While there are many really good open source / freeware programs that can replace the commercial products from all possible areas this isn’t true for video editors. Granted if you only want to do some very basic editing like trimming then there are some free video editors which get that job done. However for everything slightly more advanced you do need a professional video editor. Over the years I have tested dozens of free and commercial video editors and my favorite program is Sony Vegas. So I recommend that one but I have also listed some other alternatives for your consideration.
Note that some professional video editors offer free trial versions with no restrictions at all beside the time limitation (which is usually 30 days). If you are on a shoestring budget this might be enough time to edit your video.
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COMMERCIAL VIDEO EDITORS
How to edit a Gameplay Video with Vegas Movie Studio (Video)
Size: 90 MB / 140 MB / 190 MB
Price: 45$ / 95$ / 600$ (Free 30 Days Trial)
Demo Restrictions: None
In terms of stability, functionality, ease of use and price this is the best piece of video editing software that i have tried yet.
It comes in 3 flavours:
The standard (45$), the advanced (95$) and the professional edition (600$).
Here is a comparison table of all 3 versions.
Are you on a shoestring budget?
Each version can be tested fully for 30 Days with no limitations.
Due to the fact that there are 3 different versions it means that you can basically have 90 days of free editing.
Then when you were satisfied with the “testing phase” consider to get a version that fits your budget.
Here are also some Reviews.
- Original Vegas Manual (Sony / 546 Pages PDF)
- Recommended Vegas Video Settings (by xIntenso)
- The New Features Of Vegas Pro 10 Webinar (Sony)
- 10 Vegas Pro Techniques For Power Editing (Sony)
- 21 Vegas Pro Training Videos (Sony)
- Vegas Pro Training Series (Sony)
- 12 Vegas Movie Studio Training Videos (Sony)
- Sony Vegas Basics (Creative Cow)
- Sony Vegas Tutorials (Creative Cow)
- 303 Sony Vegas Tutorials (FilmmakerIQ)
- 202 Sony Vegas Tutorials (FilmmakerIQ)
- 10 Sony Vegas Tutorials (Dfxcube)
Alternatives To Sony Vegas
Here are some decent alternatives to Sony Vegas:
Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer are high end products and used in the film industry.
(Also Final Cut Pro but that is for Mac only).
Avid Studio is a more consumer oriented product for a smaller price tag.
The same rings true for Pinnacle Studio, Power Director and Premiere Elements 9.
Moreover I have also heard that Magix Movie Edit Pro is good as well.
FREEWARE VIDEO EDITORS
Size: 42 MB
According to it’s website it’s an award winning video editor that went open source recently.
It was already used to edit many blockbusters and therefore i assume that it is a good piece of software.
However the interface is quite different from other NLE (Non Linear Editors) and therefore needs some time to get used to it.
Since the beta version crashed all the time when i tried to use it i decided to not longer bother with that program.
As said the program is probably pretty good but it didn’t worked for me.
Here is also a Review.
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Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 (Windows 7)
Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (Windows 7)
Windows Movie Maker 2.1 (Windows XP).
How to edit a Gameplay Video with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (Video)
How to edit a Video with Windows Live Movie Maker (Video)
In comparison with the classic Movie Maker the newest installment of the famous video editor happens to be a bigger download with additional stuff that you might not need or want to be installed on your system.
If that’s the case you can still go with the older yet slimmer Windows Movie Maker 2.6 (Windows 7) or Windows Movie Maker 2.1 (Windows XP) where you don’t have to load your system with additional shenanigans like the Windows Live Photo Gallery etc.
This is not a usual video editor but a video converter with additional very basic editing functions.
Note: The program also requires NET Framework 4.
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