Avidemux is one of the video editing programs that are quite straight forward in nature and is a free download tool that has some great features under its arms. Working towards the basic features like cutting, joining, rotating, splitting, and adding filters can be done with the ultimate convenience. This means that resizing, deinterlacing, applying chroma shifts, adding subtitles, color correction among others should not be a problem when this program forms part of your artillery.
It is also free and open-source software that can be used on multiple platforms cutting across Linux, Windows, Mac, and BSD. Avidemux offers you a non-linear video editing experience, a rich set of visual effects, and great transcoding capabilities. Better yet, it opens you up to an intuitive graphical user interface although there is also a command-driven version for the enthusiasts. Editing becomes the ultimate breeze and you have a chance to estimate the final video file size thanks to the built-in calculator.
In addition to that Avidemux features some presets that come in handy to cut down on the options to tinker with and as a result, make the whole video editing process take less time. With an active community, Avidemux keeps getting better every day, and to make sure you make the best out of it, here is a comprehensive tutorial on how to accomplish various tasks with this wonderful video editor.
How to Edit Videos Using Avidemux
Avidemux may not have the most modern-looking interface but that will not deter you from what you want to achieve. This step by step guide is your swiss knife to help you navigate the interface and at the end of the day get to do exactly what you set out to. With support for the common video formats like MPEG, AVI, and MP4, it surely sores above other similar apps by making it easy to cut and edit videos with the ultimate convenience. Without further ado, let us jump right into the tutorial and put Avidemux into some good use of editing video files.
Avidemux gives you a simple process to accomplish this as you are just about to find out. Once the above interface has welcomed you, it is time to add a video file that needs some cutting or trimming. Navigate to the File menu and hit the “Open..” option although you do this conveniently by using the “Ctrl+O” hotkey. This will open up the file explorer for you to navigate to the video location and load it.
Once the file is loaded, there will be a preview on the right-hand side and shouldn’t be that hard to make out. Next, move the play head marked with Label 1 till you get the right frame where you want to begin the cut. When there, click the “A” button labeled 2 to apply a marker to the starting point. You should notice some blue outline on the play progress indicator starting from the marker position.
It is now time to mark the second point where you want to video to play up to. Just like we did with the first marker, move the play head again to your desired point as shown by Label 1, and note that it is different from where we place the “A” marker. Satisfied by the positioning, hit the “B” button labeled 2 to mark the endpoint.
With that done, you will have your cut area as marked by Label 1 below and more details provided for you under Label 2. All you need to do is pick a preferred output in the drop-down labeled 3 before hitting the save icon labeled 4.
This is one of the easiest tasks that you can accomplish using Avidemux. All you need is to add your first video file just like we did during the split sections above. Once you have the first file ready, head over to the File menu and select the “Append…” option which can also be done faster using the “Ctrl+A” hotkey combination.
The moment you do that, the native explorer method of browsing for files will be opened one more time in order for you to pick the video file that you want to join with the one you already added. It is advisable to add a video with the same resolution or otherwise, you will have an error joining. To confirm that the videos have been joined, you should be able to notice that the playtime has increased by looking at the area labeled 1. Unless you don’t have any other videos to join, pick your preferred output format under Label 2 and hit the save icon labeled 3.
Avidemux covers pretty much everything here cutting across transforming, interlacing, colors, noise filters, sharpness, subtitles management, among other options. To access these after you have your target video file, hit the “Filters” button labeled 1 below. This will open up the “Video Filter Manager” window where you are opened up to a whole lot of filters to choose from. The section labeled 2 lets you pick the category in which the filter of interest is found, Label 3 is the “Available Filters” section where you pick the specific filter you need to use; can be cropping, adding a logo, rotating, flipping, chroma shift among others. Just navigate the list and pick the one you need to use and implement it by double-clicking it to reveal the options to tinker with. The section labeled 4 comes in handy when you need to know which filters have been applied to your video file at any one moment. Once you are done applying the necessary filters, close the window and save the final video with your preferred output parameters.
Actually, there is a lot that you can achieve by taking advantage of the “Filters” section of Avidemux. You will get to play with all the options available for you and spice up your video to have that professional touch to it. It may not feature that native timeline provided by other video editor programs but it is the best at what it is capable of.
At the end of the day, Avidemux ensures you have a smooth run and better still an efficient process thanks to the supported multithreading and hardware acceleration. The interface may seem a bit intimidating at first but that should not worry you anymore when you have this guide to help you navigate and apply some of the basic features of this wonderful program. Now that you have gotten familiar with the software, it is time for you to explore the other features that Avidemux carries under its arms and make the most out of your video editing process.