I Found a Decent Video Editor

Last Update: April 26, 2019

I have been an avid user of Camtasia for several years. However, recently, I became a bit disillusioned by the product. The recent updates didn't seem feature-packed enough to justify paying for updates. I opted not to upgrade.

As you are aware, when you don't upgrade software, after a while the company stops supporting older versions. This means that sooner rather than later, TechSmith (the company that created Camtasia) will stop supporting the version I have.

I decided to check out alternatives just to see what is available. I have done this in the past and most alternative video editors didn't measure up to Camtasia, until now.

I found a great software suite of products that includes screen and video capture along with a robust video editor. I thought for sure this product was going to cost as much (if not more) than Camtasia. To my surprise, it is free. Even if you decide to upgrade, you looking at a cost of $20 per year.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with the company and don't receive any compensations or kudos from the company.

The software is VSDC and you can find it at:

http://www.videosoftdev.com/

The free version is not restrictive meaning you can save and there are no watermarks added to your videos. It also seems feature-packed enough for most uses. I have picked up the pro version upgrade. But, you can start without it.

My biggest complaint with the software is the documentation could be better. The company does provide videos and I have not had the chance to check them all out. But, I am sure they will include more or third-party people will fill in any gaps as they start using the software. Could be an opportunity for content for all of us - just saying!

Anyway, I don't see the downside of downloading and trying this software. It is still new to me so I admit to not knowing everything about it. But, so far, what I have used it for works and I am happy that an alternative to Camtasia seems to be available on the market now.

Enjoy!

Best Regards,

Jim

P.S. Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment on your experiences with the software both good and bad.

Update: I posted these in a comment below,but here are two more free video editors that are supposed to be decent as well:

https://shotcut.org/features/
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve

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Freedomseekr Premium
Wow, thanks for sharing, Jim!

VSDC looks like just what I've been looking for since the one I'd recently been using for screen recording, Monosnap doesn't seem to want to work right lately.

I'd been using Monosnap without a glitch for a few screen recordings, but now it's not letting me save the video at all. I keep getting an error message and then it completely shuts down. So frustrated with it, lost two screen recordings already while doing digital paintings!

It's going to be a rather large project to put together, since I'll have to piece things together now, so I'll need the video editor capabilities too. Anyways, this is awesome to find one that has both a recorder and editor in one program!

Thanks again for sharing! Definitely trying this out!
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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kmer6 Premium
Thank you very much for sharing this information. I don't have any software to help me produce or edit a video. I only have Jing (the screenshot capture program) by Techhound on my desktop. I really love it. When I went to add it to my newer laptop, it came bundled with various other 3rd party add-ons I didn't want. Without accepting the other add-ons I was unable to download Jing. Oh well, that's life in the big city.lol
Ken
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Downloaded and installed!

I can see something right off the bat that it will replace for me - having to flip and rotate videos by way of command lines in VLC. VLC is great for what it does but it does come with having to look up and memorize commands.

Windows is FAR more push-button than Linux is!

I have not run any projects yet with it but I can see I will need to go with the Pro version which will enable me to edit sound. I have several projects coming up very soon, when I get a hold of a powerpoint presentation I need to incorporate into associated videos.

There are tons of these things out there but most of them are either incredibly complicated, require rendering and/or re-encoding, or just plain junks.

Not many of the video-clipping programs I've tried hold up very well with larger projects as this often interferes with key frames.

Others work very well but then you must wait for rendering, which can take hours, even for smaller videos.

Still others I've had editors in them but the inability to import anything already made (ActivePresenter an example, which is a comprehensive program, but requires screen or region-capture, hence real-time recording to get what I want into the editor.)

I gave up on Camtasia years ago.

This program looks promising! Thanks for featuring it here. It may be the very one-stop program I need for Windows. My Linux computer is strictly VLC, which works much better in that operating system than it does in Windows by a long shot, being that it is native to Linux.

Thanks, I appreciate this!
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Karin13 Premium
Thank you for sharing these video editors. I have just been using iMovie on my Mac, but for the limited videos I do, maybe a free one with less bells and whistles would be just fine.

Best wishes,
Karin :)
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YanFellow Premium
Hey Jim - there are dozens of video editors out there, far too much choice, so it's great to get a recommendation. Thanks :-)

What features in the pro version did you particularly want that are not in the free one?

Ian
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techhound Premium
Hey Ian, my main purpose for upgrading were the masking features, which I view as a nice to have. For the most part, the free version will serve most needs. It was cheap enough to not be too concerned with the upgrade, though. That's why I went for it.
Best Regards,
Jim
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YanFellow Premium
Thanks, JIm.

Er, can you explain what masking does? :-)

Ian
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techhound Premium
One effect is you can have video inside text, i.e., the fire clip would be bounded by the text message. It's also use for green screen to make someone appear as if they are on location, etc.
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YanFellow Premium
Ah, thanks. I understand green screening :-)

Ian
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SuzChar Premium
Thank you, Jim. I'm thinking about YouTubing, but surely don't want to spend much money on anything for it. I don't know enough to be spending much money on this. Really appreciate the information.
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Dhind1 Premium
Thank you for sharing this valuable resource. I will be sure to check it out.
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Ahimbe Premium
I have not tried out video editors but sure will try out your recommendation. Thank you for sharing.
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techhound Premium
Just to advance this concept a bit further, people from a Facebook group I belong to recommended other packages that are open source or free:
https://shotcut.org/features/
https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve
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PMindra Premium
Hi, Jim.
This is a great find that is going to come in very handy shortly.
Thank you for sharing.

Paul.
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emerald860 Premium
Hi Jim. I've been using the Screencast-o-matic for a few years now and it does the trick. However, recently I wanted to add video to the end of a video I already made but this software doesn't allow that. Does VSDC allow that? Just curious. Thanks for the heads up about this. Alanna
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techhound Premium
Hey Alanna, yes it can do that. It has a full timeline editor.
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emerald860 Premium
Excellent! Thanks, Jim!
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jvranjes Premium
I notice some really bad rating in a couple of reviews, apparently, it is not easy to use. You are obviously far more experienced than many here so write a training if you have time.
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techhound Premium
I think the biggest problem is it has so many features that it overwhelms people. As I have stated, it is new for me. However, it's difficult to beat that price. Perhaps I will create a tutorial as I learn more about it.
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Awesome you are still here! Hope you are doing well.

This is a video tutorial (which does say some things do take practice) that will help you get started with it. No doubt, and with this program doing some things differently, there will be learning curves. These demonstrations should help folks get their feet wet with VSDC.

https://youtu.be/J0GK5o8j6LY

Daniel
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jvranjes Premium
Many thanks Daniel. I have never made a video, but have tried Camtasia with their starting 30-days free period. My biggest problem is the language, do not like how my non-native English sounds. Have been seriously thinking to start using a robot voice. Going to watch this video, best regards.
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Consider that to others, it's an accent they're hearing and is likely perfectly fine. Most people, when they hear their voices in a recording, are usually disappointed with the results (which everybody but themselves hear in real life every day.)

You are the only person who needs to get used to how your speech sounds when hearing it on a recording.

In my opinion, using a robot voice would make your videos that much more inferior. When I come across a video that uses a digitized voice, I tend to pass it by.

Of course, this is down to you. This is just a suggestion that you don't revert to using a robot voice. It may have negative effects on viewers' trust.
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statius Premium
thanks Jim; much appreciated
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