The editors of Videomaker have created this list of free video editing software and other types of free video software downloads, to enhance your movie making software tool kit. The link to free video software downloads will open a list of free video editing trial offers. The sites we have selected can save you lots of time by providing free stock music, sound effects, video and graphics files.
We are continually reviewing new video editing software. If you are looking for the best editing software for video you will benefit by first going to our video software review section. If you are seeking more information about how to edit video, you will want to read some of the many free tutorials we offer on the subject.
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by Casey Faris
December 1, 2015
by Larry Jordan
Most of the time, an article goes into depth on a single subject; however, not this time. Instead, this article has tons of small tips to make using FCP X easier. And, hopefully, you can add a tip or two of your own in the comments.
Think of this as a collection of mostly unrelated thoughts on MEDIA, STORAGE, SHORTCUTS, TROUBLE-SHOOTING, EDITING, AUDIO, EFFECTS, and EXPORTING. Click here for the complete and detailed helpful article, as well as a plethora of his free tutorials.
February 26, 2015
by Jeff Riegel
I’m not a big Pinterest user. Never have been. Yes– I know it’s a pretty popular social media contender. My wife uses it all the time, as do her vast number of friends and fellow pinners. So to me, it appears to be a female dominated network made up of a lot of favorite shoes, desserts, clothing and the like.
That may be true. But not entirely…
I was happy to find a plethora of other fellow video makers, editors, graphic artists, photographers, web designers, HUD creators, etc– with a great number of freebies and tutorials available from every corner of the globe. And even easier to find via Pinterest’s keyword search. Like “HUDs” gives this huge list of highly visual examples.
So when I least expected it, Pinterest has become a fun and most enjoyable media network to find inspiration from other’s posts to create my own… that is, in between the kitchen counter favs and the best of pies desserts.
Mine are by no means as popular nor extensive as the other guru’s. Check out one of my beginner boards for inspiration: Heads-Up Displays…
November 13, 2013
by Larry Jordan
A question I get asked frequently is how to improve export speeds from Final Cut Pro X. This varies, depending upon a variety of conditions, but here are five tips you can use to speed things up.
1. Optimize media. Renders and exports are significantly faster when using optimized media (which means it is converted into ProRes 422), rather than editing camera native formats (like H.264 or AVCHD).
2. Finish rendering. When the time comes to export, if rendering is not complete, Final Cut will render all remaining clips during export which slows things down.
3. Export using ProRes 422. This format matches the format you used for optimizing – FCP X doesn’t allow you a choice. By exporting in the same format, you avoid wasting speed in transcoding from one format to another. And, from an image quality point of view, you won’t be able to tell the difference when looking at ProRes 422 vs. ProRes 422 HQ.
4. Export a Master File. I always want to view my exported file to make sure it looks and sounds OK before compressing it. This allows me to verify that everything is good. So, I always select Share > Export Media to export my files.
NOTE: Here’s an article with details on how to export a Master File.
5. Export to a different hard drive. When you export to a different hard drive than the one containing your Event folder, the computer can copy the media from one hard drive and record it on a different drive which is much faster than reading and writing to the same drive.
Yes, it is easier to share everything with one click, but it isn’t faster, and you lose the ability to spot problems with your file before wasting time compressing then.
This is the system I use and it works well for me.
Original article here.
May 24, 2013
by Andreas Kiel
myFiles is a proof of concept application and available as a free utility which is part of the X-Files Pro project. myFiles a a free application that allows you to make an external list of all media that is involved in a Final Cut Pro X Event or Project.
myFiles will do a read-only query of any “fcpproject” of “fcpevent” type of file. This is non-destructive and totally safe.
It will show all media which are involved in an Event or Project. Not only that the file paths are displayed — myFiles will tell you whether the media are available or not on your current system setup.
It doesn’t matter where your “fcpproject” of “fcpevent” files are located, they even can be backup files FCP X created. Just open an Event or Project file or drag them onto the application’s icon or into the table view of the interface.
Clicking a table column header sorts the media list.
Saving Media Lists
The media list can be saved as a tab-text file. This allows to compare different versions of Events and/or Projects with applications like BBEdit. Or you can import these files into your favorite database application.
You can download the application here.
A more detailed explanation article by fcp.co can be found here.
Andreas Kiel has written some great applications for Final Cut Pro and now FCPX.
March 7, 2013
Since repetition in the form of rote memorization is a major element of education, I’m not going to apologize for this, one of my periodic rants on the ways in which filmmakers (and, sometimes, their publicists) fail in the promotion of their films online and through social media. I’m sure that over the years I’ve posted every one of these points before, as have other writers on our site, like Jon Reiss. But, based on my encounters with filmmakers, their films, and their websites these past few weeks, these are worth repeating.
Want to decrease press interest and the size of your audience? Then do these seven things…
1. Include, but fail to utilize, your social links. I wrote about a film recently that had been in production for several years and finally premiered at a festival. But when I decided to include the film’s Twitter handle, I noticed that the account didn’t have a single posting. If you don’t want to tweet, don’t, but if you do set up an account, make it active. Don’t give the impression you are too lazy to promote your film and don’t care about communicating with your viewers.
2. Let your blog or Facebook page lie dormant. Here’s a related one. I’ve checked out a few websites and Facebook pages recently for films I know are in post. There are blogs and timelines, yes, but no updates within the last year or even two. Did these films disappear? Has truly nothing happened?
Launching a blog or Facebook page is a double-edged sword. Once they are up, people expect updates, and wonder what’s going on when they’re not. However, a constant string of inconsequential updates can be detrimental too. It can look like a film is flailing. I have two pieces of advice here. The first is that you don’t always have to post about your film. You can update your fans and followers with posts about topics related to your film, or the work of your collaborators. You can maintain dialogue, maintain the impression that you are still alive, while not micro-announcing every festival rejection. My other piece of advice? If you’re not willing or able to keep posting, announce that you are taking a break. Inform your readers that the next time they’ll be hearing from you is when your film is ready to launch, and you’ll have a new, 2.0 version of the site. To my mind, that’s better than making your last post a 2010 folder of shots from your wrap party.
3. Don’t put press photos on your site. Click here to read all seven ways…