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VideoPad Video Editor Professional

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NCH Software's VideoPad Video Editor Professional is a full-featured video-editing tool that is surprisingly easy to use. It can combine numerous clips and soundtracks in a wide range of video formats into movie projects, or build an entire production out of a single clip. It supports drag-and-drop editing, real-time effects previews, format conversion, importing and exporting files, captions, narration, and more. It can burn DVDs, HDs, and Blu-ray discs and output video to portable devices. It can also capture video from camcorders and other devices.

It's a rare video editor that you can just fire up and start making movies with, but that's what we did with VideoPad Pro. We browsed to a cartoon saved as an MPG file. VideoPad Pro scanned it and displayed it in the left half of the split main view, with its frames running sequentially along the bottom of a main preview window in a scrollable, time-marked view, and also displayed its information in the left-hand Media List panel. Pressing the Play button played the clip normally. Extracting clips from the main clip was incredibly simple; using the timeline, we selected an In Point and an Out Point and clicked the green down arrow. VideoPad extracted the clip and displayed it below in the Video Track section, which is just above the similar Audio Track. In this manner, we quickly cut up and rearranged the cartoon out of sequence, and then previewed it in the right-hand pane. The transitions between merged clips were seamless. We could save our finished clip or subject it to a wide range of processing and production tools. Toolbar icons let us quickly insert blank spaces or add narration, captions, and other effects. Clicking Build Movie called up a dialog that let us select the video format and whether to burn a disc, send it to a portable device, upload it to YouTube, and other choices.

With smartphones, video sharing sites, and Webcams everywhere, there's no lack of raw video resources, just a need for a powerful, easy-to-use tool like VideoPad Video Editor Professional to put your projects together, polish them up, and present them in the format of your choice. More than just fast and competent, though, we also found it fun to use.

Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of VideoPad Video Editor Professional 2.2.0. The trial version is limited to 14 days.

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    • 5 star: 34
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    • 1 star: 59
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  • 1.0 stars

    "Just redirects you to download more software"

    August 12, 2013  |   By jester_s1

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor Professional 3.04

    Pros

    Free, I guess.

    Cons

    Whenever I added a file to the editor, it closed and took me to a site to download more of this company's software, including the one I had already downloaded. I messed with it for 10 minutes and moved on.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "It looked good at first glance..."

    August 8, 2013  |   By Mockhuman

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor Professional 3.04

    Pros

    Pretty easy to pick up
    Lots of good editing features

    Cons

    Once you get to the export function, everything falls apart. A 10 minute video took 3 hours to render - then it looked terrible. And no - it wasn't my computer. I have an 8 core processor and it should have blown through this with ease.

    No real support either...

    Summary

    My suggestion - buy Adobe premier elements. Same type of interface, just as easy to use,lots of support and it was the same price on sale.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Disappointing"

    June 30, 2013  |   By ProUser48

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor Professional 3.04

    Pros

    Simple layout, easy to use.

    Cons

    The software crashes alot. The online help is simplistic. The movie preview quality is HORRID! I don't understand this: I started with an AVI that looked good in Windows Media player. I imported it as an MPEG-4 (no choice, VideoPad only works with this format) and the Movie Preview of only the imported video had extremely poor quality.

    Oddly enough, when I exported the otherwise unedited clip to a WMF format, it looked good. I just don't see how anyone can edit with such poor intermediate displays.

    Summary

    Skip this software

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Quality of the edited video was not good"

    June 12, 2013  |   By KP_Kailey

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor Professional 3.04

    Pros

    - I needed to trim a video. Even though I'm new to video editing software, after watching few seconds of that topic in the tutorial, it was very easy.
    - Nice features (Effects, transitions, subtitles)

    Cons

    - The quality of the trimmed video wasn't so good. There were spots.
    - The video preview was not stable. A lot of 'Building Preview. Please wait...'

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Used to be great; version 3.04 not user friendly"

    June 7, 2013  |   By jkingo

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor Professional 3.04

    Pros

    None. Features different from previous product.

    Cons

    Haven't learned new version 3.04. Doesn't work as easily as previous version.

    Summary

    Once you get used to a program, learning it over again is a royal pain. So Videopad for Windows 8 doesn't work the same way as the Win 7 product. I tried to get tech support, but it required a paid upgrade. I think I'll just learn a new video editing program from scratch; same thing, isn't it?

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