Video editing. Comparing installed software with online services.

Video editing

For a few days I have been analyzing the differences between the benefits of the software pre-installed on our computer and those that offer online services. It is not about looking for a winner but about understanding in all cases which option is the most convenient for us.

Video editing

It is clear that when we refer to video editing we are not talking about professional television production. That requires computers with great processing power and, so far, locally installed software. On Linux that means Da Vinci Resolve or Lightworks.

I apologize to those of the Cinelerra fan club for not mentioning it, The same thing happens to me with that program as with independent cinema. Everyone assures me that it is fantastic, but I am unable to understand it.

What can be done with the online services and applications available in the repositories is to create content that is perfectly suitable for social networks and Internet marketing. Once again I must remember that, while installable applications are free, online services reserve their best features for paid plans. Although good proposals can be had for up to a maximum of $ 20 per month, some require that it be paid annually.

Locally installable programs

My colleagues and I have reviewed the wide range of video editing applications available for Linux several times. Some of them are:

  • Kdenlive: The video editor of the KDE project acts as a graphical interface for some of the best open source libraries for multimedia work. In addition, it allows you to download resources from some of the free banks of multimedia content and, recently, it incorporated the automatic generation of subtitles from the audio transcription. It takes a bit of time and the user interface is not entirely comfortable on small monitors. Taking out all these details, it is probably the most powerful in its category.
  • Openshot: Es easier easy to use and includes templates for creating animated titles, audio and video effects, computer vision libraries for object detection and tracking and predefined profiles for creating content for social networks.
  • Shotcut: This editor of videos works with all the formats compatible with FFmpeg .. Its timeline supports videos of different resolution and works with images in 4k.  You can capture audio, from webcam, or from the network using the protocols HTTP, HLS, RTMP, RTSP, MMS, UDP. In addition, it is compatible with capture and editing hardware.

Online services

Just search the words "video editor" on Google to bring up a long list of services. Some of them are aimed at the production of home videos or for social networks, while others are aimed at digital marketing and collaborative work.

Youtube, The most popular streaming platform does not have an official video editor, although it is possible to upload videos and add music and subtitles. Who does have it is another platform, Vimeo. The editor is available online and for Android and iOS mobile devices.  There is a basic and free plan whose features I was not able to find. The cheapest payment plan costs $ 49 per year. It allows create an unlimited amount of videos (up to 250 GB per year) record from multiple video cameras or screens and automatically export to Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Shopify.

Another alternative (that supports monthly payment of between 5,99 and 19,99, in addition to the free plan) is XNUMX features you . This online video editing service has two types of editors, storyboard and timeline. Among the sources that we can use is the webcam, screen recording, locally stored videos or your bank of videos, audios and images. We can superimpose fixed or animated titles, symbols and add transitions to them. It can be exported automatically to Youtube. It has predefined templates for marketing, special events and social networks.

I end with the usual clarification. All of this is subjective. Each of us has different interests and needs. I am not establishing a quality ranking and the products mentioned are simply because they are the ones I know the most.


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