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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:

    3.1 stars

    out of 10 votes

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

    "Video Editor???"

    May 13, 2010  |   By theo54nz

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Free, that's all I can think about

    Cons

    Where do I start........

    Summary

    Still wondering what it does and how it works. The positive respondents must be the authors themselves as I haven't got a clue what this piece of nothing is all about.
    I wasn't able to work out ONE single function of the program and I deemed it useless and uninstalled it.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Danger - Do Not Use"

    April 20, 2010  |   By wsboyette

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Nothing whatsoever.

    Cons

    This program will corrupt the Windows XP audio drivers if you attempt to use it.

    Summary

    On its very first execution, this application corrupted the XP audio interface driver on my Dell laptop, making it necessary to run a system restore to correct the damage.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is an excellent product!"

    April 3, 2010  |   By jokertatt

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Incredibly fast encoding, never crashes, and is simple to use.

    Cons

    None at all!

    Summary

    This by far the best free editing software out there bar none and it outperforms several of the more epensive software. I registered for the first time here at Cnet just to review this product (having been using the site for years). I have used several programs over the years and this one just flat blows the rest out of the water. To the people who complain, I can tell you that you're just not very bright as even if you have an issue (due to lack of knowledge) you can find faq's online to help.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great program lots of features not on other programs"

    April 2, 2010  |   By hellachill

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    i think it's a great program

    Cons

    took a minute to lern, but i,m not a computer wiz so others may learn faster

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  • 1.0 stars

    "I dont know what these goofs are talking about..."

    March 28, 2010  |   By Mairedanaan

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    It was fast to download. and the little icon was cute (it had a penguin on it)

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Jebus, what are we in the 1800s? this is a piece of ****. Dont know how to work it. and I know how to work everything. Its soo old and you can tell when you download it and open it that all it is, is an old junk yard download . CRAP!

    Summary

    Cripity Crapity CRAP!

    Lol . have I made myself clear? ;)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "The best free product"

    March 8, 2010  |   By faraday9

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Fantastic software, very good documentation.

    Cons

    Subtitles from Matroska files get lost if you convert or split the file. Crashes often while editing H264 files. You need to re-encode to apply filters. Some filters can cause the program to crash. The interface could be better.

    Summary

    This is currently the best free product of this type, and in some aspects, even better that their expensive counterparts. Overall, extremely satisfied 9/10 stars.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very difficult to use"

    February 20, 2010  |   By dj9244

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    nothing at all

    Cons

    No help page to tell you how it works

    Summary

    Not very impressed

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A VERY powerful video converter and editor!"

    February 11, 2010  |   By flanjerka

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Converts between MANY video types. Many useful video and audio filters. Works relatively fast. Great DVD (vob file) ripping from HDD. Completely FREE.

    Cons

    User interface, though clean and simple, is confusing. If you don't understand video and audio codecs, sampling rates and file formats, you may have problems using this program. Educate with Google and it's a snap afterwords.

    Summary

    This is a VERY powerful video editor and converter. When I first downloaded Avidemux, I got a little frustrated trying to understand how to use it, but I Googled and was able to find help online very easily. Once I understood how audio and video codecs work, I had no problem ripping a DVD vob file into multiple formats, including AVI with Xvid and AAC encoding, Mpeg and MP4 files and flash (youtube) flv files.

    One thing I misunderstood, you MUST copy the DVD's largest vob file from the DVD disk to your local harddrive BEFORE Avidemux can "index" it for use. If you try to index the vob file on the DVD, the program throws a weird not-easily-understood error message because it can't WRITE to a DVD. Perhaps the software coders for Avidemux could make the GUI a little more straight-forward... For instance, there are two "Save" buttons that look exactly the same, but one is a "Save your work as a Avidemux project" button and the other is an "Export your video to a media file" button. Change the "export" button so that it actually appears different than the "save project" button, guys! Also, when a user tries to "index" a DVD vob file directly on the DVD disk (which cannot be written to), a message like, "Please copy the vob file to a local harddrive" would be MUCH more useful than "couldn't open file." Also, the "Video" and "Audio" settings in the main window aren't clearly labeled. I spent quite a while thinking that those settings related to the DVD vob I was IMPORTING, when they actually relate to the file format I was EXPORTING!

    The extensive video filters greatly help with the distortion that can occur with converting interlaced DVD video, particularly when fast movement occurs. There are several filter "presets," such as "DVD res" that are combinations of common filters to make your work easier for you. You can also "crop" a video image with "transform" filters (handy for removing black-bars from 16:9 video) and of course trim or cut sections out of the final video and even "save" your filter presets for later use. Output files can be scaled down to any size, even distorted, flipped and ripped in reverse!

    This is a GREAT program, VERY powerful, but you have to be patient to understand how to use it! If you're willing to take 10 minutes to actually learn how to use the program and how video and audio codes work, it's awesome. If you need something more user-friendly, you might have to shell out $50 for a paid program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "when it works it is great, but when it doesn't.."

    February 7, 2010  |   By frladner

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    Very easy to use. It would be great if it had an option to simply convert video from a dvd to a youtube clip.

    Cons

    The online help is not all that helpful. Sometimes the program works just fine, other times I lose the audio on the converted file and I end up with a silent movie.

    Summary

    Pretty good but there is room for improvement.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very flexible"

    February 3, 2010  |   By caffeinebump

    Version: Avidemux 2.5.2

    Pros

    I am surprised at how much it can do! So far I have not found anything I wanted to change in a video that I can't do with this program.

    Cons

    Some people don't like the lack of detailed support. When I ran into a problem, I got help from the forum almost immediately, so no complaints. I prefer to play with settings rather than read a help manual anyway.

    Summary

    I have tried several other video editors, all of them trials before purchase, and none could do everything that this one can do. I want to take my camera videos and add fade in and fade out, correct colour, adjust contrast and brightness, eliminate noise, sharpen the image, and sometimes rotate. This program does all of that, with several plug-ins to tweak my videos in different ways. I love that it is freeware, too. I would recommend this software.

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