OpenShot Video Editor 2.2.0 Beta
FREEWAREFILES EDITOR'S REVIEW
If you would like to create professional-quality videos without seeking the services of an expert, then OpenShot will come to your rescue. The free video editor packs many features while remaining relatively simple for the everyday user. It is a full-featured editor that offers many transitions and is compatible with almost all media formats, including different types of video, audio and image files.
The main program window featured tabs for working with project files as well as adding transitions and effects respectively. The files we selected appeared on the upper left part of the graphical user interface, and we could add them to the timeline on the lower part of the window. A preview window on the right side allowed us to see the results of our design. The program allowed us to view only video, audio or image files at a time, but we could also show all files at once.
Adding the files we wanted to use was a breeze, as all we needed to do was drag and drop them into our project. Once we had added files to the timeline, we could easily add image, audio and video effects by clicking on the 'Effects' tab. Adding the effects was also as easy as dragging the desired effects and dropping them onto our clips. For example, we added bass to a music clip and changed an image to black and white simply by dragging and dropping appropriate effects, which were clearly labeled.
The audio and video effects had separate settings for controlling their individual behaviors. We easily changed the settings of desired effects from the clip properties window. The project settings window enabled us to adjust such settings as aspect ratio, width, height, frames per second, length and name.
We could zoom in and out of the files in the timeline depending on what we wanted to do. For example, zooming in enabled us to make better alignment of files, which was important when mixing video and audio files.
The free video editor let us choose between static and 3-D animated titles. It integrated with a 3-D animation program called Blender 3D and vector-editing software known as Inkscape.
Whether you want to create videos for YouTube or something else, OpenShot will serve you well. The free video editor is easy to use and includes many handy features. It has presets that allow you to create videos that are compatible with YouTube, and you can even use it to create Blu-ray videos on DVD media.
Software Product Description
"Finally ported to Windows"
Review Date: 2016-04-04
Pros: - major Linux package ported to Windows - many transitions and effects - advanced feature list - easy to use - open-source
Cons: - large download/install - being newly ported, it might be buggy
Other Thoughts: With so few good contenders in the video editing department, Openshot is a nice addition and certainly a worthy choice.