Magix Video Easy
This video-editing program keeps things simple but still has plenty of features.
|Product Pros:||+ Simple but surprisingly useful video-editing software|
|Product Cons:||- Windows users can get very similar software free of charge|
Most video-editing software is so crammed full of effects, features and options that just working your way around it is a chore, never mind actually producing a finished movie. Video Easy is an antidote to this, trimming off video editing's unnecessary flab and leaving behind the bare essentials.
Not that you'll find it lacking. You can still transfer video directly from a camera or from a file on your PC, and making cuts is a doddle - either use the Cut button or, even more conveniently, simply press the letter T. Just find any point you want to cut and you're away. Make two cuts and you can ditch an unwanted piece from the middle.
You navigate your video using the usual Play, Fast-forward and Rewind buttons, or move frame by frame with the cursor keys - an essential shortcut for fine trimming work. Basic transitions are limited to the classics (simple cut, cross-fade and fade to black) with other options hidden so you're not tempted to go crazy. And you can save your finished video to DVD, PC and YouTube.
The design is clear and user-friendly but it's the ease of use that stands out. All in all, it's a very useful piece of editing software. But having said that, so is Windows Live Movie Maker. Although Video Easy trumps Microsoft's program in most departments, it has the big disadvantage of costing nearly £40, whereas Windows users can download Microsoft's version for free. And anyone wanting more than what Windows Live has to offer will probably also want more editing power than Video Easy can provide.
There's no denying that this is a capable and easy-to-use program, but it's worth making sure that you're really not interested in its free-of-charge rival before splashing out.