Avidemux 2.6.14

This easy-to-use video editor supports many types of files

  • Category:

    Editors

  • Version:

    2.6.14

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free (gpl)
  • Vote:
    6.4 (142)
Avidemux 2.6.14
Avidemux 2.6.7

Avidemux is a piece of software that lets you convert and encode video content in an effective and simple manner.

If you don't need any of the incredibly advanced functionality that you might expect to find in a world-class video editor, Avidemux is the option you seek. It costs nothing to download, install, or use, and it was made for the most basic encoding, filtering, and cutting tasks. With the help of a wide selection of codecs, the software is able to support formats like AVI, MP4, ASF, and many others. The flexibility of the software is what truly makes it stand out from the crowd.

One of the great things about this software is that it doesn't require you to convert your video files to the DV format, which many other file convertors require since they actually use third-party sources to perform the final editing. This is much more convenient since it removes one entire step from the process. Thanks to the impressive scripting powers of the software in combination with job queues and projects, many tasks can be fully automated by the software.

As an open-source software platform, Avidemux is compatible with both Windows and Mac systems, so those who often find themselves working between both systems will enjoy the flexibility of the software. Unfortunately, the software is lacking a bit in the aesthetic department. The user interface is a bit outdated, but that doesn't mean the software isn't powerful under the hood. Since the user interface is so simple, it allows the entire app to be less resource-heavy. It won't take you too long to get the hang of the software, and simple trial and error is enough to get you through the foundations of editing.

It should be noted that the software claims it can work with MPEG files, but testing proved that to be difficult. During testing of the app with an MPEG file, the app returned an error that forced the app to function in Safe mode, which caused a handful of frames to be lost. Like most pieces of software, the app has a long way to go before it could be called perfect, but that doesn't mean it's not a highly useful tool in its current imperfect form. If all you want to do is perform free basic video editing without first converting the file format, Avidemux is the best option.

In the most recent version of Avidemux, a number of changes were employed to push the software into a higher echelon of performance. FLV files are now more compatible with the software, and encoding support for MP2 and AC3 formats has been reinstated. A few issues with stability when dealing with the 32-bit version of Windows XP were fixed, and crash reporting has been improved for better summaries of the issue that caused the crash.

Pros

  • Simple and Light
  • Multiple Format Support

Cons

  • Occasional Dropped Frames
  • Outdated User Interface

Built under the GNU GPL license, Avidemux is a lightweight video editor for very simple tasks, including cutting, filtering and encoding. It supports a broad array of file types, while tasks can be automated by utilizing the program’s projects, job queue and scripting abilities. Usable on Windows and completely free, this little program contains far more editing capabilities than the average program. Easy to use for simple tasks and able to handle more complex projects, Avidemux is a strong choice when it comes to video editing software. Complete with a full set of instructions as well as an active forum, it is a far more powerful tool than it lets on.

Upon installing, its user interface appears very simple, but do not let this fool you. Aside from the mere basics of cropping a film or messing with the filters, there are many components that allow you to edit it in ways you never thought possible. There is a reason for the entire Wiki dedicated to all it can do. If you are looking for simple editing, the Quickstart guide is where you’ll want to head initially. However, if you want to really read about everything the editor is capable of, check out any of the other 16 guides that include Joblists, filters, multithreading and capturing analog. There is also a tutorials section that walks you through how to save just video or audio, how to encode and how to write your own filter. It supports over 20 different file formats including RAW, MPEG-4 and VP3, meaning that it is not only unbelievablly versatile but also extremely adaptive. The continual updates and bug fixes keep the program up to date with current media standards and needs. Though the changes occur often, this does not mean the layout itself undergoes much change. These updates merely serve to fix bugs as well as add more functionality (for example, adding features for better compatibility).

Whether you want to simply edit a video by cutting out certain parts or you want to mess with almost every aspect, Avidemux is the clear choice. By utilizing a rather dated and simple user interface, newer users can easily find their way around, while more advanced users can choose to access the areas that are a bit more detail-oriented. With its incredibly small file size, it is certainly no contender with fancier, more colorful editors, but that in no way means it does not sport an impressive array of features. If you want to start getting into video editing or already enjoy it, download Avidemux and continue your journey.

Pros

  • Free
  • Continually updated
  • Active support
  • Supports more than just the popular file types

Cons

  • Design is simple

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