1.    17 May 2017 #1
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    What free or affordable video editing software are you using?


    Hey guys,
    I'm doing a research and was hoping you could help me with it. I'm trying to find out what the most popular free or affordable (under $50) video editing software is. Windows OS, of course.
    Please write in comments what program you are using or used in the past and were happy with.

    Thank you in advance!
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  2.    17 May 2017 #2
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    Best free (IMHO) is Videopad Video Editor. It has a ton of features and is the only free software that can "easily" do overlays (like picture in picture videos).

    http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/

    Another free "oldie but goodie" is Windows Movie Maker. My favorite version is/was 6.0 which can still be installed on Win 10 with this stand-alone installer:

    http://movies.blainesville.com/p/wmm...windows-7.html

    Cheers,

    WOT
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  3.    17 May 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOT View Post
    Best free (IMHO) is Videopad Video Editor.
    WOT
    Isn't it free version only available as a linear editor? Last time I checked it was 1 video track and 1 audio track available in free version. I agree, it has a lot of features and can be quite sufficient - just confused about pic in pic effect if it's linear.
    Thank you anyway! I also find Videopad interface one of the most intuitive ones.
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  4.    17 May 2017 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by NinaDG View Post
    Isn't it free version only available as a linear editor? Last time I checked it was 1 video track and 1 audio track available in free version. I agree, it has a lot of features and can be quite sufficient - just confused about pic in pic effect if it's linear.
    Thank you anyway! I also find Videopad interface one of the most intuitive ones.
    The overlay track is the grey area directly above Video Track 1.
    If you have no clips on the sequence track it is not labelled or visible.
    Drop or place a clip into Video Track 1 and you will see a line of text appear..

    "Drag or drop your video, text or image clips here to overlay"

    Hope this helps,

    Regards,

    WOT

    Update:
    Here is an old video I made showing how to do it; however, I must admit, there may be better ones available:


    I forgot to mention FFMPEG, which can do almost anything, but has a moderate-to-steep learning curve.

    Here is an example of how I did a simple overlay using FFMPEG:

    How to embed one video inside another video to create a picture-in-picture (PIP) effect with FFMPEG:

    ffmpeg -i testbw.wmv -i test.wmv -filter_complex "[0]scale=iw/5:ih/5 [pip]; [1][pip] overlay=main_w-overlay_w-10:main_h-overlay_h-10" -profile:v main -level 3.1 -b:v 440k -ar 44100 -ab 128k -s 720x400 -vcodec h264 -acodec libvo_aacenc PIP_example.mp4

    Note: Scale parameter sets the size of smaller PIP window

    FYI, FFMPEG User is my name on youtube.
    Last edited by WOT; 17 May 2017 at 16:45.
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  5.    17 May 2017 #5
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    Giveaway of the Day is offering Dimo Videomate 3.0 for free today. Hurry, only 4 hours left.

    Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily
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  6.    18 May 2017 #6
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
    Giveaway of the Day is offering Dimo Videomate 3.0 for free today. Hurry, only 4 hours left.

    Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily
    Is this free program any good? Kaspersky Application Advisor reports the install file isn't signed but is logged as a 'safe' 'low restricted' application by only 34 users.
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  7.    18 May 2017 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve C View Post
    Is this free program any good? Kaspersky Application Advisor reports the install file isn't signed but is logged as a 'safe' 'low restricted' application by only 34 users.
    I have not personally used the program but go on the website almost every day to see what they are offering. From time to time I download and install their programs. I've never had a problem.
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  8.    18 May 2017 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by WOT View Post
    The overlay track is the grey area directly above Video Track 1.
    If you have no clips on the sequence track it is not labelled or visible.
    Thanks a lot, that was helpful.



    Quote Originally Posted by TrustMe View Post
    I have not personally used the program but go on the website almost every day to see what they are offering. From time to time I download and install their programs. I've never had a problem.
    As far as I know, GOTD used to have issues with trustworthiness because of some 3rd party bundles, but now they should be clean.
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  9.    18 May 2017 #9
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    Glad we could help you.

    Regards,

    WOT
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