Video editing software is software that allows people to create or make edits to features of a video. While there is plenty of free video editing software available, not all are entirely useful. UR Affordable Design Team says “instead of wasting disk space on software which you only use very little features of, why not find for video editing software that is useful instead”? Here are some tips to choosing suitable but free video editing software for you.
The first thing you should consider is whether the software is compatible with the type of video file formats you want to use. Although the most software is compatible with most formats, do not be surprised to come across some that do not support certain formats. Know exactly what type of formats your source files are made out of, or check the device that you are recording the raw video footage on. If the software does not support that format, you will not be able to open the video file in the software unless you have it converted beforehand to a compatible format.
Another thing you should be concerned of to do with importing video files would be the method of importing, whereby some video recording devices store the video files on its internal hard drives, while others store them to their memory cards. If the video editor is not able to access the files from the location the video is at, the video editor will not be able to import the file. Hence, make sure that the software is compatible in this sense.
Of course, there is also the video editing features that you will need to consider. Depending on what you would like to manipulate, you will need to read through the features that are provided by certain software and decide on those that you really would and would not need. You might also want to look through their editing tracks and see if the number of tracks will suffice for the things you would like to include.
Last but not least, you should consider would be the software interface. Even if there are many useful features in other software, if the interface is complicated and messy, you would probably have a tough time trying to find the right tools, to begin with. It would be helpful if there were a trial or demo versions you could try so you can experience the interface first hand, deciding on whether or not the software is suitable for you.