At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic Podio Preston decided to temporarily suspend publishing Podio Preston magazine. Since then, like many organisations Podio Preston have taken advantage of the many digital tools available, this includes using Zoom for our team meetings and for recording business and community interviews Podio magazine digitalshift. We are continuing to publish local community and business articles on the Podio Preston website and sharing them on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
After recording the video interviews they need to be edited so one of our volunteers, Ian from Anstu Media, has been investigating a number of free video editing software programmes. He has excluded those that leave watermarks on the finished video and chosen those that are available for Windows and for Macs. As much as Ian has checked all the links etc. it is your responsibility to make sure that you download software that you are comfortable with. Always have an antivirus programme running on your computer.
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“This software is a comprehensive video editing tools on the market. The program lets you do a whole lot more than simply cut and paste fragments of the clips you’ve recorded on a timeline. With this powerful software, you can also add visual effects, correct the colour, and adjust aspects related to the audio.”
I was impressed as this programme provided the same level of quality as most of my paid for programmes. Maximum quality of export is 4K more than enough for Youtube & Facebook videos, on the whole this program does need a powerful computer.
This is a web based program which is limited to 10 minute videos, is very useful for old and/or slow computers. I found it easy and fun to use. It is a great place to find out what you are capable of. In addition to videos, it is a platform for creating images and GIFs.
I believe this an open-source program which means it is free forever. Shotcut is a very powerful video editing suite that can be compared in some ways to Premiere Pro. Shot offers a bunch of really cool options without the need to shell out money for professional video editing software. The video editing suite provides a bunch of filters and presets such as colour grading, brightness, contrast, fading audio and video sharpness, crop, mirror, rotate, saturation and white balance are also options. these can be modified of course
Cutting, merging and moving different clips of the video is completed with the timeline panel accessible from the timeline view there’s not very much limit in what you can do with the videos you feed it. They include MP4, AVI, OGG, WEBM, FLV, VOB, M4A and some others.
This link is for the site, find the download link then find your operating link.
For over 25 years Lightworks editor has been at the forefront of film editing, having been used on many of the finest films in cinema history: The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Road to Perdition, Hugo, The King’s Speech and many more and is now available across all three major platforms. No idea how long the free version will be available for but at the moment it all sounds positive, output is limited to HD at best.
It is very important that you go to Hitfilm Express, NOT hitfilm as hitfilm is the paid for version, once you are on the site move the slider to whatever you are willing to pay, be it £0 or more. This is more compatible with computers with limited power. You will need to give your name and email address to get the link but in one week I have only received one email from them asking if I liked the software.