Video processing is something that used to be a niche interest, something for experts – that is until everyone carried a full HD video camera in their pocket at all times. In the 21st Century everyone is a filmmaker, and everyone handles a lot of video in their daily life.
But there comes a time when just punting your raw footage out to friends and family is not enough and you feel the pull to add a little processing to your videos to make them better. Perhaps you framed the shot poorly, the footage is shaky or maybe you want to add shots together. Or maybe you just want to add a little sprinkle of magic pixie dust.
Video processing software is traditionally expensive and technical, which can be a barrier to some people. But what if you could have a simple-to-use and yet powerful utility to turn your raw footage into something watchable? We’ll show you here how easy that can be.
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VideoProc is a one-stop shop for your video processing needs. It can edit, convert, resize and adjust any kind of video in up to 4K resolution. But it’s more than that, as streaming capture, screen capture and effects are ready to go at the touch of a button. That’s not a euphemism; it’s that easy.
The first button takes you to the video interface. Here you can edit the video by dropping a clip onto the software and cutting and trimming it. You can also crop the video if your framing wasn’t quite right or for visual effects purposes such as adding masks for cinemascope aspect ratios.
Using another tab you can add effects filters to make the video black and white, vintage or technicolor. There are many other different presets and not the usual ones you commonly get with this kind of software either. Often these kinds of filters are cheesy, but these are actually surprisingly tasteful and useful.
You can add subtitles to your video, too, and burn them into the film, and you can also watermark it with your logo. There are also extensive DVD-ripping and converting tools so you can pull footage in from a DVD.
The features are comprehensive and cover a lot of the basics that most people would find handy. There are many features here which you usually only find in high-end video editing software. In addition to the video features, you also have the aforementioned DVD decoding tools, plus tools for recording video streams and recording your screen for screencasts. These are features you will actually use.
Do You Need It?
Would we use this as our main video editing software? No, we probably wouldn’t. There are may things you need a full-blown video-editing suite for, like cutting longer form videos and managing a lot of video clips. But what VideoProc is really good at is doing minor routine tasks quickly so you can move on, like trimming single clips, merging clips together or adding an effect. This is not a video editor so much as it’s a video processor, a workmanlike tool, like a Leatherman. You process and output in one easy motion.
If you want to quickly top and tail videos and add subtitles or crop or horizontally flip a video with a simple graphical interface, then there’s not many utilities in this range that do all these things with this small amount of fuss. It’s a tool, a multi-tool if you will, for video editors and hobbyists alike, busy people who just want to do one simple thing without bothering to load up a whole video-editing suite to do it.
With this software the pros far outweigh the cons. It’s a simple-to-use multitalented video utility which does the job. There are some minor deficiencies. It would be nice if you could control the level of each of the effects with a slider of some kind, to change the colors or adjust the strength of a vignette, for example. But this is not a big problem. You can adjust brightness, contrast and saturation, etc. with each effect which gives you some flexibility.
That said, the effects are fast and (with a tiny bit of preprocessing in some cases) previewable in real time. There are some pauses when you switch between effects, but this may be fixable if you have a half decent graphics card and turn on hardware acceleration.
In the plus column there’s much to enjoy, including:
- easy and precise merging and trimming of clips
- a cropping tool which is exact and doesn’t take too long to render
- effects which are actually useful and add some value
- streaming video capture that works.
Having all these tools in the same place is a boon to efficiency and productivity.
VideoProc is available as a free trial and runs on both Windows and macOS. If you like the features from the trial, you can validate the software, unlocking all its features for $29.95 for a one year license, or you can buy a lifetime of video processing for $42.95.
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