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Machete Video Editor Lite

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  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 35 votes

    • 5 star: 16
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 6
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.7 stars

    out of 6 votes

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

    "Stable but user interface needs some work"

    June 29, 2013  |   By Andy2No

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    Doesn't crash (so far).
    Fairly intuitive.

    Cons

    Hard to pause it exactly where you want to.
    Most frequently used controls are too far apart.
    A bit too hard to just stitch some clips together one after another.

    Summary

    I tried this with Windows XP Home. I'd have preferred to use Windows 2000 but it's not supported.

    It shows promise, and it's less crash prone than the last thing I tried to use, but the user interface needs more work.

    My biggest criticism is that it's too hard to reach the Pause button when you want it. That's no small problem when you're trying to cut the crappy parts out of a video.

    Play & Pause aren't the same button, plus the keyboard shortcut for Pause is Ctrl-Space (Play is Space) so it's hard to pause exactly when you want to - either you have to look away from the preview to find the Pause button after pressing Play, which doesn't work if you need to cut out a very short section, or you have to try to press Ctrl+Space quickly, at precisely the right time which isn't all that easy to do quickly enough - it should be a single key press to pause, one that can be reached from the Play key without looking.

    Also, Play, Pause and Stop, are a long way from the other control buttons on the screen, making it a bit wearing to keep moving between them.

    The File Open dialog can't be resized (in XP), which is irritating when you're trying to find the right clip among lots of others.

    I'd like an option to just append a file to the end of the current edit. Sure, I can do that with "Insert file at current position", but I have to **** about moving to the end of the file first.

    Okay, that's easy enough, but what isn't easy enough is remembering to do it, and not losing track of which clip needs inserting next - that extra step, and having to scroll the File Open dialog after so many files because I can't make it big enough to show all of them at once, is more than enough to make me forget where I'm up to.

    My typical editing process so far is cut out the worst bits of each clip, then string them all together, then go over the whole thing cutting more bits out. The step where I string them all together is made unnecessarily complicated by the lack of an Append option.

    On the whole it seems fairly stable, unlike other free video editors I've tried. It's useable, it just needs some more work to make using it a little bit smoother. Editing videos takes a long time, and is very repetitive. Any little thing that slows that process down gets to do it to you over and over and over and over... again.

    Still, as I paid nothing for it, it's well worth the money.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Works okay; installs unwanted junk"

    April 26, 2013  |   By KathyC312

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    Product itself worked fine. Was able to cut and save a 2-minute excerpt out of a 2-hour long WMV file.

    Cons

    Installed unwanted extensions to my browser. I chose 'custom installation' and was careful not to accept any 'offers' of free software during the installation process. However, shortly after installing the Machete Lite, I found that my web browser (Chrome) was acting strangely...new default websites...when I clicked on a link I was taken somewhere else first...Looked at my Chrome extensions and 'Default Page' and 'Savon' or somesuch had been added by a third party. Very underhanded.

    Summary

    Would only recommend it if you're okay with your browser being hijacked.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Hopeless.."

    April 9, 2013  |   By c0mpute

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    It plays AVI files

    Cons

    It does not do what it says,
    You cant cut or copy/paste and save as without an error.

    Summary

    Tried to just cut two simple scenes from a simple documentary and paste them together and it could not even do that.. Could not save a copied frame to disk without an error in windows 7

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This programs does what it says"

    April 6, 2013  |   By srarya

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    Cuts video, easy interface, no ad-wares and do not take the user for a ride.
    It is faster than many freewares I used

    Cons

    I found no cons

    Summary

    Suggest anybody who wants to crop videos to go for this freeware.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great for AVI"

    November 19, 2012  |   By aronheintz

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    Installed easily on Windows 7. I figured out how to use it in 120 seconds. Tried it on a few large AVI files. Very easy to set begin and end points. Saves clips incredibly fast.

    Cons

    None. Doesn't open other file types since its LITE.

    Summary

    If you use AVI format, this it the program you'll want to use.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Perfect Video File Chopper"

    October 22, 2012  |   By cwmacphail

    Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 44

    Pros

    Clean intuitive interface
    Very useful for reducing file size - removing useless footage
    The name is perfect for what it does
    Truly free (but watch for add-ins during install -- opt out)

    Cons

    Been using it for a few weeks - no cons so far

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