2K4Kcsq New Reader
2/4/13 10:46 p.m.

Just wondering if there is a cheap, more powerfull tool out there than movie maker. Making car related shorts is a new found addiction of mine but i see movie maker, while much better than before, is still kinda glitchy and is obviously geared towards people who want the computer to mix videos for them

cghstang HalfDork
2/5/13 6:43 a.m.

I started using Kdenlive but it is for linux, not Windows.

I'm not doing any fancy transitions or graphics but it does let me play 4 channels of video simultaneously.

Example Video

GameboyRMH PowerDork
2/5/13 6:52 a.m.

+1 for Kdenlive, it's what I use.

2K4Kcsq New Reader
2/6/13 8:23 p.m.

good to know... maybe i just need linux

2K4Kcsq New Reader
2/6/13 9:52 p.m.

I think what bothers me most about mm is that (just like back in the XP days) the preview isn't nearly the same quality as the final save, especially when you speed something up more than 2x the preview just cant play it fast enough so if you wanna see what your video really looks like, you have to "finish" save it (time consuming) then make notes on where you want to make edits, change timing etc.

sachilles SuperDork
2/7/13 7:40 a.m.

Race render has a free version limited to three minute vids. Allows for automotive specific stuff including data overlay.

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Giant Purple Snorklewacker MegaDork
2/7/13 7:55 a.m.

Try Cinelerra if you are on Linux.

It is a pretty serious non-linear editor with a full video composting engine, 64 bit audio, independent frame/speed, floating point color, etc so it can support video of any size and frame rate. It is not as easy to use as some of the other suggestions here but it is more powerful if you need more control. I don't need 99% of what is in it... but it works perfectly well for ripping race videos and adding some text, bumping up the contrast/color, adding fades and such too and when I figure out what the other stuff is for maybe I can add Jar Jar Binks to narrate my race videos :)

2K4Kcsq New Reader
2/7/13 11:30 p.m.

That sounds worth it for the speed control alone. . . sometimes I just cant get the timing I want with 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, etc. plus the floating point color sounds like i could use it for pin point edits. . . like say, fixing a license plate I admit i'm a noob but i'm working on that the diy way

heyduard Reader
2/10/13 10:15 a.m.

Though it is a 3d render engine for animation, Blender can do video. And it's cross platform to boot. You'll need something like Blender if you want a Jar Jar in the car car. Preferable in the center of a demolition derby.

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