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Simple (and free) video editing, suggestions please?


col.campbell 15 1.2k 4 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 9:35AM
Hi folks.

Got me a camera that records video (am I the last person on Earth? Grin) As a first foray, I'm just using it as a learning aid, set up on a tripod next to the piano

I've got it set up in vertical orientation, and would like to do a few things with my clips on the computer.

Simple white balance/ exposure adjustments, rotate 90 degrees back to horizontal format, crop, and compress/ resize for sharing/ sending/ viewing on other devices.

Can anyone suggest any video editing software that is free and above all, simple, please? I'm trying to get my head around one called VSDC, without great success. If anyone out there is using it, the main hurdle with it seems to be cropping after rotating, and for some reason the resolution drops to the extent it looks like an Atari games console graphics, albeit in colour.

Any help appreciated. I need help. In general. All I can get.

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LenShepherd 10 3.8k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 11:43AM
As far as I know there is no free software to change a vertical shot to a horizontal crop video format.
Can you shoot the subjects again in horizontal format?

If you shoot Nikon free to download NX-D and NX-i helps with basic video editing.
AlexE 1 129 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 12:09PM
I think that you can do it in DaVavinci. As a bonus, they even have a free version. Grin
AlexE 1 129 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 12:12PM
Have never tried to rotate with DaVinci. If you do decide to though, this link could be helpful...

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50661682/how-do-i-rotate-a-video-in-davinci-resolve

If you don't have the software you can get the free one here:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/#
col.campbell 15 1.2k 4 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 1:58PM
Thanks for the replies guys. I'm not sure I explained it properly, so I'll try again.

With VSDC I have been able to rotate the clip by 90 degrees; it also allows custom angles and rate of rotation, for an effect, but all I want to do is spin it 90 degrees.

If you can picture an image in photoshop, pasted onto a canvas. When you rotate the image from one orientation to the other, the canvas stays put and you end up with overhang. I tried using a larger canvas but haven't yet been able to figure out how to crop it to fit after roatating.

The last thing is, clips which are just a couple of minutes long are 200 - 300 MB. Is this normal? If so then fine.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.3k 58 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 6:22PM
Microsoft has/had a neat little video editing package. I think I have rotated in that.
Also files are very large.
Finally i output to an mp4. That file is compressed and so smaller.
Chris_L Plus
4 4.9k United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 9:03PM
If you have a recent version of Photoshop you can edit your video in that. Do the usual corrections. As for your other questions, what camera is it you are talking about?
col.campbell 15 1.2k 4 United Kingdom
6 Dec 2018 11:39PM

Quote:.. Also files are very large.
Finally i output to an mp4. That file is compressed and so smaller.



Aren't .mov and .mp4 very similar? I did a quick google on it, not to be argumentative, but because I know literally nothing about it. I think I need some form of compression akin to saving a jpg for web use and allowing compression to reduce the filesize, but I don't know how.

And Chris, I think it's CS6 I'm using - not at home to check, right now. The camera is a Nikon D750.
JackAllTog Plus
9 5.3k 58 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2018 1:21AM
Hi Colin,

The windows app was microsoft movie maker, it rotates with a simple button
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However the canvas rotates with it. I could not see any kind of crop/zoom function to get rid of any area of the video you might not want - such as the edges when rotated.

Size: I just tried a quick test with an old MOV file - 48MB for my 13 sec MOV clip became 4MB as an MP4 using the defaults of save for computer 854x480 pixels and 18MB for a HD version 1920x1080 pixels.

i guess the MOv file is bigger in pixels than 1920x1080 pixels - it was probably shot on a 60D.
Cheers,
Stuart
sausage Plus
14 552 United Kingdom
7 Dec 2018 10:19AM
If you are worried about file size set the record format to MP4. And set movie quality to low.

In HD file sizes are big.

On the software side I use Edius. I would never shoot video in portrait mode it is asking for trouble.

Chris_L Plus
4 4.9k United Kingdom
8 Dec 2018 11:08PM
Changing from mov to mp4 won't make a jot of difference. It's the bitrate that controls the filesize, not even whether you shoot 4k, 1080p or 720p or whether you wrap the audio and video in a mov container or an mp4 container.

Paul Morgan 17 19.3k 6 England
9 Dec 2018 12:09AM
Davinci resolve free is pretty good, as is Hit Film (not that I have used it in a while)

davinci resolve

https://fxhome.com/express
sausage Plus
14 552 United Kingdom
9 Dec 2018 8:57AM
Changing from mov to mp4 won't make a jot of difference. It's the bitrate that controls the filesize, not even whether you shoot 4k, 1080p or 720p or whether you wrap the audio and video in a mov container or an mp4 container.

That's right but on the Nikon settings it reduces the file size from the options available..

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