: Any very basic video editing software as freeware?


krs
May 4th, 2007, 01:25 PM
All I'm trying to do is to delete sections of a .mov and/or mpeg-4 file.

Hardly worth spending a lot of money on. I'm thinking of buying ilife but wondered if there is some free software out there to do this.
I have looked and looked, but can't find anything.

CubaMark
May 4th, 2007, 01:28 PM
Hmmm.... not free, but QuickTime Pro will let you edit from within the player...

M

Mississauga
May 4th, 2007, 02:21 PM
I'd go with iLife - best bang for your buck.

krs
May 4th, 2007, 03:54 PM
I looked a bit closer at iLife '06, and boy is the pricing for that all over the map.

Something I'm not used to with Apple products where on a $1000 item you might get a 10% discount if you're lucky.

guytoronto
May 4th, 2007, 04:03 PM
Pricing shouldn't be all over the map.

$89 regular
$55 educational

For a cheap alternative, you might try BTV
http://www.bensoftware.com/

Macified
May 4th, 2007, 04:23 PM
SimpleMovie is not expensive and will do exactly what you need. Supports mp4 and a few other formats natively so there is no re-encoding. I have tried it out to remove commercials from recorded tv shows and found it to be easy to use for basic cuts.

I will probably pay up for this product.

krs
May 4th, 2007, 04:32 PM
Well -

I got a "high" price of $99.00 list reduced to $94.99 at amazon.ca
Amazon.ca: Apple iLife '06: Software (http://www.amazon.ca/Apple-Computer-Software-MA166Z-A/dp/B0007LW22G/ref=sr_1_1/702-4520463-4984844?ie=UTF8&s=software&qid=1178310130&sr=1-1)

and a "low" price of $10.07 US buying the media only
PROVANTAGE: Apple MA172ZM/A iLife 06 VLA Media Kit (http://www.provantage.com/apple-ma172zm~7APLL01R.htm)

I remember Compusmart having the normal retail version on sale for $C49.00 a while back.

On educational pricing, which I qualify for, I see $49.00 at the University of Newfoundland and I just got a quote of $59.99 from McGill University.

Thus my comment.
I know the $US 10.07 version is not the standard retail version - but what are they selling????

Thanks for the link to BTV, but they want $US 20.00 for the basic version which does no editing and $US 40 for the pro version which I would need.

Pricing shouldn't be all over the map.

$89 regular
$55 educational

For a cheap alternative, you might try BTV
BTV (http://www.bensoftware.com/)

krs
May 4th, 2007, 04:35 PM
SimpleMovie is not expensive and will do exactly what you need. Supports mp4 and a few other formats natively so there is no re-encoding. I have tried it out to remove commercials from recorded tv shows and found it to be easy to use for basic cuts.

I will probably pay up for this product.

I actually tried SimpleMovie X, but it keeps quitting on me after a short while. I wonder if that's because I have the trial version. I need to look into this closer.

guytoronto
May 4th, 2007, 04:39 PM
If you are in Belleville, does Loyalist College have a computer shop?

If so, you should be able to walk in and buy it (if they carry it).

http://www.loyalistc.on.ca/Loyalist/index_e.aspx?CategoryID=106

krs
May 4th, 2007, 06:33 PM
I actually tried SimpleMovie X, but it keeps quitting on me after a short while. I wonder if that's because I have the trial version. I need to look into this closer.

I trashed SimpleMovie that I already had on my Mac and downloaded the latest version. No more crashes - removing sections of the video seems to work well based on the initial tests I have done. Need to check what else it can do.

madgunde
May 4th, 2007, 09:44 PM
krs, how old is your Mac that it didn't come with iLife? I thought every model since iMovie was released came with it for free. You might have an older version, but it should still be better than any other free solution you'll be able to find. Or have you upgraded your OS and the old version is no longer compatible?

krs
May 5th, 2007, 12:03 AM
My main Mac that I do all my work on is still a baby - only eight years old, it came with OS 9.04 I believe.
But I'm not sure if any of the other Macs came with ilife either, there is an 800 MHz eMac which is probably about five years old, it came with 10.2, another G4, 1.25GHz, the last model that will boot into OS 9, and a PPC Mini about two years old.

I can actually buy ilife '05 for $35.- or ilife '06 for $60.- ($49.- if I lived in Nfdl); but simplemovie seems to work quite well in the interim for what I need.

madgunde
May 5th, 2007, 12:50 AM
I'm almost certain your Mac mini would have iLife. But if you're only looking to trim or cut out certain parts, or even simple splicing, then you may be better off using QuickTime Player (with QuickTime Pro registration), or another simple editor. iMovie is great if you want to spruce your movie up with titles and transitions.

MacDoc
May 5th, 2007, 07:12 AM
100% the MacMini has iLife and the universal version too.
I'm not sure if the apps are drag and drop tho - might have to use target mode to get them into the older machine.