This is a review for the Wondershare video editor. The company contacted me and provided me with a free license to try the program out to write the review, but I also used the free trial version as well to see what both versions had to offer. The Wondershare Video editor is a easy to use software program that allows you to create, edit, and save videos to your computer with a really comprehensive and easy to use interface.
About The Wondershare Video editor
When you first enter the program there are two things you will notice right away, the first is probably the Video preview screen on the right side of the program to show you the finished product for your video, that screen will also show you previews of the clips you are about to add to the main timeline.
The timeline is the second thing you will notice at the bottom of the screen. It shows you all video clips, pictures, audio files, and special effects in the order that you placed them, and will show you how the clips will play from start to finish. This timeline shows you all of your content and allows you to edit it by clicking, stretching, or dragging content around to edit it to your liking.
There are a lot of really cool features that the Wondershare video editor has to offer, such as the PIP feature, which stands for Picture in Picture. The PIP function is probably the coolest feature in the program because you can have overlapping videos and pictures playing at the same time as your main video. For example, if you made a video to show how to change your guitar strings, you could have the main screen show a zoomed out shot of the scene and have a separate PIP video showing a close up shot of your hands putting the strings on. You can fully customize how the PIP looks by resizing the PIP to your liking so that it only takes up a small corner of the screen, or stretches across the bottom part of the screen. You can choose to use the programs preset PIP resources, or import your own images and videos to use as PIPs. You don’t have to convert any files, it read all of my normal videos and pictures and I just dragged and dropped them on the PIP timeline slot; it was that easy.
More features, and special effects
The Wondershare video editor also comes with its own video player which the editor uses for its previews. You can also use the video player outside of the editor as a stand alone movie player to watch videos or listen to music for fun. In my opinion the Wondershare video player is way better than windows media player because it comes with a large variety of supported file types to run almost every type of movie file, including MP4, WMV, F4V, AMV, 3GP, AAC, and even subtitle files like SRT. If you have an odd movie file, it can probably run it.
The video player is really great because I create a lot of movies from my camera phone and I use the Bluetooth function to upload videos straight from my phone to my computer. If I wanted to watch the video on my computer, the standard Windows movie player can’t run MP4 or 3GP files correctly so I would have to convert the video files before being able to watch them; I had the exact same problem with windows movie maker. But with the Wondershare video editor it supports almost every single type of file format so you can start watching and making movies right away.
Another great thing about the Wondershare video editor is that it has its own effects tab on the main timeline. Again, this is awesome because effects are easy to locate and even easier to edit because they are located on the timeline in the order you placed them. If you want an effect on a specific movie clip, you just drag and drop the effect under it and place it on the effects timeline. If you no longer want an effect, just click on it and delete it; boop, it’s now gone.
The Wondershare video editor has a large list of different effect types to edit your movies to change things like the hue, saturation, and light effects to create the exact look you want for your movies. You can also add video transitions with the Wondershare video editor so that the screen can swipe to the side, slide over, or turn a page to transition to the next scene.
The PIP and effects aren’t the only thing with its own separate slot on the timeline, music and sound effects also have a special place so that you can have overlapping audio and sound effects to create detailed and complex movie scenes. Editing sound effects and music is the same way as a video, you click, drag, and stretch them around on the timeline to choose how long they play and where.
As named above, the Wondershare video editor can load and save finished videos using a large variety of file types such as, Xvid, WMV, AVI, FLV, MP4, and more. While the video is saving it shows you the progress by playing your video in a small window next to the save progress bar so you can see exactly how far along the video is before it is finished. When the video is done saving you can have it either play a sound effect to alert you when it is complete, shutdown the computer, or do nothing at all.
I should also point out that the video editor can upload videos straight to your Youtube account, or burn your video straight to a DVD.
If you download the program you can use the Free version for as long as you like and it will last forever with no time limit. The only downside is that all of your videos will have a big transparent watermark in the middle of the screen with the Wondershare name and logo on it. The only way to remove the watermark is to buy the full version, which costs about $39.99 USD.
When I compared the Wondershare video editor to the Videopad video editor, the only main flaw I found with Wondershare was that you couldn’t highlight video clips and cut that part of the video out (if you can, I don’t know how). It was easy to snip video clips to the length that you wanted using their provided tool, but Videopad allowed you to preview the video and choose where to start and stop each clip BEFORE adding it to the main timeline.
I also like that Videopad had two preview players in the program, one for new clips you were adding, and a second player for your overall finished product. Having said that though, Videopad has a 14 day time limit, and it appears that the newer version won’t let you properly downgrade to the free version as easy as the older versions did. Videopad also has a lot of glitches with the program that causes it to crash or not load special effects correctly after the video is done saving.
So my Overall thoughts, for $40 bucks the Wondershare video editor is a great product to buy and comes with everything you need to make movies for business presentations, home videos, or animated short films. I would give it a solid 9/10. If you don’t mind the watermark, the free version of Wondershare video editor is by far better than videopad because it is a lot more stable when editing and saving videos.
If I find any major flaws with the program I will come back and update this article to let you know, but so far I haven’t found any flaws worth mentioning.
For more information about the Wondershare video editor please visit their official website at Wondershare.com/video-editor.
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