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Anyone know of any good FREE video editing software?

Asked by BoyWonder (806points) November 18th, 2008

With all the cool effects needed to make a legit looking music video. I will also need something that will allow me to edit the audio within the video itself.

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lercio's avatar

Are you using Windows or Mac or even Linux ?

dynamicduo's avatar

I’ll assume you’re on Windows, because Mac already has the awesome iLife editor that comes with most of their systems, and most Linux people know where to look for binaries. Correct me if I’m wrong though.

I’ve never used any free video editing programs, as my schooling taught us the tools that are used in the industry, and very few open source solutions have the market penetration/abilities as the pay one. As well, it’s worthwhile to note off the bat that most “legit looking music videos” are not only edited using expensive software (Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro), but are shot on a precisely controlled set using expensive lights, high definition cameras, etc. As well, they have the money to pretty much do anything, so if a certain effect they want doesn’t exist they can pay a programmer to make it exist. This isn’t to say you can’t make your own videos of course. It’s just a good fact to consider in setting your goals :)

Here’s a free software I just found. It’s called Wax. It seems to have the basic functionalities you’ll need and you can download even more effects from this person. I’d say it’s a good place to start, be sure to keep a note of anything you don’t like with the software, so that you can make a “shopping list” of features you want if you have to find another free software. I’m not sure if it would edit the audio inside the program – the professional tool I us had it set up to edit the audio in another program. You may have to look for a separate audio editing software.

I’d be interested to see what you come up with :) Good luck.

battlemarz's avatar

Check out open source alternatives for the professional applications. For example Adobe Premiere Alternatives has a few listed alternatives which are open source and some or all of them free.

I have no experience with any of the suggested software but maybe it can put you on the right track.

dynamicduo's avatar

Oh what a great site battlemarz! I’ll be sure to recommend it in the future :)

battlemarz's avatar

Glad to be of service :)

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