There will be the occasional time when you need to edit a video file, because you’ll need to, whether it’s a Family video or a simple file you need for marketing, fundraising, etc.
You just might want to put a few captions on a file. For humor, informational reasons, etc.
Rather than buy one of those super high-end video editing packages, you could simply use a free product from Microsoft called Windows Live Movie Maker. It’s a very basic editing package that allows you to adjust the lighting / brightness of your movie as well as add animations, photos, etc.
While it’s not Adobe Premier, it’ll do the job with a very SHORT learning curve.
This is a great way to make those family movies you’ve always wanted or even those promotional movies.
The only downside is that it only outputs in .wmv (Windows Media File) format.
While this is not a big deal, it is something to think about. You can always edit the movie, then transcode it to the format you want. I’ll be writing up a document in my Technology Quick Guides on how to do this and of course, if you happen to own an Amazon Kindle and are an Amazon Prime member, you’ll get to borrow it for free.
Otherwise, It’ll be available in my eStore for whatever donation amount you’d like based on the minimum donation.
I would actually prefer it that way, but it’s really up to you.
I edited a file (just added some captions) and outputted it to the windows format and simply just transoded it to another container format (.mp4).
It’s simple and does the job. No reason to kill yourself learning an overly complex program and paying those crazy prices for a video editing package you really don’t need.
Don’t get me wrong, the big packages are for advanced editing. There’s no reason to do that for simple editing needs. (Most people have these needs.. Just something simple.)
I rarely recommend Microsoft products, but they did a great job on Windows Live Movie Maker.