Friday, January 14, 2011

Audio / Video Editing on the Cheap... Free

I've been posting a lot of videos on my site, but I don't have paid video software... and no I didn't pirate it either.

For all of us who don't have the extra few hundred dollars to buy an awesome program like Adobe Premiere, the functionality can be replaced by using a couple different programs to get the same (or similar) results.

I think you'll be able to get your hands on just about everything I mention here from

First you need codecs, I heard that the codec packs like CCCP or Klite are pretty effective, but I just use ffdshow and the matroska splitter.  Between those two things you don't need much else.

I use VideoPad Video Editor (from NCH), it's a paid program, but when you attempt to uninstall it, you get the option to use a less functional free version.

Another free and useful tool I use is Sqirlz Morph.  This program is probably one of the most intuitive and clever morphing tools I've ever seen.  There is so much you can do with this, but I use it for making .gif and .avi files from just simple pictures.
Sample work using Squirlz Morph

For video conversion, I found a nice free tool Super(c).  I like it not only because it's a free fully functional audio/video converter/joiner, it's also named Super C... as in Super Contra.  You know... the old Nintendo game.

I hope you found this post helpful. Anyway, that's about it.