Avidemux

Avidemux 2.6.14

Free video editor and encoder

If you need a free way to encode and convert your videos then Avidemux is a simple but effective application. View full description

PROS

  • Lightweight and fairly simple
  • Handles several different formats

CONS

  • May drop frames in certain formats
  • Interface is very dated

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If you need a free way to encode and convert your videos then Avidemux is a simple but effective application.

Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding. Its very flexible, supporting AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF files using a variety of codecs. This means there is no messing around converting it to DV format before you can edit it in a third party editing application. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queues and powerful scripting capabilities.

Avidemux is completely open source and works across platforms, so it's ideal for those that are working on both Macs and PCs. However, the look and feel of Avidemux could do with some work. It looks like some kind of Windows 95 throwback app but don't judge the book by its cover. Avidemux is very powerful and although it's not particularly intuitive at first, with trial and error you can quickly learn the editing basics.

Note that although it claims to handle MPEG clips I was confronted with an 'H.264' error which meant it has to operate in 'Safe' mode and led to the loss of several frames.

It's far from perfect, but Avidemux is a handy tool for anyone that wants to perform basic editing for free and doesn't want to have to convert to another format first.

Changes

  • Restored AC3 and MP2 encoding (regression introduced 2.5.5)
  • Added support for latest x264 core
  • Better compatibility with some FLV files
  • Updated the FFmpeg libraries (version 0.9)
  • Drag-and-drop no longer blocks source application for Qt interface
  • Resolved Windows XP 32-bit stability issues (regression introduced 2.5.5)
  • Windows 7 taskbar now displays encoding progress
  • Improved crash reporting on Windows especially Win64
  • Compilation fixes for OS X Snow Leopard and Lion (thanks to nibbles)
  • Various minor fixes and enhancements

Avidemux supports the following formats

AVI, MJPEG, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, NuppelVideo, H263+, MOV, 3GP, Ogg Vorbis , DivX, Xvid, VP3, Huffyuv, WMV2, H263, MSMP4V2, SVQ3, RAW, RGB, DV, MP2, MP3, AC3, WMA, MP4, PCM

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 capabilities.

Avidemux is available for Linux, BSD, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows under the GNU GPL license. The program was written from scratch by Mean, but code from other people and projects has been used as well. Patches, translations and even bug reports are always welcome.

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Avidemux 2.6.14

— User reviews — about Avidemux

  • ikig

    by ikig

    "Great!"

    It's what's I was looking for to edit my videos. It has a lot of filters and effects and you can compose appending sever... More.

    reviewed on January 23, 2012

  • fred615

    by fred615

    "Very good so far!"

    Easy to "crop" the video files to eliminate extraneous footage at the beginning and end. But how does one merg... More.

    reviewed on December 15, 2011

  • Rivenfire

    by Rivenfire

    "EXACTLY what i needed: CUT & TRIM files while preserving original format!"

    This is great, after searching high and low this was it. i Hated programsa that would let me trim and edit but them reen... More.

    reviewed on March 15, 2011

  • ebeid

    by ebeid

    "Arabic Subtitle"

    no doubt, its a great software , very simple to use even to beginners like me but I failed to add Arabic Subtitle , can ... More.

    reviewed on June 5, 2010

  • northgoose

    by northgoose

    "Installation"

    Downloaded the program but could not find and .exe file or installer. If it's that difficult to install.. well..can't im... More.

    reviewed on September 28, 2009

  • cvanekeris

    by cvanekeris

    "Not good"

    I tried to split a movie in three parts for youtube purpose, but I didn't seem to get any sound when I played back. It w... More.

    reviewed on September 14, 2008