August 10, 2020 at 10:02 am #53129
My Dad and I are trying to make some creation/flood YouTube videos. Dad’s the visionary and I’m the filmmaker.
Now I’m looking for a video editing program. I have Windows Movie Maker. But was wondering if there was anything better, either free or low cost. I want to be able to add a second camera, plug in pictures, change out the audio, and add text overlay.
Does anyone know of a good program?
Thanks!August 10, 2020 at 11:45 am #53130David FrazerParticipant
If you want a single free tool that can do just about anything video editing related, you should look at Davinci Resolve. It is available on Linux Mac and Windows.
If you are going to do anything 3d look at Blender, also available on all three major platforms. Both are free, but Davinici is more video and colour correction oriented and Blender is more 3d rendering oriented. Blender will take longer to learn.
You will need a powerful computer with plenty of storage for any major video project.
August 10, 2020 at 1:35 pm #53133
- This reply was modified 1 month, 2 weeks ago by David Frazer.
Thanks! I’ll check out Davinci Resolve.
Our computer is older but it does have plenty of storage on the hard drive. When you try to run Lightroom and Photoshop at the same time it will sometimes crash.August 10, 2020 at 4:51 pm #53164Ezra MorleyModerator
The best upgrade I could possibly recommend for an older computer (especially if you’re going to do heavy video work) is to put in a new SSD instead of the old platter-based HDD. You should see a dramatic improvement in performance just with that simple upgrade. RAM would be next on the list, because video/photo editing takes a lot of RAM. (Depending on your other specs, such as CPU cores and speed, it might be better/cheaper to upgrade your whole computer than to try to eke more life out of an outdated machine.)
I’ve used Lightworks quite a lot for video work, and it can do everything you want, plus a lot more! (It has a steep learning curve as well, which is fairly typical of any advanced video editor.) The free version is limited to 720p output though…August 10, 2020 at 6:04 pm #53169August 11, 2020 at 9:40 am #53186Martha LappParticipant
One of my friends recently downloaded filmora9, and they were happy with it… it’s basically a video editor for windows and Mac. I’m not sure what the price is though..August 13, 2020 at 9:49 am #53202
Thank you for everyone’s advice!
I’ve downloaded Davinci Resolve and am in the process of learning to use it.August 29, 2020 at 3:41 pm #53736James StaddonKeymaster
It was really fun to hear everyone’s replies to this question. 🙂 Glad there are free options out there.
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