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All Things Video

 


Playing with Video: My Experiment

 

 

Free Video Editing Software

  • Windows Movie Maker - Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2.1 is an XP-only download that gives you the tools to create, edit, and share home movies. There is a Vista version, Window Movie Maker 6. This is a pretty good editor for the price. Read my review on my blog: Windows Movie Maker vs VideoSpin: Which is Best? (Part 4)

  • VideoSpin is a freeware video editor with a few limits. No MPEG 2/4 support unless you ugrade ($5), but it has a few more features than you'll find in WMM. Also VideoSpin will give you more features for an inexpensive price when you're ready to move up in the world of video editing.

  •  Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities. It imports most common file types and exports video or audio ready for iPod, the Web or playback on a set top DVD player.

 

Open Source Movie Maker Alternatives

Available for: windows mac linux
Avidemux offers simple video editing for your PC, but packs many more features than that. This open source project is great for DVD/DivX converting and editing. Avidemux also has scripting support... Read more
Available for: windows
VirtualDub is an open source video processor/editor. Even though it may not be able to do advanced editing like non-linear video editors - it has powerful features for processing your video clips.... Read more
Available for: linux
Kino is open source non-linear video editing at it's best. Easily imports DV video through IEEE-1394 (firewire) and allow detailed editing and transition effect for both video and audio. The move... Read more
Available for: linux
Cinelerra is a highly advanced and professional video editing, but still remains open source. Cinelerra solves three main tasks: capturing, editing and compositing. There is virtually no limit to the... Read more

 

Online Video Editing

For a comparison of features, check out: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2124596,00.asp

 

One thing you have to know about working with video online, the end result will be Flash Video (.flv) files. It has become the default video format on the web and most online video sites use FLV to stream videos online.

 

Online Video Editing Reading

 

Commercial Video Editing Software

Video Editing Software Review - TopTenReviews reviewed 10 of the top video editing sotware packages available today and chose PowerDirector their Gold choice. It's $70 for the Deluxe and $120 for Ultra. Ultra gives you more features, like Blue-ray disc and DVD disc authoring, and the ability to work with the AVCHD video format, which is big if you have a Sony or Panasonic HD camera. Most of the packages have a basic package and an upgraded package with HD support and more DVD authoring support like PowerDirector offers. Here are the 10 packages ranked in order according to TopTenReviews:

 

System Requirements for Video Editing on a PC

  • AVI Capture/Production: Pentium 2 450 MHz or AMD Athlon 500 MHz
  • VCD Quality (MPEG-1) Profiles: Pentium 3 600 MHz or AMD Athlon 700 MHz
  • DVD Quality (MPEG-2)profiles: Pentium 4 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 2200+
  • High Quality MPEG-4 and WMV, QuickTime, RealVideo Profiles: Pentium4 2.4 Ghz or AMD Athlon XP 2400+
  • AVCHD and MPEG-2 HD Profiles: Pentium Core 2 Duo E6400 or Athlon 64 X2 5000+

 

Commonly Used Codecs & Format Standards

Format, or codec, is the means by which the video compresses.  It’s like choosing the type of pencil that you use to draw a picture.  For Windows Media, you’ll want to use Version 9, which is the most widely accepted.  For Quicktime, the two best codecs are Sorenson 3 and H.264. Here is a list of most familiar codecs from Wikipedia.

  • H.264 - the next-generation video compression technology in the MPEG-4 standard, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10. H.264 can match the best possible MPEG-2 quality at up to half the data rate. H.264 also delivers excellent video quality across the entire bandwidth spectrum — from 3G to HD and everything in between (from 40 Kbps to upwards of 10 Mbps)
  • H.261 - Used primarily in older videoconferencing and videotelephony products.
  • MPEG-1 - Used for Video CDs, and also sometimes for online video.
  • MPEG-2 - widely used as the format of digital television signals that are broadcast by over-the-air, cable, and satellite systems.
  • H.263 - Used primarily for videoconferencing, videotelephony, and internet video.
  • Sorenson Spark - for Flash Player 6
  • MPEG-4 - commonly used for streaming video on the internet, videophone style conversation, broadcast television, and CD distribution.
  • DivX, Xvid, 3ivx - popular due to its ability to compress lengthy video segments into small sizes while maintaining relatively high visual quality.
  • WMV - Microsoft's family of video codec.
  • RealVideo - RealNetworks codec. Not so popular any  more
  • Complete List of Codecs

 

Video File Formats

 

Video Compression

If you would like to know the best compression settings you should use on your videos before uploading them to an online site, check out this article:

http://blog.motionbox.com/2007/01/compressing_video_for_the_web.html

 

Video Conversion

  • SUPER- Convert FLV videos to other video formats like WMV, AVI and even lets you convert SWF movies into FLV videos.

 

Video Sharing Sites 

2009 Video Share Websites Product Comparisons

Comparison of Streaming Video Services

 

Live Streaming Video Online

Broadcast Yourself Live On The Web: Best Tools To Create Your Own Live Web TV - A Mini-Guide

 

Video Player Download Links. All Free!

 

Video Camcorders

 

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