DebugMode Wax

DebugMode Wax

Download Editors' Rating:
4
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Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 80 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0e
  • Total Downloads:
    2,098,158
  • Date Added:
    July 19, 2005
  • File Size:
    2.59MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    781
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP

Editors' Review

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Wax is a video special effects and editing tool. While not as complicated as some of the larger video-editing and special effects suites on the market, Wax is intended to be general purpose, easy to work with, and powerful enough to satisfy most users' requirements for video creation and manipulation. Wax installs cleanly and easily.

The Wax interface presents a list of files and effects in the top left, a feed of the video in the top right, a timeline and track display in the bottom right, and some controls in the bottom left. It takes only a few minutes to get used to working with Wax. A nice feature is that 2D and 3D special effects can be added quickly, and the effects package can be treated as a standalone app feeding a more complicated video-editing package. (Wax can actually act as a plug-in to packages like Premiere and Vegas.)

Wax works really well for a free application. The effects are clever and well done, and there's graphics acceleration available if you have a higher-end video card to create the special effects in near real-time. The file management features are good, and there's support for standard file formats. All in all, Wax is a very nice video-editing and special effects package for those who don't need the power of the expensive commercial editing packages.

 
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User Reviews
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  • Current Version

    2.9

    out of 80 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 26
  • All Versions

    2.9

    out of 80 votes

    • 5 star 14
    • 4 star 23
    • 3 star 8
    • 2 star 9
    • 1 star 26
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  • 5 stars

    "Ilove this wed is awesome"

    April 05, 2014   |   By victarym3

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    I love this wedsite everyone should use it

    Cons

    Best page ever

    Summary

    Soo are u going to join

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  • 5 stars

    "Top-notch freebie"

    January 21, 2014   |   By maxcoaster

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    <Mostly> very easy to use. Lots of installed Sfx and loads more to download! And they can all be inter-mixed,with loads of customizable parameters,including Chromakey/Greenscreen,to create some dazzling visual effects. Just a very small,(but powerful!) program,that opens virtually instantaneously!

    Cons

    Mostly only any good for AVI files. It's not what you would call a Video Editor...more of a Special effects creator/editor.

    Summary

    Pretty easy to learn how to use,with a stack of Special Effects and Transitions. I can't understand ANY of the negative reviews posted. I've used this prog. for some years now,on both Windows XP and Vista. Lo and behold,it also works on W7...perfectly. Never once did it install any malicious software,annoying ads or anything else. Neither did it cause ANY problems with my operating systems. Download directly from the Debugmode.com website! Enjoy.

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  • 1 stars

    "Wiped My Entire User Profile"

    December 07, 2013   |   By ctrl_awk_del

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    I mean, it works...

    Cons

    If you're interested in losing all of your files, settings, and bookmarks and start over with a fresh install of windows, this program is for you. Otherwise, do NOT install it.

    Summary

    Absolutely, positively do NOT install this software.

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  • 1 stars

    "Wouldn't open avi or other files I tried."

    May 08, 2013   |   By my2cents472

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about it.

    Cons

    Infected my computer with malware. Thought this site checked and cleaned the files first.

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  • 1 stars

    "Doesn't work for very long!!!"

    June 05, 2012   |   By Dezaras

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    Works ok...for a few days!!!

    Cons

    After a while my videos wouldn't play, instead they resembled still images! I've searched the net for answers-hell someone even asked the same question in the official FAQ section! No replies. Ignorance is unprofessional!

    Summary

    If you only need it once then, by all means, get it. However, if you require something long term (or even something for a week) I'd suggest looking elsewhere!

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  • 4 stars

    "Not the best free compositor, but very good."

    January 22, 2012   |   By extirpator

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    Simple After FX like application
    Rotomate masking
    Particle system
    3D character generator
    Many Direct X filters and transitions
    Works as a plug-in for editors like Windows Movie Maker, Premiere, Vegas and Lightworks

    Cons

    Clunky especially if working with HD video.
    Rotomate splines don't scale well when zoomed.
    Is very finicky about using Direct X FX.

    Summary

    Wax is a time line/ layer base compositing package similar, in a very basic way, to Adobe's After FX. It offers RotoMate which allow it to do fairly sophisticated compositing FX, an image base particle system, the ability to load 3d objects and do basic 3d transformations. Wax can even use many direct X filters and transitions giving it video editing potential, but it is designed to work as a plug-in for Video editors like Windows Movie Maker, Premiere, Vegas and even Lightworks. Anyone who is reviewing this as a Video editor is not doing this program justice.

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  • 4 stars

    "As good as it gets for free."

    January 19, 2012   |   By oldthinker

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    Very powerful standalone aftereffects utility
    Powerful Chromakey (green screening) feature
    Powerful RotoMate feature
    Unlimited multitrack for as many layers as you need

    Cons

    Preview pane not very smooth playback. Great for frame-by-frame, but realtime playback is slow & choppy.
    Preview has a big problem with playing back audio.
    Limited video formats that it can handle.
    Unable to composit the audio layer of "captured" clips from BandiCam or Fraps because they tend to have a "non-zero start time". My method of correcting this is to run the clip through VirtualDub first, find out what the offset is (from the error that pops up when you load it), negate it with the Audio skew correction, set it to Direct Stream Copy, and then save it again.

    Summary

    Even with the few challenges I've discovered & listed in the Cons section, my experience is that this is still the best free utility in this category.

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  • 3 stars

    "Rather decent for a free program"

    October 22, 2011   |   By thunderlab

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    Its doesn't cost anything, and it seems to be a decent program

    Cons

    Seems outdated, I couldn't find any good documentation/help.
    Doesn't allow precise positioning or duration setting on the timeline.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great for Advanced Users"

    September 13, 2011   |   By VideoEditor96

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    -Free
    -Good Basic Functions

    Cons

    -Sometimes will not render with sound
    -Edit errors can be confusing to read

    Summary

    It's a free program. You can't complain about a free program. This program is the program I learned how to do all my video editing on. While not the smartest of all ideas, I was set up within a year of work to dive into Lightworks with no problem. You get chromakey (number 1 I used) and rotoscoping in a free program. Not quite apple quality but a whole lot cheaper. You have to be in AVI format though, but since I upload on the internet AVI is my go - to format anyways. Doesn't take a whole bunch of ram either, in fact I still use this program with Lightworks. I do have a problem with it not rendering with sound, but that can be fixed with another editor. The render or edit errors are near impossible to read as well. So you just gotta guess half the time. Overall good.

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  • 1 stars

    "not to good!"

    September 12, 2011   |   By davesdeck

    Version: DebugMode Wax 2.0e

    Pros

    there is nothing good to say it sucks

    Cons

    only works with few file types on install wants to add photo joy and bing toolbar and change you search engine and home page this in its self makes it junk not to mention it just does not work well.

    Summary

    find another program you will wast your time on this one.

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    General
    Publisher DebugMode
    Publisher web site http://www.debugmode.com/
    Release Date July 19, 2005
    Date Added July 19, 2005
    Version 2.0e
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Editing Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows NT
    Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 Server
    Download Information
    File Size 2.59MB
    File Name wax20e.zip
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 2,098,158
    Downloads Last Week 781
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
     
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