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VideoPad Video Editor

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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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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.9 stars

    out of 172 votes

    • 5 star: 34
    • 4 star: 45
    • 3 star: 15
    • 2 star: 19
    • 1 star: 59
  • Current version:

    3.1 stars

    out of 48 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 14
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 1.0 stars

    "If it worked at all"

    December 31, 2012  |   By RageZro

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    None as it never worked

    Cons

    Crashes on loading any AVI video

    Summary

    Using the free version or maybe better stated trying to use the free version as it catastrophically crashes each time I load an AVI video. I also noted others here stating the free version lasts only 14 days, NCH's website states it never expires. See: http://www.nchsoftware.com/videopad/kb/free.html
    Won't matter to me if it does as it doesn't work. Too bad I liked using their WavePad years ago.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A really wonderful video editor, complete and stable."

    December 30, 2012  |   By mSnus

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    Fast
    Reliable,
    Contains many effects and transitions.
    Very easy to use.

    Cons

    Not very convenient with text overlays

    Summary

    Best free video editor ever

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One of the best editors out there."

    November 27, 2012  |   By brottymon

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    - Great user interface
    - Accepts and exports in many, many different files.
    - Standard effects are pretty cool.
    - Nice for home movies.
    - High Def exporting.

    Cons

    - High price. 40 bucks for home edition? 70 DOLLARS FOR MASTER EDITION!?!?!?!
    - A few unfixed bugs
    - Unhelpful tech support

    Summary

    All in all, you're better off using Videopad then Windows Movie Maker.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing product"

    November 11, 2012  |   By tapankhatri

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    Very easy to manage timeline, add/remove/mix music.

    Very good at adding snapshots

    Very low memory consumption

    Cons

    nothing that i can think of.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Great software, but preview screen doesn't work."

    October 3, 2012  |   By chloeclee

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    The worksurface and timeline view was great. It had plenty of effects and transitions and was fast playing. It saved quickly and was able to used FLV AVI and WMV files.

    Cons

    The preview screen was grey. It would play the sound of my clip but not the footage itself. The preview would only work if i right-clicked it and then i would only be able to see it for a few seconds. I am not the only person who has had this problem so I know it is not my clips, because WMM, Magix, Pinnacle, PowerDirector ect. Had no trouble displaying my clips, so I know that is not the case.

    Summary

    Would be great and easy to use, if only the preview screen worked. As at the moment it only displays grey.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does everything I need, easily."

    September 28, 2012  |   By GarySonnenberg

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    Free. Easy to edit mp4 files. Cuts down the size of mp4 files taken from my Sony Bloggie.

    Cons

    None for me, but I don't have big demands.

    Summary

    I downloaded the version that had a 14-day trial. I learned from NCH that you have the option to keep it forever for free if you start to uninstall it and select the downgrade option. Nice!

    As far as Conduit, yes, it's there, but you can easily uninstall that too from Control Panel.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Put simply it blurs your video"

    September 18, 2012  |   By UrbanRetreat

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    Easy to use and easy to brand your name on the video

    Cons

    Whenever adding a clip to this program it just blurs it. I tried different things but it was always very hard to read words after adding the video to this program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Pretty Darn Good"

    September 13, 2012  |   By mscheuerman

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    VideoPad Pro has a very nice user interface that is generally quite intutive. The ability to manipulate and manage multiple audio tracks makes putting together a great multimedia video/presenation a snap. Linking text overlays with video segments allow one to add segments at random and then drag and drop them to where they should be on the timeline is easy. Multiple effects for each segment provides the editor with and easy way to add interest and color to the video. The output options cover just about any venue one might think of from blu-ray to YouTube.

    Cons

    There are a couple of things in the UI that could use some work. The zoom sliders for viewing individual frames are a difficult to work with and it would be nice if there was an option for zooming to X number of frames on the preview timeline. The options for text management are a little weak in that effects list is not nearly as extensive as the video effects. The text sizing slider doesn't allow for setting specific font sizes so it's a little difficult to get all the text to be consistent through out the video.

    Summary

    This is a very good piece of sofware and for an amateur film maker, has a very wide assortment of tools that should satisfy most anyone's needs.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "..Okay, But Not the best"

    August 30, 2012  |   By TheKillerMan

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    The interface is simple, and is a brushed up version of Windows Movie Maker.
    The shortest and fastest uploading and render time I have ever seen.

    Cons

    It lacks what other softwares have. (Not much you can really do with it without using more effort than you need.)
    There is a bug were if you make a video only with pictures, it only displays the picture for a mili-second. And if you have multiple, it skips photos for some reason. (I can't deduct if it's the program or youtube doing this)
    The youtube uploading is buggy. It does not have many resolutions to choose from and the HD selection isn't even HD! Only 480p
    -Along this, it tends to fail on uploading, and doesn't even have a restart button.
    Malware/Viruses. This program actually tried to give my computer a virus. I don't know what causes it, but thank heavens for anti-virus.

    Summary

    If it's free, it's not always better.
    And you are better off with Windows Movie Maker than this!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Gives more sharpness per MB than Windows Movie Maker"

    August 29, 2012  |   By Haggstrom

    Version: VideoPad Video Editor 2.41

    Pros

    As experienced by the 15-day trial using mp4 and flv-files to make mp4 files, this program gives you the ability to join and edit video files of various file formats and aspect ratios. The end product of mp4 has a much greater image sharpness per MB than the wmv rendered by Windows Movie Maker.

    The Home Edition, which purportedly includes everything except limit of 2 simultaneous audio tracks and no external plugs, costs $40.

    Cons

    The preview window is a bit small.

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