You wouldn’t believe how many people I chat with at conferences that use the FREE video editing software: Windows Movie Maker (which comes with Windows XP Service Pack 2 or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005). One blog/newsletter that I read is by Jake Ludington. In Jake’s latest newsletter, he wrote about Movica.
While Windows Movie Maker is a fine solution for putting together movie projects and editing Windows Media files, it can create more overhead than you need for simple editing tasks. If you like the simplicity of VirtualDub for editing AVI files, Movica provides a similar simplicity for editing WMV, ASF and MPG files. As a front end for command line editing tools AsdBin and MpgTx, Movica provides you with all the fundamental tools for clipping files from a larger video clip, copying pieces of video file, or combining several clips into one larger movie. The visual interface for editing is Windows Media Player, coupled with some effective keyboard shortcuts. While Movica is still in beta, it’s a viable solution for most basic video editing of WMV, ASF and MPG video files. [Windows 2k/XP $0.00]