Machete Video Editor Lite

Machete Video Editor Lite

Average User Rating:
3.5
out of 35 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    4.1 build 33
  • Total Downloads:
    50,913
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 25, 2014
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    1.75MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    92
  • Platform:
    Windows

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1 stars

"Contains malware!!!"

January 18, 2014  |  By Eric65109

 |  Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 4.1 build 11

Pros

Never down loaded because of the malware

Cons

Really getting bummed out using this site because of the malware lurking in these programs including this program. I like all the review and had great hope for this one to work well. Hasn't been very long ago the down loads on the site were safe, I hate things have changed!!! Can't trust very many programs here now days.

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5 stars

"Works perfect on Windows 7 too"

November 08, 2013  |  By fredrikl78

 |  Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 4.1 build 11

Pros

I did not see any 'custom' installation method as the previous reviewer but have anyway not noticed any installed 'unwanted junk' so far. Does the job perfect splitting, cutting and joining files lossless of the same format in AVI or WMV files. Lightweight and very easy to understand interface as long as you know that you are limited to keyframe editing. This is explained perfect at the authors webpage:

http://www.machetesoft.com/how-to/lossless-edit-video-files-avi-wmv-flv.html

Cons

None found yet.

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5 stars

"Works great on Windows 8"

October 18, 2013  |  By 13inches

 |  Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 4.1 build 11

Pros

Everyone claiming Machete installs 'unwanted junk' simply didn't pay close attention during the install process. You gotta choose the 'custom' installation and then carefully read each screen and hit the 'Decline' button on several screens. Machete is a free simple program for essentially doing lossless cropping. Avidemux is similar and between the two programs simple free lossless video editing can be achieved.

Cons

None - does what it says it will do.

Summary

Good free program.

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3 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 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 stars

"Hopeless.."

April 09, 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 stars

"This programs does what it says"

April 06, 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 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 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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2 stars

"Works only with WMV files."

September 04, 2012  |  By GATOR-HATER

 |  Version: Machete Video Editor Lite 3.8 build 33

Pros

Very fast and produced lossless video with my 32 bit system.

Cons

I upgraded to a 64 bit system and downloaded Machete Pro for a trial.
It could not open ANY AVI file. I would get a message the file may be
corrupt or is a format not supported by Machete. I contacted tech
support and got a bot response to upload codecs I already had. The
trial expired without ever once being able to open an AVI file. The
same files 32 bit Machete Lite opened without a hitch on my old
32 bit knuckle dragger. So I downloaded the 64 bit Machete Lite and
have the same problem Machete works ONLY on WMV files for me.

Summary

Machete Lite works only on WMV files for me. I have downloaded each
and every codec pack and related program suggested by Machete.com and
then some. But I still cannot open any AVI file on my 64 bit system.
I gave it two stars because it will work with WMV format. I have no
trouble playing, editing and/or converting AVI with any of my other
players, editors or converters.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 4.1 build 33
Version 4.1 build 11:
  • The support for Windows 8
  • The ability to save a video frame in PNG and JPEG formats (in Windows Vista and later)
  • Other enhancements and maintenance
    General
    Publisher MacheteSoft
    Publisher web site http://www.machetesoft.com
    Release Date July 03, 2014
    Date Added July 25, 2014
    Version 4.1 build 33
    Category
    Category Video Software
    Subcategory Video Editing Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows 8, Windows
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 1.75MB
    File Name MacheteLiteInst.msi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 50,913
    Downloads Last Week 92
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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