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4 Free Video Editing Tools

4 Free Video Editing Tools

These days, one can’t imagine life without videos, especially if you actively share ideas online.

Videos produce an instant impression on the audience and perhaps leave a deeper impact than text content alone. Although with a bit of experience editing video doesn’t require much effort, choosing the right tool in the first place takes time. Luckily, there are free video editors available today for every user category – Windows, Mac, and mobile filmmaking enthusiasts. Let’s have a look at these options.

1. VSDC (Windows, desktop)


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    VSDC is a non-linear video editor for Windows. Unlike many programs at zero cost, VSDC is completely and truly free without any hidden charges or watermarks placed at the end of video export. It also includes a built-in slideshow creator, along with video and screen capture utilities. VSDC feature set is quite impressive: video and audio effects, numerous transitions, filters, a “picture in picture” effect, green screen, “blurring mask”, video blending, and others.

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    When choosing the right program to perform video editing, one should pay attention to VSDC because it is compatible with almost all video formats that exist today, such as AVI, QuickTime, MP4, WIndows Media, MPEG, MPG, H.264, Flash Video, and others. You don’t have to convert your footage to any other format before starting to edit – VSDC opens and reads them all. You also get numerous project output options including AVI, DVD, MPEG, MP4, M4V, MOV, and even H265 codec – considered the best one for posting videos to the web.

    Bottom line: with VSDC, you get the functionality of an expensive video editor for free, though mastering everything the app offers might take some time.

    2. YouTube (Online)

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      Perhaps YouTube’s online video editor is under the radar for many of you, but it is definitely worth checking out if you have a simple project to work on. It is a free tool created with the purpose of editing videos you’ve already uploaded to your channel. When it comes to formats, of course YouTube has strict requirements because there are several formats only you can upload and edit. They are .MOV, .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, WebM.

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      YouTube editor is highly intuitive and does not require much time or computer resources. Since it works online, you’re fine as long as you have an Internet connection. You can create videos as well as photo presentations. The app provides basic features such as cutting, snipping, trimming, and lengthening footage. You can modify the speed of your video and enhance it with filters, color correction, and shaky footage stabilizer. There is a blurring mask for censored parts of the video and, of course, a subtitle editor.

      Bottom line: YouTube video editor will be the right choice if your footage has been recorded in good quality and requires minor enhancements only. This tool is fast and simple, though it is not meant for complicated projects.

      3. WeVideo (Online, mobile)

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        WeVideo has made it to the shortlist because it is a universal solution that works online and, unlike most solutions, it provides a good number of video editing tools for mobile users. In other words, it allows you to perform quick improvements to your footage on the go, which is a great convenience for the busy.

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        WeVideo has both free and paid versions, and unless you are not a video editing professional, you might be quite happy with the first one. Free WeVideo users can have up to 1GB cloud storage for videos, and 5 minutes of footage time with maximum video resolution of 720p. Projects also have a watermark placed when exported.

        WeVideo’s interface is minimalistic. Fragments are placed in the linear timeline by means of a drag’n’drop feature. You can edit short videos and create beautiful slideshows. Another feature that deserves to be mentioned is quick sharing and Google Drive synchronization. The app provides you with a good number of templates, transitions, stylized text options – everything to minimize time spent on a project. Once you decide to become a paid user, you also get access to premium features, such as screen capturing and Chroma Key or “green screen.”

        Bottom line: WeVideo free version is a good video editor for personal use, though keep in mind that the free editing features provided are pretty basic and your video will get stamped with a small watermark in the end.

        4. Shotcut (Cross platform, open-source)

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          It’s hard to ignore a tool like Shotcut when reviewing free video editing software for different platforms. This is the only cross-platform solution in the list and, in addition, it is open-source. The latter allows it to work with all formats from FFmpeg libraries, such as BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, SVG, TGA, TIFF, and image sequences. Shotcut supports video resolution up to 4K and includes audio and webcam capture tools. For user convenience, not only there is a drag’n’drop file manager, but also a wide choice of hotkey combinations implemented.

          Shotcut is still being actively developed and gets updated several times per year. For now, it provides essential editing features, such as cutting, splitting, trimming and rotating, advanced audio editing via waveform, and a wide array of video effects, such as color correction, numerous blending modes, video filters, speed effect, and more.

          Bottom line: Shotcut already has a lot to offer and, due to open source cross-platform technology, it has big potential. So, even if it doesn’t fit you now for some reason, it is worth keeping an eye on.

          One post is not enough to review all the free video editing software options available today, so please share your favorite ones in the comments below so we can add them in the future!

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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