Adobe Premiere Alternative

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#1 Posted by Maverick6585 (220 posts) -

Hey guys, I'm looking for a free alternative to Adobe Premiere pro for YouTube video editing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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#2 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

Windows movie maker lol

Seriously, I haven't heard of any decent free video editors, sorry.

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#3 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (22036 posts) -

You don't need a fancy video editor for YT. Windows Movie Maker should be enough. It's free with Windows although I would stick with Vista/Win 7 or Windows 8.1. The original one in Windows XP was crash-happy.

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#4 Edited by verbalfilth (4938 posts) -

Something that's free, simple, has limited options but gets the job done? Windows Movie maker.

Something that's free and complicated? Blender 3d

Good luck.

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#5 Posted by FelipeInside (28472 posts) -

@Maverick6585 said:

Hey guys, I'm looking for a free alternative to Adobe Premiere pro for YouTube video editing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Apart from Windows Movie Maker (which the new version is actually a lot better), you also have Nero Video:

http://www.nero.com/ena/products/nero-video/whats-new.php

It's not free but it's a perfect balance between Movie Maker and Premier.

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#6 Posted by Gamartto (1987 posts) -

Take a look at Movie Studio from sony is not free but also not that expensive as Premiere. I tried the different products from sony creative and Movie Studio has a similar UI than Vegas Pro. Take a look at their comparison chart http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiope/compare and try some demos.

Also read: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software-9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264/2#articleContent . Focus on Lightworks. Keep in mind that the free version can only export up to 720 (Which is not a bad thing considering that most people watch youtube videos at 480p-720p).

Cya.

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#8 Posted by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

@verbalfilth said:

Something that's free, simple, has limited options but gets the job done? Windows Movie maker.

Something that's free and complicated? Blender 3d

Good luck.

Blender isn't a video editor. Compositing inside of Blender will be an absolute nightmare.

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#9 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22036 posts) -

If you have a Mac, iMovie is pretty decent.

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#10 Posted by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto said:

You don't need a fancy video editor for YT. Windows Movie Maker should be enough. It's free with Windows although I would stick with Vista/Win 7 or Windows 8.1. The original one in Windows XP was crash-happy.

Couldn't disagree more, the new Windows Movie Maker is too barebones and can't do half the useful things the original could

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#11 Edited by Maverick6585 (220 posts) -

@Gamartto said:

Take a look at Movie Studio from sony is not free but also not that expensive as Premiere. I tried the different products from sony creative and Movie Studio has a similar UI than Vegas Pro. Take a look at their comparison chart http://www.sonycreativesoftware.com/moviestudiope/compare and try some demos.

Also read: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-video-editing-software-9-top-programs-you-should-download-1136264/2#articleContent . Focus on Lightworks. Keep in mind that the free version can only export up to 720 (Which is not a bad thing considering that most people watch youtube videos at 480p-720p).

Cya.

I'll check out that article, and make sure to check out Lightworks. The 720 thing doesn't matter because that's what I upload in anyway. Thanks!

@FelipeInside said:

@Maverick6585 said:

Hey guys, I'm looking for a free alternative to Adobe Premiere pro for YouTube video editing. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Apart from Windows Movie Maker (which the new version is actually a lot better), you also have Nero Video:

http://www.nero.com/ena/products/nero-video/whats-new.php

It's not free but it's a perfect balance between Movie Maker and Premier.

I'll check it out, but I love Premier, I just don't want to have to pay so much for it

@jun_aka_pekto said:

If you have a Mac, iMovie is pretty decent.

Windows

Everyone else: I just upgraded to Windwos 8.1, so I'll check out the new Movie Maker. Thanks, everyone!

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#12 Posted by NeoGen85 (4270 posts) -

I definitely recommend Sony Vegas. Although it's not free, it's very easy to use.

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#13 Edited by verbalfilth (4938 posts) -

@JigglyWiggly_ said:

@verbalfilth said:

Something that's free, simple, has limited options but gets the job done? Windows Movie maker.

Something that's free and complicated? Blender 3d

Good luck.

Blender isn't a video editor. Compositing inside of Blender will be an absolute nightmare.

What do you mean? Blender is a very powerful and versatile tool that allows users to tackle multiple projects, including video editing. (see embeded videos as quick examples)

I'd recommend it anyday to people who want complex video editing capabilities without having to shell out big bucks. The only downside is that it will have a huge learning curve.

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#14 Edited by JigglyWiggly_ (24599 posts) -

@verbalfilth said:

@JigglyWiggly_ said:

@verbalfilth said:

Something that's free, simple, has limited options but gets the job done? Windows Movie maker.

Something that's free and complicated? Blender 3d

Good luck.

Blender isn't a video editor. Compositing inside of Blender will be an absolute nightmare.

What do you mean? Blender is a very powerful and versatile tool that allows users to tackle multiple projects, including video editing. (see embeded videos as quick examples)

I'd recommend it anyday to people who want complex video editing capabilities without having to shell out big bucks. The only downside is that it will have a huge learning curve.

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There is literally no point to do compositing inside of blender except for your own blender animations.

Nobody even on the Blender forums would recommend it for compositing outside video, it's just worse than premiere/after effects.

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#15 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22036 posts) -

@KHAndAnime said:

@jun_aka_pekto said:

You don't need a fancy video editor for YT. Windows Movie Maker should be enough. It's free with Windows although I would stick with Vista/Win 7 or Windows 8.1. The original one in Windows XP was crash-happy.

Couldn't disagree more, the new Windows Movie Maker is too barebones and can't do half the useful things the original could

I rather have a stable Movie Maker with less features and more output formats than the XP Movie Maker. Plus, the later versions of Movie Maker seem to support GPU processing. They render way quicker than the original Movie Maker. Does the XP Movie Maker even output .mp4?

I haven't really checked. But, what exactly is missing in the later versions of Movie Maker?

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#16 Edited by Gaming-Planet (18540 posts) -

I like using Sony Vegas but that's because I'm already experienced with it.

Camtasia is a good alternative to Windows Movie Maker.

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#17 Posted by Star67 (4185 posts) -

Just for Youtube, Imovie or MovieMaker would be fine......HOWEVER

If you are looking for something more professional, LightWorks is the best free option. http://www.lwks.com/

28 Days Later was edited with this software as well as other big budget movies. Its free, but the learning curve is steep. But its by far the best free video editor.

Hope that helps

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#18 Edited by KHAndAnime (17565 posts) -

@jun_aka_pekto said:

@KHAndAnime said:

@jun_aka_pekto said:

You don't need a fancy video editor for YT. Windows Movie Maker should be enough. It's free with Windows although I would stick with Vista/Win 7 or Windows 8.1. The original one in Windows XP was crash-happy.

Couldn't disagree more, the new Windows Movie Maker is too barebones and can't do half the useful things the original could

I rather have a stable Movie Maker with less features and more output formats than the XP Movie Maker. Plus, the later versions of Movie Maker seem to support GPU processing. They render way quicker than the original Movie Maker. Does the XP Movie Maker even output .mp4?

I haven't really checked. But, what exactly is missing in the later versions of Movie Maker?

Windows XP movie maker never crashed for me, across the multiple systems I used it on. You could add any output formats you wanted to Windows XP maker. The later versions I've used had limited title options, limited transitions, very limited editing options, and very limited ability to edit sound in relation to the image onscreen. For example, I couldn't can't add a sound and balance the level of sound to match sound in the video. I could only use the later Windows movie maker to import and export, the editing you can do with that program is beyond barebones.

Having said that, it's worth getting any free alternative editor instead unless you're doing barebones editing.

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#19 Posted by Gamartto (1987 posts) -

Just wanted to stop by to say that at the time of this writing Sony Movie Studio Suite 13 is only $50 on Amazon. Not a bad price considering it comes with other programs and it has the ability to upload directly to Youtube.

www.amazon.com/Sony-Movie-Studio-Suite-Download/dp/B00I3O2QFM/