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    Default (Free) video editor?

    I need to edit a MP4 video for a Kickstarter I'm looking at doing in a couple of months. What's a good free editor?
    I need to be able to add a stopwatch/clock function for one or two spots, probably insert a couple of images, and maybe do a few sound effects.

    I'm on Win7, but don't seem to have Windows MovieMaker.

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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    MovieMaker was part of a downloadable pack called Windows Essentials, as I recall, so if you can find an installer for that it might be worth getting it. Although you really ought to consider moving off Windows 7 anyway, considering it's been out of any kind of support for over a year now.

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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    There's the free DaVinci Resolve here. A review about it here. There are YouTube instructional videos. I've been meaning to get into it as I hope to edit many hours of videos I've filmed over the years. Someday...
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    Lightworks (https://www.lwks.com) can operate on a rolling (ie, automatically renewing) 1-week free licence. Obviously with some limits to the functionallity - mostly the final generation options are limited, but I was able to do subtitling, split screen, chroma key (aka green screen) and quite a few other things. I used it that way for several months while I was experimenting with it, and licenced it once I started producing "proper" videos.

    If you want something really basic, the Photos application that comes with Windows 10 has some basic video editing facilities that are good enough for simple videos. (EDIT: It also requires windows 10 rather than 7... Missed that bit of the post...)
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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    Maybe try Kdenlive?

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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    I've *heard* of people using Blender for straight up video editing. I personally need to try that out to see how functional and user friendly that is, though.
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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    I haven't been able to find a working MovieMaker install.
    DaVinci doesn't support Win7.

    I have KDenlive installed, and can't seem to get beyond importing the clip. It won't play, it won't rotate, it won't do sound. Giving up for now after spending half an hour on it. Not sure why it's so hard to do something basic like "Fix the fact that the program imported a landscape video as portrait."

    Maybe I'll just do without editing entirely.

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    I have pleasant but very limited experiences with Shotcut. No idea if it does what you want to do. But it seems like a nice, stable and complete program.
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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    Quote Originally Posted by J-H View Post
    DaVinci doesn't support Win7.
    I have ver 16 installed on my Win7 PC and it opens. I just have no idea what I'm doing within it yet.
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    Default Re: (Free) video editor?

    Avidemux is good for simple operations like editing parts out or cropping the picture. It can also edit things in and replace the sound with outside tracks, but these are both a bit fiddly (there is, for example, an error where things edited in will be appended to the end and then have to be cut and pasted to their proper location)
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