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Avidemux

CNET Editors' review

Making simple crop edits to videos of all formats shouldn't be tricky business, but most tools out there either do way too much or are so belabored with ads that who knows what evil lurks within their code.

Open-source on the GNU license, Avidemux is a breath of fresh air. Cropping a video is as simple as selecting the section you want to remove and then hitting the Delete key. Re-encoding a video is equally painless: select the output format from the drop-down list, save the file, and you're good to go. When choosing where to start and stop a crop, there's both incremental and multisecond advance and rewind tools, There's also a not insubstantial list of video and audio codecs that files can be converted to. Video formats include multiple codecs for FLV, MPEG, AVI, VCD, H.263/4, and others, while audio formats include MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, and one or two more.

The program also includes advanced options, including generic decoder and post-processing tools, user-defined filters, GlyphSet adjustments, and more features. Avidemux should appeal to users of all abilities who are looking for a quick way to edit down video files.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 182 votes

    • 5 star: 44
    • 4 star: 37
    • 3 star: 22
    • 2 star: 20
    • 1 star: 59
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 3.0 stars

    "Free open source but difficult"

    July 24, 2009  |   By nickslav

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.0

    Pros

    Could be fairly straightforward to an experienced user and a wonderful free alternative in an expensive market.

    Cons

    With only a limited and frustrating experience of WMM, Avidemux proved too difficult to come to grips with.

    Summary

    Seems pleasantly basic but lacks intuitive feel. Great if you can get your head round it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Poor interface and help"

    July 10, 2009  |   By lareelman

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.0

    Pros

    It looks pretty cool, but...

    Cons

    Maybe it's my Avid and Final Cut pro background. I couldn't figure out how to even get started with this program.

    Summary

    I think some of these "consumer" editing programs are over simplified to the point of being nearly incoherent.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Filters did not work, kept crashing..."

    July 6, 2009  |   By freeware_messiah

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.0

    Pros

    The features of the filters that were displayed looked great but trying to apply them to your video files is another story.

    Cons

    I was able to create filters but they were not able to be applied to the video and the app would crash when I did try to apply them or on certain preview modes.

    Summary

    My advice is give it a try, it's a small download and GNU/open source means no ads or hidden installers, it might work for you and if it does then you have an awesome editor. The software looks like it has awesome potential, I gave it 2 stars instead of 1 because I was not able to brows the wiki docs or the forums to see if there was a work around for my problem. Good Luck.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "great, really more than 10 characters great ...and 5"

    July 4, 2009  |   By naaabi

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.0

    Pros

    works with HD, fast, always discovering new capabilities, free, can do partial filters, add filters over and over again, change framrate, adjust bitrate, crop, resize,add audio,open programme twice at least, never crashes while encoding,saves crashes

    Cons

    nothing really, I would like to know where I can import more filters from but that's just being greedy really.

    Summary

    Where have all the reviews dissappeared to just because it's a new version. Is this how cnet works? seems a bit daft. I've already sang the praises of this app over and over again. Today I just wanted to share with you that you cn run the app twice simultaneously or maybe more? I realised after it's not such a great deal when you can save a project anyway.
    And the other thing was how to zoom in HD. Crop your original video then use resize to get it back to HD . You can also deliberately make some nice stretch effects. Crop portrait and save landscape or vice versa.
    I love figuring out new ways to use the filters to make another filter. I'm uploading to vimeo under the name last moxica at the moment if you want to see the latest result. If vimeo decides to be nice to me today.

    Updated on Jul 5, 2009

    Thought of another filter effect. Rotate 90 degrees and then resize to HD. It will lose aot of accuracy though (if you scale it right) . Here's me being greedy again. I would like a filter to rotate the picture at any given angle to correct those great shots you take but with the horizon slanting sightly to one side.

    Updated on Jul 5, 2009

    I like to save a file with the .divx extension so it can play in the Divx Webplayer. Some sites, e.g. Veoh will not recognise a file saved with this extension. Just save it back to Untiled.avi. You will get a warning from windows When you try to do this "Are you sure you want to change the file extension.Some programs bla bla bla.." Bla , bla because I can't remember, not because it isn't important.

    Exceeded my character allowance but I think it's worth telling you this. Hope it helps and you can have as much fun with Avidemux as I'm having.

    Updated on Jul 6, 2009

    More filters / effects discovered. DGBob - choose double number of frames (not no. of frames and framerate) gives you slow motion.
    Also flip picture then apply 180 rotation gives a mirror effect. see latest efforts viewyk.com last page i.e. HD

    Updated on Jul 7, 2009

    CRASHES. I knew it was a mistake to include crashes in my description. Or maybe might review builds up peoples expectations too high. No it's not like being given Final Cut Pro for free. How is that ever going to happen? But when you consider for HD it's Final Cut and all the other expensive video editors or nothing , Avidemux is a treat for somewher in between.
    Crashes that I know about. Won't do partial reverse, won't do partial temporal cleaning. Can't get the Eraser to work -crashes. Swiss Army Knife makes no sense to me and always crashes. Add logo occasionally crashes when adding to bottom left corner? . Adding reverse clips in with other clips can cause a crash straight away. Next time the program loads and it asks if you want to save your crashed project click "No" or you'll go round in circles.
    Use Any Video Converter to work round some problems. Merge your reverse clips and then bring them back to Avidemux ....if you need to.
    Avidemux is still 5 stars for me.

    Updated on Jul 19, 2009

    still really great. don't care what anyone says and it did crash while encoding . The first time ever . but probably because I tried to use filters stupidly. got to use common sense. no I don't work for avidemux. latest efforts see iusemiro Youtube (I don't use miro anymore) I use 15fps around 2000 kbs sec and not more than 5 mins long for "old" pcs like mine to play HD perfectly.

    Updated on Jul 26, 2009

    i love avidemux

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