VirtualDub is a video capture and editing tool used by professionals that strips out some of the unnecessary bells and whistles offered in more fully packaged platforms and focuses on providing a simple but effective tool for professional video editors.
- Convert videos to a wide number of specifications
- Edit video using simple but highly effective cutting and splicing tools
- Incredible easy to use
- A tiny software package with impressive if basic features
- Not a comprehensive full editing platform like Adobe Premiere
- No support for MPEG2 or Quicktime
Video editing was once the sole province of experienced professionals willing to invest in expensive software. While the rise of new editing software by companies like Adobe were pricey, they were also relatively accessible even to the casual user. VirtualDub makes it even easier to learn the ins and outs of video editing by providing a tool kit that's surprisingly effective despite being completely free to use. If you're ever been curious about getting involved in video editing, or if you're simply looking for a quick and dirty tool you can use to touch up some videos you have laying around, VirtualDub is one of the best choices around. In terms of cost to value, it blows all the competition out of the water. Just bear in mind that this isn't a power kit like Adobe Premiere. VirtualDub is a workman's tool, more hammer than electric drill, focused on the simple task of editing. You won't find the complex menus and functions that are available on more expensive video editing platforms, but that allows VirtualDub to sport a cleaner interface that gets right to the point. There's no need to parse through multiple tool bars to find what you need or try to decipher the layers and layers of icons to get an understanding of what everything does. This makes it an ideal choice for amateurs just dipping their toes into the world of video editing but intimidated by all the tools offered by companies like Adobe. The user interface couldn't be simpler. Instead of relying on tool panels, all of the options available to you are directly accessible through menus. While this may seem like an unwieldy decision to make, it allows your video editing screen to take stage front and center, and the addition of keyboard shortcuts means that you can accomplish most of what you need with just a few taps of your fingers. Smart users can be operating like a pro in a matter of days, and the shortcuts become like second nature once you've invested a few hours into the software. Editing, capturing, cutting, editing, and rendering video files are all available at your fingertips, and while VirtualDub was initially designed just for use with AVI files, it's since expanded through extensions to allow the editing and creation of other formats. Video conversion allows you to pick processing mode, color depth, and frame rate, letting you have control over both the quality and size of your files. A few dozen filters give you even more control over how your product turns out without forcing you to learn the ins and outs of video editing. It may not win any awards for deep feature sets, but VirtualDub works well where it counts, and it has a price tag it's hard to say no to.