As our digital cameras and mobile phones become better and better and our computers more capable, more of us are reaching to different photo and video editting software to pull together the raw footage we capture. Don’t you just love the home videos, wedding videos and holiday videos friends and family are sharing nowadays?
Where do you start video editting though? Windows comes with MovieMaker and Macs come with iMovie, both great tools for those dipping their feet first into the world of video editing. They are great and I started out with MovieMaker.
First adventures with Magix Fastcut
Then an advert hit my inbox for Magix Fastcut– a video editting software that automatically cuts and assembles your video clips. Now this is interesting! They offered a 2 week free trial.
I installed it and tested it:
Magix Fastcut is very straightforward. You upload your footage, select one of the 15-20 of templates (new ones are added intermittently), which have different moods and music, then the magic happens… Out comes your video all sliced and diced to the theme! It is ready to publish, send to friends and family, share on social media.
Furthermore, once you have the automatic rendition you are able to swap out clips, add effects, add sound effects or the original sound.
The editor’s layout is very similar to many pro video editting software (from what I’ve seen), but it is quite intuitive to use.
I made our Cycling in Peer video with Fastcut. I really enjoyed using the software. My only gripe is I’d like to be able to specify that whether the software can cut my clips in random order or should use clips in chronological order.
Overall, Magic Fastcut is a great tool to pull together action shots from a day out!
Something for pictures: Magix Photostory
Having discovered Magix I was curious about their other products: sometimes I just want to splice some pictures together to music, so I also did a trial Magix Photostory 2015. Again this is such an easy to use tool!
I can splice photos together with different effects, animations and effects. Photostory also comes with templates: placeholders arrange to help tell a story to a chosen theme. However, my favourite feature of Photostory is the travel animation feature, where I’m able to animate a specific route on a map. My Corsica travel video was inspired by this travel animation feature.
And if you want real power: Magix Movie Edit Pro
Although I started the Corsica video in Magix’s Photostory 2015, I ended up trialling Magix’s Movie Edit Pro to create the video.
Now, I don’t know much about video editting and I came to this tool with naivety. I’m far from a pro and don’t know much about the technical video editting geekery. I looked at this tool as someone who is new to the area of video editting.
My criteria was about how easy it was to edit my footage together and create some nice transitions and add in the sound effects I wanted. This tool is rather intuitive, though I did mess up a couple of times, by adding in too many effects or changing my mind on theme or order. I then needed to backtrack. My laptop (a Lenovo i5, 3rd gen, 6GB RAM) was sometimes not up to the task and too time at completing some of the functions.
For me Movie Edit Pro 2015 is a great tool: at a fraction of the cost of other pro video editting tools (I looked at Adobe premier pro annual licence) it offers a fantastic learning platform!
What video editting tool do you use?
UPDATE: Sept 2017
Magix now has a free version of Fastcut, perfect for getting very quick videos out. Check out my test, with cute moose footage, on my Magix Fastcut review