I really miss XP, everything worked better on it. I need a video editor, a freeware, to extract clips from various formats of video and assemble them, and images, into a new video. With a new audio file. I don't need to add exotic effects, make new CGI animations, plot out brain surgery, learn an alien language as far as a menu, etc. Or load a new OS. Does such a thing exist? It's rather important. I'd hate to have to hunt up an XP computer on Ebay and blow two or three hundred just to do this. I absolutely would if I had it to spend.
I just need to make video clips, from various formats, for starters. A separate software to assemble them and add the audio track is fine.
Thanks for your time, and, hopefully, for your help. I have looked, and tried several that hang up on Windows 7, have tortuous, counter-intuitive mind-bending interfaces with graphs and color wheels that I will never have need of, and the instructions are no real help. I would use VLC, but the clips have no sound.
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What did you use on XP that worked OK for you -- but doesn't work on Windows 7 or 10 ?
Why not "Avidemux"? Free, simple* & easy, autonomous: no codecs to install, & portable (just rename "avidemux.exe" to "avidemux_portable.exe").
Or "VirtualDub", also free and easy, but equipped with "FFInputDriver.vdplugin" (in "plugins32" subfolder) so that it will open almost all videos; knowing that it outputs to ".avi" container only — or to ".mp4", but complex to set...
"2 or 300 bucks to buy an XP machine"?! Instead, do the trash! — though it usually requires living in a city or town. Or garage sales. An XP box should never cost more than $50.
I'm using both Win. XP and 10 in such machines: found... in the streets. Main problem, with XP old central units: recoding — to AVC H.264 (x264) in "veryslow" mode anyway — takes for ever; while a basic 2013 "i3" laptop recodes between 4 and 6 times faster (than 2005~2008 "Pentium 4" CPUs).
Win. Vista and 8.x interfaces are hardly usable. So is Win. 7 IMHO and despite the fact it's SUPPOSED to be "the best"; I just don't agree: Win. 7 interface is ALSO a hassle.
Now, Win. 10 interface happens to be usable again — BUT: once the whole OS optimized... to the bone
= at least one long day if not more, of geek work, to rid it of a BUNCH of useless stuff, i.e. most auto. updates / upgrading, "Cortana" + unusable "full row select" craps, ETC. (I mean: MANY more)!
[ edit ] * Simple, here, means — mainly: no "timeline", and note, neither "crossfade" effect; but fade-to-black in/out OK**.
By defaut, "Avidemux" is set to "Copy" (on both video & audio streams) = no recoding = no quality loss, but cuts allowed ON key frames only, labelled "I (intra-frame)" at bottom, when found. Double triangle blue buttons will jump to key frames.
To cut BETWEEN key frames, at least select one of the top left Video section codecs; Audio can stay in Copy mode, or a codec can be selected as well.
** Fade-to-black filter: whatever you see, just assume "hours: mn: sec: milliseconds": in THAT order (& no other), or check:
Last edited by bulgom; 4th Sep 2017 at 17:17.