Edit video on your PC
Digital video tools are becoming more powerful and easy to use from year to year, especially for video editing software aimed at non-professionals. Every year new formats, new techniques and new possibilities come from the professional software. That’s a good thing, because higher-quality video content produced by non-professionals explodes in volume. Phones recording in 4K, DSLRs, 360-degree VR video cameras and action cams all add to this explosion of video content. When you consider how cheap storage media are, the only limit on how much you can record is how tolerant your motives are and how much time you have for recording and editing.
Multicam, motion tracking and more
With each new generation of software, the way is paved for accessible, affordable and consumer-friendly video editing software. For example, multicam editing, where you can switch between the camera angles of the same scene taken with multiple video cameras, was a feature that was referenced in the professional software. Now these and many other advanced effects are available in programs designed for non-professional enthusiasts.
Another impressive effect that has found its way into consumer-level video editing software is motion tracking, which lets you attach an object or effect to something that moves in your video. You can use it to put a blur on someone you do not want to see in your video. You specify the target area, and the application takes care of the rest, tracks the face and moves the effect to follow it. It used to be the only province of special effects like Adobe After Effects. Corel VideoStudio was the first of the consumer products that includes motion tracking, and it’s still the leader in depth and usability of its motion tracking tool.
Support for 4K video source content has become standard in video editing software, but support varies by product. For example, some, but not all, applications may import Sony XAVC and XAVC-S formats used by Sony’s popular DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, camcorders, and professional video cameras. The same applies to the H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. Most apps here can now import and export HEVC, though there are a few more holdouts.
360 degree VR support
Some of the products here (Adobe Premiere Elements is a notable exception) still support 3D video editing if that’s your thing, although this was replaced by 360-degree VR material as the Samsung Gear 360 as the current home theater fashion. As so often, CyberLink PowerDirector was the first product in this group to offer support for this new type of video media.
Other programs like Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut Pro X and Magix Movie Edit Pro come with 360 VR support. The support varies with some applications, including 360-compatible titles, stabilization, and motion tracking. PowerDirector is characterized by containing the last two. Final Cut provides a useful tool that removes the camera and tripod from the image, often a problem with 360-degree shots.
Of course, none of the extras matter if an app can not handle the simplest editing tasks. At this point, however, all the products included here do a good job of allowing you to combine, cut, and share video clips. You can also use special effects such as animated transitions, picture-in-picture (PiP), chroma key (the technique that allows you to place a subject against any background, often referred to as green screening), and filters that enhance or enhance colors apply creative effects and distortions. With most of them, you can add a variety of timeline tracks that can capture video clips, effects, audio and text overlays.
Many video editing programs now include tools that are targeted at users of action cameras such as the GoPro Hero4 Silver. For example, several models provide automated still images with acceleration, slowing, and reverse time effects. CyberLink PowerDirector’s Action Camera Center combines still image stabilization, Slo-Mo, fisheye correction, and color correction for underwater shooting. Magix Movie Edit Pro 2016 Premium includes the third-party NewBlue ActionCam package. And with Wondershare Filmora, you can always subscribe to new effect packages.
I’ve paid a lot of attention to creating title effects in applications over the past year. Apple Final Cut Pro X has added 3D titles that allow you to extrude 2D titles and rotate them around three axes. Corel VideoStudio also adds 3D titles in its latest version, though not as powerful as Apple’s. The title designer of PowerDirector offers transparency, gradient, border, blur, and reflection in titles; Magix has impressive title templates with animations. Premiere Elements has a subtle title effect that lets your video fill the text characters. Look for an application that lets you edit tracks in WYSIWYG mode so you can type them directly above the video preview,
Video editing is one of the most computationally intensive activities out there. So you want the best laptop or desktop you can afford if you’re serious about cutting your own movies. Most applications help to speed up the editing process by creating a lower-resolution proxy file so that normal editing and previewing is not slowed down by the large, full-resolution files. Especially intense is the process of rendering your finished product into a standard video file that can be played on the target device of your choice, be it an HDTV, a laptop or a smartphone. Most of the software can take advantage of your computer’s graphics processor to speed it up. Be sure to, that you read the performance section in each of the linked reviews to see how fast or slow the application is. Pinnacle and CyberLink are my multi-year champions in rendering speed tests.
Weitere Leistungsmerkmale sind die Startzeit und die einfache Stabilität. Auch hier ist die Videobearbeitung eine anstrengende Tätigkeit für jeden Computer, die viele Komponenten umfasst. In der Vergangenheit dauerte der Start von Videobearbeitungsprogrammen länger als bei den meisten anderen Anwendungen, und unerwartete Abschaltungen waren leider auch bei Top-Anwendungen von Top-Entwicklern wie Adobe und Apple üblich. In meinen Tests waren diesmal jedoch nur wenige Programmabstürze zu verzeichnen. Die Stabilitätssituation hat sich stark verbessert, aber die Komplexität des Prozesses, die mit zunehmender Stärke der Effekte zunimmt, bedeutet, dass Abstürze wahrscheinlich nie vollständig beseitigt werden.
Wenn Sie nicht viel Geld und Mühe in Ihre Videobearbeitung investieren wollen, gibt es ein paar kostenlose Optionen. Natürlich, wenn Sie einen Mac verwenden, kommt der exzellente iMovie mit. Für PC-Benutzer können Sie mit der Windows 10-Fotoanwendung (ab dem Fall Creators Update) Hintergrundmusik, 3D-Animationseffekte und Titel zu Videos hinzufügen.
Es gibt auch einige kostenlose Videoanwendungen im Windows Store, darunter Movie Moments, PowerDirector Mobile, Movie Maker und Magix Movie Edit Touch. Einige davon sind recht einfach, aber die Magix-App ist ziemlich leistungsfähig, mit Clip-Verbindungen, Übergängen und Effekten, in einer sehr berührungsfreundlichen Oberfläche.
However, free video editing software often has legal and technical limitations. Some popular codecs require license fees from the software manufacturer, ie they can not provide free software that can handle these standard file formats. However, the impressive open-source shotcut does many of the same things as the paid applications in this roundup, including things like chroma keying and picture-in-picture. Shotcut is completely open source and free, while another free option, Lightworks has options that remove a 720p output resolution. Also note that Shotcut and Lightworks work on both Linux and Windows and Mac.