The Joys of Video Editing

I have been working on my video blog lately and I have been running into a few problems. Not the I-don't-like-being-in-front-of-the-camera type problems. The I-want-to-see-if-my-computer-is-aerodynamic type problems. The biggest problem being my video editing software. I don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on video editing software. I also don't want to have to learn to build a warp drive just to open it either. The first editor I tried is called Kdenlive. It is a pretty powerful editor and is completely free. It only runs on Linux and Mac. Though trying to install it on a Mac is a lot harder than just dual booting said Mac. I have been working in Kdenlive for a few months now. Two nights ago I tried to render a project and to my dismay it kept crashing. No warning message, no fatal error, just gone. Closed. I have a few more things to try in the hopes of resolving the issue, but it is not looking good.

The second editor I have been using came as a surprise to me. It also took some paper from my wallet and that has at least kept it from crashing on me. During my trip to Okinawa I ended up using my iPad mini a lot more as my main video and photo camera. I bought the iMovie app just to do some basic editing and I was surprised by its functionality. It gives quite a bit of flexibility for being a tablet app and I just recently found I can import HD video from my camcorder as well. Not bad for $5. All of my Japan videos on YouTube were edited with the iPad iMovie app.

The third editor that I will be trying, if I can't get Kdenlive to work on my computer, is called OpenShot. It too is a free video editor for Linux. It has fewer features than Kdenlive, but it still seems to be a pretty powerful program. I will be trying it out this weekend.

The last editor on my list is actually 3D animation software called Blender. The controls make the space shuttle look simple. I was searching for free video editors and was surprised to see it listed as a non-linear editor. I looked into it some more and found it has quite a few video editing features built in. Blender has a pretty high learning curve, but I think I will give it a try as well. It may not become my main video editor, but it could be a great backup since it will run on Mac, Windows, and Linux.

Overall, there are quite a few options out there if you don't mind a steep learning curve. I hope to have another vlog post up this weekend for you amid all the video editing craziness.

Do you know of any other non-linear video editing software I should try?