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Avidemux

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While it can take some time to understand the layout, once you get going, Avidemux is a powerful, easy-to-use video editor. It's great if you don't want to take a class in video editing just to crop or trim a video. It can also help you make professional looking videos, if you want. Just don't expect those features to come easily.

The program doesn't clearly identify its buttons, which could be a little intimidating for rookie users. However, once you figure out what you're supposed to do, it will only take you a matter of seconds to make the edits you want. Once you're done editing, you can make the file a new format simply by choosing a different output format. Then, all you have to do is type the appropriate file extension. That makes the program easily pull double duty as a basic video converter. If you want more than basic, Avidemux has it. It offers neat filters, decoding options, and custom scripts. However, don't stray too far from the default settings if you don't know what you're doing. You'll get frustrating error messages and the program might even crash on you. That would mean plenty of hard work right down the drain.

Getting a video editor this powerful usually costs a pretty penny. Instead, the only downside to using Avidemux is a somewhat unfriendly menu. That's not a hard tradeoff to manage if you need to edit or convert a video. It gives you a great tool to learn high-performance video editing, as well.

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All User Reviews

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I know this would work, if only I knew how!"

    November 3, 2013  |   By mac2955

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.4

    Pros

    Looks like it would be easy, especially for being free.

    Cons

    I can't transcode avi to mjpeg format for playing off a sd card onto my emerson lc391em3 TV.

    Summary

    If there is anyone who could help me with this in any way, my email is tinkerman2955@gmail.com

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very reliable within its limits"

    July 31, 2013  |   By Newrone

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.4

    Pros

    I have the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite but STILL have to come back to Avidemux for proper easy subtitle burning.
    Quality MP4 rendering = happy clients.

    Cons

    Preset formats changed from .xml to .json... with no way of converting all my old personal presets?!
    Removal of several filters in latest versions? Why?
    Crashes under big/high-bitrate files (10 Mbps)

    Summary

    I use both 1.6.4 and (mostly) 1.5.3 as each has different features that I need.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very buggy but good for simple jobs"

    May 25, 2013  |   By tempid

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.4

    Pros

    Totally free, no advertising or spyware.
    Easily trim videos with no loss of quality.
    Save in other formats if you know what you are doing.
    Works with latest formats(youtube mp4/flv).

    Cons

    Crashes often for me so I save file every cut I make.
    'save project' does not work for me either as will not open again.

    Summary

    It takes a bit of time to work it all out for a novice. But best freeware option I have found.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy To Use and Works!"

    March 28, 2013  |   By joe_pool_is

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    Pulled in 2 AVI files easily (took time to read, but they were large), then saved them as 1 combined file.

    Cons

    The interface is intuitive, but I still found myself wondering if I was about to click the right button or not. A Wizard mode would be perfect for this!

    Summary

    It works. ;)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Terrible editor"

    March 6, 2013  |   By VirtualyConfused

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    Its free, mainly because no one would expect to pay for it.

    Cons

    Lots of the functions have been disabled. You can't cut and paste the part of the video you want to keep. It leaves front end and back end of video on the video that you wanted to erase. At the end of the edited video it left the back end on screen and continued to play the sound for a furth 2 minutes.

    Summary

    Find a better editor,

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not work for me (win7)"

    February 25, 2013  |   By aifarfa

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    no comment, I can open only main windows.

    Cons

    Not works after installed (Win 7). Can't render *.avi files properly, completely malfunction and No helpful/user friendly error message.

    Summary

    Guest it works only for some specific environment, OS.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant for .avi file merging"

    February 23, 2013  |   By IinventedIt

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    Super fast and easy to use. No Ads. Drag and drop file 1, drag and drop file 2, and save.

    Cons

    None found for the purpose I'm using it for.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Worked Perfectly"

    February 7, 2013  |   By mogulman52

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    I was trying to join several mp4 videos. I have other tools to do this but they all want to reencode the resulting video. This takes a long time. Avidemux simply copied the files so I had a perfect video in less than a minute. I saw some reviews that talked about adware. I saw none. I did download it from Sourceforge not CNET. I plan to use it to edit some family videos.

    Cons

    None for what I used it for.

    Summary

    Great tool!!!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "terrible terrible avoid"

    February 3, 2013  |   By anangke

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    none what so ever

    Cons

    couldn't do anything with it.

    Summary

    don't bother downloading.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Not worth the download"

    January 9, 2013  |   By aed3810

    Version: Avidemux 2.6.1

    Pros

    Free - that's about it

    Cons

    Loaded with tons of annoying adware which is removable but still a pain
    Functions 'seem' to work until you actually view the video where you have a 50/50 chance of it playing at the wrong speed or being corrupted
    Frustrating crashes, almost constantly failing to respond

    Summary

    Don't bother, save your time and temper

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