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Avidemux 2.4 – Free Video Editing Program

by James 23 February 2009 7 Comments

Overview
Avidemux is an open source video editing program that can handle many file types, fom avi and mpeg to flv.

Review
I have been using VirtualDub for basic video editing jobs for years, a very reliable program. I was quite disappointed however by the lack of progress in the program development, so when one of my readers, Evan, told me that he found Avidemux very good I decided to test it. Evan said sometinkg like this:

You can edit .FLV directly, and tons of other formats too, even Windows Media Center recordings (DVRMS files). You can slice and dice video, change the audio, change the delay of audio in a video, and append video to video. Honestly, I couldn’t live without it, and it is updated constantly. Very easy and intuitive to use, there is NO learning curve even for a video newbie such as myself.

Avidemux Screenshot 1

Avidemux Screenshot 1

I’m not that sure that video newbies can learn to use Avidemux immediately, but I believe the process could be quite easy. Avidemux is not very complicated to use for basic tasks like cutting pieces out of a video file. And if you get lost you can always get support in the forums.

Avidemux Screenshot 2

Avidemux Screenshot 2

The stong point of the program is the input and output formats that it supports, quite enough for any computer user. As input formats it supports even Mpeg Transport Stream files (.ts), Matroska, ASF or QuickTime files along with the obvious support for avi files. The output formats can also vary from avi or flv to Mp4 or Mpeg

avidemux-3

Avidemux Screenshot 3

You can also apply various filters to your video, like color filters or deinterlace filters, mux or demux subtitles, append video. Solid open source program overall, one of the great ones.

Version Tested

2.4.4

Author

avidemux.org

Operating System

Windows All, Linux, Mac OS X

Download link

Summary

 Open source and multi platform.

 Easy to use even for not very experienced users.

 Could include more editing features, like adding titles or basic video effects.

Rating

Verdict

Avidemux is my new favorite video editing program, an open source video editor that has a lot of support from the community, is frequently updated and might become a better and better in the future. Definitely one to keep an eye on and, of course, one to keep installed in your PC.

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  • kangar00_paw said:

    I’ve just started playing around with Avidemux and I’m enjoying the experience so far. Having used Vegas Movie Studio, it was overwhelming at first, but I’m slowly getting the hang of things.

    I would appreciate learning how to add a text screen/title and credits, so any assistance would help out greatly.

    Cheers

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  • D.T.B.Ratnayake said:

    Very useful

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