Thanks to everyone who joined the first milknbizz Tech Surgery or posted questions in the feed for us to answer in the session. As promised, here's the blog covering the first topic - video editing:
There are basically 3 routes when it comes to editing software, and all 3 have their pros and cons:
1) Online video editors
2) Free editors which you download
3) Paid editing services
ONLINE VIDEO EDITORS
Video editing is one of the most power consuming things you can do on your PC/laptop, and if you have an old or lower powered machine you will experience some slowdown when trying to edit. Online video editors can be a good way to get around this problem. The load goes onto their servers as opposed to your machine, so you can manage and edit without your machine limiting what you can do.
Adobe Spark Video Editor - Make your videos in browser or download the app.
Clipchamp - Provides a free video editor as well as a compressor, convertor and webcam recorder.
Magisto - Their integration with iStock provides a lot of video clips and photos to add to your project.
Movie Maker Online
Online Video Cutter - Does the simple things like cut, trim, crop and rotate the video very well. No additional purchases or upgrades involved.
Wave Online Video Editor - Similar to Online Video Cutter but with a richer feature set.
WeVideo - Works across almost every desktop, laptop and mobile device. 1GB of free cloud storage per month and 5 mins of video output on the free plan.
FREE TO DOWNLOAD EDITORS
Most of the options on the list below have free and paid options. In most cases the free version should get your project over the line but if budget allows, the paid versions open up a huge amount of functionality.
OpenShot - Easy to use interface, available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
VSDC Video Editor - Free and paid versions, easy social media sharing. Windows only.
Movie Maker 10 - A Microsoft product, the free version covers all the basics. Windows only.
Lightworks - Easy to get to grips with. The user interface has been refined over 25 years. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Shotcut - Tons of tutorials and supports a wide array of formats. Available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
iMovie - Apple offering which comes bundled with Mac OS. Supports up to 4K and can be edited on iPhone, iPad and your Mac.
Splice - The best mobile editor. Free sound library to create more impact on your project. Available for iOS.
PAID-FOR EDITING SOFTWARE
Most offerings in this category have two payment models. A one-off payment or a monthly subscription, look out for student/higher-eduction discounts on the subscription models.
Adobe Premiere Pro - Probably the best video editing software for Windows. Available as a one off purchase or a monthly subscription. Free trial is available.
Final Cut Pro X - Probably the best video editing software for Mac. During COVID Apple have increased the free trial from 30 days to 90.
Adobe Premier Elements - Much easier to get to grips with than the fully featured Premier Pro. Still has all the features you would probably need. Available for Windows and Mac.
If you're not sure which software is best for you, and are price sensitive - remember to carefully compare pricing for the various services, based on the functionality they offer. You might get a free starter pack from one provider - but then find that the functionality you need has a higher price point for the paid upgrades you need, than a regular paid service. When comparing services, It's also worth keeping an eye out for things like water marks and time limits, which may be imposed in free services.
The last thing to mention is open source software (as opposed to commercial software). Depending on how tech savvy you are, this may be something worth looking into. Open source is basically software developed and shared for free (usually under an MIT license) amongst the tech community - which stays free. It can be quite fun to drop into, if you have some extra time and a geek level of interest and curiosity at what's going on in the world of video editing software. If you choose to use open source software, you will likely only need to add a 'thank you' on your website to the developer - but no fees are involved.
If anyone has any follow questions or would like to discuss in more detail - give us a shout!
Next blog post will be addressing your GDPR questions...watch this space.
Charlotte & Dylan