As I get ready for part two of some video production training, focussing on video editing I have been exploring a few free editing tools. I’m really keen that whatever software participants receive training on is available for them to use after they leave the session which normally means using free or bundled software.
The main tool that we use is still MovieMaker, which despite its limitations, I think still offer the more reliable, widely available and easy to use option for video editing around. The big drawback with this is the hurdles you have to jump through to overlay one video clip on top of another though the free online FileLab’s editor seems to offer a way to plug this gap by supporting overlay video. There are two big drawbacks with this tool though;
- You cannot save your edit projects – I would recommend you do the majority of editing in MovieMaker and then use FileLabs to add overlay video only
- There are concerns about the way that they use your data. You are asked to log in with a google, Facebook or Yahoo account though it is unclear what elevel of access they get to your data, whether it is viewed or stored and if so what they do with it. Beware!
Anyway, here’s some of the top tools we use here for video, audio, screencapture and creating graphics and other assets.
|MovieMakerhttp://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows-live/movie-maker||Free (bundled with windows)||Basic video editing||Video, audio|
|Screencast-o-matichttp://www.screencast-o-matic.com/||Free||Online screencast application – record on screen activity with optional narration and webcam||Video, audio, screencast|
|File Lab video editorhttps://www.filelab.com/video-editor||Free||Online video editor, allows overlay videos. Projects cannot be saved. Be wary of data privacy.||Video (inc overlay)|
|Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/||Free||Feature rich audio editor||Audio|
|Wideohttp://www.wideo.co/||Free / paid||Create simple animated graphics||Video, animations|
|WinFFhttp://winff.org/html_new/||Free||Simple media conversion tool||Video, audio|
|GIMPhttp://www.gimp.org/||Free||Feature rich image editing. Slightly confusing interface for new users||Image|
|Sumopainthttp://www.sumopaint.com/www/||Free||Online image editor, based on interface and operations of popular commercial editors||Image|