Video Editing Software Review
Barbara S. Grayson
EDLD 5363 Multimedia Video Technology - FA3 11 - ET8026
November 27, 2011
I previewed the video editing software called VideoPad (v.2.41). It is quite similar to Windows Movie Maker in its interface design and functions, but I find some of the options easier to use because of the simple menus on the interface. I watched the tutorials included on the website and was editing in no time. There are a lot of other advanced features in this free version that will enhance any video productions that one wants to make.

While this software is easy to use, I find that most video editing software has similar features and interface designs. There is a way to import, edit clips, develop a timeline, and add transitions, effects, and text. Some have more options when editing these additional features, but they are basically the same in function. The export formats are similar across most software pieces. In VideoPad these include .avi, .mp4, and specific formatting for YouTube, Flikkr, and This is important in the learning curve for teachers and students. Ease of use and similar tools make it easy to transfer learning from one media editor to another. The comfort zone for video editing is developed and a new software version does not intimidate the end user. In time, video editing with many types of software becomes seamless as use of technology should be.

One particular feature that I think should be included in basic video editing software is the ability to create a storyboard and then place clips and other media into the storyboard and then export it easily to the editing area of the video production. Most software has a storyboard and video editing mode. However, they function similarly, with drag-and-drop clip insert, transitions, effects and title overlays. Why this is called a storyboard is not clear to me. A storyboard should allow notes for planning for such additions as music, narration, overlays, or extra audio tracks. I have my teachers use a planning storyboard to outline their production before filming or using the software. In “The Art of the Edit”, Lonnquist (1994) also gives the advice of “For greater insight, learn from the pros. Rent a well-done video and create an overview and shot sheet. There are also seminars and many excellent books available on framing, composition and technique” (Motivate it, paras. 7 & 8). For both teachers and students, analyzing quality video and using planning guides such as a storyboard will impart new knowledge that will assist in making their own quality video.

I chose a clip for practice from iTunes University. This is a video resource that is under-utilized in my opinion. There are so many videos and podcasts that are free, yes I said “FREE”, that students will have more than enough to create a final product to show learning of concepts or to enhance their learning experience. Access to iTunes University in Texas is given to all students through Project Share. Let’s get the word out about free videos for learning, teaching and creating new learning through video editing.