Everybody’s a movie maker these days: we think nothing of pulling out our smartphones to create a quick clip, turning on the webcam to share our stuff on YouTube or switching to slo-mo when we see someone fall on their backside in an amusing way.
But what if you need to do more than just record? Pro-level video editing software can be terrifying, and terrifyingly expensive. Avidemux is neither. It’s simple, straightforward and covers everything you need without frightening you with things you don’t.
Why you need it
Avidemux is designed to handle several common tasks and to make them as simple as possible. You can cut, filter and encode video in a variety of formats – such as AVI, MPEG, MP4, ASF – and there are lots of tools to improve your video including color fixers, bitrate adjusters, sharpness filters and so on. Many tasks can be automated via scripts, which aren’t as scary as they sound, and you’ll find that you can accomplish most common editing tasks without much effort.
Avidemux is no substitute for a complete video editing suite, but then it isn’t supposed to be. It’s a really useful tool for those of us who aren’t video editors but occasionally need to edit our videos.