This is a review for the videoPad video editor. The program allows you to take media and place it into the program to create movie files. You can also import audio and music files, pictures, and it supports a variety of movie file types such as AVI and WMV just to name a few. VideoPad gives you more options to also record from a camcorder or other external devices to import the media into the program, as well options to add subtitles and voice-over narrations.
How to use VideoPad
The VideoPad video editor is very easy to use. There are three main screens when you open the program, the first screen to the left shows all of the media you have loaded; all of your videos, pictures and audio files are stored in that menu. The second top center screen allows you to edit your media; that screen allows you to choose how long you want your audio and video clips to be, as well as preview the media before adding it to the main timeline. The program has two sliders that you can adjust so that you can choose the exact amount of time you want selected to use in your movie. I found this very useful when I had five minutes of footage but I only wanted to use the first minute of it.
After you load and edit the media you can simply press a down arrow that allows you to drop the media file down onto the main timeline located at the bottom of the program. The timeline shows you what the finished product will look like with all of the clips and audio located on the timeline in the order that you placed them. All of the files can also be dragged stretched and rearranged at any time after being placed on the timeline. You can also view the timeline footage using a second Video preview player located to the far right of the VideoPad program to see what your finished project will look like.
The videoPad video editor also has options just below your media files to the bottom left of the program that allows you to adjust and edit the audio and video clips to your liking, as well as adding special effects for media transitions and screen effects, with additional sliders to adjust the audio volume.
If you drop audio files onto the timeline you can have multiple audio tracks to create overlapping sound effects and music files. Just like the video clips, these audio files can be dragged around and rearranged to your liking.
The VideoPad’s flaws
I have made several videos using this editor and it works great. I love using this to make movies and piecing together audio clips. The only flaws I have found with the program is that one- It sometimes takes forever to save and load. Even small midi files that are about 16kb in size will sometimes take up to five minutes to load into the program. Everything else on my computer was running fine, but VideoPad will sometimes randomly run extremely slow when it is time to save and load media files.
The second problem is that if you have too many special effects within your movie after you save and play the movie back the footage will freeze for several seconds. This only happens after you save it as a finished project and run the video. For example, the preview player within the program does not have this error so you only see the frozen image if you run the movie with Windows media player or similar programs.
I first thought this was a problem that occurred during saving and that it had an error, but no after using the program for several months now I have found that too many special effects creates the error where it gets stuck looking at a frozen image for thirty seconds while it loads the next scene. The strangest part is that the media player still says that the video is playing; you just don’t see anything moving. Even if you fast forward the video is still stuck at that same point. The best way to describe it is that VideoPad takes a screenshot of the image and adds it to your video for about thirty seconds so you are just staring at a still frame picture. It is very annoying if you use the program to create an animation or a business demonstration and the video gets stuck at one scene.
The only way to fix this problem is to open the VideoPad project and remove the special effects that are creating the frozen point in the finished video. Other than that I haven’t found any other major problems with the program. You can download a free trial version of VideoPad from their official website, but after the trail is over it will keep asking you to pay. I believe that if you keep declining to purchase the program you will still be able to use VideoPad for free but some of the features will be disabled.
Overall, if you need a program to edit and piece together audio and video files I highly recommend you give this a try because the pros greatly outweigh the cons, and the free trial will let you test it out to see if it is something you like before purchasing the product.