5 of the Best Mac Video Editing Alternatives
Don asks: What editing software works for the Mac besides iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Final Cut Express? I’m looking for editing software in the middle – not too simple and not too complex without a long learning curve. iMovie is too simple with many limitations and Final Cut is overkill for what I’m looking for. Any ideas? Preferably something free.
Answer: Final Cut Express was meant to be the go between but it looks like you’re looking for something even simpler – a product between iMovie and Final Cut Express.
There are actually a few that fit the bill:
Basically, it succeeds where iMovie has failed. Not focused on the home user who may only ever use iMovie once or twice. This is for someone who will use their video editing software on a regular basis, for example producing a regular video podcast or producing an online mini-series.
Users can capture, arrange, edit and process video, audio and text in a free-form, trackless document, to create movies and slide shows
Cinefx is an offline playback, editing, encoding, animation and visual effects tool based on the Jahshaka technology that allows you to create professional digital media on your desktop. Use the tools that hollywood uses to create blockbuster films and special effects.
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks. It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting.
is another video editing system. It is designed to be simple to use, yet powerful. It is small in size, yet it has many advanced features.
LiVES mixes realtime video performance and non-linear editing in one professional quality application. It will let you start editing and making video right away, without having to worry about formats, frame sizes, or framerates. It is a very flexible tool which is used by both professional VJ’s and video editors – mix and switch clips from the keyboard, use dozens of realtime effects, trim and edit your clips in the clip editor, and bring them together using the multitrack timeline. You can even record your performance in real time, and then edit it further or render it straight away.
Perfect for students, DV camera owners, video enthusiasts or anyone exploring video editing – Avid Free DV software is an easy, free way to join the Avid family and test-drive the industry-standard editing interface used by more professionals than any other video editing solution.
Avid Free DV is feature-streamlined, standalone software which includes basic video and audio editing capabilities, up to two streams of real-time effects and support for both Windows XP and Macintosh OS X platforms.