Designed to make video editing quick and easy, VideoPad Video Editor for Mac offers a range of professional video editing functions that enable the creation of decent enough videos. It works with most Mac OS X versions in current use, including 10.4.4, and comes with great audio tools and optimization functions.
Drag-and-drop interface: Working with VideoPad Video Editor proves to be quick and easy, thanks to the intuitive drag-and-drop interface. It looks just like most other good video editors, with multiple panels in the middle and the timeline at the bottom. The interface is generally minimalistic, with big and clearly laid-out buttons.
Small but potent: The application's 5.12MB installer packs a good amount of functions and features, including more than 50 transitions and effects, brightness and contrast adjustments, various video tweaking options, support for a good number of video formats (AVI, MPV, DIVX, WMV, MP4, and 3GP), and even the ability to create DVD chapters through bookmarks. It can even change video speed and reverse video playback.
Chroma key feature: Change backgrounds or juxtapose videos using chroma key in the same way some newscasts or old TV and movie school visual effects are done. You can choose different chroma key colors and adjust background and foreground opaqueness.
Relatively few transitions and effects: Compared to other paid video software for Mac, this application does not have that many advanced video transitions and effects.
Gimmicky 2D-to-3D conversion: The 3D stereographic conversion feature looks good on paper but is not really that good when you try it.
Overall, VideoPad looks like a decent enough video editing and mixing application. Considering its small size, you can't expect an extensive array of features from it. That said, it does have enough of the basics and a few advanced functions that will allow you to create appealing videos.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of VideoPad Video Editor for Mac 3.03.