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Virtual Edit

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You can compile video files of various formats into a finished product with Virtual Edit. The installation flies by, and the software launches on your desktop in seconds. When you start by creating a new project, the program opens all its options--and there are a lot of them. The software basically splits your video file into two video tracks, a key track, and an audio track. The program simultaneously opens two windows, the graphical edit scale and the clip browser. The graphical edit scale lines up tracks one after another, whereas the clip browser displays brief information on a video file. You can edit any part of the file and make changes to any track. However, the program does not have many editing tools. In general, the program's output looks good, although it would be much better with additional functions. It aims mainly at the consumer and student audience.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Decent Editor, Lousy support."

    September 25, 2011  |   By outdoorspro

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    Good, easy to use editor with nice playback and audio features.

    Cons

    Help menu is very minimal, making it quite difficult to learn how to use many of the best features. My biggest problem is that I cannot get it to render with embedded audio from the video files. It will render the first few, then just freeze up.

    Summary

    I'm not happy. I upgraded to the "Standard" version and actually liked it, once I was able to figure out how to use its features. Unfortunately, I cannot solve the audio rendering problem. I've sent a copy of the VE-generated data sheet to their support address and have not heard back from them after repeated attempts over months.

    It's too bad really, as it IS a good editor, but if it won't render simple projects without freezing, and they can't get back to you with support issues (with a paid upgrade), I'd have to recommend steering clear of this product.

    Forget about upgrading to the next level, the HD editor. Not with the lousy manual and zero user support.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Frustrated"

    February 6, 2008  |   By dbphiladelphia

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    Seems to have a ton of intuitive features, possibly something that the seasoned user may be into.

    Cons

    I'll never know, as both tests went horrendously wrong. Test 1 was with an avi file that plays fine in my media player, but in the test, the video began to flicker and finaly went out completely in both preview and after rendering. Went through the help menu and tried a couple different setting tweaks to no avail. 2nd test was a .mov file straight from my camera, but the frames/per/second rate was incompatible with the program. Perhaps the error is on my side, but I'll never know.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not better than Windows Movie Maker"

    December 2, 2007  |   By Lee 85

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    I disagree with what other reviewers had to say. I really couldn't find anything so good about the software. There are so many disappointing bad points when compared to WMM.

    Cons

    1) Takes 3 times longer than WMM (Windows Movie Maker) to import and up to 10 times longer to render file

    2) Does not allow adding of subtitle

    3) WMM has much more features than this and is free

    4) To editors: WMM hang because you did not uncheck compatibility filters in option menu under tool.

    5) You cannot even adjust the volume of the imported audio(!)

    6) You cannot even fade out a simple audio(!)

    After using it for 2 days I was so fustrated I uninstalled it and cleared all registry traces.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Can't edit WMV well"

    September 15, 2007  |   By sshaq35

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    Looks flash

    Cons

    Doesn't allow editing WMV well as skips areas

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very annoying"

    May 15, 2007  |   By cvinzant

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    Can use many file types

    Cons

    Constantly crashes. Not intuitive. Lousy instructions. And after you've spent hours working on a project in the test version, it tells you that most of your work won't be saved unless you buy the program.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it works! and it beats micro$oft movie maker!"

    April 22, 2007  |   By edwardsmark

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Pros

    having searched for a couple of years for a decent m$ movieMaker alternative, i gave this a try.

    i am primarily making video clips for our business so i am using aca screen recorder. this seems to be the only movie editor that works with captured screen recordings.

    1) it works

    2) it is very easy to use

    3) it is packed with useful features

    4) it seems to take any video format you can throw at it

    5) the final results look very professional

    Cons

    the current version is lacking some features i would appreciate, but it appears the new beta versions deal with all of these. i suspect anything i wanted will be there.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Your search is over for a good video editor!"

    August 14, 2004  |  

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Summary

    This program is amazing! The program you download is only an evaluation that won't let you export your video with all the cool effects, but when you pay the very reasonable $40 dollar fee you get a very powerful video editing program. You can't beat this program without spending over $100! Two thumbs way up!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great for simple things"

    May 24, 2004  |  

    Version: Virtual Edit 1.25

    Summary

    I've been able to splice together small clips, or convert various file formats using this package. No spyware that I'm aware of.

    Very functional for free!

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