, I was going to edit some clips of Rimmer from Red Dwarf).

Requirement: all I want is a user friendly video editor that is kind to beginners (basically, the video equivalent of Audacity would be perfect) and that actually functions. This seems to be an impossible ask.

I downloaded clips of not more than 60 secs in length from Youtube. Having googled the best format to use, I tried MP4 and AVI.

I then started looking for a good video editor... and my life ended for nearly three hours. (Note: when I say a thing didn't work, I mean that it would not upload a video in any format that I tried.)

Examples of things I've tried include...

Windows Movie Maker. Even with all the codecs I could find, it would not play anything.

Video Pad. Would not load anything. Just threw up an error message that it couldn't import the clip file. Googling it revealed that the makers have known about the problem for years and have not fixed it. (This is a shame because I really liked the look of the interface.)

Avidemux. Didn't like the look of it. Didn't work, either.

Those are just the last three attempts. I've worked my way through at least eight or nine and am at the end of my tether. Why is this so complicated? Every man and his dog (literally) are making and uploading videos! What am I missing?

System is Windows 7 64.

Can anyone enlighten me?

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Old 10. Nov 2016, 08:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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(Note: when I say a thing didn't work, I mean that it would not upload a video in any format that I tried.)
More detail would be good:
  • What is the clip you worked with? Give us a link to it.
  • You don't seem to have looked at our article Best Free Video Editor article.
  • What video file format did you use each time? You don't specify. Formats are a combination of a container format (e.g. .AVI, .MP4) which stores the video format and audio format. Sometimes specific combinations cause problems. I would always reboot my computer after installing new codecs and video software as it reduces the likelihood of problems.
  • What steps did you follow, e.g. point us to the tutorial you were following.
  • At what step did the process seem to fail?
  • What warnings or error messages did you get?
  • etc., you may notice something unusual or confusing that may be relevant
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Old 10. Nov 2016, 10:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sorry the lack of specificity.

I checked the article. I bypassed the first option as it specifically noted the interface was complicated for beginners. I tried Avidemux and it didn't work, either.

I will focus on videopad, avidemux and windows media player. All claim to be able to import MP4 and AVI files. These were the file formats I chose on Clip Converter. But neither were able to open files in those formats. Only WMV worked, and I know that only because video pad came with an example in wmv. The only error message was from video pad which said it couldn't open the clip file.

And after having told you that, I'm afraid I must tell you that this thread is, for the moment, redundant as the computer I was using has today been disabled by a virus which I suspect I caught when downloading... shock horror... some freeware video editing software!

I am presently using a borrowed laptop. I posted a request for information or people's experiences about the virus and I also asked a question about a suitable replacement computer in the event that it can't be fixed. But the mods tell me I must finish this conversation first, even though this thread has been rendered completely pointless until I can fix the more pertinent problem of the computer being broken!

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Old 11. Nov 2016, 01:08 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It is strange that you have had so many problems with such popular products. I would probably use more than one file type. If that fails then I would probably use the information features of video converters to see exactly what is in the files you are using.

This area can be fraught as it is much more complex than audio editing. Windows Movie Maker and the like are, as far as I am concerned, the video equivalents of Audacity.
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Would you care to tell us what site that was that you suspect, so we can check it or avoid it??
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Old 13. Nov 2016, 10:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks. I will look into using converters, although I had hoped to keep things as simple as possible!

If I had to name a site, it would either be the Avidemux download page, or one of the videopad download pages - I suspect videopad as I followed a download link from an English language site and ended up with a software program in German. Deleted that and re-installed from another site. Sorry, can't recall the original site - that information is on my other computer which is presently borked.

Thanks for the help. I've been quite distracted by trying to fix the other machine, but will bank the knowledge for the future!

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Did you already try any online video editor(s)?
Cf. https://filmora.wondershare.com/vide...eo-editor.html
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