Ira from Boynton Beach, FL writes:
I have a video on my computer which I want to burn to a disk. The problem is that it is too long. I want to edit it. Is there a program that I can use to delete the parts I don’t want?
Indeed there is. In fact there are several that you could use depending on the number of editing features you want to have at your disposal. So, without going into anything too fancy, or complex, here are a few of the better options that you might want to take a look at.
1. Windows Movie Maker – Microsoft used to make this program available as a default program on all Windows machines, but if you want to use it on a relatively new PC, you have to first download it from the Microsoft website. Movie Maker has all the essentials that you need to make some quick basic edits. For instance you can trim or split clips, add titles and credits, and even combine photos alongside your videos for a mixed media video. However, you can also speed up or slow down your video, edit the audio so that it fades in or out at a specific point, or add filters and transitions to give your video a more professional look. Movie Maker is not everyone’s favorite editor, but it is free, easy to learn, and integrates well with other Windows applications.
2. YouTube Editor – If you want to skip the hassle of burning movies to a DVD, you can always upload your movie to YouTube and take advantage of the online video editor that YouTube includes as part of its service. Start by uploading the video(s) you want to edit, then navigate to http://youtube.com/editor to begin editing your footage. You can drag multiple clips into the timeline and trim or split them as required. You can add a music track from the built-in library of audio tracks, and even apply special effects and filters if required. Once you are done, click Publish and the video will be live on the web for you to share with others.
3. Wondershare Video Editor -If you are looking for a step above Movie Maker and you don’t mind paying a small amount of money to achieve that, then Wondershare’s Video Editor might be just what you are looking for. It works with all the major video formats, including HD, and it has an easy drag and drop interface. You can do all the basic edits you would expect as well as additional features like picture in picture, zoom and highlight, blur faces, and add sound effects. It’s user-friendly interface makes it quick to learn and there is a 30-day trial version you can download to help you decide if it is worth paying for. Check it out!
4. Adobe Premiere Elements – One of the best video editors for amateur videographers is Adobe Premiere Elements. It is easily the most expensive of all the software on this list, but it is also the most powerful and the most versatile. Premiere Elements might sounds daunting for some, but the latest version has a new Guided Edit feature that walks you step-by-step through the actions required to add transitions, trim frames, add music and more. This makes it a great choice for beginners who are new to the software. Adobe Premiere Elements can often be found online for less than $75.
So, are you ready to make a movie yet? The software choices above are not the only ones available, but they are among the best and the easiest to use.
~ Jonathan Wylie