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Mailbag : How do I Convert, Trim and Edit a Video For Free?

Mailbag : How do I Convert, Trim and Edit a Video For Free?

A Mailbag Question On Video

I was getting questions through a variety of channels and I made the decision to turn this into a mailbag set of posts.

So this is the first of them, where you my readers ask for solutions for issues that are vexing you and Warptest will serve up an answer.

mailbag 1 - video

Today’s Mailbag

This is from a reader A. in Israel who wants to know,

“Which desktop tool do you recommend for one-stop video post processing?”

  1. If you are looking for a basic video editing suite on Windows then simply use Microsoft Movie Maker this will answer all your basic needs for processing video you shot with your Smartphone / Digital Video Camera / Webcam and then uploading the finished video to

*I’m not going to get into fair usage or creative commons laws and rules (I’m no lawyer so if you are looking for that information, I suggest a visit to Google / Bing).

  1. Another tool (or tool set) you should be looking at is a blast from the past, Real Player; a multimedia player available for download for all current versions of Windows.

Real Player (free version) comes with a set of bundled tools: –

  • Real Downloader: a tool for downloading web videos from the browser. Hover the mouse over the video and the Download button will appear. One click and the movie downloads to your PC.
  • Real Trimmer: a tool for taking an existing video file and selecting the part(s) you want and trimming off the rest.
  • Real Converter: a tool for converting the file to a variety of formats based on device, file type or a custom type.

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In addition Real offers their users Real Player Cloud: the latest free version of Real Player combined with cloud based storage. Users get 2Gb of free cloud storage with 1Gb more for each device they install the app(s) on.

Real Player Cloud allows the user to upload / store media in the cloud, share (publicly and privately) and access their media on a variety of devices including iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Windows 8x, Roku, Chromecast and PC, without file format restrictions. Best of all users you share a video with get an email with a link and don’t need to install any apps to view the video.

Assuming your video isn’t larger than your Real Player Cloud storage this is a winning solution for a lot of people.

  1. If you have a PowerPoint presentation then in the old days conventional thinking was you could upload the presentation but that was about it. Since Office 2010, PowerPoint allows you to convert your presentation to a movie based on destination device type. You can also choose between MP4 or WMV as output file type. [In PowerPoint 2013: File > Export > Create a Video]

Powerpoint to Video

  1. If you also need screen capture in addition to editing then as I’ve mentioned in a previous post take a look at Microsoft Expression Encoder. This is a bit more of a complex tool but still another great freebie from Microsoft.

Microsoft Expression Encoder - Video

The Warptest POV

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more free video tools out there. These are some of my favorites in terms of solving particular issues, resource use on the PC and learning curve. Real Player may be a bit retro but it gets the job done when other tools have failed me.

Try them out and let me know what you think. If you need more information or some help with using these tools then don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Meanwhile, send in your mailbag requests including whether you want your name used and what platform / OS you are asking for.

 
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